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  • Go behind the scenes bikepack racing the Tuscany Trail  – Join Bomtrack bikes as they follow Frenchman Clem Shovel and Norwegian Joachim Rosenlund in this documentary on the world’s newest and biggest bikepacking race. The Tuscany Trail is a 560km long, unsupported adventure race that takes in more than 11,000m of elevation gain. This year it had 530 racers at the start. We’d seen a teaser about this story, but now Bombtrack who will support the race from next year has more of the story. Read more about it at Bombtrack.com and find out how to join in next time at TuscanyTrail.it

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Travel

  • New trips from DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co. – Luxury cycling tour operator DuVine just announce some new destinations for their small-group personalized tours now hitting more than 20 countries and 50 regions around the world. Upcoming trips include the Italian Piedmont Truffle Bike Tour and Tuscany Harvest Tour. New for 2016, DuVine debuts challenging Journey tours in the Alps and Italian Dolomites that are all about the climbs going from mountains to the coast, plus there are the race tours hitting some icons of Le Tour. Duvine.com

Cross Racing

  • KMC Cyclo-cross Festival moves from Providence to nearby Thompson, CT this weekend – The 8th annual KMC Cyclo-cross Festival makes the move to a new venue this weekend, across the border at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Connecticut. From Sept 30-Oct 2, the event heads out of Roger Williams Park to the new venue to support the growing multi-day racing program. Noted cross promoter Richard Fries is working with the new venue to build a long-term partnership to keep bring a top international cross racer to New England each fall. KMCcrossfest.com

Advocacy

  • Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry head to Dallas in October – After successfully raising over $1 million to fight childhood hunger with 200 chefs taking in 3 days of charity riding in southern California, they’re coming back for more. Now the Chefs Cycle organization is bringing the fundraising program to Dallas, TX for a one day event to keep the momentum. Check them out and figure out how to support the riders at: Dallas.ChefsCycle.org

Gear & Deals

  • NYCeWheels offering late season commuting deals – NYCeWheels wants to get more people riding back to work and school this fall and has a bunch of commuter bike deals going on now. It covers everything from basic Dahon folders, more kit out Terns, your run of the mill e-bike, up to the crazy dropbar Haibike super e-bike rocket we saw at Eurobike last year. NYCeWheels.com
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Matt
Matt
6 years ago

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Robin
Robin
6 years ago
Reply to  Matt

I found the French to be friendly no matter where I was in their country.

Keith R
Keith R
6 years ago
Reply to  Robin

I go there at least 3 times a year, and I couldn’t agree more! You only need to go once to figure it out. There are friendly people and trolls here too….

Kernel Flickitov
Kernel Flickitov
6 years ago
Reply to  Matt

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Jeb
Jeb
6 years ago

Yep, good people everywhere. On a different note, I hesitate to call anything where how long you sleep, eat, and s**t has an effect on the outcome a “race” . Just like RAAM isn’t a bike race it’s a sleep deprivation contest.

mudrock
mudrock
6 years ago
Reply to  Jeb

Endurance races are, to me, the ultimate test for an athlete. The Tour Divide tests an athletes strength, mental toughness, and resourcefulness. Just wish it was televised. This race is a bit more low key, a beautiful tour through the French countryside.

Jeb
Jeb
6 years ago
Reply to  mudrock

“The Tour Divide tests an athletes strength, mental toughness, and resourcefulness.” Every high level endurance athletic endeavor does this, the difference is in the level of competition. These bikepacking events are just like 24 hour racing was 20 years ago. A bunch of decent athletes getting notoriety because the level of competition is low. Look at John Stamstad, he was a 24 hour god until the events garnered enough attention and money that some competition showed up and crushed him, which is why he created the Tour Divide. New playing field, no competition. Put it this way, every guy on the World Cup XC circuit could show up to the Tour Divide and with minimal guidance just kill everyone by days.

whizzle
whizzle
6 years ago
Reply to  Jeb

finish within minus 13 days in the TDR? yeah, sure, every guy….

Rod Kimble
Rod Kimble
6 years ago
Reply to  Jeb

Nope. Maybe they’d lead for one day, but 15+ in a row on 2-3hrs sleep a night? Like Mike Hall says: it’s not who rides fastest, but who lives fastest. Just being good on a bike doesn’t guarantee success in a event like the TD.

huroncrusher
6 years ago
Reply to  Jeb

Wrong. You are out of your depth to say level of competition in the TD is low. Have you seen the stuff the leaders do for the rest of the year? It’s insane.

Walt Wehner
6 years ago

I’ve never understood why TD and CTR and other races don’t just require 8 hours of no movement (sleep if you want, or not) every 24 hours. It would be casual to track this via Spot Tracker and it would make the events into *bike races* instead of not-sleeping contests. Probably much more enjoyable to do that way, as well as safer. Win win win.

Erik
Erik
6 years ago

The tuscany is in Italy

Keith R
Keith R
6 years ago
Reply to  Erik

The Italians are cool too….

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