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The Ultimate Sunday Bike Ride: Alpine Dam Loop

The Ultimate Sunday Bike Ride: Alpine Dam Loop

We know there's an entire universe of world-class biking beyond San Francisco. That's why we're enlisting the experts at Studio Velo, hands-down one of the Bay Area's best bike shops, to give you the lowdown on what's hot and what's new in the cycling world.

Bicycle Music Festival This Saturday

SF Bicycle Music Festival

There’s a lot going on in San Francisco this weekend, you may have heard. While the Pride festival will be happening downtown, Pink Saturdays in the Castro and Dyke March in Dolores Park, another festival will be making a quieter presence in the city. This Saturday is the 6th Annual all day Bicycle Music Festival, held in Golden Gate Park and Potrero Hill.

The Ultimate Sunday Bike Ride: Stinson Beach Loop

The Ultimate Sunday Bike Ride: Stinson Beach Loop

We know there's an entire universe of world-class biking beyond San Francisco. That's why we're enlisting the experts at Studio Velo, hands-down one of the Bay Area's best bike shops, to give you the lowdown on what's hot and what's new in the cycling world.

Riding Mount Sutro’s Awesome Singletrack

Riding Mount Sutro’s Awesome Singletrack

Did you know that San Francisco has a mountain, a real mountain? Okay, maybe not a mountain like Colorado or Utah or even Tahoe, but a mountain nonetheless. And it’s right here in our backyard.

And like other mountains, Sutro has some decent singletrack mountain or cyclocross trails on it. Northern California is painfully lacking in legal singletrack trails, so it’s refreshing—no, awesome—to know that there are a few solid miles of it right here within our city limit.

If you’re not familiar with Mount Sutro, here are the basics: It’s the wooded area behind UCSF, above the Castro and around/beneath Twin Peaks. In total, Mount Sutro is 61 acres of open space, which is a pretty decent amount of land to play on (thanks, UCSF, for protecting it).

Scenes of the City: America's Cup Preparation

With the arrival of several key parts of their new AC 72 (America's Cup 72-foot sail), Oracle is practicing in San Francisco Bay. We went behind the scenes at Oracle's giant Pier 80 complex to catch the latest America's Cup action happening in our backyard. 

Free Outdoor Movie Nights for Kids

Free Outdoor Movie Nights for Kids

This is our weekly guest-blog post from the moms behind Red Tricycle, a site that focuses on the "lighter side" of parenting. Every week, they'll be bringing us their picks of stuff to do around the Bay Area with kids.

Don't Have Tickets to the US Open? Catch the Action in Union Square

Don't Have Tickets to the US Open? Catch the Action in Union Square

All the big names in golf  – Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy and more – will be taking aim at one of the sport's major titles when the U.S. Open Championship begins a four-day run Thursday at the Olympic Club Lake Course in the southwest corner of San Francisco.

Tickets to the event are no longer officially available – US Golf Association officials declared the Open to be sold out yesterday, for the 26th consecutive tournament – but fans can get an almost "you are there" experience nonetheless by wandering over to Union Square during the four days of the championship.

Hikes with a View of San Francisco

Mount Livermore

The perks to San Francisco are many, one of the best being the natural beauty that is found within the city limits. One moment you can be having artisanal cocktails and the next, hiking up a summit that overlooks downtown, the San Francisco Bay, and the Golden Gate Bridge – all without having to even get in a car. However, just beyond the city limits of San Francisco are some beautiful hikes that offer dramatic views of the city.

An Urban Bathhouse Joins the SF Spa Scene

Archimedes Banya

From natural hot springs to Kabuki Springs to posh Burke Williams spa, San Franciscans love to prune their digits in hot tubs, sweat out stress in a dry sauna, and melt away worries in a steam bath. Now, there’s another addition to the spa scene, but it’s definitely unlike any other spa you have experienced in the Bay.

Scenes of the City: Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon

Beautiful, sunny weather shone upon the 2,000 amateur and professional athletes who braved the 1.5 mile swim from Alcatraz to the Marina Green. From the Marina, they took an 18-mile bike ride through hilly SF and finished it off with an 8-mile run that included the famous sand ladder at Baker Beach. Andy Potts of Colorado Springs won today for the 5th time setting a course record for the most ever won by a male. Leanda Cave won for the women.

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