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Forerunner 745 Good For Bikes, Too

by editors on September 16, 2020

Sometimes new bike computer money might be better spent on a new watch. While Garmin’s new Forerunner 745 was designed with triathletes (ahem!) in mind, it works great as an on-wrist bike computer, too. Obviously it is also solid training partner thanks to a load of onboard tech.

To help athletes better prepare for a race or training cycle, the Forerunner 745 includes key performance monitoring tools from Firstbeat Analytics like VO2 max, training load, training status and aerobic and anaerobic training effects. Athletes will even receive on-device running and cycling daily workout suggestions based on their current training load and VO2 max.

But it’s not all training, the Forerunner 745 also includes Garmin Pay, and when paired with music from Amazon Music, Spotify or Deezer the 745 can hold 500 songs. Garmin says the battery will last for a week in smartwatch mode, up to 16 hours in GPS mode, and 6 hours in GPS mode with the music blasting. It is available now in black, neo tropic, magma red or whitestone and has a suggested retail price of $499.99. For all the official details from Garmin, please follow the jump.

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BWR Cedar City Is NOT Cancelled

by editors on September 8, 2020

The Belgian Waffle Ride Cedar City (The Hell of the South. . . Utah) is on for October 17, 2020. Here’s the word from the organizers:

We have been busy working with our partners, local health officials and city managers, organizing best practices and adjusting formats for our upcoming event in the Canyon Belgian Waffle Ride Cedar City, which is planned for October 17, 2020.

So if you’re in for an epic gravel race, then this is your event. There’s also a store full of pretty cool cams Belgian Waffle merch that is live and ready for orders. Click here for the store or here for info on the ride.

[Link: BWR Cedar City]

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Socked with Swiftwick Pursuit Ultralights

by editors on September 4, 2020

Swiftwick sent us some Pursuit Ultralight socks to try out. They look good and Merlino wool is a super plus. Here’s the lowdown from the manufacturer:

The Pursuit Ultralight wicks moisture and dries quickly, so your feet stay dry and blister-free wherever your adventures take you. The thin, breathable design also features a reinforced heel and toe to maximize durability. It has all the benefits of merino wool but is extremely lightweight, ensuring a great fit in any performance shoe.

We’re looking forward to trying them out on an upcoming roll through the hills.

[Link: Swiftwick]

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BOA’s New Li2 Dials In Style & Function

by editors on August 24, 2020

Our favorite cycling shoe closure company BOA is announcing and even better, smaller, more durable dial for perfect fit on cycling shoes. It’s called the Li2. Here’s what they’re saying:

Li2 is the ultimate in fast, effortless, precision fit. The lightweight and low-profile dial platform offers unprecedented durability against impact, abrasion, and contaminants such as dirt and debris. Compact in size but packed with power, Li2 offers benefits designed to meet the needs of cyclists at every touchpoint during a ride. Multidirectional tightening and loosening allows for incremental adjustment to accommodate foot swelling on long rides, or a tighter fit for steep climbs and sprints.

Better is better, right? This dial is showing up on shoes from Fizik, Scott, Rapha, Gaerne, Lake and DMT this fall, with Bontrager, Giro, Louis Garneau, and Specialized jumping in for 2021. For all the official details from BOA, please follow the jump.
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Every Cycling Event Is Cancelled

by editors on July 1, 2020

Editors’ Update: United States of America Cycling announced today (July 1, 2020) that all the following National Championship events have been cancelled for 2020: Pro and Am road, mountain, Grand Fondo, and elite, junior, and masters track. If you have a title from last year, lucky you. You get another year to hold on to it!

May 13, 2020

Rather than post a growing list of events that have been cancelled thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic take this as an reminder that EVERY SINGLE CYCLING EVENT that you were looking forward to riding, racing, watching live, or streaming online has been cancelled.

And while many event promoters have optimistically moved their events forward a few months, we’re going to guess that there will no mass start events going down for at least a year. Time to figure something else out. . . TTcross? TTmtb? TTcrit? TTgravel? Maybe? If anyone is hosting any solo racing events, please let us know. In the mean time we’ll be here tickling our keyboards.

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100% Belgian Waffle Collab Sunglasses

by editors on June 10, 2020

The world famous Belgian Waffle Ride has partnered with 100% Eyewear on a collection of sunglasses in the classic colors of red, yellow, and the Belgian blue of the Belgian National team jersey. Here’s what the BWR has to say about them.

