Velo Digest: Strava's New Messaging Feature, UCI's War on Long Socks & The Carbohydrate Revolution

Dec 6, 2023
by Sarah Moore  



What's going on in the curly bar world? Velo Digest showcases articles from our sister site, Velo. In each instalment, you might find endurance coverage, power-to-weight ratios, gravel bike tech and, of course, lycra.





Ride Into My DM’s: Strava Unveils New Messaging Feature
By: Betsy Welch

Seems harmless enough, but what do Strava athletes think?

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The Cervelo Rouvida Is the Company’s First E-Bike. Wait, What?
By: Alvin Holbrook

Cervelo assures us the sky isn't falling and that their first e-road and e-gravel bike is every bit a Cervelo.

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‘A Massive Change’: How a Carbohydrate Revolution is Speeding up Pro Cycling
By: Jim Cotton

Breakthroughs in nutrition science have enabled riders to eat more carbs than ever before: How far can the 'carbolution' go?

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Commencal 365 Gravel Bike Review: No Carbon, No Problem
By: Alvin Holbrook

The Andorran company best known for their enduro bikes makes a gravel bike in the best way they know how.

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Watch This Flying Deer Nearly Deerail a Group Ride
By: Will Tracy

These cyclists at the George Hincapie Gran Fondo had an extra memorable day on the bike after encountering a flying deer.

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Kaitlin Armstrong Found Guilty of Murdering Moriah Wilson
By: Betsy Welch, Frederick Dreier

A Texas jury has found Kaitlin Armstrong guilty for the murder of Moriah Wilson. The court sentenced her to 90 years in prison.

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A Friendly Reminder That Pro Cyclists Are Way, Way, Way Faster Than You
By: Will Tracy

Sergio Higuita turns the jets on at Rigoberto Urán’s Gran Fondo against some amateur cyclists.

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The Niner MCR 9 RDO Full Suspension Gravel Bike Was Ahead of Its Time & Now It’s Going Away
By: Troy Templin

The Niner Magic Carpet Ride is going to disappear so get one while you can.

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Scott Foil RC Pro Road Bike Review
By: Troy Templin

The Scott Foil RC Pro is a top-level road race bike that prioritizes aero advantage while still remaining light on the scale.

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UCI Continues Its War on Long Socks: Sanctions Increased for ‘Non-Compliant Clothing’
By: Jim Cotton

Penalties for breaching 'sock height rule', drafting, and receiving sticky bottles all part of review applicable to 2024 pro season.

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New SRAM Patent Reveals Possible 3rd Generation Red AXS Lever
By: Alvin Holbrook, Jessie-May Morgan

A recent patent from SRAM reveals an all-new brake lever design that may materialize as part of the next-generation SRAM Red AXS group.

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Knog Blinder 900 Front Light Review: An Almost Perfect Road Ride Light
By: Troy Templin

The Knog Blinder 900 front light combines durability, weight, and convenience so well it is almost perfect.

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Forget Driving a Mini, Now You Can Pedal Their Latest E-Bikes
By: Alvin Holbrook

Mini’s new range of e-bikes shows off some seriously smart features.

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Watch Peter Sagan Go Over the Bars While Mountain Biking

The recently retired road cycling star is getting his bearings back as he returns to his MTB roots.

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‘The UCI Doesn’t Really Listen to Us’: What Is the Future of the Cyclocross World Cup?
By: Shane Stokes

Key riders from world of cyclocross give their thoughts after UCI President Lappartient threatens a world championship ban.

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Long-Term Review: SRAM Force AXS Groupset
By: Dave Everett

Shoddy Dave has put about a year of riding on the latest SRAM Force eTap AXS groupset. How does it stack up?

