Katie Compton's CrossVegas Trek Boone

By: Brandon Sep 13

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Our bike coverage from CrossVegas begins with none other than Katie F’n Compton. Our current CX National Champion, which she’s won about a zillion times, was riding a beautifully custom-painted Trek Boone Disc, though not with her normal SRAM drivetrain. This year Katie has “made the leap” to Shimano and was sporting their R785 hydraulic disc destup and Dura-Ace Di2 handling the shifting duties. Bolted to the Dura-Ace cranks was the very familiar and very pro-only 46t 9000 chainring.

The bike rolls on Bontrager carbon disc wheels wrapped in Katie’s favorite FMB treads. This bike was on Francois’ new Slalom tread.


Much like other pro bikes, this one was finished impeccably from stem (actually, there was no stem per se with the integrated bar/stem setup) to stern. wire and hose at perfect length.

Thank you to Trek Collective and Matt Shriver for letting me shoot this bike!


photos and words by Brandon Elliott

 

Maglia Nera Stage 21

By: Gavin Gould Jun 4

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Stage 21 Gemona – Trieste 172km

After three weeks, a lot of kilometers, and a lot of rain, this Giro has ended. As for the Maglia Nera, there hasn’t been much doubt for the last week that Jetse Bol would hang on. Granted, Svein (2013 TdF Lanterne Rouge!) and Michael Hepburn were giving him a good run at points – they were the last two riders still in the race for Orica-GreenEdge, just trying to make it the rest of the way to Trieste.

We can imagine that Jetse may have gone into survival mode in this debut Grand Tour, but from his Twitter posts it looks like he’s remained in good spirits throughout. On Instagram he’s been popping wheelies for roadside supporters, which we’ve been known to enjoy as well.

Well done Jetse and all 155 others who completed the 97th Giro d’Italia!

Perhaps we’ll return in July with some Lanterne Rouge reporting. We’re not finding much evidence of an equivalent for the Vuelta a España, but maybe we’ll work on that…

 

Maglia Nera Stage 20

By: Gavin Gould May 31

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Stage 20 Maniago – Monte Zoncolan 167km

This is it, the penultimate stage and final climb. Another big break, but nothing to worry the main GC contenders. Typical idiotic fan interference on the Zoncolan, always achieves the opposite of what’s intended. If you want to give a guy a push, maybe it’s not such a good idea to push him directly into the leading rider’s back wheel. I haven’t watched the replay yet but I’ve read of several incidents with spectators.

None of this was of any consequence to Maglia Nera Jetse Bol, who topped the Zoncolan at +27:17.

We at Embro HQ have conducted intense analysis of hundreds of possibilities and have agreed that barring an absolute catastrophe on tomorrow’s flat parade of a finale, Jetse’s ten-minute+ gap over the closest challenger will hold.

 

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