British Columbia, Canada
Rider: Kim W.
Titan’s Grove with the Desert. I love the dinosaurs, so surreal. I also enjoy the ‘fun’ of the rolling hills of Titan’s Grove after coming off the Desert flats.
My favourite ride is always with friends. If I had to choose one though, it would be from where we live out to the first capital of B.C., historic Fort Langley. The ride takes us over bridges where we are often able to spot blue herons and eagles . Crossing the Fraser River, we are surrounded by snow capped mountains, BC’s Coastal Mountains on one side and Washington State’s Mount Baker on the other. Then it’s meandering through farm land, cranberry fields and tree-lined roads that provide lots of welcomed shade in the summer.
Fort Langley is the definition of quaint with a variety of boutique coffee shops and cozy places to eat. It easily meets all criteria for having ‘good food’ on a cycling tour. From Lelem, an indigenous owned and run restaurant to the Blacksmith Bakery, built on the original site of Reid’s Blacksmith, circa 1905, it’s a scenic and yummy out and back of about 70km.
I began with a Women’s Only Mountain Biking group about 20 years ago, I loved it and still ride a bit on our local trails. Road cycling has now been at the forefront for about 6 years. I decided to join a challenge at my gym to do a Fondo…a “Fun” what I said? Well, let’s just say that was the start of a beautiful relationship between me and my bike.
Anything chocolate! But lately, frozen dates have been a favorite except they typically are defrosted by the time I want them!
It’s truly a toss-up between cycling in France or Italy, with France slightly ahead. We’ve been twice now and explored two distinctly different areas, of course, there’s wine…and bread, and cheese, which always adds to the pleasure.
Cycling through the countryside on roads that carry so much history of time and place is magical. Having a ‘loose’ itinerary for our days of cycling really allowed for the surprises of finding hidden gems along the way. Whether that was arriving in a medieval village on market day, discovering a hidden castle down a country lane or having a croissant and espresso at an amazing boulangerie there was an adventure in everyday.
Rider: Gail K.
Rider: Stefanie H.
Road, gravel, and virtual
Watopia figure 8, it has a little bit of everything
From my house through downtown St Paul, to the Gateway bike trail and out to Marine-on-St Croix and lovely rolling rural roads–woods, farms, lakes, a big river, a cafe–and back to my house. It’s usually about an 80 to 100 mile day.
Bike commuting on and off since 2008 (the bike commuting is currently on), but didn’t start seriously biking until 2015 when I got a road bike.
Mashed banana and peanut butter rolled up in a flour tortilla. Also love cinnamon raisin pancakes.
Every ride is an adventure, but one that I will never forget is my third attempt to complete the Dirty Benjamin, a 100 mile gravel race. I convinced Megan H. to do it with me and we got lost in the pouring rain because we couldn’t see where we were going and both our Gramins blipped out and my printed off cue sheets had disintegrated in the wet. We finally got back on course only to get caught in a severe thunderstorm about 90 minutes later. We sheltered under an overhang of a storage shed and after 45 minutes without a sign of the weather letting up, we called Megan’s husband for a rescue. I made a fourth attempt to finish the race the following year in 95 degree hot and humid weather and placed something like 93 out of 97 but I finished!
Rider: Tracy G.
Road and Virtual
Rider: Michelle H.
Road and Virtual
Greatest London Loop
Silverton, CO to Ouray, CO over Red Mountain Pass
Ever since I learned to ride my bike when I was a little kid. Some years I have more miles than other years, but no matter what is going on, I always enjoy getting out on the bike.
Peanut butter and jelly sandwich or banana and peanut butter.
There are two. Biking across Nebraska was my first week long, cross-state ride. It was amazing at the finish to know that I made it 500 miles. The second was the day I biked 155 across Indiana. It is amazing what a body can do and I learned a lot about myself that day.
Rider: Christina B.
Brooklyn New York
Road and virtual but enjoy dirt when I get the chance, which is rare.
I am currently enjoying the rebel routes, Seaside sprint and triple flats.
I remember my first red tricycle. My next bike with a basket on the front and training wheels that Katie Hall taught me how to ride. I used my bike to commute to work in high school, brought one to college. I guess I’ve been a life long rider.
I need a good cup of coffee with plant based milk. A waffle with fresh jam and a sweet potato.
Rider: Kelly H.
Springfield, Missouri USA
Road, dirt and Virtual!
The Mineral Trail in Leadville, CO, and The Katy Trail in Missouri
Since I was a kid, I have been riding a bike and used cycling as a cross-training activity for many years. When chronic injury forced me to retire from competitive Taekwondo, I was lost and wandered through many activities before catching the cycling bug. I always loved riding outside and exploring on a bike, but Missouri weather, work, and safety kept me from being consistent. I found Zwift, which eliminated all excuses two years ago, and I have been peddling away ever since!
There is always ice cream waiting at the finish
In 2013, I rode from Vail to the top of Vail Pass on a mountain bike.
In 2020, I rode my first century on The Rio Grande Trail from Glenwood Springs to Aspen.