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92 Comments
  • 106 0
 Strava messaging. Another empty inbox to remind me that not only am I slow, but that I also don’t have any friends.
  • 3 0
 "I don't care about having no friends, I care about having bad friends."
  • 90 1
 First the UCI came for the super tuckers and I said nothing, then they came for the teeny bar enders and I said nothing. Then, when they came for my socks there was nobody left to speak out for me..
  • 5 1
 seems they moved their HQ to North Corea...
  • 10 0
 @PauRexs: Chick Corea to be precise
  • 37 1
 Fuck the UCI.
  • 17 0
 UCI socks!
  • 31 2
 Didn’t someone come up with a law that said “Every mobile app attempts to expand until it becomes a social network. Those applications which do not are replaced by ones which can.” Can’t wait for political memes to appear on strava / trailforks..
  • 31 8
 Strava is a social network already, that's why you have kudos and comments. Sometimes looking at activity you would like to ask something in private and it's a great addition for this.
  • 12 0
 @lkubica: hide your girlfriends hide your wives
  • 53 0
 @lkubica: “how high are your socks?”
  • 7 5
 @lkubica: yeah, don't message me on strava lol
  • 1 0
 They wanted to add the ability to include excuses for not beating your PB, like those pesky pedestrians hogging up the shared trail space.
  • 7 0
 @lkubica: I've met bunches of good people and made some close friends through Strava just by noticing who is riding in my area.
  • 2 0
 @Dustfarter: Definitely, Strava is a good social media cause it either make you meet real people or at least appreciate someone's effort. Chat will not spoil this.
  • 5 4
 @lkubica: Can't appreciate anyone's up-effort anymore. Strava has been completely ruined by Ebikes. Probably going to delete it.
  • 1 1
 A good deal of Strava employees came from Facebook
  • 1 1
 @zepper:Why? Where I live people honestly mark their efforts. Besides, I only look at downhill efforts anyway
  • 3 0
 Yup - investors. User data is what they value in these companies. So anything to gather and track more data on users adds value to the company.
  • 1 2
 @zepper: oh muffin you sound hurt
  • 4 5
 @zepper: god forbid going out and enjoying a bike ride. what happened? have we lost our ability to appreciate being outside having fun on bikes? or do I need to win your approval and work on my average watts? doesn't matter if you're on a ebike or a regular bike.
  • 6 2
 @devinkalt: it's literally ranked. People work hard to move up those ranks. Would you use the same argument in a race? It's not that serious but no reason to get all butthurt and defensive.

Ebikers: I got one for more lapz!

Also ebikers: it makes no difference its the exact same!
  • 2 3
 @pinkbert: I understand that it is ranked but if you think everyone takes the rankings seriously you’re kidding yourself. Some people use strava to just record their rides to see their stats for the week/month/year or share routes and or or share pictures of their ride with friends.
  • 3 0
 @devinkalt: yes, hence my text above, "its not that serious".

My point is some people do compete via strava. Ebikes ruin those rankings and for some users, that sucks and its completely warranted for them to feel shitty about it. They certainly don't deserve anyone lashing out at them and being a bitch about it when they mention it.

That's really all I was saying.
  • 2 1
 @pinkbert: well yes I agree it would be frustrating if someone on a ebike took your ranking down lower on a segment or took your KOM but if you really are faster than them, then you still are faster then them in real life despite what the rank says on strava. and if it still bugs you that your strava rankings are just not what they once were then go to a real bike race in person and hopefully they have some decent anti doping measures in place.
  • 1 0
 @devinkalt: That's a good point.
  • 18 0
 that carbolution article is wild:

"This season saw 7w/kg become the new norm for grand tour contending climbers. Classics champions pushed 5.5w/kg for hours on end, and wins were forged on 1,200-watt attacks deep into a race’s sixth hour."

"From the front to the back of the peloton, riders are now crushing 100-120 grams of carbohydrate per hour. That’s almost twice what they might have managed a decade ago. It’s the carbo-equivalent of a 12 oz can of Coca Cola every 20 minutes, or more than two cups of cooked white rice per hour."

and here i was thinking they were just mainlining EPO using insulin pumps or something
  • 7 1
 My sad comment section job is to remind everyone that it's 2023 and there's still no test for re-injecting your own blood, a powerful form of doping that can separate its users from everyone else by massive power gaps and which requires no access to drugs and limited expertise. There has also never been a single positive test for this method in the history of sport in which an athlete suffered consequences. In short, anti-doping is at best performative. TL;DR: you should only be watching downhill.

