Chris Froome Fails Anti-Doping Test

Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome had twice the permissible amount of asthma medication in his system during the Vuelta a España in September, the UCI and his team revealed on Wednesday.

Pro cycling’s governing body said an anti-doping test that the British Team Sky rider took in Spain on September 7 showed more than the allowable level of 1,000 ng/ml of the drug Salbutamol in his body.

Team Sky gave more information, saying the test showed the presence of 2,000 ng/ml—twice the allowed limit—but said Froome had taken the medicine because he suffered from asthma toward the end of the race, which he went on to win.

The team insisted, however, that 32-year-old Froome had taken no more than the amount allowed under the rules.

"During the final week of the Vuelta, Chris experienced acute asthma symptoms," Team Sky said in a statement. "On the advice of the Team Sky doctor, he used an increased dosage of Salbutamol (still within the permissible doses) in the run-up to the 7 September urine test."

Sky said Froome had declared his use of the medication, adding, "The notification of the test finding does not mean that any rule has been broken."

RELATED: 7 Riders Who Can Beat Chris Froome in 2018

The UCI has asked Froome to provide more information but, in line with World Anti-Doping Agency guidelines, has not suspended him.

Froome himself said the UCI was "absolutely right" to scrutinize the test results. He said that during the Vuelta he had "followed the team doctor’s advice to increase my Salbutamol dosage."

"As always, I took the greatest care to ensure that I did not use more than the permissible dose," Froome said. "Together with the team, I will provide whatever information [the UCI] requires."

Raising new questions

Froome was notified of the test on September 20, the day he finished third in the world time-trial championship in Bergen, Norway. He has not competed since then, but has announced his intention to try to win at least two of the three big tours, in France and in Italy, in 2018.

Froome, widely considered the greatest Tour rider of his generation, is scheduled to race the Giro d’Italia next May, ahead of defending his Tour de France title in July.

Sky’s aim for next year was to have Froome enter a clique of riders who held all three Grand Tour titles at the same time, and for him to clinch a record-equalling fifth Tour de France title after his victories in 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

RELATED: Could Chris Froome Win Six Tours de France?

The test is bound to raise new questions about British cycling following the scandal surrounding the only previous British Tour de France winner, Bradley Wiggins, over his use of so-called therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs).

It emerged that Wiggins received TUEs in order to take a corticosteroid before his three biggest races in 2011, 2012, and 2013, including his 2012 Tour de France win.

Wiggins and Sky have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, saying the drug was prescribed to treat a longstanding pollen allergy.

In 2008 Italian sprinter Alessandro Petacchi was given a 12-month ban and stripped of five stage wins in the 2007 Giro d’Italia despite having a TUE for Salbutamol, having also exceeded the limit.

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Bike Build Ideas: Winter Road Bike

by Igor

Now that we’ve had our first snowfall of the year, I’m seeing an influx of social media posts showing riders dragging their winter bike out of the shed/garage/stack of other bikes.

Thermos’, great for keeping coffee hot as well as bikes upright

While winter bikes are frequently under-appreciated, each part and accessory is chosen and built with under-appreciation in mind. That is, if your chain gets rusty from the salt and sand mixture on the road, it isn’t a big deal – just get another cheap one and ride the bike. Tire shredded from debris after a big melt? There’s another hanging in the shed, aging. So what if the color doesn’t match?

The biggest difference between a winter bike and a not-winter bike is the meticulous curation of components and accessories to give you maximum enjoyment without breaking the bank with upkeep.

First, make sure your steel frame (do they make other kinds?) is frame-saver’d. Our frames are prepped out of the factory, but if you have an older frame and fork, or don’t know if it has been done, it’s worth the afternoon and do it before building it up.

Sometimes you just need a reminder

Most obviously: fenders. Full coverage fenders are a must-have for winter and the rain. They’ll keep you, your drivetrain, and, more importantly, your riding buddies clean and happy. If you’ve ever ridden behind someone without fenders during a rainstorm, you know what I mean. No one likes road grime to the face. I’ve selected the 700c Facetted Fenders for this build – they’re a favorite of mine. I’ve also added a low-hanging mudflap on the front to protect my feet against stray washouts.

