Posts in the category Where to Ride

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Apple Pie

  • Beautiful footage of this years’ Yak Attack above. Find out more about the “Worlds highest mountain bike race” here. High altitude training anyone?
  • Today Save $5 off the Sufferfest training video bundle: The Wretched and There Is No Try, featuring officially licensed video footage of Le Tour.
  • Culprit Bicycles are offering 10% off all carbon road bikes this week.
  • Scott Sports has a new website for your enjoyment as well as a special feature with daily updates from the 2014 Tour de France: Moments of Le Tour.
  • Join George Hincapie on July 9th as he celebrates his favorite stage of the Tour de France with a bike ride and viewing party at his Hotel Domestique in Travelers Rest, SC.
  • Cam Zink is hosting two mountain bike clinics at Mammoth Mountain Bike Park on July 26th, with a free ride with Cam day on the 27th.
  • GirlBikeLove’s Sarai Snyder is raising money for Women Race Bikes: a new media site dedicated to reporting women’s professional cycling.
  • Trek Bicycle will be matching all donations dollar-for-dollar to World Bicycle Relief for the month of July.
  • Amtrak is making it easier to transport your bicycle along it’s long distance routes.
  • The Catskills Outdoor Guide is now available electronically or in print with a short guide to riding around the Catskills by John Ferguson, John S., and Anton of the blog Riding the Catskills.
  • Snapguide has announced the winners of their Bike Hack contest.
  • Happy 4th of July to our readers in the USA!

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


  • A first-of-its kind flow trail on US Forest Service land will have it’s grand opening this Saturday June 14, at the Corral Trail in South Lake Tahoe, CA. This project is the result of a partnership between the Forest Service, Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA), and the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship, as well as thousands of hours of local volunteer help.
  • The producers of Ride the Divide and Reveal the Path are currently filming Inspired to Ride – a documentary about this years’ Trans Am Bike Race - which is underway now!
  • Support Matt Nahoum as he raises money for the Breaking AIDS Ride to support the Housing Works organization.
  • The top two fundraisers for the Fingerlakes Tour de Cure ride from June 15-July 15th will be awarded a special VIP trip to Watkins Glen for the Aug.9th Nationwide Series race to meet NASCAR racer Ryan Reed.
  • Registration is still open for the Discover Hudson Valley Ride, June 29th in Poughkeepsie, NY.
  • the 4th annual, 2014 Beach Babe Bicycling Classic in Long Beach/Huntington Beach, CA will be held on July 13th.
  • CycleOps has launched a virtual training contest – upload your training route before July 31st for a chance to win a grand prize Trek Travel Trip for 2 through California’s wine country or through the French alps. Other prizes and how to enter the contest can be found here.
  • The Wild Card search begins for Pinkbike’s Deep Summer Photo Challenge at Whistler’s Crankworx. Five photographers have been announced and the sixth will be chosen from the public via Pinkbike’s website. Enter your photos before June 21st!
  • Registration is open for the 2014 California Coast Classic Bicycle Tour to be held September 13-20th. This scenic tour covers 525 miles along the coast from San Francisco to LA along Highway 1.
  • Charleston Moves!, a nonprofit bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organization, is pleased to announce Kurt Cavanaugh has been hired as Executive Director. Congratulations Kurt!

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


  • The Munga bills itself as the “toughest race on earth” which shouldn’t be taken lightly as its creator has raced in the Freedom Challenge (2300km across South Africa) and the Tour Divide (4418km along the Rockies from Canada to Mexico). He thought that races like these deserve more than a handshake at the end, that prize money should be given to the toughest athletes, the kind that complete these kinds of races not just 4 and 5 hour races. Enter the idea for the Munga: a 1000+km mountain bike race in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Teams of two compete for grand prize money of $750,000! All teams that make the 5 day cutoff are entered to win a random drawing of $100,000. Too good to be true? A bit, it costs $10,000 per team to enter.
  • The League of American Bicyclists has announced the winners of it’s Women Bike Mini Grant Program for 2014. The grants were created to support new and growing programs that engage young women in bicycling, encourage more moms to ride and advance female leadership in the bike movement.
  • Tell Orbea what you ride to overcome and be entered to win their second giveaway of a Team Novo Nordisk replica M50 complete bike.
  • There are less than three days left on the Indiegogo campaign for you to purchase your Wheely’s Bicycle Cafe franchise. Your Semi-Early Bird price includes a three-wheeled bicycle cafe, signage, branded cups and napkins, Wheely’s manual, and a life-time right to use your Wheely’s Bicycle Cafe in a designated geographical area with no franchise fees.
  • The Air Force Association Cycling Classic will be held this weekend, June 7-8, in Clarendon and Crystal City, VA. Online registration is closed, but spots will be available for purchase at packet pick-up. Kids’ races will be held both days, check the website for more info.
  • Nat Cobb, a board member of WildEarth Guardians, is riding the 2014 Tour Divide on June 13th. He is using his ride to raise money to protect and restore the wild wolf population of the Western US.
  • Ellsworth & Cog Wild’s 2014 Owner’s Retreat will be in Bend, Oregon, the weekend of July 25-27th.
  • Tern bicycles and Car2Go have partnered to offer special promotions to their customers in Rome, Milan and Florence.
  • Revolights‘ blog has posted a list of What To Do After A Cycling Collision.
  • If you haven’t seen this data yet, it’s exciting – the first major academic study of protected bike lane use in the US has been published. People For Bikes‘ website has a link to the whole study and has written a Cliff’s Notes version of the results worth reading.

