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Monday Break - Issue 41
Another weekend out in the mountains at the Octopus Gravel Festival and Le Tour de France has started strong this year. Check the latest news!
Another adventure weekend for us.
We travelled to Switzerland to take part of Octopus Gravel, but there was a lot more going on this weekend, as Ironman Andorra, the Start of Le Tour de France and more. Scroll down to find out all about it.
Octopus Gravel Festival - Andermatt
Octopus is part of the Gravel Earth Series, and is one of the hardest races in terms of climbing meters. It consists in see how many of the 7 gravel passes you can do in a day. The maximum amount of riding is 155km and 4350hm, and every pass is beautiful and different form the others.
It was a nice and different day in the bike for us, meeting new people and enjoying the landscapes of the Alps.
Jan is back and we couldn’t be happier!
He smashed Andorra Ironman, and he is ready to focus on Nice.
Multiple IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion Jan Frodeno claimed his first victory of the season at IRONMAN 70.3 Andorra after holding off some stiff competition from fellow countryman Jonas Schomburg.
The 41 year old, who shared before the race that he was coming in off a big week of training, will take a massive confidence boost after landing his first podium this season, following fourth at the PTO Tour European Open and IRONMAN Hamburg.
The Olympic Champion is next set to race at the PTO Tour US Open in Milwaukee next month, before he gears up for one final shot at the IRONMAN World Championship title in Nice on September 10.
Le Grand Départ in Bilbao and a strong start of this year Tour de France.
After the first stage where the Yates brothers battled for the win, yesterday’s stage was one to keep an eye on.
Pogačar said that he was going to battle for every second of bonus and so he did yesterday, at the top of the last climb, Jaizkibel, he sprinted to win last year’s Tour de France winner, Jonas Vingegaard. It seems, for now, that this year battle for the yellow jersey will be on these two.
And what about the finish of the stage, Victor Lafay, from Cofidis, just when there was 1km to go, he sprinted from the back of the peloton, and he got the first French Stage Wine at this year Tour, the favourites were struggeling to catch him, and at the end Wout Van Aert got second and Pogačar third, getting 11 seconds of bonus ahead of Vingegaard, and second on GC.
We will keep you updated :)
Family is my tribe | Neilson Powless
The actual Polka dots jersey at Le Tour talks about the relation he has with his family and says: "A family that plays together, stays together.”
Komoot Magazine for B2B partners
The "komoot for Business" magazine launches on its B2B website. This makes the komoot.business website an even more holistic platform for partners.
Now, partners and peers in the tourism, outdoor, transport and nature conservation sectors can find all of komoot's professional articles on the B2B website.
Winds of Change / Soil Searching - Specialized
From November 2021 to February 2022, a series of powerful storms rocked areas of the UK in ways that had not been seen since the infamous 1987 hurricane, 34 years earlier. Whole towns and villages were cut off from power, heating, running water, and mobile phone reception.
Further to the immediate impact on lives, an estimated 16 million trees were blown over, blocking roads, flattening forestry plantations, destroying vehicles, and starting a long-term impact on recreation provisions. 18 months on, the operations to alleviate the impact of the storms continue.
Many forests remain closed to mountain bikers, with trails buried under a twisted maze of unstable timber. Some may be lost forever, leaving the raconteurs to wax lyrical of days gone by. All, however, is not lost.
COME RUN THE WORLD - Auburn, California
Auburn, California is known as the “Endurance Capital of the World.” It’s where the historic Western States Endurance Run finishes and is home to Canyons Endurance Runs by UTMB and many other incredible endurance events.
In the first of our Come Run the World series, Heather Jackson explores the history of the Western States Trail and discovers some of the people and places that help Auburn live up to its legacy.
Näak closes a $3 million financing round
Investissement Québec injects $750K into the funding round to accelerate Näak's international development.
Näak announces today the closing of a $3 million funding round to accelerate its international presence and expand its product offering.
The round was led by Mr. William Walcker, Co-founder and CEO of the company. The majority of the funds come from private investors who have been shareholders since 2020 and have been following Näak's development for many years.
Trail running is currently the fastest-growing sport in the world, creating a significant market opportunity for the company. In this context, the brand is experiencing rapid growth, and this funding represents a pre-Series A milestone, which is expected to conclude by late 2023 or early 2024.
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