As we wind down towards the end of 2018, we continue our investigation of the bicycling landscape with editorial coverage of road and trail. Serving as background is the event calendar on page 11, your source for events to inspire your training and motivate your adventures.
One such adventure that took place this past month was the Mount Laguna Trail Fest put together by SDMBA and sponsored by Zoic Clothing. New contributor James Murren provides a comprehensive look at what took place and helps cement what I’ll be doing next October. Read his piece on page 4, the first addition to our series, In Search of Dirt, where we profile notable mountain biking events in SoCal & Beyond.
With this issue’s In Practice column, Carl Lawton offers a compelling suggestion in his response to a recent opinion piece that has been making the rounds, decrying Los Angeles as the Worst Bike City in America. He makes the case for increased penalties for perpetrators of hit and run crimes. Read the article on page 5 for more information on his suggested proposition.
John Woodson continues his search of great road rides in this issues installment of Asphalt, Please with a journey to the 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships. The UCIGFWC acts as the pinnacle of the twenty-one qualifying Gran Fondos held in more than 4 continents around the globe. The annual event offers the chance for amateur riders from more than 60 countries to compete individually without a sponsor or team requirement. Age brackets from 18 to 65+ showcase the longevity of athleticism found in the cycling community, and this years’ race was no exception. Read the race report on page 10. The cover, assembled by Erik Scott, offers his re-envisioning of the provided starting photo through the optics of Woodson’s report. A casual but determined grit that permeates the field, in words and photo.
Agencies around the world have reported an increase in accidents taking place in the great outdoors over the past year. Local to us, Los Angeles County reported the highest number of Search and Rescues for 2017, and 2018 is on track to exceed that. Certain elements such as the promotion of the outdoors over social media and the desire for selfie-taking in remote locations has driven this. Kelley O’Toole writes The Last Page with a timeless group of best practices when adventuring outside on your next tour or bikepacking trip. Even if to just check the mail, you’d be served to follow the guidance on page 15.
Lastly, we have put together the 2018 Reader Survey, where we give you the opportunity to help direct and influence the editorial and content for the magazine. Beyond your opinions, basic information about who reads our magazine helps us find organizations willing to sponsor our efforts. Though we do have a group of extremely generous SuperFans who have subscribed to the print edition, the majority of our support comes from these sponsors. Completing a survey is an easy way to help us out, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts. Go here to enter.
See you on the route. Stay safe. Peace,