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.
As Jens was asked what one of the most challenging race moments he encountered throughout his 17 Tour de France finishes, he brought up a late stage in the 2010 race that qualified for him..
I’ll dissect exactly what happened further down, but for the moment I’ll say this: On the international race broadcast and across Twitter, there was a sentiment that the pit mishap was not Brand’s fault, and that it cost Brand the win. I don’t believe either of those suggestions are accurate.
A collection of trails and side roads make up a fun way to spend the day in Fullerton, as demonstrated by riders of the OC Brakeless Fixmas Toy Drive Crit on the first week in December. This college town has a classic downtown with numerous food stops and bike shops. The mix of road and trail make for a fun training ground, or even a local grassroots ride.
The San Diego Mountain Biking Association (SDMBA) annual membership ride, the Archipelago Ride aka “ARCH” ride, is best described as a mountain bike adventure through the backcountry of North County.
Charles Minthorn Murphy was known as “Mile-A-Minute Murphy” and his feat would begin a long tradition of pacing bicycles behind moving vehicles to achieve speed records, though never again behind a train.
Years in the making, Project Speed is the collective effort of a small group of individuals. They have one singular purpose, getting Denise Mueller-Korenek to 167 miles per hour riding a purpose-build bicycle at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
We returned to the SoCal Fixed Series on June 24th at Mt. San Antonio College for race #2 of the fixed gear competition. This time around racers were riding in the opposite direction from race 1 on the .65 mile criterium course, which created more of a challenge for riders fighting against a strong, summer headwind.
An out-and-back from the center of Coachella Valley to Joshua Tree National Park. 106 miles highlighted by tall mountains, blue skies and wide-open desert vistas, plus no old guys in Bentleys aiming to run me over while texting to set up a tee time.
In an even bigger showing this year than the last two, the SoCal Fixed Series returned with a vengeance on Saturday May 24th for the official first race of the summer series. Luis Suarez, the director of the Series and OC Brakeless, managed to secure a massive parking lot at the Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California for the site of all 3 criterium, brake-less, fixed gear races.
When we heard there was a candidate running for sheriff who is an active cyclist, we took note and sat down with the man himself, Duke Nguyen, to hear his take on some of the issues we’ve seen in Southern California, and specifically in Orange County. Nguyen is a 26-year law enforcement veteran of the force and currently investigates officer involved shootings for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
Offering ride lengths of 100, 50 and 25 miles with male, female and tandem categories the Tour De Acoma offers every rider a chance to win prized Acoma pottery. Plus, with all proceeds going to the Haak’u Museum Foundation the event helps preserve New Mexico pueblo history and art. That’s a good thing.
Paul Components, based out of Chico, California, is renowned for producing a line of American-made CNC components, accessories, and adapters that can best be described as functional jewelry for your bike.
The Amgen Tour of California returns to the golden state for a week of World Tour racing, an exciting event for cyclists in Southern California and beyond. The stage race features both a men and women’s competition that finishes in the capital, Sacramento. Spectating the Amgen Tour of California is a great opportunity to see some of the World’s greatest athletes battle it out on the roads of our gorgeous state.
Head to the Wildflower triathlon for a well organized event, camp out, enjoy the fun times, and challenge yourself in one of the classic California triathlons. The 2018 Wildflower Experience runs May 4-6th at Lake San Antonio with offerings for team or individual competitions.
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.
Nestled in the Northeastern corner of Arizona’s Superstition Wilderness at an elevation of 3,300 feet, Reevis Mountain lies to the south of Roosevelt Lake. Reevis Mountain is owned by Peter Bigfoot, local master of self-reliance. He is best known for his solo trek across the Sonora desert in July 1976, in which he covered 85 miles in 15 days, surviving the journey by foraging.
The event is called ‘The Whiskey’ because it starts on the famed ‘Whiskey Row’, an 1800’s downtown row of tall western saloons and shops; traditional Old West Saloons that have swinging doors with names like ‘The Palace’ or ‘The Bird Cage.’
Last weekend, Rick Schultz (Bike Fitness Coaching, Ask the Bike Coach) put together a free bike clinic on how to ride your first gravel event. Topics included discussions on rider and bike preparations, course routes, survival techniques and equipment selection.
I rode my mountain bike to the start line of the inaugural Carson City Off-Road 35/50 Mountain Bike Race put on by Epic Rides. My goal was the finishers reward of the coveted silver railroad spike with the proof of my success engraved in the metal.
Organized by the same folks who put on the 7-day Haute Route Alps, Pyrenees and Rockies, Ventoux offers the same Pro-like experience both on and off the bike in a perfect 3-day weekend format. Based in the quaint French village of Bédoin the route covers 270km with 7800m of climbing, including three ascents of Ventoux.
Meet Rick Schultz, a bike coach and regular contributor to BICYCLIST magazine, who is an experienced CAT 3 racer, a Peaks Coaching Group specialist, and a Beginner Racer Program (BRP) instructor. Send him your questions through this contact form and your answer could be featured in upcoming issues of the magazine.