The Belgian Waffle Ride X 100% Collaboration was built stylishly and expertly to take on the harsh and punishing conditions of the most treacherous gravel racing in the world, the BWR. . . The BWR Special Edition sunglasses are available in the most popular 100% sport performance sunglass styles… Speedcraft, S2, S3; plus, the active performance style Hudson… for after the race, if you survive.

To check sunnies out in more detail, or to grab a couple pair before they’re all gone, please click the link.

[Link: Belgian Waffle Ride]

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Apple Watch Buckles Up With UAG Bands

by editors on June 9, 2020

We’ve ridden all winter with an Apple Watch safely tucked beneath the cuff of our arm warmers and felt fine knowing the watch was tucked in and safe. Now that summer has arrived and we’re more likely to be riding without arm warmers Apple Watch’s post and hole band closure looks a little more worrisome — especially during a rough MTB decent. Though we’ve yet had our watch band bust open, it doesn’t seem like a good idea to wait and see. That’s why we were stoked to see that Urban Armor Gear has added a Tang buckle to a silicone strap that keeps the clean lines of Apple’s silicone band while adding the security of a buckle.

The UAG bands come in two styles the Scout and Civilian. The Scout is a single color band that comes in three colors (black, olive, and orange) and retails for $29.95. The Civilian features tow layers of silicone, a “branded stainless steel buckle” and  comes in two colors (black/orange and  slate/orange). It retails for $39.95.

We haven’t tested them yet, but we can say for sure that the buckle makes us feel a whole lot better about taking our Apple Watch out into the wilds. We’ll let you know how it goes. For more info, please click the link.

[Link: Urban Armor Gear]

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Grinduro’s Distant Family Film

by editors on April 22, 2020

Grinduro is celebrating five years (if you can believe that) and as a reminder of how great the events have been they created a film. Check it. And then pray that we get all this pandemic stuff sorted out before fall, right?

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2020 Belgian Waffle Ride Postponed

by editors on March 18, 2020

Organizers of the World Famous Canyon Belgian Waffle Ride remained hopefully optimistic right down to the end, but on March 18, 2020 they pulled the plug on their May San Diego County event and moved it to November 8, 2020. But not to worry, people who registered have options. Here’s how they tell it:

It’s only been a handful of days since we last emailed regarding the Coronavirus, but so much has transpired since then. So much, in fact, we feel compelled to circle back on the subject, NOW.

Yes, the situation has escalated so rapidly that we’ve had to sadly override our optimism for the May 3rd event happening as scheduled. With the Coronavirus pandemic, events like ours are being forced to postpone (or cancel). As a result, we will be moving the Canyon Belgian Waffle Ride to its new fall date of November 8, 2020… with the same (or larger) Pure Cycling Expo and VIP/Media events running from November 6 – 8, 2020.

Registered riders for the Canyon BWR and related events will be automatically transferred to the November 8 event. For those that cannot make the new date, we are offering deferrals into one of the other Tripel Crown of Gravel events: Asheville, NC BWR on August 30, 2020 and Cedar City, UT on October 17, 2020. We will also provide deferrals into the 2021 Canyon BWR, which will be held May 2 in San Diego. The Tripel Crown now will run entirely in 2020 with the Grand Finale being the November 8 event in San Diego.

In short, riders can:
Stay Registered for the Nov 8th San Diego BWR
Transfer to the Asheville BWR Aug 30th
Transfer to the Cedar City BWR Oct 17th
Transfer to the San Diego BWR May 2nd (2021)
You have until July 1, 2020 to designate which option you prefer or you will automatically remain registered for the Nov. 8 event! All of this can be easily managed on the Events.com page. 

We hope and pray we will all be on the other side of this pandemic by August 30, 2020. For the rest of the instructions, please follow the jump.

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Belgian Waffle Ride X Three For 2020

by editors on February 4, 2020

Yes, there’s not one, but three ways to experience the world famous Belgian Waffle Ride with the addition of Asheville, North Carolina and Cedar City, Utah for 2020. Does that mean it’s a series? With overall points? This could get interesting. . . for all the official details (and to register, because these races sellout fast), please click the link.

[Link: Belgian Waffle Ride]

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