Utah, with its stunning canyons, high altitude and cycling-friendly terrain knows how to produce world-class cyclists.
As much as I like skiing, I have to admit that sunny weather at the end of February has me thinking of riding my bike. And as soon as start riding, my skate skis will not likely see the light of day until winter comes again.
If you are anything like me, there are few things that bring you more pleasure than planting a set of knobbies on new single track. I’ve always envisioned cycling as being synonymous with adventure, but when you’ve already ridden every trail in your area things can become stagnant. Sure there’s always the riding trips to new locations, but a new trail with virgin dirt, that’s something special.
At its essence, competitive cycling is a team sport. Whether you’re out at the big local group ride, a training race, or one of the season’s big cycling events, the squads that ride as cohesive jet fighter units are usually the most dangerous. Conversely, even teams with numbers and talent that don’t ride in a unified manner – that choose not to share the work of controlling a race and neutralizing opponents – are generally less successful.
Douglas Crow had a love for riding bikes – a hobby that would not only be omnipresent throughout his life, but also in the last moments before his death. Crow – a resident of Provo, Utah – would often take a bike on family vacations to explore places on quiet morning rides, said his son Nick Crow.
Nicky Wangsgard saw the writing on the wall. After years of racing her bicycle and winning races all across the country it might be time to walk away and call it a career.
The 2013 North American Handbuilt Bicycle show took place in Denver, Colorado February 22-24. Featuring the work of custom bicycle builders, the NAHBS showcases the skills of the individual. Collected under one roof are bikes built from any material imaginable. From hand carved ridable wooden art through to classic steel fabrications, the unique blends with the practical at NAHBS.