Gravel

Ride The Rancho Guejito With SDMBA

by editors on February 19, 2019

SoCal mountain bikers will get a rare opportunity to ride North County San Diego’s historic Rancho Guejito as the San Diego Mountain Biking Association hosts their Ride the Rancho fund raiser on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

This is also the first ever cycling event at Rancho Guejito, a 23,000 acre working ranch in the Escondido Area. There will be a fully guided 15-mile, social paced ride suitable for MTB’s or Gravel bikes. The ride, with around 1000 feet of elevation gain, will follow ranch roads through pastures and past ancient oaks, up shaded valleys, and will include rest stops at two historic points of interest including the Maxcy Winery (est.1850’s) and other adobe ruins. . . This adventure will be followed by a delicious catered BBQ by Bar None BBQ and will feature Rancho Guejito Vineyard wines and Rouleur Brewing Company beer. Live music and lots of Old California hospitality included! Tickets are $110 with proceeds going to support SDMBA trail projects and advocacy efforts.

For all the details, and to purchase your ticket please click the link.

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5 Reasons To Love the Wahoo Tickr HRM

by editors on February 2, 2019

When the Garmin HRM Run strap that came with our fenix 5 watch finally failed, we went back to the first heart rate strap that we’d ever worn and it reminded us how nice it is to have something that feels good, and works. Here are a few of the reasons we’re happy to have returned to Wahoo.

  1. Soft, velvety elastic strap that is snug without being too tight.
  2. Front snap closure. Know how cool front closure bras are? How easy they are to open and close? That’s how nice it is using Wahoo’s front snap closure. It connects the circuit and straps it up all at once. No fiddling with a side clip and then sliding into place. No label that’s constantly folded over and scratching up your ribs.
  3. Bluetooth and ANT+ connectivity. This HRM will connect to nearly everything — watches, phones, bike computers…and really what else is there. Use it on the bike with a Garmin 520 for a ride and then pair it up with a smartphone for jogs and hikes. It really is that easy.
  4. Flashing lights to let you know it’s on. This may not seem that important but once something goes wrong it can be difficult to figure out who is to blame in the Bluetooth or ANT+ circle jerk. When the battery is dead the lights won’t flash. Duh. Simple but effective.
  5. Price. Who can complain about $50 bucks. Sure, it doesn’t have built in stride metrics, but who runs anyway and if you do, well, maybe you need a different strap.

If you’d like to join us in HRM heart rate strap comfort, click the link and grab one for yourself.

[Link: Wahoo Tickr HRM]

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Emerald Cancels 2019 Interbike Show

by editors on December 7, 2018

As if bicycle retailing in general can get any worse Emerald Expositions, owners of among other things the Interbike and Outdoor Retailer trade shows announced on December 6, 2018 that they were canning the 2019 Interbike show in Reno.

Instead, the company will research alternative plans for 2020 and beyond, including the opportunity to launch events featuring bicycling and bike-related components within or alongside its various successful, multi-sport trade show franchises.

In other words, until Emerald Expositions figures out how to save their flagging business all bets are off. Likely, Interbike will be thrown in with one of the Outdoor Retailer/SIA Snow Shows in Denver, Colorado. This on the heels of their President and CEO David Loechner announcing a rather immediate departure from the company on November 1, 2018  doesn’t seem suggest that bright a future for the company nor trade shows in general. Follow the jump for the official word from Emerald.

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Time To Get Gravel Stoked

by editors on December 5, 2018

Looking for the perfect gift for the gritty toothed gravel rider on your list, look no further than GravelStoke.com. The website covers, promotes, and lives gravel riding, and has a solid collection of gravel soft goods that look good and feel even better. For all the details, click the link.

[Link: Gravelstoke]

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¡Arriba, Arriba! Registration for the Cinco de Mayo edition of the 2019 Canyon Belgian Waffle Ride opens at 12:01am on Saturday, December 1, 2018. Don’t miss their lowest pricing offer ($160 Waffle/$125 Wafer), which will increase starting January 1, 2019, until they sell out (and they will). The race starts and ends in the heart of North County San Diego, California and has become one of the world’s best bucket list rides.

