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…

Cross-Training: Hike the Panorama Trail in Yosemite National Park

Looking forward to spring trip planning? Look no further than Yosemite National Park. Sometimes as a cyclist it is important to change things up and try something new. Taking a break from using the same muscles over and over again can be a healthy and positive thing. Personally, I find hiking a great alternative exercise, and a great workout. It is a unique form of cross-training that can bring you places your bike can’t take you, and provide a different perspective on nature. If you are looking for a substantial day-hike of 4 to 6 hours, you would like to…

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.ย  How it all started: After I had seen The Tour stages on this islandย 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,…

A Post in Pictures: Why You Must Cycle on the California Highway One

You’ve probably heard that riding on the California Highway 1 is dreamy. This post in pictures should help to convince you it is very worth your while. The views, elevation changes and wind in your hair will leave you with a bad case of wanderlust, or at very least an infatuation with the California coastline. Even on a misty day, the coastline is enchanting. These are some images from cycling the stretch of Highway just north of San Fransisco to just South of Big Sur.

Weekend Away: Rolling Through Amador County Wine Country

We all need a weekend away once in a while. So when youโ€™re racking your brain for the best way to spend it, why not combine your two most beloved things: Cycling and Wine! When we cyclists need to relax and enjoy a weekend, nothing beats a morning spent on a pleasant ride and an afternoon spent relaxing. Picture waking up, surrounded by vineyards, and heading out for a ride in the sunny foothills of the Sierra Nevada, followed by some visits to down-to-earth, family-run wineries. This is the blissful reality of a trip to Amador County.ย Ok, I’ll admit I’m…