Biking

Wales on Wheels

Darn Technegol. That's Welsh for "technical section," a fair description of the rock garden where I've just crashed. I've been brought low by Coed y Brenin, the mountain-biking mecca of...

¡Viva Nicaragua!

CORDILLERA LOS MARIBIOS Cycling and Skiing Among the Volcanoes GEDEON TYPIFIES THE NEW CROP of outfitters that are setting up shop in Nicaragua. He migrated here from Costa...

Ready for Takeoff

LAST JULY 13, as a pack of Tour de France racers crested the 8,678-foot Col du Galibier, 27-year-old Canadian Dave Watson launched his Kona Stab Primo mountain bike off a hill 30 feet above the...

Hot Flex

ON THE RED CARPET of fitness, your core gets all the glory; like that Ashton Kutcher punk, those muscles in your trunk, hips, and belly—which generate the bulk of your strength—receive...

Stick Together

It's a Guy ThingBig Mountain Resort, Whitefish, Montana. Ski the double-black Picture Chutes, then analyze your technique on video with expert coaches. Three-day men's workshop, $250...

Michelle Raises Hell

THIS IS A CINDERELLA story. Girl grinds it out as a welder in a large Canadian city. Girl rides a mountain bike extremely well. Girl enters a downhill race and cleans even the pros' clocks. Girl...

Worldwide Wild

Dominican Republic Coast-to-Coast Mountain Biking [2004 Winner] The Dominican Republic's mountainous interior and long stretches of unimproved roads make...

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

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...

Made to Order

The promise of Himalayan ecstasy beckons from the cover of a slick brochure. It would be the perfect trip if it didn't involve sharing a tent with a stranger. And, well, maybe if it started a...

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

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...

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