Bicycling May 2018

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1 min.
join the ride

YOU + BIKE = POWER. Before gran fondos and gravel grinders went mainstream, there was the humble CHARITY RIDE. // These rides aren’t sexy, but they have a massive impact. BIKE MS ALONE HAS RAISED $1 BILLION TO DATE—SEE OUR INSIDER’S GUIDE, PAGE 23. // The stories in this issue also reveal a side of these events we rarely celebrate—how they change the lives of everyone involved. There’s the woman with rheumatoid arthritis who rode 525 MILES for the Arthritis Foundation (basically off the couch) and this summer will conquer some of France’s biggest climbs. The celebrity chef who didn’t consider himself an endurance athlete until he tackled the 300-mile Chefs Cycle, lost 27 pounds, and became a cycling convert. The guy who once rolled his eyes at raising money…

1 min.
the thing that changed it all

INSIGHTS, IDEAS, AND INSPIRATION FROM ALL KINDS OF RIDERS I did my first Xterra off-road triathlon in 2006 on a bike I borrowed from a friend. After that, I was hooked on mountain biking. The technical aspect was hard for me, but I was excited to train for something new. To improve, I rode with people who were better than I was. We would stop at tricky sections and reride them a few times. One day we came to a big log, a bridge, and then another log. There were six of us, and we all took turns. I was out of my comfort zone, and I fell off. But I had spotters, and it was fun just to do it. I got it on the second or third try. That…

3 min.

You learn things on a seven-day bike tour across the Scottish Highlands with a bunch of old BMX pros. You learn, for example, that your friends might not always prioritize your personal safety. As you straddle your burly adventure bike at the precipice of a steep and rock-strewn descent, covered in rain-slickened moss, your friend will yell, “Ride it!” Another will encourage, “Yeah!” Someone else will frame the shot with a camera. The words of your beautiful wife—“don’t do anything stupid”—will run through your head. And then you’ll push hard with your right leg, throw your ass back over your Brooks saddle, and clip in. At the bottom, you’ll turn to your friend, the photographer, and say, “Did you get it?” Sometimes the stones we find in Scotland are the ones between our own…

1 min.

We encounter a wide and softly flowing river. After exploring the banks for the shallowest possible crossing, Sandy huffs, utters a refrain that would become common during the course of our trip—“Fuck it”—and trudges into the knee-deep water. You become accustomed to wetness in Scotland. Though we’d scheduled our trip for June, ostensibly one of the country’s driest months, we wore rain jackets and gloves 50 percent of the time. The temperamental conditions could leave you both sunburned and soaked within the same day. Yet we also came to appreciate the wet weather for the beauty it spawned. Crystal clear creeks, from which we fetched water for coffee and oatmeal. Tranquil ponds that provided a midmorning bath. Damp bogs bursting with mosses, ferns, and wildflowers, and bright green grasses that blanketed the treeless…

4 min.

You learn other things on a seven-day bike tour across the Scottish Highlands. You learn that if an online description of a bothy reads, “No firewood,” when you arrive at the bothy, which is situated against a grassy hillside without a tree in sight, indeed, there will be no firewood. And if you wish to warm your aching body and dry your sodden shoes, then you should gather the fallen limbs you encounter miles away from your lonely bothy and strap them to your panniers. We learn this lesson after the fact. Yet even without a fire, in this bothy we are overjoyed. The sparse shelters, which once served as lodging for farm families and sheep herders, were abandoned during the advent of the industrial age—and allowed to turn to ruins as Scotland’s…

2 min.

You learn things about your friends on a seven-day bike tour across the Scottish Highlands. You learn that your friend Sandy has a deep and heartfelt love for his homeland, for its feature-film-worthy landscape (“Crap scenery, eh?” he likes to joke), and its cultural eccentricities. You learn this because as you push your burly, bagladen adventure bike up a 20-plus-percent dirt grade, you are kind of cursing Sandy. At a grocery store in Fort William, anticipating a flat, easy day ahead, Sandy had stocked up on Scottish junk food: jars of Branston Pickle, fruit shortcake and fig roll biscuits, bags of dry roasted nuts, midget gems (gummies), Irn-Bru (the Fanta of Scotland), and packets of crisps (potato chips). We’d divided the guilty pleasures amongst our panniers, and now we’re literally bearing the…