CyclingTips Digest: Podium Girls, Tour de France, fantastic leagues, etc.

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What is happening in the world of curly bars? CyclingTips Digest features articles from our partner site, CyclingTips. In each installment you can find endurance blanket, power-to-weight ratios, gravel bike technology, and of course, lycra.


Fantasy contest 2020 around FrancePar: CyclingTipsCyclingTips will host the most engaging and fun fantasy competition for this great race in France! Sign up from the link in our bio for a chance to win fantastic prizes and an engaging way to follow the race with your friends.

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Report: Garmin Secure Decryption Key, Ransom Paid to Hackers

Par: Iain Treloar

More than a week after Garmin was crippled by a ransomware attack, the company’s services continue to return to normal. The activities are said to be synchronizing, the company store and customer support are open, and Garmin factories are starting to vibrate again. But there are lingering questions that remain from Garmin’s ordeal.

Last week, CyclingTips took a look at how the Garmin cyberattack happened and what it means for users, with industry expert – Oren T. Dvoskin, from Israeli computer security company SASA Software – providing an overview of circumstances that led to the fall of Garmin and ripples that continue to spread.

Perhaps the central issue that remains is not how it happened, but how Garmin got it stopped.

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The Tour de France starts next week, but should it?

Par: Iain Treloar

In two Saturdays, two months late, the 2020 Tour de France will finally begin. On the wide boulevards of Nice, with the sparkling blue of the Mediterranean behind their backs, the runners and their entourage will head for the hills surrounding the coastal city and chart a course which will take them to Paris three weeks later.

The runners can’t wait to run. Spectators desperately need it. And given what the world has gone through this year, the 2020 Tour de France could be one of the most symbolically important editions in the long history of racing. But amid the sharp rise in coronavirus rates in France, is this bike race a cause for celebration or for concern?

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The Tour de France put an end to the girls’ podiums

By: Caley Fretz

The Tour de France will remove its traditional pair of podium hostesses, Tour director Christian Prudhomme announced at a press conference on Wednesday. Instead, the Tour will have a male host on one side of the podium and a hostess on the other side.

“You used to see the champion surrounded by two hostesses, with five elected on one side and five representatives of the partners on the other,” said Prudhomme. “Now it will be different, with one chosen and one representative of the yellow jersey partner, as well as a hostess and a first-time host.

“Yes, it’s new but we’ve already been doing it in other races for 20 years, such as Liège-Bastogne-Liège,” said Prudhomme.

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Nerd Alert Podcast: Are Internal Two-Speed ​​Hubs the New Front Derailleur?

Par: CyclingTips

In our latest – and longest – episode of the CyclingTips Nerd Alert podcast, we take a look at the biggest stories in the tech world, then dive into the world of rim and tire standards.

The episode begins with a discussion of the new Ridley Kanzo gravel bike and whether aero gravel is what we want. Next, we discuss the pros and cons of the new Classé hub-based gear shifting system. And then we move on to the impact that Zwift’s new steering feature could have on virtual racing.

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6.2 kg, three speeds and lowering the threshold: the bike used for the Everesting record

By: Dave Rome

The idea of ​​marginal gains often elicits a glance from the most dedicated cyclists. For Irishman Ronan McLaughlin, those marginal gains became a way of life as he obsessed with the smallest details that could help cut seconds of every climb (and descent) by 14% on his successful record attempt. of Everesting.

We reached out to McLaughlin to get an in-depth look at what did and what didn’t happen on his bike. And the best part? In many cases, it was budget cuts that prevented McLaughlin from further reducing Alberto Contador’s recent record.

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Coming to a shoe near you: Boa announces new Li2 dials

By: Dave Rome

Boa’s IP1 dial has served the company faithfully for a number of years and is the common gold standard for performance cycling shoes. Now, the company is replacing that dial with a whole new range of cycling-focused options under the Li2 brand.

We’ll be seeing the new Li2 dial feature on shoe versions such as Shimano, Fizik, Rapha, Scott, Lake, Gaerne, and DMT over the next few months, as Giro, Bontrager, Specialized, and Louis Garneau are rumored to be doing so. . follow in the new year.

So what does Li2 offer that IP1 doesn’t? Well I’m glad you asked.

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Granite Design Stash RCX multi-tool review: hidden in a carbon pivot

By: Dave Rome

Hidden tools on the bike quickly became commonplace in the mountain biking world. However, things like this have been a bit slower to hit the dropbar world, in part because component failures and adjustments aren’t as common, and also because road jerseys have pockets and saddlebags. are just dandy.

Today, Granite Designs announced its first product dedicated to the roof rack market, a small tool that fits into the head tube of most modern road and gravel bikes. And while such tools exist from many other brands for use with suspension forks, the new Stash RCX is the first one I’ve seen that works with closed carbon steerer tubes.

Having already reviewed the Stash mountain bike tools for Pinkbike earlier in the year, I recently got my hands on this new road version. It’s a smart product that will certainly inspire others.

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