Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

  • QBP & co. announce 2017 Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarships – QBP, together with SRAM, Park, Michelin & UBI have named the 16 women that will attend UBI’s Pro Shop Repair & Operations Workshop in Ashland, Oregon later this month. In the 4th year of the scholarship program, it’ll be the 2nd all-women class of this two-week mechanics training. The program was created with two goals in mind: to develop the careers of talented women already working in the cycling industry and to aim to better serve & promote growing women ridership. These women come from 13 states all across the US to join the 28 who have already gone through the program. QBP.com/WomensScholarshipCheck out how to keep up with where to ride, racing, and staying motivated through the colder months after the break…

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QBP & co. announce 2017 Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarships – QBP, together with SRAM, Park, Michelin & UBI have named the 16 women that will attend UBI’s Pro Shop Repair & Operations Workshop in Ashland, Oregon later this month. In the 4th year of the scholarship program, it’ll be the 2nd all-women class of this two-week mechanics training. The program was […]

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Racing the Colorado Trail, behind the scenes with truly epic adventure bikepacking

Every year tons on mountain bikers take on segments of the Colorado Trail. We even featured a rider photo from the trail, just last week. But while most ride shorter sections of the whole, a small group of slightly loony hardcore mountain bikers take up the challenge of heading out on a self-supported adventure race along its entire length, from just outside of Denver all the way to Durango. The video above is just a quick teaser of a documentary that cyclist, photographer, and filmmaker Aaron Johnson put together.

Back in 2013 he rode the race and shot some great POV footage of the amazing scenery along the way, but then he wanted to tell the story behind this type of racing. So he came back, got behind the scenes, and put together a compelling look at off-road adventure racing. Check out the full half hour film and tons of great scenery after the jump…

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Every year tons on mountain bikers take on segments of the Colorado Trail. We even featured a rider photo from the trail, just last week. But while most ride shorter sections of the whole, a small group of slightly loony hardcore mountain bikers take up the challenge of heading out on a self-supported adventure race along its entire length, from […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

  • Set an alarm to register for the 6 hours of Warrior Creek – There are those events that riders like so much that they sell out every year. Then there are ones like the 6 Hours of Warrior Creek that sell out in a matter of minutes. The popular race ripping through 13 miles of berms, dips, lake views, and all around good times will return this year on April 1, 2017. But the important date that you need to not forget is tomorrow morning at 9:00am EST. That’s when registration goes live at BikeReg.com and you need to be on the ball if you want to get in on the fun. 6HoursofWarriorCreek.com
    Check some other great events that are in store for this spring, plus a few other goodies…

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Set an alarm to register for the 6 hours of Warrior Creek – There are those events that riders like so much that they sell out every year. Then there are ones like the 6 Hours of Warrior Creek that sell out in a matter of minutes. The popular race ripping through 13 miles of berms, dips, […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

  • Uber admits its self-driving cars have trouble with bike lanes – While we’d love nothing more than being able to sit back and let the car do the driving while we post more goodness on Bikerumor, the challenges to full robotic chauffeurs remains. Uber’s self driving test fleet apparently has trouble recognizing bike lanes, but at least they’ve recognized the problem before bad things happened.
    Besides the threat of our robot overlords, there are always plenty of things to get us on the bike over the holidays and into the New Year…

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Uber admits its self-driving cars have trouble with bike lanes – While we’d love nothing more than being able to sit back and let the car do the driving while we post more goodness on Bikerumor, the challenges to full robotic chauffeurs remains. Uber’s self driving test fleet apparently has trouble recognizing bike lanes, but at least […]

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Boardman Performance Centre moving forward in Worcestershire with cycling wind tunnel & rider testing

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Just over a year ago we got wind of the new Performance Centre which Boardman Bikes was working on, in early planning stages at that time. Intended to be both a new R&D headquarters for the bike company built around a cyling-specific wind tunnel, but also a testing center for regular cyclists, Boardman tells us they’ve received planning permission for construction and can now share where it will be located. The Valley Evesham, a retail park in Worcestershire, will play host for the new test center, putting it in the heart of England, an hour south of Birmingham and two hours northwest of London, with easy access by rail & car. The aim has always been to make advanced testing more accessible to the regular cyclist, so it’s good to see the project moving forward. More info, including its expected opening date after the break…

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Just over a year ago we got wind of the new Performance Centre which Boardman Bikes was working on, in early planning stages at that time. Intended to be both a new R&D headquarters for the bike company built around a cyling-specific wind tunnel, but also a testing center for regular cyclists, Boardman tells us they’ve received planning permission for […]

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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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