Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Stay safe and rep Bikerumor with our custom Crashtag – It’s only been about a week and a half since we introduced you to Crashtag’s laser etched titanium bottle opener and emergency contacts tag. But in that time we’ve gotten our customized tag designed and set up in their shop. Now you too can join us in staying safe with a bit of Bikerumor reader representation out on the road & trail. Order yours over at Crashtag.me/BIRU and crack a cold one open for us for the weekend…

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Stay safe and rep Bikerumor with our custom Crashtag – It’s only been about a week and a half since we introduced you to Crashtag’s laser etched titanium bottle opener and emergency contacts tag. But in that time we’ve gotten our customized tag designed and set up in their shop. Now you too can join us […]

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Almost time to be Braver Than The Elements & tackle the Festive 500 with Rapha

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It’s cold where we are in Central Europe, and we’ve sill got a couple more weeks of losing daylight everyday. This time of year it can be harder and harder to stay motivated to ride, so we relish in the fact that other like-minded cyclists are out and using peer pressure to keep everyone riding. While some of our local riding buddies have effectively thrown in the towel for regular outside rides a few of the dedicated group are sticking it out. And it is sometimes even social media campaigns like Rapha’s Braver Than The Elements and Festive 500 that keep us pedaling circles. Braver Than The Elements aims to build on the midsummer success of the Women’s 100 to get those hardcore women out and on the bike on Dec 18. The Festive 500 on the other hand is the latest edition of the Strava-fueled challenge to end 2016 with a band and burn off all of those Christmas cookies and glasses of egg nog in time to start the New Year fresh. If you are ready to stick it out and put in some winter saddle time, spin past the break for details on how to join in, and find others doing the same thing…

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It’s cold where we are in Central Europe, and we’ve sill got a couple more weeks of losing daylight everyday. This time of year it can be harder and harder to stay motivated to ride, so we relish in the fact that other like-minded cyclists are out and using peer pressure to keep everyone riding. […]

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Weekend Videos – Bombtrack laying Groundworks, European adventure, Naked Truth of corporate commuting & more…

We joined Bombtrack in rural eastern France several weeks back for a bit of a behind-the-scenes look at how they develop their bikes and of course for the chance to ride some new bikes with the those who create them. In what they say will be an annual event bringing together their family of designers, team riders, and ambassadors, Bombtrack’s Gressoux Groundworks weekend was a good chance for us to sneak in and get some one-on-one time with the people that make the company tick. We rode their no-nonsense bikes on quiet dirt, gravel & paved roads and tried to get a bit lost in the surrounding forests. Take a glimpse of the kind of riding the begets their style of bikes.

Plus, hop past the jump for a look at another video that OSM mashed up for Bombtrack from three of their bigger individual adventure trips from the latter part of this year. Then Two Wheel Gear’s lighthearted locker room founding re-enactment, and Tune staightening your bars…

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We joined Bombtrack in rural eastern France several weeks back for a bit of a behind-the-scenes look at how they develop their bikes and of course for the chance to ride some new bikes with the those who create them. In what they say will be an annual event bringing together their family of designers, […]

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Tour lesser known European mountain roads with Podia Roadventures in 2017

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We first met the man behind Podia a couple of years ago after he moved to Kraków, Poland and started blogging about cycling around Central & Eastern Europe, not far from our Prague office. In fact, I think I first ran into Max in Prague while he was doing some road riding adventure with the folks from Czech bike builder Festka. Well, Podia grew from a blog about riding culture to an online shop for nicely designed cycling kit, and now they’ve expanded once more.

Earlier this year Podia organized their first Roadventure travel trip for cyclists coming from all over Europe to experience the lesser traveled roads of the Tatra mountains on the Polish/Slovak border. That trip apparently was run as a feeler to test the response to an alternative option for fully-supported road touring, and the response was great. So, Podia is coming back in the first half of 2017 with two extended-weekend-long trips to the roads of the Tatras. I’ve spent a good bit of time in those mountains myself, and think they are one of the hidden treasure of Europe. Pricing for the small group trips seems reasonable and their adventure guide itineraries look interesting, so hop past the break and get the full details, plus a video preview…

