At a certain point in brevets like this, it becomes a game of catch up. You’re either catching up on sleep or mileage. Think of it as a scale. On one end is hours slept and the other, mileage ridden, with events on the road either adding to, or subtracting from the balance. In our rider’s case, mechanicals on the third day made for a long night in the saddle. (more…)
In the world of brevets, or randonneuring, Paris Brest Paris is probably the most infamous, with its total length of 1200km and massive rider roster. However, if you travel further north in Europe, something more sinister awaits. The Sverigetempot is a ten year old, officially-sanctioned brevet, totaling 2100 kilometers. It begins on the Sweden and Norway border, in a small town called Riksgränsen, which can barely be categorized as a town, it’s more of an outpost. From there, a small group of riders have either 144 hours or 177 hours to make it to the southernmost point of the country, Smygehamn. Along the way, there are checkpoints, or control points, at which point the riders will have to have their brevet cards time-stamped at designated places as proof of their mileage. There are other rules, such as there is no roadside assistance allowed and the riders are to be self-supported. While the organizers will transport a bag from the start, to the finish, every entrant must carry their clothing, food and water on their bikes. The countryside offers many hotels and hostels for shelter, so luckily, no camping equipment was necessary, allowing for lightly-packed bikes, with one thing in mind: efficiency. (more…)
The 2016 BC Bike Race went down last weekend, bringing mountain bikers from all over the world to the lush, green forests of British Columbia to rip down some of its best trails. Over at the official BCBR Vimeo, they’ve uploaded some recap videos. Here’s Day 03 and you can see the rest at their Vimeo page.
Photos by Jason Sellers
Over at Wheel Talk, Jason Sellers compiled a gallery from last weekend’s Mission Crit 3 in San Francisco. The fixed crit season has officially begun, continuing with the Red Hook Crit Brooklyn this weekend. Head over to Wheel Talk to see more photos from the Mission Crit 3.
It’s track crit season and Wolfpack kicks it off with the Shoreline Crit in Long Beach…
Going to Berlin for the Berliner Fahrradschau? First of all, I’ll see you there. Second, if you’re in town early on Friday (that’s tomorrow!) come on this 65km ride called the King of Gravus… See the full ride details below! (more…)
The Dirty Kanza is a race where personal discoveries are made… In this video Salsa explores some of those.
I can watch videos from the SSCXWC all day!
Unsanctioned races are the best and they don’t have to end with ‘cross season.
The 2016 Cyclocross National Championships
For cyclocross racers, the National Championships is our biggest and best party of the year. You travel to a new place and spend a week filled with amazing racing, lots of great people, and—of course—even a little debauchery. This is cyclocross after all.
This year’s event was hosted in Asheville, North Carolina, at the Biltmore Estate. This is a stunningly beautiful 8,000-acre property that has been family owned since 1895, and it features the largest privately owned house in the U.S. Seriously—it’s a 178,926 square foot mansion with absolutely incredible architecture. Riding through the Estate grounds reveals sprawling gardens, forested areas, creeks, waterfalls, a winery, intricate stone walls, and farm animals grazing through open fields. Everything about the Biltmore screams luxury, and it made for an amazing location to host the Cyclocross National Championships. (more…)