Nova Eroica: L’Eroica 2017 adds new ride for modern bikes to experience Strade Bianche gravel

With the gravel roads of Tuscany set to host the 11th edition of the modern pro Spring Classic this coming weekend, the folks who set the ball in motion 10 years earlier with their granfondo on the gravel around Sienna are back for 2017 adding a new format. The amateur race has always been about taking on the white gravel roads on vintage bikes – its name L’Eroica Strade Bianche essentially translates as the Heroic race of the white roads, and the Eroica culture has since spread to a total of nine retro events around the world where amateurs break out their wool jerseys and downtube shifters. But gravel riding has exploded in the 20 years since their first event, so 2017 was the year to let modern bikes have a bit of fun too. Don’t worry retro-grouches the classic original will stay vintage-only, with no bike tech allowed post-1987.

This year’s first Nova Eroica will open up the route of the classic to modern bikes too…

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With the gravel roads of Tuscany set to host the 11th edition of the modern pro Spring Classic this coming weekend, the folks who set the ball in motion 10 years earlier with their granfondo on the gravel around Sienna are back for 2017 adding a new format. The amateur race has always been about taking on the white gravel roads on […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

  • Win tons of goodies in the Obsessives: Get Out There Giveaway from Kitsbow – We’ve seen this before, bike clothing maker Kitsbow is dreaming of spring and has gathered a bunch of on & off the bike gear from cycling and outdoor rec companies to put together a huge cache of gear to outfit you next adventure bike escape from the daily grind. There’s kit from Kitsbow themselves, Big Agnes, Yeti, Biolite, Verve coffee, Blackburn, Silca, Camelbak, Light & Motion, GU, GoPro & the National Park Service for this super giveaway. The only question left will be where it takes you? While mostly it’s a winner-take-all deal, one runner up will also get a nice package. Enter from now until Mar 21 over at Kitsbow’s website, then get ready to Get Out There. Kitsbow.comCheck out where you’ll ride in 2017 after the break…

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Win tons of goodies in the Obsessives: Get Out There Giveaway from Kitsbow – We’ve seen this before, bike clothing maker Kitsbow is dreaming of spring and has gathered a bunch of on & off the bike gear from cycling and outdoor rec companies to put together a huge cache of gear to outfit you next adventure […]

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Danny MacAskill can’t slackline like the rest of us…

And by that of course we mean that he doesn’t flail around like an idiot trying to balance one foot in front of the other on a piece of nylon webbing that is violently shaking back and forth. No. Instead he just rolls up to it on a trials bike, and rides across as if it were normal. He says he’s gonna rig up another slackline to play some more. Next, we are waiting for him to at least manual across it.

Just a further reminder that Danny MacAskill may not actually be human. Oh, and that it’s probably worth killing some time and watching the raw feed of video clips that he posts to his Facebook.



And by that of course we mean that he doesn’t flail around like an idiot trying to balance one foot in front of the other on a piece of nylon webbing that is violently shaking back and forth. No. Instead he just rolls up to it on a trials bike, and rides across as if […]

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Weekend Videos: Tribute to José Antonio Hermida, SR Suntour DH, Festive 500 & Insane Looping

After more than 20 years of racing XC including a World Championship, an Olympic medal, and number of wins on several continents José Antonio Hermida has retired from racing (for the most part). From a spectator’s view he has always been fun to watch, but apparently behind-the-scenes he’s been entertaining the other racers just as much. His outgoing Multivan Merida team put together this more than 20 minute tribute that is basically all of his competitors telling stories about how much fun he has been, and how they will miss him, interspersed with riding and off-the-bike antics.

