Motorcycle Racer – Joerg Teuchert http://joergteuchert.com/ Thu, 11 Aug 2022 10:39:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://joergteuchert.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/cropped-icon-32x32.png Motorcycle Racer – Joerg Teuchert http://joergteuchert.com/ 32 32 Lamborghini Urus Breaks Pikes Peak SUV Record https://joergteuchert.com/lamborghini-urus-breaks-pikes-peak-suv-record/ Wed, 10 Aug 2022 20:00:00 +0000 https://joergteuchert.com/lamborghini-urus-breaks-pikes-peak-suv-record/

The camouflaged SUV sits on jack stands as mechanics prepare it for a record attempt at Pikes Peak.

This leaner, meaner camouflaged Urus is about to try and break a Pikes Peak record.
Photo: Kyle Hyatt/Jalopnik

Say what you want Lamborghini Urus — it’s ugly, it’s overpriced, it’s glorified Audi Q8it’s ugly – you can’t deny the staggering level of performance it delivers for an SUV. In fact, it’s so good, and so popular with buyersLamborghini hasn’t needed to refresh or update anything on its most popular model since the Urus launched in 2018. Until now.

We know that the next-gen Urus will no longer be powered by pure internal combustion. it’ll be OK a plug-in hybrid transmission which, while boring on paper, will likely make Sant’Agata’s people carrier an even more powerful performance vehicle. To celebrate the end of internal combustion in the Urus, Lamborghini is preparing a new performance version of the already fast SUV. The new variant of Urus does not yet have an official name; we haven’t seen it without camouflage. But that didn’t stop Lamborghini from bringing a prototype to pike woodpecker to try and break the SUV hill climb record set by his VW Group brother, the Bentley Bentayga.

I was one of the few journalists Lamborghini brought to Colorado to witness the automaker’s bid to break the SUV record. What made Lamborghini’s attempt different was that the automaker somehow convinced the officials who run Pikes Peak International Hill Climb to open the course outside of the normal race weekend, something that has never happened before.

Full disclosure: Lamborghini wanted me so badly to attend their SUV record attempt at Pikes Peak, the company flew me to Colorado, put me up in a Marriott for one night, fed me and let me drive in a Urus and a Huracan STO.


It is still dark outside when my alarm clock rings at 3 am; with the time change from Pacific to Mountain, my brain thinks it’s even earlier. I stumble out of bed, get dressed, and as I’m getting ready to exit my hotel room, I hear the sound of Lamborghinis cold starting in the hotel parking lot. After signing a bunch of legal documents, I jump into a waiting Urus and make my way through sleepy Colorado Springs and to the staging area at Pikes Peak.

Time is against the team as they work to prepare the super-camouflaged, extra-spicy, and as yet unnamed Urus for its run to America’s Mountain. The finishing touches are made to the Urus, and as the sun begins to rise, the Lamborghini driver (and Pikes Peak Veteran) Simone Faggioli jumps into the car. The wheels and tires come out of a makeshift tire warmer that Lamborghini’s racing team cobbled together from a bass drum and some heat guns; thus prepared, they are slapped on the SUV. The Lambo rolls off the jacks, and Faggioli begins tearing up the staging area parking lot to keep some heat in the tires as Pikes Peak officials prepare to send it on its way.

Lamborghini Urus climbs to Pikes Peak to set a new SUV record.

Sunrise at Pikes Peak is something you have to experience, especially at high speeds in a 600+ horsepower SUV.
Photo: Lamborghini

The goal is for Faggioli to run two races a day for three days. Each race must be completed before the road to the mountain, a public toll road, opens to traffic at 7:30 a.m. The flag drops and the twin-turbo V8 roars as Faggioli starts up much faster than a huge SUV reasonably should.

Now the waiting game begins.

You see, even during the official hill climb, spectators don’t have full video coverage of the course. The only way to track your driver’s effort is to monitor sector times as the car climbs the mountain. It’s one of the most anxiety-inducing ways to enjoy motorsport, with a special meaning for me: the last time I was at Pikes Peak was in 2019. I was a guest of Ducati, and it was the year that this legendary motorcycle racer Carlin Dunne was killed in an accident near the finisheffectively signaling the end of motorcycle racing at Pikes Peak.

Standing in the pits with Lamborghini engineers and race team staff, we waited for reports on Faggioli’s progress. Things were going well, until the Lambo failed to get through a checkpoint towards the top of the mountain. My stomach was in knots as everyone crowded around the radio, hoping for good news. There are about 10 minutes left before we receive the report.

Lamborghini Urus SUV at high speed on a mountain road.

