Greipel and Dan Martin to ride new Factor Ostro VAM aero bike at the Tour de France

Image 1 of 2

Factor Ostro VAM

André Greipel was spotted aboard an all-new Factor aero bike (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
Image 2 of 2

Factor Ostro VAM

The same bike was spotted beneath Dan Martin, suggesting the bike might be able to meet the UCI’s weight limit of 6.8kg (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

At the Tour de France teams presentation, Israel Start-Up Nation’s André Greipel and Dan Martin took to the stage aboard as-yet-unreleased Factor road bikes, which Cyclingnews believes to be the new Factor Ostro VAM.

The bike in question is unquestionably aero in design, sharing traits with other aero offerings such as the new Canyon Aeroad, also spotted at the Tour team presentation beneath Alejandro Valverde. 

Rumours have been circulating of a new bike from the British brand since a new model appeared on the UCI’s list of approved frame and forks on July 22. The Ostro, given the frame code of

Read More

Read More

Tour de France bikes 2020 | Who’s riding what at this year’s race?

The 2020 Tour de France features 22 teams battling it out over 21 stages. The riders are the best in the world and they ride the most advanced bikes money can buy – in fact, the Tour de France is cycling’s biggest shop window for sponsors, putting the latest machines in front of the paying public.

Launches this year have been low-key affairs but we’ve still seen a range of new bikes likely to be raced at the Tour, from brands including Specialized, BMC, Merida, Factor and Trek.

However, there’s been nothing new on the high-end groupset front since SRAM AXS in early 2019, and we’ve not seen the usual torrent of “saves 3 seconds at 55kph” type stuff attached to wheel launches.

We’ve put together a complete list of the bikes in this year’s Tour de France, along with the kit they’re fitted with, and have picked out some

Read More

Read More

Miguel Angel Lopez crashes into road sign, keeps riding at Tour de France

Lopez, the team leader for Astana, lost control of his bike at the start of a curve and skid on wet pavement into the sign on the other side of the road. Moments later, race footage showed Lopez standing next to the bike and the sign.

Lopez, a 26-year-old nicknamed Superman after fending off knifewielding thieves who tried to steal his bike during a training ride at age 16, finished

Read More

Read More

Pearl Izumi Tour Road Shoe review

Pearl Izumi Tour Road Shoe
Pearl izumi


Our review

Retro-looking, lightweight and comfortable sportive and training shoes

Low weight, good stiffness, comfort and venting

White may not stay white for long, and keep those laces safely tucked in

Skip to view product specifications

Pearl Izumi’s Tour Road Shoe are compatible with two-bolt as well as three-bolt cleats – as are Bontrager’s Circuits and Northwave’s Core Plus – but unlike many other road cycling shoes they come with laces

Why laces? Well, these may have been largely superseded by Velcro or Boa and ATOP dials, or a mix of the above, but laces offer all the adjustability you need to get a tight, secure fit and they help to keep weight down too.

The Tours come with a spare set of black laces and there’s an elasticated tab on the tongue to tuck them into.

Read More

Read More

Photo Story: The 2020 Adaptive Gravity Tour Hits Up Big White for Some Bike Park Laps

And now for something completely different: This past weekend, Kootenay Adaptive Sport Association (KASA) hit Big White for some Adaptive DH laps. This was the second stop on the Kootenay Adaptive Gravity Tour, as a dry run for a larger DH tour that will happen in 2021, COVID permitting. The big goal of this tour is to get the bike resorts up to speed for Adaptive riding and show the world that Adaptive MTB is here in a big way. AMTB is progressing fast, both in skill and technology, and the riders can hit black trails, rock gardens, drops, gap jumps, most of the same features a 2-wheeled rider can ride.

The idea is to get to a point where an Adaptive rider can hit a gravity resort and have the same experience as anyone else. There’s a long way to go, but the resorts are working to make it

Read More

Read More

There’s no better time for walking, bicycle tour of outdoor art in downtown Spokane, Kendall Yards

With galleries, restaurants, theaters and other art-displaying venues shuttered to maintain safe social distancing, public art in the great outdoors has never seemed so vital.

The sculptures that enliven our local paths have been carefully rendered by recognized artists for a variety of reasons. In conjunction with the city, some artworks were commissioned by our local and state arts organizations to commemorate events or honor residents, others to provide beauty or provoke feelings.

Viewing Spokane’s public art in the fresh air by foot or bike is a fantastic option for staying healthy while remaining engaged in something resembling civic life. And did we mention it’s free?

“I love thinking about those shared experiences of viewing public art between people,” said Melissa Huggins, executive director of Spokane Arts.

“That’s the beauty of experiencing art, in any form, whether you’re reading a book, listening to music, watching someone dance: You’re experiencing another

Read More

Read More