Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

first_imgEvents12 Hours of Iron Maiden tomorrow – Who cares if it is last minute. You are totally up for it; it’s a holiday weekend, so what else do you have planned?  Their longest race of the year kicks off this Saturday, and a perfect day of sunshine and warm temps is in the forecast.  Head down to the flowy trails at Tannehill in McCalla, AL and get in a good day of racing on the mountain bike. ChainBusterRacing.comJoin Southeast Endurance in April for the Harbison 100 Marathon XC – The grassroots Southeast Endurance Project team is hosting the 100km marathon cross country race in Columbia, SC on April 16th. Come out to Harbison State Forest to join in a tough race with serious competition, as they tune up 6 weeks ahead of the US Marathon XC National Championships down the road in Augusta, GA on June 4th. Details on their Facebook.Advocacy6 days left to help the Great Bike Giveaway dole out up to 600 bikes to special needs kids – The Great Bike Giveaway 2016 by The Friendship Circle closes Wed, Mar 30. So far 100 adaptive bicycles are being given away. There are only 6 more days to raise enough funds so ALL the kids can receive bikes. Support this great mission by donating any amount, casting your votes, and spreading the word. FriendshipCircle.org2016 nomination open for the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame – Each year the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame accepts nominations for annual inductees, as five new members can be recognised each year. Up until the Apr 15 deadline, MMBHoF wants to hear who we think has had a lasting impact on the sport. MMBHoF.orgTrainingWomen get your trail on with 14 Trek Dirt Series camps this year – North America’s first, longest-running, and leading women’s mountain bike camp, the Trek Dirt Series, opened up registration for the year and already has had 500 sign up. Join the largely female coaching staff, many of whom are professional coaches, teachers and professors in their “day jobs”, as they focus on building high-end skills in an incredibly supportive environment. 14 women’s specific and 4 co-ed camps will run across North America at 11 locations, starting Apr through Sep. DirtSeries.comJoin a new virtual Road Cycling Summit this April – From Apr 6-10 the folks behind the Cycling 360 podcast are hosting a free online conference to help improve your riding and cycling experience. The Summit is a series of 20 webinars with experts from around the cycling world, with topics like how to plan your training, how to stay motivated, to how to become a better climber. Everything is free, so give it a shot. Celebrate new gear with Kitsbow & win in Obsessives #Roadventure Giveaway – To go along with the launch of their new road collection, Kitsbow has teamed up with 10 co-sponsors to create the Obsessives #Roadventure Giveaway. The prizes are the ultimate kit for your #roadventure. Among other items, winners will receive: Kitsbow road kit, a Santa Cruz Stigmata CC frame, a SRAM Red CX drivetrain, Strava Pro membership, a Smith Overtake helmet, and more. Check it out and sign up before Apr 15…last_img read more

2013 Shimano Road Wheels – New Aero Clincher, Tubeless & Tubular Options

first_imgThe C24’s hubs are on the left, and the other wheels shown below all use the OptBal 2:1 lacing with the hubs on the right. All wheels use a new full titanium freehub body. Previously, Shimano’s freehub mechanism had a ti outer section where the cassette sits, but the internal bits were steel. Now it’s all ti, baby!The C35 has 35mm deep rim and comes in tubeless clincher (shown) and a full carbon tubular.  Full specs are:WH-9000-C35-CL 35mm Carbon/Alloy Laminate ClincherOpt-Bal 2:1 lacingCarbon laminate construction rim (~439g)Extra wide flange hub (+7mm)100% Ti FH body1488gMSRP $2199.99WH-9000-C35-TU 35mm Carbon TubularOpt-Bal 2:1 lacing100% Carbon construction rim (~362g)Off-set rim with extra wide flange hub (+7mm)100% Ti FH body1362gMSRP $2999.99 The C50 gets a deeper 50mm rim and comes as a carbon alloy clincher (left) or full carbon tubular (right). Features are:WH-9000-C50-CL 50mm Carbon/Alloy Composite Clincher23mm D2 rim profileOpt-Bal 2:1 lacingCarbon/Alloy constructionExtra wide flange hub (+7mm)Hidden nipples100% Ti FH body1672gMSRP $2399.99WH-9000-C50-TU 50mm Carbon Tubular24mm D2 rim profileOpt-Bal 2:1 lacing100% High modulus carbon constructionExtra wide flange hub (+7mm)Hidden nipples100% Ti FH body1449gMSRP $3199.99 The 9000-series Dura-Ace hubs, like all of the complete wheels, continue to use Shimano’s cup-and-cone angular contact bearing system. It’s reliable, easy to service and Shimano says it’s strong and rolls smooth. We’d agree based on our use of them. The big changes are the move to 11-speed and a full titanium freehub assembly like on the wheels. They lose 12g from the 7900-series hubs.They’ll be available in 24, 28, 32 and 36 spoke hole options, front and rear. Lastly, the tallest wheels are the C75 and only come as a full carbon fiber tubular. Features are:WH-9000-C75-TU 75mm Carbon Tubular24mm D2 rim profileOpt-Bal 2:1 lacing100% High modulus carbon constructionExtra wide flange hub (+7mm)Hidden nipples100% Ti FH body1545gMSRP $3499.99And the wheels come with these nifty skewers: In addition to the completely revamped Dura-Ace DA9000 and 9070 Di2 groups just unveiled, Shimano has introduced a refreshed road bike wheel lineup and Dura-Ace hubs, too.Across the range, they’ve made the rims wider for better comfort and performance. The deeper wheels get a new aero profile to negate the effects of crosswinds, and most receive a new lacing and hub design to improve response and speed. Dubbed, OptBal 2:1, the rear wheels get 3x lacing for 14 spokes on the drive side and seven straight pull spokes on the non drive side. They’re perfectly tangential to the spoke flange to eliminate unnecessary stress and bending.All wheels are 11-speed ready to go with the new components. The non-drive flange has been pushed out 7mm to maintain proper triangulation, and the freehub body is 1.85mm wider. Shimano’s NA road product manager Dave Lawrence says the wheels and the hubs will require both a 1.85mm spacer (included with wheels) and the standard 1mm spacer (comes with cassette) to run a 10-speed cassette on them.Lawrence says there was already space on the hubs to move the non-drive flange out, they just hadn’t taken advantage of it.  They also used offset spoke holes on the rims, so spoke triangulation actually improves without any frame clearance issues. The OptBal 2:1 lacing uses this to give balanced overall tension between the two sides of the wheel – non-drive spokes are pulling twice as hard, but there’s half as many of them.The new rims are called D2 and are 23mm or 24mm wide depending on the wheel model. They also gave them a deeper tire bed so the tire sits more flush with the sidewall and there’s no gap on the clinchers. According to their PR, these combined features balance frontal and side aerodynamics.Above, the new C24 wheels are the only ones that don’t get the OptBal lacing. They’re available in both clincher and Road Tubeless clincher. The clincher rim weight comes in around 383g while the tubeless one is about 420g. Lawrence says the weight difference is mainly because the rim bed is closed on the tubeless models, so you don’t need rim tape. Saving a tube should yield a net lower weight wheelset once tires are installed. Features are:WH-9000-C24-CL 24mm Carbon/Alloy Laminate ClincherCarbon laminate construction rim (~383g)Clincher onlyOff-set rim with wide flange hub100% Ti FH body1364gMSRP$1399.99WH-9000-C24-TL 24mm Carbon/Alloy Laminate Tubeless ClincherShimano Road Tubeless and tube compatible rimCarbon laminate construction rim (~420g)Off-set rim with wide flange hub100% Ti FH body1454gMSRP $1499.99last_img read more

