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Tour de Paris: A Velib Adventure!

By Rick Millikan

Paris has long encouraged two-wheelers like us. City manufacturers boosted cycling's early popularity and bicycle sales, by sponsoring races.

In 1869 the first competition extended from Paris to Rouen. Rules forbade contenders from "…being pulled by dogs or using sails."

Paris hosted the first Tour de France in 1903. Cyclists raced from Paris to Lyon and continued to Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Nantes.

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Le Tour in media, books

If it's July, the earth has completed its orbit around the sun and it's time once again for the Tour de France. This year’s Tour takes place July 2 to 23. In the States, you can watch the action on NBC Sports.

This year's Grand Départ is in Dusseldorf, Germany before the racers roll into France via Belgium, the first time the grand départ has started in Germany since 1987. Racers will take on the Alps before transfering to the Pyrenees and then returning to the Alps for one more roll.

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Our secret: Now is the Time to Ride Amazing Highway 1

By Tracy Corral

Right now, it's an open secret that bicycle riders visiting California's Central Coast have the opportunity to ride Highway 1 with very little car traffic. The winter's rain storms inflicted a lot of damage on California's states routes. The section of Highway 1 between Gorda, in unincorporated Monterey County and Ragged Point to the south, is closed to car traffic because of damage from the winter's rain and accompanying mudslides.

More recently, on May 20 another slide just south of Gorda completely buried Highway 1 under tons of rock and dirt. Caltrans’ current timetable for clearing, repairing and opening the highway is June 1, 2018.

But out of the chaos that the storms brought there is a silver lining: while this road is closed to cars, it is open to smaller vehicles — bikes!


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