Cyclosportive Endurance Rides (circuit cycling)

It would be GREAT if these types of Sportives caught on here…we always seem to be a day late and dollar short when it comes to sport in the US. Europe has our asses kicked in cycling, moto, and auto sports.

Vélo Enduro Cyclosportives

The first  primary objective of this site is to engage and illuminate to those would-be riders who may have interest in riding what are known as, Cyclosportives. I’m sure that many are familiar with the Gran Fondo cyclosportives in North America which have become widely popular among the cycling community.

Though there are other types of cyclosportives, mainly in Europe, that slightly differ from the typical Gran Fondo. One of which are 12 and 24 hour team endurance types of cyclosportive. These unique and exciting endurance events offer fun and challenges for all levels of fitness and experienced riders! One of the best features of these types of sportives, is that the events take place on closed-course racing circuits, which provides a level of safety unlike that of the open roads.

The flow of riding is one direction and there are no autos, no traffic lights, no road furniture…

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When Experts Are Missing Something

Once again Jan Heine and the bicycle quarterly staff have provided sound, in depth research and tire test results.

Off The Beaten Path

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Recently, I posted about slick tires and why they tend to offer poor traction, especially in the wet. Almost predictably, some Internet “experts” declared that it was all wrong. One of the more polite comments was: “Wow, lots of misinformation in this article.”

I guess it’s normal: If your research is breaking new ground, the results aren’t what people think they know. But the unexpected isn’t always wrong.

What the “experts” really are saying is: “This isn’t what most people believe right now. It may take a few years until it becomes widely accepted.”

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The same thing happened when we first published Bicycle Quarterly’s real-road tire tests a little over eight years ago. Back then, the idea that higher tire pressures do not increase speed bordered on heresy.

The idea that tires roll faster the harder you pump them up seemed so evident that there wasn’t even a need to discuss this. Every tire company expert agreed…

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