Despite deflecting on the first attempt, Lamborghini engineers managed to get the Urus back together and in fighting shape.
Photo: Lamborghini

Faggioli exited the course after underbraking for a particularly tricky and fast section known as the toothed cup. Fortunately, the accident was not serious and Faggioli was not injured. There is some damage to the vehicle, but Lamborghini engineers seem to think they can get it back in place in time for the next day’s attempt. I spend the rest of the morning quietly enjoying breakfast and a lively walk in a Lamborghini Huracan STO – probably the last time I’ll drive this wild, wonderful car – before heading back to Denver to the airport.

The Lamborghini crew was able to repair the Urus and have it ready for action the next morning. Faggioli adjusted his technique, and at the end of the three days Lamborghini did indeed set a new production SUV record with a time of 10 minutes, 32.064 seconds. For those of you playing at home, that shatters Bentley’s record of 17.838 seconds. In a certain context, the overall record was set in 2018 by Romain Dumas in the Volkswagen ID R EV with a time of 7 minutes, 57.148 seconds.

Ultimately, a Pikes Peak record is an achievement in itself. Time spent in the mountains is not a conventional measure of vehicle speed, as a Nurburgring lap record perhaps. Still, it’s super cool that Lamborghini does stuff like this for the love of the game. It makes me extremely excited to see the production version of the high-performance Urus (name TBD), which will debut on the 19th august.

New Urus, new records, new heights

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Report: Ducati potentially eyeing 2024 MXGP motocross entry https://joergteuchert.com/report-ducati-potentially-eyeing-2024-mxgp-motocross-entry/ Tue, 09 Aug 2022 19:15:00 +0000 https://joergteuchert.com/report-ducati-potentially-eyeing-2024-mxgp-motocross-entry/

Main image courtesy of Ducati.


An interesting new story is developing in the FIM Motocross World Championship as word on the street is that famed Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati is interested in creating a motocross bike with the intention of racing in MXGP. Senior off-road track writer Adam Wheeler was in attendance at the MotoGP British Grand Prix at Silverstone last weekend and has been seeking further information on the alleged rumour.

“Andy [McKinstry] from GateDropMX messaged me saying he had heard that Ducati would actually be interested in joining MXGP, which I actually thought was very unlikely,” Wheeler explained in the 2022 Racer X MXGP of Sweden Review Show. “But I went and asked around in MotoGP, of course where Ducati is hugely popular and actually won the Grand Prix at Silverstone, and it seems to be true. The Italians have an engine on the dyno. It looks like they are going to have a prototype racing by the end of the year and their goal is to do MXGP in 2024 if the bike proves competitive enough.

Ducati Moto Holding SpA was founded nearly 100 years ago and is currently headquartered in Bologna, Italy. The brand has a long and storied history of success in Grand Prix motorcycle racing and even won the 2007 MotoGP World Championship with Casey Stoner. But their history with dirt bikes is extremely limited with only a handful of attempts over the years. That changed recently, which could be a key development in what Ducati plans with its future in motocross.

“Ducati released their first off-road bike this year called the Desert X. So that was their step into hardcore off-roading,” Adam Wheeler continued. “Ducati is really diversifying. They make electric bikes. The Moto-E project in MotoGP is something very hot, and now this whole off-road thing. Italians are really busy.

Wheeler also went on to explain that these are still just rumors at the moment and there is no clear path yet to know if Ducati intends to enter MXGP as a factory team or if they wanted to team up with Satellite programs in the paddock to begin their journey. Either way, it looks like Ducati will at least potentially get into motocross as soon as 2024.

Listen to the entire Racer X MXGP of Sweden Review Show below:

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Participants participate in Race Montana Triathlon https://joergteuchert.com/participants-participate-in-race-montana-triathlon/ Mon, 08 Aug 2022 01:38:00 +0000 https://joergteuchert.com/participants-participate-in-race-montana-triathlon/

GREAT FALLS – Not everyone sleeps on the weekends. More than 100 people woke up early to run, bike and swim in the annual Race Montana Triathlon. Sunday morning was early for about 100 runners, all competing in this year’s Race Montana Triathlon.

There are several races for all ages, as well as various reasons to run. But the main idea is to get out and exercise, regardless of ability.

“It’s more about a sense of accomplishment than competition and victory. We just want to focus on getting out there and having fun,” Treasurer Wendy Weissman said.

“We run five races ourselves, and then we support others in Montana, we try to encourage people to get out and exercise.”

Race Montana is a non-profit organization that has been running this race for sixteen years. It wasn’t the biggest race this year, but there was still a lot of support for the event and its athletes.

“We give back to the community and to other races or other organizations. We help. We helped with the lighting project at Gibson Park. Sometimes we buy new things with that money and then we donate the stays with the community.”

Some have been running and doing triathlons for years.

Some are much newer, but still provide a fun experience, including Douglas Cofield, who ran his first triathlon this weekend. He ran and cycled for years and felt good about completing a triathlon, despite some challenges along the way.

