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Paul Pruschki featured in Outside Magazine

Photo of Paul Pruschki descending down alluvial fan at the end of our Tour of California trip in May of 2014 is featured in Outside magazine article about trainer vs. outdoor training. Fitness Coach:Which Is the Better Workout: Riding on … Continue reading

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Oleg’s Hamburg Ride Report (June 2014)

A lot of descenders spending time in Europe (Proulx and Hodges are there now, I think) – I ust returned from a trip to Hamburg, Germany this past June. I watched Germany play Brazil in World Cup, while in Hamburg, … Continue reading

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Santa Cruz coastal ride and Portola Valley Ride Report by Oleg (June 2014)

I spent a few days in Palo Alto, and did two rides on Ritchey Breakaway. The first ride started in Saratoga – easy quick drive from San Jose airport. I wanted to do Marin Headlands but forgot that my flight … Continue reading

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Bay Area Ride Report (Oleg)

I did two long-ish (by my standards – 60+ miles, 6K+ ft of elevation gain, 4+ hrs) rides during my most recent visit to Bay Area. First day I started in Woodside, rode around Portola, went up Page Mill Road, … Continue reading

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Beijing Ride Report (by Oleg)

Cycling in Beijing, China: This is the first time I brought my Ritchey with me to Asia. I have recently (since last December or so) travelled to China, Japan and Hong Kong but each time the combinations of the weather … Continue reading

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Monster Climbs 2013 Ride Report (June 7-9, 2013)

From June 7 to June 9, 2013, twenty San Diego Descenders took part in “Monster Climbs VII” – a three day road riding test that will surely will go down forever in annals of history. Ok, so maybe not THE … Continue reading

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Coronado FUN ADVENTURE ride (Sept 2, 2013)

Descenders, Yesterday was a Labor Day, many of us riding all over county. None of those rides were as full of fun and adventures as the one we did, I guarantee it. Seven brave descenders met at my house in … Continue reading

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Oleg’s How I Spent My Summer Vacation, New York Edition

On Sunday I had to drive to Brookhaven, a small town on Long Island, which meant passing by New York City. I decided to use this unique opportunity to explore Big Apple by bicycle. Something I always wanted to do … Continue reading

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Oleg’s How I Spent My Summer Vacation, Massachusetts Edition

How I spent My Summer Vacation, Part 1: Cycling in Boston by Oleg. Despite traveling to Boston at least 2-3 times a year for the past 8 years now, this is the first time I bring Ritchey Breakaway with me. … Continue reading

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RFB – Monster Climbs 2013 Brochure

Monster Climbs 2013 Brochure.Please, RFB (= Read the F@$^#$ Brochure). MC 7 2013 – Bishop Brochure Final (note: Updated June 4)

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June 1st Ride Report: MC “Taper” Ride to Old Julian

We had 20 descenders showing up to the ride today, plus two other cameos. The new descenders kits have arrived and many riders were sporting brand new jerseys and bibs. We even had Larry Tanzo full in Descenders gear, with … Continue reading

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Ride Report: Alpine (modified) ride, May 25th

Descenders, we had 15 riders on our Alpine (*modified) ride yesterday. Modification included taking out the mostly flattish ride to El Capitan and replacing it with extension of Japatul Road Climb, all the way to Lyons Valley Rd. I don’t … Continue reading

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Four Faces of Soledad Ride, May 18, 2013

All, we had 14 descenders coming out for Soledad punishment. There was a bit of drama, as you see below (keep reading!). I parked the car filled with coffee and food at the top of Soledad and rode down to … Continue reading

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ToC Palomar Stage (May 12, 2013)

Hi All, We had a great time riding Palomar and watching the pro riders yesterday. Oleg has graciously agreed to write the ride report this week. I have a few photos that I will put on our shared album site. … Continue reading

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May 12, 2013 Palomar Mountain Trip: Stage 1, Tour of California

Descenders, we had another EPIC day of spectating at Stage 1 of 2013 Tour of California, right in our backyard, at Mount Palomar. This was the 5th time Descenders did a ToC ride – and ToC has returned to Palomar … Continue reading

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Riding in Bavarian Countryside

Next on my itinerary was Germany, namely Hohenkammer, a small village about 20 miles north of Munich. I had some free time and went out for a ride on my Ritchey. It was raining the day before and would rain … Continue reading

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The REAL Alpine Ride (climbing the Alps of Innsbruck, Austria) by Oleg

I was going to Austria and Germany (for conferences) and decided to bring my Ritchey, naturally. United Airlines normally charges $200 for regular bike as a luggage fee for an international flight – one way. So the entire trip with … Continue reading

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