BFS 2016: Apidura teams up with Rapha for limited edition Brevet bikepacking bags

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So it hasn’t officially been announced yet, but the new Rapha+Apidura packs are one of the worst kept secrets from either of the two companies. We had spotted them on Facebook and Instagram accounts from both companies. Then at the Berlin Bike Show we actually got our hands on a set to have a look at the features and see what sets them apart from the Apidura packs that we did a long-term test on last year. Pack though after the break to see what we know…

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So it hasn’t officially been announced yet, but the new Rapha+Apidura packs are one of the worst kept secrets from either of the two companies. We had spotted them on Facebook and Instagram accounts from both companies. Then at the Berlin Bike Show we actually got our hands on a set to have a look at the features […]

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Endurance Films Training Institute unleashes streaming cycling workout videos on any device

Endurance Films Training Institute (EFTI) has moved their library to a streaming platform to EnduranceFilms.com, allowing cyclists (and triathletes, runners and swimmers) access to all of their videos on any device.

The videos are produced largely with USA Triathlon and USA Cycling and offer training programs from the likes of six-time Olympic running coach, Bobby McGee, Olympian Jeff Galloway and six-time Ironman World Champion, Mark Allen, who leads the workout in the triathlon video trailer above.

Their selling point is a massive library of multisport training videos, and their new platform not only lets you watch them wherever you are and on whatever screen is in front of you, but also create playlists, see recently watched sessions and get suggested videos based on your use. They have a free trial version and, for a limited time, are offering annual memberships for $227 (versus the usual $297).



Endurance Films Training Institute (EFTI) has moved their library to a streaming platform to EnduranceFilms.com, allowing cyclists (and triathletes, runners and swimmers) access to all of their videos on any device. The videos are produced largely with USA Triathlon and USA Cycling and offer training programs from the likes of six-time Olympic running coach, Bobby […]

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Pro Bike Check: Mieke Kroeger of Canyon//SRAM racing’s Ultimate CF SLX touring

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We had the chance to run into women’s pro Mieke Kröger of the Canyon//SRAM Racing team last week at our EU base as she took an alternative approach to prepping for the northern Spring Classics. While most of the men and women of the pro peloton head somewhere warm and sunny to tune up for the season Kröger took to the roads of central Europe solo instead. What better way to prep for the cobbles and unpredictable weather of Belgium than 10 self-supported days on the road and 1000km of riding across the less-traveled roads of eastern Germany and the Czech Republic. Take a close look with us at what the bike she set out on looked like as she heads into the race season…

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We had the chance to run into women’s pro Mieke Kröger of the Canyon//SRAM Racing team last week at our EU base as she took an alternative approach to prepping for the northern Spring Classics. While most of the men and women of the pro peloton head somewhere warm and sunny to tune up for the season Kröger […]

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Winter Wrap Up: Favorite gear that helped conquer the cold from 45NRTH, Lazer, Pactimo, & More

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What a strange winter it has been. Much of the country is readily prepping for spring-like weather, while other parts are getting a late hammering of snow. For me, the weather has turned decidedly spring-like with mild temps and plenty of rain, but it still seems like a good time to look back on some of my favorite products that helped get me here. Our readers in the Southern Hemisphere are just transitioning to their coldest months of the year, but more importantly – this is a great time of year to pick up deals on closeout winter gear to use for next season. I can’t guarantee you’ll find any of the following items on clearance on account of their popularity, but it’s certainly worth a look…

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What a strange winter it has been. Much of the country is readily prepping for spring-like weather, while other parts are getting a late hammering of snow. For me, the weather has turned decidedly spring-like with mild temps and plenty of rain, but it still seems like a good time to look back on some of […]

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Trek’s 2016 Dirt Series Camps announced, now hosting four co-ed stops

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Since the year 2000, Trek Bicycles has been helping women progress their mountain biking skills by hosting their Dirt Series Camps. During the last fifteen years over 12,000 women have attended Trek’s skills camps to learn new techniques, increase their confidence and enjoy two days of riding with a big group of likeminded ladies.

