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Sofiane Sehili Wins 2019 Inca Divide Race! Peru's own Rodney Soncco still holds the Inca Divide record with a time of 127 hours and 22 minutes, but the route does change every year, so it's hard to compare the athlete's efforts at all. Rodney was also competing in this year's event, and took second place this afternoon.

The Inaugural Trans-Himalaya Bicycle Tour Is Ready To Roll The Inaugural Trans-Himalaya Bicycle Tour Is Ready To Roll - TDA Global Cycling.

Brodie Chapman looking to continue run of success at Colorado Classic Relatively unknown in 2018, Chapman racked up a slew of impressive results: first overall in the women's Herald Sun Tour, fifth at the Tour of California, sixth in the Australian National Championship road race. She then signed with the Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank team.

Velo Orange Piolet and Polyvalent Now Available as Complete Bikes Just announced, Velo Orange will be offering complete builds of their Piolet and Polyvalent models. The Polyvalent is Velo Orange's do-it-all frame. It's ideal for those interested in a "porteur, randonneur, tourer, or a mixed terrain racer." In short, it's a great all-road exploration machine that will handle a little bit of everything.

Juliana Bicycles Releases the 2020 Joplin The 2020 Juliana Joplin was released today. The 120mm 29er was revamped with more tire clearance and a new lower-link suspension design, freeing up more triangle space. It comes in aluminum or carbon in a vivid Aquarius Green colorway…

2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy : First Ride The Santa Cruz Tallboy was revamped with 120mm of lower-link suspension and axle flip-chip that allows 10mm of chainstay adjustment and 29 x 2.6" tires.

Tech Trend: Is adjustable geometry the next big thing for gravel bikes? Is adjustable geometry the next tech thing to get your head around? Until now geometry adjustment has been the reserve of mountain bikers, but a few new gravel bikes launched recently are utilising adjustable geometry to tune the handling for different requirements.

Crankalicious: Handmade in Britain Rebecca Morley chats to Crankalicious director Tony Hetherington in Elsenham, Essex about the role the brand plays in the bike care market. Crankalicious' products are made by the brand at its premises in Elsenham, Essex - taking the 'handmade' part of its logo very seriously.

South Africans In The Great White North Over the years TDA Global Cycling has sent almost 1,000 Canadians cycling through Africa, many of whom were visiting Africa for the very first time. We've heard all kinds of intriguing feedback from them about their adventures in Africa, but this article isn't about Canadians in Africa, but rather about Africans in Canada.

James Dunaway Wins The 2019 TNGA ! A huge congratulations goes out to 25-year-old James Dunaway who was first to finish the 2019 Trans North Georgia Adventure early this morning with a time of 45 hours and 52 minutes. The previous record was set by Kurt Refsnider last year, who finished in 50 hours and 30 minutes.

Dynaplug Racer tubeless repair kit The Dynaplug Racer gets your tubeless tyre repaired in a shot so you can keep on riding, but it's not cheap and there are more affordable alternatives on the market. Dynaplug is a US company that focuses on tubeless repair kits with several options to choose from.

The all-new Bombtrack Cale is built for the backcountry Another bit of news from the Bombtrack Groundwork launch event comes in the form of an all-new hardtail mountain bike. The Bombtrack Cale is built around a progressive geometry, 27.5 x 2.8" tires, and a 120mm fork…

2020 Bombtrack Audax and Audax AL: First Impressions We share first impressions on Bombtrack's 2020 Audax range of bikes, from a bikepacker's perspective…

Santa Cruz Reserve Carbon Rims Now Available in 37mm We were impressed with the Santa Cruz Reserve carbon wheels on the Chameleon and they just announced the carbon Reserve 37, expanding the lineup to a 37mm inner width for 2.5-3.0" tires…

Pedaled launches limited-edition Silk Road Mountain jersey Pedaled will be the official sponsor for the Silk Road Mountain Race. The brand is also launching a limited-edition jersey. Jacopo Porreca, Pedaled's brand manager, said: "We have great respect for riders taking on extraordinary challenges in demanding environments.

Egypt #8 - There is only one hotel in Edfu Lire cet article en français. I'm at about 20 km from Edfu when I'm ordered by a high ranking police officer - he has eagles on his shoulders - to load the trailer and bicycle at the back of a pick-up and hop in. The night has already fallen and there is no point discussing.

Tech of the week: TT vs road bike aero test, Canyon's new e-bike and bikepacking explained That's the question that Michelle asked the Boardman performance centre when she turned up TT bike and road bike in the hand, and the answer might surprise you - be sure to read the feature and check out the video. Read more: Canyon's Roadlite: ON gives its hybrid bike range an electric kick.

Merida Silex 6000+ 2020 gravel bike: first-ride review First announced for the 2018 season, the Merida Silex is the Taiwanese mega-manufacturer's take on the do-it-all gravel segment. It's a bike that's available in both alloy and carbon variants, and new for 2020, a 650B-wheeled version of the latter. While it's not a new bike, we hadn't ridden one, until now.

Sub-24-Overnight; Swift Industries Solstice Camp Out Rarely do I write about a ride I didn't dream-up, plan, and execute. But this was all Jake Francis. Jake is a bee-guy, flower-guy, pollination ecologist, chemical ecologist, and behaviorist. He is one of the smartest scientists I have chatted with. He is a creative DIY-guy from the kitchen to the workshop.

Lael's 2019 Silk Road Mountain Race Rig and Kit Lael: My aluminum Specialized is almost brand new and set up exactly how I'd like it for the SRMR. It was a replacement for the red Fuse I used for two rides down the Baja Divide, the Colorado Trail, the Vegas to Reno route and many other rides. I rode that bike hard and it got pretty beat up.

Week 91. Ancoraimes to Konani. Visiting La Paz. Biking in Bolivia. 14th till 20th of July 2019. Have you ever been in a cable car with your bike? Stay tuned to find out about the do and especially the don'ts.

Best bib shorts for 2019 A well-designed chamois will go a long way to improve comfort but the chamois has to be supported by quality materials that are cut and constructed in a way that keeps everything in place and avoids uncomfortable bunching without restricting movement while riding.

The Bombtrack Beyond Junior lets your children explore as far as you do We'll give a full run down of the new range in a future story, but first up, we thought we'd start with the one bike in the range that we weren't able to ride… The Bombtrack Beyond has been a mainstay in its lineup for a few years now, with a few build options tailored towards exploration and bikepacking.

2020 Kona Woo Announced: Wo + Wozo = Woo! Aside from some updated components, mainly the budget SRAM SX-Eagle 12-speed drivetrain, Kona's new carbon fat bike fork, and a chunky wheelset, the 2020 Kona Woo has a unique geometry that, as expected, falls right in between the Wo and Wozo. First up, the front end of the Woo gets raised up when compared to the Wo, its closest sibling.

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