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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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Eroica California Registration Now Open

by editors on November 25, 2017

On the weekend of April 14-15, 2018 cyclists, vintage bike enthusiasts, and fans of classic, steel bikes will roll in to Paso Robles, California for the 2018 Eroica California. Don’t know what it is? It’s a retro cycling festival that goes a little like this:

Eroica participants are required to ride “historical bikes” or bikes preferably built in 1987 or earlier, but to take the vintage theme even further, many riders choose to wear authentic, vintage garb including wool jerseys, retro cycling goggles and lace-up shoes. Festivities on both days, including the Tuscan dinner, are open to the public and spectators are invited to watch the ride and welcome the riders at the finish line.

There are rides, shows, presentations, talks, discussions, and more. You know, those classic bike fetishist always know how to throw a crazy party, so this year should be fun. For the official details, please follow the jump or click here for the Eroica California website.

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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.

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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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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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My, What Spooky Socks You Have

by editors on October 6, 2017

Yes, it happens every year and every year we say it’s the last year, and every year Sockguy comes through with another slew of rad Halloween socks that creep us out in just the right ways. Load up. These are the perfect socks for Spookycross.

[Link: SockGuy]

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Oakley Rolls Out Helmets and Kits

by editors on August 30, 2017

Oakley has always made great performance eyewear for doing almost anything, but in cycling eyewear was about as far as they went. Today that’s changed as the company announced full “head-to-ankle” coverage for cyclists. The new line includes kits, socks, gloves and a complete line of boss looking helmets including this AERO5 Redline featuring MIPS technology.

“Two wheels are in Oakley’s DNA. We began with a grip, and we have expanded since,” said Olaf Dunz, Global Marketing Director at Oakley. “Applying what the brand has learned in eyewear – from protection from the elements to optimized aerodynamics – we are now diving deeper into cycling with the same goal we started with: optimize rider interaction with the world around them and improve performance.”

We’re looking forward to checking it all out in more detail. For all the official details from Oakley, including a look at their appropriately all black kits, follow the jump.

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LeoGrande Gets 8-Year Sanction

by editors on August 29, 2017

We never can pass up a good SoCal masters cycling doping story and this one is great because it’s everyone’s second time around.  . . deja vu.

Back in 2007 Upland, California road racer Kayle LeoGrande, 40, was pinged for using EPO while racing in The Point Premium Root Beer International Cycling Classic. For this rule violation LeoGrande was given a two-year suspension.

Now, 10 years later, LeoGrande was tested following his win in the 35+ race at The 2017 Dana Point Grand Prix and according to the USA Cycling his urine ratted out a pharmacy of banned substances including: raloxifene, ostarine, ibutamoren, GW1516 sulfone, RAD140, LGD4033, and andarine. Because of this he was given an 8-year suspension. But hey, he’s only 40 and eight years gives him plenty of time to train for another national crit title in 2025, right? He can come back again, for sure.

For the official word from the USAC, follow the jump. For some unofficial coverage on the whole thing from Cycling The South Bay, click here. The later is far more entertaining, than the former.

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