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Restrap Solstice Century 2024

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Restrap Solstice Century 2024

Restrap is inviting its followers in a worldwide effort to make the most out of the long days coming from June 17th through the 23rd with its Solstice Century. The challenge is to ride 100 miles on any bike and any terrain over that time, giving you a full week to complete the century.

You can register at Restrap where you’ll be provided with a link to upload your route in order to receive your Solstice Century 2024 patch!

 

 

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Relive the 2023 unPAved of the Susquehanna River Valley

unPAved gravel celebrates the beautiful, hilly, sometimes wet but always glorious, forest and farm roads of the Bald Eagle State Forest and Susquehanna River Valley — and the fabulous riders that come to experience them during peak foliage in October.

Over 1,000 people took to the hills in 2023 riding the Burly-30, Proper-50, Plenty-90 or the Full-120 mile route which Adam Roberge & Laura Van Gilder won the Race for the Whoopie Pies (actually, everyone wins a whoopie pie). Some even went out for a slumberPArty on Saturday, riding to a campsite and then finishing the route on Sunday.

Join the celebration of Pennsylvania gravel this October 10-13! Registration is now open at BikeReg!

Visit Trinidad, Colorado Presents: A Santa Fe Trail Gravel Riding Outpost

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Visit Trinidad, Colorado Presents: A Santa Fe Trail Gravel Riding Outpost

Trinidad, Colorado, is a gravel riding destination and outpost you ought to visit.

As a testament to the growing popularity of gravel cycling and its ability to spur rural economic development, Trinidad, Colorado, has, in a short few years, established itself as one of the state’s most exciting gravel bike destinations. Before 2020, not many cyclists considered the southern Colorado Front Range corridor as a place to ride a bike. Now, this former outpost on the Santa Fe Trail offers year-round opportunities to ride some of Colorado’s best gravel road conditions…

The Moor, the Forest and the Sea:
Two Days Bikepacking Yorkshire’s YC Adventure Route

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The Moor, the Forest and the Sea:
Two Days Bikepacking Yorkshire’s YC Adventure Route

In the North East of England, between vast swathes of exposed moorland and the storm-battered cliffs of the North Sea, a sprinkling of Victorian seaside resorts and ancient fishing villages line the coast. Designed off the back of the already famous road trip, complete with twelve variations, Route YC is the latest addition to journeys by bike in England. It explores some of the best of the Yorkshire Coast.

Starting and finishing in Scarborough, the Adventure Weekender takes in Roman-built upland roads, winding forest singletrack and the sands of wide open beaches. At the tail end of January, in the thick of one of the wettest winters of recent years, Chris Hunt joined the inaugural group ride of the 150-kilometer loop, with the hope of filling-in the blanks for what could only be described as a blind-spot in his geography of the motherland.

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VIDEO: A Rat in the Hand is Worth Two on the Tracks

Speaking of Rivendell, if you read the brand’s newsletter, you most likely caught this video Will shot on his 8-mm camera of a ride he and his mates did a little while ago. The name of the video is from an attempt to update old idioms for a more urban lifestyle.

Bikepacking The Lesser Known Corners of Northern Spain

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Bikepacking The Lesser Known Corners of Northern Spain

Armed with bike, camera, and plenty of curiosity Werka Szalas set out for a month on the road in Northern Spain. The main focus of her trip was to visit the Picos de Europa National Park in the province of Asturias but she couldn’t help spending time detouring through Leon and Cantabria, too. Read on and check out her gallery for a closer look at a few of the lesser-known corners of Spain. 

Athens Divide: A Micro Adventure Race

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Athens Divide: A Micro Adventure Race

The Athens Divide is proof that you don’t have to lose a night of sleep to experience the full range of adventure racing. Billed as a “micro adventure,” this point-to-point race hosted by Donhou Bicycles takes riders over Athens’ urban ridgelines where, no matter the bike, everyone’s hiking somewhere. Read on for Tom Donhou’s recap of the first Athens Divide, with photos from Maliakos Nikos.

