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.
Steel frames, gravel roads and good wine? Per favore.
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.
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.
Millionaire Cottages and Adirondack Chairs
Muskoka is considered the “Hamptons of Toronto”. Here’s a guide to making the most of the cottage-dotted vacation spot.
Not Your Grandpappy's Old Fashioned
James Beard Award-winning chef Sean Brock shares a recipe for the Julian, a variation on the Old Fashioned.
You're a Better Man than Hungry-Man
Easy-to-make meals have been associated with artificial preservatives and gluttonous additives for far too long. These brands are changing the paradigm of instant food for the better — and they taste great, too.
Wet trousers and world-class scallops
1:00 p.m. BST | Colbost, Isle of Skye, UK – We parked the truck somewhere in the north of Skye and picked up our rental Lapierre road bikes. It was very cold and raining hard, the aftereffects of Hurricane Gonzalo on the other side of the Atlantic, but we wanted to get a ride in and figured: let’s just bike to lunch. Lunch was at The Three Chimneys, the Isle of Skye’s best restaurant with a newly minted Michelin star.
An Ontario Staple Is Highway 11's Best Stop
Mike McParland, now 67, has been working at Webers Burgers since he was 16. An estimated 300,000 visitors stop into the grill on their way up and down Ontario’s Highway 11 — but it’s not because of the burgers.
Read Them and Eat
This year, like last year, we did our fair share of dining. We hunted for barbecue in Texas, ate all the burgers in L.A. and went inside the new American supper club. We found that, like television, restaurants are in the best form they’ve ever been. These are 25 of our favorite restaurants in America, chosen by our editors and writers across the country for their newness, their hospitality and the quality of their food — though not always in that order.
SoCal Sunny Side Up
Zoe Nathan , alongside her husband and business partner Josh Loeb, owns the Rustic Canyon and Huckleberry Café & Bakery. Her recently released cookbook, Huckleberry: Stories, Secrets, and Recipes From Our Kitchen, dishes secrets to making fantastic organic morning meals.
A Little Spice is Always Nice
A full-palate salad that finishes with a kick. It’s the perfect medley for the last days of our Indian summer.
Terrifying Road Rules in Beautiful Skye
9:00 a.m. BST | Isle of Skye, UK – Driving a broad car on the wrong side of the road, from the passenger’s seat, is an upsetting experiment in bizarro world physics.
Everything's Better With Bacon
San Francisco chef Timmy Malloy takes the catch of the day and prepares it with fresh, local, seasonal produce.
It's Time for a Mischief Night in Craft Beer
Back in 2011 The Atlantic reported on “The Divisive Pumpkin Ale”, alleging that the style had become synonymous with increasingly stale and overdone flavors. This is still the (very subjective) argument for people who loathe the stuff. But more and more brewers and beer enthusiasts argue beyond taste: they say that some pumpkin beer practices are bad for consumers and craft beer in general.
Learning the way of the climb
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.
Valhalla, I Am Coming
Iceland exists as if out of the mind of a science fiction writer — not in the futuristic sense, but as some timeless place, where the elements that created the earth meet the people who harness its power. It is perhaps the most exotic place on Earth. And it’s only a five-hour flight from Manhattan.
The Everest of Sailing
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.
Instead of Gatorade and Gu, Chianti and Lardo
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.
On the Dance floor at Kuli Alma
Blazing Beats, art house-inspired visual projections and a cocaine-like liquor: a night inside Kuli Alma, Tel Aviv’s newest nightlife hotspot.
Exploring an Unwelcoming Gem
The North Cascades aren’t exactly user friendly. There are no drive-up views for the minivan crowd. Plush lodges and charming hamlets are few and far between. Rangers usually spend a lot of time telling you what a miserable time you’ll have if you put yourself at the mercy of the park’s capricious and violent weather. But with some grit and serious sweat, adventurers who press through those barriers reap major rewards. Photographer Chris Burkard covered our own recent trip.
Oh, I'd love to Drive an Oscar Mayer Wiener
We drove the Wienermobile, and it was awesome.
Social Times at a Unique Resort in the Chilean Andes
Snow was the last thing on anyone’s mind back home, but there I was in mid-August in Portillo, Chile, adjusting my goggles and cranking down my boot buckles.
Don't Leave Home Without It
Use a flask wisely and you’ll have a great hint of lawless confidence; the look of wonder in your buddies’ eyes as you swig your just-so-uncouth booze will be all the sweeter. (Smokier, if it’s Balvenie 18.) These ones deserve a place in your coat pocket.
A City That's More Than a Mile High
Denver isn’t just good breakfast and a gateway to good pow — or America’s favorite city with legalized marijuana. It’s also a hotbed of killer dining, host to a booming culture scene, and a new destination for startups and venture capital. 300 days of sunshine a year, green space around every turn (parks, that is), and proximity to said slopes doesn’t hurt either. Our local expert weighs in with the latest installment of 72 Hours.
What to pack for the adventure of a lifetime
Traveling too much of Africa is intimidating. Years of headlines, let alone the complications of getting there, are foreboding enough. But South Africa has come to establish itself as a gateway to the larger continent for travelers around the world. When packing for a South African safari, versatility is key; here’s everything you’ll need.
The lesser-known safari destination that's not to be missed
Witnessing a million wildebeest migrating from the southern Serengeti to Kenya’s Masa Mara reserve looks just as incredible in the flesh as it does in HD on Planet Earth. But to assume it’s the only real way to take in the circle of life on the great African continent is a rookie mistake — as four days spent on safari in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve in South Africa made viciously clear.