We’re jealous of Santiago, Chile for having trails like this on the city’s outskirts, and jealous of Clementz for riding them faster and smoother than we ever could. Do the wheels on his Cannondale Jekyll look slightly larger than 26, but smaller than 29?
Words || Gary J Boulanger Tour de France founder Henri Desgrange was a stubborn old cuss who didn’t suffer fools gladly, and carved a sporting event into infamy out of the same granite resolve he wielded on riders, team managers, sponsors and manufacturers from 1903 to his death in 1940. There’s no way he would […]
You look at the schematic of each day’s course in your handy Racer Handbook and you mentally gear yourself up for the punishment ahead. Some days are obviously brutal—with jagged peak after jagged peak and humbling mileage and elevation gains. Today, however, looked like a piece of cake by comparison: 30 miles and 2,500 feet of climbing. A long ride, but not nearly as hard as the first two days or the following four. But then…sometimes appearances can be deceiving.
Photo: ASO/G. Demouveaux I don’t mean to diminish the efforts of everyone involved in the Tour de France, but now that we’ve got a time trial under our belts, it feels like we’re finally racing. I missed the prologue, that ceremonial, official launch of the Tour. The scenery on Corsica was absolutely stunning, but now […]
You are being watched. Every site you visit, every email you type, every meal you photograph is being filed away by your government. It should come as no surprise that this happening, the internet is just a giant digital Rolodex. There's a lot of information swirling around now that we are almost entirely internet integrated.
“Is that you, man?” I asked, pointing in the general direction of a set of framed portraits lining a wall of Shinola’s Midtown Detroit, Michigan, store. “Yeah, that’s me,” he answered, smiling proudly. At 7:00 a.m. on Friday, June 28th, Shinola opened its first Flagship Store to a long line of people anxious to spend […]
Photo: Casey Gibson/Optum Pro Cycling The Giro Rosa started in Italy on Sunday. It is one of the most prestigious races on the women’s calendar, and the U.S. National Team has sent an eight-rider team that includes 2010 Giro winner Mara Abbott. The team also includes first-year professional Brianna Walle. Walle is not only in […]
On July 3, Paved contributor Gary Boulanger gets on a plane bound for Annecy, France, where he’ll ride his first L’Etape du Tour. Filing travelogue reports throughout his adventure, he’ll chronicle his experience to shed light on what it takes to enjoy saddle time on the same route as the professionals. This first installment sheds […]
Stage two of the BC Bike Race began and finished in Campbell River. The race rolled to a gentle start with a middle-ring fireroad climb before funneling riders onto Box Lunch, a trail that alternates from steep descent to rolling traverse, but is always technical. There are off camber roots, really sharp rocks that you must power up and attack. Riders flailed about in their stiff soled shoes for several miles, doing a lot more stumbling than riding. By the time racers hit the first rest zone, many of them had that hollow-eyed, walking-dead look.
Peaks and ridge lines crest off into the forever and ever. Green summits and mountainsides look like an ocean frozen in motion. This is the sort of view that becomes mesmerizing. Beneath me the town of Ketchum looks so, so small and the little bit of single track I can make out looks good, really good.
Technology with a Side of Style If you’ve never heard of Factor before, no worries. With previous exposure in the bicycle industry limited to projects done for clients like Aston Martin and custom one-offs, it’s not exactly a corporate behemoth of the likes of Trek, Specialized or Giant. What it is, however, is a company […]
The first wave of racers takes off, fittingly, to the gentle strains of Guns ‘n Roses’ "Welcome to the Jungle." The first dozen or so kilometers are a fairly gentle introduction to BC riding—velvety singletrack that rolls and weaves through dark forests. The first hour or so, however, is also a constant congo line of squealing disc brakes, muttered curses and cries of “Sorry!." Nerves are still high. Racers from dry climes are quickly learning that there’s a slimy root just waiting to take them out every few feet of trail.
Rocky Mountain Bicycles just unveiled the 2014 Rocky Mountain Instinct MSL: a massively versatile rig that’ll satisfy both marathon-style racers and more aggressive trail riders. We got our chance to test that claim when we pedaled the new Instinct MSL on a network of trails criss-crossing the North Shore’s famous Mt. Seymour.
Thirty-eight years in the trade have clearly taught the designers at Osprey a thing or two about making packs, because the Zealot 16—their 976-cubic-inch dump truck of a hydration pack—is the king of comfort. Go ahead, load the Zealot with 100 ounces of water, body armor, a full-face helmet, tools and any other creature comforts—the one thing you won’t feel is a pain in the back.
$ Varies / missionworkshop.com The Arkiv series from Mission Workshop is one I’ve taken a particular liking to. I carry all different assortments of miscellaneous crap (primarily oddly-shaped booze vessels if you must know) so I appreciate a pack that anticipates just such a thing—and so much more. With the Arkiv’s ingeniuos modular system, one […]
What's it like to live with Jerome Clementz? Chances are, you never asked yourself that. Well, this video tells the story and if you dig the nouns, verbs and past participles...well, Jerome's better half, Pauline, shares her thoughts on the experience.
By Sal Ruibal The 100th Tour de France begins Saturday on the French island of Corsica. The entire entourage that is the bolus of the Tour will cross the Ligurian Sea on an ocean liner. Suzanne, one of six student journalists who won a spot covering Le Tour, describes her delight at spending the next […]