Great Cycle Challenge USA

Great Cycle Challenge (https://greatcyclechallenge.com/) USA encourages each rider to set a personal mileage goal for the month and ask their friends, family and colleagues to sponsor them to support their challenge. Participants can ride to work or on weekends, near home or while traveling, and bikes of all types can get involved - be it recumbent, stationary, tandem, tricycle or unicycle. (PRNewsfoto/Children's Cancer Research Fund)

The Great Cycle Challenge encourages each rider to set a personal mileage goal for the month and ask their friends, family, and colleagues to sponsor them to support their challenge. Participants can ride to work or on weekends, near home or while traveling, and bikes of all types can get involved – be it recumbent, stationary, tandem, tricycle or unicycle.

Founded in 2015, Great Cycle Challenge USA has quickly grown to become one of the biggest cycling events in the country. Over the past three years, more than 76,000 riders from 50 states have ridden 5 million miles while raising $9 million to support childhood cancer research. This year’s goal is for 48,000 riders to raise $5.5 million.

Mileage and fundraising are made easy through the Great Cycle Challenge app. Miles can also be tracked with MapMyRideStrava or added manually. Riders who register by April 20 will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a Specialized bike retailed at $4,200, and those who raise $500 will receive a 2018 Great Cycle Challenge USA jersey.

Great Cycle Challenge (https://greatcyclechallenge.com/) USA encourages each rider to set a personal mileage goal for the month and ask their friends, family and colleagues to sponsor them to support their challenge. Participants can ride to work or on weekends, near home or while traveling, and bikes of all types can get involved - be it recumbent, stationary, tandem, tricycle or unicycle. (PRNewsfoto/Children's Cancer Research Fund)

The event benefits Children’s Cancer Research Fund. Starting April 3, cyclists of all ages and abilities can register for the month-long event at GreatCycleChallenge.com.

To help riders connect with each other and boost motivation, Great Cycle Challenge USA now offers participants the ability to create and join group rides during the month of June. Riders can search for group rides in their area at greatcyclechallenge.com and meet other GCC riders in their local community.

Are you participating in a non-profit ride this year? We want to hear about it in the comments below!

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Cyclofemme May 13: Join women around the globe and celebrate cycling

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On May 13th Women from around the world are invited to join together and ride bikes. For a list of rides in your area, or start your own go here.

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Cyclofemme is partnered with World Bicycle Relief to raise funds and open the world for schoolgirls in Zambia, and empower the next generation. You can pitch in $147 as a team and give a girl a bike. Links on social media will make it easy to fundraise on ride day. Or start a fundraising page of your own.

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We love the Cyclofemme motto: “WE BELIEVE that strong communities are built around strong women. That being on a bike brings us closer to our community, to nature, and to yourself. That from action comes change. That our hope, courage, and strength is amplified when we unite.”

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Sea Otter Classic 2017: Ortlieb bikepacking bags

Ortlieb has been a reliable pannier bag brand for cyclists for decades, so it wasn’t surprising to see them release a few bikepacking-specific products in 2016.

At the Sea Otter Classic this year, Ortlieb continued that progression by upgrading their Gravel-Pack panniers, seat pack and handlebar bag, and adding couple new items.

The big focus of these bags is reducing the overall size of the bag. This is based on consumer feedback that Ortlieb has conducted and the statistic that when given the option to use more space, most people will use it, but when space is not available, they make-do. When you are riding long distance, multi-day trips, less weight is a good thing.

The Ortlieb Gravel-Pack front panniers are a more compact version of their current Sport-Roller pannier. The Sport-Roller has 25 liters of storage space, while the new Gravel-Pack has 22 liter. The Gravel-Pack features Ortlieb’s signature 3M Scotchlite reflectors on the sides of the bag and double lower mounting hooks for V-shaped racks. The Gravel-Pack will be available this fall and will retail at $170. 

And now a little sneak-peek at 2018 products:

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The Ortlieb Seat-Pack M is a compact version the currently available Seat-Pack. Both bags offer Ortlieb’s 3M Scotchlite reflectors, honeycomb texture, waterproof with a roll closure, and the air release valve.

The original Seat-Pack is a substantial 16.5 liters while the M is a cozy 11 liters. Because the M is smaller, Ortlieb was able to make the seat post attachment a single velcro strap versus the original’s double. The benefits to a single seat post attachment are that it can now be used on a dropper post and it’s also more usable for petite cyclists who have limited space to attach a bag to the seat post. Price: $145 

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Another evolved product is the Handlebar-Pack S, again another shrunken version of the original. The S is 15.7 inches wide and 6.7 inches in diameter. Its short length makes it a good candidate for drop bars, with the capacity for up to 9 liters. The S has 3M Scotchlite reflectors, honeycomb texture, and is waterproof with roll closures. Price: $125 

Ortlieb also has two brand new bags for 2018. One is the Frame-Pack Top Tube, a narrow frame bag that accommodates water bottle cages or rear shocks. The Frame-Pack is waterproof and offers 4 liters of volume. Price: $135

The second bag is the Cockpit-Pack, a waterproof bag positioned on the top tube to house a few small essentials in an easy-access location. It looks as though it could hold a cell phone, keys and a snack easily. Price: $55

All Ortlieb products come with a 5-year warranty.

Ortlieb also had their no-sew patches on-site. Patches are awesome, but holes in your waterproof gear are not. Thanks for the patch!

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Keep Reading: Check out more coverage from the 2017 Sea Otter Classic here.

 

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Win an entry for you and a friend to Old Man Winter Rally

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  • Winner: Jimmy Clere of Colorado Springs, CO
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  • Winner: Andre Rethman of West Des Moines, IA

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The Old Man Winter Rally has partnered with us to give three winners the opportunity to win a free entry for themselves and an entry for a friend. Because riding with buddy is good times. Enter to win below.

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Oskar Blues Old Man Winter Rally, is an Epic Winter Adventure Ride in Lyons, ColoRADo on 2/12/17. Choose from a 50km or 100km course each filled with Dirt, Snow, Sweat, and Beer!
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Complete the survey below the video by 11:59 p.m., December 28, 2016 to be entered to win. We will choose and notify a winner the following day. Some terms and conditions apply, but don’t they always? Open to U.S. residents, only. Sorry, but that’s not our choice.

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