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  • Enter to win a $3200 Timbuk2 x Faraday bike commuting setup – With any resistance to e-Bikes, there is no disputing that they make sense for commuting, and every new e-commuter can be one more car off the road. So to promote being #BetteronaBike, Timbuk2 has teamed up with Faraday bikes to outfit a new commuter in style. The contest runs through the end of May (Bike to Work Month) and includes a Timbuk2 Cask backpack, a Faraday Porteur S e-bike, a Bern Watts helmet, and a Kryptonite Evolution mini u-lock. Enter at: Timbuk2.com


Where to Ride

  •  GraVity Card is your ticket to a season of European descending – The last snows are gone from the Alps, and gravity bikes are out hitting the lift served trails. 14 bike parks in six different countries are joined together by the GraVity Card waiting to be shredded. Two new parks join this year: Bikepark Brandnertal in Austria and Bike Park Kranjska Gora in Slovenia. Check out the full list of where to ride at: Gravity-Card.com


  • Insider trail tips to slide in your backpack – For more European trail rising, the path hunters at Supertrail Maps have compiled two brand new maps for 2016 (Finale Ligure and Bas-Valais), and have thoroughly revised three classic maps (Lago di Garda Nord, Meran Süd and Zugspitz Arena) to make sure that knobby tires find the best sections of trails in the Alps. The maps get improved details, a linked website full of helpful planning info, and a tongue-in-cheek video to get the best out of it all. Sometimes it really is better to put down the Garmin and dig through some real maps. OutdoorMediaShop.com



  • Ride Colorado’s Tour of the Moon – The annual Icon Eyecare Tour of the Moon bicycle ride gives cyclists the rare chance to ride through the beautiful Colorado National Monument, this year as part of the National Park’s Centennial Celebration. The route for the Tour of the Moon, made famous in the 1980’s Coors Classic and the ever-popular American Flyers, is still one of the top road rides in the States. Starting and finishing in Grand Junction, CO, the event offers two courses, a 62-mile metric century and a shorter, 41-mile ride, limited to just 2000 riders. Register now for the Oct 1, 2016 ride at: TouroftheMoon.com
  • The Air Force Association Cycling Classic returns this June – The Arlington, VA event is back in its 19th year June 11-12 featuring pro and amateur races, challenge rides, and kids races. The pro race is part of the prestigious USA Cycling Professional Road Tour, and is joined by several other races and fun rides. Funds raised got to support the Air Force Association’s Wounded Airman Program. Registration is open now at: cyclingclassic.org
  • XC Worlds in just 8 weeks – The organizers behind the 2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Nové Město na Moravě, not so far from our EU HQ, remind us that the event is fast approaching, starting June 30. It will be the first ever worlds in the country, and tickets are expected to sell out to spectate on the popular venue. Tickets are on sale now for what has been called the ‘Best World Cup’ course for 5 years. mtb2016nmnm.com


  •  Global Bike to Work Day: Tuesday May 10 – Sure, we literally just told you about it yesterday, but it really is for the greater good. Strava is collecting data from all of the cyclists that ride and share next Tuesday and will be delivering it out to influential policy makers through their Strava Metro anonymized ride data program. May 10. Ride to work. Upload to Strava and share on social media with #CommutesCount. Change the world. Blog.Strava.com/Bike-to-Work
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8 years ago

The Colorado National Monument is open year around and is perfectly legal for cyclists. Who would want to pay to ride a free road?

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