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Apply to be the Next American DH Champion with Intense Cycles and Shaun Palmer

Back in September, Intense announced that the Miserable Champion was back on the team where it all began. With a goal of creating a new American World Cup DH team, Shaun Palmer was picked to coach the next generation of talent. Now that Palmer is in place, it’s time for Intense to find that talent. Intense is now looking for the next generation of American Downhillers and wants you to apply. Provided you are between the ages of 15-17 and compete in the Junior Expert class.

Those chosen for the team will be given custom Intense bikes, kits, and support along with the coaching of the legendary Palmer. Details on how to apply, next…


Win a custom bike & trip to compete in the 2015 Rouge Roubaix w/ Argonaut, Mosaic or Breadwinner Cycles!


Argonaut Cycles, Mosaic Bespoke Bicycles and Breadwinner Cycles have teamed up to compete against each other, and you could be the 4th person on one of their teams riding a bike custom built for you!

The 2015 Rouge Roubaix Builder Challenge pits each builder’s team of four against the others in this years Rouge Roubaix. One slot on each Builder Team is up for grabs, and it could be you. They’re looking for a motivated, experienced racer to join each team and pull their weight across the 106 mile gravel race.


Click here to submit your application. Each builder will select the most worthy candidate, build them a complete Custom Dream Bike, and fly them down to race the Rouge Roubaix which takes place on Sunday March 15th in St. Francisville, Louisiana. Applicants must be over 18 years of age and live in the USA, hold valid USA Cycling license for the category of the Builder Team they select and be able to travel to the race. Submission Deadline is Monday, January 19. Winners will be announced Friday Jan 23rd.

The Radavist will be on hand taking pics and making you look hip, and Chris King is sending head chef Chris DiMinno along to keep everyone well fed during the weekend (his tacos are legit, BTW).

Bell Built is Back to Add Some Black Diamond Trail for 2015

Bell Built 2015

We love it when companies put their money where their mouth is, especially when it comes to the creation of amazing new places to ride. Now in its third year, Bell Built is back again to do just that – build awesome trails. Changing things up a bit from the first two years, 2015 will see just one grand prize winner. Instead of splitting the $100,000 grant between three worthy projects, this year the entire package will go to one project. One advanced, aggressive, expert trail at that.

Proposals will be accepted from three different regions for a total of 9 semifinalists. After three rounds of voting the 9 semifinalists will be whittled down to 3 finalists, and then the single grand prize winner. Proposals are being accepted now through March 6, so start your planning and get your proposals in soon!


Think You have What It Takes to Be a Ranger? Blackburn is Taking Applications for 2015 Ambassadors


Is riding the Great Divide on your bucket list? Perhaps the entirety of the Pacific Coast is more your speed? Now imagine riding either epic adventure with new and prototype Blackburn gear, a Niner bike with the best componentry from SRAM, Rockshox, and Zipp, Giro Apparel and shoes, a Bell helmet, and a travel stipend to help along the way? Sounds too good to be true, right?

Well, it’s real – assuming you are selected to be a 2015 Blackburn Ranger. The company is currently seeking 6 new Rangers for 2015 to be Blackburn ambassadors to take part in their “Out There” adventure program. Those selected will be required to ride either the Pacific Coast or Great Divide routes, as well as taking part in the 2015 Blackburn Ranger Camp. The right candidates will have an insatiable appetite for big miles on a bicycle balanced with social media savvy and the ability to provide product feedback for Blackburn testing.

More details after the break….


Bike Ninjas Break into Ray’s MTB, Steal Odd Couple Video Title

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The 2015 Ray’s Odd Couple video competition has come and gone, and Team Kali snuck in for the win. Combining the mountain bike talents of  Nicholi Rogatkin, and the BMX skills of Nick Bruce, with Danny Mizicko behind the lens, the team walked away with the winning edit with their ninja-style break in at Ray’s MTB Cleveland. All taking part over the course of two and a half days, Team Kali’s winning video combined a creative intro with the duo absolutely destroying the biggest jumps inside Ray’s complete with fog machines and creative lighting.

You definitely want to check out the full edit, next…


Brooks Extends Movember Auction, Own a One of a Kind Blue B17

Brooks Movember saddle auction (2)

Movember has come and gone, and while a larger portion of the mustaches have gone with it, the Brooks charity auction is still here. Originally announced last week, the auction has been extended until December 12th which means you can still get in your bid for this gorgeous custom B17 saddle. Bidding can be done at the Brooks B1866 store in Covent Garden, or you can email your bid to with “Movember Saddle Bid” in the subject. All proceeds will benefit men’s health initiatives.

