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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Outerbike festival in Crested Butte this past August was surrounded by the mountains of the Colorado region, allowing for a mountain bike playground for riding demo bikes from some of the best outdoor/adventure brands.
It’s impossible to comprehend that almost 12 months have elapsed since Interbike 2016, but the calendar doesn’t lie, so the editorial crew is planning our annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas for the largest bicycle expo in the United States.
This year, the Belgian Waffle Ride offered up it’s sixth course in six years, with 12,000 feet of climbing, 41-miles of off-road across 17 sectors, headwinds in every direction, prickly desert heat and deep sand arroyos.
After some years of riding, accomplishing several Double Centuries, making a few mistakes, and consulting a lot of information, I’ve learned a few basic rules that you can follow to optimize your recovery.
Not unlike the Spring Classics, the BWR course has changed over the years and 2017 is no different. This year’s course is very different in many ways from the previous editions, but it does take its cues from the best sectors of previous years, as prescribed by the riders, and added in some new ones to create the best, most dynamic course yet.
The best bike is really dependent on the rider’s skill and comfort in the dirt. The faster and more experienced riders will use their road bikes with 25 or 28mm tires, as this is a road race, not a gravel grinder.
The dirt has a special way of zapping the strength of even the most prepared riders because it’s often really soft and hard to maintain any kind of speed. Some of the dirt stretches are really long. Some of them are really rocky. Others are sandy.
Eroica California has always had an eye towards the culture and art of cycling. The event welcomed artist Miguel Soro Garcia, who discussed the inspiration and methods for his paintings. Eroica also featured collector Elizabeth Norris, displaying her collection of vintage posters.
Eroica California is an annual event on the coast of California that culminates on Sunday morning at 6:30 AM in downtown Paso Robles. The weekend features a festival with various cycling art installations, vintage swap meet and bike show, but the rubber meets the road on Sunday when participants gather to venture on the days adventure throughout the valleys and hills of the central coast.
The North American Handmade Bicycle Show showcases some of the most talented bicycle builders from around the globe. We compiled a gallery of the studio shots of some of the most impressive, and interesting, bikes at this year’s NAHBS.
Highway 39 is one of the ‘merit badge’ climbs of Southern California. It is an iconic climb that makes its way into the San Gabriel Wilderness, providing sweeping views as it makes its way around the San Gabriel Reservoir.
Interbike, the yearly compendium of phantasmagoric cycling delicacies, is just around the corner as this is written, and the SCB crew has the same rapt anticipation as the week before Christmas many years ago.
You can expect a lot of innovative new pieces in the apparel space at Interbike this year. Many textiles and fabrics that are now being utilized in garments are more breathable and more versatile in a range of seasons. Though the industry may wish that the edgy gravel bike is the leader in bike trends this year, the true performer will be the electric bikes, with an electric model provided by all of the major bike brands.
At the 2016 edition of Cross Vegas ,there will be some big changes to the race course at the Desert Breeze Soccer Complex in Las Vegas. The racing action will be moved almost exclusively into “The Bowl”, only at the start and finish will the racers move out of the bowl for some concentrated action for spectators.
Stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California began in Pasadena after the race made it’s way from the first stage in San Diego. For the 11th year, the 8-day race hosts WorldTour professionals as they roll their way across the Golden State.
We experienced Phils Fondo when we spent some time with Cannondale rider Phil Gaimon in Santa Monica, along with chef Jeff Mahin owner of M Street Kitchen, during a preview ride of the routes they’re putting together for this fall’s Malibu Gran Cookie Dough.
This August, SugarWatch will be hosting its inaugural Sunset Bike-A-Thon. The 15-mile ride will raise funds for SugarWatch programming and help the organization reach its goal of retrofitting a school bus to serve as a mobile farmer’s market.
Paso Robles, CA–The Great Western Bicycle Rally has been a recurring Memorial Day tradition for bicyclists from all across California who descent on Paso Robles for Memorial Weekend. The four days of the festival include guided rides every morning and afternoon, route-maps for self-guided exploration of the central coast, and a multitude of family-friendly activities scheduled throughout the 4-day weekend.