Pacelines are a basic element of bicycle riding and racing. It’s been said that you gain about 30% more efficiency/energy savings (give or take depending on wind conditions) by drafting. With that much energy savings it’s easy to see why riders tend to travel in packs rather than by themselves.
Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert, Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker have joined together to challenge Utahns to “Drive Less and Drive Smarter”. In support of this effort, Utahns are being asked, during the month of July, to participate in the 2010 Clear the Air Challenge.
Our June 2010 Issue is now available as a PDF (7.2 mb download) - Mid-Mountain and Crest Trails, Clear the Air Challenge, Wasatch Trails, Achtune Review, Pacelines, Choosing an MTB Tire, Commuting with a Load, Sundance Spin report, Bear Lake Classic, Government Liability, State Crit Champs, A Day in the Life of the Tour Divide, Advice from 5 Women Bike Tourers, Results, Commuter Column, Mechanics Corner, Calendar and More!
If you ride a little or ride a lot or have just been walking and ‘in the way’ of an impatient driver, I bet at some point in a ride, someone has yelled at you from a car or truck window to "Get off the road!" The really clever ones add "I pay taxes for it and you don't!"
The Tour Divide is often referred to as “the most challenging mountain bike race on the planet.” Few would argue it’s a beast. The self-supported race covers 2,745 miles of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, which traverses the mountain-rippled spine of the continent from Banff, Alberta, to Antelope Wells, New Mexico. There is a reported 200,000 feet of elevation gain over the distance, through remote and often relentlessly harsh terrain dominated by cows, mosquitoes and bears.