Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Which country will climb the most in Suunto’s World Vertical week – The action is about to begin, as Suunto is pitting country against country in the ultimate battle of who can earn the most vertical in just one week. The northern hemisphere might be at a slight disadvantage with wintery temps in many places, but Americans might get a boost from the competition starting on a Monday federal holiday? You don’t need to be a Suunto user, just download their Movescount app and hit the road or trail. Find out after a week how your country does. #VerticalWeek starts globally on Feb 15 and runs through the 21st. MovesCount.com

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • REI partners with NICA and IMBA for the Teen Trail Corps Initiative – REI, the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, and IMBA set up a new program to inspire young riders to become effective trail advocates with the new #TeenTrailCorps initiative. Teaching young mountain bikers to show respect, empathy, and compassion to fellow trail users and nature, the program aims to develop the next generation of trail leaders. TeenTrailCorps.org

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • SUF Camp: Train like a pro with fellow Sufferlandrians – OK, so we mentioned the national team training camp run by the Sufferfest a couple of months back. But now we have an update that only 8 spots are left, and that the price has dropped down about 15% to $4950 for the entire, once in a lifetime week-long package starting June 12 in Aigle, Switzerland. Head over to their site for full details how to get the real pro experience. And don’t forget the fourth annual Tour of Sufferlandria is coming up in just a week or so. 9-days from Feb 6-14 to bang out a winter base from the comfort of home, with donations going to a good cause at TheSufferfest.com

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Get ready for race season with a Today’s Plan training scheme – So this week’s roundup is pretty much exclusively a look forward to events on the horizon. For almost all of our readers not watching the Tour Down Under live these days, it is a cold time where we are bracing for even more cold. What better way to get through the winter than with an easy-to-follow custom training plans and a look toward a warmer event. The Aussies at Today’s Plan are partnering with the organizers of a bunch of events across North America to help get more riders to meet their goals with custom-tailored training plans for these events. Create a free trial account and see if your event is already on their list, if not let Today’s Plan and the promoter know, and they’ll get on it. TodaysPlan.com.au

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Getting 189 bikes to the Tour Down Under with Scicon

Getting 189 bikes to the Tour Down Under with Scicon

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OK, I’ll admit that I’m a bit of a sucker for flashy infographics. But this just struck me as cool. The Tour Down Under is a logistical nightmare for most of the Europe-based pro teams, who end up wrenching out of the back of rented box vans and in the hotel ballroom tour village. But it is a great chance to escape some of the cold winter of the northern hemisphere for sunny skies. To get there, 6 pro teams that are sponsored by Scicon (plus 3 more that buy them on their own) put 3 bikes each for 7 riders in their Aerocomfort bags and toss them on the planes.

That’s not to say that the race isn’t exceptionally well-organized. It’s just tough on logistics away from the teams’ service course setups, with multiple team vans and other support systems in place. Check out our interview with Steven from Lotto for some pro team perspective, plus more behind the scenes features to come. Hop past the break for more of the travel story by the numbers…

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Podium Threat Sam Blenkinsop to take on the Enduro World Series – OK, so who is gonna race what mountain bike event isn’t really our deal. But come on, it’s Friday afternoon. It’s cold and winter. And when that photo of Crankworx popped up in my inbox it makes me want to go for a ride. The story behind it is that Norco’s World Cup DH winner Sam Blenkinsop will race all five rounds of the 2016 EWS (in Chile, Argentina, Italy, the US, and Canada) in addition to the full WC DH and Crankworx calendars. Sounds like it will be busy for his Norco Factory Racing team. Head on past the break for more week’s end event and cycling news hits…

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Ride another world with MiM Glacier 360°, Iceland’s first XC stage race

Ride another world with MiM Glacier 360°, Iceland’s first XC stage race
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images courtesy of MiM. photo by Stefan Gudmundsson

From the people behind Iceland’s adventure cycling tour company Made In Mountains comes a new mountain bike event for 2016. The 3 day Glacier 360° will take an international line-up of riders on the first multi-stage cross country marathon race to be run on the island nation. The race which will run in mid August expects to be 2016’s largest XC mountain bike event in Iceland. Registration opens today, January 15, so hop past the break for some more details, and to start planning a trip…

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Rasputitsa Spring Classic to Benefit Northeast Cycling Programs – Rasputitsa is a gravel grinding sufferfest starting in East Burke, VT on April 16 and tackling the backroads of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. They just announced a partnership with two great cycling non-profits: Little Bellas and JAM Cycling Fund, whose aims are to help young women realize their potential through cycling, and grow the next generation of cross racers and ambassadors. In addition to donating a large chunk of their profits to these 2 organizations, they’ll also run a VIP preview of the course in February with 4 special treatment spots up for grabs in a raffle to ride with pros Lea Davison and Jeremy Powers . This year’s event already sold out, so this is the last chance until 2017 to get in on the fun. RasputitsaGravel.com

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Friday Roundup – A New Year of Bits & Pieces

Friday Roundup – A New Year of Bits & Pieces
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  • USA Cycling 2nd Annual Fat Bike Nats Returns to the Wasatch – Ogden, Utah will welcome fat bikes back for the second year of National Championships this February 27. This year’s race will feature a 12 miles course across Powder Mountain’s Hidden Lake terrain for the amateur title, while the pros will compete over 18 miles. During the events visitors will have access to free fat demos from Borealis and local shops, as well as a chance to win a fat bike of their own. More info on the championship events and registration are at USACycling.org and VisitOgden.com.

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