I’ve selected a few components that are cheap, plentiful, and have been serving me well for years. They come with the added benefit of cheap chains and cassettes, so I don’t feel bad dropping a few dozens of dollars on a basic Shimano 10 speed cassette and KMC chain.

To stop in the slop, disc brakes are a must. You’ll never worry about frozen pads and rims like on rim brakes and disc pads only get more bite when they’ve got road junk in them. These cable actuated Spyres are really good. Hydros are better, but I’m not really into messing with hydraulic brakes.

As the sun gets lazier and the days get shorter, lighting is even more important. Winter bikes need to have integrated lighting, at least in the front. I have a cheap and surprisingly not bad light up front matched to a Shutter Precision disc hub. For the rear, I have a bunch of reflective gear and a very bright blinking light with extra batteries in the saddle bag.

Truthfully, I’d be happy to ride this on a warm Spring day or on a blustery December morning like today, so I don’t really know if it is a true "winter bike". I think it’s simply a great road-ridin’ bike to just hop on and explore backroad twistys and climb some hills regardless of the weather.

Do you really need to have a winter specific bike? What makes it special for you?

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IMBA announces nine new EPICS for 2017

The International Mountain Biking Association has announced its 2017 class of IMBA EPICS, consisting of nine trails and trail systems in the United States and beyond.

IMBA EPICS are defined as “demanding, mostly (at least 80%) singletrack trail experiences in a natural setting that are technically and physically challenging, at least 20 miles in length, and denote a true backcountry experience.” These are “bucket list” rides nominated by local riders and serve as inspiration for “bucket list” adventures.

There are now 46 EPICS in all regions of the U.S., as well as Australia, Canada, Finland, Iceland New Zealand and Wales.

IMBA says, “The new class of IMBA EPICS range from a 50-mile backcountry ride in New Zealand that winds its way through remote valleys, across mountain tops and down river gorges and should only be attempted by experienced, self-sufficient riders; to the well-loved and well-known Tsali Loops along North Carolina’s Fontana Lake.”

Heaphy, New Zealand IMBA EPIC

Here are the 2017 designees:

Aspen Snowmass Mega Loop, Aspen, CO
Galena Grinder, Sun Valley, ID
Heaphy Track, Nelson, New Zealand
Johnson Pass, Kenai Peninsula, AK
Mohican State Park MTB Trail, Loudonville, OH
Old Ghost Road, Nelson, New Zealand
Sininen Saavutus Trail, Hossa National Park, Finland
South Boundary Trail, Taos, NM
Tsali Loops, Bryson City, NC

Aspen Mega Loop IMBA EPIC in Colorado

More information about all IMBA EPICS can be found here.

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KICKR Trainer a Best Seller

Being listed on Deloitte’s Fast 500, talked about on rides, and connected to the popular Zwift, means I just can’t ignore Wahoo KICKR Trainer any longer. It’s not that I intended too, it’s just that I work from home. I go on a ride to get out of the house, in most weather, and to clear my head.

Wahoo KICKR Trainer in Eric Stobin’s garage, he’s the North American Sales Manager.

In the past 5 years, gear has gotten so much better and with Fat Bikes, there’s really nothing stopping a good ride from happening, except motivation and for me bad air. (I’ll make an exception for freezing fog as that’s the absolute worst condition to ride in).

A wind trainer, as we used to call them, or rollers was for a good warm up before a race. I just don’t do well sitting in a basement grinding the pedals to a prescribed workout. But everyone else does…including my friend John who I asked to test the Kickr out for me.

He loves it.

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My friend John’s set up in his home office.

And for good reason, the predecessors like Tacx or a Saris connected to Trainer Road mimicked “road feel” with a resistance motor and paced you through a workout.

It was primitive compared to the video game style of Zwift now and with attention paid to industrial design, there’s a real nice experience with a trainer.

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Eric warming up the Kickr warm me.

Really, before trainers like KICKR “wind trainer” meant you were pedaling what amounted to a fan with a magnet and would wear out a tire from the roller.

Not anymore.

Considering their success with strong competition, what sets Wahoo Fitness part is their evangelist. Their sales people are out in the shops, the races, and rides being face forward with their clients and customers.

It makes a huge difference and they’ve been rewarded with record-breaking sales and no signs of stopping.

