Posts in the category Women’s

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • Shannon Galpin of Mountain2Mountain, sponsored by Liv Cycling, has organized a Global Solidarity Ride on Saturday, August 30th, to show support for women’s cycling in Afghanistan. Check her website for an organized ride near you – or dedicate your ride tomorrow to these brave women and girls, use hashtags #pedalarevolution and #solidarityride2014.
  • Greenville, SC, is hosting the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships that is taking place now through Sept. 1st. Free live streaming of the events is being hosted here.
  • The 11th Lake Wolfgang Challenge triathlons will be September 6-7th in Strobl, Austria. This weekend will include an Olympic Distance Challenge, an X-Challenge Sprint (with mountain biking as the bike portion), a combo of the X and Olympic, and a Kid’s Challenge. More info in German here.
  • The first mountain bike race on, what is probably the most remote place to hold one, Saint Helena Island, will be held Saturday, September 20th. You must email their tourist office to register before September 5th, looks like the race is free, but you must arrange your own transportation to this island in the South Atlantic Ocean. Flyer after the break.
  • The 2014 Hell Hole Gravel Grind Stage Race will be held the weekend of September 19th-21st on the gravel roads in and around Hellhole Swamp in the Francis Marion National Forest just outside of Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Bike MS: Cox Atlanta Ride 2014 at Calloway Gardens is September 20th and 21st. Registration and info here.
  • IMBA’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day is Saturday, October 4th.
  • Only 3 days left to enter to win a Loaded Carbon Cockpit.
  • This week, IPWatchdog focuses it’s Evolution of a Technology series on bicycle patents.
  • IMBA held a panel discussion at their World Summit in Steamboat Springs, CO, last week on the use of e-bikes on mountain bike trails that led to a suggested strategy for IMBA and the industry to consider.
  • Road Hollad Cycling Apparel is having a Labor Day promotion this weekend, 20% off everything with code LABOR at checkout. Have a Labor Day sale going on? Leave the information in the comments.

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Whistler Wednesday: Claire Buchar Summer of Summit, Remy Métailler Burns Whistler Bike Park, & A Whole Lot of Stoke

As a woman, I take an active interest in the various edits starring female riders that stream through my inbox. Almost always though, they’re disappointingly cutesy. Relying more on smiles for a sponsorship than a banger, so viewers are left with the bad taste of poorly used slomo instead of stoke.

Women like Casey BrownManon Carpenter, and Micayla Gatto, have been holding it down, but Claire Buchar just raised the bar. Hulk smashing through roots, an epic no hander, with a touch of classic Kovaric, make this one of my favorite edits of the year.

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New Eddy Merckx Bikes for Speed, Endurance, Women and Cyclocross (UPDATED)

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UPDATED: Geometry, Release date for Eeklo70 Cyclocross Bikes

 Eddy Merckx today released details on his company’s complete lineup for 2015, including four new models specifically targeted to pure speed, endurance riding, women, and cyclocross. The four new bikes join Merckx’s pro racing machine, the EMX-525, which carries over from 2014.

Like the EMX-525, commemorating Merckx’s 525 professional wins, each of the new models is named for The Cannibal’s accomplishments. The endurance focused Mourenx69, pictured above, and which we covered yesterday, is named for his 140km breakaway win into Mourenx at the 1969 Tour de France. The new San Remo76 is a purely speed focused machine named for his ninth win at La Primavera. The new Eeklo70, named for Merckx’s only cyclocross win of his career, is the company’s first bike offering disc brakes, and its first carbon ‘cross frameset. The new women’s bike, the Milano72, is named for the fashion capital where he both started his winning ride in Milan-San Remo and finished his third Giro victory in 1972. Tying all the bikes together is what Merckx calls their four pillars: Speed, Stiffness, Stability, and Safety and a guiding vision of “Power Under Control.”

We have details on lineup, including US models and pricing, geometry charts, lots of pictures, and a video after the break…

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Kitsbow Completes First Ladies’ Kit, with New All-Mountain Jersey

Kitsbow Womens Henley jersey

With the brand fairly established as the ‘style and performance at any cost’ clothier, Kitsbow is just now introducing their first women’s jersey. Named the All-Mountian, Kitsbow’s first female specific jersey continues the brand’s focus on style, material, and details while still performing at a high level on the bike. Kitsbow designer and co-founder Charlie Cronk says,

“The women’s line mirrors our men’s line. By that, I mean a dedication to beautiful, technical fabrics, great fit and functional details that become evident as the pieces are worn on the bike—now designed distinctly for the female mountain biker.” 

Combined with the recently introduced Women’s All Mountain Short, the All-Mountain Jersey provides Kitsbow’s first full kit for women. The announcement of the jersey also coincides with new sizing and color options for the shorts, by customer request. READ MORE ->

