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Riding the Ronde

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Anyone with even a passing knowledge of road racing heritage knows of the Ronde Van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) and the epic Belgian farm roads and cobbles that make up the route. A couple of years back I had the unforgettable opportunity to ride throughout FLanders and on parts of the course — this video by Joe Baur helps bring it back.

245 kilometers? Cobbled climbs? No problem!

For reasons beyond my comprehension, BMC Switzerland graciously selected me to join five other cyclists from across the globe to join their granfondo experience, more tortuously known as the Ronde van Vlaanderen. Here I document my experience with a bit of Ronde history mixed in for flavor.

Indeed, cycling here does not suck. And someday, I hope to be back on the cobbles of Flanders.

The Comedown Figure-Eight Track Test Ride

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Test riding The Comedown figure-eight track in Glasgow. Read more about the construction and inspiration behind the track in our article from last week talking with artist and sculptor Steven Murray.

Miss Platinum

I’m not entirely sure what’s going on in this Warriors type of scenario, but the repeated cameo’s by some fixed gang rocking Monkey Lights on their spokes is pretty cool.

Arnette Anything But Video Series

Arnette interviews their athletes about the passions that are separate from their primary interests, in this case, pro skater Mark Appleyard discusses what appeals to him about cycling. I love his unpretentious approach to riding, sans brand name dropping, or over-romanticized notions of what it is to ride. He’s just a dude enjoying the bike.

Via Monster Children

Cycling Central Switzerland

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Contributor Joe Baur documented a three day ride through his ancestral home in Switzerland, a great look at somewhere many of us haven’t had the chance to ride.

There is simply no better way to explore a new country than by bike, especially when that country is Switzerland. Luckily with some help from MySwitzerland and SwissTrails, we were able to spend three-days cycling along the Lakes Route that stretches from French Montreux on Lake Geneva to Bad Horn in the northeastern border of the country.
The alpine nation has always held a special place in my heart. It’s where the Baur family name comes from, so you all have Switzerland to thank for my existence. Please, hold your admiration until the end, folks.
In reality I’m mostly an ancestral mutt at this point, but I’ve always most identified with my Swiss roots. After cycling the country, I can see why. The smooth countryside roads, the historic and walkable cities, the trains, the mountainous outdoors — this feels like home. The Swiss live the way I try to live in the States.

Urban Birds

Urban birds from gemma Burditt on Vimeo.

Urban Birds is a documentary about female cycle couriers working in London.

The Making of the Kryptonite Messenger Collection – Part 2

The Making of the Kryptonite Messenger Collection – Part 2 from Kryptonite Lock on Vimeo.

Consider it the trickle down effect, but anything good for locking up messenger rides is going to be good for the general cycling public. Kryptonite conducts focus groups with messengers to create this new line of lock adaptations for a coming winter line.

See part one here.

Kona Growing Up Cross

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Kona has long been involved in the end-of-year insanity known as cyclocross. This video follows three Kona cross racers from age 9 to 33. Two racers from Rad Racing NW, one of the top youth development cycling programs in the US, to Kona Team rider Helen Wyman, one of the top female cross racers in the world. Even if you’re not into ‘cross or racing in general, seeing kids that are into it is awesome.

Hell Ride

Hell Ride – High Noon from State Bicycle Co. on Vimeo.

Let’s pretend summer isn’t slipping away just yet.

Touring Japan with Juliet Elliot and Dave Noakes

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