Getting outside is ever more important to me as I shared on Medium earlier this week, but if you’re interested in a high-quality, next-generation trainer, I recommend the KICKR. The 2017 version is

  • Quieter: volume and tone has improved
  • More precise: power measuring has increase accuracy and reduce faults
  • More responsive: during instant leaps of power, the unit is more refreshes faster
  • Better connectivity: lights indicate what’s connected
  • Improved handle: much easier to carry and doesn’t flop over.

Up next, I’ll tell you how Wahoo targeted Garmin and built a great bike computer ($329 on Amazon) too. And, with John raving about the KICKR so much, I’ll try it out as well.

Specifications

  • Flywheel Weight: 12.5 pounds
  • ANT+, ANT+ FE-C, & Bluetooth Smart for iOS and Droid
  • Max Wattage 2000 W
  • Max Incline 20%
  • Fits 24″, 650c, 700c, 26″, 27.5″, 29″ wheels
  • 130/135mm QR, 12x142mm, and 12x148mm
  • Total weight: 47 lbs
  • Footprint: 21″x28″ (54cm x 71cm)
  • 1 year warranty

Find the KICKR at a dealer near you, online, or from from Amazon.

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Increase Your Mobility With These 5 Stretches for Cyclists

Cyclists tend to have issues with mobility due to all the time spent in the same position doing a repetitive motion. Problem areas typically include the shoulders, back, hip flexors, and quads. If not addressed, your lack of flexibility could hold back your training. Tight quads, for example, can pull your kneecap out of alignment, which can lead to grinding knee pain.

RELATED: 4 Essential Stretches for Boosting Your Flexibility

You can prevent any immobility and weakness by improving your flexibility. Try incorporating these mobility moves into your training plan to start feeling stronger in the saddle. Remember to start off slow and build your flexibility over time to avoid muscle strain or injury. (For more awesome moves like these check out the full Maximum Overload for Cyclists book and training plan.)

The Essentials

  • Do these mobility moves two to three times a week
  • Push yourself until you feel a stretch and build up flexibility over time
  • Stop if you feel a sharp pain

Bench Bar

  • This exercise is great for people with limited shoulder mobility
  • You’ll need a bar or single dumbbell
  • Kneel in front of a bench and place your arms on it with your elbows centered in the middle and your palms up
  • Sit back on your heels and bring the bar or dumbbell overhead
  • Then, lower the weight behind your neck
  • Put the weight over your shoulders forcing your chest down
  • Aim for 10 reps on each side and two to three sets (beginners: start with lower number; experienced gym buffs can go higher)

Foam Roller T-Spine

  • If you constantly find yourself slouching and are looking to improve your posture, this one is for you
  • This stretch is designed to help restore your back and shoulders by training you to retract your scapulas and open your chest
  • Lie on your back with a foam roller underneath your spine supporting your head and butt
  • Start by reaching your hands out over your head, then slowly bring them down toward the floor with your elbows bending in and your palms up
  • Continue to raise and lower your arms to add to the stretch
  • Aim for 10 reps and two to three sets

RELATED: Does Stretching Alter Your Muscles or Your Brain?

Classic kneeling hip flexor stretch

  • This stretch targets the iliopsoas, one of the main hip flexors
  • Kneel with one knee up and the other down on the floor behind you
  • Keep both knees at a 90-degree angle
  • Your hips and chest should be vertical and straight
  • Squeeze your glutes and focus on driving your hip forward and pressing your rear knee into the ground
  • Hold for 30 seconds, and then repeat on the other side

Foam roller hip flexor

  • This move can be done using a foam roller, medicine ball, or lacrosse ball
  • Lie facedown across your roller with it underneath your hip
  • Drive the roller into the crease of your hip as you roll back and forth over any tight, tender areas to maximize your flexibility
  • Roll each side for about 30 seconds, repeating as needed

Side lying quad stretch

  • There are many ways to stretch your quads but this method is safe and relaxed
  • Lie on your side with your bottom arm outstretched and your head resting on top
  • Reach back with your other hand to grab your top foot and pull it toward your butt until you feel a stretch
  • Hold for 30 seconds, then repeat on the other side

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This Fitness Coach Replaced Her Car With an E-Bike for a Month. Here’s What She Learned.

