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Bicycle Tour of Colorado retires after funding woes

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 12:20

A popular around-the-state bicycle tour in Colorado appears to be folding its tent after failing to pay nonprofits that provided services during this past summer’s ride.

The Bicycle Tour of Colorado celebrated its 24th anniversary in 2018 with a loop around the Rockies that started and ended in Leadville and had overnight stops in Carbondale, …

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15 more communities considered “bicycle friendly”

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 11:28

The League of American Bicyclists has added 15 more communities to its list of Bicycle Friendly Communities.

The 15 are among a list of 61 towns and cities in 27 states honored by the League in this week’s announcement. The others either renewed their status on the Bicycle Friendly list or improved their standings on …

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Tour of California bike race host cities announced for 2019

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 12:35

It’s hard to believe the Tour of California is celebrating its 14th year in 2019.

I remember anxiously awaiting the pre-race announcements for the event that was scheduled to start in February 2006. What was the route? What were the teams? Who would be the top riders (George Hincapie, Floyd Landis, and Levi Leipheimer competed)?

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Calendars feature Washington bicycle trails on covers

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 08:39

If you’re looking for a bicycling themed calendar to help keep track of your busy days as your roll through 2019, consider two that feature Washington rail-trails on their covers.

The calendar I’m most excited about is published by Rails to Trails Conservancy, featuring a photo I took last fall on the Snoqualmie Valley Regional …

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Biking Across Kansas announces 2019 tour route

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 10:58

Breaking with tradition, the folks who run Biking Across Kansas — aka BAK — have announced the dates and route of the 2019 across-state bike tour before Christmas this year.

The 2019 west-to-east route runs from Goodland to Atchison from June 8-15. The ride offers the ability to extend the route a few miles to …

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Washington state’s 2019 week-long and multi-day bicycle rides

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 14:56

Washington state’s reputation as a rainy destination is proved false every summer and fall as blue skies greet bicyclists coming to the Evergreen State.

You’ll notice that the week-long and across-state rides below are scheduled during that sunny period.

The Cascade Bicycle Club and Adventure Cycling Association,  both nonprofits, schedule the bulk of the longer …

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Front suspension fork recall

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 14:04

A Swedish front air suspension fork importer is recalling 5,400 forks used on some Specialized-branded Enduro, Stumpjumper, Fuse, and Levo mountain bicycles.

The company, Öhlins Racing AB, reports four injuries, including a broken rib, after the air cartridge abruptly sprung out of the stanchion tube. Mountain bikers who have the forks mounted on their bikes can …

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Wildflower Century bicyclists found relief in Paradise, CA; now Paradise needs relief

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 13:53

The historic wildland fire that swept through Paradise, California, has left 42 people dead and countless others missing. Officials sifting through debris estimate that more than 6,000 structures are destroyed.

Thousands of bicyclists have enjoyed the northern California town’s hospitality over the years on the annual Wildflower Century presented by the Chico Velo Cycling …

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Week-long and across-state bicycle tours in California in 2019

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 11:54

The coastal and mountain roads of California draw touring bicyclists like a magnet. Here are just some of the week-long and across-state bicycle tours already scheduled in California for 2019. More California tours presented by Adventure Cycling Association can be found here.

I plan to update more Pacific Coast bike tours for Oregon and Washington …

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Leaf peeping along rail trails

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 12:18

It seems that rail-trails are among the best places to enjoy the fall color from a bicycle.

Maybe it’s because so many are bordered by trees. Even in suburban areas, the trails are often buffered by trees that have sprouted up along the old railroad rights of way.

Or maybe it’s because there’s no threat …

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