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US Open Fat Bike Beach Championship Coming to North Carolina

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Fat Bike Racing is coming to the East Coast!

On March 13-15 2015, The US Open Fat Bike Beach Championship is bringing the fun of fat bike racing to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Located between the Wrightsville Beach piers, the course will feature a variety of landscapes and surface conditions ranging from soft, deep sand to hard packed shoreline sand.

Fat Bike riders of all skill levels are welcome to compete, and prizes will be awarded for the top three finishers in each age group and division. Expert racers have a 25 mile course to tackle, with shorter 15 and 5 mile routes for the Sport and Beginner divisions. Start and finish lines will be located at the event’s host hotel the Blockade Runner Beach Resort, and the finalized course layout will be available for preview after racers check-in on Friday.

Click more for further details about the race-

Louisville Mega Cavern Bike Park Open For Business, Ride Underground for Valentine’s Day!

After months of anticipation, the Louisville Mega Cavern Bike Park is finally open. As of this past Monday the 9th, the world’s first fully underground bike park is now accepting riders. Built nearly 10 stories beneath the surface, the man made cavern sits under 26 feet of solid lime stone. Occupying just a fraction of the massive hole in the ground spanning 4 million square feet, there is currently around 320 thousand square feet for your riding enjoyment.

Maintaining a comfy yearly temp of 58-60º F, at this point there are 45 trails with a few new features added since we stopped by to get a first look. Listed as a soft opening, bike rentals are not yet available but are expected by April 2015. While we were told to expect pricing on par with parks like Ray’s MTB, the Mega Cavern prices end up running about $15 more if you’re planning to ride all day since tickets are split into 4 hour and 8 hour pricing. A 4 hour ride ticket runs $25, and the all day 8 hour pass runs $40 per person. However, there are a number of combo, special, and group deals available depending on your situation. All riders are required to wear a helmet and ride with at least one brake, and parents must stay with their children (meaning they have to pay for admission as well). The park is open Monday through Thursday 10am to 6pm, and Friday through Sunday 10am to 8pm. Reservations are encouraged, but not required.


Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Ocala, FL

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Scott from Fenix Bykes sent this pic of their convertible road-to-mountain travel bike in front of the amazing new technical trail features at Santos Mountain Bike Park in Ocala, FL. Check out our coverage of their bikes here, and get more info on the IMBA epic trails in central Florida here.

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Find new Trails in the New Year with iBikeRide and Trailforks


Riding your home trails is great, but sometimes a bit of exploring is in order. If you plan on seeking out some new trails in the new year, there are a few relatively new online trail databases that will help you find trailheads near and far.

If you happen to be in the UK, the iBikeRide website and app are dedicated to the trail systems in the United Kingdom. Now for the second year they have compiled their list of the best trails of the year based on the rider reviews on iBikeRide throughout the year aggregated into a Trail Index. Taking home the title of Trail of the Year 2014 is the Glentress Mountain Bike Trail Center, followed by BikePark Wales and Afan Forest. Head over to iBikeRide for the whole list, and to download the app.

Those of us in North America (or any country really) will certainly want to check out the TrailForks network after the jump…


Sneak Peek: Louisville Mega Cavern will House World’s Largest Underground Bike Park

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Beneath the streets of Louisville, Kentucky, there lurks a monster. But this is no horror story, it’s one of dreams. Specifically, the wild dream to turn the largest cavern in the state of Kentucky into a multi-faceted business park that will soon be home to the largest underground bike park in the world. What sounds like an absolutely insane idea comes to us from co-owners of the Louisville Mega Cavern, Jim Lowry, Tom, and Don Tyler. After all, as Jim told us, their motto is “you have to be a little crazy.”

Crazy doesn’t begin to describe the Mega Cavern itself. Opened in the 1930’s by Ralph Rogers as a limestone mine, the man-made structure had been mined 24 hours a day for 42 years straight. When the digging was complete it had left a massive cavern with 4 million sq. feet and over 17 miles of passage ways. Considered to be the largest building in the state of Kentucky, the decision to turn the Mega Cavern into a business park required the creation of new building codes due to the out-of-the-ordinary circumstances.

After purchasing the cavern in 1989, Jim and his partners began a recycling operation inside in 1992 which still runs to this day. It wasn’t until 1999 that they started building offices inside for local businesses to lease, which now accounts for a half million square feet inside the cavern. Before any businesses moved in, the owners were faced with an interesting dilemma. The ceilings were so high -more than 90ft in some spots- that prospective customers came in and couldn’t picture the space being utilized, so they left. Eventually, enough dirt was brought in to raise part of the floor 62 feet, leaving a 24 foot high ceiling which was standard for warehouses at the time. Above the 24 foot high ceilings, there is another 26 feet of solid limestone – enough for geologists to call it one of the safest places in Kentucky. So safe, in fact, that it was one of the largest fall out shelters during the Cuban Missile Crisis capable of housing 50,000 people, and still acts as a safe haven for vaults and other storage today.

