Red Bull does road climb sprints as well as pumptracks & MTB backflips – Rampage wasn’t the only Red Bull bike event that just wrapped up… because what goes down, must also go back up. The Red Bull Hill Climb pitted some of the strongest riders (and lightest bikes) against one another on the hills of San Francisco in fixed gear singlespeed & open any two wheeled categories. Here’s how it shook out…

Red Bull Bay Climb
c. Red Bull, photos by Long Nguyen

The third annual Red Bull Bay Climb saw over 200 bike racers taking to the streets to test their lung and leg capacity in an all-out sprint up one of the steepest street segments in San Fran. Not for the faint of heart, cranking uphill for just 0.32 miles, but with a grade peaking at 21%. Standout performance of the day went to Women’s Open champion, Hanna Muegge of DNA Pro Cycling, who took her third consecutive win. Women’s Fixed was won by Dani Morshead, Men’s Open by Aria Kiani, and Men’s Fixed by Chris Tolley of Texas with an appropriately painful grimace, the only non-Californian to earn a top spot. RedBull.com

Gear & Tech news

  • Iron-on visibility with RydeSafe Reflectives on Indiegogo – OK, so yesterday was Halloween. But this is a crowdfunding campaign, so you were going to have to wait until next October to be able to create your own reflective skeleton suit, anyway. This new visibility project is one I personally think will be awesome. Iron-on Reflectives make you safer at night by being seen – just like their stick-on reflective decals, but these fix to your cycling clothes or other fabric riding gear with a normal household iron. It’s something RydeSafe’s customers have asked for for several years, with the final materials now dialed in. Indiegogo is raising money & sorting pre-orders, but the Iron-on Reflectives aren’t a far off concept product. RydeSafe says order now, and they’ll deliver before Christmas.

Advocacy, Industry news & all around good vibes

  • Help IMBA get the CORE Act passed to protect MTB trails – The US House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act (H.R. 823) within the next week, and your Congressional representatives need to know the CORE Act is a great set of bills for mountain biking. This piece of legislation protects mountain biking and other human-powered recreation through a combination of diverse land designations, boundary adjustments & new language – specifically preserving existing access to some CO mountain bike trails. IMBA & their local groups have reviewed & revised some of the specifics in the Act to help enhance & protect future opportunities for mountain bike trails. For more info head to the IMBA blog, or go straight to sharing your support with your representative.

  • Trek’s new podcast knows we are all “Better with Bikes” – From Bo Jackson knowing bikes to a better& more sustainable Bat bottle cage, Trek’s new podcast explores “inspiring, unexpected & unknown cycling stories” behind the bike itself. We love a good behind the scenes story, and Trek has the juice to dig deep and chat with cyclists who have a lot of interesting things to say. Each episode features a unique  perspective on cycling culture, and pulls back some industry curtains for peek at the what lies behind the everyday. blog.TrekBikes.com

  • Take a break on a day with artist & adventure cyclist Dustin Klein – Jack of all, master of none, but often times better than a master of one. Whether it’s painting, drawing, tattooing, content creation, or clothing design, 100% is what Dustin Klein gives. Light & Motion got the pleasure of spending a day with Dustin at his art studio in Portland, Oregon to document a small glimpse into his world as a talented artist, content creator, and cyclist.

  • Celebrate the night & the best nighttime holiday with Niterider – It is (OK, was) Halloween, so kick back and enjoy the night with Niterider who’s happy to cut through the darkness to make riding fun any time of year, any time of the day or night.

Contests

  • Win a Quella Bike, a Litelok, Conti tires & more – Want a free bike? A number of brands have partnered up to get you a year-round urban commuting setup. Start with a  Quella Varsity Imperial singlespeed bike, then a Litelok Silver to secure it, plus a Beryl Laserlight Core light, Conti Gatorskin tires, a Goodordering Monochrome Market Shopper bag & an AssSavers to get you safety around town. , and a huge bundle of must-have cycling accessories that will be perfect for your winter commute. EU readers can enter here to win before Nov 22.

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