The winner receives much more than just a saddle, details next…


Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


  • The Red Bull Signature Series continues this Sunday on NBC at 12:30 PM EST with the Red Bull District Ride. 80,000 people witnessed a unique urban slopestyle course designed by freeride legend and previous District Ride winner Aaron Chase. The course starts with a drop from Nuremberg’s castle walls and then makes its way through the city center and five different districts that offer varying obstacles for the world’s top freeride bike athletes to master and trick off.
  • One Day Only Sale on Small Business Saturday – 30% off of Complete Handsome Bicycles – Join them for a one day pop-up shop at Martin Patrick 3 in Minneapolis for an event that’s not-to-be-missed!
  • Decorate your bike with festive crap contest – It’s another great year for Magnolia BMX’s Holiday Bike Check Contest, minus the bike check! They’ve got really great sponsors and unlike last year, it’s open internationally!
  • Stages Power meters will be available in South Korea starting January 2015 through Welltuned. The Stages Power meter, which was launched in North America in 2012, is sold factory installed — by Stages Cycling, in Boulder, CO USA — to aluminum crank arms throughout the Cannondale, FSA, Shimano, and SRAM ranges.
  • Hermes Sport handbuilt competition wheels are now available worldwide through The Aftermarket. Founded in July 2009 by Alex Webster, Hermes Sport was born of a general, lifelong obsession with high-end bike parts and a particular fixation on wheels.
  • Scott Sports USA and Deer Valley Resort Announce Multi-Year Partnership. Starting this 2014/2015 season Scott Sports USA will be the official goggle, pole, helmet and bike sponsor of Deer Valley Resort.
  • Bianchi and Thomson Bikes Tours have joined forces to offer exclusive new cycling trips in 2015. The first destination is Lombardia, a cycling paradise in northern Italy, and is open for booking on either company’s website.

Strider Gives Back With Promotion To Donate 7 Bikes Per Day to Special Needs Riders


Strider came into the world offering balance bikes to teach young kids to ride by teaching balance, not pedaling. Much the opposite of the typical training wheels method, they caught immediate traction and have been helping kids as young as 18 months get moving on two wheels.

They found that since the bikes focus on the fundamentals of balance and riding, without the complexity of also learning to pedal also worked well for special-needs populations. They have product that can help, sized for riders 6-12 years with the Strider 16, and 13+ years with the Strider 20. To give back, they are giving away a total of 490 bikes to people who need them.

FROM STRIDER BIKES – Teenagers with huge smiles, parents with tears streaming down their cheeks and spectators clapping and cheering. That is the scene when a person with special needs learns to ride for the very first time on two wheels – on a STRIDER Balance Bike.
Strider Sports is excited to announce a holiday campaign kicking off today: the STRIDER GIVES BACK Promotion. Between October 13th and December 12th, the company has committed to giving away seven balance bikes per day – every day! That is 490 Balance Bikes in the next two months! The application process for a chance to win is extremely simple. Interested families need to go to and complete three simple steps: submit a photo, write a brief story and name the special needs organization to which the applicant belongs.
As the leading manufacturer and marketer of No-Pedal Balance Bikes for people of all ages and all abilities, Strider Sports has been inspiring riding and confidence for over seven years. STRIDER Balance Bikes are the best option for a person with special needs because they break down the overwhelming task of learning how to ride into a safe and natural progression. Riding a STRIDER is as easy as walking. With feet safely on the ground, a rider is easily able to maneuver and ride the lightweight bikes. Although not originally designed as adaptive bikes, STRIDER bikes have turned individuals with Down syndrome, autism, low muscle tone, poor balance, arthrogryposis and cerebral palsy into bike riding enthusiasts!

Check out the empowering video of the bikes being used at the Special Olympics after the jump…


Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


  • In case you weren’t one of the 3500 people who were lucky enough to score a ticket to the Red Bull Dreamline last month then you’re in luck. NBC will be airing the event this Saturday at 5 PM EST. The Red Bull Dreamline, which is part of the Red Bull Signature Series, was held at the Oskar Blues REEB Ranch in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The event featured a field of 32 of the world’s best BMX dirt jump riders.
  • Here’s one more reminder that if you’re in the Philadelphia area this weekend then be sure to check out the Philadelphia Bike Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. It will be held November 8th and 9th. Purchase your tickets in advance and save $$$!
  • After the incredible turnout last year, the Chiltern Cycling Festival has grown into two events. First off will be The Chiltern Cycling Festival on July 12th. The next date for your calendar is the Chenies Velo Classique on August 31st. Entries open on November 6th via
  • Get ready for next season’s riding by training indoors over the winter with the ultimate cycling video experience. The Sufferfest - creators of the world’s best cycling, running and triathlon training videos – have launched a licensing program which is set to transform the indoor cycling experience for facilities, instructors and participants.
  • Put that training to good use by taking a cycling tour through beautiful Tuscany. Imagine spending several days cycling through the Italian countryside, riding past vineyards and Roman castles, then stopping overnight in hilltop towns to enjoy delicious Italian cuisine and wine at the end of the day. Lifecycle Adventures, a cycling vacation company known for its customized bike tours in California, Hawaii, Washington’s San Juan Islands and Oregon, is now operating cycling tours in Tuscany, Italy.
  • Do you live in New York City? Want to know the ins and outs of bike commuting in the city? Bike New York offers free Bike Commuting 101 and Winter Riding 101 classes to empower cyclists to become year-round bike commuters.
  • Mario Cipollini, Tour de France multi-stage winner will be visiting California from November 12 to 15 for several meet and greet events at  Cipollini dealers. Visit for dates and times.
  • Funkier Bike Apparel is now available in the USA! Torcano Industries has become the exclusive U.S. distributor for Funkier Bike Apparel. Check out the story HERE.
  • Swiftwick’s Sock of the Month for November are these really cool Turkey Trot socks. I can’t think of anything better to wear on my piggies on Thanksgiving Day. Look for mine propped up on the end of the couch while I take my tryptophan nap. Click HERE to get yours today.

Lots more Friday Roundup after the break!