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Video Roundup: Lacondeguy, R-Dog & Kathi Kuypers, Hazzard Racing, Vaea Verbeek, & more

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What’s it like if you’re a pro rider stuck at home right now? Well, if it’s anything like Andreu Lacondeguy’s normal time at home, it looks like it could be a lot of fun. Of course, this first clip was filmed just before the COVID-19 outbreak in Europe, so Andreu probably won’t be out hitting the trails around his home in Catalonia any time soon. But at least we have this awesome video to watch while we all wait this thing out!

Rider: Andreu Lacondeguy

Director: Léon Perrin

Film: Léon Perrin & Gaetan Clary

Edit: Léon Perrin

Sound: Léo Lunel

Photos: Jean-Baptiste Liautard

A muddy winter mountain bike ride featuring Hazzard Racing riders Joe Barnes and Lachlan Blair. Shot on their hand built trail on one of the wettest days of 2019 in Fort William, Scotland. Enjoy Time & Tide for Nae Man Bide. Now Get Out & Ride. OneUp Components is proud to be supporting Hazzard Racing again for the 2020 season. 

When a pair of Trek big mountain riders had just one week to road trip through British Columbia, they knew they’d have to think outside the box to truly experience the region. Trek C3 Project’s Ryan “R-Dog” Howard and Trek Gravity Girl’s Kathi Kuypers wanted to make the most of it. So rather than ramping back their plans, they chose a bike that could ramp up their experience: the electric assist Trek Rail. They started in Squamish and wound their way to Kelowna, and over the course of their single week managed to hit such epic spots as Kamloops, Revelstoke and more.

Breaking through to the professional level is one of the hardest things to do in sports. Years of hard training, traveling to competitions far and wide and sustaining injuries await all those who wish to pursue a career as a professional mountain bike athlete. For Vaea Verbeeck, years of hard work and dedication left her within inches of a podium spot. In order to break through to the next level, she had to take a step back and remember why she began racing in the first place.

Lack of dropbar racing getting you down? Then maybe these next two videos will help.

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Riding is fun. Racing should be fun. But it’s hard to remember that when focusing on wins and watts, podiums and purses. It becomes exhausting. So there’s a new breed of professional athletes choosing to transition away from the status quo. And though they possess the racing pedigree of their peers, they want to experience the joy of racing again. They’re forging a new Frontier in professional sport. With fresh legs, they’ll define success differently and apply a savvy entrepreneurial spirit to build a career on their terms. One based on performance, and most importantly, fun. In this episode, we connect with Pete Stetina about transitioning into gravel racing from the World Tour Road Racing scene. Pete won Belgian Waffle Ride last year and it was a sort of switch for him that this could be a real possibility for him. One that brought him back to his roots of why he rides his bike and what motivates him to get out every day.

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