Limited Edition WTB Volt For Red Cross

by editors on November 17, 2017

The Northern California wildfires hit close to home for many cyclists, especially those at WTB. In an effort to aid those who lost so much, WTB will be donating $15 to the American Red Cross for every limited edition Team USA Volt saddle that is purchased. Here’s what WTB says:

The Volt is our most popular mountain saddle. Its medium level of padding thickness compliments subtle curves and a melange of popular features from several of our saddles. This saddle has enough padding for all day riding comfort yet scant enough weights for XC competition, gaining it endless acclaim and popularity among riders.

This is your opportunity to support a worthy cause and give back to your community while getting a great limited edition saddle. Click the link for more.

[Link: WTB]

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Scott 2018 Enduro Dates Announced

by editors on November 16, 2017

The SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria has officially announced the 2018 race schedule and the addition of two new locations. New stops will include Durango, CO and Powderhorn, CO in addition to the inaugural SCOTT Junior Enduro Cup in Gunnison, CO. The new locations will accompany the series’ most popular stops, Moab, UT, Angel Fire, NM and Park City, UT. Round 2 at Angel Fire Resort will be a stop on the National Enduro Series. Registration for the 2018 season will open on Dec. 13, 2017.

For all the details, please follow the jump.

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Velocio Drops A Wallet

by editors on November 6, 2017

There’s nothing better than a nice wallet to keep valuables together in a back pocket. Velocio has done exactly that with their Recon Wallet. Here’s how they describe it:

Fashioned from remnant fabric of our RECON Hardshell Jacket, the RECON wallet is a waterproof essentials case for your daily commute or on any outdoor adventure. The waterproof NeoShell layer will keep your cell phone protected from the elements, your cash and cards and any other valuables dry and stowed within reach.

The recon features a water resistant zipper, and internal divider to keep cards, case, and technology organized. And yes, it will fit a iPhone 8. For more info click the link.

[Link: Velocio]

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Cyclist Who Flipped Off Trump Fired

by editors on November 6, 2017

Our favorite bird flipping cyclist, Juli Briskman, has reportedly been fired from her job at Akima, according to a story in the Washington Post.

On Halloween, after Briskman gave her bosses at Akima LLC, a government contracting firm, a heads-up that she was the unidentified cyclist in the photo, they took her into a room and fired her, she said, escorting her out of the building with a box of her things. . . “I wasn’t even at work when I did that,” Briskman said. “But they told me I violated the code of conduct policy.”

We’re guessing it will be the best thing that ever happened to her.  Congrats, Juli. Looks like you’ll have even more time to ride your bike now. And after all, that is the goal.

[Link: Washington Post via Boing Boing]

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Man Drives Down NYC Bike Path Killing 8

by editors on October 31, 2017

A man driving a Home Depot rental truck drove down a crowded West Side Highway bike path today in Lower Manhattan killing 8 people and injuring at least 12 others, according to a story on NBC News.

The driver of a Home Depot rental pickup truck zoomed at least 10 blocks down the popular West Side Highway bike path from West Houston to Chambers streets, hitting nearly a dozen pedestrians and bicyclists before crashing into a school bus near Stuyvesant High School and elementary school P.S. 89, authorities said.

From reports it appears to be a terrorist act. The suspect was shot by police and is in custody. For more on the story click the link.

[Link: NBC Philadelphia]

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Best Run At Virgin Event Scored 12th

by editors on October 30, 2017

Antoine Bizet’s run at the Colored Cow’s Virgin Utah Event blew our minds. But after watching the entire event we can say this: the scoring is confused, the wait between runs is excruciatingly boring, and it is so gnarly that no one who hasn’t done it understands any of it anyway. This run put Antoine in 12th place and featured a backflip, another backflip, front flip, and a double back while charging it full speed the whole way down. Viva la France, people’s choice winner. Sorry about the judging.

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Yamaha E-bikes: Not What We Expected

by editors on October 30, 2017

When Yamaha said they were brining e-bikes to America we really didn’t expect this. . .

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Canyon Grabs Title BWR Sponsorship

by editors on October 26, 2017

The country’s most unique cycling event, The Belgian Waffle Ride, has a new title sponsor for 2018 with Canyon Bicycles. The Germany based company, which sells bicycles directly to consumers via their website, launched their brand in the United States in mid August.

“The Canyon Belgian Waffle Ride will be an ideal event for Canyon to showcase their variety of bikes perfect for the back roads of San Diego, or whatever twisted courses your heart may lead you on,” says Blair Clark, Canyon U.S. president. “The BWR, or ‘Hell of the North County,’ is not just an extraordinary race. It’s a celebration of life, how much can be accomplished on a bike, and the magical connections that develop between people who suffer together (s)mile after (s)mile.”

For more on the sponsorship, and complete details on seventh running of the Belgian Waffle Ride, please follow the jump.

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Brandon Semenuk: Bonx Ambassador

by editors on October 23, 2017

Dirt jumping wizard Brandon Semenuk has joined the Bonx team. What is Bonx? We wondered the same thing. It’s apparently a Bluetooth earpiece that “enables cellular network-based group communication with up to 10 users anywhere in the world.” Kind of like an always-on conference call of rad, apparently.

“I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to work with BONX,” says Semenuk. “To be a part of an innovative outdoor tech brand is awesome. The BONX products will be a valuable asset for my endeavors in both mountain biking and rally. It’s also a great crew, and I’m excited to explore the possibilities with the product.”

For the official word from Bonx, please follow the jump.

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John Tomac Talks Story

by editors on October 10, 2017

We had the privilege of riding, hanging out, and guiding John Tomac around the Eastern Sierra for a week during the summer of 1987. It was at the height of the Tomac vs. Overend MTB era and we kind of expected John to be a dick. Turned out he was nice, kind, and didn’t even laugh when we apologized for not being able to keep up on a ride. After watching this video it’s nice to see that not much has changed. Our favorite line:

The problem was the whole performance enhancing drug thing kind of bled over into cross country mountain biking and we [American XC racers] came off the radar in the 90s,” Tomac says. “And it wasn’t because we forgot how to ride mountain bikes in America. . .I don’t think the athletes in cross country mountain biking in the US ever bought into the whole doping program. They just didn’t do it.”

That’s the word kids. Thanks to Bell Helmets for letting Johnny T. tell this story himself.

[Link via VitalMTB]

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