Photo Gallery: Pictures of the Year Part 1

Photo Gallery
Of course gear is a large part of what makes cycling fun. But without beautiful places to ride and great friends to ride with, nothing else would really matter. Here is a look back at some of our favorite rides and riding locales from 2013. [Click the Full Screen button on the right side for the best view.]
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    Rocky Mountain High

    Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park provides a spectacular cycling landscape that starts deep in the pinyon and pine forests, then rises up past treeline, revealing long distance views of this amazing mountain range.
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    Dreamscape

    We've heard for years about the beauty and serenity of the Hawaiian Islands. Well, turns out they're great places for cyclists, too. This road runs around the quiet side of Maui. It is blissful.
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    Lonely Road

    Out on the western edge of Colorado is a desolate place called the Paradox Valley. The "paradox" is that the river that crosses the valley runs the opposite direction of the valley itself. Geology mysteries aside, it's a great place to ride.
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    Another Year

    Back in January, Cannondale introduced the pro team that it would be supporting in 2013 during a gala affair in Southern California. We love this shot -- and the fact that one of North America's great cycling brands has stepped in to support high level racing in such a big way. The team is back in 2014.
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    Disc Invasion

    Despite the hiccups encountered along the way (which are still ongoing), we're strong believers that in the end disc brake technology will be successfully embraced by the road cycling world.
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    Dust Bowl

    Each year, in the heart of Tuscany riders of all shapes, sizes and persuasions come together for L'Eroica, a 4,000-rider gran fondo event that celebrates Italian cycling's grand historic heritage. All equipment must be vintage and the primarily route is on the "Strade Bianche," a serpentine network of gravel "white roads." We missed out on the event this year, but thanks to S-Cape Travel, got a chance to sample the scene along with our guides Maarten (right) and Franco Rossi (left), a multi-time L'Eroica winner who is riding a steel framed 1960s era Cinelli Speciale Corse.
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    White Roads

    The entire 200km L’Eroica route is well marked, making it easy for anyone to sample these amazing roads that drift through the rolling hills of serene and scenic Tuscany.
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    Good As It Gets

    For anyone drawing up a cycling bucket list for 2014 and beyond, spinning rubber along the Strade Bianche is a must inclusion.
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    Taking on the World(s)

    The 2013 road cycling world championships finished on a testing circuit on the outskirts of Florence. The hallmark of the route was this nasty climb up the Via Salviati, a half-mile gut punch with an average grade of 10.5 percent and ramps well above 20 percent. Here the RoadBikeReview crew and friends attempt to reach the summit without completely bogging down. We were not successful.
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    Solid Rock

    Before floods ravaged many of the roads around Boulder, Colorado, roads such as pictured Left Hand Canyon were our backyard testing grounds. Now many of these amazing bicycle byways are closed for repairs that could last well into next summer and beyond. Here's hoping repair crews are faring well, and all users of these road will be allowed to return soon.
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    Rolling Hills

    The countryside, no matter where, provides a landscape that's ideal for cycling. Quiet roads, low traffic, good friends. It's why we ride. Pictured here is one of the many quiet roads north of Boulder, Colorado.
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    Sunny Day Dreaming

    As we pass by the Winter Solstice and the shortest, coldest days of the years, we all dream of the return of warmth and daylight and long rides with good friends like this one beneath the Flatirons in Boulder, Colorado.

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