I have to paste this in from WADA every time because comments are full of "I want to believe" Scullys :-)

www.wada-ama.org/en/resources/scientific-research/direct-detection-homologous-and-autologous-blood-transfusion-through
"There is no method available to detect autologous blood transfusion. "
  • 8 0
 @Mtmw: Mulder wanted to believe. Scully is the skeptic.
  • 4 0
 @FaahkEet: The truth is out there....
  • 1 0
 @Mtmw: I thought at one point they were going to measure hematocrit content? Not perfect, but definitely meaningful if someone were to have an unnaturally high % of RBC.
  • 2 0
 @motts: They do this, they call it the biological passport, there is a lot of really good PR about it. They even tried handing out with suspensions with it, but since it's a "panel of experts" they couldn't make it stick. There's a list of "cyclists sanctioned based on biological passports", last one was in 2015:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athlete_biological_passport
  • 7 0
 @Mtmw: they should remove an athletes blood without notice, check its volume, re inject it, then remove the athletes blood before a race to see if the volumes the same, easy test bingo bango
  • 4 0
 @rickybobby19: clearly you're paid the big bucks wherever you work.
  • 17 1
 Pink bikers freaking out about the UCI sock rule when the downhill community made rules about aero clothing and visorless helmets. You guys are hilarious.
  • 5 1
 we still haven't gotten over those rules you mentioned on Downhill Racing yet...
  • 5 0
 That was just to shut Peaty up, now they all wear skin suits.
  • 18 0
 The higher the sock, the downer the foo.
  • 4 0
 UCI is guilty of low-sock activities for sure. Fvkin Lames.
  • 11 2
 Wonder if someone will use Strava to try and date Kaitlin Armstrong in prison. Crazier things have happened.
  • 12 0
 This was the first thing that came to mind lol?
  • 1 0
 @Bikesbecauserunningsucks: sure did! There are websites for this kind of thing. LOL.
  • 3 0
 I'm no patent officer, but I'm not seeing what's novel--and thus patentable--about the new SRAM lever. Seems like for every change from the previous version, the article says "just like Shimano GRX". If so, I look forward to seeing the lawsuit.
  • 1 0
 As for what's novel about the shifter itself? It's the first update Sram's top-end curly bar groupset has seen at the shift levers in years. 11-speed Red eTap and then 12-speed eTap AXS retained the same hood shape, and every other Sram road groupset has received an updated variation on the lever.

