A few weekends ago, I rode the 2018 Tour de Mesa. It was my first of the Perimeter Cycling events held in the Valley after doing El Tour de Tucson for the past few years. The Mesa version was a 60-mile loop that had a bit of everything – flat sections, screaming downhills, grinding climbs,…
For the past year, I’ve ridden about 90 percent of my mountain bike miles on a belt-drive singlespeed (first a Raleigh XXIX, then a
Condor Airlines just might help Phoenix become a real city. Here’s what I mean: Whenever Phoenix and Philadelphia play leapfrog in the city size rankings (which invariably makes our local journalists generate reams of predictable content), I always bring up Sky Harbor International Airport and its lack of intercontinental flights. My view: I don’t care…
My training plan for the 6 Hours in the Papago mountain bike race wasn’t a winner: A month before the race, I came down with strep throat. Before my antibiotics even ran out, I was headed to New Zealand for two weeks. That doesn’t add up to a lot of pre-race saddle time. Fortunately, I…
I don’t usually do photo-only posts. But I snapped a nice shot from the nighttime storm that rolled into Phoenix. I’m not sure if this is actually a monsoon storm or not … but hey, call it what you will. It’s something besides hot, dry and sunny. This shot of lightning over Scottsdale is probably…
People call Phoenix and its satellite cities an area without a past, shucked of history, a collection of pass-through transients. The closing of Montis La Casa ViejaÂ on Monday splinters another link to the past — and the deed will be complete when most of it gets bulldozed to make room for a high-rise development in…
If you live in Arizona, there’s a good chance the summer heat has its oppressive boot squished against your neck. And you want to know how and whereÂ to beat the summer heat in Arizona, someway, somehow. I have some tips for all of you who are afraid of getting heatstroke on the way out to…
Abandoned factories, historic hotels, old prisons and more earn a spot in the guest post about haunted places in Arizona. Find out all about them!
The new Arizona High School Cycling League has smart plans to get more girls interested in mountain bike racing. Check out the ideas, and add your opinion.
There’s talk that Prescott mountain bike trails are making the city a national destination. Find out if it’s true – or just hometown hype.
If you seek Arizona hikes with fewer people and more interesting scenery, put the Red Mountain volcanic cinder cone on your list.
Who built and manages the best mountain bike trails near Phoenix? The state, county and city government land managers are all over the board in their expertise and vision for cultivating mountain bikers. Let’s see who leads the pack.
I hate comparing anything to Fight Club – especially a mountain bike trail. But I have no choice with the Fantasy Island North Singletrack.
One of my favorite mountain bike trails just got a little nip and tuck. Find out if it’s good, bad or ugly.
Should you drink your own pee? That’s the question asked in the lead story of my Cool Content roundup. Plus, kooks, underground wars, bad writing and more!
There’s now a reason besides Papago Brewing to visit the Papago Plaza in south Scottsdale – and it’s Hot Yoga University.
I went to my first cyclocross race – the Heavy Metal Hammerfest. Here are a few thoughts about all the fun and action.
Phoenix city officials breathlessly announced that British Airways will bump service to Sky Harbor from six to seven flights weekly. But let’s parse the puffery and see what that really means for Valley travelers.
In a recent blog post, Jon Talton takes Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to task over an upcoming two-week junket to Germany. But he gets something wrong – the importance and scope of Germans who visit Arizona.
Mountain biking in the moonlight is back: McDowell Mountain Regional Park once again has its night mountain bike rides going for the summer. The May 25 ride was the second of the season, and the first of the year for me. As always, it was a treat to be out there at this excellent park with other mountain bikers after sunset.