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NAHBS Returns in 2022 to Denver

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NAHBS Returns in 2022 to Denver

The North American Handmade Bicycle Show is returning next year to the host city of Denver, Colorado. After a two-year haitus due to the pandemic, we’re stoked to hear that this showcase will return. As always, we’ll be on hand documenting our selection of bikes for you to drool over and it’s nice to have something to look forward to in the coming year already!

Check out more information at NAHBS’ Facebook and if you’re hankering for some beautiful builds, check out our Related Archives below for the gamut.

A Preview of the Kromvojoj Event: Road Touring in Catalonia – Stronger than Vinegar

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A Preview of the Kromvojoj Event: Road Touring in Catalonia – Stronger than Vinegar

For me, riding a bike has always meant three things; experience, adventure, and escape. From childhood, it’s given me the opportunity to experience new, it’s given me the freedom to explore, to embark on adventures near and far, and it’s also given me a much-needed escape from my battles with mental health. Cycling has also introduced me to a community of amazing people and this for me is perhaps the greatest benefit of riding because they never fail to enrich the three reasons I love the bike.

Komoot Women’s Torino Nice Rally: Lael and Rue’s Kit Breakdown

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Komoot Women’s Torino Nice Rally: Lael and Rue’s Kit Breakdown

With a group of fifty women, we’ll begin the Komoot Women’s Torino-Nice Rally at 8 am on September 24th. It’s not a race, but a challenge to finish the route in a week with a finishers’ party at the Service Course in Nice on October 1st. While the ride is self-supported, women are encouraged to ride together, help each other, share stories and positivity and build a rolling community. It’ll definitely be hard, but it’s meant to be fun. Adventure arrives when we push our limits into the unknown with the confidence to see how it’ll unfold. I’m deeply encouraged to see fifty women take on this ride, make it personal and do their best.

Designed by James Olsen, the Torino Nice Rally is a 700km mixed surface route traversing the Alps between Turin, Italy, and Nice, France. With ten significant mountain passes, it climbs famous cols and old gravel military roads, passing small towns and refuges along the way. The highest point is over 2,700 meters with 17,500 meters of climbing. James has been hosting an event on the route for years— it’s not a race, but a challenge to finish in a week. Riders begin together and leapfrog along the way, sharing kilometers and stories. At different junctions, there are options for routing— to take the smoother longer course or the rougher more direct track. There’s always a debate about equipment choice— whether to ride a gravel bike or a hardtail, both have their benefits. Camping and staying in shelters along the way are recommended.

Red Bull Brings Gravel Racing to Marfa, Texas: “Rio Grande Gravel” Registration Opens September 17th

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Red Bull Brings Gravel Racing to Marfa, Texas: “Rio Grande Gravel” Registration Opens September 17th

The towns of Marathon, Marfa, and Terlingua are the gems of Texas, where the Chihuahuan Desert plateau crosses into the Trans-Pecos area of West Texas. This is where the mountainous West intersects with the rolling limestone hills of Texas, resulting in stunning vistas, diverse wildlife, vistas, and the mighty Rio Grande.  “Rio Grande Gravel” is a new gravel race coming to Marfa on November 13th. This event is sponsored by Red Bull and the registration is opening on September 17th. See the full press release from Red Bull below, along with some more photos featuring Colin Strickland and Payson McElveen…

Brooks x North London Dirt 2021

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Brooks x North London Dirt 2021

The terms urban and gravel may seem at odds with one another—unless you are part of the team behind North London Dirt, that is. Back for its fourth year and with Brooks England as a sponsor, North London Dirt is a creative take on the increasingly popular gravel genre of cycling events. What first started as an experiment in linking disparate points on a map through the discovery of often-overlooked paths, farm roads, and winding trails in and around North London has since grown into an annual event that brings together like-minded riders searching for unexpected adventure amidst a well-trafficked city. This year’s 70-mile (113KM) route will take riders from urban to suburban and beyond, all while raising money for the local St. Mary’s community center.

Additionally, North London Dirt will be partnering with Ride 4 Unity, a global organization dedicated to celebrating diversity and togetherness in cycling. The fourth edition of North London Dirt takes place on Saturday, September 11th, and while spots are full, follow NLD on Instagram for ride photos, to enter their charity raffle, or to learn how to sign up for any future events.

The 2021 Nutmeg Nor’Easter Registration is Live and Lands on October 22-24

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The 2021 Nutmeg Nor’Easter Registration is Live and Lands on October 22-24

If you’re looking for the complete Nutmeg Country experience, then may we suggest the fifth annual Nutmeg Nor’Easter, hosted by RonsBikes.com. This year the event lands on October 22nd – 24th and includes a weekend of riding bikes, sampling the picturesque vernacular, camping, and more! Head on over to RonsBikes.com to see all the details and check out our previous Reportage from this event in the Related articles below.

A Look Back: Rider Portraits from the Inaugural Race on the Oregon Timber Trail

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A Look Back: Rider Portraits from the Inaugural Race on the Oregon Timber Trail

Last month, bikepackers from all over the country gathered in the southernmost Oregon Timber Trail Gateway Community of Lakeview for the inaugural OTT700 Race. Lakeview’s mayor, Ray Turner, set up his famous BBQ station the evening before in the city park and treated the racers and their families to a final warm dinner before days of eating ramen and snickers bars. It was great to see the camaraderie already building between riders and proved the value of bringing the rider community together around an event like this.

