• Fri. Sep 22nd, 2023

BEST OF 2022: Descending Cypress Mtn on Campagnolo Levante Gravel Wheels

VIDEO: The hilight of driving the 2022 Nova Eroica gravel fondo in Cambria CA was once the epic descent off the highest of Cypress Mountain alongside Santa Rita avenue and its 22km descent again to the end on Campagnolo’s logo new Levante gravel wheelset.

I chased Campagnolo’s Arjan Hoogesteger off the mountain, and in reality were given to understand the keep an eye on of the wheels, and tool and ultimate modulation of Campagnolo’s Ekar gruppo disc brakes as we dropped down pitches over 12%. Then he took the robust headwinds head-on as he towed me to the top – a lot liked. There’s extra approaching those wheels – however right here’s my complete video of this superior descent.

Click on play to observe my video of the descent – all 22km of it, and scroll on down for extra pictures from the day.  See extra PEZ Movies right here.

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I used to be on the Nova Eroica California as a part of Campagnolo’s new Levante gravel wheel set release.

The Levante is Campy’s first wheel designed in particular for gravel.  All carbon rim, 30.4mm intensity and an overly vast 25mm inside width to permit higher becoming of wider tires (from 36 – 78mm vast) – each tubeless and with interior tubes.  They’re very gentle – at 1,485 grams for the set, and don’t require tape both, which saves a couple of extra grams.  That top gloss end is how they arrive proper outta the molds, and emblems are lazer-etched, so there’s no decals that may peel off or scratch.

That’s gravel-pro (and ex-road professional) Nathan Haas’ customized painted Campagnolo Ekar provided Colnago, wearing the brand new Levante wheels.  I’m beautiful certain it’s the one one in life.

8:00AM Saturday morning in Cambria – a couple of hundred individuals who had to take the time to get right here get able to begin both the 72 mile, or 97 mile lengthy course.  I properly selected the shorter model, understanding it could be greater than sufficient for my under-conditioned legs.

The roll out south to Cayucos alongside the Pacific ocean was once serene – the early morning get started supposed the air was once calm – in contrast to it could be later within the afternoon when the winds select up and blow a robust pressure inland.

Loss of precise espresso on the reputable “breakfast” level in Cayucos was once solved with a brief stroll across the block.  Campy’s Arjan Hoogesteger and Nathan Haas mirror the temper.

The highest of the primary climb at 45km in.  That’s the Pacific Ocean off to the west.

The primary feed zone at the brief 110km course got here at 80km in at the Halter Ranch, however no less than has some actual meals on be offering – like this Tuscan bean soup, salami and bread.  Oh yeah, and a few respectable wines for tasting.  Sadly, the loss of route signage contributed to me creating a important directional error, that had me driving within the unsuitable path for part an hour.

Some seven hours once I began, I made it to the highest of Cypress Mountain, and driving, and pushing my means up the 12% grades of the previous couple of kms of the climb.  From right here it’s all downhill to the Pacific Ocean.  Happily I used to be joined by means of Arjan a couple of mins later, and he graciously took all the headwinds blowing towards us for the closing 10+km.

4:00PM – On the finish, this was once the beginning of my rehydration and restoration, which incorporated a couple of extra of those chilly ones, and a soak in my resort tub.

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