The Tri Town Times: 7/1/19
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- By Antonio Gonzalez
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70.3 CDA wrap up; Tour De France kick off; hydration strategy; gravel bikes.
- 70.3 Coeur d'Alene was held yesterday in near-perfect race conditions. A large group of locals made the journey north to compete, and they did not disappoint. There are too many PR's and great performances to mention here, but here's the list of locals who placed top 5 in their Age Group:
-Rachel Tatko: 1st in age group
-Sarah Barber: 1st in age group
-Margaret Hepworth: 1st in age group
-Laura Yost: 2nd in age group
-Travis Wood: 2nd overall amateur and 1st in age group (course record bike split)
-Brian Devlin: 4th in age group
-Matt McDowell: 3rd in age group
-Gentry Yost: 1st in age group
- The much anticipated Ironman European Championship race was held yesterday under a heat wave in Frankfurt, Germany. The men's race saw three World Champions toe the starting line: Sebastian Kienle, Jan Frodeno, and Patrick Lange. In the end Jan Frodeno came through with the win, with Sebastian in 2nd (Patrick suffered a flat). Sarah True was leading the women's race in her first Ironman with an almost insurmountable lead of 7 minutes until passing out from the heat with only 1k to go. Skye Moench continues a very consistent season by taking the win.
- Challenge Roth- the largest and one of the longest running full distance triathlons, is this Sunday. Myself along with a great crew of locals are heading to Germany this week to compete in this historic race.
- The Tour De France starts July 6th in Brussels. This year's route starts relatively flat, with the decisive stages starting the second week of the race. The 2nd Stage Team Time Trial on July 7th should be a blast to watch. This year's race is wide open with Chris Froome out due to a training accident and last year's champion Geraint Thomas toeing the line but recovering from an accident less than two weeks ago in Switzerland.
- Our crew is driving back from CDA today and will not be around to host the open water swim workout.
- Now that we're getting into the heat of the summer this great article on hydration from the founder of Skratch Labs (and the PowerTap power meter) Allen Lim seems timely.
- The rise of the gravel bike is less interesting to me than the overall rise in interest for gravel riding. A cyclocross bike is effectively a racy version of a gravel bike, and the first 'cross race took place in 1902, so this is nothing new. I suspect what really helped push gravel riding to the front of many people's interest list is a desire to avoid traffic and distracted drivers. Combine recent improvements in road bike disc brakes, tire technology, and now a gravel-specific drivetrain from Shimano and suddenly a cycling discipline that has been around 100+ years feels new again.
- This award winning running jacket looks amazing, but not for $400+.
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