Even though the cavern has a massive heating and air conditioning system, Jim said it’s never used. With a nearly constant 58º F temperature, body heat and heat radiating from computers and equipment is enough to keep it comfortable. That makes it ideal for an indoor bike park as well as the zip line and ropes course since it remains warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Considering how little we actually saw of the cavern, it’s hard to process just how big it really is. One of their biggest attractions this time of year is the Lights Under Louisville – a 1.2 mile drive through the cavern in the family vehicle to see an expansive display of 2 million Christmas lights. Even though they are adding a 385 thousand square foot bike park, it seems like they are just starting to scratch the subterranean surface…


Ride The Belgian Ardennes In the 250 Mile Trappist Challenge Beer Tour


Bike Tours and Beer are not typical topics covered on, but putting them together does pique our interest. The company behind them is actually called Beercycling, and they put on bike tours to get you “from pint A to pint B”.

2015 will be the fifth year of the beer themed cycling tours in Belgium and the Netherlands. The 9-day Trappist Challenge is in Belgium, and will ride 250 miles through the forests, mountain passes and rivers of the Belgian Ardennes. On the tour, they will visit the Trappist Monasteries that are the source of well-known beers Rochefort, Chimay and Orval.

They say its a difficult tour, with very hilly terrain and no rest days. This year’s tours are June 26th through July 4th and August 6th through August 14th. They also have multiple trips of Flanders in 4 and 10 day lengths. Tours are limited to 14-16 riders plus two guides to keep it personal and maintain a cohesive group while riding.

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!


Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


  • The Marin County Bicycle Coalition and Access4Bikes want to expand Marin’s bike trail network and increase access to singletrack trails. Support their efforts by buying a raffle ticket, and you could win a 2015 Marin Mt. Vision. 100% of the money raised goes towards trail building efforts.
  • Culprit Bicycles will be at the Tri Rock SD expo this weekend in San Diego, they will be offering their demo fleet at a 25% discount. If you can’t make the expo, more info here on how to buy.
  • The Little Big ride style event is coming up on September 27-28 in Truckee, CA. Ride clinics are on Saturday, with competitions held on Sunday – this is a great event for women and girls aged 11-0n to learn bike handling skills and then practice them in competition. Event poster with more information after the break.
  • The 2014 Recumbent Cycle-ConN is October 10-12 in the DuPage Expo Center in St. Charles, Illinois, where RANS will be unveiling their prototype fat tire Crank Forward bicycle.
  • The Cycling House has added winter training camps in Solvang, CA, in addition to camps in Tucson, AZ. Six day clamps include 45-80 miles of guided riding per day, chef-prepared meals, and accommodation.
  • CST is now accepting applications from riders, drivers, teams and event coordinators at both the grassroots and professional level for their first sponsorship program. Applications may be submitted from September 1 through October 31, online only.


Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • Cool time-lapse video, above, of one year of commuting to work by Ben Rennert owner of Winnebago Bicycle in Oshkosh, WI.
  • The Kaw Valley Bicycle Club of Topeka, Kansas, is hosting the Bruce Whaley Spirit Ride on Saturday, September 20th.
  • Registration is open for the 2014 North Carolina Bike Summit in Greensboro, NC, October 10, 11, & 12.
  • Take Road Holland’s survey and get a code towards $30 off your next purchase of $50 or more.
  • Bike Pure today launches Bike Pure Cycle Tours, bicycle tours aimed at cyclists of all capabilities. Tours are available in Europe and Australia and coincide with major races, such as 2015’s Tour Down Under and the Spring Classics.
  • The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) announced at Interbike that Idaho and Nevada are the two newest states in its growing interscholastic cycling program.
  • As a special promotion for the 10th Anniversary of the Amgen Tour of California, fans will be able to enter a Sweepstakes Series with prizes, such as a SRAM Force CX1 groupset, awarded on the 10th of each month leading up to the 2015 Amgen Tour of California through June 2015.
  • Light & Motion is promoting the launch of their commuter light, the Urban 2.0, by giving away weekly commuter prize packages. Enter to win here.
  • A month ago we showed you the upcoming Zero race bike from UK’s Genesis. The Madison Genesis Team has been racing it at the Tour of Britain this week, and have some good behind-the-scenes video reports up on Vimeo
  • The Sufferfest’s newest training video is The Elements of Style – Efficiency & Awareness, six drills to improve form, posture, and efficiency. Developed with Wade Wallace of CyclingTips.
  • Orbea is recalling their Avant bike models equipped with hydraulic disc brake forks as a crack can develop in the forks. They request that anyone with these bikes to stop using them immediately and contact them, or your closest Orbea dealer, for a replacement fork. Check their dedicated page to see if your bike is effected and how to proceed.