Win a new Spanish gravel tour on the new Canyon Grail with Thomson – Thomson Bike Tours is branching out into gravel with a new Barcelona to Girona trip this autumn, and newly partnering with Canyon for a fleet of unique Grails. To celebrate they are giving away one all-expenses paid trip for this coming Sep 30-Oct 6 to join them. All you will have to do is get yourself to Barcelona. Register at Thomson’s website, just by providing your name & email between now and Apr 30. ThomsonBikeTours.com

Where to ride

  • Dust off your bike, grab your ladyshred friends for the Yeti Beti Bike Bash – The 9th annual women’s only mountain bike event put on by Yeti & Stans No Tubes is set to kick odd this Jun 3 in Lakewood, CO. If you are looking to ride or race, or just hang out with other women mountain bikers, the Beti Bash is the place to be. Racing has categories for everyone from the juniors to the pros, and even the ‘Never Ever’ category for those who would never normally consider toeing the start line. There will be skills clinics and Little Bellas camp options for girls 8 to 13. Get the girls together and go ride! BetiBikeBash.com

  • Ride the Mekong Bike & Boat Adventure with Grasshopper – Bike tour company Grasshopper Adventures has just launched a new 11-day journey from Siem Reap, Cambodia to Saigon, Vietnam by bicycle and riverboat. Bike & hike through the backroads, meet & learn from the locals, and see first-hand the unique agriculture of the Mekong Delta, enjoying delicious local cuisine along the way. The Mekong Bike & Boat Adventure starts in 2019 running Jan 2-12, Feb 1-11 & Jul 30-Aug 9. Pricing starts at $4900 per person. GrasshopperAdventures.com

Industry News & Advocacy

  • Uber buys bike-sharing service Jump – We spotted it over on Engadget that the bike-sharing service Jump out of San Francisco, CA has been gobbled up by ride sharing giant also based there. It’s a logical step so now you can use the Uber app to get in a car or onto two wheels with the Jump e-bikes. For now the full crossover is a pilot program in San Fran, but it it goes well expect to see it in other cities soon. JumpBikes.com

  • Team Sunweb announces Keep Challenging Center to develop riders – Already in the works to a certain degree but set to fully open next year in Sittard, NL, Sunweb is developing an open campus concept that will combine living spaces and high-end rider technical services & support to optimize young athlete development. The idea is to provide a better unified environment for promising riders to come study, train, and build their potential as professional cyclists. Of course the benefit to Sunweb is a flow of talented riders into their development teams. TeamSunweb.com/KCC

  • Red Truck auctions 3 limited Canyon bikes to support Challenged Athletes Foundation – Tied in with the Canyon Belgian Waffle Ride this Sunday, Apr 15, online bike marketplace Red Truck has launched an auction for three special edition Canyon road bikes. All proceeds from the auction go to support the Challenged Athletes Foundation. And you get a chance for a one of a kind Canyon Endurace CF SL Disc or a one of two Grail CF SL. Auctions run through April 20. RedTruck.com 

Hot deals!

  • 25% off all Scicon bags this weekend only – Italian bike travel bag maker Scicon says they are running the biggest sale of the year, this weekend only. Save 25% off of their full line-up with discounted pricing already showing up in their online store. SciconBags.com

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