DREAM RIDE: CYCLING IN MALLORCA.

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Epic mountain rides, switchbacks and dramatic seascapes – Welcome to Mallorca, Spain. If you’re considering an international cycling vacation to Mallorca, March is a good time to go. The roads are quiet, other than the occasional pro-team on a training ride, and daytime temps rise into the 60s. That being said – avoid the week before Easter, […]

DREAM GEAR: CYCLING IN MALLORCA.

Gear that “made the ride” while on the bike vacation of a lifetime. The epic sights were without question the best part of the ride – but coming in at a close second? My shorts. The Bella Prima Bib Shorts were a ride saver. The Flex Air chamois provides padding in all the right places while the soft […]

5 THINGS I LEARNED ON MY BIKE-PACKING HONEYMOON.

1. Break from tradition & make your own memories.

Let’s Take A Trip.   Here are some important things I learned while on an 8-day, 300 mile loop in the Gaspe Peninsula of Quebec: 1. Break from tradition/make your own memories. Shaun, my husband, and I decided to use our passion for hiking, camping and biking to create a honeymoon special to us. So […]

RED WHEELS, GREEN APPLES & PERFECT PIE RECIPE.

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Last week I ventured out on a fall ride to my favorite apple orchard; Thanksgiving pies must be planned! Temps were in the high 50’s and a little cloudy with warmer weather and sunshine expected in the afternoon, a perfect combination for my Terry Grand Prix Wool Cycling Jersey, cozy new Breakaway Knickers and the […]

Ask A Tour Leader: Bike Tour Beginner Basics.

Adventure Ready.

    You’ve thought about it, now is the year to do it – go on an overnight bike tour. What are some of the things you need to know? Just get out and do it. Traveling by bicycle takes many forms and there are lots of resources to help. Bring only a change of […]

BIKEPACKING: TINY ADVENTURE; BIG FUN.

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  A Micro-Adventure Awaits.     The first time I heard the word “bikepacking”, a light went off in my head – I knew this was going to be my activity of choice for my Surly Pugsley (named Wednesday). The activity is defined very much as it sounds, a combination of biking and backpacking, an off-road tour, […]

LET’S GET COMFORTABLE.

Happily climbing Emerald Bay.

My Journey to Saddle Comfort.   I can vividly remember my very first rides in 1999.  I had signed up to train and ride 100 miles in Lake Tahoe, and my saddle pain seemed insurmountable. Finally, I looked at my coach and said, “I can’t do this, the pain is too intense.” He looked back at me […]

Ask A Tour Leader: What Is Your Favorite Bike Tour?

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As a tour leader for Adventure Cycling Association, people often ask me what my favorite bike trip is.  While that’s a bit like asking who my favorite child is, in this case the answer is easy – it’s our Introduction to Bicycle Touring out of Eugene, Oregon. Bicycle travel is about discovering great places at […]

HEADING FOR THE HILLS.

Trying my luck on the Cliffs of Insanity.

  I have always preferred the certainty of road riding to mountain- relatively well paved roads, intuitive turns with an occasional pothole or cow pie as the only obstacles to a meditative ride. However, with insane winds getting in the way of a couple of long bike days I decided to dust off Wednesday, my beloved […]