Far West Road Race State Championships

by editors on May 17, 2022

Don’t say you weren’t warned. The LAX Circuit Race and Inaugural Far Web Championships presented by Realty Advisors and Asset Managers, Inc. is going down Sunday, May 22, 2022, right next to LAX. This race will be the Women & Men’s California State Road Race Championships, so if you want the title, better click this to sign up! Men’s CAT 5 starts at 7 AM. For the rest of the info from Boost CycleSport, please click the link.

[Link: Boost CycleSport & Bike Reg]

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Over The Hump Family Night

by editors on May 16, 2022

On Tuesday, May 17, 2022 Orange County, California’s World Famous Over the Hump MTB race series is having Family night.

If you’ve never been to an Over the Hump Race, Family Night is one not to miss! Unique to Over the Hump is Orange County mountain biking for youth.

  • Lil’ Tikes Trikes and Bikes Race (FREE)– Anyone riding 2, 3, or more wheels (ages up to 5 yrs old).
  • FREE Face painting by Disney Face Painting Artists
  • Bounce house
  • FREE Rides and Games
  • Food trucks will be onsite to fuel families with tacos, snow cones, AÇAI and more.

And not to worry, any kind of kids bike will do, BMX to just an average Garage sale find, or a Walmart “Cheapy.” Don’t let equipment be a deterrent (especially for the kids). It’s all about the Bike Party…if it pedals it is good enough. Some kids ride scooters and striders, etc (ages 2-5). For all the details, please click the link.

[Link: Over The Hump]

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New Skratch Labrador Support Dogs

by editors on April 1, 2022

We’re not dog people, however, world renowned, dog-loving instagrammer Phil Gaimon tells us we should “consider broadening our horizons.” And what better way to do that than with the new Skratch Support Labradors.

Whether you can’t bag that PR, or are just trying to make it to the finish, our team of friendly labradors is here to support you no matter what.

Let Skratch take the “owning a dog problems” out of having a support dog. Sounds great to us.

[Link: Skratch Labs]

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Velocio Sells Out To SRAM

by editors on March 9, 2022

Velocio is not a company we’ve followed closely over the years, other than to say they make our favorite riding vest: one that fits well, packs up small, and has perfectly sized pockets. They also make cool women’s bibs. If you’re unaware, check them out. But today (March 9, 2022) the company announced that they have sold their business to the Chicago-based cycling giant SRAM.

Here’s Velocio’s explanation:

What’s exciting is that we’ll now have SRAM’s backing for more independent product design and development, including a still bigger push towards sustainability in our product offerings and how we deliver them. We’ll also have SRAM’s reach into racing and teams as well as their insights into global distribution and retail support. If the burden of a growing business is to grow ever further, there are few partners more suited for that future in the cycling industry than SRAM.

And they’re right, but for us buyouts are always a big bowl of sweet and sour soup. We’re happy for the founders on a great exit, yet saddened by more consolidation in the cycling business. Founders are always optimistic about their new opportunities under a bigger umbrella, but rarely do they end up with much more than the same corporate decision tree that forces “efficiencies” and increased margins, and reduced costs. And that’s never good for product.

For the rest of the Velocio sale statement, please click the link.

[Link: Velocio]

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Etnies Clipless MTB Shoe Not Super Ugly

by editors on February 25, 2022

Obviously, fashion has it’s place in cycling and things do occasionally need to look a certain way in spite of the functional aspects of the gear. We’ve mentioned before that most MTB shoes are uglier than dog vomit, but sometimes there is a shoe that looks like it was designed with more input than “make it look like a skate shoe, dude!” 

While the new etnies Camber CL MTB is certainly from the ‘sloppy skate shoe’ school of MTB footwear design, it features a bit of tech that makes it a nice option for the baggy shorts crew (who like riding clips) including:

  • Nylon clipless pedal shank optimized for pedaling efficiency and off bike walkability
  • Pro Foam 1 molded PU footbed
  • Exo-Shield upper, lightweight, breathable, and protection where it’s needed

The Camber costs $185.99 and is available on the etnies website. For all the official details click the link.

[Link: etnies]

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Over The Hump Winter Series Kicks Off

by editors on January 6, 2022

Orange County, California’s Over The Hump Mountain Bike racing series is launching their 2022 Winter Series on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at Lakeview Park at Irvine Lake, Santiago Canyon. Gates open at 8 AM for all the detail, please click the link.

[Link: Over The Hump]

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BWR Names Gravel’s Largest Prize Purse

by editors on January 6, 2022

San Diego, California’s world famous Belgian Waffle Ride today announced that their 2022 race will have super boosted prize purse.

. . . the prize purse for the BWR CA on April 30, 2022 will be the largest ever for a gravel race with over $50,000 in cash and prizes being distributed between the top five men and women, inclusive of a $5,000 purse and prizes for the top three junior riders, 18 and under, who compete in the Waffle. The BWR CA is the first stop of the 2022 Quadrupel Crown of Gravel Series, which will feature its own soon to be announced prize purse for the top four male and female riders with the lowest cumulative times for the four-race series. The Quad includes the Hell of the North, South, East and (Mid) West.

For all the official details, please follow the jump.

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Kick Off 2022 With Quick ‘n Dirty MTB

by editors on December 26, 2021

Kick of 2022 with SoCal mountain bike racing at beautiful Lake Hodges in Escondido, California with the Quick ‘n Dirty Winter Throwdown. Racing goes down January 22, 2022. Kids’ race begins at 8:30 AM, adults at 9:30. Click the link for all the details.

[Link: Quick ‘n Dirty]

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Santa Cross Is Back at Lake Casitas

by editors on December 16, 2021

Used to love doing SoCal Cross races, but that was way back when the races were actually in SoCal. Now, they’re so far North that we’ve lost the drive to get to them. But please, don’t let us stop you from getting out and racing the 2021 Santa Cross in Ventura, California December 18-19, 2021. For more info, please click the link.

[Link: SoCal Cross]

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Fillmore: The Best Tubeless Valves EVER!

by editors on November 4, 2021

We were just dealing with messed up old valve stems on our MTB today, thinking what a nightmare it was going to be to replace the valves just so we could get some air into the tire.Then we saw this story on Vital MTB on the Reserve Fillmore valve stems and it was like a divine revelation. We already ordered a pair ($50 for two, ouch). You can, too, Right here. Then maybe we can figure out how to “inject the sealant” through the valve. Haven’t really figured out that part of the equation yet. But we’ll let you know.

[Link: Vital MTB]

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