Learning to make pasta in Tuscany

I’ve been getting a lot of requests on how to make pasta after I had the afternoon lesson in Tuscany. I’m going to share the recipe below, but if you can visit Tuscany and learn from a Nona (grandma) like I did, please do. It was a great experience. After cycling the morning through the…

Greece: Cycling the Islands of Kalymnos and Nisiros

Cycling the islands of Greece is incredible. Each island is unique and because they are all tiny, you can generally do one a day – at least that’s what I did on my Duvine tour. Kalymnos we started in the port and then cycled up and over the island covering 25.2 miles and climbing 2,729…

Greece: Bike, sail, eat and repeat – Cycling Kos

  We gathered at the luggage collection area of the Kos airport. All of us looking a bit apprehensive, but that changed quickly as the nine of us got to know each other throughout the week. It’s one of the best things of the being on a Duvine Cycling Tour. The people. This tour was…

Last Day of Cycling Mallorca: Saving the Best for Last

Packing up our bags, we said good-bye to the beautiful La Residencia hotel and began our day pedaling toward the Mallorca coast. Pedaling uphill, our little group followed the coastal route from Deia to Andratx, through Valdemossa, Banyalbufar, and Estellencs.  With an elevation gain of 970 meters, the scenery of the ocean below was breathtaking…

Day Four of Luxury Cycling with Duvine in Mallorca

Still in the mountain area, Day Four of my Mallorca Cycling Adventure because with a   hour hike – yes, that’s right, we actually didn’t have to pedal up the hill and my legs and butt were thankful.  Instead we hiked from Deia to Son Mico to this little place that served cakes.    Have I…

The Scary Descent Down to the Valley

After two days in the first hotel, it was time to move on another part of the island.  Our suitcases got to take the van there, but we took our bikes and pedaled up and down hills.  But of course, we didn’t get to check out our new sleeping accommodations until after we had put…

Cycling up the Tramuntana Mountains

Day 2 of my Mallorca bike tour was all about options.  Those who were crazy and wanted a challenge got up an hour earlier than the rest of the group to cycle 21 miles uphill- and when I say uphill, I’m talking about the Tramuntana Mountains with an elevation gain of 1,244 meters. Naturally I…

Day 1: Cycling through Mallorca with the Duvine team

  Aahhh…the island of Mallorca.  Rugged coastal roads, quant villages and hills that will make your legs ache…what more could a cyclist want on vacation? My cycling trip around Mallorca was one of the most incredible trips I’ve gone on in a while.  Being pressed for time, I opted to go with Duvine cycling adventures…

Conquering the Midnight Century in Davis

For me, it’s not all about sweating it out in the gym. I like to vary my workouts – especially my cardio. So on the weekends I treat myself by running 6 miles in the park or cycling for as long as I can go. But I have never gone 100 miles – and I…

Cycling the Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route

As soon as I heard about Oregon’s Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route, I knew I had to cycle it. There was only one problem – none of the bike rental places in the area seemed to know how to get on it. MAP OF OREGON’S VINEYARD AND VALLEY SCENIC TOUR ROUTE But I wasn’t…

Conquering one hill at a time on the Gold Country Century Ride

In January, I was asked to take part in the Amgen Celebrity Ride as part of the Gold Country Metric Century. I was excited that I would get the chance to cycle on the same route the Amgen Tour of California cyclists would ride on. I saw myself speeding over the hills of Auburn with the grace and…

Getting ready for Amgen Celebrity bike ride

Do you know how far a metric is? It’s 100 kilometers which is a pretty long way by car – but believe me, it’s going to be much longer by bike. The reason I’m telling you this has to do with the upcoming Amgen Tour of California. If you don’t know what this is, it’s…

Cruising in Santa Cruz

Ever since I bought my bike and discovered I can ride 65 miles without dying, I’m all about challenging myself with long rides. But not just any old rides. I’m looking for scenic rides because, hey, if they aren’t scenic, I might as well be sweating away in the gym. So when I heard about…

Surviving the Tour of Napa Valley Cycling Ride

Hundreds of cyclists spent Sunday pedaling in the 2010 Tour of Napa Valley Ride. I happened to be one of them and I must say it was a little more challenging than I thought it would be. Of course, being a little bit crazy when it comes to fitness and believing I am invincible doesn’t…

Bike Lesson #1: Get padded shorts

I hurt….everywhere. Ever since I signed up for the Eppies Great Race in Sacramento I’ve been running a couple of times of week to work up to the 6 miles I need to complete for the first tier of the race. I make this sound like it’s been forever, but really, I only signed up on…

Bucket List: Can I really be an iron woman in The Great Race?

I admit it. I am freaking out just a little bit. I not only signed up for my first triathlon yesterday, but I signed up as an iron woman. Yes, that’s right. I’m doing The Great Race in Sacramento (was the Eppie’s Great Race) and have just over 90 days to whip my body into…

Getting bit by the biking bug – and liking it!

I’ve decided to christen Julie Urlaub as Houston’s “IT girl” of the week. Not only is she beautiful and intelligent, but she’s an adrenaline junkie who’s incredibly inspiring. And here’s why. Julie just finished the 24 Hours of Adrenalin Bike Competition in Canmore, Canada this past weekend and she came in third for her age…