CT rides the Absa Cape Epic: The toughest mountain bike race on Earth?

The Absa Cape Epic is the crown jewel of the Epic series, and arguably the hardest MTB race in the world. So how did a couple of roadies measure up to South Africa's stunning, savage terrain? The post CT rides the Absa Cape Epic: The toughest mountain bike race on Earth? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The best cycling books - by women

The best cycling books - by women

Emily Chappell 8 Mar 2019 Redressing the balance, here are our top picks of the best cycling books by women I’ll read anything if it’s got a bicycle on the cover, but I have to admit, pro cyclist memoirs (even the juicy confessional ones) all blur into one when you’ve read a few, and books about cycling across continents mostly just tell the same story again and again. Still, cycling channels so much of what’s important in life – triumph and failure; suffering and humour; rivalry, camaraderie and redemption – that it’s no wonder it’s accompanied by a rich and original seam of literature. Tim Krabbé’s The Rider is widely agreed to be a perfect rendition of the inner world of the racing cyclist, Max Leonard’s Lanterne Rouge recounts the Tour de France from the novel perspective of the last rider in, and Rob Penn’s It’s All About The Bike ...

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Chasing Parma: from long-haul to long haul

Straight from a transcontinental flight to one of the most remote pubs in Victoria, with 60km of mountainous gravel roads to cover before the kitchen closes... what could possibly go wrong? The post Chasing Parma: from long-haul to long haul appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Roll Massif reimagines cycling with eight Colorado sportives

The New American Sportive series includes road, gravel and MTB events (DENVER, CO) — Roll Massif launched today with a collection of eight road, gravel and mountain bike sportives across the state of Colorado. Roll Massif builds on the legacy of existing road cycling institutions like Copper Triangle, Elephant Rock and Tour of the Moon with brand new sportives like Wild Horse Gravel in De Beque and Crooked Gravel in Winter Park. All Roll Massif sportives center on an immersive community experience for riders in beautiful and diverse parts of Colorado, from riding fresh new pavement in Colorado National Monument to the rolling gravel of Castlewood Canyon State Park to the alpine delight of Winter Park and Copper Mountain. “Our road, gravel and mountain bike sportives offer the perfect balance of camaraderie and challenge,” said Roll Massif co-founder Chandler Smith. “With timed segments and varying options of distance and difficulty, ...

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Bikes of the Bunch: Orbea Orca randonneuring machine

Supported by When we think about the longer rides we like to do, we often end up with something in the range of maybe 3-5 hours or so. That sort of duration is longer than what most of us are usually able to cram in during the week, and enough to be properly tired at the end … The post Bikes of the Bunch: Orbea Orca randonneuring machine appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Week in Tech: Carbon Strider, Fox Live Valve, new Niners

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Here’s the Week in Tech — all the gear news, tips, and announcements you need and none of the marketing gibberish you don’t. Read the full article at Week in Tech: Carbon Strider, Fox Live Valve, new Niners on VeloNews.com .

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The Dirt: Jeremiah Bishop on the evolution of endurance MTB

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Breck Epic winner Jeremiah Bishop talks about the evolution of endurance mountain bike racing. Plus, Leadville wraps up. Read the full article at The Dirt: Jeremiah Bishop on the evolution of endurance MTB on VeloNews.com .

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The Pamir Highway: A solo ride across the barren heart of Central Asia

When Daniel Weststeyn turned 30, he wanted to do something memorable; to usher in a new decade with a journey that he'd remember for the rest of his life. This is the story of that journey – a stunningly picturesque solo ride through Central Asia. The post The Pamir Highway: A solo ride across the barren heart of Central Asia appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Which one is he?  The doping one?

The Curious Case of Simon Yates and the Perception of Cycling in Britain This is a story about the story cycling in the UK tells about itself. You’ve heard a lot of it before, and the history is not my interest here. Read Chris Sidwells for the authorised version or Tim Hilton for the more entertaining version. In brief, we’re told, British cycling was insular and parochial, and focused on social riding or on hill climbs and long, solo, point-to-point efforts. There was the schism that produced the British League of Road Cyclists. There was Tom Simpson, who begat Obree and Boardman, and way down in Manchester they begat Brailsford and all those Olympic medals. The Olympians begat Team Sky and the Tour wins and the Grand Departs in London and Yorkshire. Now Britain, Sidwells concludes, rules the cycling world. This is a lucid argument. Track cycling is routinely televised ...

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Behind the lens with Graham Watson: 40 years of cycling photography in 15 images

In early 2017, after nearly 40 years snapping the sport, legendary cycling photographer Graham Watson hung up his lenses and called time on his career. We asked Graham to share some of the most memorable images he captured during his career – and the beautifully told stories behind each of them. The post Behind the lens with Graham Watson: 40 years of cycling photography in 15 images appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Video: Sam Schultz goes The Long Way on the Rocky Mountain Solo

To coincide with the launch of their new gravel bike, the Solo, Rocky Mountain also decided to send Sam Schultz out for a little ride. A former world level XC racer, Sam has abandoned the high pressure world of racing in favor of more relaxed riding. Between driving south every year in his van and […] The post Video: Sam Schultz goes The Long Way on the Rocky Mountain Solo appeared first on Bikerumor .

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Rocky Mountain launch the Solo for off-road gravel adventures

Rocky Mountain Solo

1x only and enough room for a full length dropper

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Break away from your day-to-day on new Rocky Mountain Solo gravel bike

Somehow, it’s not that surprising to see exciting new gravel bikes popping up from brands that are probably better known for their mountain bikes. After all, the genre combines some of the best attributes of both road and mountain biking into a catch-all that is all about personal exploration of both terrain and your own […] The post Break away from your day-to-day on new Rocky Mountain Solo gravel bike appeared first on Bikerumor .

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Rocky Mountain aims for adventure with the new Solo

Rocky Mountain aims for adventure with the new Solo

Rocky Mountain's new Solo bikes are built for gravel and adventure riding. The British Columbia company has loaded the Solo bikes with the usual road-bikes-off-road fare of ample tire clearance, tons of braze-ons and relaxed geometry. There are two models: a $2,549 SRAM Force 1 bike and a $1,899 model with SRAM Apex. (UK/AU pricing not available.) Scott Addict Gravel 10 review 5 tips for the first-time gravel rider 4 types of gravel, 2 types of fun Rocky Mountain Solo features 6061 aluminum frame Carbon fork with triple bosses on each leg 12 x 142mm rear / 15 x 100mm front thru-axles Fits up to 700 x 40mm or 27.5 x 2.2in tires Multiple bosses for cages, gear and rack 1x chainring only Internal dropper post compatible 5 sizes Rocky Mountain Solo 70 The Solo 70 is the more expensive of the two, at $2,549. It rolls on Sun Helix ...

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