April 2014

Spy Belgian Waffle Ride Results, Photos

by editors on April 28, 2014

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Neil Shirley and Phil Tinstman turned the 2014 into a two-man race from the first dirt section.

Click Here For The Complete BWR2014 Photo Gallery

We’re still recovering from our ride in The Hell of The North County a.k.a. the 2014 Spy Belgian Waffle Ride on April 27, 2014. While we get our heads around just what happened yesterday here are a few photos we grabbed during what has become our favorite day on a bike all year.

Click the link to check out the gallery. If you want to see the photo larger, click on it. For complete results follow the jump. For complete results by start wave scroll way, way down to the bottom. [click to continue…]

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2014 Cairns UCI Downhill Practice

by editors on April 24, 2014

When we watch the pros in downhill finals it’s easy to forget that it’s not the first time they’ve made a run down the course. Here are a few practice runs from Ty Bowmaker. Looks like of muddy, no?

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Backcountry.com + Giro = Blue MTB Shoe

by editors on April 24, 2014

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What will a manufacturer do for one of its best retailers? Well, if you’re Giro and your retailer is Backcountry.com it appears that you’ll build them a custom, exclusive, limited edition, special color way Empire mountain bike shoe that they can sell in their stores.

Collaborating with industry-leader Giro to create and offer bike enthusiasts a high-quality, one-of-a-kind mountain bike shoe is an exciting opportunity for us to grow with our vendor partners and bring a unique, limited-edition product and shopping experience to our fans,” said backcountry.com CEO Jill Layfield. “The Empire shoe in Backcountry Blue is a beautiful product that’s functional and a sure standout on the trails.”

The shoe will be rolled out this weekend (April 25-27, 2014) at the 11th Annual Whiskey Off-Road even in Prescott, Arizona and then go on sale at backcountry.com and CompetitiveCyclist.com starting June 1, 2014. Click here to pre-order them now for $299.95 or follow the jump for the official word from backcountry.com. [click to continue…]

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Strava Global Heatmap Lights Up Cycling

by editors on April 24, 2014

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Want to know where people are riding these days? Well, not to shock you, but it’s California. And mostly Southern California. To find other spots of hot cycling action just check out Strava’s Global Heat Map. We apologize in advance for wasting your next 15 minutes.

[Link: Strava Heatmap]

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Dan Morgan’s Three-Foot Flag Videos

by editors on April 23, 2014

Like many metro areas around the world, cycling in traffic can be dicey. Recent legislation enacted in 22 states (Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin. Pennsylvania has a 4-foot passing law) require cars to stay at least three feet away from cyclists when passing.

To help drivers better understand what three feet is, Houston, Texas’ Dan Morgan has mounted a flag that protrudes out three feet from the back of his bicycle. He then points a camera at it and records while he rides. When people hit his flag, he turns them (and their license numbers) into the police. Yeah, he goes a bit over the line (“that’s the purpose of the flag, asshole”), but sometimes it takes people like Dan to really ride a point home.

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Even Great Days Get Bloody Sometimes

by editors on April 23, 2014

The Smith MTB adds another chapter from their Andes Pacifico Enduro race report (in Chile) and this time there is blood. . . pulsing, gaping, deep gash blood and some moaning. Know how that feels? Sure you do!

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Want To Climb Faster? Watch This. . .

by editors on April 17, 2014

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Geoff Gulevich’s Rampage Line

by editors on April 16, 2014

Just for fun check out Geoff Gulevich’s Rampage line. Wonder if those Dakine gloves will help us ride like that? Guess it’s worth a try. . .

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Journeymen: Racing The 2014 Cape Epic

by editors on April 15, 2014

Three-time World Champion MTB racer Nino Schurter, Former South African Springbok Rugby Captain John Smit, and photographer Craig Kolesky set out to complete the 2014 Absa Cape Epic. Follow them as they struggle to get through in Oakley’s Journeymen. Follow the jump for the rest of the videos. . . [click to continue…]

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Pinkham Dies Of Accidental Overdose

by editors on April 15, 2014

PinkhamWhen ever we see someone offering condolences to the family of a cyclist our first thought it that they’ve been hit by a car. When news went out today that former Jamis-Hagen Berman rider and the Trek-Livstrong development team member Chase Pinkham had died it was because of an accidental overdose, according to a story on VeloNews. Pinkham had already survived being hit by a car:

According to Alex Kim, a close friend of the Pinkham family, Chase underwent dozens of surgeries related to his 2008 crash and suffered from chronic pain. Pinkham was eliminating his use of narcotic painkillers, according to Kim, earlier this year when he suffered a broken leg at the Valley of the Sun Stage Race in Arizona in February. Following the crash, doctors again prescribed narcotic painkillers for Pinkham. He was house-sitting last weekend in Salt Lake City when friends discovered Pinkham’s body.

Our thoughts are with Pinkham’s family and friends.

[Link: VeloNews]

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