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Hincapie, Johnson join JaMac at Jingle Cross Fondos
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George Hincapie, Tim Johnson Join JaMac as Celebrity Guests in Clif - Jingle Cross Gravel Grinder and Fondo

Cycling fans will have the chance to meet and ride alongside famed racers George Hincapie and Tim Johnson at this year’s Clif-Jingle Cross Gravel Grinder and Road Fondo, courses that were designed by Iowa City’s own former professional cyclist and Olympian Jason McCartney.

Hincapie, Johnson, and McCartney will join riders on the 60km gravel grinder and 70km road fondo on Sunday, Sept. 17.

An autograph session with all three athletes will follow the rides at the Johnson County Fairgrounds.

 
Bite the Bullet and ride the FoCo Fondo
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Bite the Bullet and ride the FoCo Fondo

The Bite the Bullet Gravel Fondo highlights some of Northern Colorado's best-kept gravel secrets. Enjoy at 53 or 100 mile route with aid stations along the way to refuel and rehydrate. Smash the marked Strava segment on the course for a chance to win $100. 

One major change for 2017 is that a percentage of proceeds will be donated to the Laramie River Foothills Bison Conservation Herd. They are actively seeking to raise funds to expand the buffalo’s area this year. 

We are proud to raise money towards conservation project such as this that keeps Northern Colorado beautiful, wild, and free.

 
Clif Bar Jingle Cross Announce Road and Gravel Fondo
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The Jingle Cross Cyclo-Cross Festival September 15th-17th is the largest cyclo-cross event in North America. Located in Iowa City, this 3 day bicycling celebration geatures the globally televised Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup. Our  Deschutes Brewey Beers and Gears Okoberfest highlights the festival along with 60 amateur cyclo-cross races for riders of all abilities, specialty food truck fair, DJs, bands, kids races an kids zones plus a whole lot more.

The highlight of the weekend will be the Telenet UCI World Cup which will be globally broadcast to 8-10 million viewers...and you will be there with a free ticet to see the best cyclist in the wrld race in Iowa City. Go to our website at JingleCross.com and watch the "Welcome to the New Age" video to see what cyclo-cross is all about!

The weekend features both a road fondo and gravel fondo for cycling enthusiasts.

 
Tetrick Smashes Womens Course Record at Dirty Kanza
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Alison Tetrick (USA) took her road racing fitness from the Pan Am Championships and Amgen Tour of California and took it to the gravel roads of Kansas at the iconic 206 mile gravel race, the Dirty Kanza

 
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!

 
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.

 
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.