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Friday Roundup: Big rides, Fake shoes, Sweet deals & more!

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Ride & Seek 2870km/1787mi from Barcelona to Rome like Hannibal – Ride & Seek is offering a new mega adventure tour to follow in the footsteps of the Carthaginian general, Hannibal Barca. The 2870km/1787mi cycling tour through Spain, France & Italy takes in the Pyrenees, Alps & Apennines on roads featured regularly in the Vuelta a España, Tour de France and Giro d’Italia bike races. The “Hannibal Expedition” is divided into two 2 week stages that makes it a bit more manageable – pick one or do both. The tour runs this Sept 2-30, and starts at $6540/5470€ for a half stage or a bit more than double that for the whole month of supported touring. RideAndSeek.com


Where to Ride (& Train!)

  • Breakthrough in a Mallorca training camp with Xert – We’ve looked at several of the Xert & Baron Biosystems technologies to help improve and ease your training in the past. They’ve developed some great solutions to more simply benefit from the huge wealth of data collected in power meter training. But why not take it one step further and just spend a week with them in Mallorca. Their Breakthrough Camp will take you to the island in October to wrap up your summer season with precision and expertise. Wildrock.Rezdy.com

Advocacy & Industry News

  • Join Vanilla for a one night Ready Made bike show ‘Build-Off’ July 6 – Vanilla is holding an in-house bike show July 6th, titled The Vanilla Workshop Build-Off. The one night bike show and party will feature 6 unique Speedvagen builds that will determine their next Ready Made model. Join for tours of The Vanilla Workshop, drinks, food, and to vote on your favorite build, with food by DC Vegetarian and beer by 10 Barrel Brewing. Friday, July 6th from 5:30pm at 1735 SE Powell Blvd. in Portland, OR. Speedvagen.com
  • Rapha says Riding is the Answer – We’re not entirely sure what the question is, but kind of OK with riding being the answer. Bikes transform lives, they make us feel good. Go ride your bike. And hunt down a link to Rapha’s website if you feel included to buy something fancy to wear.

  • Dorel sells clothing brands Sugoi & Sombrio to Louis Garneau – No more will bike brands Cannondale, GT, Schwinn, Mongoose & Charge have to compete with clothing companies for product development attention. Bicycle Retailer reports that the big bike parent brand is “exiting the performance apparel business to focus on bikes, parts, accessories and electric ride-ons.” DorelsSports.com Garneau sees it as a big step in the second generation of the family-owned, Canadian company, giving the brand a broader reach and a lot of development potential going forward. Garneau.com

  • Watch out for fake Sidi online deals too good to be true – Apparently a bunch of fraudulent sites have started popping up offering mouth-watering deals on Sidi shoes. The actual Italian shoe maker wants to remind cyclists to “exercise extreme caution when considering offers that may appear on websites and social media, and to carefully verify the validity of the source before proceeding with a purchase”. “Remember that Sidi products are only available in the best bike shops or online exclusively through authorized websites.” Check out Sidi’s dealer list to be sure, and feel free to report any shading dealings you see to your local distributors. Sidi.com

Gear & Special Deals

  • Sweet Deals up to 50% off on Sweet Protection gear – Sure most of the deals are end of cold weather season stuff on Sweet Protection’s winter sports gear. But there’s some cycling kit and even a helmet too. Plus the snow sports gear looks great too. SweetProtection.com



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