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Strava

Frivolous Distraction, or Useful Social Platform and Training Tool? Road cycling has always been fraught with technical controversy, for as long as I can remember. Back when we all rode 5-speed freewheels (not cassettes, mind you), the newfangled 6-speeds came out. Riders were divided and highly opinionated as to the efficacy of this new “gimmick.” Soon after, some of us…

Camping around St. George

Southern Utah is known for its amazing natural wonders. Whether you’re headed this way for Zion National Park, Snow Canyon State Park, Gooseberry Mesa or Moe’s Valley, you’re probably pretty stoked on getting out this way to enjoy those wonders. And if you are like a lot of folks, you would prefer to spend your time enjoying nature outside instead…

The Green Valley Classic

Where did you learn to shred the gnar? If you grew up riding in Southern Utah, chances are pretty good that your first ride was the Bear Claw Poppy, or as it was originally known, the Green Valley Loop. The Loop incorporated some dirt road, some pavement and of course the trail we all know and love. If you are…

Life at 10 MPH

Introducing a new series It’s race season – the Tour de France, triathlons, Crusher in the Tusher – all of this would make you think that the only good use of a bicycle is to race! In fact, as we look at our life on the bike, racing and training for events has been a primary focus, maybe too much…

#s24o

We usually think of grandiose, epic-level expeditions when we start pondering bikepacking trips. Or at least we did until last July. Joey Sparkles and I attended the Specialized product launch in Morgan Hill. This is a trade show. We spend our days seeing product, listening in on seminars and being sold stuff. The evenings are filled with mingling and then you end up in your…

Just Ask Rocco, Volume III

An Informal Question and Answer Feature with Retired World-Class Italian Bike-God, Art Critic, Philosopher, Musician, Epicurean, and Narcissist, Rocco Vaselino Greetings, my American friends, and, especially, you road biking enthusiasts.  Since moving to Southern Utah a few years ago, I must say I have enjoyed riding in the fine weather, exploring the many interesting chip sealed roads, gasping through thick…

Thunder Mountain-Not Just at Disneyland

Are you looking for a sweet ride at elevation? Do you want a mix of climbing, downhill, and exposure that will make you wish you’d worn your brown shorts? Are you ready to see some other-wordly terrain that will make think you’d gone to a-better-than-Disneyland place for over 15 miles? If you answer yes, you want to go ride Thunder Mountain, which sits at 8000 feet of elevation, will be a lot cooler (take extra…

Red Rock Adventure Company

Adventure is one of those words, that despite being in the dictionary, can be particularly hard to define. Everyone has their own version of what it should be. For some it’s that epic, once-in-a-lifetime trip that involves serious mental anguish and high chance of failure. And for others, it’s just taking an alternative route to the grocery store. We’re not here to tell you that one…