For 2016 there will be 18 camps scattered across Washington, Oregon, California, Utah and a few stops north of the Canadian border in Alberta and British Columbia. The first camp is scheduled for April 30th and they run until September 18th.

And don’t worry, dudes- it’s not just for the ladies anymore! After seeing how much their better halves enjoyed the camps men started requesting the chance to sign up, so four of this year’s stops will be co-ed…
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Since the year 2000, Trek Bicycles has been helping women progress their mountain biking skills by hosting their Dirt Series Camps. During the last fifteen years over 12,000 women have attended Trek’s skills camps to learn new techniques, increase their confidence and enjoy two days of riding with a big group of likeminded ladies. For […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Celebrate new gear with Kitsbow & win in Obsessives #Roadventure Giveaway – To go along with the launch of their new road collection, Kitsbow has teamed up with 10 co-sponsors to create the Obsessives #Roadventure Giveaway. The prizes are the ultimate kit for your #roadventure. Among other items, winners will receive: Kitsbow road kit, a Santa Cruz Stigmata CC frame, a SRAM Red CX drivetrain, Strava Pro membership, a Smith Overtake helmet, and more. Check it out and sign up before Apr 15 Kitsbow.com

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Celebrate new gear with Kitsbow & win in Obsessives #Roadventure Giveaway – To go along with the launch of their new road collection, Kitsbow has teamed up with 10 co-sponsors to create the Obsessives #Roadventure Giveaway. The prizes are the ultimate kit for your #roadventure. Among other items, winners will receive: Kitsbow road kit, a Santa Cruz Stigmata CC frame, a SRAM Red […]

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Zwift takes training to new heights with Watopia mountain expansion track

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Hopefully by now, most of you are spending time on the trainer because you want to, not because the weather outside means you have to. Of course, if you have a trainer hooked up to Zwift, spending hours pedaling in place isn’t so bad any more. We’ve already spent a good amount of time this winter riding through Zwift’s virtual environment with a CycleOps Powersync trainer and can vouch for its ability to kill trainer induced boredom. Sure, nothing will replace the real thing, but Zwift makes you focus on the numbers and the riders in the environment around you rather than the clock so it makes training sessions much more enjoyable, and likely more beneficial.

Now for those of you who have already ridden 100’s of laps around the Richmond circuit, Zwift is introducing their newest track. Set to take you high into the mountains, the latest expansion will give you about 24 miles of new scenery to play with…

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Hopefully by now, most of you are spending time on the trainer because you want to, not because the weather outside means you have to. Of course, if you have a trainer hooked up to Zwift, spending hours pedaling in place isn’t so bad any more. We’ve already spent a good amount of time this […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Win a ride in the Alps during the Tour de France – To celebrate the upcoming 103rd Tour de France, Zwift has partnered with Thomson Bike Tours and created the #ThompsonZwiftChallenge. One lucky winner will be sent to climb the iconic mountains of the French Alps and watch the thrilling racing action of the Tour’s final week, plus get a year subscription to Zwift to get in shape for it. Ride 103km and sync to Strava to enter. Check out more at Challenge.ThomsonBikeTours.com

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Win a ride in the Alps during the Tour de France – To celebrate the upcoming 103rd Tour de France, Zwift has partnered with Thomson Bike Tours and created the #ThompsonZwiftChallenge. One lucky winner will be sent to climb the iconic mountains of the French Alps and watch the thrilling racing action of the Tour’s […]

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TPE16: Updated Xpedo Thrust 2.0 power pedal is getting close & Wellgo Cadence pedals now available

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000 Taipei 2016 P1100381

Xpedo has been taunting us with their dual-sided power pedal for some time now, but the price has kept many interested. Before releasing it into the wild, they decided to make some final and rather significant tweaks. Also, if power isn’t your thing, Wellgo’s new Cadence pedal is now available too. Check the low down on both below the fold…

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Xpedo has been taunting us with their dual-sided power pedal for some time now, but the price has kept many interested. Before releasing it into the wild, they decided to make some final and rather significant tweaks. Also, if power isn’t your thing, Wellgo’s new Cadence pedal is now available too. Check the low down […]

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