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Top 15 Toughest Gravel Grinders out West
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Top 10 Toughest Gravel Grinders Out West

Whats the toughest challenge in cycling? For weekend riders looking to test their mettle, it just may be Gravel Grinding.

Gravel Grinding is an emerging style of cycling that's done on paved, unpaved, backcountry roads covered in crushed limestone, granite, flint, or whatever rock happens to be around. Imagine pedalling over jagged marbles, or if it rains, through chunky peanut butter. In some places, gravel roads are like rutted, bone-jarring washboards.

Here's our guide to the toughest events on the West Coast of the U.S.A., that have announced 2017 dates.

 
The Cheaha Challenge – Your Chance to Wear the Rainbow Stripes
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The Cheaha Challenge – Your Chance to Wear the Rainbow Stripes

The UCI Gran Fondo World Series returns to the U.S.A. with the Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo, Century and ULTRA in Jacksonville, Alabama on May 21st 2017. If you finish in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place or in the top 25% of your age group in the Century ride, you will qualify for the 2017 UCU Gran Fondo World Championships in Albi, France in late August, and a shot at one of the World Champion Rainbow Jerseys!

"The toughest ride in the South," the Cheaha Challenge, challenges riders over Mount Cheaha, the highest point in Alabama.

Aswell as the UCI Qualifier, there are $5,000 dollars of prizes on offer on the Century and ULTRA distance rides, across 10 age categories.

Registration is now open!

 
Ride the Chico Wildflower on April 30th
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Ride the Chico Wildflower Century on April 30th

Northern California’s Chico Wildflower Century has been listed in Bicycling magazine as a "Top Ten Century". It’s one of the most popular century rides on the West Coast with over 4,000 participants taking part each year.  

The event features 8 different rides to cater for families and all abilities, ranging from the 12 mile children’s ride for families, right up to the Wildcat 125 mile challenge.

The 2017 Wildflower will be a great day for everyone who loves to eat, breathe, drink, and pedal!

 
Vermont Gran Fondo Back with Focus on Rider Comforts
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Vermont Gran Fondo Back with Focus on Rider Comforts

Fourth edition of “quadruple-gap century” returns with later July 1st date, with a special emphasis on the rider experience.

The Green Mountain State’s premier cycling event already has a reputation for challenging climbs and breathtaking views, and will once again offer an abundance of both as the routes criss-cross Addison County.

Both routes will once again include an ascent of the eastern slope of Lincoln Gap, whose 24% maximum grade includes the steepest paved mile in the U.S.

Sign up before the New Year and get 10% off registration.

 
Getting Fit and Prepared for Fondo Season
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Getting Fit and Prepared for Fondo Season

Whether your goal is to ride your first Gran Fondo or you’re choosing from the ever-growing list of challenging gravel grinders, now is the time to begin your training!

Having ample time for preparation is critical to ensuring a successful race and riding season. There are several components that aid in a proper build up to your first event of the season. Having a solid foundation or base, focus on anaerobic fitness, and course race-specific training are all a part of a well-rounded training plan.

You can ensure success if you allow yourself plenty of time, and follow these basic guidelines.

 
VIDEO: Hot Disc Brake Concerns Raised in the Pro Peloton
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Hot Disc Brake Concerns Raised in the Pro Peloton

Pro cyclist posts video of how hot disc brakes can get under extreme braking.

The UCI originally trialled disc brakes in professional road cycling at the end of the 2015 season, and allowed widespread use in 2016, but they were banned after Francisco Ventoso suffered a deep gash to his leg at Paris-Roubaix.

June’s restart of the disc brake trial included one key modification to existing equipment in order to address at least one of those issues — rounded edges on rotors, so as to minimize the chance of laceration.

The possibility of contact burns from rotors that have become hot after braking on long descents seems to still be an issue.

 
Friends of the Smokies Announces Fourth Giordana GFNCS Gran Fondo Asheville
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Friends of the Smokies Announces Fourth Annual Gran Fondo at New Belgium Brewery

Take on a summer challenge and cycle through scenic countryside and vibrant cityscapes at the fourth annual Gran Fondo Asheville hosted by New Belgium on July 23, 2017.

The cycling event offers 30-, 60-, and 100-mile routes with optional, competitive timed sections. Proceeds from the event benefit Friends of the Smokies.

The ride will begin and end at New Belgium Brewery, where cyclists and their families can enjoy a festive atmosphere and experience Asheville’s craft beer culture.

 
Lose Weight Cycling in the Off Season
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How to Lose Weight Cycling in the Off Season

For the time crunched cyclist in the Northern Hemisphere where it’s dark, cold and wet, this strategy can help you lose weight ahead of the new cycling season.

For endurance athletes looking to ride some of the toughest Gran Fondos its essential to be as light and as lean as possible, without losing overall power.

Find out how in part three of our series of losing weight cycling.

 
Lance Armstrong finishes 2nd in Texas Chainring Massacre
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Lance Armstrong finishes 2nd in Texas Chainring Massacre

Former pro cyclist Lance Armstrong surprised fellow riders Saturday when he lined up for the Texas Chainring Massacre, a gravel bike race in Valley View, about 50 miles north of Fort Worth.

Armstrong, 46, blazed through the approximately 62-mile course of gravel and dirt roads in 2 hours, 51 minutes and 23.97 seconds, 2.5 seconds behind winner Matt Stephens of Dallas.

More than 350 riders competed in Saturday’s event, which also included rides of 31, 43 and 124 miles.

 
VIDEO: Marcel Kittel elbowed in the face by Astana rider Andrei Grivko
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VIDEO: Marcel Kittel elbowed in the face

Kittel left with a deep cut and bloody face after altercation midway through Stage 3 of the Dubai Tour.

High cross winds and sandstorms affected the stage, which saw the peloton split and Kittel losing contact with the front of the race.

Kittel was seen looking very distressed at the back of the peloton, clearly unhappy, making gestures to the race officials that he had been elbowed in the face.

Astana rider Andrei Grivko was later disqualified from the race and released this official statement.

 
VIDEO: Cyclist Cheats death after Falling off a Bridge
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Cyclist Cheats death after Falling off a Bridge

Watch this shocking footage as a crash in a Californian bike race almost ends in tragedy, with one competitor forced off the road and over a bridge at 35mph.

The crash that occurred at the sprint finish of a Category 3 Santa Barbara Road Race.

Mike Allec was involved in a spectacular crash in the final sprint that left him hanging off of a bridge above a ravine 30ft below.