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April 2019 Cycle California!

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Amazing adversity: Along the Oregon Timber Trail

By Dan Shryock

Harry Dalgaard will never forget the moment he pushed his bike up the trail on Crescent Mountain.

“When you crest the Crescent trail, you get this absolutely stunning reward,” he said. “I didn’t mind pushing my bike, a little hike-and-bike. It was tough but when you get to the top of Crescent Mountain and see Mt. Hood, it’s well worth it.

“Adversity rewards you with amazing things.”

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Piedmont, Italy: Le Strade di Coppi

By Graziano Pestarino

There is a place in Piedmont located in Italy’s northwest where cycling is an important part of history. The two towns that best represent this heritage are Castellania and Cassano Spinola. The two towns are only 8 miles away from each other – Castellania is the birthplace of Fausto Coppi and Cassano is the hometown of Costante Girardendo and Sandrino Carrea.

Italian cycling history

To understand why after so many years these cyclists are still very famous and still very popular, you have to go back and understand the context in which they lived. During Girardengo’s time, (1930s) Italy was under the dictatorship of Benito Mussolini — Italy wanted to showcase its strength through its army, infrastructure and athletes to the rest of Europe.

Girardengo was definitely one of those athletes.

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Whose trail is it, anyway? Tahoe-Pyramid Trail 80 percent complete

With the final section of trail from Lake Tahoe to Reno being built in the Truckee Canyon, the non-profit group behind the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway has changed its name to the Tahoe-Pyramid Trail. This name change commemorates the completion of 80 percent of the overall trail — from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake.

“Many walkers, runners, fishermen and others mistakenly think the trail is only for bicycles,” said Janet Phillips, president and founder of the group based in Reno, Nevada.

“We’re more inclusive than that.”

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