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A Place in the Sun

The Hotter’n Hell Hundred rolls riders through one of the bleakest, most godforsaken landscapes imaginable—at a time of year when temperatures regularly top 100 degrees. Why on earth do so many people want to ride it?<p>THIS IS THE SUN: It first appears on this day at 6:55 a.m., a few timid rays of …

Tour de France

Ullrich Reportedly Causes Car Crash

Former cycling star allegedly drove with a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit<p><b>GENEVA, May 21, 2014 (AFP)</b> - Germany's only Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich was allegedly almost three times over the drunk-driving limit when he crashed his car and injured two people in Switzerland, …

Cycling

Guy Kawasaki on innovation

Ahead of this Friday’s live Virgin Disruptors debate we sit down with moderator <b>Guy Kawasaki,</b> gauging his thoughts on the state of innovation and its …

New Cyclocross Bikes and Gear From the Sea Otter Classic

<i>Bicycling</i> got a close look at new and updated gear for the 2014 cyclocross season at the annual bike expo.<i>—Words and photos by Matt Allyn</i>

Cyclo-cross

The End Is Not Near

In his first gran fondo, a novice cyclist confronts slashing rain, slippery corners, champion riders, grueling climbs, and the most profound questions of human existence and life—such as, exactly how does one change a flat tire?<p>I'm not going to hold anything back, so I might as well tell you I got …

Cycling

2014 Spring Classics Power Rankings

The top 10 racers from this season's spring one-day races<p>With seven different riders, from seven teams winning the seven spring Classics (eight if you count the E3 Harelbeke), it’s impossible to say that one particular rider or team dominated this year’s spring Classics. But here’s a look at the 10 …

The Same Ride, Only Different

In life, and on a bike, a little stability can sometimes knock you off balance<p>I was inches from riding into a gooey, matted mass of roadkill when I suddenly came to and managed to swerve. I thought, Where am I? I looked around. I had been on the road for about an hour but had paid little attention …

Mind

Are You Fit to Ride?

Find out where your body needs a boost with these cycling-specific fitness assessments.<p>Too many cyclists with bulging quads still struggle with a squishy core, wobbly hips, or stiff shoulders. On the bright side, fixing those issues will make you a more efficient rider, says Darcy Norman, a trainer …

Health

US built dozens of Twitter-like services around the world to promote political debates

The US government has operated multiple social media services around the world in hopes of providing a forum for debate and possibly political unrest. The programs, which operated in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kenya, and dozens of other countries, were similar to ZunZuneo, a US-created social media …

The future of trains: By Harry, age 8

Since the days of George Stevenson's locomotive in 1822, trains have evolved in so many exciting ways, from the Eurotunnel to our very own Virgin …

Salvador Dalí’s Rare 1975 Illustrations for “Romeo and Juliet”

The greatest literary classics tend to attract a plethora of visual art and graphic tributes. But the highest convergence of text and image happens when an influential artist reimagines an influential piece of literature — take, for instance, Picasso’s 1934 drawings for a naughty ancient Greek …

Shakespeare's 450th birthday: Now all the world is his stage

The 450th anniversary of the Bard’s birthday on Wednesday will see an explosion of tributes and performances – how different to 50 years ago. Jonathan Bate explains how the playwright became a global icon<p>The 400th anniversary of <b>William Shakespeare</b>’s birth was marked by a set of Royal Mail stamps, a …

George R.R. Martin: The Rolling Stone Interview

The novelist goes deep on the future of his books and the TV series they begat<p>On a cold night in January, George R.R. Martin sits inside the Jean …

Pack Mentality

Join the Bicycling editors at two new events<p>I was arcing down a long, flowing grade, tracing the lines of the riders in front of me. There were trees blurring past and pockets of cold air and a reservoir in the valley below. For 15 minutes, no one said a word—partly because the descent demanded …

Cycling

5 Common Bike-Maintenance Mistakes

Even the most basic repairs can go badly—sometimes comically—wrong. Here are 5 common rookie-wrenching mistakes and our expert's instructions for avoiding them.

Ten of the world's best city hikes

Stretch your legs over hours or days, without leaving some of the world’s biggest cities. This article is adapted from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Adventures.</i><p>Tijuca Forest, Rio de Janeiro<p>Aerial shot of Rio de Janeiro surrounded by the Tijuca Forest. Image by Paddy Eckersley / Digital Vision / …

Hiking

In my zone! Photo cred. Momma James #StriveForGreatness

Poster for tonight's @bigdayout show in Sydney. Artwork by #JeffSoto. @jeffsotoart #pj14 http://t.co/cLMkpyDDY3

Astronomers Get First Glimpse of Cosmic Web

Changing Planet<p>Computer simulations suggest that matter in the universe is distributed in a “cosmic web” of filaments, as seen in the image above from a large-scale dark-matter simulation. The inset is a zoomed-in, high-resolution image of a smaller part of the cosmic web, 10 million light-years …

Culture

25 Places To Party Before You Die

"Our website is not about exploiting destinations," David S. Miller, a senior editor at Matador Network, told Business Insider. "Matador and our brand has always been about traveling in a respectful way and trying to connect with local people."<p>Which is why when they decided to take on the project, …

Mardi Gras

I’ve Seen The Future Of Health Tech And It’s Going To Improve Your Life In 2014

I just returned from the most exciting Consumer Electronics Show I’ve ever covered. Thanks to extraordinary demand for gadgets that make us healthier, stronger, and smarter, the technology industry is putting some serious brain power behind the next generation of wearable health devices. Over the …

France considers ban on 'anti-Jew' comedian

Comedian Dieudonne, whose trademark gesture, the quenelle, has drawn severe criticism for being anti-Jewish, will pay fines incurred for defamation and hate speech, the French interior minister, Manuel Valls, has vowed.<p>Valls, speaking on a radio show on Friday, said he would ensure that Dieudonne, …

WW2 bomb blast kills digger driver in Germany

<b>A World War Two bomb has exploded at a construction site near a west German town, killing a man and injuring eight others, police say.</b><p>The explosion occurred after a digger accidentally struck the device during excavation work in Euskirchen in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.<p>The machine's …

Extremism

Camera makers are desperately trying to stay a step ahead of smartphones—and failing

The best camera, experienced photographers say, is the one that’s with you—and the truth of that adage is spelling doom for many of the world’s camera brands, who are desperately trying to stay afloat as their businesses are eroded by the omnipresent smartphone.<p>The average point-and-shoot has …

Cameras

Most anticipated tech of 2014 (pictures)

The most anticipated tech of 2014<p>So far in 2014: Iterative sequels, wearable tech<p>iPhone 6<p>iOS 8<p>Android L<p>Samsung Galaxy Note 4<p>Nexus 8<p>The next iPad and iPad Mini<p>Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite<p>Windows 9<p>Google Glass 2<p>Oculus Rift<p>Sony Project Morpheus<p>LG 55EC9300 OLED TV<p>4K TVs for under $1K<p>Roku TV<p>The next Apple …

Virtual Reality

Eye on Windows - looking forward to 2014 Eye On Windows

As we slide into 2014, this is a good time to reflect on the past year and talk about goals and targets for the next 365 days.<p>Regarding the site<p>2013 …