“It wasn’t too bad. I did the sprint race, not the Olympic race as a starter. The swimming was tough. Just because I didn’t swim long, only about two months. The bike was good. The hill at the very end of the six miles was beastly. I’ve been running a long time so I can run just about anything. Definitely recommend it.

Montana Race will also have several more races later in the year and want as many people as possible to participate regardless of ability.


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Drag racing: MotoGP vs Lamborghini Huracan 1100 hp https://joergteuchert.com/drag-racing-motogp-vs-lamborghini-huracan-1100-hp/ Sat, 06 Aug 2022 08:16:05 +0000 https://joergteuchert.com/drag-racing-motogp-vs-lamborghini-huracan-1100-hp/

Can a purebred race bike really live up to a tuned Lamborghini Huracan? Today, let’s find out.

Mat is driving the Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder for this drag race. As standard, it has a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine with 640 hp, but the folks at JM Imports clearly thought that wasn’t enough. To remedy this, they fitted it with two huge turbochargers, increasing the power to a more impressive 1,100 hp. This is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, transmitting power to all four wheels. In terms of weight, the big Lambo tips the scales at 1,507 kg.

It’s so much more than the bike it comes up against. The Red Bull Racing KTM RB16 weighs just 200kg, and that’s with legendary rider Dani Pedrosa on it. It has a 1.0 liter V4 engine, developing 270 hp and 120 Nm of torque. More than enough when you only have one wheel to power off the motor.

So which of these machines will come out on top? You’ll have to watch the video to find out.

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Moto2: Triumph engines get more revs, more power – Roadracing World Magazine https://joergteuchert.com/moto2-triumph-engines-get-more-revs-more-power-roadracing-world-magazine/ Thu, 04 Aug 2022 19:27:39 +0000 https://joergteuchert.com/moto2-triumph-engines-get-more-revs-more-power-roadracing-world-magazine/

More power, more revs for Moto2™ as Triumph continues to develop the 765cc triple

Triumph CPO Steve Sargent is joined on stage by Dorna Managing Director Carlos Ezpeleta to discuss the future at Silverstone

Thursday 04 August 2022

On the eve of the Monster Energy British Grand Prix, Triumph announced a series of developments to the 765cc Moto2™ triple engine, derived from the production Street Triple RS, to increase revs, power and performance, as Steve Sargent , Chief Product Officer of Triumph, was joined. on stage during a special press conference by Dorna’s general manager, Carlos Ezpeleta.

Since the start of the Triumph three-engine era in 2019, the 765cc engine has redefined the category with 68 new lap and absolute records, 20 different winners and the first-ever top speed of over 300km/h.

The features of the triple Triumph have won widespread praise for bridging the gap with the MotoGP™ class in terms of performance and required riding style, becoming more relevant in the series’ role as a feeder class.

Already marking a significant step up in power when the 765cc engine was announced as powering Moto2™ from early 2019, this latest round of development from Triumph will give riders even more after four seasons of optimizing the entire engine. current engine performance. , electronics and tires.

The latest developments further improve the top end of the engine, increasing the compression ratio with a new cylinder head, longer valves to increase lift as well as a new camshaft profile and revised valve springs.

To maintain the engine’s impressive reliability record, having already covered almost a million kilometers in Moto2™ competition, further improvements focus on the pistons, connecting rods and crankshaft to cope with piston pressure higher by 90 BAR (instead of 85 BAR).

Triumph Chief Product Officer Steve Sargent (left) with Dorna Managing Director Carlos Ezpeleta (right) during a press conference at Silverstone on Thursday. Photo courtesy of Dorna.

Steve Sargent, Product Manager at Triumph: “We are incredibly proud of how our 765cc triple engine has redefined the Moto2™ class, making it faster, more competitive and with better sound. To have achieved so many lap records and a top speed equivalent to more of 100km/h per cylinder is something we’ve been very happy with since Triumph started to power the category from the 2019 season. When there’s such a fundamental change in a category, everyone jumps into a learning journey – the riders and teams to adapt to the characteristics of the triple and optimize the engine, electronics and tire package, and us as Triumph in terms of performance potential and reliability. a million miles competing with the current Moto2™ 765cc engine and that gives us enormous confidence as we take this next step to give riders what they all want :p more revs and more power. We can’t wait to see even more lap records fall as lap times get faster, and how more power gives riders more freedom to create overtaking opportunities and we’re excited to start the next chapter of Moto2™ powered by Triumph.

