Mid-Week Report: The Latest News, Products and Events

Welcome to the February 19th, Mid-Week Report!

Welcome to the February 19th, Mid-Week Report!

BIKE OF THE WEEK: CALFEE TANDEM

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we are going outside our line of expertise with a bike for two. With over 20 years of experience delivering performance tandem bikes, the carbon fiber Calfee Dragonfly is sure to deliver memories. What we do know about tandems is that they will quickly strengthen or break any relationship. Calfee Tandems are all custom made and there is a host of options to make it a perfect bonding experience.

For more info on taking your relationship to the next level with a custom Calfee, head to www.calfeedesign.com.

Have you ever ridden a Tandem or have an eventful story? Click here and let us know with a comment on Facebook.

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WIN FREE EROICA CALIFORNIA ENTRIES

With Eroica California  (April 3-5) just over a month way, German security and helmet brand Abus is offering up three free entries that can be used for either Saturday’s  Nova (modern bike) or Sunday’s Classic (old bikes) event. The ride starts in Cambria California and covers some of the most scenic roads in central California.

What’s required for your chance to win? Just send us an email telling us why you should win and we’ll pick a random winner on March 1. Send that in to: [email protected]

 

FIRST RIDE: RITTE PHANTOM STEEL

Ritte is a recent SoCal brand that that underwent a change of owners last year and has come out swingin’ with some new bikes. After first making a name for themselves with carbon frames, the brand is now re-establishing itself first with two new steel bikes.

The Phantom is made from Reynolds 725 tubes and represents their “all-road” entry. One of the more interesting details of the bike is that to nail the design and geometry Ritte rang up legendary frame builder Tom Kellogg formerly of the east coast legacy frame shop Spectrum Cycles. Tom retired from running his frame business last year, but was called-out of retirement to add his signature on the inside of the chainstay – a classy touch.

As unfashionable as steel is supposed to be in this day & age of black plastic madness, owing to its small diameter tubes, countless frame details, and eye-pleasing paint, the Ritte was a run-away attention getter on our last group ride.

Our test bike was rolling on alloy Hunt wheels wrapped with 28mm Schwalbe Pro One tires with ample room to go bigger (32mm) still. Up front was an Enve fork with internal cable routing to match the frame’s cable routing.

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BWR EXPANDS 

The Belgian Waffle Ride announces two new events in two new locations. We have added the second BWR in Asheville, NC on Sunday, August 30, and the third will be in Cedar City, Utah on Saturday, October 1
The events are limited to 1250 riders each and sell-out quickly. Registration is open.

NOVA EROICA CALIFORNIA – APRIL 4th 2020

Want to experience the most challenging and spectacular gravel roads of the Central Coast of California? Join NOVA Eroica California! A group ride event with fun, timed segments open only to ROAD and GRAVEL bicycles. Starting separately from the Eroica classic event, NOVA Eroica take a step beyond vintage to celebrate the beauty of fatigue and the thrill of conquest also on modern bikes.

www.eroica.cc

 

GRAN FONDO HINCAPIE 2020: MARCH 28 AND MAY 2

After two successful fondos earlier this year in Greenville South Carolina and Boise, Idaho Gran Fondo Hicapie has two more events lined up for 2020. Join a host of current and former pro riders on the roads of Fort Worth, Texas and Chattanooga, Tennessee on March 28 and May 2 2020.

Website: www.hincapie.com/granfondo

 

2020 DIRTY KANZA REGISTRATION OVER

2020, is here! Mark you calendars for the 15th annual Garmin Dirty Kanza on May 30, 2020.  Lottery selection have been made and the lucky few that were chosen will have a chance to prove themselves on Kanza’s flint roads.

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THE RIFT ICELAND JULY 25, 2020

The Rift is a gravel race through the dark lava fields in the highlands of Iceland – taking place on the tectonic split between North America and Eurasia. An ever-growing battlefield that grows an inch every year.

The battlefield sculpted by volcanic eruptions is vast, rugged and unpredictable – making the Rift a challenge of endurance, mental fortitude and most likely the bare elements. And in the end – a gravel battle between the continents!

The course starts out of a small town along the southern coast called Hvolsvöllur. This incredible shoreline stretches from the greater Reykjavík area in the west to the magnificent Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in the east. It is lined with countless natural wonders such as cascading waterfalls, black sand beaches, glaciers and volcanos – circumnavigating one of the most active volcanos on the island, Hekla.

Website: www.therift.bike

 

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