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SANTA CRUZ — Greg LeMond’s winning Tour de France bicycle. A two-wheeler equipped with a Ghanaian bamboo frame. One of the first carbon-frame bikes ever made.

All of the above — and more — trace their roots to Santa Cruz, and all are part of “25 Years of Santa Cruz Bicycle Design + Innovation,” an exhibit opening Friday at the Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Center.

The exhibit will showcase the county’s place as a global hub for bicycle creativity that has spawned such brands as Specialized, Giro and Calfee Design, organizers say. The exhibit opens just in time for the Amgen Tour of California’s stage two finish in Santa Cruz on Feb. 16. In fact, racers will cross the finish line just a block away.

“Santa Cruz is literally a mecca for bicycle design …  More info


SOME of the country’s top mountain bikers will pedal it out in the 40-kilometre X Scenic Cross Country race through Timaru’s Centennial Park this weekend.

The New Zealand Mountain Bike Cup is what 140 riders are striving for. The competition consists of six races three in the North Island and three in the South and this is the second South Island round…  More info



Dates have been announced for this year’s Merida Bikes Marathon Series. There will be five UK events between April and September – Builth Wells, Crickhowell, Llanwrtyd Wells, Selkirk and Ruthin – plus a ‘Merida Marathon on Holiday’ round in Bad Goisern, Austria.

Each event will have four course lengths to choose from so every rider can find a challenge. The only exception is the Exposure Lights Big Night Out weekend at Builth Wells, where there will be one course length on Saturday night and three options on Sunday…  More info 

LAS VEGAS – The National Park Service has reported visitation to Lake Mead National Recreation Area only decreased by about a quarter percent from 7,898,592 visitors in 2007 to 7,877,581 in 2008. The park saw an upturn in visitation this fall after a decrease over the summer months.

“Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a year-round destination. We have a wealth of inexpensive outdoor activities just a stone’s throw from Las Vegas and Laughlin,” said William Dickinson superintendent of Lake Mead National Recreation Area…  More info