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  • Freedom 424 National Race Director Joy Marinelli offered a reminder of the cause at the halfway point in the ride.
A bike ride to fight Human Trafficking. 424 stands for the low price to buy a young girl being trafficked in Thailand and surrounding countries. Translated, it means you can...
Classics like the Parkway and my Waterford bicycle belong together The dogwood leaves are beginning to turn. They are always among the first along the Parkway. Everything else is green,...
  • Pipe bridge
It’s not easy to get to Paint Bank, Virginia.  In fact, you pretty much have to be headed there if you want to be there, but it’s worth a purposeful...
  • Burke's Garden horse
The annual Burke’s Garden Century and Metric Century are a tradition in Virginia’s New River Valley.  I rode in the event for the first time this year, and though I...
There is a reason the Going to the Sun Road should be on every cyclist’s bucket list. Bags out at 6:10 am. That was the mandate from the Backroads trip...
An Adventure in Glacier National Park Glacier National Park (Carlinthecyclist.com) Since I live in the mountains of Southwest Virginia, John Muir’s famous line, “The mountains are calling and I must...
If there is already another popular loop in the Roanoke area called Twin Peaks, tell me now — but this seems like the perfect name for this amazing loop. I...
Rows of Corn, Rows of Bikes I had forgotten how amazing Franklin County’s (Virginia) roads are for cycling, but the second annual Roll Over Cancer ride offered a great reminder....
  • John's Bike
Spring Summits The Blue Ridge Bicycle Club is onto something. This spring the club launched the Spring Summits Challenge. This completer vs. “competer” take on cycling achievement is perfect for...
What is a Schwinn apologist?  It’s a guy who rides a good bike that everyone else thinks is something less.  And he knows it. Call me a Schwinn apologist. I’m...
  • Happy cyclists at Raven's Roost overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Wintergreen.
Wintergreen 4th of July What better way to spend the Fourth of July than suffering with friends, eating red, white and blue popcorn and gourmet hot dogs? The alarm went...
I’m so excited I can’t stand it. In case you don’t know that in addition to my passion for cycling, and my job in TV news, we also have a...