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We first met the man behind Podia a couple of years ago after he moved to Kraków, Poland and started blogging about cycling around Central & Eastern Europe, not far from our Prague office. In fact, I think I first ran into Max in Prague while he was doing some road riding adventure with the folks from Czech […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Sign up for the 30th edition of the granfondo La Fausto Coppi Le Alpi del Mare 2017 – The international granfondo La Fausto Coppi Le Alpi del Mare has just opened registration. The event on the July 9 in Cuneo, Italy, celebrates its 30th birthday, with some special celebrations in the works. For now, all cyclists that will have their 30th birthday in 2017 (born in 1987) will pay only 30€ for their entry fee, no matter when they register. Everyone else will also pay a discounted price of 35€ if they register before Dec 31 2016. The routes will be the same as in 2016, with the mediofondo counting 111 km (2550m of climbing), and the granfondo of 177 km (4125m of getting up). FaustoCoppi.net

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Sign up for the 30th edition of the granfondo La Fausto Coppi Le Alpi del Mare 2017 – The international granfondo La Fausto Coppi Le Alpi del Mare has just opened registration. The event on the July 9 in Cuneo, Italy, celebrates its 30th birthday, with some special celebrations in the works. For now, all cyclists that will […]

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Stair step over the Alps & slide down the other side with 8bar’s crit team

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Just a quick one here as we’ve seen the silly fixed gear antics from the 8bar crew before in their multi-day crossings of the Alps. But this year with their more organized (or at least better kitted out) crit racing team, they drove from their Berlin HQ down to Milan for the Red Hook Criterium at the start of October. The 8bar Team couldn’t resist pulling the van over as the hit the base of the Alps again to pedal up and over the Splügen Pass as they went from Switzerland across to Italy on their way to the Red Hook Criterium Milan 2016. Hop past the break to watch them huff it over the top, then skid precariously down the other side, as well as the official director’s cut from the race itself…

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Just a quick one here as we’ve seen the silly fixed gear antics from the 8bar crew before in their multi-day crossings of the Alps. But this year with their more organized (or at least better kitted out) crit racing team, they drove from their Berlin HQ down to Milan for the Red Hook Criterium […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Trek kicks off Women’s Expert Tech Course in Waterloo – This past week 11 women bike techs, along with industry partners SRAM, Shimano, RockShox, Bosch, and Fox, all came to gether with the Trek Certified Service team at their global HQ in Wisconsin for their first Women’s Expert Tech course. The six-day, scholarship-funded program is the third in a series of women’s-focused courses designed to provide growth opportunities and increase diversity within the cycling industry, with each of them heading back to their home shops with new Expert Technician certifications. TrekBikes.com

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Trek kicks off Women’s Expert Tech Course in Waterloo – This past week 11 women bike techs, along with industry partners SRAM, Shimano, RockShox, Bosch, and Fox, all came to gether with the Trek Certified Service team at their global HQ in Wisconsin for their first Women’s Expert Tech course. The six-day, scholarship-funded program is the third in […]

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Mount Rainier National Park, WA

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OK, so not really in Mount Rainier National Park, but pretty much just outside where mountain biking is allowed. Reader Adam Jata sent in this deep forest pic “at the start of a 14 mile ride with 3500 feet of climbing, the only thing better than the scenery was the 6 miles of downhill to end the day.”

We always love seeing photos from where you are riding and are happy to share them with our readers around the world here on the Pic Of The Day. Send in your pics with a brief description here.



OK, so not really in Mount Rainier National Park, but pretty much just outside where mountain biking is allowed. Reader Adam Jata sent in this deep forest pic “at the start of a 14 mile ride with 3500 feet of climbing, the only thing better than the scenery was the 6 miles of downhill to end […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Oh Canada: Pedal across Canada for their 150th birthday – It’s still all the way off for next summer, but there’s been a lot of talk in the news recently about going to Canada for some reason. Anyway, what better reason that to go for a ride, one that puts RAAM to shame a bit. It’s not a non-stop race, but rather 80 riding days, 16 rest days, and 8,780km (that’s 5,456 in freedom units.) Organized by leading long distance tour operator TDA Global Cycling, the fully supported tour from Haida Gwaii – an island on Canada’s west coast – to Signal Hill in St. John’s Newfoundland a bit to the east. Riders will pedal through all cultures from Aboriginal, English, to French and everything from the Rocky Mountains, to the Great Plains, the rugged shores of Lake Superior, endless Ontario & Quebec lakes and forests, along the St Lawrence River, to the wilds of Newfoundland. For those that don’t have three months to kill, it looks like you can do segments of the tour as well. TDAglobalcycling.com

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Oh Canada: Pedal across Canada for their 150th birthday – It’s still all the way off for next summer, but there’s been a lot of talk in the news recently about going to Canada for some reason. Anyway, what better reason that to go for a ride, one that puts RAAM to shame a bit. It’s […]

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