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After more than 20 years of racing XC including a World Championship, an Olympic medal, and number of wins on several continents José Antonio Hermida has retired from racing (for the most part). From a spectator’s view he has always been fun to watch, but apparently behind-the-scenes he’s been entertaining the other racers just as […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

  • The Trek CXC Cup cross race gets called up to become a UCI World Cup in 2017 – Trek will host one of the first rounds of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup series next season on their home cyclocross course. Built just next to their Waterloo, WI headquarters the event that had been the Trek CXC Cup has been selected to join Cross Vegas as the season openers in the US. The inaugural World Cup Waterloo’s elite racing will take place on Sep 24, with a full weekend of events including amateur & pro racing kicking off on Friday. Make your plans now. Go race the same venue as the pros, then watch the best in the world compete in the early season racing in the midwest. Trekbikes.com
    Check out where you’ll ride in 2017 after the break…

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The Trek CXC Cup cross race gets called up to become a UCI World Cup in 2017 – Trek will host one of the first rounds of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup series next season on their home cyclocross course. Built just next to their Waterloo, WI headquarters the event that had been the Trek CXC Cup has […]

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Exploring the Torino-Nice Rally with a Bombtrack Hook EXT

The Torino-Nice Rally isn’t really just a race, but more of an adventure with friends. It takes in 700km across old military mountain passes and historic trade routes from the western Italian Alps down to southern coastal France. Last year, Bombtrack ambassador Joachim Rosenlund rode the rally on a steel Hook EXT for some picturesque, unsupported bikepacking. With Europe’s highest mountains as a backdrop, Joachim couldn’t soak up enough and is signed up to do it again this year. Get a closer look at the bike setup that got him over the Alps, plus a really beautiful taste of the scenic nature of the trail.
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The Torino-Nice Rally isn’t really just a race, but more of an adventure with friends. It takes in 700km across old military mountain passes and historic trade routes from the western Italian Alps down to southern coastal France. Last year, Bombtrack ambassador Joachim Rosenlund rode the rally on a steel Hook EXT for some picturesque, unsupported bikepacking. With Europe’s highest mountains as […]

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BC Bike Race ventures into new territory with the non-competitive BC Bike Ride North tour

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Despite its name, through its 11 year history the BC Bike Race has always been more focused on showing off British Columbia’s finest singletrack trails than on the competition itself. There are categories and prizes to be won but most ‘racers’ aren’t really gunning for the podium, they’re just enjoying the experience of a full service tour through world class riding terrain.

Knowing this, it’s no surprise that the organizers have decided to add a whole new, non-competitive tour option for 2017. Billed as ‘The Ultimate Road Trip Experience’ the BC Bike Ride North covers a whole new zone in British Columbia’s Northern regions, guiding you through six communities and 14 different trail networks at your own pace…
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Despite its name, through its 11 year history the BC Bike Race has always been more focused on showing off British Columbia’s finest singletrack trails than on the competition itself. There are categories and prizes to be won but most ‘racers’ aren’t really gunning for the podium, they’re just enjoying the experience of a full […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

  • Build. Ride. Repeat. Get certified with IMBA to get more people on bikes – We are firm believers in getting more people riding mountain bikes and at the same time supporting trail building and trail advocacy. What better way to do all of that then becoming a Certified Mountain Bike Instructor with IMBA. They’ve just released their new training schedule for this year, so check out how you can get involved with new updated skills training, like pumping, jumping and berm cornering. IMBA.com/ICP
    Check out where you’ll ride in 2017 after the break…

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Build. Ride. Repeat. Get certified with IMBA to get more people on bikes – We are firm believers in getting more people riding mountain bikes and at the same time supporting trail building and trail advocacy. What better way to do all of that then becoming a Certified Mountain Bike Instructor with IMBA. They’ve just released […]

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Beeline lets you wander without getting lost

Not to be confused with the mobile bike shops of essentially the same name, the intuitive Beeline navigator (reluctant to call it a cycling GPS) takes the precision out of following a set route to your destination while still ensuring you find your way there in the end. The device’s designer says it is more about encouraging cyclists to actually experience the world around them instead of just blindly following turn-by-turn directions. The small handlebar mounted display pares back navigation to the most elemental – which direction do you need to go & how far away that destination is – then leaves the rest up to you to follow the path that is most interesting as you make your way to your destination. Bringing adventure and exploration back to our time on the bike…

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Not to be confused with the mobile bike shops of essentially the same name, the intuitive Beeline navigator (reluctant to call it a cycling GPS) takes the precision out of following a set route to your destination while still ensuring you find your way there in the end. The device’s designer says it is more […]

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