Carlos Ezpeleta, General Manager of Dorna Sports: “Since the start of the Triumph era in Moto2™ we have been very pleased with the performance and reliability of the Triumph 765cc triple and the lap records speak for themselves. It is important that Moto2™ is a spectacle in its own right and that it provides a relevant platform to develop the next generation of MotoGP riders and this new announcement of more engine power goes one step further in achieving both of these goals.We are very pleased with the work Triumph has done. to propel Moto2™ and see how they are constantly evaluating and improving.

The Triumph Moto2™ 765cc racing engine is a development of the class-leading 765cc Street Triple RS road bike and produces over 140hp and the same visceral soundtrack. The top-of-the-range Street Triple RS variant is as perfectly suited to the track as it is to the road.

The Triumph Triple Trophy, which continues to run alongside the Moto2™ World Championship, has a new metric for 2022, awarding points for the best race progression from start position to finish. It’s already highlighted standout performances, like Jeremy Alcoba climbing 20 places at the Portuguese Grand Prix and Joe Roberts climbing 17 places at Le Mans, and these latest engine upgrades aim to provide more overtaking opportunities.

For 2022, the Triumph Triple Trophy points structure has been revised as follows:

7 points – Best progress of the race from start to finish: 7 points for the rider(s) occupying the most positions from the start of the race to the checkered flag

6 points – Pole position: 6 points for the rider qualified on pole

5 points – Best lap in the race: 5 points for the fastest rider(s) in case of equal fastest lap

The winner – the rider with the most points throughout the season – will receive a custom Triumph Street Triple RS motorcycle, powered by the 765cc triple engine from which the Moto2™ engine is derived.

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Welland track pays homage to vintage motorcycles at Night of the Legends https://joergteuchert.com/welland-track-pays-homage-to-vintage-motorcycles-at-night-of-the-legends/ Tue, 02 Aug 2022 19:08:46 +0000 https://joergteuchert.com/welland-track-pays-homage-to-vintage-motorcycles-at-night-of-the-legends/

Welland County Speedway took a few minutes to pay homage to the past when motorcycle racing returned after a two-week hiatus.

Race bikes waited in the pits as vintage bikes made their way to the quarter-mile dirt oval for two laps. None of the bikes shown at Night of the Legends on Saturday were race machines, and all were made before 1970.

A 1915 Triumph used by the British Army as an “expedition bicycle” during World War I was among three fully restored British-made motorcycles that Michael Roberts hauled on a trailer from Fort Erie. The 77-year-old retired general machinist also showed off a 1944 Norton used by the Canadian Army in World War II and a Norton, also a 1944 model, fitted with a sidebar that was used by the British army.

In 1980 Roberts bought the Triumph from someone in England. The bike has been “partially restored”. Roberts completed the restoration.

“I bought this bike because an uncle of mine was a dispatch rider in World War I,” he said. “According to the numbers on the engine, it was a military bike.”

Expedition motorcycles were used by the British Army in Belgium and France, “everywhere, wherever”.

Roberts acquired one of the Nortons in 1978 and the other in 1985. He recalls that the one used by the Canadian Army was shipped to them in six-quart baskets and cardboard boxes “from all over Ontario.”

How many baskets and boxes in all?

“Oh, I don’t know, two or three dozen I guess,” he replied with a chuckle.

It took Roberts “about a year” to put this bike together.

He never raced motorcycles, but he did drive them.

“But not much anymore. My arthritis got too bad,” said Roberts, who quit riding a few years ago.

About two dozen motorcycle enthusiasts from as far north as Muskoka and as far west as London, Ontario answered the speedway’s call to showcase their vintage motorcycles.

“It’s amazing how far they’ll go with gas prices these days,” said Wes Pierce, who organized the event on behalf of the Welland County Motorcycle Club, the nonprofit organization that owns and operates the highway on Netherby Road east of the highway. 140 in Welland.

It was the track’s first Night of the Legends tribute since 2019. The pandemic closed the speedway in 2020 and only a limited schedule was run the following year.

“We used to do it every year. It was a bit bigger event in the last few years,” Pierce said. “I think we’ll have to put more planning into this.

“To be honest, we didn’t have the numbers I expected. I don’t know if the word hasn’t passed enough.

The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductee and life member of the Welland County Motorcycle Club was nonetheless pleased with how the evening went.

“We had a few notable people, and they enjoyed the camaraderie, and that’s what’s important,” Pierce said.

set the pace

Here are the top three finishers of Saturday night’s motorcycle racing schedule at Welland County Speedway:

Open expert 1. Doug Lawrence, 2. Boyd Deadman, 3. Tyler Seguin.

450 experts 1. Doug Lawrence, 2. Boyd Deadman, 3. Brandon Seguin.

Open Intermediate 1. Roderick Scott, 2. Jeff Orosz, 3. Logan Wilson

450 Intermediate 1. Roderick Scott, 2. Adrian St. Amand, 3. Jeff Orosz.

open beginner 1. Liam Caskie, 2. Seth Little, 3. Eric Orosz.

