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  • Get ready for race season with a Today’s Plan training scheme – So this week’s roundup is pretty much exclusively a look forward to events on the horizon. For almost all of our readers not watching the Tour Down Under live these days, it is a cold time where we are bracing for even more cold. What better way to get through the winter than with an easy-to-follow custom training plans and a look toward a warmer event. The Aussies at Today’s Plan are partnering with the organizers of a bunch of events across North America to help get more riders to meet their goals with custom-tailored training plans for these events. Create a free trial account and see if your event is already on their list, if not let Today’s Plan and the promoter know, and they’ll get on it. TodaysPlan.com.au



  • Strider Bikes announces the 2016 toddler Strider Cup race series – Is your little grom itching for some competition? Balance bike-maker Strider is touting confirmed US locations for its national toddlers and kid’s racing series. Each of the family-friendly races will put the little ones head-to-head on the way to a final World Championship event in July. The series will have races for 2, 3, 4 & 5 year olds to show off their riding skills. So far the Strider Cup has confirmed race in:
    The Railyard on Sat June 11 in Lincoln, NE
    Pioneer Park on Sat June 25 in Salt Lake City, UT
    Riverfront Park on Sat July 9 in Spokane, WA
    Worlds at The Embarcadero on Sat July 30 in San Francisco, CA
    More info on the international series and registration at StriderBikes.com/events


  • SEC Race #1, The Taco Stand Classic – Maybe it’s already time to start another season of racing again with Chain Buster Racing. The first race of the season is already this weekend in Tribble Mill Park in Lawrenceville, GA next Saturday Jan 30 from 10am. The old-school singletrack mountain bike race will run you ragged for either 3 or 6hrs of circuit racing on the 7.5 mile long course with 900′ of climbing per lap. See how far you can make it: ChainBusterRacing.com
  • Giordana presents the 2016 US Gran Fondo National Championship Series – The Italian cycling maker is backing the series in the US this year with 8 point-earning events open to amateur cyclists. Each event offers courses of 30, 60 & 100-mile lengths through varied terrain across the country. The format is about welcoming all levels of riders, plus the addition of a competitive element for those so-inclined. Each Gran Fondo will include timed sections of the course, followed by neutral sections where cyclists can ride leisurely before the next timed section, enduro-style. The 2016 schedule will take you to:
    Gran Fondo Florida – Sat March 26 in San Antonio, FL
    Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo – Sat May 14 in Clayton, GA
    Bicycling Spring Classic –  Sun April 24 in Morgan Hill, CA
    Highlands Gran Fondo – Sun June 5 in Butler, NJ
    Gran Fondo Asheville – Sat June 18th in Asheville, NC
    Boone Gran Fondo – Sun August 7 in Boone, NC
    Golden Gran Fondo – Sun August 28 in Golden, CO
    Gran Fondo Maryland (the 2016 Gran Fondo National Championship) – Sun September 18 in Frederick, MD
    More info can be found at: gfncs.com


  • Colorado Custom and Vintage Bicycle Expo in a week – Whether you’re into vintage bikes, the latest cutting-­edge cycling creations from your local craftsmen, or just cycling in general, there’ll be plenty to take in at the CO Custom & Vintage Expo, including a swap meet. The show returns for its third year, a week from now on Sunday, Jan 31 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Golden, CO from 10am – 3 pm. ColoradoBicycleExpo.com
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