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This Week in Sports and Outdoors: November 20, 2014

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: the best adventurers of 2014, a new film about Nolan’s 14, GoPro messes up, performance-enhancing weed and more.

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Guide to Beginner Rock Climbing Essentials

This is bomber, save-your-ass gear that’ll get you started with trad climbing, but a word of caution: it’s only as good as the climber using it.

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Freddie Wilkinson’s Best Climbs of the East

Freddie Wilkinson makes his home in the White Mountains, where he climbs and guides most of the year between putting up alpine first ascents on expeditions to Alaska, Nepal, Patagonia, India and Antarctica. These are his four favorite climbing areas out East, plus some inside tips on what to do when you’re in the neighborhood.

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Photo Essay: Fall Rock Climbing in the Gunks

For nearly 80 years, the Gunks have been one of the East’s most hallowed (not to mention busiest) traditional climbing areas, featuring more than 1,400 routes on four major cliffs clustered outside of the college town of New Paltz. But Sky Top — privately owned by the Mohonk Mountain House, a 145-year-old luxurious Victorian castle resort that restricts crag access to high-rolling guests and Alpine Endeavors clients — is utterly serene, and our group is alone on the lichen-covered rock.

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New Gear and Stories, Fresh from the Farm

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: November 13, 2014

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: a legendary NHL enforcer, sexual abuse in swimming, the greatest outdoorsmen of the century and more.

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Riding Levi’s King Ridge Gran Fondo

The Climb, the Coast and 103 Miles to Burn

On a hundred-mile ride, you learn something new about every twenty. Matthew Ankeny reflects on the highs and lows of the biggest century in Sonoma.

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Big Mountain Freeriding Disciple

30 Minutes With: Nicolas Müller

Nicolas Müller is one of the best snowboarders on the planet, but you won’t see him on the podium at the X Games or in highlight clips on SportsCenter. The 32-year-old Swiss native started out as a competitive snowboarder, eventually reaching the top of the international circuit, but hung it all up to push the progression on the sport on bigger canvas: big mountain free riding.

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New Gear and Stories, Fresh from the Farm

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: November 6, 2014

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: the new Miss Reef calendar, inside a bike messenger stage race, the complete guide to building a campfire, what’s killing triathletes and more.

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Less Ralph Lauren, More Murderball

Photo Essay: Bike Polo in Seattle

Bike messengers are a rough lot. So it’s not surprising that they were the early adopters of hardcourt bike polo, a tougher take on cycle polo. We paid a visit to the Seattle Bike Polo club at Cal Anderson park in Capitol Hill for some body-checking camaraderie.

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Steel frames, gravel roads and good wine? Per favore.

Photo Essay: Classic Bikes and Tuscan Vistas at L’Eroica

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.

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Vintage gear for old Italian roads

The Handsome, Throwback Magic of Italy’s L’Eroica Bike Race

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.

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New Gear and Stories, Fresh from the Farm

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: October 30, 2014

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: the heretic of bike fitting, an inflatable jacket, bacon-wrapped trout and more.

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All Hail the Disc

The Giant TCX Advanced Pro 0 Is a Cyclocross Game Changer

Giant has emerged as a super power in cyclocross with weaponry that puts it ahead of the pack in the form of the TCX Advanced Pro 0 ($7,450), a fierce machine that’s fully strapped with everything that’s changing the game.

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Smooth Is Fast

How To: Train for Cyclocross Like a Pro

You must have a finely tuned engine to compete in Cyclocross, but highly polished techniques can save you huge amounts of time over the course of a race. UCI cyclocross World Cup overall champion Lars van der Haar put on a clinic for us in Los Angeles, where he recommended polishing these five skills to boost overall ‘cross performance.

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23-Year-Old Cyclocross Champion

30 Minutes With: Lars Van der Haar

Slight at 5’7” and 128 pounds, Dutch cyclocross star Lars van der Haar, 23, wields heavyweight power at the races. He rides with a style so explosive that it inspired American cyclocross fans to coin the phrase “Go van der Haarder”. Like Belgian Sven Nys before him (#svenness), van der Haar has transcended the bounds of the sport and stands perched on the cusp of becoming a legend.

