Road Biking

Falling for Yolo

CURIOSITY AND A PENCHANT FOR apricot bars led me to Yolo County. While driving to Lake Tahoe on countless weekend getaways from the Bay Area, I'd ogled the empty landscape stretching northwest...

My Girona

TEMPERATE, TRANQUIL, AND EQUIDISSTANT from mountains and sea, the Catalonian city of Girona (pop. 80,000) is the nesting ground of an elusive migratory species: the professional cyclist. Every...

Take the Yellow Jersey Tour

IN COLLEGE I RODE ALPE D'HUEZ DAILY. To everyone else it was just the ho-hum two-mile climb up to our Northern California campus, but to me it was The Alpe. It was the Tour de France, and my...

The Bounty Up North

Cycle Touring Icefields Parkway Alberta I've had a stiff neck before, but never from constantly looking up. Looking up around every turn. Over every pass. At mountain after...

Ferry Land

When we planned a trip to Washington State last summer, my son immediately produced a passport book that he uses to log his visits to national parks. Stamps for Olympic National Park and Seattle...

Worldwide Wild

Turkey The Best of the Lycian Way [2004 Winner] Callisthenes, an ancient Greek propagandist, once wrote that when Alexander the Great's army approached the...

Worldwide Wild

Italy Biking the Southern Hills [2004 Winner] An east-to-west odyssey across the sole of Italy's boot, from Bari to Lamezia Terme, weaves through...

The Road to Lanceville

JAMIS SATELLITE, $680 THE PITCH Road-bike pricing comes down to earth. YOUR MONEY BUYS... This 22-pound-14-ounce bike is designed to grow alongside a cyclist's skills...

The Road to Lanceville

WANNA RIDE JUST LIKE THE BIG TEXAN? Guess what—you've got company. Road-bike sales nationwide increased 35 percent between 2001 and 2002, from $187 million to $252 million, a trend that is...

Freewheeling

AS WE RIDE UP TO THE FISH FARM, a mob of women crushes against the tall metal gates. They have walked here through suffocating heat and humidity, from mud huts dotting the Western Sahara veldt,...

The Road to Lanceville

LITESPEED SOLANO, $2,795 THE PITCH Reenact Breaking Away aboard this deluxe titanium long-hauler. YOUR MONEY BUYS... A more affordable version of the flagship...

Worldwide Wild

Kyrgyzstan Trekking with Mountain Nomads [2004 Winner] If the fact that rural Kyrgyzstan contains more horses than cars isn't evidence enough that you're in...

The Road to Lanceville

THE LIGHTEST LID Weighing less than this magazine, the GIRO ATMOS helmet is most notable for what it is not—heavy. The secret is a carbon-fiber lattice running through the shell...

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