Category Archives: dirt
DUST LUST!? You’re Not Alone

Have you ever thought about riding your bicycle through the vintage backroads of Slovenia and Northern Italy? Of course. But it hasn’t happened yet, right? I’m not going to pry, we all have our reasons. However, I wanted to let you know that the folks at Dust Lust are trying to make it easier to turn those thoughts into action.

They put this video together to show you just how much fun you’ve been missing and to get you hyped on their events for 2017, of which we are told there will be three. While some of the dates are still unknown–how thrilling how exciting–we’ve been assured that the last Saturday in October will be a major dust up! If you’re keen then keep checking their site.

Dec 7, 2016 6 comments
Exploring Northern Tasmania by Bike: Climbing Jacob’s Ladder in the Ben Lomond National Park
Exploring Eastern Tasmania by Bike: Climbing Jacob's Ladder in the Ben Lomond National Forest

An entire gallery of just a single climb? Why not. When I first saw photos of Jacob’s Ladder, many years ago, it solidified my desire to ride bikes in Tasmania. There’s something about a series of switchbacks or hairpins cascading their way down a mountain pass that is not only incredibly photogenic but a very satisfying feeling to tackle on the bike. With each corner resulting in a feeling of accomplishment, the climb always feels a bit shorter.

The Ben Lomond National Park attracts all kinds of tourists, but I’d argue cyclists might appreciate the final approach a bit more than any motorists… Enjoy! No matter which way you ride it, Jacob’s Ladder is an out and back.

Many, many, many thanks to Tourism Northern Tasmania for funding this jaunt, Scott for being a model and Rob for providing the shuttle from Derby to Ben Lomond. Also, thank whatever kept me from falling 100′ to my death while I was scaling up the rock faces to find a new vista…

Dec 1, 2016 7 comments
The Dirty Reiver Ride in the UK

If you’re keen on gravel and dirt rides or races like the DK or Almanzo, then check out the Dirty Reiver event in the UK:

“The Dirty Reiver 200 (200km) and Dirty One Thirty (130km) are off road cycling challenges based on the Gravel Grinder format found predominantly in the mid west of America.
Riders will traverse gravel forest access roads that service the vast areas of forest covering the border region of England and Scotland. The events will take riders through remote areas providing outstanding viewpoints across this spectacular part of the UK.”

Nov 28, 2016 1 comment
Thank You
ThankYou

I just wanted to extend a warm thank you to the readers, supporters and those who inspire this website. We couldn’t do it without you. Now go ride your bike this weekend!

Nov 24, 2016 13 comments
Exploring Northern Tasmania by Bike: the Central Highlands Loop
Bush hairpins.

Tasmania, or Tassie for short, has long been on the list of places I’ve wanted to visit my whole life. Even as a kid with his nosed pressed in nature magazines, the landscape, flora and fauna of this island inspired many daydreams about trekking throughout the backcountry. Over the past few years, trips to Australia came and went, never allowing the extra time to explore this island, its roads and tracks. Each time, locals would say, “mate, you’ve gotta go to Tassie next time!” Everything I’d seen made it look like an exceptional place to ride bikes and with a handful of newly-opened mountain bike parks opening, I began to make moves… (more…)

Nov 21, 2016 25 comments
The Radavist 2016 Calendar: October
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This is the tenth layout of the Radavist 2016 Calendar, entitled “Riding High” Shot with a Leica M-P typ 240 and a Leica Macro-Elmar 90mm in the Inyo National Forest, California.

The Inyo National Forest is home to California’s most prized peaks. One of which you can ride – or hike – a bike to the summit. White Mountain Peak is not for the weak of heart. Weather can change rapidly, there is no water and lots of exposure. If you can make it through all that, a staggering elevation of 14,252′ awaits you. Luckily the landscape is so alien that it provides ample distraction from your aching body.

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NEW: There’s also a mobile image uploaded for anyone wanting a mobile phone background each month. Octobers’s image is also from the Inyo National Forest, featuring a sunset only the Easter Sierra mountains can provie. Click here to download October’s Mobile Wallpaper.

Oct 3, 2016 2 comments
We Met Found in the Mountains for Margaritas and Fish Tacos
The good part!

With group rides in Los Angeles, ya never know what you’re going to get. As I was packing the night before for this ride, my girlfriend asked me how many people I thought would show up. My response: either 20 or 4. In my experience, the latter is easier to manage, especially when rides like this include around 30 miles of inner-city road riding, yet I have wrangled enough cats to know how to deal with larger groups as well.

While half of this ride is indeed on sealed roads, the 30 that is on dirt is some of the finest Los Angeles has to offer. Dirt Mulholland takes you in the Santa Monica Mountains and intersects miles upon miles of singletrack and fire roads. You could literally spend days riding in the mountains, provided you’ve got access to water.

Four people showed up in the morning. Four new faces, two of which were tourists, who happened to find themselves in LA this weekend. We met up for coffee and left 15 minutes behind schedule to allow any Saturday morning stragglers to roll up. Confident with our group’s size, we headed out through Hollywood and up Nichols Canyon Road, a climb that is often hectic during the week, yet at 7:30am on a Saturday was quite peaceful. With our heads down and in a paceline, we snaked our way to the dirt and that’s where the fun began.

After casually spinning through the mountains, we dropped down to the Pacific Coast Highway via Topanga Canyon HWY 27 and met up with Found in the Mountains at the Reel Inn for fish tacos, margaritas, and stories.

The ride home is always interesting. If you’re visiting LA as a cyclist, it’s a great way to see the places you’ll probably never want to visit again. This includes: Beverly Hills, Melrose, Rodeo Drive and most of Hollywood. As we zig-zagged our way back to the east side, I found it funny how our caravan of cyclists were keeping pace with luxury cars, busses, motorcycles and other vehicles, once again proving that the bicycle is always the best form of transportation in a city.

Transportation and a vehicle for socializing along 60 miles of fun on a Saturday morning.

Aug 28, 2016 29 comments