450 Novice 1. Liam Caskie, 2. Seth Little, 3. Connor Bekker-Thompson

Veterans, 40 years and over 1. Brent Thompson, 2. Bentley Thistlethwaite, 3. Rick Gunby.

Vintage Open 1. Justin Crumb, 2. Clayton Isherwood, 3. Boyd Deadman.

old lights 1. Rick Gunby, 2. Glen Brown, 3. Bill Bak.

Trolleys 1. Sid Scott, 2. Brian Kadwell, 3. Andy Van Dyk.

50cc, air cooled 1. As Simiana, 2. Connor Ruhe, 3. Tye Marceau.

]]> Katherine Ultra Challenge tests teams and a handful of solo competitors in the Northern Territory backcountry https://joergteuchert.com/katherine-ultra-challenge-tests-teams-and-a-handful-of-solo-competitors-in-the-northern-territory-backcountry/ Mon, 01 Aug 2022 01:07:24 +0000 https://joergteuchert.com/katherine-ultra-challenge-tests-teams-and-a-handful-of-solo-competitors-in-the-northern-territory-backcountry/

‘Exhausting’ was the first word that came to mind for Jens Ambjerg-Peterson after crossing the finish line with a time of 10 hours in one of Australia’s most grueling adventure races.

Most are tackling the 80 kilometer multi-sport challenge – which includes six different stages – as a team, while a handful take on the challenge on their own.

On Sunday, Mr Ambjerg-Peterson, 52, was there to prove that age is no barrier.

Two years ago, on his first attempt, he ended up going to the emergency room with two badly injured wrists and near delirium.

“Last year I came in last. Last. I hadn’t done any training before,” he said.

Competitors ran 4.2 kilometers from the second Nitmiluk Gorge.(ABC KatherineRoxanne Fitzgerald)

This year though, with six weeks of training behind him, he hoped it would be a different story.

The Katherine Ultra Challenge begins at dawn, with dozens of swimmers navigating rocks in a freestyle across the sandstone escarpment of Nitmiluk National Park.

The race includes a kayak, a trail through the bush, a 40km road ride as the heat of the day increases, then an 18km rocky mountain bike trail… followed by another test run to finish.

With teammates making their mark in the next stage of the event, the race also tested competitors as they transitioned.

A mountain bike on the track
The Ultra Challenge consisted of two cycling stages, a 40 km road ride and 18 km on a rocky mountain bike trail.(ABC KatherineRoxanne Fitzgerald)

From humble beginnings in 1999, when just 20 runners crossed the finish line, the event now attracts hundreds of competitors and spectators.

Founder Jenny Anderson, who won the race in 2001 because there were no other female competitors, said the challenge was even tougher.

“The concept was 100,000 a day,” she said.

“We were all new, so there were a lot of people who slipped up, but they all survived in the end.”

A woman smiles at the camera.
Jenny Anderson is proud that the event she started in 1999 has grown into the race it is today.(ABC KatherineRoxanne Fitzgerald)

She said the Ultra Challenge was undoubtedly one of the only races of its type in Australia.

“There wouldn’t be many multi-endurance events in such a beautiful country.”

In previous years the swim and canoe leg was modified and relocated after sightings of saltwater crocodiles in Katherine’s Gorge, but this year it was all clear.

Katherine Multi Sport Club President Bronwyn Humphrys said the focus this year was on “making it a little less on the hardcore side and a little more on the enjoyable/competitive side”.

A man runs on a track.
Riders were tested by a steep climb before the path evened out.(ABC KatherineRoxanne Fitzgerald)

“We didn’t want to make it an orienteering race where we had to get people to pull out a compass with them,” she said.

“We wanted them to relax along the course.

“Or [for] those who go a little bit harder, so they can compete rather than worry about which direction they have to go.”

A woman looks sexy smiling at the camera.
Sharon Campbell traveled from Tasmania to compete in near 35 degree heat.(ABC KatherineRoxanne Fitzgerald)

Sharon Campbell came from Tasmania and competed in the four kilometer canoe and eight kilometer track race with her team.

She called the event “hot”.

“I loved the paddling, it was nice and cool and in the shade, but the run was really steep to start with and then it plateaus.

“I was carrying a lot of water because I knew I was going to be very hot.

“I just threw it at myself to try and calm myself down.”

A man smiles at the camera.
Dan Hewitt says he will “definitely” tackle the whole race next year.(ABC KatherineRoxanne Fitzgerald)

Dan Hewitt said the ultra-challenge had been a bucket list race for four years, and finally this year he was able to put together a team.

“It’s something really unique,” he said.

“There are triathlons where you swim, ride, run, but nothing where you get to canoe.