For the Hardwomen, the Waffle Ride has something extra-special this year. Women who register to race Waffle will automatically get a FREE Waffle entry code to gift to another female rider. More women, more power, more fun!

Looking to hit some gravel this weekend? Join us at Canyon Bicycles for our Open Reg Celebratory Ride also on December 1st. This event is being hosted by BWR, Canyon, and our new charity partner the San Diego Mountain Biking Association. Free coffee, free beer, and food trucks are just some of the highlights. Details can be found on our Facebook event page, please RSVP if you plan to attend. https://www.facebook.com/events/1414387392026086/

[Link: Belgian Waffle Ride

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Garmin Launches Affordable Action Watch

by editors on October 11, 2018

It’s funny to think of Garmin’s new Instinct GPS adventure watch as “affordable” when it weighs in at $299, however compared the $799 fenix 5+ it’s a downright bargain. The Instinct, which comes in three colors (Graphite, Tundra and Flame Red) is bursting with G-shock flavor and features a new fiber reinforced polymer case shape that visually differentiates it from the fenix while still keeping the familiar five-button layout. It doesn’t have built-in mapping, music storage, or Garmin Pay like its big brother, but it will handle the cycling, running, hiking, and swimming (not that any of us swim) tracking just fine: cadence and speed with sensors (ANT+ or bluetooth) sure, power, nope. For the official word from Garmin, please follow the jump.

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Wend Wax Goes Day-Glo

by editors on July 12, 2018

Second to the silky smoothness we get from a well waxed chain, we love the smell of Wend Wax. Rubbing it on our chains is like getting the fresh blasting breeze of speed. But now, our olfactory isn’t the only sense getting tickled. Nope. Wend Wax is serving up their rub-on chain lube in six new day-glo shades of visual bling: blue, green, yellow, orange, red, and pink.

“Our mission at WEND is to follow suit with the legacy of Wax Research—which means we’re all about creating unconventional formulas that work along with bringing products to market that no one has ever created before,” says company co-founder Ryan Dahl. “This collection isn’t just big for us at WEND, it’s exciting for the entire cycling community and we’re happy to introduce something unique and fun that works even better than it looks.”

Isn’t it about time you got waxed in matchy-matchy colors? We think so. Click here to buy some or follow the jump for all the official details.

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Rasputitsa: Ah, Vermont In The Spring

by editors on April 12, 2018

Held in Burke, Vermont the Rasputitsa Spring Classic on April 21, 2018 has 1,300 riders registered and will likely be the hard, cold gravel race’s muddiest event yet.

“It’s exciting to see how much the Rasputitsa Spring Classic has grown and the camaraderie of bringing these riders together, “says event co-founder Anthony Moccia. “Rasputitsa has been a very successful effort to unite cyclists, bring economic opportunity to a remote area of Vermont, and give back to growing the sport of cycling with every dollar we profit.” . . . Rasputitsa 2018 will also see pro cyclists including Allison Tetrick, Tim Johnson, Ted King, Jeremy Power, Anthony Clark, and Lyne Bessette compete in the race. Sponsors for this year’s race include Specialized Bicycles, Garneau, Clif Bar, Woodchuck Hard Cider, Julbo, Colavita, Bialetti, and more.

Guess the only good part is that it’s only 40 miles long. Follow the jump for the official word from event organizers. 

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Belgian Waffle Ride Registration Friday

by editors on November 29, 2017

Registration for the 7th Annual Canyon Belgian Waffle Ride opens at 12:00am PST on Friday, December 1, 2017. Hard to believe, but it’s time to get your 2018 spring season kicked off right.

We’d like you to know that this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever with Canyon’s involvement, VeloFix as our neutral support partner for both on road and and on trail support, and a new course for both the Waffle and the Wafer.

For all the official details, please follow the jump.
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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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