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Boombotix & Cyclehawk announce the limited edition Cyclehawk Boombot REX, pictured at right, featuring artwork from famous bike messenger Kevin “Squid” Bolger. Only 300 will be released now with another 300 released in two months.
  • The power2max Classic power meter will be soon discontinued and is now on sale from $729.
  • The Rapha Women’s 100 generated over 11,000 posts on Twitter and Instagram. Find them through the #womens100 hashtag.
  • Highway Two has announced that it will give 1% of qualified program sales to NICA and urges the industry to match. H2 dealers will receive program information this month.
  • Guru Cycles is offering a 10% mail-in rebate on all frames and complete bikes through their dealers, good for purchases through August 31st.
  • Aaron Gwin will debut his new Troy Lee Designs Signature Sprint Gear at Round 5 of the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup at Mont Sainte Anne in Canada this weekend. He is giving you a chance to win a kit of your own and a Gwin Replica D3 Helmet. Enter now through Monday, August 4th at 12pm. Winners will randomly be chosen, emailed directly, and announced on the giveaway page right after entries close!
  • Montague Bikes is giving away a Montague Crosstown Folding Bike. Contest ends September 2nd.
  • Article by the NYTimes explaining the state of this years’ Tour de France: As Technology Makes Bicycles Lighter and Faster, It’s the Cyclists Falling Harder.
  • The Finger Lakes Tour de Cure is only two weeks away – August 16th with five distance options.
  • Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is promoting the 2014 Alex’s Million Mile – Run.Walk.Ride as a way to raise awareness for childhood cancer during the month of September.
  • The inaugural Tahoe Bike Classic will be held September 27 – 28th.
  • The Carolina Cycling Challenge supports pediatric cancer with donations going to the Levine Children’s Hospital of Charlotte. Held in Hickory, NC, this years’ event will be on October 5th with three ride distances: 10, 32 and 55 miles.
  • The Road Titans 300, is a three-day road bike romp through the beautiful mountains, trees and waterfalls of South Carolina’s Oconee County – the 30,000ft of climbing is no joke, so start training now. November 7-9th, 2014.
  • The Philly Bike Expo is returning for its 5th year and excitement is growing for the “two-day festival of bicycle culture.” Returning to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, November 8-9th, tickets for general admission go on sale in August.
  • …and a shout out to Elizabeth and Patricia, both aged 11, who were doing some research on the importance of wearing a bicycle helmet and came across this article that they thought had some good information and wanted to share.

2015 Sneak Peek: Raleigh Brings Back Steel, New Willard Gravel Bike, New Women’s MTB, and More!

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It’s been great to see Raleigh reborn over the past few years, and our little glance into the future indicates they have no plans of slowing down any time soon. In 2014, the brand took a break from their steel classics series, but for 2015 they’re back. Not only is the company bringing Chromoly back, but the new bikes include bigger tires, more tire clearance, new geometry, and even a Ritchey Break-Away model at $2100 (above). In addition to a number of new options in steel, Raleigh is expanding their “gravel” line with the all new Willard – an aluminum version of the Tamland that’s both lighter and more affordable.

On the mountain bike side the Skarn full suspension bikes are in production now and will range from $2,500 to $4,000. Raleigh is also introducing a new price point, single pivot 27.5″ full suspension bike which starts at just $1,000. There’s even new women’s specific mountain bikes designed with input from Caroline Mani and Courtney McFadden. Raleigh has definitely been busy lately and the new product looks to be ideal for many – quality bikes with great design, that won’t break the bank.

Details on a few of the highlights, next…

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World Champion Mountain Biker Launches New MTB Skills Camp For Ladies

leighdonovan_1One of the most accomplished female racers in history, since “retiring” from racing, Leigh Donovan has transferred her knowledge and passion for cycling into a coaching career. Through clinics taught throughout the US, she has been encouraging women to ride by helping them improve their skill set.

Later this month, she will be hosting her first ever women’s only clinic at the famous Mammoth Mountain Resort. Over three days from July 23-26, attendees will be treated to yoga each morning, great riding, and instruction from one of the world’s very best riders.

The clinic has already attracted a number of ladies, including Olympic Gold Medalist Kelly Clark, so head here to the Mammoth Resort website to reserve one of the few remaining spots. Pricing options begin at a reasonable $400 and top out at $1,000. If you’re in Southern California, Leigh also offers one-on-one instruction. You can find those details and more on her website – ichoosebikes.

Bike Face – The Biggest Health Scare Facing Women Cyclists of the 19th Century

Lady Cyclist

In the late 19th century as cycling grew in popularity, doctors began warning users of the danger of a  fictitious disease known as “Bike Face.” The term was invented to discourage women from bicycling, because it gave them the freedom and mobility to travel from their homes. The invention  also encouraged the development of more practical clothing for women, all of which was extremely upsetting to traditionalists.

As a result, there was a big backlash, and many doctors claimed women could suffer permanent disfigurement from the exertion of cycling. To learn more about the health scare, head over to Vox.

Women Race Bikes Hoping to Give Women’s Professional Cycling a Better Voice

The site name says it all – Women Race Bikes. But they also don’t get a lot of coverage, sponsorship, prize money, etc. Women Race Bikes is hoping to change that. Founded by Sarai Snyder, WRB hopes to build on the success of Girl Bike Love and Cyclofemme, which Sarai has also used to help improve the state of women’s cycling. While GBL and CycloFemme focused more on the riding aspect, WRB will specifically cover the racing side of things. Whatever women are racing, WRB will cover it including road, TT, mountain, CX, track, even BMX racing. The team led by Sarai even plans to have a custom App built by the creators of Tour Tracker to make following women’s racing even easier.

Currently, WRB is in the fundraising stage with a Flexible Funding campaign through Indiegogo. Ending on July 29, WRB hopes to raise $80,000 to help get the site of the ground and create a one stop shop for everything women’s racing. Want to improve the state of women’s bike racing by way of supporting WRB? Head over to the Indiegogo page and make a contribution.