RIP: George The Cyclist

by editors on April 24, 2024

There are people who capture the mood of an entire subset of the human species. George Christensen (left in the photo above) did that for adventure cyclists. He rode his bike everywhere, all the time, and documented it on his website George The Cyclist. He rode the Americas, Africa, India, and followed the route of the Tour de France 20 times. Sadly, George was killed by a semi truck driver on Monday, April 22, 2024 just outside Ridgeway, South Carolina. It was Earth Day and George was doing what he did most days: riding his bike until the sun went down.

According to a report in The State by Noah Feit, on Monday, April 22, around 7:30 p.m. Christensen was cycling west on Highway 34, about three miles southeast of Ridgeway, near Autumn Drive. The sun would set a little after 8 p.m. that night. . . the driver of a westbound 2022 Mack truck with a trailer hit the back of Christensen’s bike, killing him.

If you have a minute, read the story, and his blog and soak for a minute in thoughts of all the wonderful people who ride bikes. Especially those who are no longer with us.

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Ride the Hiawatha This Summer

by editors on May 24, 2023

Thinking of going on a mountain bike trip this summer? We just returned from Mammoth Mountain and can tell you that no one will be riding the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park until at least early fall. In the meantime, there are other places to go. How about a slow, downhill family roll in Northern Idaho? Here are the details:

The Route of the Hiawatha, which Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area operates under a special-use permit from the U.S. Forest Service, opens May 26. Considered the crown jewel of the nation’s rails-to-trails initiative, the family friendly bike trail celebrated its 25th anniversary last summer and will operate seven days a week through Sept. 17.

Close to the historic town of Wallace, the 15-mile Route of the Hiawatha’s gentle 1.6-percent to 2-percent, all-downhill ride straddles the Idaho-Montana state line, delves 10 tunnels, crosses seven sky-high train trestles, and has a shuttle service back to the top. Attracting just under 70,000 riders each summer, the Route of the Hiawatha is by far the most popular ski area bike trail in the country.

Full-moon night rides are planned for June 3, July 3, Aug. 1, and Aug. 30 by reservation only. In fact, the Route of the Hiawatha strongly encourages guests to make reservations for the day they want to ride — especially when renting equipment.

And if the family roll isn’t exactly what you’re looking for, hop on over to the Silver Mountain bike park. It opens June 16. 2023. For more info on the slow roll, click the link.

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The Coastal Sifters Bike Surfing To Baja

by editors on September 19, 2019

On July 9, 2019 two former snowboard industry workers, Cooper and Pius, departed Seattle on a bike packing trip. Their destination? The southern tip of Baja. On their way they planned to surf, clean-up some beaches and document it all along the way. So far, they’ve made it to Newport Beach, California and things appear to be going well. So well, that it would appear their surge in popularity has brought their website to its knees. But that’s okay, you can follow their latest adventures on instagram in the meantime right here @coastalsifters.

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Warm Up With Rumpl Blankets

by editors on February 19, 2019

Want to stay warm pre-race or post-ride? Then Portland, Oregon based Rumpl has just the Original Puffy blanket for you, with a little National Park flavor thrown in.

A series of six Original Puffy blankets inspired by America’s magnificent national parks. The Collection gives back as a member of 1% for the Planet. Rumpl is proud to support the work of the National Park Foundation, the official nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Colors and designs inspired by the individual terrains and landmarks of each park. Arches, Joshua Tree, and Yosemite available now. Rocky Mountain, Grand Canyon & Great Smoky Mountains coming soon.

These light, packable blankets offer the perfect balance of warmth, performance (and they’re light weight). The National Park blankets cost $129 and are available on the Rumpl website or wherever Rumpl is sold. For all the details, please click the link.

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America’s Quietest Roads To Ride

by editors on March 22, 2018

Looking for a road with little to no traffic for a good summer roll? GPS company Geotab has created an interactive map of the least travelled roads in America. Click your state and dive in. One word of caution, however, while California’s US 139 (between Susanville and the Oregon border) is listed as the least travelled road in California, we drive it all the time and have to say it’s not exactly a ghost road. In fact, we’ve been backed up for miles during summer road construction, so beware.

