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  Have you ever wondered if it would be possible to climb 5,000-plus meters on small country roads in less than 120 kilometers? Some call it fun. Some call it torture. Igor Tavella, Ashley Norris Gruber, and Jered Gruber jump at the chance to ride the #YOLOmites5000 every year in September. An all-day adventure along the flanks of the Dolomites with a mix of gravel, dirt and asphalt. Not a flat road in sight, and packed full of adventure.     How did it all begin? We met up with Igor and Jered less than 10 hours before the start of the 2018 edition of the YOLOmites5000.   “I wondered if it would be possible to do 5,000 meters of climbing on all the little roads in less than 100 kilometers. Igor laughed – of course! At that moment, an idea was born,” said Jered.   “This is not for everyone. If you can’t stand the idea of walking your bike or maybe getting muddy or banging down a steep gravel descent, don’t even think of coming. It’s possible to ride everything, but I’m guessing 99 percent of participants will walk their bikes at some point. Even Igor has to ...

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Johan Vansummeren is almost two meters tall, 1.98 m, to be more precise, but he is also a man with a big engine who rode 15 Grand Tours in his career and took his most significant victory in the “Hell of the North” in 2011, after dropping his breakaway companions on the Carrefour de l’Arbre and riding solo into the famous velodrome. While browsing through the Castelli image archives recently, I came across these great catalog shots by the Grubers, taken on an unforgettable day in the north of France. It was a cold, damp December day in 2012, and Johan was bouncing over the cobbles from the Arenberg Forest to the Roubaix velodrome. The cobbled sections were covered in mud. A gravel or mountain bike would have been a better choice that day, but Johan rode his road bike with 25 mm tires sliding through every corner of the iconic pavé sections, cutting his way through the mud on the way to Roubaix. Together with the exceptional cycling photographers Jered and Ashley Gruber, we tagged along by car to capture some epic photos for the Castelli 2013 winter catalog. These were the toughest conditions we ever have asked anyone ...

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The 2018 Tour de France takes in everything that makes cycling such an exciting sport. Cobbles, explosive arrivals, sprints, dust roads, high mountains, a hilly time trial on the penultimate stage before La Grande Boucle finishes on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. With nine stages completed, the first week of the Tour de France is over after the Tour exploded into life on the roads leading from Arras to Roubaix. The stars fell like ninepins on the cobbles of the Hell of the North. There were mechanicals. There were tears on the road, and tears on the podium. But the thrills and spills that provided a stream of crashes were at significant cost to the peloton. Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome battled their way to strong finishes, both took a tumble, survived, and finished with the main group – which numbered less than 30 riders – 27 seconds back. Geraint is now at the head of the ‘virtual’ classification, in the light of the forthcoming Alpine stages which will not favor the current race leader, Greg Van Avermaet. Enjoy Ashley and Jered Gruber’s stunning images from an action-packed cobblestoned Stage 9 of the Tour de France. Photo | GruberImages

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 STAGE 19, PENULTIMATE DAY OF ACTION IN THE MOUNTAINS.   Tomorrow’s Queen Stage of this year’s Giro d’Italia will take in three challenging climbs, including the partially unpaved Colle delle Finestre (Cima Coppi), before a final haul up the insanely steep Monte Jafferau. A day for the happy few who can ride uphill, and a chance for a pure climber to take the stage. The 184-kilometer stage 19 takes in 3,500 vertical meters over four climbs. Two of the climbs, Colle del Lys and Colle Sestriere, are not to fear, but they are compensated by the ferociousness of both the Finestre and the Jafferau.   The first real demanding climb is the Colle delle Finestre, which comes after 92 kilometers of racing. The killer on the Finestre is its steadiness combined with its sheer length – an 18.5 kilometer climb with an average gradient of 9.4% and steepest sector of 14%, with asphalt giving way to a dirt road for the final 9 kilometers before the summit, and close to 60 hairpins along the way.     At an elevation of 2,178 meters above sea level, the Finestre is the Cima Coppi, the highest point of the Giro d’Italia. Each ...

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