Keep your enduro dog protected with a set of Rex Spec – All mountain bikers long to have a killer trail dog, whether they ride XC, Enduro or DH, right? Well, if man’s best friend is running trailside next to your wheel, a pair of Rex Specs dog goggles will keep Spot’s eyes safe. Fully adjustable straps ensure that the goggles stay secure while allowing for full range of motion. The spherical single lens design provides a comfortable fit and unobstructed field of view. Rex Specs protect eyes from debris, scratches and harmful UVA/UVB rays, plus at $80 they come in six sizes to fit pocket Chihuahuas up to Great Danes. RexSpecs.com

Advocacy & Industry News

  • I Bike & I Vote, how to finding candidate positions – The League of American Bicyclists wants to make sure that cyclists who vote are informed of how their candidates stand on cycling issues. Are they bicycle friendly, or do they espouse bicycle friendly policies? There haven’t been many big, key transportation votes since 2015, so the Bike League is trying to help you figure it out. Either check in with your local bicycling advocacy organization? Or  you can head to VoteSmart.org to look up candidates on your ballot and see if they have infrastructure or transportation in their positions or speeches. BikeLeague.org

  • Rapha & EF Education First partner for pro sponsorship & development – The move brings Rapha back to men’s WorldTour pro racing, and aims to also create inspiring behind-the-scenes look at pro cycling. Working with Jonathan Vaughters’ team cameras will follow the racers on a year-long journey through the most interesting events in cycling. And of course, the sponsorship will also be an avenue for Rapha to continue to develop the race-ready Pro Team kit. Rapha.cc

Where to Ride

  • Register now to ride the Granfondo Stelvio Santini – This past Monday was the opening of entries to the 2019 Granfondo Stelvio Santini. A total of 1,500 bibs will be available at the special early bird price of just 60€ until the end of the year. Then, the entry price gradually increases up to close of entries or when it sells out. Once again, rider will wear the official Santini race jersey provided in their race pack, and this year there’s a new women’s jersey in a great new cut & color. Find out more about this classic Italian Alpine gran fondo that riders travel to from all over the world. GranfondoStelvioSantini.com

  • Indian summer for one more week at Leogang – If it wasn’t for the trees changing color, it has been hard to tell that it’s mid-October in the Alps. With bright sunny skies and warm, summer-like temperatures (well, until recently), Austria has been enjoying a text-book Indian summer. So, Bikepark Leogang is still open until November 4 and all tickets are 20% off. Drop in for some of the last lift-served trail riding on the Alpine year. Bikepark.Saalfelden-Leogang.com

  • Explore Thailand by bike from Bangkok to Phuket with Grasshopper – On the unique new bicycle tour of Thailand guests will cycle the Gulf of Thailand, Khao Sok National Park & the Andaman Coast. Five days spent riding along the Gulf of Thailand on deserted blacktop and concrete roads through sleepy villages and coconut groves, followed by three days of riding through Khao Sok National Park to the Andaman Coast and down to Phuket. The trip totals 574 km by bike and starts at $2,350. Multiple departure dates are available throughout the year. GrasshopperAdventures.com

Gear & Contests

  • Fall in love with fall on a new Yeti via IMBA renewal  – This month only, renew your membership with your IMBA Local group and you’re entered to win a Yeti Cycles SB5 or SB5 Beti C-Series GX kit, plus a $2,000 JensonUSA shopping spree, a Western Spirit cycling trip for two and a BikeFlights shipping voucher for two. For 30-plus years, mountain bikers have helped create and maintain more trails close to home by joining their local groups. Your voice and your support matters, and a chance at a killer free mountain bike never hurts. IMBA.com/renew

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