Runners come out of the water.
Dozens of swimmers braved the cold temperatures of Nitmiluk Gorge.(ABC KatherineRoxanne Fitzgerald)

“It was a tandem canoe today which made it more fun, mountain biking, running, there’s nothing I really know that’s like that.”

He said that although he was a seasoned runner, the “hard climb” that starts the trail was a killer.

“There are very, very steep sections going up and down – but you can go as easy or as hard as you want – you can really try pumping fast or you can slow down and enjoy the view a bit more” , did he declare.

A mountain with runners in the distance.
The trail starts off steep and crosses some of the most popular trails in Nitmuluk National Park(ABC KatherineRoxanne Fitzgerald)

Ambitious, he intends to return next year to tackle the event alone.

“This year I was thinking of doing everything, but I’ve only been doing triathlon for about a year, so next year it’s final,” he said.

The fastest teams crossed the finish line at noon, after their last teammate had crossed the rocky and sandy 10km backcountry road.

Two people canoe up a body of water.
The runners paddled through Katherine Gorge in tandem.(ABC KatherineRoxanne Fitzgerald)

For Jens Ambjerg-Peterson, the six weeks of training paid off.

Crossing the finish to the cheers of his proud friends and family, as the organizers packed their bags and almost everyone had gone home, he said the toughest stage was the bike ride from mountain, which criss-crosses the southern escarpment of Nitmiluk National Park.

“I’ve had a couple of piles, so my hips hurt really badly, really really hurt my hips.”

“Next year I will jump on it and be one of the volunteers.”

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A Wilde Run: Lucy Buckingham makes sense of epic CWG opener – Elite News https://joergteuchert.com/a-wilde-run-lucy-buckingham-makes-sense-of-epic-cwg-opener-elite-news/ Sat, 30 Jul 2022 10:05:01 +0000 https://joergteuchert.com/a-wilde-run-lucy-buckingham-makes-sense-of-epic-cwg-opener-elite-news/

There was so much to analyze after the individual races on day one of the Commonwealth Games – here’s Lucy Buckingham with her expert verdict on the main talking points of the men’s event:

For me, Hayden Wildewas the performance of the day in the men’s race, won by Alex Yee. Especially since he showed such great sportsmanship after receiving this penalty.

I think that penalty was very controversial; I’ve thought about it many times and I know the officials do their job and we don’t want anyone getting that unfair advantage.

But from what I could see, his front wheel on his bike went into the rack and then he unclipped (which is legal and not a violation). From what I could see in the footage, he didn’t unclip the helmet before breaking his head.

For me, personally, I still think I would have supported Alex to win, but I think the last 200 meters would have been really exciting. And it just took that away, a little bit.

But the way Hayden behaved, knowing full well that he had been awarded a penalty, I just thought that was really mature and really great to see. And yes, the performance of the day.

swimming surprises

Going back a bit, the swimming start was crazy in both races, although it probably had more impact in the women.

I was surprised to see Matt Hauser back off after being up there for the first five minutes, but that’s when Tayler Reid came on top and did a great job of keeping the swim at a high pace because obviously Henri Schoeman didn’t line up, which changed things a bit.

Dan Dixon also had an amazing swim and stuck with those guys, but then on the bike it was top three against the chasing pack.

Goals lined up in the hunting group

The chase group all had the same goal of not wanting these top three to go too far down the road, which meant they worked well together – at least after a while.

Sam Dickinson obviously did an amazing job, but people were taking turns at the front like Ollie Turner from Jersey.

Up front, Wilde spent a lot of time up front, doing everything he could to make sure they were going to stay away. Without taking anything away from Reid and Jamie Riddle, but it was Wilde who was doing the most to maintain that gap.

I think it took the chasers a few laps, but they started to work better towards the end and that’s when we saw the gap narrowing a bit more. It was a bit of a classic situation, but Dixon and Dickinson did a really good job on the bike to get that time gap down to 15 seconds at T2.

Yee floats forward

The race was super hilly and I guess historically in the World Series and the Olympics you don’t have hilly courses. It is usually the bike course that is the hilliest terrain. So I actually think it played a lot more into Alex’s hands because he just floats them.

But you can never take that away from Alex. He kept his cool and ran away with it.

Something awesome is happening with Hayden and Alex. They have a really good relationship with each other. It’s like they can come to a starting line and race with all their hearts and then cross the line and be really respectful of each other and actually be like friends in a way.

And I think it’s great that we can do that in this sport. It takes a lot for an athlete to be able to do that. So that shows how impressive they are.

You’re watching the BBC today tweeting that punch between the pair – it’s so good for our sport to go out to a wider audience, it’s really getting it out there and it looks so good.

Hats off to Hauser

We also saw Hauser being very smart as well. He knew the English were going to chase Hayden, Reid and Riddle and he just avoided trouble in the chasing pack, but also made sure he kept his legs up for the race.

