Posts by Category: Travel

Sierra Song, Part II

As I sat and drained the last of my second bottle at the Mosquito Flat trailhead, the headache washed over me, reminding me of my lack of acclimation and need to drop, post-haste. Mosquito Flat ...

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Sierra Song, Part I

It’s impossible for me to say just where or even how my love of mountains developed. It’s been a part of my life, as much as my personality, for as long as I can recall. Though I grew up in a ...

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The Gran Fondo Los Angeles

The promise of winning an athletic competition is the potential to live a little piece of life perfected. A win is an objective confirmation that you were correct on enough, if not all, counts to ...

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Visiting the Giro

I’ve seen and reported on a lot of bike races over the years. Next to the Tour de France, the event I’ve most wanted to witness in person was the Giro. The reasons why are simple in my mind. ...

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The Sea Otter Gran Fondo

Clif founder Gary Erickson and Gran Fondo Colnago Philadelphia organizer Brian Ignatin. Just days before heading to the Monterey Peninsula for my annual pilgrimage to the world’s most ...

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Gran Fondo Colnago San Diego

  What a difference a year can make. The second edition of the Gran Fondo Colnago San Diego was the wettest ride of my entire life. Almost six hours of nonstop rain. This year we had blue ...

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The SLO Gran Fondo

Two of cycling’s heavy hitters: Bob Stapleton of High Road (l) and Andrew Messick of AEG Sports, (r) The gran fondo concept is in its infancy here in the United States. Most cyclists I ...

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Sycip’s Gran La Fonda

On the evening before Levi Leipheimer’s King Ridge Gran Fondo the folks at SyCip Cycles hosted a little get-together they called the Gran La Fonda. It was one-quarter handbuilt bicycle ...

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The Ride of the Immortals

Years ago I was listening to Cream bassist Jack Bruce being asked about Eric Clapton’s guitar playing. He drew a comparison between Clapton’s songwriting and soloing and the melodies written by ...

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