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January 2017 Cycle California!

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¡Viva la Biciclista!

By Bob Marr

People-watching is a very enjoyable pastime, especially when on vacation. In Cuba, bicycle-watching is even better! Sitting at a comfy outdoor paladar (private café) in Viñales in western Cuba, I was treated to the sight of a young man riding an old singlespeed down a slight hill with one hand on the handlebars and the other holding a tray of a few dozen eggs balanced on his other upturned hand. I silently wished him luck.

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Upstate New York's Adirondacks

By Grace Voss

The Adirondack Mountains, located in northeastern New York, came as a total surprise. Not tall or imposing (elevation 1,600 feet max), they are a fascinating combination of dense, old-growth forest, quiet, swampy bogs with skeletal trees reaching their bony branches to the sky and bucolic farmlands dotted with cornfields and dairy cows.

In late August, along with two friends, I took part in the first-ever Cycle Adirondacks, a week-long, 400-mile bike tour for 160 riders to benefit the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). It was, hands down, the best red carpet treatment I have received on a bike tour.

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Fall-time trip: Klamath Falls, Oregon

As bike magazine publishers, we do enjoy getting away in the off-season for our own explorations. Off-season touring gives us the chance to explore without fighting crowds normally found in the summer months. We recently had that opportunity when we took a short trip to the Klamath Falls area of Southern Oregon.

We found the area to be filled with a lot of different ways to play in the outdoors: Road and mountain bike riding, hiking, camping, kayaking and rafting. Here are some of the highlights of what we learned during our time there

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A Look Ahead 2017: July to October

In Part II of our global look at the events for the year 2017, we start with July. In the meantime, take a look at the calendar — it begins on page 14 — and start planning your 2017.

July

Because July tends to be on the warm side, there are several events that take place in cooler, more rural climes. One of these is July 15’s Tahoe Trail 100. The race starts at Northstar California Resort and you can expect seven climbs through Tahoe’s forested hills. Compete in a solo 50 or 100 kilometer category or grab your BFF and race in the two-person 100 kilometer relay.


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