225 kilometers an hour? It’s 0.62, right? Why the hell can’t I figure it into miles? So 124 plus like 14 or 16 or…shit-shit-shit time to brake. Turns out mental math is a lot more difficult when solved howling down the main straight at Summit Point Motorsports Park in the most powerful sedan ever made.
The scenery is just one of the things that’s made L’Eroica one of the greatest organized rides in the world since Giancarlo Brocci founded it 30 years ago to help preserve the strada bianche, or white sand and gravel roads of Tuscany.
Vintage gear for old Italian roads
In 2014 bike parlance, L’Eroica is the ultimate gravel grinder, a 38-204 kilometer ride along the strade bianche (“white roads”) of Tuscany, Italy, with ascents steep as 23 percent grade and sketchy, sandy downhills as a reward for the hard work. Unlike the Dirty Kanza, though, you won’t find riders toeing the line in Gaiole in Chianti with carbon bikes, electronic shifting and hydraulic disc brakes. L’Eroica’s done old school.
New Gear and Stories, Fresh from the Farm
This Week in Sports and Outdoors: the heretic of bike fitting, an inflatable jacket, bacon-wrapped trout and more.
A Quick Survey of 8 Boot Styles
From the Archives: While shoes are busy arguing semantics in a boardroom, boots are out in the garage welding shit. Shoes spend their weekend shanking golf balls while boots are going over, around and through every surface on earth. Boots have long belonged to the movers and shakers of history, and dammit if they’re not going to keep going. We picked 22 of our favorite boots over 8 types to keep every man moving.
What's New, Now
Today in Gear: An affordable commuter bike, the fastest produdction Audi ever, Filson’s new Restoration Department, and more.
A Wicked Ride in the Western Sierras
For most people, the American dream is owning a nice house or making a comfortable living. James ‘The American Dream’ Kelly lives a little differently — his dream involves whipping by traffic at 50 mph on a skateboard.
Roughing it ain't so hard
A soft, supportive sleeping pad turns going-to-ground into camping and sleep into slumber. Sea to Summit’s Comfort Plus Insulated Sleeping Mat promises big comfort and insulation without sacrificing portability. We took one for a few nights under the stars to find out if it delivers.
Reflection and Extreme Discomfort
Temazcal is a traditional Mesoamerican sweat lodge used for physical and spiritual cleansing. GP contributor Will McGough has suffered through it twice, at the Grand Playa Resort in Cabo and Live Aqua Resort in Cancun.
Home in the Heavens
Tantalus Hut has no power or running water. But by backcountry standards, it’s still a luxurious pad. Situated in the Tantalus Range of British Columbia, the hut is an ideal base camp for the adventurous and daring who want to take aim at mountain peaks.
As far as recreation goes, heli-hiking is expensive. But it’s also a means for everyday folk to access remote, sometimes impossible-to-reach parts of the world — like the peaks of the Tantalus Range in British Columbia — in a four-minute helicopter ride, instead of a four-day slog. It’s only when you see the other side of the ridge that you realize you’d never tasted a wild berry or truly seen the color blue (reserved only for the types of lakes hidden in the mountains).
Ticking off the week's news in watches
This Week in Watches: IWC’s Kurt Klaus celebrates his 80th birthday, Bell & Ross’s BR-X1 chronograph, Graham’s Silverstone RS line and more.
Adrenaline in an Armchair Setting
From the Archives: We like to carpe the diem as much as the next guy, but it’s okay to actually relax once in a while. This doesn’t have to mean standing in the buffet line on a Disney Cruise Line ship, but it does meaning choosing an adventure that combines immersion in the natural world with a little bit of everyman recreation. These three destinations are a good place to start.
What's New, Now
Today in Gear: Trion Supercars — handmade in America, Fitbit’s sleekest wearable, Topo and Woolrich collaborate a second time and more.
Beauty in the eye of every beholder
How do you take a spectacular Jaguar roadster that the world has anticipated for decades and make it divine? According to Jaguar you give it a hardtop and the option of a 550 horsepower V8. That’s what they’ve done with the 2015 F-Type Coupe ($65,000), which builds on one of our favorite cars this year, the 2014 F-Type convertible.