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Pumped Up for the Pump Track

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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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Bicycling Shouldn't be a Death Sentence

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Santa Cruz

November 8, 2013
I don't expect to die when I go out for a bike ride. Yes, I realize riding my bike on trails or on streets can be dangerous, even fatal, due to traffic, weather and other risk factors. To try and stay safe on my favorite form of transportation, I take recommended precautions like dressing in bright colors...

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October is Super Month for Cyclists in Santa Cruz County

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Santa Cruz

October 11, 2013
Though the daylight hours are shrinking, October is a favorite season for year-round cyclists here because the weather is still warm and the air is crisp. This weekend is exceptionally full of fantastic events for riding and spectating in Santa Cruz County.

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Girls go Wilder Together on Mountain Biking Trails

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Santa Cruz

September 13, 2013
At Wilder Ranch State Park, next to a grove of towering eucalyptus trees, with the Monterey Bay stretched far below, a group of 18 women mountain bikers gathered last Sunday... Our goals were to be safe, ride casually and get back in one piece. But we also had another priority: have fun!

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