Biking through California Gold Country

Biking through California Gold Country

Our first day takes us across all three forks of the Yuba River, as well as steeply up and over the watershed divides between them. All three of these rivers have great swimming holes, especially the South Fork, which is a mecca for swimming. Its cool, deep pools are lined with granite boulders to sit on or jump off. There is no river muck, only hard, grippy rock and nice decomposed granite to walk on.

33 days, 14 hours and 4 minutes. Racing the Tour Divide…On a Fixed Gear Mountain Bike

33 days, 14 hours and 4 minutes. Racing the Tour Divide…On a Fixed Gear Mountain Bike

An estimated 954,782 pedals strokes, 3 dead chipmunks, 3 sets of brake pads and 2 pairs of pedals is what it took for Fixie Dave Nice to pedal from Antelope Wells, New Mexico to Banff, Canada. Fixie, as he his known throughout the cycling universe, was the first rider to finish the Tour Divide on a fixed gear bicycle. Yup, you read that right. Fixie rode the entire 2745 mile route without coasting and only with a front brake.

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