When you think of a self-supported bike tour, you probably envision riding across the state or country for a period of time. Most people have trouble getting long blocks of time off and many feel that the logistics of a big tour is daunting. Just as a hike starts with the first step, a bike tour starts with the first night. So why not just do an overnight bike tour?
Bicycle Adventure Club – BAC – was founded in 1983 by a group of individuals wanting to do bike tours in the US and in other parts of the world. They decided to offer these tours to other like-minded people.
In 2009, Dean Lang was one of 3 cyclists that I featured in the August 2009 issue of Cycling Utah (http://www.cyclingutah.com/august/August2009counter.html) who completed a solo ride across the United States via the Adventure Cycling Association’s Southern Tier route. Dean did the ride in early 2007 at the age of 60. On June 28th of 2010 Dean had an accidental shooting that shattered his distal femur. Shortly after the start of his rehabilitation, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. The following conversation discusses Dean’s life before and after that tragic night.
Some passages from the book are as relevant today as 30 years ago: “The mosquitoes at Mighty Moe’s Campground were magnificent as far as mosquitoes go.” We woke up to a brilliantly sunny 31F morning, on July 9.” “After a few miles, the road turned to gravel. We would essentially be on gravel roads for the next 1300 miles.”
Kamas is a small town in Summit County, 16 miles from Park City, and is the gateway to the Western Uinta Mountains. It has several main roads and many back roads that are sometimes frequented by cyclists looking to get out of the Salt Lake smog in winter and the heat of summer. Fifty-Eight year-old Kerry Lambert lives and bike commutes in Kamas.
The supplement industry is a multi-billion dollar business. Everyone wants that edge in beauty, health, longevity, and for some, athletic performance. Have you ever thought about what it would be like to be able to not only stay with the pack but to attack the peloton and obtain a podium finish.
Over the past year, the E-mail list for the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee for Salt Lake City has been the venue for several discussions regarding the future of bicycling in the city and the state. The 3-foot law and whether the monies allocated for cycling should go to education or infrastructure, are just some of the topics. Bike Commuter Jim Greene participated in the on-line discussions.