Cervelo Aspero first-ride review: The go-fast gravel bike

Gravel bikes these days fall somewhere on a spectrum that ranges from ultra-capable and adventure-ready, to pared-down and race-ready, and Cervelo is being very clear where its new Aspero gravel machine falls on that spectrum. The generous tire clearance and multi-diameter wheel compatibility are obvious nods to versatility, but whichever wheel and tire setup you … The post Cervelo Aspero first-ride review: The go-fast gravel bike appeared first on CyclingTips .

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BMC Unrestricted URS 2020 first-ride review: Gravel bike or MTB?

BMC URS TWO Unrestricted 2020 gravel bike

It wasn’t long ago that we thought of gravel as a fringe discipline of road cycling, a discipline where niche brands like Salsa Cycles had a near monopoly. Now you’ll be hard pressed to find a single global bike brand that doesn’t have a bike dedicated to gravel. BMC only recently dipped its toes into … The post BMC Unrestricted URS 2020 first-ride review: Gravel bike or MTB? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France: Jumbo-Visma win team time trial in Brussels

Jumbo-Visma win team time trial at Tour de France

Jumbo-Visma made it two out of two at the Tour de France , following up Mike Teunissen 's surprise stage 1 win with a dominant performance on the stage 2 team time trial. They took victory with a time of 28:57, 20 seconds ahead of Team Ineos and 21 up on Deceuninck-QuickStep. Stage favourites Team Ineos set off first, and duly set the fastest time of the day at 29:18 flat. Katusha-Alpecin were the first team to come close, beating the British team's intermediate times, but falling short by just six seconds at the finish. Movistar and Trek-Segafredo both endured disappointing rides, falling outside the 30-minute mark. The main challengers to Ineos came late on, with a raft of favourites filling out the final starting slots. Mitchelton-Scott, Bahrain-Merida and EF Education First all impressed, but ultimately fell short of challenging for the win. QuickStep came the closest, looking odds-on to ...

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Lachlan Morton leading halfway through 2,000km 'GBDURO'

Alex Howes told Lachlan Morton "I suppose I owe you a beer," after their finish. Morton waited when

Australian Lachlan Morton ( EF Education First ) is in the lead of a 2,000km enduro event, the 'GBDURO', a multi-day, self-supported UK bikepacking event from Land's End to John O'Groats. The event kicked off on Saturday, June 22, with Morton taking the early lead in the first leg, one of four timed 'stages', covering the 630km and 10,900m of climbing to Wales in 32 hours, 10 minutes, more than seven hours faster than his nearest competitor. The format of the GBDURO differs from many long-distance events such as Race Across America in that the clock is stopped when riders reach the checkpoints, allowing them to sleep before beginning the next leg. Riders must average 200km per day to be declared finishers. Morton reached the first checkpoint on Sunday evening, then covered the next leg of 470km with 8,500m of climbing to pass the halfway point in a total of ...

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Pivot Vault gravel bike first-ride review: Elegantly simple, buttery smooth

Bike companies have been coming out with all sorts of mechanical devices to improve rider comfort on gravel bikes: Cannondale recently introduced Kingpin on its new Topstone Carbon, Specialized incorporated the Future Shock into its Diverge, Trek has IsoSpeed on the Checkpoint, there’s the radical full-suspension Niner MCR, and so on. Pivot has instead gone … The post Pivot Vault gravel bike first-ride review: Elegantly simple, buttery smooth appeared first on CyclingTips .

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WorldTour pros, aero bars, empty podiums: What was the fuss at Dirty Kanza?

“This event put me to my limit. My eyes hurt, my toes were numb for three days, I was rationing water sips in the last hour. I view it as a survival race more than a bike race.” Those are the words of Trek-Segafredo’s Peter Stetina – a WorldTour pro who knows a thing or … The post WorldTour pros, aero bars, empty podiums: What was the fuss at Dirty Kanza? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Reijnen and Stetina reveal custom Checkpoint SLs ahead of Dirty Kanza

Studio shot of Peter Stetina's custom Dirty Kanza racer

Trek paints up a couple of custom gravel racers for Trek Segafredo riders

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Custom painted Trek Checkpoint bikes ready for WorldTour assault on Dirty Kanza 200-mile gravel race

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Check out this custom painted gravel bikes ready for Dirty Kanza this weekend

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Photo gallery: The best gear of the 2019 Sea Otter Classic, part four

Gravel bikes have always felt like they’re heavily influenced by the mountain bike world, and that influence only seems to be growing. First, it was bigger tires, disc brakes, and single-chainring drivetrains — and now it’s proper front and rear suspension, and dropper seatposts. At what point does the line become so fuzzy that it … The post Photo gallery: The best gear of the 2019 Sea Otter Classic, part four appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Sea Otter 2019 gallery: Trek’s Checkpoint SL, Manitou JUNIT fork and the Evoc Race Belt

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We check out Manitou's JUNIT kid's suspension, Alchemy's new bikes, pads from Endura, and more

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Pack and Play: A beginner goes bikepacking

Pack and Play: A beginner goes bikepacking

With just about any bike and a minimum of planning, you too can fall in love with bikepacking, literally, overnight. Read the full article at Pack and Play: A beginner goes bikepacking on VeloNews.com .

