Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • David Cachon rides El Caminito del Rey on a mountain bike – OK, so unfortunate disclaimer first off: “The Caminito del Rey cannot be done by bicycle. It was a special opportunity offered to a professional rider.” That said this is pretty cool and needs to be shared. So the Caminito del Rey was once called the the most dangerous path in the world, built to let Spanish workers scale the cliffs to get to the hydroelectric plant that was being built there starting in 1901. Anyway over the years it had gotten even sketchier in various states of disrepair, so after four years of work and renovation the regional government of Andalusia opened it back up in 2015. And to promote the 2.9km cliffside path and to draw tourism they let 2x World Trials champ David Cachon take it for a spin. Check out footage of his ride and some more pics after the break, and then you can continue to our regular Friday Roundup…

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David Cachon rides El Caminito del Rey on a mountain bike – OK, so unfortunate disclaimer first off: “The Caminito del Rey cannot be done by bicycle. It was a special opportunity offered to a professional rider.” That said this is pretty cool and needs to be shared. So the Caminito del Rey was once called the […]

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IMBA responds to Utah Senators’ proposed bicycle exception in Wilderness

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Here, reprinted with permission, is IMBA president Mike Van Abel’s full response to the Human Powered Travel in Wilderness Areas Act proposed by two Utah Senators. As the comments on that post suggest, there’s more to meets the eye. On the surface, the proposal seems to be a win for mountain bikers as it would reshape the language of the Wilderness designation to allow “non-motorized” vehicle use, which is a better descriptor than the current “non-mechanized” verbiage that has led to inconsistent rules being applied from one area to another (but mostly just banning bikes altogether).

The letter is posted on IMBA’s website and directed to IMBA chapter leaders throughout the U.S…

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Here, reprinted with permission, is IMBA president Mike Van Abel’s full response to the Human Powered Travel in Wilderness Areas Act proposed by two Utah Senators. As the comments on that post suggest, there’s more to meets the eye. On the surface, the proposal seems to be a win for mountain bikers as it would […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Get the full Crankworx Insider Experience – New for 2016, get the scoop on Crankworx Whistler by signing up for the free Crankworx Insider Experience. Once you sign up you get access to discounts, prizes and the opportunity to win upgrades to two fully paid Crankworx Experience packages – the Red Bull Joyride Experience and the Ultimate Crankworx Experience – offered for the 10-day festival in Whistler. Go to Crankworx.com and click through to the Crankworx Insider Page, fill out the brief questionnaire and you are set up with deals and chances to win…

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Get the full Crankworx Insider Experience – New for 2016, get the scoop on Crankworx Whistler by signing up for the free Crankworx Insider Experience. Once you sign up you get access to discounts, prizes and the opportunity to win upgrades to two fully paid Crankworx Experience packages – the Red Bull Joyride Experience and the […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Wall Street Journal says riders are tearing up le Tour’s unwritten rulebook – It seems that as a result of both a younger generation of pro cyclists coming up and the deeper penetration of cell phone cameras, on-board GoPros, and more TV coverage a lot of the unwritten gentleman’s agreements that have long ruled over the running of the Tour de France are going out the window. WSJ.com

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Wall Street Journal says riders are tearing up le Tour’s unwritten rulebook – It seems that as a result of both a younger generation of pro cyclists coming up and the deeper penetration of cell phone cameras, on-board GoPros, and more TV coverage a lot of the unwritten gentleman’s agreements that have long ruled over the running […]

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Utah Senator introduces Human-Powered Travel in Wilderness Areas Act

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PRESS RELEASE: The Sustainable Trails Coalition applauds Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) for introducing the Human-Powered Travel in Wilderness Areas Act. Co-sponsored by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Senator Lee introduced bill S.3205, on July 13, 2016.

“Our National Wilderness Preservation System was created so that the American people could enjoy the solitude and recreational opportunities of this continent’s priceless natural areas,” states Senator Lee, “This bill would enrich Americans’ enjoyment of the outdoors by making it easier for them to mountain bike in wilderness areas.” Senator Lee further expanded upon his comments on his official website.

