Race Preview: With the 2013 Giro di Lombardia taking place this Sunday we thought it was worth a closer look at the circuit of the 'Climber's Classic' with the three legendary climbs: the Valcava, Sormano, and Ghisallo all capped off by one, small, beast of a final ramp: Villa Vergano.
It’s 7am on a February day in San Diego, California, but cyclists at the Cycling Camp San Diego (CCSD) Base Training Camp don’t seem to mind. The average temp for the day is in the mid-70s F with lots of sunshine in store. And CCSD has one of its premiere rides lined up for the day’s adventure—the well-loved, but rarely trodden (even by local cyclists), Cleveland Forest Loop.
I first wrote about the Hotel Funivia a few months back when piecing together a week of riding for the PEZ-Crew to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. After a fantastic few days in Bormio, I can report first hand on the experience. This is an easy one to write because they really have it dialed for cyclists wanting a high level of riding and attention, and a low level of distractions.
Following the big races makes for a great vacation, but you don’t need a race to enjoy some riding of a lifetime. VйloSport Vacations offers some popular options to ride and relax in France’s beautiful Provence region, on many of the same roads used by le Tour and other races, but without all the crowds, rush, and road closures. This could be the trip you need…
Italy: land of sunshine, pasta, Fausto Coppi and home of the ultimate retro-ride. L’Eroica, “the Heroic,” saw its 17th running on October 6, 2013 and of course Pezcyclingnews was there joining the lucky participants enjoying some fine weather, some great food and some truly terrible roads on heavy bicycles with inappropriate gearing and lousy brakes. What could be better?
Any loyal PEZ-Fan knows the one thing we love more than racing, is riding. Chasing a race on your bike is an adventure like no other, but who says you need a race to really enjoy your bike? PEZ-Fan Dean Clinard joined 179 cyclo-tourists for a charity ride around northern France and sent us proof that great riding comes in many forms…
PEZ-Fan and noted San Francisco chef Thom Fox recently took his first cycling trip to Europe. Good thing for us he chose Girona Spain as his base, and even better that he chronicled his experiences traveling with his bike – and riding in the area. We should all do this… soon.
The first week of the 2013 Giro gave me a chance to see a lot of new parts of Italy, I covered over 1800km, and after the stage 8 TT I was just a 45 minutes drive to Riccione - another part I'd not seen before, and a chance for a short stay (and ride) at another fantastic bike hotel - the Hotel Dory.
We usually think of Europe when it comes to cyclist-friendly people and cultures, a completely different experience than what we get at home in North America. But Guadeloupe is much closer to home, and as we recently discovered, is also home to a people who absolutely love cyclists, and cycling.
Part 2: In 2010, the ErgVideo crew launched their most ambitious mission yet to the French Pyrйnйes to ride, film, and ultimately produce their next batch of training films. We recently showed you Part 1, and the adventures continue here as they cover Pla d’Adet, the Peyresourde, Hautacam, Luz Ardiden, Col du Solour and the Col D’Aubisque.
New England has some of the best cycling in the country. So why pack up your bike and fly 3,000 miles just to see what it looks like on the other coast? Because it’s Cycle Oregon, that’s why.
Every now and then an assignment comes across your desk (or handlebars depending on what you call your “office”) you just can’t refuse. The other day I got just such an assignment. How can you say no to the offer of joining up with Bikestyletours for a week of riding all the classic Tour de France climbs of the French Alps?
Better known as the Centrum Ronde van Vlaanderen cycling museum, a few hours spent here is a must for any true cycling fan visiting Belgium. Add in riding the famous cobbled bergs of the Tour of Flanders route, some fine Belgian beer, and meeting a Belgian legend and you've got a perfect weekend.
In 2005 a group of devoted cyclists rode the entire Tour de France route a day ahead of the actual race. They raised over $60,000 for charity, and lived the dream for three weeks. Destination Cycling took care of logistics, and are offering a few special riders the chance to do it again this year.
The ultimate summer vacation, or the ultimate madness? Starting later this week, Destination Cycling will lead a group of adventure-happy cycling fanatics around France, as they spend the next three weeks riding every stage of the Tour de France route.
Almost 18 months ago our editor in France Chris Selden moved from the cold and flat of the North East of France to the warmer climates of the South and in particular the Hérault Valley. With the warmer weather also came more hills and some simply spectacular riding. Here's Seldo's look at his new region from the best seat possible - on the bike!
So, riding in Texas is mostly flat, with only tumbleweeds and armadillos to avoid right? Well, not exactly. You see, Austin is situated in what’s known as the Texas Hill Country. Once a year in November a group of crazy people, er, dedicated cyclists take on something that’s known as the Tour Das Hugel.
Sometimes my best rides have been those with the least forethought, the least amount of time, the most luck, and just plain looking for the squiggly lines on the map. Such was the case one beautiful April afternoon when we pulled off the Autostrada just north of Verona in a little town called, Peri.
Three days down, three days to go. Out of the mountains, into the wide open spaces of eastern California, as we head ever further southward, straight for Death Valley, and beyond that, our ultimate destination, the glittering, surreal oasis of Las Vegas.
Part 1: It has been over three months since Ashley and I took part in our biggest adventure yet on bikes - a six day ride with Specialized from the Big S's headquarters in Morgan Hill, California to the Dirt Demo at Interbike in Las Vegas - almost 700 miles away. It was a trip to remember, and since it's snowing outside right now, and there's no riding to be done, I'm remembering.