Nova Eroica Buonconvento

“Nova Eroica seeks to unite competition, the bread and butter of all sport, and the pleasure of high performance, with time to look around and share moments of conviviality and comradery with your team.” – Giancarlo Brocci, Creator of L’Eroica

Inga Thompson to work on women’s cycling advocacy

“I see the women in cycling coming together and thought I could help be one of the people that creates that tipping point. I’m sure there are others who have been out of the loop, but who want to be involved in promoting women in the sport. There are a lot of people starting to rally around the women and I want to be a part of that movement. We need to keep this forward momentum and not let it stall out.” said Inga Thompson

Earn Your Strava Name

Portland agency The Program recently launched a website called Earn Your Name, which gives you a nickname based on your Strava activities.

The website will generate your nickname, basic ride stats and a digital poster for you.

Lizzie Armitstead Steadfast

In this brilliant and unique autobiography Lizzie Armitstead takes the reader to the heart of the most demanding of endurance sports and the challenges faced by one of its most gifted competitors: from sexism and the fight for equality, to doping and the incredible sacrifices and self-belief required to self-coach herself to world titles. Born in Otley, West Yorkshire.

JO Coffee

Jo Coffee is a member of the Specialty Coffee Association of America, Rainforest Alliance, Fair Trade USA and Slow Food USA. Their SingleCup Jo for K-Cup brewers was the first certified organic, NON-GMO, eco friendly single serve. Jo Coffee is produced in Waconia, Minnesota. The Jo Coffee brand was started, with humble expectations, to serve the growing demand for coffee lovers shopping on Amazon.

Founder Kevin Kapaun’s passion for coffee excellence had roots in the Caribbean Island of Jamaica in the early 1980’s. Tasting Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, his vision was created to import exclusive coffee beans from around the world. Kevin’s hobby of importing and roasting coffee in the late 1990’s for friends and family was headed for something bigger. Kevin shared some pure Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee he roasted with his friend Larry Graham, (Rock n Roll Hall of Fame bass player for Sly & the Family Stone) who then encouraged Kevin to start a coffee roastery. He was his first customer and the rest is history, as they say.

South American Epic

This challenging expedition offers you the best opportunity to explore the vastness and diversity of South America by bike. In keeping with the TDA vision, it is an epic trans-continental expedition unlike any other. This is the only South American bicycle trip that covers the continent from top to tip, that includes up and coming Colombia, the menacing row of volcanoes in Ecuador, the majestic vistas throughout the Andes, the stunning and surreal landscapes of the Bolivian Salt Flat, the old colonial towns of Northern Argentina, allows you to cycle the entire legendary road – the Carretera Austral and savour the remoteness of Patagonia & the vineyards and lakes of southern Chile.

Markus Stöckl 167.6kph World Record

Austrian Markus ‘Mad Max’ Stöckl set a new world record while riding down a 45-degree slope in the Chilean desert, his top speed was 167.6km (about 104mph). He held the previous world record in 2011 while riding down the side of a volcano in Nicaragua.

“It’s a standard mountain bike so there’s no part on the bike that you cannot buy. Sure, it’s a high-end bike with the best parts of it but you can buy any part, nothing has been specially made.” said Markus ‘Mad Max’ Stöckl

World’s longest elevated bike path

China’s first elevated bike path is nearly five-mile long and open only to bike commuters making it the longest suspended bike path in the world.

The Xiamen bike highway links all of the city’s major residential and business districts with 11 designated exit/on ramps. Along the route, bike commuters have direct access to 11 bus stations and two subway stops, making it fully possible to get around almost the entire city without stepping foot inside a taxi or private car.

Recycled Tire Art

Recycled materials artist Blake McFarland uses recycled rubber tires to create amazing life-like sculptures of tire animals. Each Sculpture uses strategically placed tires which are woven and secured, creating amazing muscle-like definition of the animals. Each recycled tire sculpture takes around one month to complete and has amazingly detailed features. Blake McFarland loves being able to be eco-friendly by using 100% recycled tires to make his distinctive tire sculpture art. To see the animals in person is a true visual experience but until then check them out on his tire sculptures page.

North American Handmade Bicycle Show

Part trade show, part art exhibition, the North American Handmade Bicycle Show showcases the beauty of hand built bikes and the craftsmen who create them.

Cycling fans from around the world will gather in Salt Lake City to marvel at subtle TIG welds, discuss the intricacies of brazing techniques, and debate the supremacy of steel, titanium, and bamboo. Want to talk to the builders, this is the show for you.

Major Taylor

Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor was born in 1878, grew up outside of Indianapolis and received his first bicycle at the age of 12. He had a knack for the contraption and quickly taught himself some tricks. A local bike shop owner hired Taylor to perform outside of his shop. The boy executed the stunts while wearing a military uniform, which led to the nickname “Major Taylor.”

Over the following years Taylor would begin racing in Indianapolis and quickly earned a name for himself as a formidable foe on the track. Shortly after he began winning races, Taylor was banned from competing in Indianapolis because of his color. Not long after, Taylor and his mentor, Louis “Birdie” Munger relocated to Massachusetts, a more tolerant part of the country.

Spring Cycling Gear

Spring is right around the corner. Here is a selection of cycling products we recommend from CLIF Bar, SKATCH Labs, Blitzu, CamelBak and Garmin. Happy Cycling!