Save the Redwoods League Transfers Berry Glen Trail Connection Property to Redwood National Park

Save the Redwoods League Transfers Berry Glen Trail Connection Property to Redwood National Park

Federal land and water conservation funds help protect the Prairie Creek Scenic Corridor, gateway to ancient redwoods Save the Redwoods League (League), the only nonprofit organization in the world dedicated to protecting the redwood forest throughout its natural range, today announced the transfer of the Berry Glen Trail Connection property to Redwood National Park (RNP) on the rugged northern California coast. One mile north of the town of Orick and surrounded by RNP forests, the 5.9-acre property, forested with second-growth redwoods and native brush, sits along a scenic corridor of Highway 101. The property provides wildlife habitat and important trail connections into the park’s two largest ancient redwood groves. The transfer was made possible with $87,000 in federal funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) that uses offshore oil and gas lease revenues, not tax dollars, and applies them to environmental conservation. The Berry Glen Trail Connection...
New Sponsors, Course Changes for 2017 Big Sur International Marathon

New Sponsors, Course Changes for 2017 Big Sur International Marathon

Sierra Nevada and Haribo among new partnerships Scenic 12K in Point Lobos. Photo: Marianne Mangold  The 32nd presentation of the Big Sur International Marathon brings several changes for the April 28-30 event weekend including a new 12K distance race, a new start area for the 10.6-Miler, new bus drop off plans for the marathon start, and new sponsor activations. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., one of America’s premier craft breweries, will be sponsoring a new beer garden at the race finish. In addition to the runners receiving a complimentary post-race beer, the public will be able to purchase beer for the first time ever. Famous for its extensive line of beers, Sierra Nevada will be showcasing its signature Pale Ale along with Tropical Torpedo® and SummerFest®. Throughout the event weekend, runners and guests will encounter the Haribo Bear as he dances through the race expo and finish area,...
Foam Rolling for Athlete Recovery

Foam Rolling for Athlete Recovery

Learn why you need foam rolling in your life By Dara Richman If you ride a bike, run, or participate in most sports, foam rolling should become part of your workout routine. Having worked as a physical therapist specializing in sports medicine, I have been using the foam roll in my clinic for many years now. The foam roll is your friend, your savior, the tool your quads will soon develop a love/ hate relationship with. While I am pleased to see more and more people rolling out in the gym, I am left to wonder if most people really know how to get the most from it, and how to dose it appropriately for their needs? I decided to come up with my foam roll “cheat sheet” for my runners, cyclists, climbers, and all around weekend warriors to solve that problem. WHAT: In a nutshell, by foam rolling...
Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc with Columbia Montrail

Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc with Columbia Montrail

Putting Columbia Montrail Spring 2017 Collection to the Test Columbia Montrail put its Spring 2017 collection to the test at one of the most physically and mentally challenging trail running races in the world: the Columbia-sponsored Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB). Located on some of the highest peaks in the Alps, UTMB is a continuous 103-mile race, which means no sleeping, just running for over 20 hours. To share the inspiring moments and trials of the race, we developed a special video, entitled Endure, currently featured on Columbia’s social media channels. See the trailer here. Endure features three of the participants from last year’s race: Amy Sproston, a Columbia Montrail-sponsored runner from the United States, and Columbia employees Ruy Ueda and Tomo Araki from Japan. To watch the video and find out how Amy, Ruy and Tomo endured one of the biggest challenges of their lives, click...
Surfer’s Path Marathon, Capitola Half Marathon and Relay 2017

Surfer’s Path Marathon, Capitola Half Marathon and Relay 2017

Surfer’s Path Marathon, Capitola Half Marathon and Relay 2017 May 21, Santa Cruz & Capitola With its breathtaking views of Monterey Bay and over a dozen world famous surf spots along the coastline, the Surfer’s Path Marathon, Capitola Half Marathon and Relay is considered one of the most scenic courses in the world. “The Surfer’s Path is a celebration of beach life. We offer a laid back atmosphere, where runners enjoy the ocean air, stunning views, and sand between their toes,” says Race Director Tom Bradley. Now in its sixth year, the Surfer’s Path has established its Santa Cruz surf theme reputation that showcases the beauty of Santa Cruz County. “The courses travels the Surfer’s Path, passing some of the world’s most famous surf breaks. The miles melt away as runners enjoy majestic ocean and beachfront views,” Bradley adds. Runners start at the historic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, continue past...
Santa Cruz Old Cabin Classic 2017