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New Gear and Stories, Fresh from the Farm

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: October 16, 2014

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: extreme fitness in America, a look back at Landon Donovan’s career, the state of MREs and more.

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Learning the way of the climb

Postcard: Learning to Climb in the Gunks

2:00 p.m. EDT | New Paltz, NY — I’ve never met a more playful group of people than rock climbers. The experienced ones seem to have the best sense of humor when they’re standing on the edge of a cliff.

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The Everest of Sailing

The Boats, Crew and Route of the Around-the-World Volvo Ocean Race

In the past decade, the Volvo Ocean Race has seen boats dismasted and sunk, sailors break bones and lose teeth — and in one tragedy, a Dutch crew member washed overboard and was killed. It’s no wonder the race is called the “Everest of sailing”. Here’s a primer on the latest edition Volvo Ocean Race, beginning October 11, 2014.

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Instead of Gatorade and Gu, Chianti and Lardo

Postcard: Roadside Assistance, Italian Style

1:00 p.m. CEST | Gaiole in Chianti, Italy — Actually, we’re something like 30 miles outside Gaiole in Chianti. Jeff‘s seat tube keeps falling, which makes sense because we’re riding pre-1987 road racing bikes as L’Eroica requires, and the mechanic had reamed his tube (the bike’s) something serious to get the seat post into it yesterday.

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New Gear and Stories, Fresh from the Farm

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: October 9, 2014

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: the seedy and contemptible world of bike theft, an argument for shaving your legs, the best ski towns and more.

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The Real Ironman

30 Minutes With: Craig Alexander

Craig Alexander is one of the greats in triathlon. He was kind enough to join us for a jog in Central Park, where talked food, training and one of the great scandals in Ironman history.

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Triathlon on a budget

Gear for the Triathlon Newbie

Here’s a little secret: You don’t need to spend a lot to race in your first triathlon. These affordable options will get you to the finish line with enough money in the bank for a post-race beer.

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Across America, the 7 Best Triathlon Training Camps

If you’re the sadomasochistic type who looks at numbers like 70.3 and 140.6 and drools, you’ll find plenty of company at these triathlon camps.

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Lessons from Mountaineer and Ultra Runner Ben Clark

How To: Run Faster in the Mountains

Mountaineer and ultra runner Ben Clark shares his tips on becoming a faster runner, whether your aim is a local 5k or, like him, 14,000-foot peaks over 100 miles.

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New Gear and Stories, Fresh from the Farm

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: October 2, 2014

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: a new marathon record, the best places to work, Danny Macaskill rides the Isle of Skye and more.

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Mountain runner and force of nature

30 Minutes With: Kilian Jornet Burgada

Kilian Jornet is, simply put, a force of nature. Over lunch, we discussed mountains, his speed climbing project, and the nature of risk.

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Break Boat

Surviving the Rolex Big Boat Series

The Rolex Big Boat Series is known by participants as the “Break Boat Series” for the toll it takes on boats and crews over four days of racing. GP’s Jason Heaton braved San Francisco Bay’s gusty winds and waves for a firsthand account.

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Offshore for sure

Kit: Racing the Rolex Big Boat Series

Offshore yacht racing may seem like a gentleman’s sport, but underestimate it at your peril. Leave the polo shirt and leather boat shoes in your shore bag for the yacht club after-party. Here’s the kit Jason Heaton used for the Rolex Big Boat Series while crewing for Escapade Racing.

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Farr and Away

Viewfinder: The Farr 40s

Hot on the heels of the Rolex Big Boat Series is the Rolex Farr 40 World Championships, which will be held in San Francisco Bay starting on October 15. The Farr 40 is considered one of the most beautiful and classic yachts, designed from the keel up to race.

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New Gear and Stories, Fresh from the Farm

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: September 25, 2014

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: real-life medieval battles, a folding helmet from Brooks, gyms for bigger folks and more.