Ride Reports Reviews and News


Video: Earning your turkey and stuffing the hard way

In 1983 Danny Chew and friends conceived the Dirty Dozen challenge. It’s pretty simple. Just climb 13 of Pittsburgh’s steepest hills over the course of a 50-mile loop. This rolling circus attracts riders and spectators alike, and it s a great way to burn off all that Thanksgiving turkey.

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Ride Report: Levi Leipheimer’s King Ridge GranFondo

Spectacular scenery, world-class roads, and an adventurous dirt-road option highlight event that attracts 7,000 cycling enthusiasts to Northern California.

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Ride Report: Motherlode Century showcases Northern California road riding

There are few better ways to see an area’s cycling terrain than to sign up for an organized century ride. Northern California’s Motherlode Century is one of the best.

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Ride Report: (Taint) Hammer of the Gods

In California’s San Joaquin Valley farmland, SuperPro racing promoter Murphy Mack makes the rain stop falling just long enough for 80 racers to fight wind, mud and broken pavement over 128 miles.

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Ride Report: Swallowing the Dirty Kanza Half Pint

Like every other bike journalist in the world, this was the year I tried gravel grinding and the Dirty Kanza was where I did it. I’m sure they all collectively outperformed me/kicked my ass, but I had an adventure I’ll remember for perpetuity and will be back for more.

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Ride Report: Climbing Pikes Peak (Elevation 14,115 Feet)

One of the longest and toughest climbs in all of Colorado is also one of the most amazing experiences you can have on two wheels. Find out what you need to know — and what you need to bring.

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Trip Report: Redwood Shores, CA to Bodega Bay Out-n-back on a Cross Bike

RoadBikeReview member ratpick had an epic 232 mile weekend ride through the gorgeous Mt. Tamalpais, Point Reyes, Bolinas and Bodega Bay trails in Northern California. Read on to follow his adventure. One of my wife’s hobbies is “cropping” aka “scrapbooking”. I enjoy the supply side of this (taking the photographs) but she can weave it […]

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2011 Devil Mountain Double Ride Report

2011 Devil Mountain Double Ride Report – by ratpick The 16th Annual Devil Mountain Double Century took place on April 30th, 2011. Forum contributor ratpick rode it for the first time and wrote up a beautiful ride report we thought we’d share with everyone. Especially those of you who are thinking of riding a similar […]

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McRae and Clarke win the USA Crit Final in Las Vegas

 Women’s USA Crits Finals Las Vegas Jenn McRae (Advil-Chapstick) photo by Ken Conley ” Jenn McRae (Advil-Chapstick) has been finishing third all season long, however on Thursday night in Las Vegas McRae was able to break becoming a bridesmaid again. In a solo breakaway McRae was able to secure a solid lead and win. The course was similar to […]

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Katie Compton of Spike Shooter wins CrossVegas

In the women’s race, Katie Compton (Spike Shooter ), Katerina  Nash (Luna Chix Racing Team) and Georgia Gould (Luna Chix Racing Team ) broke away from the field early. Compton stayed in control and took advantage of Gould’s mid-race mishap to keep the Luna riders separate. Compton then powered away from the Nash in the final sprint. Katie Compton […]

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Sights and Sounds from Manhattan Beach Grand Prix Women's Race

With the help of team mates Amber Rais and Rushlee Buchanan, Brooke Miller easily won the tight bunch sprint finish at the Manhattan Beach Grand Prix on Sunday, June 29th. Jazz Apple was quite aggressive all race long. With two laps to go Alison Shanks built a 20 second lead before Team TIBCO sent Rais […]

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Global Warming? No, Florida!

Originally posted by MB1 in the forums… click here for the original post. It was freezing when we woke up but by the time we had our bikes put together and took a little spin we were in summer clothes. Had a great dinner watching the sunset from outside on the patio. Of course there […]

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This Ain't Vegas Baby!

Originally posted by Ridgetop in the forums… click here for the original post. I had to get one last night run in before the snow hit today. It’s coming down right now but still not sticking, so I’d thought I’d post the few pics I took while riding. My wife bought me a new 12-24mm […]

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September in Tuscany – On to Siena!!!

Originally posted by Ridgetop in the forums… click here for the original post. Siena is an awesome town situated on a series of small hills. The city is stacked up on itself and makes for quite the picture opportunities. As far as just wandering around this was one of my favorite places. Lots of tourists, […]

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September in Tuscany – Getting closer to Siena

Originally posted by Ridgetop in the forums… click here for the original post. Day three was the classic ride through the Chianti countryside. We rode through the main Chianti wine region and through the Monti di Chianti. The route went up the Passo Sugame which was a switchback climb up through some impressive forested hills. […]

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September in Tuscany – Over the Mountains and Through the Woods

Part 2 of Ridgetops original post “September in Tuscany”. click here for the original post. The passes and climbing were my favorite part. The temps were in the low 80′s with large thunderstorms in the evening that helped to cool things down for sleeping. Although ultimately we would end up on the island of Elba, […]

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September in Tuscany

Originally posted by Ridgetop in the forums… click here for the original post. Sorry it took so long to post these. I road this from September 4 through the 19th. I took over 2000 pics and its been hard to get them edited and reduced in number! One of the rides that will leave a […]

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Just add water. Commute Report.

Originally posted by MB1 in our forums – original thread can be found here. Nothing like adding a little weather to the evening commute to liven things up. Same ol’, same ol’ really. Went down to the garage, unlocked the steed, rode past The Wall and Lincoln to meet Miss M. Cruised up the Mall […]

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A Thanksgiving Ride Report – Cleveland, TN

Originally posted by brianmcg in our forums – original thread can be found here. So I decided to go on a little ride on Thanksgiving day before I stuffed myself. Downtown Cleveland is a fun place to ride around and take pictures as it is generally pretty deserted. Enjoy. HO HO HO. Santa checking out […]

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Tacoma Fog

Ride Report by Argentius – originally posted here Do you know how many pictures I can get on a pair of AA batteries when it’s 34 degrees out? I found out that it’s about 25. That’s okay, because the distance views I was hoping to get were just mist, anyhow. But we’ve got a new […]

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Tysons Corner Commute (Caution Frequent Stops)

About once a year or so we like to get the car serviced. The dealer is out in Tysons Corner. Not that all of the area isn’t messed up traffic-wise but Tysons Corner is outstanding. For us though the bike trails aren’t too far away from the dealer (one of the main reasons we chose […]

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Review of EU free City Bike Services

As many of you may know, I live and travel quite a bit throughout Europe … so its high time I give you a user review of some of the many high-tech “free” or “near-free” bicycle rental programs that can be found in many EU cities. This is especially timely given that Paris (my town) […]

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