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The Cheaha Challenge – Your Chance to Wear the Rainbow Stripes
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The Cheaha Challenge – Your Chance to Wear the Rainbow Stripes

The UCI Gran Fondo World Series returns to the U.S.A. with the Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo, Century and ULTRA in Jacksonville, Alabama on May 21st 2017. If you finish in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place or in the top 25% of your age group in the Century ride, you will qualify for the 2017 UCU Gran Fondo World Championships in Albi, France in late August, and a shot at one of the World Champion Rainbow Jerseys!

"The toughest ride in the South," the Cheaha Challenge, challenges riders over Mount Cheaha, the highest point in Alabama.

Aswell as the UCI Qualifier, there are $5,000 dollars of prizes on offer on the Century and ULTRA distance rides, across 10 age categories.

Registration is now open!

 
Standalone Strava app rolls out for Android Wear 2.0
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Standalone Strava app rolls out for Android Wear 2.0

We've known a standalone Strava app would be coming with the introduction of Android Wear 2.0 and now the fitness tracking company has announced it is now available to download.

The standalone app means users will be able to track distance, time, pace, laps, split times and heart rate, all directly from an Android Wear 2.0 watch, without the need for a connected smartphone.

Standalone app update coming for Apple Watch Series 2

 
Ride the Chico Wildflower on April 30th
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Ride the Chico Wildflower Century on April 30th

Northern California’s Chico Wildflower Century has been listed in Bicycling magazine as a "Top Ten Century". It’s one of the most popular century rides on the West Coast with over 4,000 participants taking part each year.  

The event features 8 different rides to cater for families and all abilities, ranging from the 12 mile children’s ride for families, right up to the Wildcat 125 mile challenge.

The 2017 Wildflower will be a great day for everyone who loves to eat, breathe, drink, and pedal!

 
Vermont Gran Fondo Back with Focus on Rider Comforts
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Vermont Gran Fondo Back with Focus on Rider Comforts

Fourth edition of “quadruple-gap century” returns with later July 1st date, with a special emphasis on the rider experience.

The Green Mountain State’s premier cycling event already has a reputation for challenging climbs and breathtaking views, and will once again offer an abundance of both as the routes criss-cross Addison County.

Both routes will once again include an ascent of the eastern slope of Lincoln Gap, whose 24% maximum grade includes the steepest paved mile in the U.S.

Sign up before the New Year and get 10% off registration.

 
Watch The Levi Effect Documentary
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Watch The Levi Effect Documentary

The Levi Effect is the story of professional cyclist Levi Leipheimer who left behind the mountains of Butte, Montana for a life of cramped hotels, endless traveling, and shovelfuls of pasta across two continents.

Many talented young athletes do the very same, but few can make a home for themselves amongst the agonizing competition of a grueling sport. After years of struggling against the world’s top athletes, Levi finally earned a spot in their ranks.

Now, at the apex of his career, he finds himself in a place that he’d never considered: Levi's GranFondo, his greatest legacy, is intersecting with one of the darkest eras of the sport and his inevitable journey through it.

 
Friends of the Smokies Announces Fourth Giordana GFNCS Gran Fondo Asheville
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Friends of the Smokies Announces Fourth Annual Gran Fondo at New Belgium Brewery

Take on a summer challenge and cycle through scenic countryside and vibrant cityscapes at the fourth annual Gran Fondo Asheville hosted by New Belgium on July 23, 2017.

The cycling event offers 30-, 60-, and 100-mile routes with optional, competitive timed sections. Proceeds from the event benefit Friends of the Smokies.

The ride will begin and end at New Belgium Brewery, where cyclists and their families can enjoy a festive atmosphere and experience Asheville’s craft beer culture.

 
Lance Armstrong finishes 2nd in Texas Chainring Massacre
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Lance Armstrong finishes 2nd in Texas Chainring Massacre

Former pro cyclist Lance Armstrong surprised fellow riders Saturday when he lined up for the Texas Chainring Massacre, a gravel bike race in Valley View, about 50 miles north of Fort Worth.

Armstrong, 46, blazed through the approximately 62-mile course of gravel and dirt roads in 2 hours, 51 minutes and 23.97 seconds, 2.5 seconds behind winner Matt Stephens of Dallas.

More than 350 riders competed in Saturday’s event, which also included rides of 31, 43 and 124 miles.

 
RBC Capital backs Gran Fondo Texas
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RBC Capital Markets backs Gran Fondo Texas

RBC Gran Fondo Texas is a cycling event to benefit the Texas Medical Center Orchestra and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. 

The ride will offer routes of 38 miles, 55 miles, and 78-100 miles. All routes will be fully supported for food, hydration, mechanical assistance, SAG, EMS, and safety with Ride Marshals and Motorcycle Marshals in attendance.

The overall ride will be in the European gran fondo style with interval starts based on skill levels and distances. All rides will start and finish at Montgomery High School Stadium on FM-105 in Montgomery, Texas.

Registration is now open

 
Montana Looking to Ban Cyclists from Some Roads
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Montana Looking to Ban Cyclists from Some Roads

The draft bill will ban cyclists from two-lane rural roads without a shoulder or cycle lane running alongside, effectively banning cyclists from a large number of the state’s roads, forcing them off road or onto gravel roads instead.

The bill also means that cyclists are not allowed to ride side-by-side on the road at any time, only single file at all times.

Understandably, the state’s cycling community are not happy about the proposed changes, which would effectively ban road riding outside of towns.

 
Gran Fondo in the Bahamas
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Winter Escape: Gran Fondo in the Bahamas

Escape winter and ride the Eleuthera Gran Fondo this February 18th.

Eleuthera is an island in The Bahamas, lying 50 miles east of the country’s capital- Nassau. It is long and thin —110 miles (180 km) long and only several miles wide. Eleuthera is truly a gem. A wonderful place to explore, beach, and get away from it all.

Eleuthera means freedom in Greek, and that’s exactly the feeling that will wash over you as you ride traffic free along the virtually empty roads that extend across the island, a round trip of 100 miles - if you want.

It’s a cyclists' paradise - in paradise!

 
Register now for the 4th annual Gran Fondo Vermont!
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Register now for the 4th annual Gran Fondo Vermont!

The Vermont Gran Fondo returns for its fourth edition on July 1st, 2017, with a special emphasis on rider experience!

The climbing will be no less challenging, the views every bit as breath-taking, and the post-ride party kicked up a notch The Green Mountain State’s premier cycling event already has a reputation for challenging climbs and breath-taking views, and will once again offer an abundance of both as the routes criss-cross Addison County.

Register now and save!