Fitness + Outdoors
We hate to break it to you, but unless you're currently reading this from London, you will probably never be an Olympian. But that doesn't mean you can't seriously enjoy summer Olympics sports around San Francisco.
The group of islands and sea stacks known as the Farallones lies just 27 miles off the coast of Ocean Beach. You know they’re out there—even if you can’t always see them from shore—evoking an air of mystery for seasoned locals. Called the Devil’s Teeth by sailors and California’s Galapagos among naturalists, these wild islands are home to whales, seals, and seabirds worthy of National Geographic. And, from late summer through the end of November, great white sharks.
Quick jabs, explosive flicks, and tricky footwork: Fencing is often described as a physical game of chess. The age-old sport, which was once a way of resolving chivalric disputes among the European aristocratic class in the 18th century, has evolved into a most sophisticated and well-to-do athletic event—right up there with dressage and polo—and Alexander Massialas might just be considered its local ringleader.
Most San Francisco bike routes are designed to avoid the city’s hills. But this Saturday there’s a group bike ride that goes out of its way to hit every steep crest, reach every gorgeous vista, and scale every SF peak. The annual Seven Hells Ride is back again—and it’s even tougher than ever.
It is safe to say that a slang word becomes a thing when you throw it out there and everybody gets it—see “staycation.” Like “fashionista” and “upcycling” before it, “glamping” has arrived, as they say in Hollywood, darlings.
Launched in April, Shelter Co. is the silver-spoon baby of Kelsey and Mike Sheofosky, a husband-wife team who have a very urbane take on a dirty pastime. We believe you call it “camping.”
The Tour de France is well underway. With the flat stages behind them, the peloton has now moved on to the mountains—the most exciting stages to watch. Even if you don’t fancy yourself a race fan, watching the group of riders power up the Pyrenees and Alps is a breathtaking sight. So if you’re looking for a good place to hole up and watch the battle for the polka dot jersey, look no further. Here are five great spots to watch Le Tour—and have a beer or espresso while you do it.