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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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Click here for a gallery of Miki Vuckovich’s stunning images from Lakewood.

On the Thursday evening before the Elite racers took to the battered course in Lakewood, Washington, I stood in the Trek Store in Tacoma with about 50 cross fans, also in town for the 2019 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships. And, like them, I was listening intently as Katie Compton, the fifteen-time (consecutive) National Champion and the most decorated American cyclocrosser ever, addressed my spontaneous question (“Should cyclocross be in the Winter Olympics?”) with all the sincerity and thoroughness of a PhD candidate defending her thesis.

I honestly didn’t mean to provoke such a detailed response—her live interview with Cyclocross Radio podcaster Bill Schieken had concluded (you can hear the whole thing right here) and the rest of the crowd awkwardly hesitated when he invited questions from the audience. So, I opened my big fat mouth.

Part of their discussion covered the lack of sponsorship for cyclocross racers and races. So, a little Olympic coverage, it seemed to me, could change that. And, gee, wouldn’t it be cool to have just one bike race in the Winter Games?

Cyclocross doesn’t need the Olympics, she said. It thrives on a participant fan base, and that distinguishes American cyclocross from the European sort. And we Yanks deserve to make cyclocross our own. That seemed to be the theme of the evening.

The Olympics would bring in a less committed fan base, she continued, and that would change the nature of cross events and culture. We can grow it, organically, and continue to build it from a solid base. We’ve been doing great, so far. And she should know, she’s been National F’n Champ fifteen times! On Sunday she’d be defending her title and going for number sixteen. Unbelievable.


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Brandon Semenuk Vid Too Dark To Watch

by editors on October 1, 2019

We’re down with Brandon Semenuk’s whole dark thing, but seriously, we also like watching him ride and in ACT.1 we kept looking for a flashlight to lighten that forest up a little. Watch it and you’ll understand.

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Hopefully The GoPro Hero8 Is Better

by editors on October 1, 2019

Each time we want to use our GoPro the battery is dead. This single hurdle has ruined so many of our action capture missions that we’ve pretty much given up on taking a GoPro anywhere. Everyone else, on the other hand, seems to love these action cameras so here’s the latest: the GoPro Hero 8. With each GoPro product launch we hope the company will release a camera we can depend on day in and day out — one with a battery that can survive a couple days in a gear bag before being used. Who knows, maybe the Hero 8 is the one.

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Cathro Knows WTF Happened To Gwin

by editors on June 6, 2019

Anyone who saw the last UCI World Cup downhill at Fort William had the same question: what could have possibly caused five-time world overall champion Aaron Gwin to flip out over the bars and rag doll only 30 seconds into his run. Well, Ben Cathro knows and he’s got all the details. Watch here, or on pretty much every other website that even marginally follows cycling.

[Link via VitalMTB]

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Volvo + POC = Crash Test Smarties

by editors on June 4, 2019

Volvo and POC have teamed up for a series of crash tests between cars and cycling helmets for research on how to make cycling safer.

The Volvo-POC research project consists of a number of specially designed crash tests at the famous Volvo Cars safety research facilities in Gothenburg, Sweden and is part of a wider research project to understand the types of long-term injuries sustained by cyclists. . . During these tests, POC bike helmets are worn by crash dummy heads mounted on a testing rig, from where they are launched towards different areas of the hood of a static Volvo car, at different speeds and angles for various measurements.

Obviously, the easiest way to protect cyclists from cars is to remove cars from the road, but apparently, that’s not worth testing. For the official word from Volvo and POC, please follow the jump.

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We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Waffles!

by editors on May 8, 2019

Nick Cohenmeyer had his drones (and dogs @stevetheredpoodle) out all day capturing the madness that is The Belgian Waffle Ride — the most [insert a word] bicycle race in American. Held May 5, 2019 in beautiful North County San Diego, the race had riding on every type of surface, terrain, and temperature. And yes, this is what it looks like. For more info and how to sign up for next year, click the link.

[Link: Belgian Waffle Ride]

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$RAM $hifts Into Red eTap AX$

by editors on February 8, 2019

Last night (February 7, 2019) we were invited to Canyon Bicycles North American headquarters in Carlsbad, California for a day after roll out of SRAM’s new Red eTap AXS group set. You know, the one that retails for $4,600. 

After a welcome from Canyon NA CEO Blair Clark SRAM’s marketing mastermind Dave Zimberoff (pictured above) gave an overview of the idea behind the ground-breakingly expensive wireless, customizable, smartphone app-powered group set. Here’s a little of what he said.

“At SRAM we believe that simplicity is always the best philosophy and if we can make something better and simpler then we win. So we’ve done that in this new connected platform,” Zimberoff said. “What we launched yesterday was a new Red eTap AXS enabled group set, a new XS and XO mountain bike enabled group set, and an electronic seat post from Rock Shox called Reverb. So a whole suite of products that are all interwoven they can all connect to one another, there’s a badass app that allows you to customize, personalize, monitor and control things.”

Nothing we heard from Mr. Zimberoff regarding the group sounded “simple.” Cables are “simple.” Wireless protocols? Smart apps that must be individually paired with each piece of the group? Not so much.

Since we didn’t get to do much more than look at it while dodging the occasional drool gob from some of Southern California’s strongest cyclists, we decided to let the guys at GCN explain the complex setup, features, and the rest of the details surrounding a group set that we likely won’t be riding for at least a decade — cha-ching. Enjoy.

Oh, one more thing: mountain bikers, the Reverb AXS dropper post costs $800. So you better start saving all those beer cans. . . 

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White Line Was The Easy Part

by editors on February 5, 2019

Nate Hills and Lars Romig go risking in Sedona, Arizona. Here’s how Hills explains it:

Overcoming and safely managing risk IS the reward. This makes me feel alive, and I wouldn’t trade these experiences for anything. Lars Romig and I have been riding this type of terrain for years and are able to mitigate the danger as much as possible. We fully accept the risk and respect the reality of our actions. We didn’t do this for the camera, we did this for ourselves. Scenic Sedona has never been ridden quite like this. The infamous “White Line” is the easy part.

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[Link: VitalMTB]

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Mueller-Korenek Blasts To Speed Record

by editors on September 25, 2018

It’s always cool when someone you ride with does something spectacular. What Denise Mueller-Korenek did on the Bonneville Salt Flats September 16, 2018 goes well beyond spectacular and into the mind-blowing zone. She blazed across Utah on a bike at 183.932 miles per hour. To understand how gnarly that is, watch the whole video. We know Denise had a tough year on the road, so it’s great to see her put it all together on the salt to became the fastest person on a bike ever. Congrats, Denise.

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