Dario Pegoretti’s legacy to carry on at NAHBS 2019 – “We can’t yet talk about losing our amazing friend – it’s still too near. But if Dario taught us anything, it was the ability to continue his work, developing the excellence and artistry of Italian frame building. And of course, to never turn the music down. We’re going to respect his wishes.” said longtime Pegoretti frame builder Pietro Pietricola.
After the unexpected passing of master framebuilder & painter Dario Pegoretti earlier this fall, his Verona, Italy workshop Officina Dario Pegoretti and the North American Handmade Bicycle Show have announced that his technical & artistic vision will live on at NAHBS next March. This coming year in Sacramento, it will be the 15th anniversary of the show. DarioPegoretti.com & NAHBS.com
Where to Ride
- Podia goes from moody road to playful gravel in latest video – When clothing and lesser known road tour operator Podia sent over their latest video highlighting their scenic riding in southern Poland, I wasn’t quite sure what was going on. It started off with moody autumn road riding shots with even moodier music & voice-over about solitary riding. But thankfully devolved into some more fun once friends roll up and the leave asphalt behind. Podia.cc
- 9th annual True Grit Epic opens, adds 89 mile gravel race in southern Utah – Next Mar 9 the True Grit Epic returns with 100 or 50 miles of mountain bike racing out of St. George, UT. As usual it will likely sell out soon, so register quickly. Plus, after talks with the folks at Lauf (maker of the True Grit gravel bike) race promoter GRO put together a killer 89 mile gravel version of the race with 9000′ of climbing, 90% off-road and a trip through a Joshua Tree forest. The gravel race has just 200 total slots, so act faster on that one! TrueGritEpic.com
- Ride the Zwift Fondo series, earn the virtual kits for each – The Zwift Fondo Series is back, from now until next April. There are three distances – Gran, Medio & Bambino. It looks like it actually started last Sunday, but there’s a new one each month. Cross the finish line at your own pace and unlock that month’s exclusive kit. Gotta catch ‘em all. Zwift.com
- Register now to Dropdown next spring in the Czech Republic – Michal Prokop takes riders on a preview of the longest gravity mountain bike race, with the biggest descent in the Czech Republic. The mass start DH race will start in the snow and head down ski slopes, fire roads & trails before it drops back to the resort to open the gravity season. 300+ riders are expected to ride next Apr 20-21 at the Dolni Morava Ski resort.
Early Black Friday Deals
- Save $40 off a yellow Elemnt Bolt – You still have one week to go, and we’ll have more Black Friday deals from the start of next week, but for now revel in some early savings. The limited edition yellow Bolt is on sale now, and only through Nov 18. Get $40 off at checkout with code: YELLOW40. WahooFitness.com
- Get a Mason x Voilé strap for just £13 – OK, to be fair this isn’t a Black Friday deal at all. It’s just the regular price of these ski straps newly crossed-over with Mason Cycles. This original ski strap is from all the way back in 1991. But they are widely sought after for bikepackers (after backpackers) due to their non-slip, stretchy, virtually unbreakable versatility. Strap anything you need onto anything you have with these 20″ polyurethane straps, even link them up for bigger items. Mason’s are bright orange with light hardened alloy buckles. MasonCycles.cc
- Save up to 20% at Rapha on cool-weather bundles – As the weather gets colder, we have to adapt and layer up in extra kit for cold, long rides ahead. For a limited time, Rapha is offering special bundled deals, saving on combos of high performance Pro Team & Core collection cool & cold weather riding gear. Rapha.cc
- Scicon opens 2019 Ambassador program applications – Scicon is again inviting cyclists to apply for their 2019 Ambassador program from now until Nov 25. Athletes & influencers are invited to apply to travel & ride with Scicon next year, exploring the world by bike and sharing their passion along the way. Fill out their online form to apply if that sounds interesting to you.
- USA Cycling offers free membership to veterans & active military – Now through the end of the year in honor of Veterans Day, USA Cycling is honors the military community with free basic memberships. Partnering with five military support organizations, free memberships are being offered to veterans, active military, and their families in an effort to introduce cycling to a broader community and to share the benefits of the sport to members of the armed forces. Those who join receive a 1-hour free consultation with a USA Cycling coach, a 10% discount off of USA Cycling merchandise, access to partner discounts, member-only offers, and a coupon to gift a basic membership to a friend or family member. More details at: USACycling.org