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  • Want to ride 200K? How about 1,200K?

    Half of the Minnesota Randonneurs's rides are 200K or shorter, and this year, for the first time, they will offer four gravel rides of 100K to 150K. Randonneuring groups in the upper Midwest primarily offer rides, called brevets, of 100K, 200K, 300K, 400K and 600K. A full schedule of brevets is listed here.

  • With all the complaining I do about riding in the extreme cold, you may be surprised that I help out with the group Madison Bike Winter. Yes, I actually ride with and plan events for a group that counts down the days until the winter solstice in June. 
  • A bitter battle over bike lanes blazes in Barrington Hills, Ill.
    The war of words has spilled onto the letters pages of a local newspaper and the editorial board has weighed in. 
  • Reflections on the Tour de France, with Matthew Busche
    Matthew Busche had little time – just one week – to regroup after his first Tour de France and throw himself back into the mountains at the Tour of Utah. 
  • Matthew Busche on crashes, breakaways and pain in the Tour de France
    It’s easy to understand why Tour de France rookie Matthew Busche calls this “the hardest race I’ve ever done, everything from the speed to the course to the conditions.” 
  • RAGBRAI: America's favorite bicycle ride
    For 42 years and counting. RAGBRAI – the world’s largest, longest and oldest bicycle touring event – is part roving county fair and part Mardis Gras on wheels across Iowa. 
  • Gravel grinding
    To ride gravel roads is to double your possibilities on a bike. Once shunned by the skinny tire crew, gravel gets a rider away from the traffic and into another dimension of the terrain previously hidden from view. 
  • Runs, walks and bike rides are a popular way for charitable organizations to combine fun, fund raising and awareness for their causes. The April issue of a Chicago-area running magazine included 32 ads for upcoming citizen athletic events. Over a third of the ads touted a charity tie-in.  
  • Several years ago, I bought my first new road bike since college. I did the typical bike shopping thing: figured out my price range, went to the bike shop, looked at every bike in my size and budget, eliminated the ugly bikes, rode around the parking lot a few times, and decided on a bike. That two-minute ride in the parking lot was the best I felt on my current bike.  
  • From the get-go, I knew the Lake Pepin 3-Speed Tour was going to be different. Riders dressed in tweeds, Bermuda shorts or, for the ladies, classy dresses. They lovingly hefted shiny steel bikes off racks. Most often the bikes were British steeds equipped with Sturmey Archer three-speed rear hubs.  
  • Hundreds of tandem cycling enthusiasts throughout the Midwest block off Labor Day weekend on their calendar every year. At least they have since 1976 when the first annual Midwest Tandem Rally was held. In 2012, the place to be for tandem bikers was Middleton, Wisconsin.  
  • Call me Ishmael. No, wait a second. Call me idiot. And call my brother Michael Captain Ahab. It's good to have goals, but when does dogged determination become maniacal obsession?  
with Tom Held
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