Ride Report – Rapha Gentlemen’s Race Bavaria with Festka


In May, the first Rapha Gentlemen’s Race in Continental Europe was staged from their new base in Munich, exploring the rolling Bavarian foothills and less-beaten tracks extending south into the Alps. After the positive feedback from the first few of these private, unsanctioned events worldwide, Rapha seems to be trying to host more of this popular style race wherever they have a presence.

As I’ve been testing Festka’s carbon Zero road bike, they asked me along to join their crew on the adventure in Munich. We drove down from Prague the day before the race and picked up a camper trailer on the way that would become our service course for the next 48 hours.

Read on past the break to see more pics of the ride and to hear more how the bike and others fared…


Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • The countdown to Crankworx Whistler 2014 is ON: 69 more days until the start of the August 8-17th event. Athlete registration opens June 1st.
  • Steamboat Springs, CO, will be hosting a Jump Jam & Photo Shootout on June 13th at the recently completed Bear River Bike Park (thanks in part to a Bell Built Grant award!).
  • The Bicycle Basket Bazaar is headed to Worcester, UK, on June 21st as part of celebration of Bike Week.
  • Las Vegas Cyclery and Escape Adventures is excited to announce the first annual Grand Canyon Fat Tire Festival to be held August 1-3rd. The festival will include 100 and 58 mile mountain bike races on Saturday, and a family friendly mountain bike tour of the East Rim and Saddle Mountain on Sunday.
  • In honor of Mavic’s 125th Anniversary, Nicolas Roux will attempt to ride the “Tour du Mont Blanc” – 330km with over 8,000 meters of ascent – faster than the current record time of 11 hours and 41 minutes. Follow his attempt here.
  • Early-bird registration for the Gran Fondo Hincapie ends tomorrow, May 31st, for the October 25th ride.
  • Summer’s coming and so will the opportunity for travel and possibly camping… help save our trees by learning how to prevent the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer Beatle.

Lesson Review: Canyons Resort Mountain Bike Park Beginners Clinic – Park City, UT

Canyons Resort Mountain Bike Park skills clinics review for kids and adults

Canyons, a ski resort in Park City, Utah, has slowly but surely built up their summer mountain bike offerings over the past couple years, giving it one of the more impressive collection of wooden ramp and features in the area. That’s no small feat given the wealth of world class riding in Park City, made even better by the range of clinics for ages 8 and up.

Last summer, Harrison and I took the half-day Mountain Bike 101 clinic, which was our first ever park experience. Most (read: all) of our riding at home is lightly rolling cross country trails. There are no big drops, no real elevation change, and certainly no ramps. A professionally led lesson seemed like the right introduction to such things, and Canyon’s beginner-friendly offerings looked like a good fit. They also offer group, private and more advanced sessions and guided cross country rides, so there’s something for everyone if your family’s made up of varied skill sets.


Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  •  The Tour of Estonia and Tartu Rattaralli will be in televised live on the web starting May 30th.
  • Stephen Baptist is doing a summer internship project and needs your help completing a questionnaire about a proposed Cycle Expo in India.
  • Pro MTB Racer Payson McElveen is racing to benefit World Bicycle Relief.
  • The third and final regional winner of the 2014 Bell Built is Richmond Regional Ride Center in Richmond, VA. Congrats to all the winners of the grant program!
  • Planning a multi-day bike adventure this summer? Check out the Scrubba – a pocket-size “washing machine” (and it weighs only 5 oz!)
  • Après Vélo has a 5 video series out called Pizza & Peronis with Henk Vogels: tales from the Giro d’Italia.
  • The Campagnolo Experience bike tour was such a success last year that it will be offered again this year with even more cycling - a nine day trip with 5 days of riding across Italy: 600km and 13,500 km of climbing, entry in the Gran Fondo Campagnolo in Rome, and tours of the Campagnolo factory and official winery.
  • Pactimo Cycling Apparel has announced their jersey trade-up program – donate your old jersey and receive a 50% refund on a new one.
  • Want to finish out Bike Month on a roll? Become a member of The League of American Bicyclists and help support an organization that works for cyclists.

