Posts by Category: Travel

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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The Void

A few of the usual suspects: (l-r) Joel, Adam, Eric, Rob, Gary and Padraig Since returning from Nice and wrestling with jetlag I’ve been inputting each of the rides I did on my Alpen odyssey with ...

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The Vision

The lower reaches of the Col de la Cayolle wind through a canyon carved by river. When I left home my mind contained a vision. In it I was fit. I was ready. I was unencumbered by obstacles. I’d ...

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The Grand Loop

The climb up the Col d’Allos was largely forested. When I was last in the Maritime Alps, roughly ten years ago, I did a ride that has remained on my list of all-time greats. That loop, ...

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The Cime de la Bonette

High on the shoulder of the Cime de la Bonette. Ten years ago this past June I entered the Ubaye Valley with a group of friends on a tour of Provence and the Maritime Alps. We dropped out of the ...

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The Dream

The Galibier massif is just right of center. I’m in the middle of nowhere, a landscape very reminiscent of California’s Central Valley, driving my car with the stereo turned up, deep in my own ...

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