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107, 2018

Lessons learned on the Road Less Traveled by Noah Rossignol

One of the most important moments in my life was my first bike ride on "the fake-speed."  The so called "fake-speed" was an old road bike, with Litespeed decals despite not actually being a Litespeed, that had been sitting outside unused for many years.  One day I pulled it out of its resting spot, greased the chain and gears, pumped up the tires and went for a little ride.  I had never rode a road [...]

2705, 2018

Thoughts on Gravel Grinds and “The FARM ride”

Matt Michaud and I have been doing gravel rides (that is riding your road bike on surfaces other than tarmac, pavement or city streets) for at least 12-14 years.  I remember it vividly in those early years, we'd plan for an all pavement ride and then invariably and unexpectedly we would encounter a section or sections of rough gravely roads.  I can still hear myself tell Matt that we were officially now part of the [...]

504, 2013

European-style randonnee coming to Maine

By Julia Bayly, BDN Staff Published Bangor Daily News April 13, 2011 Online Article Link Caribou-based Fresh Trails Adventures is planning a bicycle ride from Fort Kent to Lac Temiscouata, Quebec, on Saturday, May 14, and hopes to introduce the randonnee to cyclists in northern Maine with its first FARM — French Acadian Randonnee of Maine — ride. Popular in Europe, the randonnee tradition is not a race. Rather, it’s classic cycling within an organized group [...]

1110, 2011

Cooking school in Tuscany all about food, friends and sharing

By Julia Bayly, BDN Staff Published Bangor Daily News October 11, 2011 Online Article Link FORT KENT, Maine — Embarking on a new experience in the Tuscan countryside is a bit like opening a gift from a favorite aunt — the outcome is a mystery, but you know it’s going to be something wonderful. Something wonderful indeed was waiting at the end of a long, winding gravel road outside the hilltop village of Radicondoli. Just over [...]

710, 2011

Cycling in Europe offers great roads, logistical challenges

By Julia Bayly, BDN Staff Published Bangor Daily News October 11, 2011 Online Article Link FORT KENT, Maine — Right off the bat, it’s impossible to not notice the difference between bicycling in northern Maine and northern Italy. Many of those differences are what make Tuscany a cycling Mecca while the upper tier of our state can at times resemble a velodrome designed by Dante had he opted to include cycling as a circle of hell in his Divine [...]

510, 2011

Maine contingent finds daunting Tuscany bike tour rewarding

BDN freelancer Julia Bayly was among the 11 Fresh Trails cyclists in Tuscany last month. By Julia Bayly, BDN Staff Published Bangor Daily News October 5, 2011 Online Article Link FORT KENT, Maine — There comes a moment amid the vineyards, olive groves and pasta when the enormity of cycling through the Tuscan countryside hits. “There was a point when all of the other cyclists were either way ahead or way behind me,” Christine Chasse said. [...]

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