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Top 5 gravel bikes

The Topstone is Cannondale's all-new and affordable gravel wagon

Gravel bikes are no longer classed as a fad by anyone but the very grumpiest commenters. Investment in developing new standalone models — including a number of very affordable bikes — by the biggest manufacturers out there is a testament to this. With this in mind, and a deluge of new bikes released in the wake of Eurobike 2018 , we thought it was about time to round up the five most interesting gravel bikes of 2018 and beyond. For buying suggestions, check out our roundup of the best gravel bikes as tested by BikeRadar . Best gravel and all-road bikes of 2018 Gravel bike vs hardtail vs CX bike at Grinduro Scotland Cannondale Topstone The Topstone is Cannondale’s all-new, very recently announced line of affordable and adaptable alloy gravel bikes. Cannondale launches all-new and surprisingly affordable gravel bike Trek Checkpoint The Trek Domane Gravel is not a gravel bike ...

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Mountain king: Taiwan KOM Challenge sportive review

James Spender 4 Sep 2018 At 105km long and rising from sea level to 3,275m, the Taiwan KOM Challenge claims to be one of the toughest sportives on the planet 'If the length doesn’t get you, the gradient will. If the gradient doesn’t get you, the humidity will. And if the humidity doesn’t get you, it’ll be the altitude. 'And if none of that gets you, keep an eye out for falling rocks,’ says Scott J Ellinger as he strides across the stage of the conference room in the Parkview Hotel, Taiwan. Ellinger is a former US Army officer, and his presentation for the Taiwan KOM Challenge has all the chutzpah of a 1980s gameshow crossed with the gravity of a UN Summit. However, the pronouncement is made slightly less harrowing for two reasons. First, Ellinger peppers his grim warning speech with high-fives and hugs with a man in a ...

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Protest and tear gas drives Tour to edge of absurdity

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Farmer protest on stage 16 is just the latest unexpected twist in a Tour marked by absurdity and bad roadside behavior. Read the full article at Protest and tear gas drives Tour to edge of absurdity on VeloNews.com .

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Allied Alfa Allroad long-term review: The antidote to the N+1 rule

Allied Cycle Works is not your average bicycle company. The brainchild of several industry veterans, Allied doesn’t design and engineer its carbon-fiber frame and forks in-house only to then contract manufacturing overseas. Instead, the entire process is performed under the same roof in Little Rock, Arkansas. This compact supply chain offers a number of logistical … The post Allied Alfa Allroad long-term review: The antidote to the N+1 rule appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Trek Checkpoint SL 6

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Sadly disappointing gravel bike debut from Trek, though fine if you want a fat-tyred road bike 6/10

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Delaney's rookie Dirty Kanza 200 bike

Delaney's rookie Dirty Kanza 200 bike

Against better judgement, I cannonballed into the deep end of gravel racing last weekend at the Dirty Kanza 200. We're wrapping up a video feature, 'The Road to Kanza', about the preparation of bike and body for 200-plus miles of gravel, but I thought I'd share my gear selections here in the spirit of BikeRadar 's Horse for the Course features. If you are getting into gravel racing, perhaps some of this will be helpful. If you think gravel racing is stupid, then hopefully you can enjoy some of my epic fails detailed below! The course: Dirty Kanza 200, an unsupported 206mi, 10,000-vertical-foot gravel slog The equipment goal: A comfortable race bike with tires that can withstand Kansas' flint gravel, and the means to carry a small truckload of water The horse: Trek Checkpoint SL 6 with ENVE G23 wheels and Schwalbe G-One 38mm tubeless tires The winning bikes of ...

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Trek 2018 Émonda SL 6 Disc review

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Trek recently updated its lightweight racing chassis, the Émonda, with a variety of refinements for 2018, including the addition of a disc-brake version. We had a look at the Émonda SLR Disc when it was launched last year, so for this review, we follow that up with a closer look at the more affordable mid-range … The post Trek 2018 Émonda SL 6 Disc review appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Gritfest: Your chance to tackle a gravel stage race

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Joe Robinson 15 Mar 2018 Set over two days, Gritfest pits you against some of Wales' best off-road trails Gravel riding is the unstoppable beast that keeps growing and it is here to stay. Canyon launced its Grail and Trek released the Checkpoint . The Tour de France is tackling a gravel climb this year and none of us can get enough of Strade Bianche. Joing the trend, Gritfest is a two-day timed off-road ride that pits riders against some of the gnarliest yet most beautiful trails Wales has to offer, based in the quiet Cambrian Mountain village of Cilycw. Taking place on 23rd and 24th June, the race will cover 125km mixing timed and nuetralised sections with around 40 per cent of the course against the clock. Day one will tackle 80km with a gruelling 1,600m of elevation. Three sections will be timed with the first being an undulating ...

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Velon expands to 17 teams for 2018 season

Velon expands to 17 teams for 2018 season

Joe Robinson 16 Mar 2018 More teams agree to partner with Velon bringing the viewer closer to the racing Velon has partnered with seven new teams for the 2018 season helping bring the viewer closer to the action with more riders than ever. The content sharing platform has joined forces with Dimension Data, Bardiani-CSF, Caja-Rural, Gazprom-Rusvelo, Israel Cycling Academy, Nippo-Vini Fantini and Cofidis to share data from these teams' riders live to the viewer. This means that we will be treated to the likes of Mark Cavendish and Nacer Bouhanni's stats as they ride the biggest races in the world. Velon currently broadcasts data such as power and speed live to its website with users able to track how hard the pros are going while watching them on television. It also uses GoPro footage to immerse viewers into the peloton after the race. This was impressively done at last month's ...

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