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Guide to Weight Loss during Base Training
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Guide to Weight Loss during Base Training

Base endurance is an essential component of getting fit and prepared to ride Gran Fondos, Century Rides, Gravel Grinders and multi-day rides like bicycle tours and charity rides.

In this phase, typically in Spring, you lay down the foundation of longer rides that allow your body to adapt to riding for over 5 hours of more.

In fact some of the big Gran Fondos in the mountains will take you anywhere from 5 to 10 hours to complete.

 
Top 33 North American Spring Classics
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Top 33 North American Spring Classics for 2017

In Europe the cobbles of Northern France and Belgium and Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on February 25th marks the start of the Spring Classics.

But you don't have to travel that far to enjoy a huge wealth of Classics here in North America.

So here’s our rundown in chronological order, with a bit about each ride, the history, the homage, where and when.

We’ve added in the European classic races for inspiration!

Whatever you do, make sure you add at least one of these to your Bucket List this spring. Get out and ride!

 
Top 15 Toughest Gravel Grinders out West
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Top 10 Toughest Gravel Grinders Out West

Whats the toughest challenge in cycling? For weekend riders looking to test their mettle, it just may be Gravel Grinding.

Gravel Grinding is an emerging style of cycling that's done on paved, unpaved, backcountry roads covered in crushed limestone, granite, flint, or whatever rock happens to be around. Imagine pedalling over jagged marbles, or if it rains, through chunky peanut butter. In some places, gravel roads are like rutted, bone-jarring washboards.

Here's our guide to the toughest events on the West Coast of the U.S.A., that have announced 2017 dates.

 
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.

 
Pennsylvania´s Monkey Knife Fight Two Thirds Full
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Pennsylvania´s Monkey Knife Fight Two Thirds Full

Celebrating the hardest roads in Emmaus, Pennsylvania's neck of the woods and raising money to benefit the Pennsylvania Perimeter Ride Against Cancer, Monkey Knife Fight returns on April Fools' Day, Saturday, April 1st. Come and "enjoy" a 65-mile bike ride through the dirty hills south of Emmaus, PA. Includes 15 miles of dirt roads and 6500 feet of climbing, seven of them some of the most brutal stretches of misery you'll ever look up at.

Proceeds benefit the Pennsylvania Perimeter Ride Against Cancer, which has raised over a $1,750,000 for the American Cancer Society and Dream Come True since 1983.

The event is already two thirds full so hurry.

 
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.

 
Tackling Big Miles on Dirt: Gravel Grinder Preparation
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Tackling Big Miles on Dirt: Gravel Grinder Preparation

Gravel Grinders by definition are meant to be tough.

The long miles, big days in the saddle, and often-brutal terrain can break down even the most seasoned rider. So, what do you need to do to prepare if this sounds like fun to you? The training for a Gravel Race should be approached differently than your typical road Century or Gran Fondo.

These are the things you should keep in mind to get Grinder Ready in 3 months!

 
America's Premier Gravel Race Sells Out in Seconds
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Americas Premier Gravel Race Sells Out in Minutes

The Dirty Kanza 200 is the “Worlds Premier Endurance Gravel Road Race”. The 12th edition takes place on June 3rd and 4th in Emporia, Kansas, in the Midwest of the U.S.A.

2,500 people logged on secure an entry with only 2,200 spots were available. The 200 specially allocated spots for women filled up in just 1 hour, indicating a record setting year for the ladies.

Last year in 2016, 1,098 cyclists from 44 states and 10 countries pedaled off from the historic Granada Theatre on a 200-mile endurance race through remote tallgrass Prairie rangeland.

 
Dirty Kanza Registration Opens this Saturday, Jan. 14th at 8am CST
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Dirty Kanza Registration Opens this Saturday, Jan. 14th at 8am CST

The Dirty Kanza 200 is the “Worlds Premier Endurance Gravel Road Race”

The 12th edition takes place on June 3rd and 4th in Emporia, Kansas, in the Midwest of the U.S.A.

Dirty Kanza 200 is an ultra-endurance off-road cycling event that is extremely challenging, but at the same time possible to complete. It's run over the ruggedness and remoteness of the Flint Hills region. The event promotes self-sufficiency of participants, while at the same time providing an appropriate level of support, to ensure an enjoyable, life-enriching cycling experience.

Last year 1,098 cyclists from 44 states and 10 countries pedaled off from the historic Granada Theatre on a 200-mile endurance race through remote tallgrass Prairie rangeland.

 
Dirty Kanza 2016 sees 1,000-plus cyclists take on the Flint Hills
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Dirty Kanza 2016 sees 1,000-plus cyclists take on the Flint Hills

Two Californians were crowned king and queen of Kanza on Saturday:

Ted King of Mill Valley won the mens field with a time of 11 hours, 50 minutes, and last years champ, Amanda Nauman of Laguna Hills, easily defended her title with a 13 hour, 11 minute ride.

Report, results and photos.

 
Le Grand du Nord Route Scout 2016
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Le Grand du Nord Route Scout 2016

We have dreams about a course like this (that’s how nerdy we are about Heck courses). Lake Superior, forests, rushing streams, hills, sustained climbs, sweeping descents. Remote. Really remote. Moose sign, wolf sign, spring frogs, broad winged hawks, merlins, white throated sparrows. The occasional hay field. More woods. 

The roads are mostly dirt with glacial gravel on top. 

Heck of the North Productions have completed the mapping of both the 100 and 50 mile courses for the inaugural Le Grand du Nord. Here are some thoughts to consider before taking the start line this Saturday, May 28.