The toughest cyclocross race in the world. Staged in the Yorkshire Dales National Park since 1961 the Three Peaks is a grandparent to every adventure race that’s come after. The first off-road event of its kind, it follows in the muddy footsteps and tyre tracks of a 14-year-old Yorkshire schoolboy who first completed the arduous route by bicycle in 1959. Since then the course and event have expanded to become the largest and most feared cyclocross in the UK.
We don’t have passes across the Alps that Napoleon used and now have 8 lane motorways, or ancient smuggling routes between Salzburg and the Alta Valtellina which is now perfect singletrack. But we do have the Convict Trail, and you get right up close to it on the Convict 100.
Near the Madonna di Pogi are a handful of hiking trails that loop around the olive groves and vineyards of Pogi, which are often utilized in national marathons and mountain bike rides. The common room at the farm was fully stacked with maps and tourist itineraries so we were able to plan out our route quite successfully.
From March 13th through the 23rd, I was a member of a group of 10 hearty souls that participated in the second running of “Fatbike Greenland”. For 6 of the 10 days of the trip, I rode a fat tire bike 230 kilometers from the base of the Russell Glacier to the coastal city of Sisimiut.
Each year Titan Tropic MTB Race in Cuba continues to work with local communities to build new trail infrastructure to incorporate into the race, helping to create a recreational bicycle community and improving the event routes over the years. Many racers brought their families, who followed the race via bus, all organized by Titan Tropic.
There are some incredible trails around like a vista point we hiked to from the camp at Horizontes Villa Soroa. In Viñales, we visited the Mural de la Prehistoria (a huge contemporary mural), and Cuevas del Indio (a bat-filled cave with boat tour).
Japanese engineering is world-class but that applies even to the smallest one-person crafting. Some very old crafts are still being manufacture there in Ishikawa with the help of modern technology.
Notojima (Noto Island) is home to a number of small traditional Japanese towns. The residents all share duties of farming, fishing, and crafting to create very tight-knit communities throughout.
The area around Noto Island is quite stunning, with two bridges to the island enclosing the tranquil Nanao-nishi Bay. Many old towns in the area still thrive with family farms leading right up to the thick forests.
It is easy to find advice on table manners in Japan, as the traditions are quite specific and simple. It actually may seem daunting at first, but with a little practice (and maybe some alcohol) actions become easy and even fun.
As the world’s cities become internationalized, the Noto Peninsula on the Sea of Japan is one place where Japan can be visited as a historical destination. The region is surprisingly accessible and offers a huge sampling of traditional Japanese culture.
When I lived in India for six months in 2014 doing environmental research, I always traveled to my host institution in the northern Bangalore suburbs on my bicycle. It was 6 km away and only took me about 20 minutes. It was a lovely trip through a colorful neighborhood and I relished the sights, smells, and sounds. But, the rides were challenging, both physically and emotionally.