I’ve had a fascination with e-bikes for a few years now. I first learned about them on a gravel bike ride, when an e-bike rider flew by me with a smile on his face. In that very moment I wasn’t impressed, and the word “cheater!” came to mind as he happily breezed down the path.

But after the outing, we caught up and he shared his tales of riding in the Rockies, exploring more than 50 miles a day, and backpacking to places he would have never imagined without the extra assistance.

His adventure changed my thought process and inspired me to give it a try. I challenged myself to ride an e-bike for a month in lieu of driving my car to see if I could save money on gas, use a different mode to run errands, and increase my non-exercise activity. Here is what I learned along the way:

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Getting Set Up

I was sent a test bike to use for my challenge—the Trek Super Commuter+ 8S. The bike is powered by a Bosch Performance Speed mid-drive system with a long-range 500w battery. When charged fully, the battery provides between 24 and 80 miles, depending on factors like the power mode chosen, the weight of the rider, and cadence. It also operates on a power-assist system that requires you to pedal to receive the e-boost, meaning you can’t just coast along—you’ve got to put in a little work.

The cool part is that you can adjust the amount of assistance from low (eco mode, which gets you more miles) to high (turbo). If you’re in the mood to work harder, you can even ride it without any assistance at all. And when it’s time to charge it up, you can do so by keeping battery on the bike, or remove it and bring it inside with you. Going from empty to full charge takes about 4.5 hours.

RELATED: 12 Game-Changing New E-Bikes for Every Type of Cyclist

Other than riding it around the block a thousand times like I just received it on Christmas morning, I took the e-bike for its maiden voyage on the Un-El Tour Ride, a fun and casual ride around downtown Tucson, Arizona, to explore the street art. I had ridden 54 hard miles in El Tour de Tucson the day before, which left my body aching quite a bit. The casual nature of this ride was perfect timing.

I decided to set the e-bike on Turbo mode to get to the tour from my home, and holy jeepers that was a fun ride. I not only covered the 10 miles averaging 24 miles per hour with ease (it tops out at 28 mph), I enjoyed using the pedal assist to get in a light ride for a warmup and shake off the remnants of the tour on my legs. I turned off the power for the arts ride, and then used Turbo again on the way home. Cheating it is not. It is another opportunity to play outside.

I Drove Less and Explored More

Though I did drive a few times for date night and to transport the bike for a destination ride, I found that I was successful in riding instead of driving for much of the month. Instead of getting in my vehicle to haul my bike to the trailhead, I rode and was able to warm up before I tackled the trail hike or run. My husband rode it as well and found he was able to ride farther and explore the trails more as he builds up his biking fitness.

Wherever I rode, the e-bike spurred conversations with enthusiasts. An insurance agent who rides his e-bike to work daily calculated that he saves $130 a month on gas. Then there was an Army veteran who was injured on duty and using the his e-bike to recover. As the month went on, I found myself getting into a new rhythm with the e-bike, and was more in tune with my surroundings, my body, and my mission for the ride.

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The author used her e-bike to make her daily appointments, get groceries, and get around Tucson, Arizona. Jenny Hadfield

Normally, I grocery shop once per week and get everything we need. Because I was riding to the grocery store now, I found I had enough room in the bike’s frame-mounted bags for about two bags of groceries. So instead of tossing things mindlessly into the cart, I walked the store planning meals for the next two to three days. This evolved into buying more veggies, fruits, and proteins, because that was on top of the list and I had no room for the other stuff. My husband and I began eating in those two- to three-day cycles, and when the fresh food was eaten I would ride to the store and replenish.

The result—along with saving a little money on gas—was a lot less food in our cupboard and a spending about $78 less on food during the month.

RELATED: 9 Ways to Make Bike Commuting Easier for You

I Moved More

I spent the first half of my career moving all the time. I was the director of the Discover Card Corporate Fitness Center and was always teaching classes, training employees, testing new exercises, and taking care of the facility. When I wasn’t there, I was building my run coaching practice. The second half of my career has involved a lot of writing and creating, which means a ton more sitting. Sitting has changed my body, and it is a daily goal to maintain what I like to call NEAT—non-exercise activity thermogenesis. In normal language, that is the energy expended for everything we do that is not sleeping, eating, or sports-like exercise.

