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Torgon In two weeks Torgon will feature as a mountain-top finish in the Queen Stage of the 2019 Tour de Romandie. High above Aigle, I counted 25 hairpins on this 12.5 kilometre climb. Fun! A 3D video of the route:. It's not the steepest climb, a very steady 7% or so for most of the way.

Is There Life After Running? I do not know if the Ironman competition has settled the argument of who are the best athletes but I do know that although I gave up running in my late thirties, I am now, at the age of 67, happily cycling centuries - when the tour schedule requires it!

2019 Sea Otter Finds After four days of roaming the seemingly infinite booths and displays at the 2019 sea Otter Classic, we found a few worthwhile products to share. Here's part one, featuring a dozen new and interesting things from OneUp, Revelate, and many more…

Millennial Builds £1 Million Bike Luggage Maker By Watching How To Do It On YouTube Nathan Hughes watched YouTube to learn how to fabricate – his Yorkshire business is now selling £1-million-worth of bicycle luggage a year.

Newsdesk 8: Sea Otter 2019, Myriam Nicole, Hannah's Hacks and more In this week's Singletrack Newsdesk we talk Sea Otter 2019, steel e-Bikes, Myriam Nicole, Josh Brycelands prototype Cannondale downhill bike and more. As usual, we have a video below, but if you prefer to read your news keep scrolling for a written version of Singletrack Newsdesk 8.

Porcelain Rocket's Nigel Handlebar Bag Returns Today, Porcelain Rocket announced a complete redesign of their handlebar bag, offering the same great features of the original Nigel but in a sleeker and simpler package. If you're in the market for some extra storage for long gravel rides or lightweight overnighters, the new Nigel may just be for you.

Bikepacking preparation A couple of weeks back the trip finally became an iron clad plan. Flights were booked, leave without pay was approved and training programs were put on hold. Fabric was ordered to sew bike bags and careful budgeting began.

What Kind of Maniac Would Do This?’: Cord Strung Across Bike Trail Severely Injures 69-Year-Old Rider "What kind of maniac would do this? What kind of evil being wants to see someone hurt?" Nearly a week after the crash, he was still in great pain, relying on his wife, fellow artist Sheary Suiter, for help dressing and moving around.

No, the director of NORML does not have samples for you Dan Linn, who also manages two medical cannabis dispensaries, is working to legitimize marijuana, from growing to using, as Illinois moves toward legalization.

KitBrix CityBrix backpack review Billed by its makers as the 'world's first backpack with a built-in gym locker' the KitBrix CityBrix backpack aims to keep separate your potentially rank sports gear from whatever else you might be carrying. As its name suggests, it's also somewhat brick-like.

The New Otso Waheela C Another carbon gravel bike!? Yeah, we know. There's been somewhat of a glut of them in our 2019 Sea Otter coverage. However, aside from big full-suspension rigs, this style of bike seemed to dominate the show, and has made for some of the more interesting bikes released recently.

Notable 120mm+ Hardtail Mountain Bikes at Sea Otter 2019 Which hardtail mountain bikes caught your eye?

The New 2020 KOGA WorldTraveller S 2.0 Touring Bikes The 2020 KOGA WorldTraveller S 2.0 now offers a new welding technology, new sizing, new drivetrain option, 200 new paint options and a new entry-level price point. The 'S' in the model name refers to KOGA's Signature program, which offers every WorldTraveller-S bike as a custom build.

Pedal Further, Pack Less Watercolor Prints We asked all of The Bikepacking Journal's contributors to tell us the most ridiculous thing they've ever brought on a bikepacking trip, then we commissioned artist Chris McNally to create an original watercolor illustration of what may well be the worst pack list of all time.

Sea Otter safety and storage: Sunburst, Lazers, and lights New helmets, creative bags and storage solutions and bright lights from California.

Montagne de la Biolle Ridge Loop Local knowledge is more important for interesting mountain bike routes than for road bike routes. And the internet is full of useful little local web sites detailing this knowledge. This brilliant mountain bike loop has been used as a local "rando" for three decades: "Les Balcons du Lac." See here for the official site.

Rodeo Labs Traildonkey 3.0 We had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the Rodeo Labs Traildonkey 3.0 during the 2019 Sea Otter Classic. Check it out here…

La Barillette / La Dôle One of the best paved climbs above Geneva in the Jura mountains. Always peaceful roads and at this time of year it was in fact officially closed to cars. It's higher, more scenic, and infinitely quieter than its more famous neighbour Col de la Faucille.

New Minimalist Bags by Evoc, Maximalist Bags by Ortlieb Go big or small on your mountain bike rides with these bags from Ortlieb and Evoc.

Collective Reward #031: Bedrock Cairn 3D Pro Adventure Sandals We're giving away two pairs of Bedrock Cairn 3D Pro Adventure Sandals, known for their durability and all-day comfort. Find details here…

Salsa Cutthroat Salsa Cutthroat Apex 1Price: $2,900Sizes: S, M, L, XLOnline: salsacycles.comTester: Scott WilliamsAge: 33Weight: 170 lbs.Height: 5' 11"Inseam: 32.5"Reach: 15.1"Stack: 25.4"Top Tube: 22.8"Head Tube: 71°Seat Tube: 73° BB Drop: 2.8" Chainstays: 17.5" Weight: 23.9 lbs.without pedals, specs based on size tested.

Too posh to pitch? Easy bikepacking in the Peak District To our writer’s delight, the tent is already up, the food sorted and route plotted on this new camping and cycling trip in the Peaks.

This Award-Winning Bag Just Got Modified for Bikers Ortlieb is tweaking its award-winning adventure travel pack so that it's more comfortable for multi-day bike trips.

A Look at the New Remot Boundary The Boundary is Remōt's gravel-specific carbon fiber bike. It comes with either Shimano 105 or Ultegra components and a few bikepacking-friendly features. Remōt claims the Boundary's carbon frame was designed for durability.

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