Our friends at The Bikeraft Guide want to give you $2550 in Bikerafting Gear! Read on below for what’s included and how to enter!
We all know about FKTs and ITTs but there’s a new acronym on the ultra scene: PFT. The brainchild of Taylor Doyle, PFT stands for “plastic free time,” and was an ultra-racing style she undertook last year on the 2,600km Pan Celtic Race. The effort was so eye-opening about the amount of single-use plastics that are thrown out during most ultra distance cycling events that she’s back now with a new kind of challenge for would-be ultra racers: the Ultra Distance Plastic Resistance pledge. Read on for the full deets about this inspiring challenge!
Watch the ATB Challenge: Season 2 – Fleche It Out, a one episode, one hour look into six teams from around the world taking on the most extreme ATB route of their own design, and decide which team pushed their Physical, Spiritual, Mental and Emotional limitations the hardest.
The winning team receives:
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Tell us which team you think pushed their P*S*M*E the hardest and tell us why. The three best comments will win something truly transcendent from Mythical State Of’s Outdoor Culture Arcade.
Continue reading below for details on how to enter and to learn more about the Supertramp!
A few years ago, Paul from Paul Component Engineering deemed November 2nd International Singlespeed Day. We’re helping to announce it a few days in advance this year, as a few prizes are up for grabs. Read on below for the annual lowdown from our friends at Paul!
Our Radar Roundup compiles products and videos from the ‘net in an easy-to-digest format. Read on below for today’s findings…
Saying we woke up would imply sleep, which is a luxury the night before the Concours de Machines race hadn’t afforded us, owing to thick black clouds of mosquitoes that infested our van. I lit a church of citronella candles and closed all the doors and windows, while Josh rolled himself up in a sheet and slept outside on a decrepit shezlongé that sat outside the factory. Mosquitos spent the night screaming and raging in our ears while doing their best to tear us limb from limb. At 4 am they sat lining the window sills, fat and bloated, drunk on our blood.
I killed a dozen of them with an old sock in one limp sleep-deprived swipe as a tokenistic act of vengeance, knowing they’d be saving their strength for another assault the next evening. I stood in Andreas’ elegant la fraise workshop contorting my body to scratch bites between nerve endings on my back, craving coffee as the pilotes clip clopped in on road shoes. For many of them, road shoes were a terrible choice. The 204km route billed as a road with some cobbles and gravel somehow encompassed 1466m of short sharp climbs in an oppressively pancake-flat landscape, as well as some muddy singletrack. The singletrack must have caught teams rolling on 28c slick tyres off guard, and would prove catastrophic for some.
This is the second of two reports from the 2022 Concours de Machines. Be sure to check here for the first installment!
In 2018 I was invited to take part in the third edition of Concours de Machines as Dear Susan, in the medieval town of Bruniquel in the south of France. The Concours is a recent(ish) revival of a frame-building contest first organized in 1903 that ran up to the late 1940s. It was traditionally hosted in different locations around France, the goal of which was to demonstrate the superiority of artisanal “constructeurs” and their machines, over production bikes.
Before accepting the invitation, there were some red flags for me. For instance the idea of “better;” how you can numerically score one bike against another, especially if they’re designed and made around a particular rider for a particular course? There’s so much that just comes down to preference! Reading further into the scoring system, the seemingly arbitrary categories actually became quite liberating, in that scores were given based on abstract criteria rather than what constituted a good or appropriate bike. Limitations included things like: “the bicycle must have wheels with tyres, and a system with which to steer,” as well as point scoring sections like: “the bicycle must be able to power its own lights and it must have bags to carry everything you need for an overnight trip.”
This is the first of two reports from the 2022 Concours de Machines. Be sure to check back tomorrow for the second installment!
