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The Best Way To Experience The Tour de France? From A Bike Saddle

The Best Way To Experience The Tour de France? From A Bike Saddle Rob Annis The cyclists get the glory, but it's the fans who make the Tour de France arguably the world's greatest race. During my recent trip, I was able to experience this firsthand. Starting from our hotel in Nice, our group of riders wanted to ride the 75 kilometers to...

Climbing The Col d'Eze, Hiking Down Ancient Footpaths

Climbing The Col d'Eze, Hiking Down Ancient Footpaths Rob Annis Located just outside of Nice, the Col d'Eze is a misnomer; there is very little easy about this climb. Even some professional riders have trouble with the climb, the showcase peak of the famous early season Paris-Nice race and a favorite training ground for...

The Tour De France Takes Over Nice

The Tour De France Takes Over Nice By Rob Annis Nice, the resort oasis in the south of France, may be best known for the intense, steel-blue of the Mediterranean Sea, but for a few days this July, yellow was the color of note. We arrived in Nice less than 24 hours before nearly 200 of the world's best bike...

Chicago Hops On The Bike Share Craze

Chicago Hops On The Bike Share Craze @ChiGreenOffice, Twitter Chicago has put a fleet of 700 sets of wheels on the pavement as part of the city's first bike share program, Divvy. Sixty-five solar-powered docking stations now dot the area within a few miles of the lakefront, and as many as 4,000 bikes and 400...

The 2013 Tour De France Begins Today!

The 2013 Tour De France Begins Today! Tour de France Cycling fans across the globe are celebrating today as the 2013 Tour de France gets underway for the first time from the Isle of Corsica. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the race and to commemorate the occasion Tour organizers have put together a...

Bruges: 7 Reasons The 'Venice Of Belgium' Is Worth Visiting

Bruges: 7 Reasons The 'Venice Of Belgium' Is Worth Visiting Anna Brones The only memory I had of the Belgian city Bruges was thanks to the black comedy film "In Bruges," where the city is more or less equated to some form of purgatory. The only image I had retained was a grey, misty and dismal city with not much going for it. ...

Fireworks Ban? Try These Fourth Of July Alternatives

Fireworks Ban? Try These Fourth Of July Alternatives Ming Xia, Flickr With fireworks bans in place across parts of the Western U.S., it's going to be another Fourth of July calling for alternative celebratory activities. In Colorado, where I live, we've learned to accept this fact, and it doesn't stop the outdoor revelry. ...

Finding The Right Bike Tour For You

Finding The Right Bike Tour For You Rob Annis For me, the only thing better than visiting a new place is seeing it for the first time from a bike saddle. As a cycling fanatic, most of my trips involve a bicycle in one way or another. Whenever I'm heading to a new place, the first place I try to hit is a...

America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride? Maybe

America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride? Maybe Rob Annis As I round the final switchback of the climb, the road grade tilts upward yet again. My fingers nudge my shifter, trying to retreat to a lower gear, but I'm already on my final cog; it's up to just my legs now to get me to my first destination of the day. About...

Coopers Rock: Morgantown, West Virginia

Coopers Rock: Morgantown, West Virginia I have lost count of how many times I have been here. I started coming to Coopers Rock State Forest in Morgantown, West Virginia, when my family first moved to the town, which was seven years ago. The 12,000-some acres of beautiful hiking trails begin just a couple exits...

Cycling The Niagara River Recreation Trail: Ice Wine, War Of 1812 History, And A Back Door To Niagara Falls (Part 2)

Cycling The Niagara River Recreation Trail: Ice Wine, War Of 1812 History, And A Back Door To Niagara Falls (Part 2) Click here to read part one of this story. In recent weeks, U.S. and Canadian officials have been fighting over a development issue at the Peace Bridge, but when I drove over the bridge, built to commemorate 100 years of peaceful relations between U.S. and Canada, one warm...

Cycling The Niagara River Recreation Trail: Ice Wine, War of 1812 History And A Back Door To Niagara Falls (Part 1)

Cycling The Niagara River Recreation Trail: Ice Wine, War of 1812 History And A Back Door To Niagara Falls (Part 1) I must have been absent from school the day we learned about the War of 1812. Growing up, history was my favorite subject, but as I sat in an office interviewing Paul Dyster, the mayor of Niagara Falls, New York, who mentioned upcoming events to commemorate the bicentennial...

Planning The Perfect Picnic (Food Poisoning Not Included)

Planning The Perfect Picnic (Food Poisoning Not Included) Trey Ratcliff, Flickr The solstice may be a few weeks off yet, but let's not kid ourselves: summer has begun. A favorite warm weather pastime the world over is dining al fresco. I first discovered the joys of the picnic, in particular, when I was 10, and my family spent the...

Saddle Up And Bike Under The Stars In These Cities This Summer

Saddle Up And Bike Under The Stars In These Cities This Summer Nick Nunns, Flickr Somewhere in Chicago there's a personal tiki bar on wheels. I'm not talking about the rental "cycle pubs" popular in cities and hipster burgs. This is a five-top cocktail table under a thatched roof, hitched to a bicycle. It passed me around midnight on...

Take A Hike! (For National Trails Day)

Take A Hike! (For National Trails Day) American Hiking Society The American Hiking Society has declared today National Trails Day across the U.S. in an effort to encourage all of us to get outside and visit our favorite trail. This annual celebration of the outdoors serves as a reminder of the fantastic natural...

Tonke Campers Are The Modern Nomad's Motorhome

When I was 3 years old, my parents invested in a Roll-A-Long camper. It wasn't sleek, like the Winnebagos of the day. It was more like a super-sized camper shell mounted on the forerunner of a dually truck. It was badass, and survived innumerable family vacations and...

#OnTheRoad On Instagram: Isles Of Scilly

#OnTheRoad On Instagram: Isles Of Scilly rodtuk For the next few days on Instagram, Gadling is off to the Isles of Scilly. The Isles of Scilly sit about 30 miles off the coast of Cornwall, which occupies the far southwest of England. The islands, just five of which are inhabited, are known for their mild Gulf...

Mammoth Mountain Bike Park To Open In Time For Memorial Day

Mammoth Mountain Bike Park To Open In Time For Memorial Day Mammoth Mountain Good news for mountain bikers looking to hit a trail this long Memorial Day Weekend. The fabulous Mammoth Mountain Bike Park will open to riders this Saturday, kicking off another great summer season with a variety of trail options for riders of all skill...

Australia's 2013 Great Victorian Bike Ride Heads Down The Ocean Road

Australia's 2013 Great Victorian Bike Ride Heads Down The Ocean Road Great Victoran Bike Ride We've noted before just how popular cycling holidays have become in recent years as active and adventurous travelers look for new ways to explore their favorite destinations. Few of those holidays can rival Australia's annual Great Victorian Bike...

Intoxicating Bend, Oregon

Intoxicating Bend, Oregon Who wants to move to Bend, Oregon, with me? Oh, I know what you're thinking. I already have a perfectly good place to live. Why would I need to move to a small city in Central Oregon? If you're asking yourself this question, you've probably never been to Bend, because it's...

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