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We saw some worrying shenanigans a few weeks back as Mavic appeared to have been financially hung out to dry following its divestment from Amer sometime earlier in 2019. There was a very real chance that the company would cease to exist, although the famous cycling brand itself would be odds-on favourite to survive in some way.
Disclaimer: I now have ALL my wheelsets made by Mavic and have spent a tidy sum on two more sets in the last week at what I hoped was a good price. No PR freebies tho.
The French receivership/bankruptcy process is different from other countries and involved several firms bidding for the assets including a bid with Tour-winning Bernard Hinault as the figurehead.
Long story short, Mavic is now owned by that not-so-famous cycling brand Bourrelier (they are now an investment group). Most likely jobs will be predominantly saved at locations in France rather than in Mavic’s overseas locations.
Kona Cancelled & Bought
It’s not surprising that triathlon’s premier long-distance event held annually at Kona has been cancelled. For the first time and due to CV19, the iconic race in Hawaii will not be held.
I know many triathletes who are very interested in Kona and who stay up at night in the UK to follow the proceedings (procession?). I’m not one of them and also know quite a few newcomer triathletes who have no idea what Kona is. Whether or not it is famous doesn’t deny the magnitude of the event nor its impact on tech releases.
For followers of endurance sports tech, however, there might be a glimmer of hope that product launches destined for Kona might, instead, be brought forward. It is a glimmer though as there are not too many announcements made at Kona although there is an occasional one and others at a similar time that coincides with various city-marathons.
On a related Kona-note, Slowtwitch report that this weeks owner of the Ironman brand is now formally ADVANCE as the transaction from WANDA has been finalised.
Something Else Interesting
The enlightened British powers-that-be have now reclassified (downgraded) 3000 miles as better suited to experienced riders, while 750 miles on busy roads disappear altogether from the network map. An enlightened statistician will point out something like ‘at this rate, the UK will have no cycle routes by 2043’. Everyone will ignore the enlightened statistician.
Source: Sustrans via Road.cc
A new running watch draws ever closer…I have one on my wrist for an imminent review ( 😉 , August). Perhaps I might classify it as a ‘proper’ running watch.
Plus, if anyone is interested, I might post some GNSS accuracy reports based on ‘interested satellite constellation combinations’. So, if you are the only person in the world likely to be interested in that highly niche area please ping me below to get my creative juices flowing (aka post some screenshots of a few overlaid workout tracks)