For eight years running, around the Summer Solstice, Swift Industries has put out a rallying cry for cyclo-touring enthusiasts the world over to strap some bags to their bikes, head out for a couple of days of pedaling, and sleep on the ground. For this year’s Campout, we partnered with Swift to host the Radavist Swift Campout Photo Shootout, which called on campers to document their SCO experience through photography for a chance to win a load of prizes. The esteemed jury made up of representatives from The Radavist, and Swift Industries judged over 100 entries on their merits, including but not limited to technical considerations, composition, lighting, and impact, as well as the raw emotional power of the images (aka STOKE FACTOR!). We’re pleased to announce that Rifqi Akbar has been selected as this year’s winner and, below, he shares about the campout he and his friends embarked on near Bandung, Indonesia! Congrats, Rifqi!
Howdy! This one is for the photogs! We want to see your adventurous spirit and creativity on display. Document and distill the best vibes of your Swift Campout experience into a 10-slide carousel post on your Instagram main page during the week of June 27th. Check out how you can win below!
Grinduro just announced the “Great Grinduro Giveaway” campaign supporting the Siskiyou Outdoor Recreation Alliance. All you’ve got to do is donate $5 to SORA’s Siskiyou Stewardship Fund to be entered to win a gravel or MTB package from EVIL Bikes plus other goodies from the Grinduro partners. Read on more below…
Our friends at Sim Works are throwing a raffle to raise money for a handful of organizations, with the goal of aiding in social reform. The raffle starts today, June 26th, at noon, and closes on Friday, July 3 at 5pm (PST).
$25 for a raffle ticket (per entry). 100% of proceeds will be donated to the organizations.
Also, all customers spending $100 or more in the SimWorks web store will be added to the raffle participants list, and 10% of their merchandise total will be donated to the organizations that SimWorks has elected to make financial contributions.
Head to Sim Works to buy a raffle ticket at 12 noon PST today!
Help support North Minneapolis and enter to win a 2021 All-City Space Horse! All proceeds go to the WBC & Northside Funders initiative to help businesses impacted by COVID-19 and the events following the murder of George Floyd. Learn more or donate directly here.
There are two ways to enter: Click here or call Behind Bars at 612-436-0255 to buy a ticket (or several!). Raffle ends Thursday June 11 at midnight. We’ll announce the winner next weekend. Behind Bars/Michael’s Cycles will match funds up to $1,600.
All-City’s 2021 Space Horse will be released in August. Winner may choose the size of their liking.
Hey! I’m Chip and I run WhatBars.com and the @whatbars Instagram page. I’ve had a the privilege of working with some great companies, and I love sharing that excitement with others as well!
I reached out to a few of those companies and together we put together a pretty great prize package including:
– 1-pair of Velo Orange handlebars, of your choosing
– An Atwater Atelier Basket Tote
– A pair of Teravail Tires, of your choosing
Read the official rules below for a chance to win!
Got a gravel bike with 650b tires up to a 2.2 and would like some sleek fenders to go on your build? Look no further. This week, we’ve teamed up with Portland Design Works on a giveaway for their 650 Beast fenders. All you gotta do is enter your email for a chance to win! Head to Portland Design Works for the giveaway and check out the details on the 650 Beast fenders below.
Where did you ride? With whom? Did you get caught in some snow? We’d like to open up the comment section to any photos you took of your long weekend rides and we’ll pick some winners to send some care packages to. You’ve got all week to do so! We’ll look at the number of “up votes” each post gets to decide on some winners.
Building trails require funds and one way for trail organizations to raise money is by raffling off a brand new bike. The Oregon Timber Trail is working with Giant/Liv so that one lucky winner will walk away with a new Giant Trance Advanced 29 2 or Liv Intrigue Advanced 2 carbon mountain bike in your size, plus a full set of Giant bikepacking bags and a guided trip with Cog Wild. This explorer’s prize package contains $3,000 worth of prizes and all the proceeds from this giveaway go to support the work required along the Oregon Timber Trail.
Sign up at Oregon Timber Trail!