“The Brave Athlete: Calm the F*ck Down and Rise to the Occasion”
Husband-and-wife duo Dr. Simon Marshall and Lesley Paterson have coached athletes based on their work and experience in exercise science and professional competition. Now they have a book that distills a lot of their advice into easy-to-digest chapters, much of it written in Paterson’s happily foul-mouthed language.
Dr Marshall, former Director of the Graduate Program in Sport & Exercise Psychology at San Diego State University, has published more than 100 scientific articles on the psychology of exercise. He now works with the BMC WorldTour team.
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Before becoming a pro mountain biker and triathlete, Paterson grew up in Scotland, where she was the only girl on an all-boys’ rugby team.
The 360-page book The Brave Athlete tackles 13 common mental conundrums athletes face in training and races: “Why do I have thoughts and feelings I don’t want? I wish I felt more like an athlete. I don’t think I can. I don’t achieve my goals. Other athletes seem tougher, happier, and more badass than me. I feel fat. I don’t cope well with injury. People are worried about how much I exercise. I don’t like leaving my comfort zone. When the going gets tough, the tough leave me behind. I need to harden the f*ck up. I keep screwing up. I don’t handle pressure well.”
Specialized’s Power Pro saddle fits and feels like the top-level S-Works model, but for a lower costBen Delaney / Immediate Media
Specialized’s Power saddle has quickly become a favorite among many BikeRadar testers. While its primary perk is how it affords an aero position without pain or major blood-flow restriction, it’s also a comfortable saddle for many riders in a standard road position.
Like many saddles, it comes in a variety of levels, from the affordable but heavy to the expensive and light. The Pro version is the second in line behind the S-Works.
The Power Pro has a carbon shell, titanium rails and comes in 143 and 155mm widths. Like the S-Works model, it has a thin layer of PU padding, and SWAT mounts at the tail for attaching Specialized’s flat kit or extra water bottles.
The Power Pro comes in 143 and 155mm widths, with a shape that many BikeRadar testers appreciateBen Delaney / Immediate Media
At just over 210g, the Pro weighs about 50g more than the carbon-railed S-Works — but it is also about two-thirds the price.
The Expert and Comp models feature the same shape with more padding, more weight and less cost.
Rolldiac is a $35 / £39 tireBen Delaney / Immediate Media
The Vee Rolldiac is a rebranded version of the brand’s RainRunner, which was positioned as a rain tire. Now with the same mold, Vee is pitching the Rolldiac as an all-weather, all-rounder that can handle some dirt, too.
Like all Vee Tires, the Rolldiac is affordable for the US market at $35, and still fairly reasonable in the UK at £39.
This 28mm one weighs 300g and has proven durable if not the fastest rolling over a few hundred kilometers.
The Rolldiac comes in 25, 28 (shown) and 30mm widths with a heavy-duty treadBen Delaney / Immediate Media
Shimano is carrying its S-Phyre moniker over from shoes into clothingCaleb Delaney / Immediate Media
After launching S-Phyre shoes in 2016, Shimano has moved the top-end designation over to clothing this year.
The S-Phyre short sleeve jersey features seamless shoulders for an aero fit, with angled-entry side pockets and welded seams. With a 75% Polyester, 25% Elastane construction, the jersey feels almost like thin rubber.
The S-Phyre jersey feels tautCaleb Delaney / Immediate Media
The S-Phyre bibs have a funky split-tail chamois and woven leg grippers.
The chamois has a dramatically split chamois. It feels normal when riding, but a litlte weird when walkingCaleb Delaney / Immediate Media
The Gios Aerolite retains the brand’s signature blue but in a carbon constructionBen Delaney / Immediate Media
Gios is a storied brand that tracks its history back to 1948, and it’s probably best remembered for its blue steel frames. For 2017, the Gios Aerolite is a carbon frameset that the Manzana Postobon team will race in the Vuelta a España.
The 900g frame features an English threaded bottom bracket, internal cable routing and a tapered head tube (1 1/8in to 1.5in).
The frameset can be purchased in the US as a set that includes frame, fork, headset and seatpost for $2,400, or built up as a complete bike.
The head tube tapers from 1 1/8in to 1.5inBen Delaney / Immediate Media
This 56cm model shown here with Campagnolo Chorus and Rolf Prima Ares 3 carbon clinchers weighs 7.47kg / 16.5lb.
Hidden zippers for better graphic display are an optionCaleb Delaney / Immediate Media
French Canadian brand Louis Garneau has produced high-end custom clothing for three decades, but the company’s business model has evolved recently to handle quick turnaround (a claimed three weeks after art approval), no minimum orders and online ordering.
You can pick from a variety of styles and cuts (racer, standard, semi-relaxed), plus a choice of chamois pads.
Garneau artists can help you create the clothing’s design in an iterative process.
Louis Garneau has been making custom clothing for three decadesCaleb Delaney / Immediate Media
As with all custom clothing, pricing varies based on the amount of clothing ordered.
Starts at $73 jersey / $87 bibs for 10-piece order (£N/A)
Wolf Tooth’s Light Action ReMoteJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
The Light Action version of the outstanding ReMote dropper lever is 10mm longer than the standard version. The longer lever allows it to work better with droppers with a higher leverage ratio.The company claims it reduces lever force by up to 33% compared to the standard ReMote.
Wolf Tooth offers a compatibility guide on its website so you can easily figure out which version will best with your particular dropper seatpost.
The ReMote Light Action is available in 22.2mm handlebar mount, as well as SRAM and Shimano direct mount versions
£55 / $69.95 / AU$88.50 for the bar-mounted version
Fox now makes top cap tools and seal drivers to make it easier to service its forksJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
Fox has added some handy suspension tools to its line.
The Fox top cap sockets use a common 3/8in square drive. Unlike standard sockets you can find at your local hardware store, there’s no chamfered edge on these low-profile sockets, which can lead to the marring of alloy top caps.
The top of these six-point sockets is knurled for improved finger grip.
Fox offers top cap sockets in 26mm (32 Series forks), 28mm (34 Series forks), and 32mm (36 and 40 Series forks).
In addition to top cap sockets, Fox is also offering seal drivers to ease the install dust wipers. Fox offers these Derlin seal drivers in 32, 34, 36 and 40mm versions to fit all its suspension forks.
Leatt’s DBX 3.0 trail lidJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
Leatt’s DBX 3.0 is a trail helmet with a different take on protection. Leatt uses what it calls “360 Turbine Technology” to mitigate rotational impacts.
The energy-absorbing turbines in the Leatt DBX 3.0 helmetJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
The DBX3.0 uses a series of 10 strategically positioned turbines constructed from Amourgel to flex and absorb energy. The company claims these little blue bits can reduce head impacts by 30-percent and reduce rotational acceleration by 40 percent.
This lid has 18 vents and comes with a breakaway visor and a Fidlock magnetic buckle.