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Pro conti Aqua Blue Sport will race the disc brake, 1x 3T Strada in 2018 – In a fairly surprising announcement 3T Cycling has paired up with Ireland’s first UCI Professional Continental cycling team Aqua Blue Sport, launched just back in January 2017. The sponsorship deal will see the team racing 3T’s unique aero 1x road Strada and presumably its new Overdrive 9-32 cassettes in the top echelons of the pro peloton. While the team is new, they already have a strong line-up, including current US road champ Larry Warbasse who will be racing in the stars & stripes through next summer. The team got some solid invites in 2017, and backed them up with solid performances. They even won stage 4 of the Tour de Suisse 7, the overall at the Tour of Austria, and most recently the 17th stage of this year’s Vuelta a España. So we expect to see the unique 3T Strada going bar to bar with more traditional bikes in 2018. AquaBlueSport.com
Where to Ride
2nd Annual Clifbar Klunker Crit, Sep 26 – Clif’s crazy Klunker Crit is about to happen again at the Sanitas Brewery in Boulder, CO next Tuesday, September 26th from 5:30-9pm! You’ll find beer & tacos to accompany watching local heroes race around in circles on single speed Klunker bikes amongst an assortment of obstacles! There will be free swag, ice cream, and CLIF Bars. Check the full deets on Clif’s Facebook for the crit.
Cycling Industry Jobs & Perks
Wanna work for a bike company in Berlin? – 8bar bikes in Berlin just put out a new call out for someone English & German speaking to join them in a Marketing & PR role. If that sounds like something you are interested in, get more detail at: 8bar-bikes.com
2017 Philly Bike Expo salutes bike industry with Nov. preview – For the first time ever, the popular East Coast event will run an “Industry-Only” first look with free admission to bike shop owners and cycling industry vendors, suppliers & sales reps. Qualified registrants will gain early entry to the Philly Bike Expo on November 4 & 5 and join the organizers for some exclusive nighttime social events. Shop rats, register now at: PhillyBikeExpo.com
Contests & Gear
Win Biehler’s new Piekfein thermal rain jersey – German custom cycling kit maker Biehler has a new thermal insulated wet weather jersey designed to get you through the cold & rain this autumn & winter. And they are giving it away on social media. Find out how to enter and win on their Instagram before the end of next week.
Join/Rejoin IMBA in the Fall Membership Drive & Win! – IMBA is trying to get more folks to join or renew membership, so is running a raffle for any member who commits from now until the end of October. Join in September & you’re entered to win great weekly prizes AND the grand prize of a Banshee Spitfire full-suspension bike, custom-built by Jenson USA. Sign up & support mountain bike advocacy at: win.IMBA.com/join
Test ride or pick up your bike at the source with Cotic Factory Collection – Cotic is a pretty down to earth bike company, and they want to offer a personal touch for anyone willing to show up at their Sheffield, England doorstep. Now when you buy a bike from them you can select a Factory Collection option and pick it up at their HQ ready to ride and they’ll do the fine tuning & suspension setup like a regular bike shop should. Then you can roll out the door and test it out on the trails out their back door. And if you want to just demo a bike before you choose to buy, they’ll help you figure out what wheelsize or bike setup works for you. Just drop them an email, and you can setup a time for a Factory Demo and weekday from 1-5pm. Cotic.co.uk
Cory has been writing about mountain bikes, enduro, cyclocross, all-road, gravel bikes & bikepacking on and off for over 25 years, since before several of these even had names in our industry.
Prior to that (and at times, concurrently), Cory worked as an Architect specializing in environmental sustainability, a IBD bike shop designer & consultant, an independent product designer, a bike shop mechanic, and a mountain biking instructor.
Based in the Czech Republic for over 15 years, Cory spends much of his time traveling around Europe, riding bikes, and meeting directly with many of cycling’s key European product developers, industry experts & tastemakers for an in-depth review of what’s new, and what’s coming next. A technical off-road rider at heart since the 1990s, Cory’s cycling has evolved to cover everything from the wide range of riding aero road bikes on dirt roads to thrashing enduro bikes in the European bikeparks & trail centers, with plenty of XC, CX & gravel in between.