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Have You Raced Your Bike Yet? Check Out These Tips From NorCal’s Finest

GUEST COLUMN By TOM EDWARDS Despite the extensive negative media attention currently plaguing the cycling world, there is still the undeniable fact that as we progress through the year, thousands of people across the country are going to look at their love and dedication to the bicycle and decide to have a go at racing. You like going fast, so why not? Not only can this be a terrific resolution for one’s health, but it can also add an unforgettable… Read More »

GUEST POST: 10 tips for the GranFondo

About the author: Tom Edwards is a recent Sonoma State graduate and a Sebastopol road racer. He has ridden in the King Ridge GranFondo since 2010. “After rowing throughout school, I traded in my calloused hands for a killer jersey tan and haven’t looked back. I’m passionate about all things exercise, from the physiology involved, to coaching. On top of that, I love homebrewing, writing, and music,” said Tom. GUEST COLUMN: 10 Tips to Ensuring a Safe and Enjoyable 2012 King Ridge GranFondo… Read More »

The Elephant in the Room

Sonoma County residents Art and Gabriel Neibrief were on the road in Colorado following the USA Pro Challenge bicycle race. Their trip coincided with the headline-making news about Lance Armstrong being stripped of his cycling titles amid the continuing doping allegations. Art Neibrief shared this commentary from his vantage point: Epilogue: The Elephant in the Room As many are aware, Lance Armstrong announced during the week of the race that he would no longer fight the USADA charges against him,… Read More »

USA Pro Challenge: Finishing up the trip

[imagebrowser id=1] Sonoma County residents Art and Gabriel Neibrief were on the road in Colorado following the USA Pro Challenge bicycle race. Here is their report on Stage 7 and a recap of the trip. Stage 7 & Recap We were thrilled that Levi Leipheimer had taken over the yellow jersey with his climb up Flagstaff Mountain in Boulder on Stage 6 on Saturday.  The final stage in Denver on Sunday was a 9.5 mile time trial.  Levi had a… Read More »

Vande Velde wins USA Pro Challenge

By ASSOCIATED PRESS DENVER — Christian Vande Velde won the overall title in the USA Pro Challenge, finishing second Sunday behind Taylor Phinney in the closing time trial. Vande Velde, the 36-year-old Garmin-Sharp rider from Lemont, Ill., won the seven-stage race a year after finishing second to Levi Leipheimer. Tejay van Garderen of BMC and Bozeman, Mont., was second overall — 21 seconds back — after finishing third in the time trial. “I’ve finished as the bridesmaid so many times,… Read More »

USA Pro Challenge: Stage 4 recap

Art and Gabriel Neibrief are Sonoma County residents who are following the USA Pro Challenge. They are reporting on the cycling scene from Colorado. More than a few cycling writers say that Jens Voigt is the hardest working competitor these days. Based upon what happened in Stage 4 Thursday, the opinion is well founded. Voigt started out hot from Aspen and kept the heat on, winning Stage 4, which finished 97 miles away in Beaver Creek. Voigt was part of… Read More »

USA Pro Challenge: Stage 3 recap

Art and Gabriel Neibrief are Sonoma County residents who are following the USA Pro Challenge. Their report on the cycling scene from Colorado is appearing on the PD’s Bicycling Sonoma blog this week. Breckenridge, CO, Wednesday, August 22nd – We watched the start of today’s Stage 3 in Gunnison and then drove into Breckenridge to take a break from the action. Riders will arrive here Thursday after Stage 4 from Aspen to Beaver Creek for Stage 5: Breckenridge to Colorado Springs. Approaching from the south,… Read More »

Dispatch from the U.S. Pro Challenge: Gunnison, Colo.

Art and Gabriel Neibrief reporting for the Press Democrat from the USA Pro Challenge:   Ezra Becker of Santa Rosa with Gabriel Neibrief  in Gunnison, Colo. during the U.S.  Pro Cycling Challenge.  Ezra works for Medalist Sports doing signage. Becker says “this race is amazing, gorgeous scenery and great cycling talent.”  

USA Pro Challenge: Stage 1, Durango, Colo. to Telluride, Colo.

Art and Gabriel Neibrief reporting for the Press Democrat from the USA Pro Challenge: Stage 1, Durango to Telluride Monday morning saw thousands turn out to see the start of the ride through the streets of Durango, before the riders left town for the day’s battle which would end in Telluride, a 125 mile stage. Riders had a Cat 3 climb to Hesperus, followed by a descent into Dolores, and then a 30 mile climb with a Cat 2 to… Read More »