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No Ifs, And or Butts: Smoking ultimatum led to UCSC professor becoming a top cyclist

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August 15, 2014
Stefano Profumo was an out-of-shape, sedentary smoker. His wife told him that before starting a family, he had to quit smoking and get in shape...

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Family Tackles Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge Together

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Santa Cruz

July 24, 2014
Chip Handley set some huge cycling goals for himself before he shifted gears to focus on riding with his family. He rode more than 10 century rides (1,000 miles), completed all five mountain passes of the notorious Death Ride in Markleeville (15,000-plus feet of climbing)...

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Safety for Cyclists, Top advice: Act like a car

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Santa Cruz

June 19, 2014
Cyclists and drivers, can't we all just get along? Several experienced Santa Cruz County riders agree that the best way for fellow cyclists to stay safe on the road is to "act like a car."

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Pumped Up for the Pump Track

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Santa Cruz

May 16, 2014
For years, I have been puzzled by the appeal of pump tracks. What are they? Why do cyclists love them? And would I ever dare try the pump track myself?

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Nothing Sweet About Sugar Showdown

Nothing Sweet About the Sugar Showdown: Women's Clinic at Aptos Mountain Bike Festival

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Wheel-World Education: Mountain Charlie Challenge

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Santa Cruz

April 18, 2014
Teacher John Magliato has been putting rubber to pavement to raise money for the town's schools. He'll do so again on May 3, when he joins a pack of bicyclists at the 12th Mountain Charlie Challenge, an event that raises money for the Scotts Valley Educational Fund.

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New Mountain Bike Team Launches: Search and Rescue Unit

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Santa Cruz

March 21, 2014
I can't imagine the terror of spending the night in the woods, alone, cold and wondering if I am on my final ride.That's what happened to one unlucky Redwood City resident ...

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George Koenig is a Bicycle Roll Model

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Santa Cruz

February 14, 2014
George Koenig, 78, puts in the miles on his road bike week after week, at a fairly relaxing pace, unlike the days when he was pushing himself to the max, training for the Olympics.

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Bikers Beware of Ohlone Tiger Beetles

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Santa Cruz

January 10, 2014
Mountain bikers, now you can add another resolution to your New Year's list. For 2014, I hope you strive to bike better, smarter and beware of the beetles...

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Kids, Bikes and Holidays, A Memorable Combination

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Santa Cruz

December 13, 2013
Many adults remember their first bicycle ride as a rite of passage. Thanks to fond memories, they look forward to sharing that excitement with their own kids.

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