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Gravel Bikes are Cycling's Hottest Trend, Here's Where to Take Yours This Weekend

New trend alert: gravel bikes bear a resemblance to endurance road bikes, but are outfitted for use on gravel, dirt, or fire roads. No doubt you'll be seeing these babies around town, so here's where to take yours when you finally give in to the peer pressure. 

'Run for the Seals' 5K Benefits the Bay Area's At-Risk Sea Life

When was the last time you went for a run to help a distressed pinniped? If you raised a flipper, then you’ve most likely put some miles in on behalf of the Marine Mammal Center.

Enjoy the Warm Weather at These Sunny Bay Area Beaches

It'd be a crime to stay indoors today! Feel free to escape to one of these sunny, warm, and inviting beaches around the Bay Area. 

A Picturesque Hike in Dairy Country at Petaluma's Helen Putnam Park

Delightful Helen Putnam Regional Park is a small wilderness area that lies just outside of Petaluma. There you’ll discover 216 acres of grassy hillsides, native oak forests, a fishing pond, and killer panoramic views.

NorCal’s Top 10 Gran Fondo and Century Rides

There’s nothing like a 100-mile day spent in the saddle. 

Find Magic on Larkspur's Dawn Falls Trail

These days, Muir Woods is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Bay Area, and as a result, it’s generally mobbed with visitors, leaving few opportunities to enjoy the peace and solitude that a primal Redwood forest should provide. But don't worry, there is another Marin gem that can offer up the serene magic that a walk in the woods should provide.

Hike to an East Bay Hidden Gem, Port Costa

Never heard of Port Costa— the tiny, hidden gem in the northern reaches of Contra Costa County? While seemingly off the beaten path, this gorgeous hike is surprisingly accessible.

Ultimate Sunday Bike Ride: Hicks Valley and Wilson Hill

If the city is feeling oppressively urban, get rural Sunday (or any day) with a Marin County ride that promises miles of quiet country roads just 30 minutes away. 

Ultimate Weekend Hike: 360° Views from Atop Angel Island

The top of Angel Island’s Mt. Livermore provides one of the Bay Area’s most spectacular and least crowded viewpoints.  The only access to this centrally located vista rising 788 feet above San Francisco Bay is by ferry and foot, ensuring that only those willing to make the effort get to enjoy it.

Go on a Ride in the Los Altos Hills

A fast start had me jamming to keep up with the peloton.

For those who want to know more about the joys of road cycling on the Peninsula, look no further than the Western Wheelers Bicycle Club. One of the larger cycling clubs in the Bay Area (established in 1983), they offer an extensive calendar of weekly rides, with as many as five a day.

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