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September 07, 2011

Learn to Mountain Bike in Park City’s Deer Valley Resort

Mountain biking on Park City's Mid-Mountain Trail (Nathan Borchelt)

The cliché "just like riding a bike" holds true…unless you’re talking about the first time you go mountain biking. This ain’t like hopping on the Huffy of your youth. Not only are the bikes themselves considerably more complex (front and rear shocks, 29-inch wheels, disc brakes etc.), but the act of cycling on single-track introduces a whole host of new challenges for the newbie. Some adjustments (not hitting just the left brake, keeping your pedals parallel to the ground to avoid hitting rocks and roots) may become self-evident after ten minutes in the saddle. But bracing for some serious riding through mud, dirt, sand, root, and rocks can still leave your arms quivering.

And that’s why we love what Park City’s Deer Valley Mountain Resort has initiated: Throughout the summer (and for the weekend after Labor Day), you can enroll in the Mountain Bike School, where experienced instructors help you get your balance on the new downhill bikes, teach you basic technical skills, and then guide you on several of the mountain’s bike terrain. The trails themselves are accessible via three chairlifts, with routes that range in difficulty from beginner to expert-only, with such fun (and frantic) features as banked turns, sinewy switchbacks, and gentle rollers through groves of aspen and pines. The more experienced cyclist, meanwhile, can pick up a few tips that’ll drastically improve one’s riding ability.

But don’t take our word for it: Here’s a great blog entry by Amy Kersey of Park City Tourism about her first time on a mountain bike this summer.

And, to further whet your appetite, we also bring you our new photo gallery of the active side of Park City.

Private two-hour lessons run $55, while three-hour adult classes cost $48 (children eight to 12 get a three-hour class for $38). Lift ticket and bike rentals not included.

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June 27, 2011

Tour de France Set to Start on July 2

By Lacy Morris

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Tour de France(alex ranaldi,Flickr)
Tour de France (alex ranaldi/Flickr)

Good old Lance may be dodging potholes of controversy these days, but the Tour de France still reigns supreme as the premier bike event in the world. Most of us love watching what we could never accomplish ourselves, and the starting flag lowers July 2 as the arduous bike ride begins across 2,100 miles of France’s mountains, valleys, and cities. Catch Stage 9 in the mountain towns of Val-d'Isere and Briancon if you want to see the bikers struggle up the Alps. It’s an odd sort of entertainment, but we like it anyway. To channel your inner Armstrong, here are some bike races coming up in the month of July.

35th Annual One Helluva Ride
July 9, Chelsea, Michigan

Moab to St. George
July 9, Utah

The Goat Ride
July 9, Nashville, Indiana

Tour de Queens
July 10, Queens, New York

Ball and Chain Century
July 24, Salisbury, Maryland

Saints to Sinners Bike Relay
July 29 & 30, Utah to Nevada

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