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Eroica California

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April 8th and 9th marks the return of Eroica California, a particularly fun event taking place in Paso Robles, California. The event was born from L’Eroica, a vintage cycling event in Northern Italy. The popularity of the original event inspired the creation of nine other Eroicas in locales as far flung as Japan and South Africa. The California version is on its 3rd year, and this edition promises to be even better than the previous two very successful runs. (more…)



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Q36.5

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Q36.5 is a relatively new company, founded by Luigi Bergamo just four years ago in 2013. The name is taken from the ideal body temperature in celsius of a healthy human, and combined with the letter Q, short for quaerere, which translates to research in Latin. It is a complex name, but it’s a good fit for a company striving to provide the highest technological advances in cycling clothing. (more…)



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In A Flash

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The photo above was taken when Sunday’s ride was still all about fun, enjoying the company of friends, and enjoying Griffith Park, one of my favorite places to ride. We tackled Nichols Canyon first, then dropped down Mulholland to the 101, over the bridge, and to the back side of the park. Then we rode up and around to the blacktop – an iconic spot in LA for cyclists, runners, and the many auto commercials filmed there. The ride was mostly dry with the exception of small streams crossing the road here and there, runoff from the last storms to barrel through LA. But, as we reached the Observatory, it started to drizzle ever so slightly. So, I told myself I would be extra cautious on the descent down to Fern Dell, and I was. But, sometimes being careful just isn’t enough. (more…)



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Malibu Gran Fondo

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Assos is an official partner of the Malibu Granfondo, and they are offering three lucky winners the opportunity to experience the Granfondo firsthand. Each winner will receive two nights accommodations at the Four Seasons Westlake, two entries into the 2017 Malibu Granfondo and two Assos Malibu Granfondo jerseys. Enter to win here.



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Enve SES 3.4 Wheelset, Road Seatpost and Road Disc Fork

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On Thursday, Enve released three updated products that should excite folks riding road and gravel bikes. First and most exciting is the update to the SES 3.4 wheelset. Changes include a a new tubeless rim design, and a wider profile suited for a 25mm tire. The new wheelsets weigh in at 1331 grams for the rim brake with Enve carbon hubs, and 1403 grams for the disc brake with DT Swiss 240 hubs. The 3.4 wheels have traditionally been one of Enve’s best sellers, and these new versions are sure to be a big improvement. Also released Thursday is a new road seatpost. (more…)



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Yakima Showcase 15

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The record snowfall recorded at Mammoth Mountain this winter has given me the opportunity to ski often, and thus the opportunity to spend plenty of quality time with the Showcase 15 cargo box from Yakima. For a skier, a cargo box is a necessity, as hauling around skis and ski boots is a space eating chore. Being able to safely and easily carry this equipment on the roof of your car or wagon is definitely the way to go. Wet and dirty equipment can easily stow out of harm’s way, and away from luggage and groceries, or whatever else you might carry in the back or in the trunk. The Showcase 15 from Yakima is part of the top tier collection, and this particular model has 15 cubic feet of storage, and is sized for an average wagon such as my Volvo XC70 pictured above. The sizing chart on the Yakima site shows a maximum ski length of 180cm skis, but I easily stow my 184cm skis without any concern. In addition to my family’s skis, 4 pair in total, I am able to pack four pairs of ski boots. Topping off the load is the trusty sled that travels with us on each trip to the mountains, but sadly rarely gets used. At least it enjoys the trip. (more…)



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