The e-bike completely upped the movement in my life outside of my core workouts. I achieved this goal daily by riding to run errands. When I sold a bike saddle, I rode to meet the guy who bought it. I rode to pick up our mail and ship packages for the holidays. I rode to several meetings. I rode to Starbucks to write, and then began exploring all the other stores in town. The result was boosting my daily NEAT factor, as well as my body’s wellness. Although it’s only been a month, I can already feel the difference in how my body feels (fewer aches) because I’m moving more and sitting for long hours a lot less.

A Challenge That’s Worth It

Making a commitment to ride instead of drive might seem unrealistic or tedious. But as the month progressed, I found myself feeling better because of the movement. I actually enjoyed falling into a routine that called for bike locks instead of car keys. Plus, it forced me to improve my diet and choose veggies and fruits instead of a big old bag of tortilla chips.

Am I going to continue to ride an e-bike? Absolutely, and I’m already putting one on my wishlist for the holidays. In addition to all the perks mentioned above, it’s just fun. (To improve your skills and knowledge, check out our Complete Book of Cycling Road Skills.)

The article This Running Coach Replaced Her Car With an E-Bike for a Month. Here’s What She Learned originally appeared on Runner’s World.

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If You Have Diabetes, Here’s Exactly What to Order at 8 Types of Restaurants​

If you’re eating Chinese food, chances are there’s going to be rice on your plate. And if that rice is white, be prepared for a major blood sugar spike. White rice is so troublesome that one study found that for each serving a person ate per day, their risk of developing type 2 diabetes jumped by 11 percent.

Since Chinese food just isn’t, well, Chinese food without rice, go with a half-cup of the brown variety. It’s a good source of magnesium, a mineral that helps your body use insulin more efficiently. As for the rest of your plate, Weisenberger recommends starting your meal with either hot and sour soup or steamed dumplings, and following it with a main dish of moo goo gai pan or steamed fish and veggies.

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How This 52-Year-Old Woman Dropped 55 Pounds and a Bad Drinking Habit

Life comes at you fast sometimes. Perhaps after a few tough personal and professional years you find yourself 66 pounds overweight, drinking martinis, wine, and cognac every night, questioning whether you need some professional help. Then, even though you’re well past the age when parental gifts can save you from life’s lows, you remember that bike your dad gave you. Sure, it’s a trash-picked mountain bike that weighs a metric ton. But it puts you on a path that leads to the thought that maybe this cycling thing is the solution. And 55 pounds down and hundreds of skipped drinks later, you know you’re right.

These strength training exercises will help improve your cycling:

That’s the quick and dirty story of Lisa Mae DeMasi, a 52-year-old Boston-area blogger and essayist and dirty martini lover who started her journey to better mental and physical health with a bike commute. “I was living about four miles outside of Harvard Square, where I worked," DeMasi says. "Taking the city bus was no fun and it was out of walking distance. My dad had given me a bike that he had picked up at the dump, so I decided to try riding that.”

She loved everything about her new commute—except the bike. “It was too clunky for urban riding. So I bought an entry-level Jamis Coda, which at the time I thought was the best bike ever,” DeMasi says. And it was, for commuting and shorter rides, which she did for about three years. But this past summer, now over 200 pounds and at her heaviest, she decided she needed an upgrade that would enable her to do long weekend rides and get her weight—and life—back in line.

She bought a bike—this time a Trek Lexa with drop bars, a first for DeMasi —and a book, Bike Your Butt Off!—a primer on how to start riding for fitness (full disclosure: I’m the author of said book; DeMasi reached out with the tweet shown below to share her story). “I thought, ‘This is how I’m going to do it,’" she says. "And I fell in love with it. I never thought I could do all those miles. But with a proper road bike, I could!” (And you can, too! Pick up your own copy of our Bike Your Butt Off! in Bicycling’s online store.)

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With a little instruction and structure, she started doing long rides, like a 47-mile ride “down the Cape [Cod]” on the weekends. Those long rides had a snowball effect in the rest of her life. She limited herself to having a drink just one night a week. “You don’t want to be drinking because you want to feel good to ride.”

