Maybe it’s because we’re dead center in the middle of the work week, or possibly it’s because I know my 2nd born is just around the corner and cycling time will soon be more scarce, but today I’ve got the bug. I have a serious craving for the mountain bike. Fortunately for all my bike […]
Welcome back to the 2nd edition of “The Rash”. Dear god, the name stuck. Yep, just like a nasty case of road rash it doesn’t appear leaving anytime soon. In this weeks edition: kit reveals/reactions, vid recommendations & special shout out to Matt Damon? Enjoy! 2014 kit Reveals It’s been interesting offseason for the pro […]
It’s October. The leaves are changing and the air is suddenly crisp. Most importantly I’ve just ridden my bike through 103 miles of the most breathtaking scenery that Northern California has to offer. That’s right, this week I got the chance to ride Levi’s Gran Fondo for the fourth time in the five years they’ve been […]
Sunday was a good day for our buddy Curt. However, this up-and-coming racer a carries with him an air of mystique. So today we celebrate with a couple fun facts about our favorite local racer…
Admittedly its been a few weeks since the Wildflower and still no write up. What gives?! Well, after a sitting down on more than one occasion to relive and hammer out the recap, I’m officially throwing in the towel. It was a gorgeous day and a fun time with great friends, but quite honestly it was an ordeal.
I hope everyone enjoyed an easter weekend, packed with family, friends and good food. Mine was wonderful and the sunshine and warmth was a welcomed sight. Some tight scheduling pushed back the Folsom Lake Loop to next weekend, but this past saturday we took the opportunity to roll up Malcolm Dixon and Deer Valley Rd. to take part in the Deer Valley Loop.
A gorgeous little section of road, tucked away in the hills next to the heavily trafficked Green Valley, it is easy to forget how close to home you really are. On this particular Saturday, our early morning start was greeted with a brisk chill. However, a quick charge up the first hill was all that was required to thaw. From there it was all tall spring oak, near florescent fields of green, sharp climbs, and quick descents toward to the fire house in Rescue.
Hopefully by now everyone has recovered from a successful St. Patty’s day weekend. This year my weekend included a trip down to check out the 2012 Land Park Criterium where Curt was racing in BP colors.
I’ve only been to this course a few times, but it always seems to be a popular race. The venue is easy to admire as it’s noticeably both more technical and scenic than the likes your standard business park race course. Uniquely, the LP crit inserts character into the race as it wraps the manicured greens and lush fairways of the Land Park Golf Course, established in 1924. Tall, mature trees frame the course. Historic homes and mansions line the outside. More importantly for racers, the course offers a wide well-paved path that incorporates both high speeds and technical turns to help make the selection.
Well the weekend has come to a close and I hope that everyone got to enjoy the amazing weather. As for me, a bit of cycling culture rolled through town and I couldn’t help but check it out. On saturday afternoon, I packed up the fam, met up with up with Schoppmans, and hit up the North American Handmade Bike Show in downtown Sacramento.
A rare treat to have the event hosted in our hometown, it was a great opportunity to check out the latest in handmade bike trends and see who was pushing the limits of creativity. This year there was an even greater appeal as it was a chance to take my son to his first bike show. How cool, right!?
In anticipation of this year’s Tour of California, I was cruising through my archives and found some photos that never made it up on the site. Here’s the set from the Auburn start last year.
As much as I’ll miss it this year, we’ve been so blessed to have the tour embark straight through our back yard for the last few years. During that time we’ve had amazing access to the sports elite riders and personalities. This set features some up close shots with Andy Schleck, Jens Voight, and famed commentator Bob Roll.