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Grinduro Expands to Japan and Canada for 2019

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Grinduro Expands to Japan and Canada for 2019

Grinduro is a real treat. It’s one of my favorite events of the year. With its unique party to race format, it quickly caught the attention of cyclists worldwide, resulting in demand for more. This prompted the organizers to reach out to like-minded individuals to expand the franchise to not only Scotland, but now Canada and Japan!

Read the full press release below!

California Golde World Premiere

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California Golde World Premiere

California Golde is a movie. One about riding bikes in California and all the hardships that come with big, hard, ambitious tours. March 9th is the California Golde world premiere at LAND in Austin, TX, 501 Pedernales st 2e Austin, TX 78702, at 7pm, with a showing at 8pm, a concert by John Wesley Coleman III set at 8.30-9ish (ten songs), and another late showing at 9:30pm. Along with the film, a book will be for sale, with refreshments by Madre Mezcal, BANDIT, fun times by OLD PAL, and best of all, it’s FREE!

Single Speed Arizona: Black Canyon Trail Edition – Josh Weinberg and Corbin Brady

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Single Speed Arizona: Black Canyon Trail Edition – Josh Weinberg and Corbin Brady

Single Speed Arizona: Black Canyon Trail Edition
Words by Bryan Harding, photos by Josh Weinberg and Corbin Brady

“It’s the annual family reunion!” a friend exclaimed at Single Speed Arizona (SSAZ) a few years ago and, to me, it’s a sentiment that still holds true. This is in no way meant to indicate the annual ride/race is clique-ish. To the contrary, riders and volunteers descend on Arizona every February from all over the states, including Alaska and occasionally the UK. It doesn’t matter if you’re Lycra-clad, in baggies and pads, or prefer to remain in costume for the day, all riders are equal while pushing single speeds up a steep pitch in search of a cold one. The allure is simple: the weather sucks everywhere else in February, so venture down to Arizona where you can actually spend time outside and have a blast on your bike.

Nova Eroica Group Ride from The Cub House in Los Angeles This Saturday!

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Nova Eroica Group Ride from The Cub House in Los Angeles This Saturday!

To celebrate the coming Eroica April 5-7 to Cambria, California, shops around the state are hosting group rides in the spirit of the event and to promote the Nova Eroica ride. Cyclists can now bring any modern bike on the coastal countryside gravel-fondo and experience the beauty of fatigue and the thrill of conquest with any bike of their choice.

Next up: Los Angeles at The Cub House – Saturday, March 2 – Follow @itsnotabikeshop for details. All who join the ride can register for the Eroica at a discounted price for coming out and supporting their local shop.

Other rides: To be announced at @novaeroica – Jump to EroicaCalifornia.com for more about the event.

LA Tourist Race 1: Hope Y’all Come Back Now? – Kyle Kelley

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LA Tourist Race 1: Hope Y’all Come Back Now? – Kyle Kelley

LA Tourist Race 1: Hope Y’all Come Back Now?
Photos and words by Kyle Kelley

The LA Tourist Race Series is a triptych of grassroots, self-supported mixed terrain rides/races in Los Angels using some of LA’s most iconic bike routes. Each race is pieced together using multiple rides throughout Los Angeles and the surrounding mountains that many Angelenos would never imagine doing on the same day. While there is a route provided for participants, in these races someone replicates the world’s wackiest ultramarathon, the Barkley Marathon! In the Barkley Marathon, if you complete 60 miles of the entire 100-mile course it’s called the “Fun Run”, this is what most people are able to do before the full retreat. There are checkpoints where books have been left, as racers arrive they rip their race number out of the book and are on their way to the next checkpoint. And if you were wondering, only even or odd numbers are given out for each particular race. The books are just random ones found at thrift stores, so it would be very difficult to cheat. There is no right or wrong way to complete this race, if you know of a six-mile hike-a-bike that cuts off 15 miles, take it! The Barkley Marathons are extremely challenging, they usually require bushwacking and many other obstacles not usually associated with a running race. So the LA Tourist Race series has translated many of these ideas to modern day gravel or adventure racing.

The Sierra Buttes Lost and Found Race Reg Opens Tonight!

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The Sierra Buttes Lost and Found Race Reg Opens Tonight!

Remember our coverage from last year’s Lost and Found? If you missed the Reportage, here’s a refresh. If you wanted to partake in the fun this year, make sure you register for the first of three events in the Sierra Buttes Triple Crown. The Lost and Found Registration opens tonight, Monday, February 18th at 8:00pm PST. The team at the Buttes have worked out a new route too!

Read on below on how you can win a custom gravel bike for $10 featuring ENVE parts and be sure to check out our Builders for Builders gallery on the Related column on the left.

