Biking

Tour de France 2004

A guy named Lance has a date with history at the 91st Tour. Will Armstrong win his sixth in a row and triumph as the greatest cyclist of all time? Dive into our jam-packed Tour guide and find...

Chainring Circus

With Lance Armstrong shooting for a history-making sixth Tour de France victory, scores of off-and-on Tour watchers will find themselves glued to the 91st running of cycling's gnarliest race....

Mountain Grown

THAT FIRST NIGHT in yellow, Victor Hugo Peña could barely sleep. He was alone in a single room, for once, with the phone turned off to keep the media at bay. The president of Colombia,...

The Agony Is the Ecstasy

TYLER HAMILTON, WHO IS by some accounts both the toughest and nicest cyclist on the planet, has a certain look he gives whenever he tells one of his stories. It is subtle, but since Hamilton, 33...

Backstage Tour

Once and for all, why do pro cyclists shave their legs? Despite what your silky-smooth cycling pals might tell you, there's no evidence that shaving enhances aerodynamics—at least any...

Big Bend National Park

Acres: 801,000 Contact: 432-477-2251 NATIONAL PARKS AND MOUNTAIN BIKES usually don’t mix—bikes are illegal on most park trails, and designated bike paths are often a...

Pack a Fleece for Mexico

Q: Do you know of any great alpine backpacking destinations in Baja?—Cory Whitney, Bar Harbor, MaineAdventure Adviser:A: A four-day...

The 2004 American Adventure Almanac

You don't need a passport to have some of the Western Hemisphere's greatest adventures. Problem is, neither does anyone else. Whether on your own or with a guide, here's expert advice on beating...

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...

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