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QBP Women's Bike Mechanic Scholarship
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QBP et al. open Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship applications – Quality Bike’s Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship Program is back for its sixth year. And this time they are offering 32 scholarships for the 2-week Pro Repair & Shop Operations class at UBI in Ashland and Portland – thanks to broad industry support from Park Tool, SRAM, United Bicycle Institute (UBI), DT Swiss, Problem Solvers, SPANK Industries, Maxxis & WTB.

Applicants must be women, transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming, or intersex US residents currently employed at a US bike shop. Recipients get tuition for the two week course, plus lodging, and a small stipend at completion to help offset travel & meal costs. Interested parties can apply at QBP.com/WomensScholarship until Nov 1. QBP.com

Industry News

  •  Blood Road & Rebecca Rusch wins an Emmy – Adventurous mountain biker Rebecca Rusch who just so happens to have a lot more titles like MTB world champion, race promoter, and part-time firefighter, got a new one. She is now an Emmy winner for the ‘Outstanding Graphic Design and Art Direction’ in her documentary Blood Road made with Red Bull in 2017 chronicling her expedition along the Ho Chi Minh Trail to find where her father crashed and died during the Vietnam War. If you haven’t seen it, saddle up for 90 mins and watch the full 1930km long film at: RedBull.com

Where to Ride

  • Fondo Cycling Circuit adds Akron, OH in Oct 14 – Fondo Cycling Circuit USA is coming to race in Akron, Ohio next weekend. The inaugural Akron Fondo on Oct 14 will be held at Lock 3 in downtown Akron, with three standard distances on offer: 30, 52 & 77 miles, catering to cyclists of all abilities. These three Piccolo, Medio & Gran Fondo routes offer colorful scenic river valleys of the Cuyahoga and Tuscarawas, and pass the
    beautifully preserved Ohio and Erie Canal way. Get the full details at: FondoCyclingCircuitUSA.com/Akron-OH

Gear & Deals

  • Gravel-specific Fizik bar tape, seriously – We’ve seen gravel bikes, gravel tires, gravel riding kit, gravel shoes. Now we have gravel tape. Fizik’s new 2019 bartape lineup includes the new Terra “specially designed for gravel, its Bondcush polymer foam is paired with a sticky gel backing that soaks up vibrations… and Terra’s raised Tacky texture means you won’t slip”. The 3mm thick tape cost 38€ a roll in a rang e of solid colors and eliminates adhesive tape backing. Get it or the more conventional road Vento ribbed or perforated Tempo bar tapes all straight from: Fizik.com

  • A compact Candy Cane travel pillow with 20 modes – Because we all need to be well rested when we get to our riding destination. This travel pillow that popped up on Kickstarter (and already has been funded) packs down so small – the size of an apple – that I might actually remember to bring it on both my next bikepacking trip and my next flight. I’ll be honest, I hate dealing with transporting a travel pillow, and I’ve suffered a bit by not having a comfy place to lay my head. I guess that will get solved when these start shipping next March. Kickstarter.com

  • Save up to 40% on Campagnolo clothing –  Campy is running a end-of-season clearance to offload some remaining stock, even of their latest new riding kit. We’ve ridden in their high performance C-Tech kit and the Titanio which both are solid warm weather performers. And where else are you going to find a Campagnolo Tracksuit to lounge around at your local bike shop / coffee shop? Campagnolo.com

  • Save 35% and more on Moots clothing, too – Clearly it’s end of season sale time. Moots’ Fall Sale has deals on riding kit, tees & other small bits. Save 35%+ on jerseys, bib shorts, socks & water bottles. 40% off select t-shirts. Moots.myshopify.com



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