With the grueling job of riding, reviewing and writing about road events, I have the opportunity to experience many, especially in my backyard – Western USA and Canada. Here are my top picks for 2018’s Best of The West Gran Fondos.
A multi-day mountain bike ride report with friends traversing the Pisgah National Forest for a week of autumnal riding in western North Carolina. On this trip we had dry, sunshine-y, warm afternoons followed by cool, crisp overnights, which was nothing but perfect for five days of pedaling up and down the topographic folds that lie in the vicinity of the Davidson River campground.
In getting a front row view to the ways in which bad drivers drive, I made a conscious effort to be a better driver, and to be more alert and aware while behind the wheel. It is not possible to be a perfect driver, and in certain situations, it may seem that breaking traffic laws/norms is worth the trouble.
The various immunities to liability that governments enjoy, and the pitfalls imposed by substantive law make it a complex and difficult landscape to navigate. Of these, the biggest pitfalls are the statutory public entity immunities.
We’ve compiled this year’s holiday gift list for the road warrior or armchair racer. A seasoned veteran of turning pedals can be a difficult person to shop for when holidays are near. Most will already have all the gear they require; if it was needed they would have it. Solution? Books, a fresh set of tires and some new warmers. Simple pleasures.
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.