Updates From the CDT Part 4: Resistance and Enchantment Through the Final Miles

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Updates From the CDT Part 4: Resistance and Enchantment Through the Final Miles

What does it mean to ride the 3,300-mile spine of the Continental Divide, from the Canadian to Mexican border across the United States? Very few people can say, but Kurt Refsnider can now count himself among them. In his fourth installment from the Continental Divide Trail, Kurt writes about the final miles through a geologist’s lens and how New Mexico held just as much resistance as it did enchantment.

International SingleSpeed Day 2023 Ride!

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International SingleSpeed Day 2023 Ride!

November 2nd is International SingleSpeed Day. It’s a celebration of Paul from Paul Component Engineering and his good friend Amanda‘s birthday.

The rules for celebration are simple: everyone, ride your singlespeeds! Gravel, road, or MTB; we’re all in on the one-gear birthday party celebration! John and Parker went out in Santa Fe for a sunset ride in the Dale Ball Trails, and they got some fun photos, so let’s check them out below…

Losing Our Heads at the Onguza Loskop Local Cycling Festival in Namibia

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Losing Our Heads at the Onguza Loskop Local Cycling Festival in Namibia

Held in Omaruru, Namibia this past July, the Onguza Loskop Local is a weekend festival with “great food, drinks & friends, with a wee bit of cycling thrown in for good measure.” After deciding the event looked really lekker Cape Town locals Stan Engelbrecht and Donnet Dumas made the trip out and each rode the event in divergent fashions—Donnet on a borrowed too-small Giant, and Stan on his ill-advised fixed-gear with skinny tires—and share a joint account of their adventure…

What’s on Kurt Refsnider’s Bike? How to Pack for Self-Reliance in the Backcountry

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What’s on Kurt Refsnider’s Bike? How to Pack for Self-Reliance in the Backcountry

Members of our editorial team have shared multiple looks into “essential ride kits” this year, including one from John and another by Travis. Today, Kurt Refsnider – ultra-endurance bikepacker and backcountry trail adventurer – takes a different approach to detailing what he carries on big rides where his priority is self-reliance regardless of the scenario. Read on below for a trove of helpful information about one of Kurt’s most requested topics!

Returning to Cuenca Los Ojos: Sarah Swallow’s Otso Voytek and Ruta del Jefe Updates

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Returning to Cuenca Los Ojos: Sarah Swallow’s Otso Voytek and Ruta del Jefe Updates

Ruta del Jefe has officially announced the dates and the new venue – March 21-24, 2024 in Cuenca Los Ojos, Mexico –  for the next edition of this adventure, education, community, and advocacy event. Cuenca Los Ojos is a protected natural area in the Sky Islands of the Mexican state of Sonora, southeast of Agua Prieta/Douglas, Arizona. Daniel Zaid and Karla Robles recently linked up with, organizer Sarah Swallow and, below, document her new new Otso Voytek, which she has been using for scouting the 2024 Ruta Del Jefe route. Additionally, Daniel and Karla share an update on the work Cuenca Los Ojos has been doing to provide the best platform for Ruta del Jefe in advance of the event’s first season south of the border…

2023 Enve Grodeo and Builder Round-Up Part 2: Sycip, Rock Lobster, Wish One, Moots, Scarab, Quirk, Boredure, Breadwinner, ENVE

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2023 Enve Grodeo and Builder Round-Up Part 2: Sycip, Rock Lobster, Wish One, Moots, Scarab, Quirk, Boredure, Breadwinner, ENVE

Today we are back with part two of Spencer Harding‘s ENVE Grodeo and Builder Round-up coverage. If you missed the builds featured in yesterday’s post, we’d recommend going back and giving them a gander—3D-printed parts (most ti but some steel, too!) seems to be the unofficial theme for the year but there’s plenty to see across the creative spectrum! Today, we finish up with the remaining frame builders in the showcase—with a few more overseas features—then we head out on the weekend’s main event, a 92-mile gravel ride on some of the best dirt in the northern Wasatch Mountains. Let’s dive in!