As for the auxiliary button, I wonder if just that button placement is enough for Shimano to get riled up. We'll see, it's a good point!
  • 6 0
 Cotton writing an article about socks Big Grin
  • 6 0
 Me in the DMs - "You took my KOM, I know where you live"
  • 1 0
 the carbohydrate article is so silly. stuff has existed for a very long time now. yes if you consume carbohydrates to replenish glycogen stores you can go faster for longer. this is basic physiology. as for the ways of consuming carbohydrates cane sugar in a water bottle is the best way to get your carbs in as long as you can tolerate the sweetness that is inherent in sugar. if you can't stand the sweetness of cane sugar than id recommend mixing maltodextrin and some fructose in a 1:1 mix. I go off of 120g of carbs an hour or more when your in your more glycolytic zones and when your in your zones where you use more fat than I would do 60g an hour or even less for short rides.
  • 4 0
 U.C.I. Useless Crazy Idiots
  • 1 0
 First they ban skinsuits in DH. And now this?!
  • 3 0
 If you make socks our of carbohydrates, can you just eat them down to the proper height by the finish line?
  • 9 0
 I think you'd have to Super Tuck to eat the socks, so no.
  • 4 1
 Yay, now Strava will be just as toxic as all the cycling online forums (including Pinkbike)!
  • 3 2
 @matadorCE : Will be? I got a curt commet once, I assume from the KOH, that I should check my ride. He assumed, rightfully, that I left Strava on in the car. I had put "Trail 403 - need to trim" as the ride name since I had noticed this, but his ego couldn't wait a couple hours to make sure he was still KOH. Who cares about your stupid gravel road ride anyways.
  • 3 2
 @motts: haha what a f*cking loser. I would've just left it after that.
  • 1 0
 @motts: Damn, that's crazy. I did have someone once leave a crazy comment but you're able to delete comments, so I just thrashed it. Who knows what kind of moderation will be available in the chat feature.
  • 1 0
 not sure if the premium club gets to but.... I would like the option to post a ride live for those rides where you are solo and might need a heli or other emergency help as the ride is off the beaten path
  • 2 0
 Isn't that Wat strava beacon is?
  • 3 0
 You and your socks...are high...WAY to high !
  • 1 1
 @generictrailrider: Like nails on a chalkboard.
  • 3 0
 Pro cyclists are faster than me? Really?
  • 9 0
 Especially when drafting behind a huge van...
  • 2 0
 @RobKong: RIGHT??? You can't comment on Velo, but give me a break, of course he was flying, he was blatantly drafting a truck. I guess the title "Pros are way better at drafting vehicles than you" is less click-baity.
  • 3 0
 Obviously it's all in the socks
  • 2 0
 Are we just ignoring the SRAM automatic transmission they dropped this week? Surprised to not see an article on it yet.
  • 3 3
 Must have been hidden by the e-bike filter.
  • 2 0
 @stevemokan: I don't have the e-bike filter turned on.
  • 1 0
 @stevemokan: it's the motorcycle filter.
  • 12 13
 Strava sucks ..the users that post unsanctioned trails and there poaching have a special place reserved for them..and it's mostly entitled ebikers who wouldn't be riding to begin with..just ruining the soul of the sport ..you know who you are..beat it.
  • 7 6
 Road rider flips over the bars riding MTB. Pinkbike know their audience lol
  • 7 23
flag Starch-Anton (Dec 6, 2023 at 4:06) (Below Threshold)
 Yet roadies are convinced he's the greatest bike handler around.......Shows you how clueless roadies really are.
  • 18 1
 @Starch-Anton: He was a junior mountain bike world champion before his road career, where he made way more money than he ever would have on the mountain bike. His net worth is 10x that of the GOAT Nino Shurter. Shows how clueless you are.
  • 6 0
 Find the video of him riding and bunny-hopping over a car. He's a better trials rider than anyone in the pro peloton and likely the WCDH cohort too.
  • 4 0
 @twozerosix: this what I immediately thought of.

youtu.be/bM9Eh2uQ7Ek?si=nMBeJWg9vHKWIJTp
  • 2 0
 @pmhobson: yup, amazing. Can we get a show of PB hands how many people can hold a one-handed wheelie on a road bike?
  • 3 2
 The UCI is way too power hungry. We're just riding bikes. Who cares about how long our socks are?
  • 1 2
 Yeah, the fact that issues of style are getting fines really illustrates how insane they truly are.
  • 2 0
 @BarryWalstead: I think the sock rule is about aerodynamics rather than style.
  • 2 1
 @kevinturner12: So shaving your legs is fine, but long socks aren't? What's the difference?
  • 2 0
 @kevinturner12: Does that mean no tights either?
  • 1 0
 @kevinturner12: that's flimsy at best. They allow aero type clothing otherwise, so that makes this seem incredibly arbitrary.
  • 1 0
 @danielfloyd: I'm not saying it isn't a stupid rule. Just clarifying the reason why it's stupid.
  • 1 0
 @motts: for time trials, yes.
  • 1 0
 Ride into my DM's is clever play on words. I don't have a big enough fan base for this to impact me.
  • 2 2
 Or what about the dweebs that post there workouts..haha ..or there stinkn zwift or whatever that shit is.. morning yoga after I took a shit hahaha..u know u all do it
  • 1 0
 That's easy to avoid. Just race in your towel.
  • 1 3
 I'm not a "pro cyclist", but eliminating carbs before my morning rides has been phenomenal. I no longer need to bring food with me on my rides. I no longer bonk mid-ride. I no longer feel starved after my ride. Try it.
  • 2 0
 Cool, dude but what and how much someone eats on a ride depends on how long the ride is. If I ride for 2-3 hours you bet I’ll be eating something and that will include carbs.
  • 1 3
 "‘A Massive Change’: How a Carbohydrate Revolution is Speeding up Pro Cyclin"

Old news. Beta fuel has been out for 5 years now.







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