Beneath the coniferous canopy of an Antwerpian pine forest, somewhere close the Dutch-Belgian border, I’m standing and waiting to hear my name. It’s the final of the DVV Verzekeringen Trofee, one of the two major cyclocross series in Belgium. The announcer rattles off the names of the cycling superstars who will line up in front of me. World Champion Mathieu Van Der Poel, Belgian National Champion Toon Aerts, Czech National Champion Michael Boroš…there’s about 30 more. I’ve been champion of a few group rides in California, but I’m not sure that news has made it onto the announcer’s list of fun facts.
Never one to deny myself a good chuckle on Instagram, I’ve recently found the account of @Gravel_Tryhard where the self-proclaimed “Lady Bicycle Prankster” mocks classic examples of women, mostly models, used to market bicycles. As you can imagine, her material is endless and so far, it’s ceased to amaze me at how far she’ll go to get a good laugh. See for yourself on Instagram.
The WTF Bikexplorers have pulled together SJ Brooks Bikexplorers Scholarships for this year’s Summit. Here are the details:
We would like to recognize the WTF community & our allies who donated to the SJ Brooks Bikexplorers Scholarship last year. Thanks to these generous donations we are able to fund five individual scholarships to attend the 2019 WTF Bikexplorers Summit.
The second WTF Bikexplorers Summit will include four days of clinics, rides, discussions, campfires, and gear testing in Vernonia, OR. Our goal for this year’s Summit is to connect, celebrate and support the growing community of WTFnB cyclists who use their bicycles to explore the world in a way that feels empowering and healing. With these scholarships we hope to support those members of our community who encounter the structural inequalities that can get in the way of getting outside and exploring the world by bike.
We recognize that living the bike life isn’t as free and easy as the internet makes it seem. In an effort to make the Summit as diverse as the world we live we’re offering scholarships for FIVE folks who identify as women, trans, femme, and/or non-binary to attend this year’s summit.
Apply at WTF Bikexplorers!
The Sandal Boiyz do Mallorca: Toros De Gravel
Words by Benedict Wheeler, photos by Kyle Kelley
Note: this article contains NSFW imagery. Blame Benedict!
Mallorca was a place that every true fan of pro road racing knows about. Especially if you are into the DEEPly nuanced euro trash aspects of the sport…
Mallorca is where the professional teams come to train and party in the winter months. Scores of doping scandals, both performance and party enhancing, have clumsily unfolded with the spanning mountains and electric blue waters of Mallorca as a scenicback drop. Would simply going to Mallorca allow me to be immersed in cycling scandal like all of my heroes of the golden doping age? Would Michelle Ferrari notice my talents on the beach and pump me full of ox blood in his secret lab/discotheque??
This is the third layout of the Radavist 2019 Calendar, entitled “Mt Holmes” shot with a Canon 5D and a 24-70mm lens in Ticaboo, Utah.
“Scouting missions are usually long days, filled with overwhelming landscapes, and breathtaking views, but on our latest field outing, we didn’t expect this…”
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The mobile background this month is the same shot, but in portrait. Click here to download March’s Mobile Wallpaper.
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!
Our friends at the WTF Bikexplorers are holding a fundraiser to help kick off their 2019:
“WTF Bikexplorers is building a movement for more gender inclusivity within bicycle adventure travel by facilitating spaces to connect and grow our community. We are 100% Women, Transgender, Femme, Non-Binary and Genderqueer gravel grinders, mountain bikers, bikepackers, day-ride explorers, long-distance road riders, bicycle tourers, backpackers converting to bikepacking, and individuals looking to incorporate camping with biking.
We are seeking support from our allies within the cycling and adventure travel industry to help make our 2019 Summit a resounding success. Specifically, we are raising $20,000 to ensure that we can lower the ticket cost for WTF Bikexplorers in your community. While the amount may seem significant, we know first hand the impact that can be made when we work together!
If our mission is the future you also want to see it realized, we invite you to please consider making a donation. The WTF Bikexplorers are grateful for whatever level of support you can offer – no donation is too small to make a difference! For donations of $500 or greater, we will include your business name, link on our website, and a shout out on social media (Instagram and Facebook). You will also receive a “We Support WTF Bikexplorers” decal for your business.”
