Earlier this year, Jay Ritchey took a trip with his wife to Ecuador for some light bike packing and adventure riding. To test out our new Ascent, we decided to send it along with him for a little adventure of its own. Here's his story:
My wife works in health care and looks for opportunities to improve her medical Spanish. Last year she went to Costa Rica and this year she found an opportunity to shadow in a hospital in Cuenca, Ecuador. The more we read about the area the more it appealed to us? an old bustling colonial town, resting at 8,000ft just East of the Occidental Andes. I began flying over the area on Google Earth. I was looking for dirt roads leaving the city and escaping to higher elevations. The topography lead me towards
It is possible Toms Eroica ride started with the challenge that came about from contemplating the over exaggeration the market demands of the bicycle. Calls for stiffer bottom brackets, stiffer head tubes, stiffer front ends. The jargon of, aero wind tunnels, and carbon anything washes over the fundamental of whether or not the bike even rides well or if the rider fairs well after the ride. Its easy to get caught up in the technological whirlwind of advancement for advancements sake when there are fundamentals deeply rooted in cycling history. At the end of the day, these desires produce a bike what rides like brick with cork tape wrapped around the ends. And thats just it, right? What is it we ride for if not to enjoy the very element were immersing ourselves in when riding. For Tom, the value is if the bike can forgive the ground and terrain for fighting again the ride; its in the bikes compliance. If a bike can comply with the very elements it seeks to tackle. Thus, a challenge to t
Brian Vernor is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker, photographer, artist and storyteller. More than anything, he's a cyclocross racer. Here he talks about his experience tackling one of the most infamous cycling events of any discipline: Three Peaks Cyclocross Race.
It hasn't been a week yet since we struck out to do the Grinduro- an event orchestrated by Giro to benefit the Eastern Sierra Trail Stewardship. The event page boasted camping, epic views, challenging terrain and beer. Not being ones to shy away from epic events that ask for you to dig deep in the pain cave and be rewarded with libations and fireside tall tales from the ride, we signed up. The Grinduro was hosted by Quincy, a small logging town nestled in the eastern Sierras, about an hour and a half north east of Marysville, CA. Its the kind of place Carver would have written about, where the hum of the sawmill always abuzz, and the nights come too quickly. In mid-October, the air smells crisp in anticipation of fall, and the trees are turning a blaze from the top down not even ashamed of turning too red too soon. Something about the timing and location of the event created an environment ripe for a ride with about 300 of your closest friend you wont soon forget.
Originally published on 31/08/2015 by Guillaume Prébois
Stage 11 of Vuelta 2015 (Andorra - Encamp On Cortals)Our man, Guillaume Prébois, is back at it previewing some of the hardest stages the pros will tackle in the grand tours and giving us a laymans perspective from his saddle. Tomorrows stage of the Vuelta has been touted as the toughest stage ever created in the history of this Grand Tour. Read on for Guillaumes opinion.
This is the first real mountain stage of the Vuelta 2015 and what stage! She would have been directly inspired by Joaquim Rodriguez, who in the Principality, is a national hero. All climbs are also marked by signs where his name appears. Andorra is a handkerchief wrapped into a tourniquet, the stage looks like the Amstel Gold Race in the sense that the race wraps around the same area and returns several times to the same place.
Guillaume Prébois came to Ritchey with a plan: to ride the Spring Classics and key Pro Tour stages of 2015 prior to the actual race, give his insight on what the pro peloton would experience and where the crucial moves would happen. What unfolded is something Guillaume calls the #BeforeProject. So we put him on our Superlogic EvoCurve bar, Superlogic C260 stem, WCS Contrail and WCS Zeta II wheels- ensuring he would have the best, near-pro experience while over taking these courses. Below is his take on the historic classic Milan-San Remo.
Tom just completed a ride that hes wanted to do for years. Starting in Santa Barbara, the ride goes from Romero Trail to Camino Cielo to Gibralter. Being a typical Tom Ritchey Route, the terrain was rough and tough. Check out the photos of Tom and his trusty Ritchey Carbon Break-Away Bike (complete with WCS Zeta wheels and our new VectorEvo Saddle System)!
Tom is back from Cape Epic and shares his thoughts and experiences. In modern cycling, term epic gets thrown around a lot. Not every long, hard race is worthy of the term, but the Cape Epic is truly epic. Eight days. 698 kilometers (434 miles). Over 15,650 meters of climbing (51,345 vertical feet). It starts in Durbanville and finishes in Lourensford, South Africa, covering some of the roughest country in the world, and the competition is world class. Tom Ritchey has raced the Cape Epic four times, finishing as high as top 50 among the pros. Its become a meeting round. The Cape Epic has become a highly sought-after win for pro riders. Nino Schurter and Florian Vogel of the Scott-SwissPower team came here to win, and they got humbled. Its not a normal stage race or mountain bike event its the cycling equivalent of the Baja 500 or Paris Dakar, its challenging on a completely different level and things can go very wrong, Ritchey said.
Tom Ritchey sent us a very detailed recap from the first few stages of the 2013 Cape Epic. As you may know from previous updates, Tom is partnered up with Alex Stieda. Alex was the first American to wear the Yellow Jersey during his Pro Tour days. He's finished well in many of the hardest road races around the globe, yet has little experience with Mountain Biking. Having this in mind, Tom knows Alex can endure some of the hardest suffering and chose him to partner with in confidence.
Tom’s teammate in the Cape epic is Tour de France legend Alex Stieda. In 1986 Stieda wore the Yellow Jersey, the climbers polka dot jersey, the multi-colored jersey, the red and white jerseys of the Tour de France. He was the first North American to lead the Tour de France. So he should be able to hang with Tom!