The Moran 166 is a 166 Mile Gravel Race in Northern Michigan

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The Moran 166 is a 166 Mile Gravel Race in Northern Michigan

This fall, take to the Upper Peninsula to ride 166 miles through untamed Northern Michigan. The Moran 166 is comprised of lush evergreen-lined gravel roads, deep forest two-tracks, and pristine natural scenery. Beyond an epic adventure, the Moran 166 is a high-stakes bike race with $10K prize money. Sign-up and line up on September 11, 2021…

-$10,000 cash prize purse for top 10 men/women of the Moran 166 main event. Prizes for top 3 men/women of the 64-mile short-course event.
-300 racer limit for 2021 Moran 166 (150 racer limit for the Moran 64 short-course).
-Moran 166 main event starts at 7 AM. Moran 64 short-course starts at 9 AM.
-Moran 166 has restored and have secured the old Mackinac County Fairgrounds for the Start/Finish. 550,000 sq. feet. Plenty of parking.
-This will be a mass start event but all riders who feel they can complete this in 10.66 hours or less will be staged at the front. If you are staged at the front & finish in over 10.66 hours you might be publicly humiliated.
-There will be 3 aid stations & staff to manage road crossings. (There will be no aid stations for short-course racers).
-The event will be timed by Superior Timing and Moran 166 are working on live video & tracking to be displayed at the start-finish as well.
-The average high temp on September 11th is 70 degrees F. The average low is 53 degrees F.
-The bugs have generally stopped bugging by mid to late August here, so we should be good.
-Packet pickup will be at our Moran 166 HQ (one of the last buildings standing in Moran) Friday afternoon/eve.

See more at the Moran 166!

Four Gravel Stages in the Masai Mara Wildlife Reserve: the 2021 Migration Gravel Race Recap

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Four Gravel Stages in the Masai Mara Wildlife Reserve: the 2021 Migration Gravel Race Recap

A week ago, 61 contestants battled it out over 4 stages through the Masai Mara wildlife reserve, during the inaugural Migration Gravel Race in Kenya. While an epic adventure in itself, there’s more to this race than meets the eye. The MGR is one of the prongs of the Amani project, aimed at creating more race opportunities for East African cyclists to measure themselves with the best on an international level.

What better way to do so than to bring in the very best? With the attendance of 2021 Unbound-winner Ian Boswell and runner-up Laurens ten Dam (who claimed the victory at MGR), the bar has been set for future editions. Sule Kangangi, Kenyan pro cyclist and coordinator of Amani’s activities in Kenya, and 2021 Unbound winner Ian Boswell share their thoughts on this unique first edition.

The 2021 ENVE Builder Round Up: Weiss, Breadwinner, Moots, Pine, Mosaic

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The 2021 ENVE Builder Round Up: Weiss, Breadwinner, Moots, Pine, Mosaic

I shoot as many bikes as I could at the ENVE Builder Round Up in a relatively small timeframe and while I wish I could have gotten to them all, there’s only so much one can do in ten hours. Still, I feel like these last five builders represent the kinds of bikes the readership here at the Radavist enjoys. There are some real gems in this last gallery. Without further adieu, here’s an in-depth look at Weiss, Breadwinner, Moots, a new brand called Pine, and Mosaic…

The 2021 ENVE Builder Round Up: Prova, Naked, 44 Bikes, Spooky, Retrotec, Argonaut

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The 2021 ENVE Builder Round Up: Prova, Naked, 44 Bikes, Spooky, Retrotec, Argonaut

Continuing on with our 2021 ENVE Builder Round Up coverage – we posted the first Gallery on Friday – today we’re featuring the show-stopping work of Prova Cycles, Naked Bicycles, 44 Bikes, Spooky, Retrotec, and Argonaut Cycles. Each of these builders brought something special to the showcase and a few raised the bar considerably in various ways. There’s a lot to go over here so let’s get to it!

A Selection of Beautiful Bicycles from the 2021 Handmade Bicycle Show Australia Part 01

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A Selection of Beautiful Bicycles from the 2021 Handmade Bicycle Show Australia Part 01

Was it only a month ago – seems like a lifetime as Melbourne endured its 4th COVID-related lockdown which slammed the doors on travel, trade, and events. As we slowly emerge from our domiciles, here’s a head check on the only custom bicycle show in the World this year – the Handmade Bicycle Show Australia, or as I often refer, the show of bikes I’d love to own, but currently can’t afford (them all).

The Restrap Solstice Century is Back for 2021

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The Restrap Solstice Century is Back for 2021

Our friends at Restrap are once again organizing their Solstice Century ride. This time around they’re encouraging riders to make the most of the longest days of the year over the Summer Solstice weekend of the 19th and 20th of June. The challenge this year is to ride one 100 mile ride on either day. The ride can be outdoors, indoors, on any terrain, and on any bike, so go nuts!

Learn more about how you can win a free patch and other goods at Restrap!

The Santa Fe Rattlers Youth MTB Program Are Meeting at Glorieta Camps This Weekend

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The Santa Fe Rattlers Youth MTB Program Are Meeting at Glorieta Camps This Weekend

Kick-Off your summer riding season with the Santa Fe Rattlers! Explore the trails at Glorieta Camps, meet the coaches and start your mountain biking summer. The Santa Fe Rattlers are Santa Fe’s Junior mountain biking team. We are a part of the New Mexico Interscholastic Cycling League which develops interscholastic mountain biking programs for student-athletes in New Mexico.

The Santa Fe Rattler’s are a composite team which means we welcome ALL 12 to 18-year-old kids (no matter which school you attend) in the Santa Fe area!

We are about riding safely, learning new bike skills, and most importantly, having fun. See you soon!

Details:
When: May 22, 2021, 10 am – 2 pm
Where: Glorieta Camps, Glorieta, NM
Who: 12-18 year old kids in Santa Fe.
Cost: Free!
RSVP: email to rattlers@velonewmexico.org by May 20!