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Year’s End Roundup: Chang3 it all, ride Sun Valley or Finale, Alchemy demos & more!

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Chang3 Everything is the new Formula for 2019 – For the new year Italian mountain bike brake pioneer & suspension maker Formula says they plan to shake up everything they’ve done so far. We’re not entirely sure what they mean by that cryptic new tagline, but after shaking up things internally a couple of years back with all new forks, we’re curious to see where this leads.

For now Formula put together this idealistic teaser and left us with quotes like this: “A change is not always an improvement, but we must change in order to improve.” The upcoming shift apparently started with asking their riders what they wanted to change. So that’s our only real clue as to what’s coming from Formula. “What do you want to change?”  RideFormula.com

Where to Ride

  •  Race the Snowball Special this February in Sun Valley, ID – Winter doesn’t mean it’s time to stop riding. In fact, it’s just a good excuse to break out some even fatter tires. Join Rebecca Rusch’s Rusch Ventures for the classic Snowball Special Fat Bike Race on Sat, Feb 23 at the Sun Valley Nordic Center. All riders are welcome on one of 3 course options: 20K, 40K & the 40K Duo Relay. More details & registration at: SnowballFatBike.com

  • Register now for the 24hrs of Finale next June 1-2 – Registration has just opened up for the 21st edition of the 24 hours of Finale. The 2019 event will run with a series of races from May 31 – Jun2 at Altopiano delle Manie, Finale Ligure on the coast of Italy. This year’s theme is Indiana Jones (I’m sure it is Lucas-approved) under the tagline of “Riders of the lost bikes”. One can only imagine what crazy treasure hunt will ensue. 24hfinale.com

Advocacy & Contests

  • TASCO raise funds for NICA & Sustainable Trails w/ Bike for a Buck Contest – Buy a ticket for a shot to win a new 2019 Specialized Stumpjumper Expert with lifestyle clothing retailer TASCO MTB. Their Charity Sweepstakes is putting all the money raised to benefit the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) and Sustainable Trails Coalition (STC). All it will cost you is $1 to enter. There’s no limit on the number of tickets a person can buy (as long as you are in the US or Canada), so give generously through Jan 15, 2019. Tasco-MTB.com

Gear & Deals

  • Get a steal in Alchemy’s End of the Year Demo Sale – Alchemy are offering up to 60% off a mix of new, slightly used frames & complete bikes that have spent this year in their demo fleet. Head to their online shop to check out almost 30 bikes of frames remaining, including  road, gravel, CX & trail in titanium & carbon. If you’ve ever been on the fence about buying a bike from Alchemy, now is the time to give them a second look. AlchemyBicycles.com

  • Save up to 25% off Campagnolo Cold Weather Riding gear & more – Before Christmas Campy was running a sale on some of their iconic accessories that you have been gifting this holiday season. Well, now they’ve notched that sale up a bit to 25% off and added a host of winter riding gear as well. Looking like they will run through the start of the year, Campagnolo fans can cut around 15% off of winter riding sets, or more on select jerseys & summer combos. Campagnolo.com



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