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cyclingtips.com

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1 year ago

Philly bike Expo 2018 Tech Gallery, Part One

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The Philly Bike Expo started out with modest ambitions in 2010, but it’s now grown to become one of the top stops on the North American trade show circuit, highlighting a healthy gathering of custom builders and supporting components and accessories. We started covering the event for the first time last year, and judging by this year’s once-again impressive display, it’s safe to say that this one will occupy a spot on our calendar in the years to come, too.

We kick off this round of coverage with some stunning machines from Engin Cycles, English Cycles, FortyFour Bikes, Speedvagen, Velo Orange, and MAP Bicycles, with much more to come in the days ahead.

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cyclingtips.com

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1 year ago

Interbike 2018 Highlights: Ceramic, Aluminum, Rubber and Foam Goodness

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The 2018 Interbike show has closed its doors, and all of the exhibitors and attendees have scattered from the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada. But does that mean we’ve already shared everything that caught our interest there? Hardly.

Featured in this round of follow-up coverage are: a wealth of neat go-fast upgrades from Enduro Bearings, Alto Cycling’s foray into carbon mountain bike wheelsets, Assos’s new S9 bib shorts, helmets from Abus, interesting new tires from Donnelly Cycling and Maxxis, and more.

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bikepacking.com

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1 year ago

Jay Petervary on the Silk Road Mountain Race

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At 5:15 pm local time on August 26th, 2018, the inaugural PEdALED Silk Road Mountain Race had a winner. After 1,721 kilometers in 8 days, 8 hours, and 15 minutes, Jay Petervary was the first to arrive at the finish line in Chong Kemin. “This was the hardest race I have done. But that is not why I took part. It’s about pioneering and racing bikes where no one did before. That is the real beauty of this race for me,” stated Jay on the SRMR blog. Jay led the race from the start, but it was never a sure thing. Several other riders, including second place finisher Levente Bagoly, were always pushing on close behind him.

The Silk Road Mountain Race was the first of its kind and followed a route through Kyrgyzstan based closely on our Tian Shan Traverse. Only about a third of the nearly 100 starters made it to the finish, owing to extreme weather, illness, and the sheer difficulty of the terrain. We caught up with Jay to ask him a few questions about his time pedaling across Kyrgyzstan.

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pinkbike.com

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1 year ago

Officially Underway – Audi Nines MTB 2018

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The Audi Nines MTB 2018 is officially underway at its stunning new location near Birkenfeld, Germany, where an old stone quarry has been transformed into a veritable mountain bike paradise.

The action kicked off on a superbly sunny Saturday, September 8 as top MTB riders from around the globe descended on Germany’s Rheinland-Pfalz region to check out what The Audi Nines—formerly Nine Knights—has up its sleeves for its 2018 edition. They discovered a massive playground consisting of intertwining freeride and slopestyle lines and a separate progression-minded Big Air jump, all intended to do one thing: help the world’s best mountain bikers “send it to the moon.”

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1 year ago

Photo Gallery: The 2018 Antwerp Port Epic

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Back in 2015, in the lead-up to the 90th edition of Schaal Sels, race organisers knew they had to try something different. The Belgian one-day race had grown stale and was in desperate need of a modern facelift. So, in what can only be described as a masterstroke, they added more than 50km of gravel and cobblestone farm roads to the race, turning it into something of a hybrid between Paris-Roubaix, a cyclocross race, and the local road race it had originally been.

In the years that followed, the reinvented Schaal Sels attracted plenty of international attention. And then, in the lead-up to the 2018 event, organisers made another change: they split Schaal Sels in two.

As race organiser Ben Simons explained, the plan was to maintain the local character of the original event (held around the town of Merksem) while letting the race’s new identity flourish.

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rouleur.cc

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1 year ago

Why the Vuelta a España is the Best Grand Tour

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The Vuelta a España is treated as a poor cousin to the the other Grand Tours, shoved around the calendar and offered as a consolation prize (or punishment) to the under-achievers earlier in summer. Yet for many followers of the sport, it’s the best of the lot.

The three Grand Tours are the crown jewels of cycling, a trio of behemoths dominating the calendar, taking up a full three months of the year and devouring the column inches as coexisting races flounder in the shadows. The three-week marathons through Italy, France and Spain are the longest, toughest and most talked-about races in our sport.

But, of course, we all know that the GTs don’t stand shoulder to shoulder. The Tour de France is by far the biggest – the most important and most coveted – while some way behind the Giro d’Italia follows. Lastly comes the black sheep of the cycling world, the youngest of the Grand Tours, the Vuelta a España.

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inrng.com

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1 year ago

The Deutschland Tour is Back

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What’s the biggest race this week? Surely the Vuelta but the revived Tour of Germany is an important moment as it marks the return of men’s stage racing to Europe’s largest country after decade’s absence.

It’s been an oddity that every country bordering Germany has had its own national tour bike race but Germany itself hasn’t. It’s been a marketing black hole because Germany is Europe’s largest country when measured by population or GDP. Its economy is bigger than California and New York states combined; or one and a half times the size of Africa. Pro cycling’s globalisation ambitions seem far-fetched when the sport has struggled to cover its own heartland in Europe. Imagine pitching pro team sponsorship to a consumer brand wanting exposure across Europe and beyond only for them to discover that coverage in Germany is light to put it gently. If this revived race can establish itself then it’ll help bring in more potential sponsors for pro teams who can count on exposure in this giant market.

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bikerumor.com

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1 year ago

Win Tunnel: will MTB aero positions make a difference for the Leadville 100?

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With the Leadville Trail 100 just around the corner, Specialized is here once again to answer the important questions. Namely, does grabbing your fork crown actually create any sort of aero advantage that could be used over the course of a long race like Leadville? Do aerodynamics matter off road? Is there a ‘fastest’ position?

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pinkbike.com

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1 year ago

Video: Racing Action from the Maxiavalanche in Cervinia

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Maxiavalanche Cervinia is surely one of the best MTB Mass Start enduro race in the world, after the Megavalanche.

At the bottom of the Cervin, the Maxiavalanche takes the best trails for the race, each different for the qualifying and the two race runs