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Flying into Maui, the first thing you see are the tops of the volcanoes on each of the Hawaiian islands. An awesome sight, they appear as massive domes that stretch high above the clouds. Descending, as the plane passes through the cloud layer, one is struck by how far below the ocean and island still are. These are big hills, and as a cyclist psy...
It’s been called the most beautiful highway in the world. That, as with most things, can be left to debate. What’s not debatable, however, is that the Beartooth Highway, which runs from Red Lodge Montana to Cooke City Montana via Wyoming, is a great place to ride a bike.I had the opportunity to ride part of the highway to the summit o...
Maui has the longest and highest continual climb in the world, sea level to 10,000’ in 36 miles with an average gradient of 6%. It’s a wonderful, underused climb because great as the road surface, temperature, and views are, Maui is well off the route for most cyclists. I did this ride 20 years ago on my trusty steel Bella, 42 x 23 gear wit...
It is probably the most famous mountain in cycling.  Almost 14 kilometers, 21 numbered hairpin turns.  It lies in the the Isère valley, which is narrow and surrounded by mountains so rugged they look as though they were cast in a single day.  These mountains are steep and brutal and spring up abruptly from the valley floor.  The most rugged of...
I could see it from where I was sitting on the terrace outside the cafe.  The street dropped off towards the valley where the river used to run before turning and rising steeply – too steeply for how I was feeling – up along the dam and out of the valley.  What was worse was that I could see the other riders in the distance struggle u...