Santa Cruz Old Cabin Classic 2017

Santa Cruz Old Cabin Classic May 13, Santa Cruz Photo: David Smith Vintage Class Mountain Bike Racing at the inaugural Old Cabin Classic in 2016. Joey Stanwyck rolls through the finish, taking the win in Vintage Open class. Photo: David Smith Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC) presents the second annual Santa Cruz Old Cabin Classic at Wilder Ranch State Park. This cross country race is a throwback to the early days of mountain bike racing and homage to its iconic venue. The event testifies to the partnership between California State Parks and the Santa Cruz mountain biking community who are working together to make their local trails the best they can be. The race is being held as a benefit for mountain biking in Santa Cruz County. A significant portion of the proceeds is earmarked for trail development at Wilder Ranch – specifically for the the decommissioning of the...
Silicon Valley Bikes! 2017

Silicon Valley Bikes! 2017

Silicon Valley Bikes! 2017 May 7, San Jose Join Silicon Valley cyclists for a day of celebrating all things bicycle at the Silicon Valley Bikes! Festival and Bicycle Show’s third annual event. Enjoy a day of family fun that includes BMX stunt rider shows, roller racing, bike polo demonstrations, music, exhibitors, bike repair clinics, local artists and artisans, and a spectacular bicycle show. Meet Santa Clara Valley’s cycling clubs and riding groups, and check out the Cargo Bike Village, Artists Colony, bike repair clinics, and more. The kids’ area features games, prizes, face painting, helmet giveaways and room nearby for parents to take a breather while they enjoy food truck fare and craft beer. Admission is $5.00, $5.00 per show bike, and children ages two and under are admitted free. siliconvalleybikesfestival.org...
Sea Otter Classic 2017

Sea Otter Classic 2017

Sea Otter Classic 2017 April 20-23, Monterey Photo: Joe Spota Debuting in 1991 as the Laguna Seca Challenge with a total of 350 athletes and 150 spectators, the Sea Otter Classic is now regarded as the world’s premiere cycling festival hosting over 10,000 athletes and 65,000 fans. The “celebration of cycling” attracts professional and amateur athletes alike who make the annual pilgrimage to participate in some of the sport’s most competitive and enduring events. Mountain bike races include cross country, downhill, dual slalom and short track. Road cyclists compete in circuit, criterium, and road racing. Cyclocross and non-competitive events are also offered. The event hosts the largest consumer bike expo in North America, and features an international food court, entertainment, bike demos, stunt shows, and carnival activities for children. seaotterclassic.com Trials master Ryan Leech. Photo: Joe Spota Photo: Joe Spota Dual slalom. Photo: Joe Spota...
The Battle for Bikes in Wilderness Continues

The Battle for Bikes in Wilderness Continues

A new congressional bill and big changes at IMBA Words by Kurt Gensheimer Photos by James Adamson The author buckles down for a four-day bikepacking adventure across the Sierra Nevada. Although the topic of bikes in federally designated Wilderness has been an issue ever since bikes were banned from Wilderness in 1984, the 2015 establishment of Boulder-White Clouds as Wilderness near Stanley, Idaho was the last straw for many mountain bikers. With one very politically charged pen stroke, some of the most iconic backcountry singletrack open to bikes for generations was suddenly swept away. Boulder-White Clouds is just one of hundreds of Wilderness and Wilderness Study Area proposals that have locked out backcountry bike access over the years, and the closures don’t seem to be stopping anytime soon unless the archaic blanket ban on bicycles in Wilderness is overturned. A new congressional bill, H.R. 1349, recently introduced in the...
The Adventure Paradigm

The Adventure Paradigm

 How Royal Robbins changed America Royal Robbins high on El Capitan in Yosemite during the 1964 first ascent of the North American Wall. Photo: Tom Frost / Aurora Photos. When Royal Robbins died on March 14th it was a painful moment for the adventure community, and a chance to reflect on his great life. Robbins was an American maverick whose significance in history will grow over time, not just for people who care about outdoor sports, but also for any thinking person who cares about the future of America. Looking back on his life, it’s clear that the early forces that shaped Robbins – an abusive stepfather, the Boy Scouts, and the discovery of Yosemite Valley as a crucible for his own potential – set him on a path to forge a unique way of appreciating the natural world as a place to become a better person and ultimately...
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