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Pedaling between the raindrops @ Lake Shasta

Now that we seem to be back to our normal winter weather pattern, instead of the barrage of doom that our skin would soon boil off, getting out on the bike is becoming more of a challenge. I still am waiting for my invite to join Zwift , more on that later, so I have no option other than to ride between the rain drops. Visiting family in Redding over the weekend, I took advantage of the break and embarked… Read More »

How the bike saved me

It was New Year’s morning 2011 when I made the decision. It is always easy to make resolutions when you step on the scale that first morning of the year, isn’t it? Here I was with a massive hangover, overweight, bad knees, bad shoulder, bad back, bad everything. My prescriptions were laid out on the counter so I could start another day, another year. This is not what being 45 is supposed to feel like. Being athletic and enjoying the… 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 »

No car, no problem for ‘Bike Commuter of the Year’

By BOB NORBERG / THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Pauli Frey is no fair-weather cyclist. The Santa Rosa resident commutes to work 40 to 50 miles a day, rain or shine or darkness. He hasn’t owned a car in 20 years and doesn’t even ride in one more than twice a month. “I just have a love for riding my bike, and I guess I really never had a desire for being in a car,” said Frey, 43. “I have built my… Read More »

Amgen Tour of California fans’ hot spots

The best spots to watch all the Sonoma County Tour of California action include: – FINISH LINE:  Thousands of people, big-screen televisions, bands, food and the riders. – INTERSECTION OF COLEMAN VALLEY ROAD AND BOHEMIAN HIGHWAY IN OCCIDENTAL: Riders streaming at break-neck pace on a descent that leads to a corkscrew left turn that will best their bike-handling abilities. -FIRST FORT ROSS SUMMIT: The toughest climb on Stage 1 will result in panting riders ascending to one of the iconic… Read More »

Amgen Tour of California on TV

The Amgen Tour of California will be broadcast this year on NBC and NBC Sports Network (NBC-SN) You can also watch online at amgentourofcalifornia.com using the RadioShack Tour Tracker. The Tour Tracker app can also be downloaded free for iOS and Android devices. SUNDAY, MAY 13 Santa Rosa TV: 2 p.m., NBC-SN MONDAY, MAY 14 San Francisco to Santa Cruz County TV: 2 p.m., NBC-SN TUESDAY, MAY 15 San Jose to Livermore TV: 2 p.m., NBC-SN WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 Sonora… Read More »

Tour of California spectator safety tips

Be a fan, not a pylon Ben Jacques-Mayne, a three-time finisher of the Tour of California who rides for BISSELL Pro Cycling, has some suggestions for staying safe and upright while watching a road race. Here are his three top tips: Yield the road “We’re going fast, stand back. We use every inch of the road. We don’t pay attention to the painted white lines on the side of the road. It’s not like we don’t use the shoulder. We… Read More »

Tour of California to honor Novato cancer survivor

By BOB NORBERG THE PRESS DEMOCRAT When the professional cyclists line up at the starting line for the Amgen Tour of California, cancer survivor Bill Ellis will be holding the starting gun. It is a new role for Ellis, who as a Santa Rosa traffic engineer has been behind the scenes setting up the detours and barricades for the race and other cycling events. It is also an honorary role for Ellis, a Novato resident and ultra-endurance rider who is… Read More »