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.]
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.
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.
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.
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.