DeMasi followed the Health Management Resources (HMR) diet plan, which provides meals and snacks in proper portions, for several weeks but found she needed more carbs for her long rides. She eventually dropped the plan but remained vigilant, which was easier because she wasn’t drinking. “I didn’t have the urge to polish off a bag of Chex Mix every night,” she says.

Four and a half months later, she’d dropped 55 pounds, going from what she found to be a very uncomfortable 3XL to a size 16. “I’d like to lose about 11 more pounds to reach 150 pounds, which is a good weight for me,” she says.

Thanks to DeMasi’s newfound love for cycling, she’s confident she’s on the path to hitting that goal. “The thing about cycling is that it’s always a win," she says. "It’s always an achievement. The best are those times when I’m looking up that hill and going so slowly that I think I’m just going to fall over, but I know what it feels like when you get to the crest and the grade starts to decline and you know you’ve done it. Just knowing what that feels like gets me up a hill every time. No matter how slow I am, I am determined to do it.”

With a New England winter bearing down, DeMasi knows her outdoor riding days may be numbered for a few months, but she doesn’t view that as a negative. “I just started doing indoor cycling classes, which are fantastic,” says DeMasi, who has found that riding a stationary bike helped her become more confident and comfortable with skills like riding out of the saddle, which she says she struggled with because of her weight early on.

“I want to be as fit and skilled as I can be for when I can get outdoors—which I love best,” says DeMasi. “I want to be out there having adventures and hopefully inspiring other women to do the same.” 

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Chrome’s New Welterweight Line Has the Lightweight Commuter Bag You Need

Stylish, functional bike commuter gear can be hard to come by. But, whether it be a pair of bike shoes that feel good while clipped in and while walking the streets, or a versatile backpack that doesn’t clash with your business clothes, Chrome Industries pulls through.

Now, they’ve introduced a new line of super-lightweight commuter bags—aptly named after the Welterweight boxing class. The Welterweight collection brings the same durability of our favorite Chrome bags into a lighter package. And, they’ve got both backpacks and messengers (they know every bike commuter has a passionate opinion about which is the better option).

RELATED: Should Bike Commuters Use Backpacks or Messenger Bags?

Whether you’re team messenger bag or team backpack, Chrome is giving Bicycling readers an exclusive 15 percent discount off the whole Welterweight line.

What can you expect from these new bags? They’re made from a new, super lightweight, weather-resistant nylon material featuring ultra-reflective detailing, custom metal fasteners, smart organizational compartments, and comfortable designs.

The Welterweight Bravo roll top backpack, for example, keeps your back from getting sweaty with an EVA foam back panel, and it keeps your stuff in place with a designated laptop compartment and an external front pocket. The Welterweight Citizen messenger bag features mounting loops for blinking lights and a quick release buckle with a built in bottle cap for your post-ride hops.

Of course, they’ve also made a also a tiny messenger bag called the Welterweight Kadet for smaller hauls, a small messenger bag, the Welterweight Mini Metro, with a designated U-Lock compartment, an ultra stylish, sleek Welterweight Hondo backpack, and a laptop-specific messenger called the Conway.

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Giro’s Prolight Techlace Is a Super Light, Stiff Shoe We Love

I’m going to tell you that a Giro Prolight Techlace weighs just 150 grams (size 41, my scale), but trust me, you won’t fully grasp how light that is until you hold one in your hand or put it on your foot. And while its weight is very impressive, what’s more notable is that the cycling shoe feels feathery yet still has a very stiff outsole and a supportive upper—though it is by no measure a sprinter’s shoe. The carbon in the sole requires less resin than other fibers, which saves weight, and the upper is made of a thin, durable fabric reinforced with strong mesh for nonstretchy comfort and effective power transfer.

RELATED: ​7 Stylish Cycling Shoes You Can Wear Off The Bike

The three-strap hybrid lace/Velcro closure system is easy to tweak on the fly and provides zonal adjustment, meaning you can select a different tightness at the top, middle, and bottom of the shoe with each strap. This is in contrast to a traditional lace-up shoe, which provides more or less equal tightness across the whole foot. However, some testers complained the Techlaces bit into their foot, and wished for higher-density tongue padding.

The thin upper breathes well and is supple and slightly forgiving, making this narrowish, low-volume shoe surprisingly accommodating for a variety of foot shapes.

Quickly dry your shoes inside and out with the morning newspaper:

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