Cycling Training Camp: The Agoura Hills

Part 2 of our training camp was located in the Agoura Hills, which would be our base for the remainder of the training week.   We stayed at a motel called the Goodnite Inn. It was a great location, and very central for most of the rides, however I think it could have been cleaner. For the price, it was a good deal and overall I was happy with it. Some friends rented a close by Air bnb in Topanga about a 20-minute drive away, which was secluded and had a great ambience. I would prefer booking something like this…

Cycling Training Camp: Gibraltar Road

Some friends of mine head to Santa Barbara and the Agoura Hills near Santa Monica and Malibu, each year for a cycling training week. When this was first mentioned, I knew very little about the cycling routes around this region, however both Santa Barbara and the Agoura Hills boast endless routes and wonderful scenery for a training camp.   The setting in this region is ideal as you can set up a base and bike several excellent routes, experiencing new climbs and scenery each day with great weather. Better yet, you are close to civilization in Santa Barbara and near…

Travel Diary: A Cycling Trip in Corsica

Three years ago, while streaming the Tour de France from my laptop computer at home, something caught my full attention. Sweeping aerial views took me by surprise, piquing my curiosity. What is this enchanting, mountainous island with charming villages and plenty of cycling? It was the island of Corsica.  How it all started: After I had seen The Tour stages on this island in 2013, the images and thoughts of Corsica were impressed on my brain. I had never really forgotten how interesting and intriguing it looked, or the amazing cycling routes with lots and lots of hills. Three years later,…

Local Spotlight: Cycling the Coastal Classic Route in California

Itʼs morning. Youʼre early to rise and keen to start the day on a positive note. Workʼs been stressful, and your mind is over-crowded with harrying thoughts. But all of those worries melt away the moment you remember one special cycling route: the Bay Area Coastal Classic. Itʼs a route thatʼs engaging and scenic, one that, at once, tests your stamina and fills you with peace.  Youʼll welcome the challenge that this route offers. On some of the most scenic ascents in the area, you can practice climbing and descending, helping you seriously skill-build while soaking up some of the…

Escape: Ride the South Lake Tahoe Loop

This ride is a mixed bag of climbing, long flat stretches, mountains and valley. The variety on this ride makes it interesting and fun. You actually cross the border from California into Nevada! If you are visiting the Lake Tahoe region, and would like to see some interesting scenery, and do some climbing, here is a solid option. DISTANCE: 51 miles or 83 km ELEVATION GAIN: 1300 m CLIMBING: Two climbs, Kingsbury Grade (6% grade) and Luther Pass (4% grade) DIFFICULTY: Moderate We started this loop at the intersection of Highway 88 and 89. You will begin the ride with a…

Escape: Cycling Ebbett’s Pass in the Sierra Nevada

California has a longstanding reputation as a cyclist’s haven. Its unique rolling and rocky terrain has a perennial allure, and over the years, it has slowly crystallized into one of the world’s greatest cycling hubs.  What lends such mystique to this breezy, ocean-side state? The reasons, of course, are endless. But one particular reason stands out: The mountains. Mountains come in all shapes and sizes, but Ebbett’s Pass, in the northern Sierra Nevada range, has to be one of the greatest cycling climbs. It’s truly awe-inspiring. Here are the details: Distance: The climb itself is 13 miles (20 km) Elevation…