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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 »

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 »