Donations are kindly requested by April 1st.
e-Bike hate is all the rage these days, yet pry open the myopic, short-sightedness of those scoffing at e-anything and look at Surly’s new Big Easy as a literal definition of what it is. In short, cargo made as easy as possible. Somewhere us Americans got it wrong, the bicycle that is. We look at them as instruments of pain, of punishment, of fitness, of sport. Oftentimes, the clamoring horde fails to look to the rest of the world’s reliance on two-wheel transport, over our enamorment with four-wheel. Our cars are easy. Bikes are meant to be painful and e-assist is cheating. You have to work for whatever it is you’re pedaling for. This is why I believe people hate e-bikes on their city streets.
After spending New Years in Tucson, I had to come back for more before the season kicks up and I find myself on the road throughout the spring and summer months. It did not disappoint. From the Super Stoke Weekend, to the Ruta Del Jefe, and much, much, more. I got my fill of the Sonoran desert, those mighty Saguaros, and all the delicious food. Expect more coverage to come in the next few weeks!
Photo by Stephen Lam
Laura King, an accomplished cyclist, and Ted King’s partner wrote a great piece at her Exposure blog that delves into gender parity in the gravel scene. You can check it out at her Inner Voice blog.
The wind gusts. Rain blows straight through my skinsuit. I shudder. It’s Forty American degrees and pissing Belgian rain. The grey buildings of Hoogstraten’s fruit-packing district try to blend into the angry sky.
“Dertig seconden…Thirty seconds to start!”
Neither rain nor wind nor biting chill will stop the penultimate stop of the Telenet Superprestige today, and this is the weather the sport lives for. The fans lick their chops at the shivering, skinny bike racers. The clock ticks toward start time, 3:03 p.m. on a wintery Belgian Sunday, and muddy entertainment awaits the Flemish masses.
Traveling with your bike can be a real pain sometimes, yet with the right tips and pointers, even the most potentially stressful endeavors can be as easy as a tailwind. Silca recently reached out to a handful of cyclists, ranging from pros to adventure-seekers to hand over their coveted travel tips. Head to the Silca Blog to read more!
“The Explore Las Animas campaign will be curated around the Native American, Spanish/Mexican, and Anglo influences that make the Canyons & Plains region a distinct Colorado bicycle destination. Lightly traveled roads connect riders to a sublime landscape dotted with old mines, ghost towns, diverse wildlife, and public access to the San Isabel National Forest, Comanche National Grasslands, and Trinidad Lake State Park. Also, signature quality events emerging, like the SW Chief Bicycle+Comedy Fest, Pony Xpress 160, and Branson Hi Lo Gravel Country can help draw cycling tourists. All of these experiences will show why southeastern Colorado is a great place for a two to three day bicycle vacation”
Tomorrow we’ve got our Reportage dropping from this 200km race through the San Rafael Valley but here’s a spoiler, as Sarah‘s huge smile implies, it was a huge success! Check out a few teasers on our Instagram.
Max from 333 Fab is fighting Stage 3 rectal cancer right now and since our country’s healthcare system is inherently flawed, many people look to their community for support in their time of medical need. Head to Max’s GoFundMe to help him out with a small donation.
“When RTC was founded in 1986, just a handful of rail-trails dotted the landscape. Today, there are more than 23,000 miles of rail-trails crisscrossing the countryside and another 8,000 miles of rail-trails ready to be built—making the Great American Rail-Trail viable for the first time. Analyses implemented in the past few years of open rail-trails and out-of-service rail corridors show the potential to build a rail-trail that spans from Washington to Washington. Hundreds of conversations with state agencies and local trail managers confirm that this is a realistic pursuit.
The potential of a rail-trail spanning the country has been known for decades. The time to build the Great American Rail-Trail is now.”
Read more about this project at the Great American Rail-Trail! Thanks for sending this over, Sam!
“Almost ten years ago, David Phillips started a little bicycle repair shop in the heart of Munich called Guten Biken. What kicked off with fixing bent derailleurs, snapped chains and broken spokes in a cramped basement workshop, hidden away in a back alley, turned surprisingly quickly into a proper bike store. As Guten Biken went on growing as a business, we became more and more engaged in our passion for building custom bikes. But through that growth we always stuck to a simple conviction – that every bicycle that gets pushed over our doorstep, no matter how old and rusty, deserves a second chance (or at least parts of it). ”
Head to Go Fund Me to read more about this fundraiser for Munich’s Guten Biken.
Photos by Kevin Montgomery
Bike Jerks has an amazing gallery up from the 1980 Pearl Pass Tour in ColoRADo, shot by Kevin Montgomery. I don’t want to give away too much of the goodness, so you’ll have to head to Bike Jerks for the full gallery! All I will say is what’s old is new again. Check out a few teasers below.