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Friday Roundup: BIPOC Bikepacking grant, World Record, Eurobike cancelled & more!

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Bikepacking Roots opens BIPOC Bike Adventure Grant applications – Back in June Arizona’s Bikepacking Roots announced their new grant program to help address racial inequalities related to access to outdoor experiences – The BIPOC Bike Adventure Grant. Now, the application process is open…

The grant will provide funding, equipment, and mentoring support as needed for Black, Indigenous & People of Color cyclists to pursue an adventurous experience by bike. Bikepacking Roots hopes their small step will help chip away at barriers to allow a more diverse group of riders experience their love of exploring the world by bike.

The fundraising effort started early this past summer, and due to the generosity of many engaged cyclists & industry members, it far surpassed their fundraising goals. Bikepacking Roots say they help off in opening up the application process due to the uncertainty around travel during a global pandemic, but at this point they figured it was time to go ahead so recipients could benefit from the support raised and make plans for new adventures.

The BIPOC Bike Adventure Grant awards will range from $500-3000 (or more), and will include trip planning and mentoring support from Bikepacking Roots staff and volunteers, as requested by grant recipients. Applications are being accepted no through Nov 8, 2020.  And awardees will be selected by a panel of BIPOC adventure cyclists hired by Bikepacking Roots  for the selection process.

Full details and applications at: BikepackingRoots.org

Advocacy & Industry News

  • Eurobike 2020 trade show cancelled – Not a huge surprise with the state of the global pandemic, especially the recent significant uptick in COVID cases across Europe, but the rescheduled November edition of Eurobike has been officially cancelled. The last remaining holdout for a cycling industry show this year, Eurobike Special 2020 will not take place. What’s that mean for you dear reader? Well, we won’t find all the news about the next wave of cycling tech in one place, so we’ll hunt it all down one brand at a time. No intense week of product news reporting from Germany, but we still promise our unparalleled technical coverage about what to expect from your favorite cycling companies over the next season. Eurobike.com


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  • Ultra-endurance cyclist Jack Thompson sets new 7-day distance record – Last week, professional ultra cyclist, Jack Thompson apparently set a new World Record for the most kilometers ridden on a bike in 7 days, covering 3,505km. Velocio clothing shared the news because of course he was riding their Concept collection, but also because they are in the process of finalizing a video documenting Jack’s wild week of riding around Seville, Spain sleeping just 2.5-3hours a night while burning an estimated 76,821 calories over 113hours on the bike. Now, we just wait for the film…

Contests & Deals

  • Click, Ship & Rip savings up to 10% on Obed Boundary gravel bikes – Obed bikes is discounting their already affordable carbon gravel bike from now until Monday, Oct 19, starting at $2150. Save up to $300 as all of their gravel builds are part of the limited-time Autumn Sale, even the frameset, with 0% financing options available, too. ObedBikes.com

  • Save 20% off SH+ helmets & eyewear – Italian head and eye protection maker SH+ is running a fall sale across their entire bike and ski wear line-ups. Enter promo code: AUTUMN20 to save 20% off at checkout from now until Oct 25. en.SHplus.com
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