Biking

¡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...

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...

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...

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...

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

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

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...

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...

Worldwide Wild

California Backpacking the John Muir Trail [2004 Winner] Every mile on this classic American ramble along the spine of the Sierra has a highlight. If you're...

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...

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,...

Worldwide Wild

Kenya Climbing Mount Kenya [2004 Winner] Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak, has 2,283 feet on 17,058-foot Mount Kenya, but Kili is mainly a trekker's...

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