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Tour of California route announced

The Amgen Tour of California announced their 10th anniversary route today which by omission did not include Sonoma County for the May 10-17th race. California has so much to offer in its varied landscape, so when Lodi, Ontario and San Jose are featured cities in this years tour I can only think this event is doomed. Any third grader could probably come up with a better list than the organizers did this year. Heck, a bunch sprint down Main Street… Read More »

Spoke rage and helmets

In the past two weeks there has been a lot of dialog over the cyclists mowed down by a teenage lunatic in Ukiah and the proposed helmet law being floated by State Senator Carol Liu. First, let me address the kid who turned his Honda into a battering ram.  I did not see anyone that really seemed shocked by what happened. That came as little surprise to me. As cycling continues its popularity, there is a growing discontent from some drivers that… Read More »

The devil that is Mt Diablo

Mount Diablo hovers above the East Bay landscape as the 4,000 foot high menace promising to dish out some sort of bizarre torture to all those who intend to scale it on two wheels. It is also the most frequented long climb by bike riders on the entire west coast. I have pedaled up the mountain in every season of the year and Diablo never fails to disappoint in what it has to offer. Last year during the stage of… Read More »

Riding in June-uary

Levi titled his Strava ride in Annadel yesterday “June-uary.” Though we may have been teased last month that our water woes have been put to rest temporarily, the reality is that we are still knee deep mired in our three year drought. The benefit to these dry days that we are experiencing is the incredible weather for enjoying the outdoors. The difference this year to last, is that the early rains put our verdant seasonal grasses and wildflowers back on… Read More »

Looking forward to 2015 and taking a last glance at 2014

So the year of 2014 is nearly over. Was it a good or bad year for you? As I get older, the grading of my past year is put in this perspective: was I healthy, did I do the things that I enjoy and did I get to spend it with the people that I love? By my account, 2014 will go down as a pretty good one. Riding my bicycle is often a solo experience, but it allowed me… Read More »

Being happy in Whoville

A strange thing happened this morning. At 7:30, a bright glowing orb appeared on the horizon in the eastern sky. I am quite happy about that. I am in retail and I can tell you that after about two weeks of dreary December weather, people get their knickers in a snit over just about anything. The denizens of Whoville were smiling this morning. The weather really does keep people indoors instead of breathing fresh air that opens the senses and… Read More »

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 »