Biking

Rolling Wonders

THE CARBON-FIBER REVOLUTION CONTINUES. As engineers refine the way carbon is constructed and shaped, road bikes get wispier and tougher. When combined with more traditional materials like...

Rolling Wonders

GARY FISHER PARAGON / $1,760, 25.6 lbsWhy It's Cool: No-nonsense, all-out performance from the original 29-inch-bike builder.The Ride: You can't talk about 29ers...

Human Nature

Sheik Schussing Ski Dubai, United Arab Emirates Opened: December 2005 THE CHALLENGE: Build a 280-foot ice-capped mountain in a flat desert where temperatures...

The Wanderlist

CHINA (2006 Winner) Hiking and Rafting in Yunnan Price: $4,990-$5,490 Difficulty: Strenuous The Mekong may be renowned for its starring role in

The Wanderlist

BRITISH COLUMBIA (2006 Winner) Mega-Yacht Heli-Skiing Price: $36,000 per day (for 12) Difficulty: Moderate When the B2 A-star helicopter drops you...

The Wanderlist

CYPRUS (2006 Winner) Mountain-Biking the Trails of the Troodos Price: $1,895 Difficulty: Strenuous For a trip to fat-tire nirvana, try this six-day...

The Wanderlist

ITALY (2006 Winner) Walking the Piedmont Price: $3,995 Difficulty: Moderate This six-day introduction to the still-quiet agricultural region 40...

Is California Dreamin'?

IT WAS HARD TO SAY WHAT WAS MORE SHOCKING—the Tour of California official's bravado or the money behind it. "It's going to rival the Tour de France," vowed Tim Leiweke, CEO of Anschutz...

Eureka!

THE NAME WAS COINED IN 1510 by the Spanish romance novelist Garcia Ordóñez de Montalvo, with paradise in mind, and bestowed three decades later by his countryman Cortés upon a new...

SoCal's Secret Empire

(PLAY) Idyllwild Before Dark: You don't have to pull an all-nighter to enjoy the conifer-lined singletrack on the 24 Hours of Adrenaline: Idyllwild mountain-bike course,...

Coastal Cloud 9

(PLAY) The Sea by Kayak: Launch from Shell Beach and follow the kelp beds south on a three-hour paddle through Dinosaur Caves, a network of arches, caves, and rock gardens,...

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