Mont Ventoux Spring/Summer collection from womens only Queen of the Mountains

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It looks like a new women’s specific clothing line from UK-based Queen of the Mountain is about to come to life out of Kickstarter. The new performance apparel is designed by and for women with the aim of putting out top-level kit for women to inspire them to ride more and farther. With only a week into their month-long crowdfunding campaign QoM has already garnered more than 85% of the support they had needed to bring this line to market. The SS16 launch collection includes a couple of strikingly colored and coordinated jerseys, shorts, a vest, baselayer, armies, caps, and socks, all with the figure of women cyclists at the forefront. Check out the full collection, pricing, bundles, and delivery dates after the break…

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Rapha revamps 2016 range with color & styling updates, plus hints at all-new Core collection

Rapha revamps 2016 range with color & styling updates, plus hints at all-new Core collection

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With typical flair, Rapha debuted an updated Spring & Summer road line-up today that refreshes their complete range, but aims to break it down into six basic collections. Throughout the men’s and women’s race lines, the long distance Brevet line, Rapha’s own iconic Classics group and the lifestyle cross-over City collections the changes are mostly cosmetic. There are several completely new colors for Rapha and some more adventurous gradient color fades, plus a few more liberal applications of stripes, especially for the ladies. But new products are in short supply for now. There are a couple of updated Classics and a new piece here and there, but it seems that we will have to wait until the end of February for Rapha to unveil the sixth category, one they are calling the Core Collection. Take a closer look at what’s new and what we know after the break…

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Bianchi adds a touch of Celeste for women with Dama Bianca

Bianchi adds a touch of Celeste for women with Dama Bianca

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For 2016 Bianchi is upping their game for the women’s road sector with the Dama Bianca series. While a lot of companies go with a pink and shrink treatment for their women’s line, Bianchi is a bit more subtle, instead adding a touch of their iconic Celeste to a full range of classically-styled black and white road bikes and riding kit. Bianchi as a brand has a strong racing heritage, and they are a solid backer of women’s competition too, backing Italian women’s road and mountain bike teams, with a special eye set on this year’s Rio Olympics. That dedication shows a bit in the broad Dama Bianca road range, stretching from affordable aluminum bikes up to their premier Infinito CV carbon endurance road racing machine…
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Bontrager fights Winter (and poor style) with a new range of jackets for every condition

Bontrager fights Winter (and poor style) with a new range of jackets for every condition

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There are not many conditions you can’t ride in… assuming you have the proper gear. When the temps drop, the piece of gear central to any ensemble is the jacket that protects your core. Bontrager continues to grow its massive collection of soft goods with new high-tech jackets to suit about any condition.

Click through to see the various levels of protection for both men and women…

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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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Women’s cycling gets a huge boost as UCI almost doubles the number of races in 2016

Women’s cycling gets a huge boost as UCI almost doubles the number of races in 2016

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Bicycle racing just got better… WAY better! UCI just announced put out a teaser video of the 2016 UCI Women’s WorldTour and not only that, at least 8 of them will be broadcast live! There will be 35 days of racing between the 13 one-day races and 4 stage races spanning 9 countries.

Get the run-down of the 2016 UCI Women’s WorldTour Schedule next…

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Wiggle’s Cosine adds affordable saddle range

Wiggle’s Cosine adds affordable saddle range

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Following on their debut with aluminum and carbon wheels about a month ago now, Wiggle’s new house component brand is already expanding, now with a set of high-quality saddles. The seven all new saddles look to give customers top-level aftermarket performance at a fraction of the price of most premium saddle makers. Just like with the wheels, Wiggle uses their big retailer purchasing might and direct-to-consumer sales connection to offer a pretty impressive bang for your buck. Take a closer look at each perch after the break…

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Rapha colors in kit and bikes for the Canyon-SRAM women

Rapha colors in kit and bikes for the Canyon-SRAM women

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Just a few weeks ago the new Canyon//SRAM launched to take on the inaugural 2016 Women’s WorldTour. While we don’t cover pro news very much, it’s great to see more technical development being put into women’s kit at the highest level that is being made available to everyday riders right away.

Rapha teased at that November launch with a stylized graphic that we didn’t anticipate would actually have just been a close-up of the final striking team kit design. Now they’ve released images of the team training in Mallorca in the design they developed to stand out in the bunch. Jump past the break for some closer looks at the team Canyon Ultimate WMN CF SLX and the full Rapha kit…

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6 New Ambassadors Chosen to Represent Bell Joy Ride Women’s Mountain Bike Program

6 New Ambassadors Chosen to Represent Bell Joy Ride Women’s Mountain Bike Program
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What started as a women’s only group ride by Jessica Klodnicki has turned into an initiative with some serious wheels. As the General Manager and Executive Vice President of Bell, Klodnicki’s rides eventually got so big that the idea inspired the concept of the Bell Joy Ride. Created to “inspire and enable” female mountain bikers, the program has been so popular that Bell decided to expand from the 5 initial riding locations, to a total of 6, each with a Joy Ride Ambassador. In addition to the official Joy Ride Ambassador rides, Bell has also created an interactive map that will list all of the women’s group rides across the country, which can be found here. If you know of, or host your own ride, Bell wants you to send it in via the ‘add your ride’ tab.

After receiving more than 200 applications, Bell has narrowed down the search to 6 riders who will represent the program in six areas seeing a lot of growth in the mountain bike world…

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