“Utah is blessed with an abundance of beautiful wilderness, and Americans should be free to enjoy it,” offers Senator Hatch, “This bill presents a reasonable approach to allowing the use of mountain bikes on trails and grant federal land managers the ability to do necessary maintenance.”

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PRESS RELEASE: The Sustainable Trails Coalition applauds Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) for introducing the Human-Powered Travel in Wilderness Areas Act. Co-sponsored by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Senator Lee introduced bill S.3205, on July 13, 2016. “Our National Wilderness Preservation System was created so that the American people could enjoy the solitude and recreational opportunities of […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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Just an easy Afternoon Ride at the Tour with Michael Valgren et al. – Some of our friends over at Strava sent us over a whole slew of pro rider links from this year’s Tour de France. A lot of pro riders are on Strava for some of the same reasons as you or I. But looking at some […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • WinWithTinkoff.com, a Tour de France sweepstakes project – Scicon bags is managing a contest campaign for the Tinkoff team throughout the Tour with new prizes available each day. With every Tour stage another of the team’s sponsors will show up with a new prize up for grabs. The list of brands putting in prizes is pretty big, with the total haul available valued at about 9000€. So far there’s been a heartrate strap, a pair of Oakleys, a Contador signed helemt, a carbon bar, special Contador edition Keo Blades, and a signed World Champion jersey. Today’s prize up for grabs is a fast rolling CeramicSpeed setup with a set of oversized pulleys, a UFO-treated chain, and a bottom bracket. Join in and enter to win every day at WinWithTinkoff.com

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WinWithTinkoff.com, a Tour de France sweepstakes project – Scicon bags is managing a contest campaign for the Tinkoff team throughout the Tour with new prizes available each day. With every Tour stage another of the team’s sponsors will show up with a new prize up for grabs. The list of brands putting in prizes is pretty big, with the total haul […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Paola Gianotti rides a record 48 States in 42 Days for Keep Brave to support Ugandan women on bikes – After many ultra long distance tours, Guinness World Record rider Paola Gianotti set off at the end of April on a new adventure, and came home with another record, but ultimately a successful Charity Challenge. The goal had been to ride the lower 48 in 48 days or less and to donate at least 48 bikes to Ugandan women. A simple bicycle can make a huge difference in Uganda, offering mobility and opportunity. She was supported  by donations from all over the world and used the trip as a good chance to test Elastic Interface’s most recent Road Performance Women chamois. In the end Gianotti completed the 7456mi/12,000km ride in just 42 days and 3 hours to hit all 48 states, and raised enough money to donate 70 bikes. KeepBrave.com

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Paola Gianotti rides a record 48 States in 42 Days for Keep Brave to support Ugandan women on bikes – After many ultra long distance tours, Guinness World Record rider Paola Gianotti set off at the end of April on a new adventure, and came home with another record, but ultimately a successful Charity Challenge. The goal had […]

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PC16 Interview: Koroyd’s Case for Better Helmet Standards with John Lloyd and Bas Jongsma

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The exception to the rule at this year’s Press Camp was Koroyd who, unlike any other exhibitor, brought literally no products to sell. The aerospace material manufacturer doesn’t sell directly to consumers, after all, it supplies brands with their technology (such as Smith). Rather than a pitch a new product, Koroyd presented media with their new safety initiative: a call to action to industry to voluntarily raise the safety performance standards of helmets.

Their case? Unlike the automotive industry which has an evolving safety star rating year to year, the cycling industry has a pass/fail validation system, one that Koroyd believes sets an unacceptably high level of risk of injury for riders and which has not been updated in twenty years to reflect improving materials and technology.

In this interview taken on the last evening of Press Camp 2016, John Lloyd, owner of Koroyd, and Bas Jongsma, discuss the initiative, the urgency behind it, and the opportunity for safety within helmets and protective equipment in the industry. Basically, we can all be safer- and industry can and should voluntarily up their game to make that happen.

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The exception to the rule at this year’s Press Camp was Koroyd who, unlike any other exhibitor, brought literally no products to sell. The aerospace material manufacturer doesn’t sell directly to consumers, after all, it supplies brands with their technology (such as Smith). Rather than a pitch a new product, Koroyd presented media with their new […]

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