North and South Korea summit: Who’s who in each delegation

first_imgChung Sung-Jun/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will sit down for a historic summit Friday and will be accompanied by the most powerful officials from both countries.The list comprises of all related parties who have worked out a meticulous process to materialize this summit into “spring of Korean Peninsula,” according to the South’s presidential office.Delegates who will accompany their leaders through the inter-Korean summit are considered those who are deeply aware of the overall atmosphere in the Korean Peninsula. Compared to the past two summits in 2000 and 2007, military experts are included in the delegation.Here’s a look at who’s who attending the inter-Korean summit:North Korean delegation— Kim Yong-nam, North Korea’s nominal head of state, played a major role in steering Seoul and Pyongyang to a peace mood.— Kim Yo-jong, the influential younger sister of Kim Jong-un, serves as director of propaganda and agitation for the Department of the Workers’ Party of Korea. She came into the limelight early this year while leading the North’s delegation to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and delivering Kim’s handwritten letter to President Moon.— Kim Yong-chol, vice chairman of the ruling Workers’ Party of Koreas, is known to be another powerful elite in Pyongyang. He took a leading part in bringing “spring to the Korean peninsula” after his visit during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Kim was a chief military negotiator during 2006 and 2008 inter-Korean talks, but is also labeled the most dangerous North Korean general by the South because he was in charge of the Reconnaissance General Bureau when a South Korean naval ship was attacked in 2010. The South Korean intelligence agency has said the North Koreans were to blame; the North has since denied any involvement.— Choe Hwi, vice party chairman and the chief of the national sports body, was part of a high-level delegation teaOlympics Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Managing sports-related policies is of considerable importance within the North Korean regime. Analysts say Choe played an important role in garnering Communist Party support for Kim Jong-un shortly after he came into power.— Ri Son-gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country, also known as the right-hand man of Kim Yong-chol, was a member of the high-level delegation to the Winter Olympics. Ri was the chief delegate of North Korea during the first high-level talks between two Koreas in January. He left the conference venue in 2011 during a military working-level talk with South Korean counterparts. But Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon of South Korea told the South Korean press that Ri’s negotiation attitude has changed from the past.— Ri Myong-su, the chief of the general staff of the Korean People’s Army, started his military career during the Korean War. The 84-year-old general was formerly responsible for the daily operational management of the DPRK’s naval, ground, air and anti-air forces.— Ri Yong-ho, North Korea’s foreign minister, is known as a skillful negotiator. He had talks in the past regarding North Korean nuclear program with the U.S.— Ri Su-yong, vice party chairman on international affairs. He is the spokesman in talks with the U.S. and is known as one of the most influential person in the making decisions.— Park Yong-sik, the minister of North Korea’s armed forces.South Korean delegation— Chung Eui-yong, national security advisor, who visited Pyongyang early this year as an envoy. He is regarded in South Korea as the mastermind behind the inter-Korean rapprochement. Chung also personally delivered Kim’s message to President Trump at the White House last month.— Suh Hoon, national intelligence service director, is deeply involved in proceeding the summit along with Chung. Media reports say he also helped coordinate the deal through close consultations with his American counterpart, Mike Pompeo, then-Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.— Cho Myoung-gyon, unification minister, participated in both 2000 and 2007 inter-Korean summit and played a key role in the preparation of the upcoming summit.— Im Jong-seok, presidential chief of staff, is known to be the closest aide to President Moon. A former student activist, Im has been criticized by the opposition as left-leaning and pro-North, and for steering South Korea dangerously closer to the communist Pyongyang.“North’s choice of official entourage show their consideration in further talks with the upcoming U.S and international talks,” Im Jong-seok, South’s presidential chief of staff, said during a press briefing Thursday at the inter-Korean summit press center.— Song Young-moo, Defense Minister— Kang Kyung-wha, Foreign Minister— Jeong Kyeong-doo, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who was added last Thursday.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more