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Hidden Gem: Refugio Rd Hill Climb

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Quiet roads, chirping birds and spectacular views. Steep slopes, tight hairpins and burning thighs. If you like riding uphill, the Refugio Road ascent is arguably one of Santa Barbara’s best kept secrets. Gibraltar and Painted Cave are fantastic but the steep and scenic ride up Refugio is one to remember.

Trip Report: Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

When you picture your dream retirement, I’ll bet you’re somewhere sunny. There are probably some fresh water lakes, some lush golf courses, some beautiful vineyards and an endless number of delicious riding routes. Basically, you’d be describing BC’s Okanagan.

The Tooth of the Matter

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

While at university in the nineties, I used my bike to get pretty-much everywhere. It was a prehistoric version of today’s mountain bike and must have weighed 40 lbs, but I loved it anyway. I vividly remember one spring day a few of us hopped on our bikes and headed off campus for a trip to Benny’s >> Read More

Trip Report: Levi’s GranFondo

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

Waking up before sunrise in San Francisco is magical. The customary hustle and bustle of commuters, tourists and cable cars gives way to a remarkable peacefulness as the morning fog lifts from the Bay. This was the idyllic setting that welcomed us as we began our point-to-point ride from Fisherman’s Wharf to Sonoma County. Within minutes, >> Read More

Hitting the Alps for the Giro d’Italia

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

First organized to increase sales of a newspaper, the Giro d’Italia is Italy’s signature cycling race and Italians have pretty much dominated since its inception in 1909. Bicycle Sportive hit the Italian Alps during the final week of the 2015 Giro to see if young Fabio Aru could preserve his country’s glory. Milan was the jumping >> Read More

Book Review: Pro Cycling on $10 a Day

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

  At age 16, Phil Gaimon began riding a bicycle to get to his friend’s house to play video games. Before long, he discovered that riding his bike provided an escape from the anger and concerns he had as an overweight teenager. He wasn’t looking to become a pro athlete or anything, but he liked riding >> Read More

How far is a gran fondo?

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

There are some certainties we’re familiar with. The Indianapolis 500 is five hundred miles. The marathon is 26.2. And if push came to shove, you’d probably be able to bang out the correct Ironman distances too (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and a marathon). The distance of a gran fondo is not so simple. Of >> Read More

How many gran fondos do people do?

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? There are so many gran fondo events out there now that you could probably ride two each weekend plus an extra one on stat holidays. So, what is the right number and is there such a thing as too many? Runners know that >> Read More

Top ten tips for a successful gran fondo weekend

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Whether you’re preparing for your first ever gran fondo or you’re a seasoned veteran, these ten tips will help you make the most of the ride.   1. Look after logistics early Remove as much of the last-minute stress as possible by organising your travel and accommodation well in advance. Accommodation close to the start and >> Read More

I’m timed but I’m not a race. What am I?

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

A gran fondo! If you are a cyclist and you are over thirty, I’m sure you have participated in a gran fondo by now. Even though they only really hit North America about five years ago, there now seems to be at least a dozen gran fondos taking place each weekend somewhere on the continent. If >> Read More