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

sharn, ironman cairns

  • From Paul of Berry Mountain Cycles in Australia: “Meet Sharn (above), she was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease at 30 years old. One year on she’s doing Ironman Cairns with the assistance of her pilot Craig. We met her the other day with her Custom Greenspeed über chariot which has been kitted out kindly by Shimano with Di2 because she is not able to change gear with traditional shifters. Specialized US organised a Tarmac SL4 for Craig.  She’s an incredible women and I find it inspirational that her entire team are so positive! She has a killer smile and sense of humour. This for me is what riding bikes is all about, it can be tough right! But shit it’s fun. I’m so glad we’re fortunate enough to work with people like this – this is bikes. Her mission is to compete Ironman Cairns and raise awareness of MND. I’d love it if you could share her photo and her story.
  • Seven cyclists will be riding 3,000 miles across the USA this summer to raise awareness and funds for wounded military and their families. Follow their progress as they leave on June 4th here, and donate here.
  • …Ollie Blackmore is aiming to ride half that distance solo and unsupported, about 2,300 kilometers, around Vancouver Island this summer to raise money for two cancer charities: The British Columbia Cancer Foundation and The Big C. You can help support his causes here.
  • This Sunday, May 18th, Atlanta Streets Alive will be taking over Peachtree Street from 2-6pm. Come out for a variety of fun planned activities or to just enjoy the traffic-less street!
  • Culprit Bicycles will be selling their demo bikes at the Road Magazine event at the end of Stage 6 of the ATOC in Santa Clarita, CA, this weekend May 16th and 17th.
  • Ciamillo is offering $100 off their road calipers until May 23rd.
  • Whistler Mountain Bike Park is excited to announce that today, May 16th, is opening day!
  • Kinoko Cycles, formerly Tokyo Fixed, has released a journal – you can pick up a free copy at their shop in London, or read an online version here.

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


  • Red Bull Ride + Style is this Saturday, May 10th, at the Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco, CA. More than 50 fixed gear riders from around the world will compete in track and freestyle competitions among obstacles designed and created by street artists. New this year is a race qualifier open to the public. Twenty five slots are open, first come-first served, get there early for the 10am registration!
  • Culprit Bicycles will be demo-ing their bicycles at the Cruisin’ The Conejo ride this Saturday in Newbury Park, CA.
  • Voting is now open for the Eastern region of the Bell Built grants program. Voting ends May 18th, winner will be announced May 5th. Congratulations to the winner for the Central Region: The Cottage Grove Bike Park, headed up by the Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists (MORC).
  • PowerBar has launched their Don’t Let You Stop You Tour de France Sweepstakes which runs through July 31st.
  • Snapguide, an online how-to community, has launched their bike-hack contest in honor of Bike To Work Month. From now until June 4th, upload your how-to guide on anything bike related to win up to $900 in hand made bike accessories.
  • Timbuk2 is celebrating Bike month with new colors in the Especial Raider Cycling Backpack, and two new commuter bags: the Especial Vuelo Cycling Laptop Bag $149, and the Especial Claro Cycling Laptop Messenger $139.
  • Also, Timbuk2 Facebook fans can enter the annual #ridefree Bike Commute Sweepstakes for a chance to win over $1,100 in gear: Raleigh Bicycle, Lazer Helmet, Kryptonite Lock, Portable Speakers, and the new Timbuk2 Especial Vuelo Backpack.
  • Ellsworth is celebrating the month of May with $500 off complete Evolve C, complete 29 or 27.5 Enlightenment or complete Epiphany Enduro (limited sizes) bikes – or $250 off those frames only. Also, they will be giving away free Rocker and Bling Kit upgrades on all bikes sold in the month of May.
  • Beginning May 11, fans can tune in to NBCSN daily to catch the final two hours of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California live, as well as nightly recaps and highlights. The finale on Sunday, May 18th, will be broadcast on NBC. TV schedule after the break.
  • The Documentary Marco Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist launches May 16th in the UK
  • Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah, will be opening up their family-friendly downhill mountain bike park on June 12th.
  • Rapha is sponsoring the Women’s 100 – a worldwide 100k ride on Sunday, July 20th. Find a sponsored ride near you, set up a group ride, or register to ride on your own here.
  • This Year, the Providence Cyclo-cross Festival will host a Dealer Day on Friday, October 3rd. Touted as an affordable alternative to Interbike, they had 45 exhibitors in 2013 and expect to sell out quickly for this years’ event.
  • The RoadTitans300+ Cycling Challenge is a 3 day, 310 mile, 30,000+ ft of elevation ride this November 7-9th in Oconee, South Carolina.