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Fort de la Platte Bourg Saint Maurice is at the very start of four famous road bike climbs: Col de l'Iseran, Cormet de Roselend, Col du Petit Saint Bernard, and Les Arcs 2000). Far lessor known is this great gravel climb. Fort de la Platte was built in the late 1800s when France and Italy were busy fortifying strategic points along or near their Alpine border.
Wilier Jena Ultegra If you compare the stack and reach, they're not a million miles from those of something like Wilier's Cento1NDR endurance road bike. Wilier describes it as a 'racing-comfort' geometry, and that seems a reasonable enough description. Bear in mind, though, that the Jena comes fitted with a Ritchey Comp ErgoMax handlebar.
A Chilcotin Hogyssey The Chilcotin Hogyssey follows a crew of four on a next-level, nine-day bikepacking route through the Chilcotin Mountains in British Columbia. This rather insane trip led them up the wrong ridge and required a log raft to ford a river. Watch it here, along with a few photos…
Larry vs Harry Bulitt Cargo Bike Short Film We're loving this video portrait of Jo Min Geun, an intriguing South Korean cyclist who is passionate about his Larry vs Harry Bulitt cargo bike.
Col de la Loze This is exciting: a beautiful new high Alps paved road. The Trois-Vallées Ski Domaine claims to be the largest in the world. Each of the three valleys features a famous ski station: Courchevel, Méribel, and Val Thorens. They are separated by high mountains covered in ski slopes.
Lael's 2019 Tour Divide Bike Build and Gear List Aside from gear, any general expectations or worries about the route this year? There has been an incredible amount of snow in The Rockies this year. I'm expecting we'll see quite a bit and that might slow down the overall finishing times. I'm excited to get out there and see it.
Panorama Cycles Announces the Anticosti Panorama Cycles, based out of Quebec, Canada, announced a new steel gravel bike that features clearance for up to 27.5 x 2.1" tires, a healthy assortment of mounts, and an graphic collaboration with Portland-based artist Lizzy Dalton. Read on for all the details…
Restrap refreshes bikepacking luggage range The company quickly grew and it's first bikepacking range was first launched at Interbike, Las Vegas, in 2015. Grouped under the distinctive #carryeverything hashtag, the range has become is now sold globally, and used by record breakers and weekenders alike.
Reader's Rig: Jesse's Salsa Cutthroat This week on Reader's Rig, we check out Jesse Blough's Salsa Cutthroat, which he's raced in the Iberica Traversa and Silk Road Mountain Race…
The Alternative Calendar: How EF Education First are going beyond the WorldTour This sense of uniqueness was furthered when they announced last year that as part of their partnership with clothing company Rapha, they would participate in an 'alternative calendar', sending their riders to mass-participation events such as the Dirty Kanza gravel race, Three Peaks Cyclocross, and the Taiwan KoM challenge.
36 Hours of Pain on the Tour Divide During Neil Beltchenko's rookie Tour Divide run in 2015, about 1,400 miles in, pain set in. Read the full story of Neil's 36 Hours of Pain on the Tour Divide here…
Trans Verdon, France In comparison to its little brother, the Grande Traversée L'Alpes-Provence, the Trans Verdon stays higher up in the mountains, where the trails are rougher and harder to navigate, crossing some unique and rugged alpine landscapes as it goes. Although we have ridden both, it's impossible to pick a favourite regarding the scenery.
Nordest Cycles Britango: Downcountry Hardtail Named after an Egyptian vulture recognized for its white and black plumage, yellow face and long tail, the Britango is offered in both 4130 Chromoly Steel and double-butted titanium, but only as frames at this point, so you'll have to piece together your dream bike yourself.
Drew Edwards: Still pushing my boundaries, mental and physical I got bored of chasing personal bests that made an otherwise fun activity into Something Else That Needed To Be Done. There were family and career considerations. And I don't have the money, the time or the stupidity to line up on Mount Everest. So now what?
Choices, choices! A few months ago I heard Craig Dalton, on the Gravel Ride podcast, say that the best bike for a good gravel event would most likely not be perfect for the entire event. I tend to agree with him! My adventure isn't a race, but I still want my bike to be fast.
With a Simple Ask, Jay Petervary Returns to Race, Win 2019 DKXL How do you start the race? Do you ride 15 or 16 miles per hour the whole way? Is it kind of a race at the beginning? How did it play out? JP: I was asked that before the start.
Taiwan & Japan: Same, Same But Different Taiwan and Japan: Same, Same But Different - TDA Global Cycling.
Collective Reward #034: Knog PWR Trail Lights For Collective Reward #034, three members of our Bikepacking Collective will receive a Knog PWR Trail headlight. But it's not just another bike light, it's also a 5,000 mAh power bank.
Hey Hey WA Pushing a trolley holding a giant cardboard box into Singapore International airport, I immediately drew more than a few odds looks. Anything unusual in airports seem to gather far more attention than anywhere else, and today, me and my bike were to be the unusual thing.
Rigs of The 2019 Tour Divide BIKE: I will be riding the Tour Divide on a 2018 Cutthroat Rival, modified with a Wolf Tooth 34T chainring and 11×46 Shimano cassette, Continental Race King Protection tires, and a Bunt SL rim with SP PL-8X dynamo hub connected to a Sinewave Beacon headlight.
WTB Releases Vigilante 29+ Tire For more info, head over to WTB.com or pop into your local bike shop. Also, don't forget to check out our 29+ tire list and guide, showcasing a big selection of tire options for your 29+ bikepacking rig.
Whisper Ridge is First Resort in U.S. to Offer Heli-Biking Heli-biking has become all the rage in the bike community, and thanks to Whisper Ridge in Utah, the trend has made its way to the U.S. The resort, just outside of Salt Lake City, is better known for its 70,000 acres of backcountry terrain. Now they're upping their game by incorporating that same land for mountain biking.
HUNTER Cow Catcher Stem Rack, First Look The HUNTER Cow Catcher Stem Rack is made of 4130 Chromoly steel rack tubing, a small steel plate, and comes with an aluminum PAUL faceplate that clamps directly onto the Boxcar stem. This allows the Cow Catcher to connect to front the bike independently of the handlebars.
How Moots Cycles embraced gravel racing Over a five-year span, Colorado's Moots Cycles shifted its focus onto the nascent gravel market with a series of innovative racing bikes.
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