Saturday June 18, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The day before Father’s Day, the US Bicycling Hall of Fame will be hosting author Jim Fitzpatrick who will be discussing his new book “Major Taylor in Australia”. Jim, an American living in Australia, spent years researching the time period that Major Taylor raced in Australia and the conditions he experienced. The book adds further fuel to the growing appreciation of Major Taylor as a heroic sportsman. (For more information, check out his web site) For cycling enthusiasts who are interested in extraordinary cycling stories, Jim Fitzpatrick should be known for his previous books: “The Bicycle in Wartime” and “The Bicycle and the Bush.” The Hall of Fame opens its doors at 3:00 for viewing prior to the lecture. The lecture starts at 4:00.
Monthly Archive for May, 2011
Friday, June 10, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Davis resident Mark Adkison has been photographing cyclists locally, nationally and internationally for many years. For the second Friday Art About, he’s bringing fresh photos from the 2011 Amgen Tour of California as well as others from previous races, including the Tour de France. Take advantage of this opportunity to talk to Mark about photography. The US Bicycling Hall of Fame will be offering free admission to this event and the entire facility will be open for viewing. Light refreshments will be provided.
There was a two page article on the cycle chic movement in Sacramento today. Lorena Beightler has followed in the footsteps of www.copenhagencyclechic.com to bring “style over speed” to the Sacramento Valley. Lorena visited Davis a while back and had her bicycle stolen because of an irate Amtrak worker cut her lock and threw her bike into the grass. I’m glad she is still keeping it real in the State Capital.
Read the article here: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/05/15/3623307/midtowns-lorena-beightler-advocates.html
Believe it or not, the world’s toughest hill climb is biking distance from Davis. Yes, I know some of you biking know-it-alls will say Italy’s Passo di Mortirolo is the toughest, but my money is on Mixx Canyon just 20 miles southwest of Davis.
In 4.8 miles, Mixx goes from the valley to the top of a Coast Range mountain. Since the first two miles are reasonably flat, the vast majority of the 2,200-foot climb is crammed into a tad over 2 miles.
Feeling ready for the challenge? Here’s how. Ride out to Pleasants Valley Road. One mile south of Cantelow Road is Mixx Canyon. The street sign might be missing, but it is the first road south of Cantelow. Can’t miss it.
The first mile is pleasant rolling hills, every tenth-mile is ticked off by markers on the side of the road. At mile 1, you’ll encounter the first hill. “Oh, Matt,” I hear you say, “this is your famous Mixx? You are a weenie.” Continue reading ‘The World’s Steepest Bicycle Climb’