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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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Life in the Slow Bike Lane

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Santa Cruz

July 12, 2013
Right now, the world's strongest cyclists are suffering through the 2,115-mile course of the Tour de France, cranking hard on their pedals until they cross the finish line on July 21. But you're not in the Tour de France, and you don't need to be in top-notch shape to enjoy cycling. Here are a few free cycling events...

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Cyclists tackle county's toughest climbs in the Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge

For road cyclists who enjoy lung-busting, leg-burning workouts, the Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge is a must-do.

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Santa Cruz Bike Companies on Cutting Edge of Innovation

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Santa Cruz

June 16, 2013
As much as I love bicycling, I am not a true bike geek. When friends talk about what gear ratios they use to climb hills or what new components they have purchased to improve their performance, I nod enthusiastically, but then I start to zone out.

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Santa Cruz Super Commuters are Dedicated Cyclists

May 9, 2013
Next time I feel too lazy to ride my bike around town and am tempted to drive my car instead, I'll think about Courtney Dimpel, George Janour, Nils Tikkanen and a handful of other Santa Cruz County cyclists whom I consider "super commuters."

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