Weekend Videos: Road 2 Rio with Kross, Tour of Sufferlandria route, plus more road & trail riding…

With the Olympic games this past year our industry took a very different look to cycling and racing. Silver medalist, Maja Włoszczowska racing for Kross had been documenting her lead up to the games, and her Road 2 Rio is now available online for free. Buckle in, because the 40min film takes you on a long journey from her home in Poland through a season of racing to culminate in Rio de Janiero, documenting her challenges and progress month-by-month. Her goal was always clear: win an Olympic medal, but along the way she must take on tough UCI World Cup races (including the UCI XCO World Championships where we got a detailed look at her bike), push her limits at the World Championships and accept many sacrifices. KrossRacingTeam.pl

Check out more videos after the break, starting with your official Tour of Sufferlandria route announcement, island riding with Santa Cruz, some BH e-Enduro & drone footage form Down Under…

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With the Olympic games this past year our industry took a very different look to cycling and racing. Silver medalist, Maja Włoszczowska racing for Kross had been documenting her lead up to the games, and her Road 2 Rio is now available online for free. Buckle in, because the 40min film takes you on a long journey […]

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Pro Bike Check: Up close with road World Champion Amalie Dideriksen’s S-Works Amira

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Pushed back late into the fall by the Rio Olympics, Danish cyclists Amalie Dideriksen led her small three-woman team at the start of World’s in Doha back in October. Even after crashing earlier in the race, Dideriksen came back to win the sprint at the line and become the 2016 Elite Women’s Road Champion aboard her Specialized S-Works Amira. Now finally recovering from a long season of racing (and enough track racing and 6-days since that put her in the Danish National Champion’s jersey there as well for the next year, in 5 events no less) she has just finished a training camp in Calpe, Spain with her Boels-Dolmans team and has a nice new World Champ’s bike to take home as an early Christmas present…

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Pushed back late into the fall by the Rio Olympics, Danish cyclists Amalie Dideriksen led her small three-woman team at the start of World’s in Doha back in October. Even after crashing earlier in the race, Dideriksen came back to win the sprint at the line and become the 2016 Elite Women’s Road Champion aboard her Specialized S-Works […]

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Review: Pro-level Rapha Souplesse bib shorts and jersey for women

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Over the past couple of years, a few of our European women road and cross testers were introduced to the benefits of proper premium bibs through Rapha’s Women’s Classic Bib Short. While Rapha clearly isn’t the only one making top-level shorts for women, until surprisingly recently premium bibs on par with what men had to choose from were not so readily available. Of course the growth of online retailing has greatly improved accessibility, but frontline women’s development with pro teams like Canyon//SRAM has certainly helped. So to see what the pro-level kit had to offer we put a couple of women in Rapha’s pro Souplesse bibs and jerseys to ride through the seasons and report back both on how they performed and how they’ve held up…

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Over the past couple of years, a few of our European women road and cross testers were introduced to the benefits of proper premium bibs through Rapha’s Women’s Classic Bib Short. While Rapha clearly isn’t the only one making top-level shorts for women, until surprisingly recently premium bibs on par with what men had to choose from were not […]

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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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Redfrog leaps into women’s cycling wear with full featured merino kit

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all photos by Missy Davis, courtesy Redfrog

After a 5000 mile trip riding across the US a few years back, Redfrog Athletics founder Jaimee Erickson was inspired to create technical riding clothing for women that would make her as comfortable on as it was off the bike. The crop of women-specific cycling kit is improving, but there are lots of flowers & butterflies that just don’t appeal to all women. And as my own wife has complained, it is all to common to find a nice looking women’s jersey that leaves out some obvious feature, like rear pockets.

Erickson’s solution was to make it herself – she was a designer already anyway – and now a couple of years of design & development later and Redfrog is launching with a boost from a crowdfunding campaign that has already passed its early targets. The brand is kicking off with a line of women’s cycling clothing with four core pieces: three different jersey variants and a light jacket, all made of a mix of soft, functional merino wool and a blend of synthetic fibers to balance performance and fit. Take a closer look and get the full information on the pre-order below the fold…

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After a 5000 mile trip riding across the US a few years back, Redfrog Athletics founder Jaimee Erickson was inspired to create technical riding clothing for women that would make her as comfortable on as it was off the bike. The crop of women-specific cycling kit is improving, but there are lots of flowers & […]

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Northwave, Rapha & Morvelo jackets to stay dry & warm through all seasons

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Hitting a variety of price points, over the past week or so we’ve seen a bunch of new options to keep the weather at bay as we fight to ride year round. And with us all doing a bit of holiday shopping for our cycling friends and family, you kinda can’t go wrong in making it more comfortable for the other cyclists in your life to get out and pedal no matter how cold or wet it gets. The latest jackets that have caught our interest are Northwave’s affordable Extreme H2O Jacket, which comes in both short and long sleeve versions, Rapha’s designed premium Classic Winter Jacket and their lower priced packable Core Rain Jacket, plus the ultralight packable & waterproof Plan B race cape from Morvélo. Check out the details and get some Cyber Monday shopping out of the way after the break…

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Hitting a variety of price points, over the past week or so we’ve seen a bunch of new options to keep the weather at bay as we fight to ride year round. And with us all doing a bit of holiday shopping for our cycling friends and family, you kinda can’t go wrong in making […]

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Review: OORR’s coffee infused, nanotech eco jerseys and bib shorts

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We first featured the coffee bean infused apparel of OORR (Out Of the Rat Race) as part of a Kickstarter round up, a few weeks back. But while a lot of Kickstarter products tend to be pie-in-the-sky tech that we can’t really offer much insight on since they tend not to be real yet, that’s not the situation here. In fact, we’ve actually been riding in the OORR kit since the start of the summer. We had the chance to test some preproduction samples that covered the range of warm weather jerseys and bib shorts that are on offer. So, we can safely say that they kept up comfortable through warm to hot riding, offered unique visibility, and delivered on a few unconventional performance features. There is some unique kit here, so it is worth having a closer look, and you have just under a week to get in on the deal if you are so inclined…

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We first featured the coffee bean infused apparel of OORR (Out Of the Rat Race) as part of a Kickstarter round up, a few weeks back. But while a lot of Kickstarter products tend to be pie-in-the-sky tech that we can’t really offer much insight on since they tend not to be real yet, that’s not […]

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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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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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