He’s been running really well in training recently and he’s got some great training partners, so I think he’s been playing very smart.

Nice problem to have

Looking ahead to Sunday’s relay, the England squad have two solid options to offer alongside Alex on the men’s side. It’s a tough choice but in my humble opinion, I think it could be Dan Dixon. He has a very strong swim on him. He obviously rides very well and his running just keeps getting better. So I think he would make a very good addition to a very strong relay.

That said, Sam has proven he has a really good leg up on him in terms of the stints like we saw in Hamburg and I think he could do a really good job too, so that’s a good problem to to have for the England team.

In the end, Dan and Sam showed incredible maturity to do everything they could to help Alex win gold on day one and it was obvious they were both super happy when they crossed the line.

]]> First ride review: The new Cervelo S5 is easier and faster https://joergteuchert.com/first-ride-review-the-new-cervelo-s5-is-easier-and-faster/ Tue, 26 Jul 2022 07:01:22 +0000 https://joergteuchert.com/first-ride-review-the-new-cervelo-s5-is-easier-and-faster/

Two days after the domination of its sponsored team Jumbo-Visma on the Tour de France and the day when Marianne Vos will put on the yellow jersey of the Tour de France Women for the first time, Cervelo has finally and officially announced its latest flagship dedicated to the aero racing bike, the new S5.

Although the entire Jumbo-Visma team raced on the new S5 throughout this season, with Van Aert and Vingaard in green and yellow jerseys matching the S5s on the Champs Élysées, Cervelo had remained fairly silent about the existence of the new framework.

Today Cervelo confirmed all the details, upgrades and tweaks to the new frame and specs for all four complete bike options.

quietly new

It wasn’t just Cervelo’s marketing department that was keeping quiet about the new bike, the bike’s engineers and designers also kept the updates relatively low-key. The new S5 is a refinement of the previous iteration by emphasizing the usability of the already fast bike rather than an entirely new design. The tweaks are subtle: deeper frame sections, a new fork to simplify the front end, and more tire clearance.

Cervelo focused much of the development updates on the front-end of the new S5.

Refine to simplify

The previous iteration of the S5 is still a fast bike, but few, if any, bikes on the market feature a more complex and time-consuming fork, stem and handlebar setup. In addition to the time-consuming internal cable routing, the previous S5 features a two-piece external steering fork assembly that makes up the front nose cone. It requires specific screw lengths for each rod stack height. And then there are the extra spacers and shims to adjust the height and rotation of the bar. And on top of that, the design allowed the preload cone to potentially damage the head tube. In short, the overly complicated setup could see some owners taking time off just to adjust the height, reach and angle of the handlebars.

Fortunately, Cervelo has significantly improved the front-end usability of the new S5. The entire fork, including the nose cone, is now one piece. Gone are the stack specific bolts, replaced with a bolt length compatible with the 30mm of spacer stack adjustment. The handlebar attachment is simplified and allows up to 5° of rotation without additional wedges. The refined bar shape now features a perfectly flat transition area between bar and cowl for improved comfort. And the potential for head tube damage has also been corrected.

Unsurprisingly, the internal routing of wires and hoses remains, meaning a stem or headset bearing change will still require a lot of time. However, the configuration and adjustment are relatively simple. Our S5 test bike arrived fully built with the stem detached from the fork stay. Attaching the stem and setting the bars ready for a ride took about five minutes (though cutting the seatpost to length due to the interrupted seat tube design took a bit longer).

The new stem mount is now much less complex but still far from a simple regular bar and stem.

On top of the good news, by reducing the front-end complexity of the S5, Cervelo also found 53 grams of weight savings. That’s not a huge saving considering the new S5’s overall weight (more on that in a moment), but any weight shaved off that aero platform is a step in the right direction.

Unfortunately, all this ease of use comes at a cost. The new bike is only compatible with electronic shifting. And anyone with the current S5 hoping to swap out their specific stem and handlebar sizes for a new frame will be disappointed to learn that the new front end is incompatible with the old stem and bars.

One thing that remains compatible with the front end is the 25mm offset seatpost from the previous generation of the S5, a part that Cervelo will continue to offer. However, Cervelo says they have listened to bike fitters around the world, who would position riders further forward, and so the S5 now comes with a 15mm offset seatpost, while a 0mm version is also expected to be available. .

To improve

Somewhat surprisingly for a new aero frame, Cervelo’s preview of the new S5 relegates the first mention of aero improvements to third on the list of improvements. And to reiterate, that’s not unexpected given how radical and fast the S5 was already in its design.

That said, Cervelo has still made some aero improvements, mainly thanks to the UCI’s decision to relax its frame design regulations in 2020. The new regulations have allowed Cervelo to deepen the tube profiles of this which was already the fastest aero bike on the market.

