I’m very excited about this for a number of reasons, including a wonderful place like Big Basin being opened up for a bike race, the organanization throwing the event, the sponsors, and the list goes on. You can read more about the Big Basin Old Growth Classic below!
On the 1st of July 30-some people showed up for the Dungeons and Dragons-themed Wildcat. Wildcats are alleycat-style checkpoint races, but on dirt, and with no experience necessary. These champions came to the Santa Cruz Forest above UCSC to prove that the Sharpie was indeed mightier than the sword. Four checkpoints scattered about the woods stationed with wizards and space wolves. Each racer had to throw a 20-sided dice and if they threw an 11 or lower they would have to spin in a circle 20 times. If they threw higher then a 12, they’d get their manifest signed and head to the next checkpoint. It was madness. (more…)
I’m in Portland for this, so if you are too, swing by!
A one-night bike show and party featuring 6 unique Speedvagen builds that will determine Speedvagen’s next Ready Made model. Join us for tours of The Vanilla Workshop, drinks, food, and to vote on your favorite build. See all the details at the Vanilla Workshop’s Facebook!
Down by the River with Golden Saddle Cyclery and the Swift Campout
Photos and words by Kyle Kelley
We wanted to do something very different for this year’s Swift Campout. For the last three years, we’ve been dragging people up the steepest fire roads in the Angeles Forest on their fully-loaded touring bikes, carrying gallons of water. With each year getting hotter and hotter, we wanted to find water for people to cool down in. At first, we thought the beach, but after looking into it, we discovered that we’d have better odds of winning the lottery than getting a camping spot for 30 plus people at the beach. (more…)
This year’s All City Championships is quickly approaching. With events beginning Thursday and going on through Sunday night, you can expect a good time. An added bonus for all WTF riders and racers; your entry fee is being paid for by All-City Cycles! See more information at the event’s Facebook Page.
… but the events have already begun so be sure you head over to the Bicycle Film Festival to buy tickets and to see the schedule!
This weekend, the Swift Campout in Los Angeles will be heading to Glenn Camp in the Angeles National Forest. The group will be meeting at Golden Saddle Cyclery at 8:00am, this Saturday, June 23rd and riding straight to Highway 39, en route to camp. If you’d like to meet the camping caravan a little later, you can take the LA Transit Gold Line to the Azusa Station and pedal up to Highway 39, or even park your car at the West Fork Fishing Access Site parking lot and ride into camp. Some notes; if you have a water filter, bring it. While there is no spigot at camp, there is a stream you can filter. Also, bring some sort of shade device. There’s not much at camp, so even a sun hat will help keep you cool. There are trees at camp, so you could bring a tarp and some rope to make shade. Saturday’s high is 89º so be prepared for a long day in the sun.
Last but not least, be sure to tag your photos with #SwiftCampout while there and be sure, above all else, to have fun!
It’s never too late to plan for the Swift Campout! With groups hosting the event all over, there are plenty of options. Head to their site for some planning tips to ensure you have a good time! Check out our Related stories on the left for some inspiration.