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September 2018 Cycle California!

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Hygellig Cycling: How the Danes do Cykels

By Rick Millikan

Denmark often tops polls as the world’s happiest nation. The Little Book of Hygge [hoo-gay]: The Danish Way to Live Well explains why Danes ooze happiness. And, hygellig cycling clearly supports hygge’s merry-making principles.

Sensible investment

Until gasoline prices soared in the 1960s, cars undermined Hygge lifestyles. Denmark enacted an economic remedy that included car-free Sundays and Danes rediscovered bicycles as efficient, bargain transportation. Soon they demanded improved bicycle infrastructures. The government responded by funding imaginative, no-gap bikeways. National Cycle Routes now extend over 7,456 miles enjoyed by cyclists, who represent about 50 percent of Denmark’s 5.7 million inhabitants.

Pedal the Plains, September 14-16, 2018

Mountain Biking Old California

By Bo Crane

Back before vineyards spread everywhere that houses didn’t already take over, the hills of California belonged to cattle. Where hills are too steep for neighborhoods, cattle still roam as they did in Old California. Thankfully, such land has been donated or affordably purchased for open space preserves that allow mountain biking on primarily former ranch roads. Two obscure and little attended public open spaces lie within striking distance of San José and the South Bay

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A Look Ahead

September ushers out summer and stands at the doorway of the holiday season. Regardless, now’s a good time to get in a last-minute tour. Check out the calendar of experiences beginning on page 9.

Central coast festival

What’s better than a food and drink festival? One with a 50 or 100K attached! On September 1, Tour & Taste of the Valley in Orcutt is an opportunity to ride hard and then put those calories back at the food, beer and wine tasting!


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