Squid World Tour: China V2.0, Way Outside of Beijing – Angel Perez and Emily Kachorek

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Squid World Tour: China V2.0, Way Outside of Beijing – Angel Perez and Emily Kachorek

Squid World Tour: China V2.0, Way Outside of Beijing
Photos by Angel Perez and words by Emily Kachorek

We kicked off the cyclocross portion of Squid World Tour early again this year in August. After a successful weekend of UCI racing Down Under in Melbourne’s winter cyclocross conditions, we made our way up (way up) to Beijing, China for the 6th Edition of the always hot and muggy Qiansen Trophy Cup. In the past the majority of the races have been held in the outer rings of the capital city. This edition, however, the events would be held at all new venues outside (way outside) Beijing. The Squad was excited for all new courses, new roads, and a whole new Chinese adventure.

See You at the Ruta Del Jefe!

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See You at the Ruta Del Jefe!

Howdy y’all! If you’re headed to the Ruta Del Jefe, we’ll see you there. If you are going into this kinda blindly, I suggest you read up on the race at the Bike Reg page and study the course route. After riding in this zone last weekend during Super Stoke, I can say it’s a tricky area to navigate if you don’t have a map, so do yourself a favor and download something like Ride With GPS or print out a map!

There’s also a ping pong tournament at Madrean Fabrication tonight so head to 1011 S Euclid Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719 from 6:30-?pm.

We’ll see ya there! My back is kinda screwed up so I might be playing neutral support at the event!

Seattle! Come to the 5th Annual Stoked Spoke Adventure Series Tonight

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Seattle! Come to the 5th Annual Stoked Spoke Adventure Series Tonight

Hey Seattle, come out tonight with our friends at Swift Industries for the 5th Annual Stoked Spoke Adventure Series.

Tonight at the Rhino Room (+21), 

Doors open at 6:30pm

Presentations 7pm-9pm

We’re kicking off the 2019 Stoked Spoke Season with something a little different, and especially powerful. Please join us for an evening with Tessa Hulls, lifetime creator, seeker and adventurer, as she takes us on an adventure through the history of Women, Trans and Femme vanguards in cycling. Tessa shares her research through a delightfully crafted narrative and artistically dynamic timeline, it’s a real gift for our communities!

See more details at Swift!

Dispatches from the Veld: On the Road to the Pontchâteau World Cup – Andrew Juiliano

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Dispatches from the Veld: On the Road to the Pontchâteau World Cup – Andrew Juiliano

Dispatches from the Veld: On the Road to the Pontchâteau World Cup
Words by Andrew Juiliano  and photos by Ethan Glading

It was just after midday in Western France when Max dragged two bike bags off the train in Pontchâteau. The 31-year old Californian had reached the end of his four-hour journey from Paris. For the past month, he’d paused his career as an upright bass player to race cyclocross across Europe. The tour had taken him to World Cups in Belgium and as far as the burgeoning Swiss EKZ scene. In two days, he’d be on the start line for the penultimate stop of the UCI World Cup circuit, right there in the small Bretton city.

The LA Tourist Race Begins This Saturday!

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The LA Tourist Race Begins This Saturday!

The first race is this Saturday! Don’t miss out, it’ll be a good one!

Los Angeles has some iconic dirt climbs and this January, Golden Saddle Cyclery is hosting a race series dubbed the LA Tourist Race. There will be three events, with the first beginning January 12th. Bring your all-road, chubby road, ‘cross, gravel, hybrid, or XC race bike out and have fun. This is a self-supported and self-guided event from the city to the mountains and back. So come prepared!

Follow LA Tourist Race on Instagram for updates. Thanks for the flier, Barry MCW!

Registration is Tomorrow at 9am! Ruta del Jefe Race in Elgin, Arizona on February 16th

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Registration is Tomorrow at 9am! Ruta del Jefe Race in Elgin, Arizona on February 16th

Registration opens tomorrow at 9am MT at Bike Reg!

The Ruta del Jefe is a race in Elgin, Arizona, thrown by Sarah Swallow and it lands in Elgin, Arizona on February 16th. Here are the details:

“Happy 2019 Everybody! Let’s start this year off by kickin’ our butts in gear with a healthy dose of challenge and friendly competition. Ruta del Jefe is on February 16 and registration opens January 9 a.m. MT.

Ruta del Jefe is a 125-mile self-supported adventure race following a variety of dirt, rocky, and sandy surfaces around the Santa Rita Mountains, the lair of El Jefe, one of only three North American Jaguars to remain in the U.S.

The ‘fun’ doesn’t stop there. We’ll be having a camp out the night before and the night after the race/ride and word on the street is @ultraromance will be cooking everyone a very special post-race dinner.

The Sky Islands region of Arizona is one of the most biodiverse regions in the WORLD and remains one of the most spectacular places I’ve ridden a bicycle, yet the region is plagued with many environmental threats and a humanitarian crisis. To read more about the route and the issues at play, click the link in my profile.

Now go get training!”

Flyer artwork by the amazing Mary Rose Lytle Art.

We’ll see everyone there!