These aero tweaks are most noticeable on the deeper head tube, taller bottom bracket area, a new contoured nose on the fork steerer, a sharper dropout, and the taller compensation triangle where the seat tube meets the top tube. More subtly, Cervelo updated the trailing edge of the truncated tubes with what the company describes as “more aggressive shaping.”

Deeper, bigger, faster. Cervelo’s aero updates for the new S5 are mostly improvements to the previous design, all made possible by relaxed UCI regulations.

To simplify all of this, the new S5 features much deeper, more aggressively shaped tubes that Cervelo claims reduce aerodynamic drag by 65 grams compared to the previous S5.

All that extra surface area certainly feels fast, but one would generally assume that taller frame tubes mean more weight. The previous S5 is notorious for being heavy, and while dedicated aero bikes are rarely the best platform for a true weenie-weight build, I was concerned that the new S5 might be heavier again. Fortunately, and despite the larger surface area on many tubes, Cervelo has managed to keep the new S5 a bit lighter than its predecessor (the exact difference is yet to be confirmed). Lighter maybe, but my 56cm test bike still weighed 8.03kg with Shimano Ultegra 12-speed Di2 and Reserve’s new 52/63 wheelset, before the pedals.

Wider

As for the new Reserve wheels, Cervelo increased the clearance to 34mm (measured tire width) for the new S5. According to the brand, the new frameset is optimized around the increased width of the wheels and matching tires, which they believe is aerodynamically faster and more comfortable.

The new S5 is fitted with Reserve’s new 52/63 wheelset.

The new wheels, developed under Reserve’s Turbulent Aero philosophy of developing and testing wheels against real-world turbulent and windy conditions, are said to stall less dramatically at greater yaw angles (follow the link for a podcast CyclingTips Nerd Alert on the subject). Reverse claims they are 50 grams faster in laminar (traditional) flow and 54 grams faster in turbulent flow than the outgoing Reserve 50/65 combo.

The right or wrong set of wheels and tires can make or break any bike. Based on just two rides so far, the inclusion of Reserve’s new 52/63 with 28mm Vittoria Corsas on the new S5 certainly helps do that.

The S5 geometry is unchanged from the previous generation.

First driving impressions

With two little things called the Tour de France and Eurobike over the past month, I’ve only managed two rides on the new S5 so far. And as such, a longer-term review will follow. In the meantime, first impressions suggest Cervelo has created an incredibly fast race bike.

Yes, the weight of the S5 remains high. And even the newly simplified front-end further complicates the simple stem too much. However, all of that was forgiven in the first round. The weight and stem are the knock-on effect of the improved aero, and the S5 offers more than just fast feel and average speed numbers from what I’ve seen to date.

The S5’s deep aero tubes and wild cockpit layout made me expect a shockingly heavy and slow ride feel. And yet, I was immediately surprised by the lightness, agility and responsiveness of the S5.

As a dedicated aero bike with a preexisting focus on pedaling stiffness, the S5 will never be as compliant or comfortable as any other less aero bike on the market. Still, the S5 surprised me with its smooth ride on rough rural roads, probably largely thanks to the bulkier tire system now provided.

Building options

Cervelo will offer the new S5 in a choice of four complete builds: Shimano Dura-Ace (£12,500 / €12,999), Shimano Ultegra Di2 (£9,199 / €9,699), SRAM Red AXS (£12,999 / €13,499) €) and SRAM Force AXS (£9,599 / €10,199). Each version is fitted with the new Reserve 52/63 wheelset and is available in a black or sapphire/white color mix. Pricing for the US and Australia is yet to be confirmed.

Cervelo will also offer a frameset option priced at £5,399 / €5,499, which includes the frame, fork, stem, handlebars and seat post. Plus, if you opt for the frameset, there’s an additional “Tiger Eye” (aka Red) colorway.

Expect a deeper dive and a fuller review soon. In the meantime, you will find more information on Cervelo.com

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Heat wave shortens New York triathlon https://joergteuchert.com/heat-wave-shortens-new-york-triathlon/ Sun, 24 Jul 2022 19:18:49 +0000 https://joergteuchert.com/heat-wave-shortens-new-york-triathlon/

Excessive heat disrupted the New York Triathlon on Sunday, forcing organizers to shorten the race and make other safety adjustments.

While organizers kept the nearly one-mile swim in the Hudson River, the 24.8-mile West Side Highway bike leg was cut to 12.4 miles and the 6.2-mile run in large part in Central Park was reduced to 2.5 miles.

Also, as the water temperature had soared to nearly 80 degrees at the start of the race around dawn, the wetsuits – which many triathletes wear to help with buoyancy and to protect against cold water – have been banned.