The best bike climbs offer a range of qualities that driven cyclists crave when out for a good pedal mashing— altitude, attitude, fortitude, and solitude. Here are the top five road bike climbs in San Francisco and the peninsula from north to south.
2014 marks the 6th year of one of Northern California's premier cycling events, Levi Leipheimer's GranFondo, in Santa Rosa. Held the first Saturday in October, it has quickly become the biggest ride of the year for local cyclists, a rite of passage for many, and even attracts riders from around the world.
The East Bay’s Iron Horse Trail is one of the premier cycling routes in the state, providing the residents of Concord and the San Ramon Valley varied recreational (and transportation) opportunities.
Occupying a sentinel position at the southern Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Mori Point sits upon a rugged coastal promontory south of Pacifica in San Mateo County. Offering all types of hiking, its 110 acres are home to the San Francisco garter snake, once North America’s most endangered reptile as well as red-legged frogs and amazing spring wildflower blooms.
Finding a new place to ride is one of the many delights of cycling. The rolling hills and dairy pastures of northwestern Marin County and southern Sonoma offer some of the best opportunities to meander through untraveled roads, find solitude, and admire classic California landscapes.
A short drive and a mildly strenuous hike deliver great rewards at one of the South Bay's most accessible open spaces. Located on the western, urban fringe of Santa Clara County, the Fremont Older Open Space Preserve protects over 739 rugged acres.
While wineries have always been the biggest attraction in Napa, cycling in the valley and the surrounding mountains has gained traction as a choice destination activity in its own right. Whether it be a day trip for locals cyclists or a week-long organized tour, here's how to cycle the winery circuit.
Exploring neighborhoods is an intrinsic part of getting to know any city, whether visiting as a traveler or rambling through a local hood. No doubt one of the more interesting aspects of San Francisco is its geography—it's surrounded by water on three sides and said, like Rome, to be built on seven hills.
For many motivated recreational cyclists the ultimate bike ride (be it a Sunday or not) is to complete their first century – riding 100 miles in one day. An organized century ride is often the easiest (and safest) ways to accomplish this goal.
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