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Patagonia’s First Down Sleeping Bag

by editors on March 3, 2017

We know what you’re thinking: hasn’t Patagonia been made sleeping bags for years? We thought that too, but in fact they haven’t. . . until now with the  800 Down Sleeping Bag. 

“After years and years of making one-off sleeping bags for ourselves and people heading out on select trips, we wanted to share what we’ve learned with the greater outdoor community,” said Jenna Johnson, Patagonia’s sr. director, technical outdoor. “Our team built on a deep knowledge of insulation design and thought through every aspect of these sleeping bags, offering our customers a highly crafted, super functional bag option. Sleeping bags are such a crux part of our kit, and they become like a partner as we go out to explore and see new places. I’m very proud of our work and excited to offer these products to our customers.”

Nothing makes sleeping in your car more comfortable than a good mummy bag. For all the official details, please follow the jump.

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Ride Sun Valley, Idaho This Summer

by editors on February 23, 2017

It’s never too early to start planning for summer shred missions? Here’s a great reason to visit the historic Sun Valley, Idaho: seventh annual Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival June 29 – July 2, 2017.

Visitors can participate or spectate in one of the many fast-paced races—or kick-back, saddle up and enjoy the summertime recreational offerings of iconic Sun Valley, ID. The four-day festival is host to endurance, skill and learning based events centralized around all things cycling. Live music, bike clinics, demos, shuttle rides and the SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria are waiting for you at this year’s eventful weekend, happening June 29 to July 2, 2017.

For all the details, click the link.

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Ohio’s Pelotonia Registration Is Open

by editors on February 22, 2017

Pelotonia, a grassroots organization that raises money to fund cancer research through cycling, opened registration for their three-day Columbus, Ohio experience of cycling, entertainment and volunteerism, on February 8, 2017. The event, takes place Aug. 4-6, 2017 and there is still time to sign up and raise money.

“We are excited to build upon Pelotonia’s success in 2017,” said Pelotonia President and CEO Doug Ulman. “With 1.6 million new cancer diagnoses expected this year in the U.S. – more than 68,000 of those in Ohio – there is much work to be done towards our goal of ending cancer. And in order to make progress, we need more people than ever before to register for and participate in Pelotonia ’17 –whether it’s as a rider, virtual rider or volunteer.”

If you’re looking for a good cause to ride for in Ohio, in August, then this just might be what you’re looking for. For all the official details, please follow the jump.

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Blackburn Rolls With It In New Film

by editors on June 6, 2016

Blackburn (the cycling accessories company) has a new film they’d like you to see about some adventure bike camping titled Roll With It. It features the set up for a joke:  a photographer, a musician, an artist, a food blogger, and an ecologist hit the road on bikes. The film is the rest of the story.

“Camping by bike is an adventure everyone can experience without over complicating it.” says, Robin Sansom, Blackburn’s brand manager. “This film, at the core, is about the unexpected rituals strangers have when they embark on a bike and camp adventure together. We look forward to bringing this to communities all over the world in hopes of inspiring more people to get outside.”

The movie premieres whti month in LA and New York. For the official word, please follow the jump.

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Netflix Pedal Pick: Inspired To Ride

by editors on May 27, 2016

Looking for something to watch on Netflix this weekend while recovering from Memorial Day celebrations? We have just the film. Inspired to Ride, from the producers of Ride the Divide and Reveal the Path, is a beautifully shot record of the first ever Trans Am Bike Race across 4,233 miles, ten states, all self supported.

It’s the antithesis to events like Tour de France and Race Across America. There are no teams, no support vehicles, no special jerseys and not a dime in prize money. . . As they battle lack of sleep, injuries and spirited competition, INSPIRED TO RIDE takes you on an invigorating road trip — amidst the jaw-dropping beauty of the TransAmerica Trail with its varied landscapes, intriguing locals and found stories which dot this path of discovery. . . Featuring Mike Hall and Juliana Buhring plus many more “crazies”.

While a movie about a race like this has the potential to be a snoozer, filmmaker Mike Dion and his crew pull together a film that is visually stunning, constantly compelling, and deeply insightful into the minds of these ultra-endurance bicycle racers. Check it out on Netflix.

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