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Race More with Less with New SRAM Force CX1 Cyclocross Group

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Prototypes and spyshots no more, the SRAM CX1 single-ring cyclocross group is official.

‘Cross is hard enough on bikes, but it is especially hard on drivetrains. From broken derailleurs to dropped chains, CX groups have to work even when they’re encased in a layer of frozen muck. As one of the main weak points of a drivetrain, CX1 gets rid of the front shifter and derailleur entirely thanks to the chain grabbing ability of the X-Sync Chainring. Add in the stability and control of the X-Horizon rear derailleur and you end up with a system that is ready for the toughest conditions – if you’re ready to run a single ring.

Ditch the granny after the break…

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Frostbike: Foundry Adds Some Paint for 2015 Harrow, Plus Single Speed National Champ Bike

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When you win a national championship, sometimes you get a special bike to commemorate the occation. Such is the case with Tim Allen’s new Stars and Stripes Foundry Harrow cross bike which was given to Tim after winning the Single Speed national Championship on a stripped down Foundry Harrow.

While Tim gets his own painted bike, Foundry is adding some paint to their stock bikes for the coming year, see it after the break.

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Trans-Sylvania Epic Adds More Enduro Stages & Three-Day Mini Epic

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For 2014, the Trans-Sylvania Epic mountain bike stage races is adding more enduro segments and a three-day version for the working stiffs.

Each day’s stage will now have three to four timed enduro segments, offering a race with in the race for points. Having participated (note I didn’t say “raced”) in the Epic last year, I can say that having these small bonus challenges made the event far more interesting for those of us who aren’t strong climbers. While the skinny XC folks hammer away for overall glory, those of us who like to stop and enjoy the scenery every now and then have something else to compete against – the clock, and Pennsylvania’s nasty rocks.

And if you’re competing against a different type of clock, there’s a new TS3 three-day mini-Epic available that bundles in some of the best trails and the full enduro stage. It’s a great event, worth putting on the bucket list, and the new features make it all the better.

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Spy Shot: Trek Session 650B Downhill bike

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While Americans where attempting to sleep, Trek World Racing’s Brook Macdonald was getting ready to race the New Zealand National Championships. His secret weapon? A beautiful new paint job that partially masks the contours of his prototype 650b Trek Session.

It’s hard to tell was kind of special trickery the engineers at Trek have employed on this new bike, but the frame looks a little leaner than Ye ol’ Session, and the front triangle has a decidedly carbon look to it.

Spot anything we missed? Drop some knowledge in the comments section…

CycleOps Putting Trek Factory Racing Team Rides Up for Virtual Training

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Trek Factory Racing pros warm up for the individual time trial at the Dubai Tour. Photo: Tim Staton.

In January, CycleOps partnered with Trek Factory Racing to put their pro riders on the PowerBeam Pro and SuperMagneto Pro trainers and CycleOps VirtualTraining software. The benefit to them is the software lets them practice for future race courses regardless of physical location. The benefit for us is we’ll start seeing some of their rides pop up for our own training fun.

How? Their VirtualTraining software lets riders upload GPS and ride data for others to stream. And that’s what they plan on doing with some of the pros’ real rides.

“We have two new routes online now from their training camps in Mallorca, and streaming for the iPad goes live this week,” says Saris Cycling Group’s marketing man Tim Staton. “We have plans to release several of the training rides for the Spring Classics, too. We’re looking at ways to put a camera on the chase car for race day and capture GPS data to recreate race courses so it’s like you’re riding with the team, but we’re still pretty early in the partnership. Right now, there’s enough chaos on race days without us trying to capture data separately!”

As for mirroring actual rides from certain top level riders, both parties are considering it, but Staton says it can be a touchy subject when making power profiles public from folks like Cancellara. Obviously there are strategic advantages to keeping that sort of data private.

In other news, updates to the Windows desktop program and iOS app, along with a new Android app, are coming late February to allow subscribers to race head to head virtually. No Mac desktop version yet, but it’s on their to do list…it’s just that tablets took priority.

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Reza Pakravan has returned from an 11,000 mile/102 day bike journey from Norway to South Africa riding a Koga Signature World Traveler with a Rohloff internally geared hub and Gates Carbon Drive, pictured above. Read more about his trip here.
  • 15 year-old Sam Rukeyser is going on his own bike tour this summer from Portland, OR, to NYC. He’s going to document his 3,800 mile trek on video for a documentary which he’d like your help to produce.
  • Interested in a bike tour, but on a smaller scale than Reza’s and Sam’s? Ellee Thalheimer has just written a new book called “Cycling Sojourner: A Guide to the Best Multi-Day Tours in Washington.”
  • This year’s fundraiser for Trips For Kids of WNC is a raffle to win an I-9 Wheelset and a Cane Creek 110 Headset - your choice of colors. Tickets are $25 and only 100 tickets will be sold!
  • Events for Raleigh’s 2nd Annual Oaks & Spokes Bicycle Festival have been announced. Held over 10 days in April, the event seeks to sustain and promote bicycle culture in Raleigh, NC, and includes bike rides, art shows, fundraising, and more!
  • Yuba Bikes has posted two parts of a three-part educational series on how to travel by bike with your children in tow. Part three will be posted next week.
  • Cycle Monkey has recently expanded it’s suspension services for dealers and individuals. Check their website for more information.
  • Hunter Allen, founder of Peaks Coaching Group, will be leading a free webinar about power training on Tuesday, February 18th starting at 8pm EST.
  • Universal Sports Network will present a schedule of 23 international cycling events in 2014 both on air and live-streaming. Check out the schedule of events and times after the break.

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Bike Check: What the Supercross Pros Pedal

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Two weekends ago, we braved the fumes of high octane race fuel to take a look at what bikes the Supercross pros had lined up in the pits. While most of the bikes on display were for warming up, many racers are also passionate cyclists. The vast majority of SX Pros have some background in BMX and notable riders like Cole Seely and Ryan Villapoto can regularly be seen on training rides.

So brap past the break for some mx and bike p0rn…

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Video: 2016 Cyclocross Nationals Biltmore Estate Asheville, NC, Course Preview

2016 Cyclocross Nationals course preview on the Biltmore Estate in Asheville NC

The finals for the NC Cyclocross Series took place on the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. The same venue that’ll host the 2016 U.S. Cyclocross National Championships. We strapped a GoPro Hero3 to the handlebars and signed up. The map overlay shows the course from 10,000 feet, but click through the break for a rider’s eye video view…

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Drop Weight from your Body, Not Your Bike with New Racing Weight Cookbook

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Those of you who count post ride beers rather than counting calories, look away now (we don’t blame you). For the rest of you that are trying to “get down to racing weight,” certified sports nutritionist Matt Fitzgerald and registered dietician Georgie Fear have a new cookbook to help you get there. As the third book in the Racing Weight series, the book offers over 100 recipes that claim to keep you satisfied while helping you cut weight. Even if you’re not specifically trying to cut weight, the recipes are likely an easy way to eat healthier this coming season.

Check out a few sample recipes, next.

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