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UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 10, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

To visiting cyclists, SpokeFest has traction

Rain did little to dampen enthusiasm as hundreds of cyclists participated in SpokeFest on Sunday. The event is now in its 12th year.


Pedaling safer paths for kids

Cycling safety is something parents can model and teach kids starting at around age 5, said Bill Bender, SpokeFest president and recently retired neurologist. The group promotes cycling and safety …


SpokeFest returns Sunday, packet pickup Friday and Saturday

Spokane’s annual bike celebration returns Sunday.


A star is born at the Tour: 22-year-old champion Egan Bernal

The skies over Paris were yellow, ignited by a glorious golden sunset. The partying fans’ shirts were yellow, Colombians making themselves at home on the Champs-Elysees. But the yellow that …


Taste of the Tour: Fine wooden toys and fruit pie in Queyras

At the foothills of the Col d’Izoard, the scene of some Tour de France memorable feats, the small village of Arvieux is home to a children’s paradise. The wooden toys’ …


At 60, Spokane resident completes grueling 2,745-mile bike-packing race

Some winds were so strong that Craig Schwyn wanted to curl up on the ground and cry. Mud so thick the wheels of his carbon fiber Salsa Cutthroat bike balled …


UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019, 10:52 a.m.

Daring Julian Alaphilippe ‘unplugged brain’ to cling to Tour yellow

One big Alpine stage completed, just two more to go, and Julian Alaphilippe is still in yellow with France one step closer to having a first Tour winner since 1985. …


Taste of the Tour: Bacteria farmers in the wilds of France

There are those who merely talk of giving it all up and starting a new life. And there are others, far fewer, who actually do it. The husband-wife cheese-making team …


UPDATED: Wed., July 24, 2019, 11:56 a.m.

Julian Alaphilippe, Geraint Thomas bracing for mouthwatering Tour showdown

The next three days at the Tour de France have all the ingredients for an explosive and suspenseful conclusion. Riders will have to complete an Alpine trilogy of stages including …


Taste of the Tour: A bend, a death and a personal story

Stage 16 of the Tour de France passed the site of a family tragedy for AP Sports columnist John Leicester. His great-grandfather, Raymond-Eugene Ducasse, died in 1948 after he fell …


UPDATED: Tue., July 23, 2019, 11:10 a.m.

Geraint Thomas crashes again as heat wave engulfs Tour de France

Caleb Ewan beat his sprinting rivals in suffocating heat to win Stage 16 of the Tour de France. Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe kept the race leader’s yellow jersey. With temperatures soaring …


Getting There: Bikeways are coming to East Sprague

What started as an idea from a former Spokane City Council member, and turned into a war of words between the state Senate majority leader and the mayor, is inching …


Thibaut Pinot strikes again in Pyrenees, Julian Alaphilippe stalls

Simon Yates of Britain posted a second stage win with a solo raid during the last Pyrenean trek of the Tour de France as Thibaut Pinot gained more time on …


Taste of the Tour: A festival of lard at high altitude

It’s one of the unwritten rules of the Tour de France. When the riders go uphill, cholesterol levels do too. Up in the Pyrenees mountains where crops can’t grow, meats …


UPDATED: Sat., July 20, 2019, 10:51 a.m.

At Tour, struggling champ Geraint Thomas no longer touching the sky

At previous Tours de France, the team of defending champion Geraint Thomas used to take the race by the scruff of the neck on big mountain climbs. Not this year. …


Taste of the Tour: Classic hen in a pot at ‘Chez Paulette’

A classic base camp at the Tour de France, the city of Pau is a food lovers’ paradise. Visited by the Tour peloton for the 71st time after hosting the …


UPDATED: Fri., July 19, 2019, 11:36 a.m.

Julian Alaphilippe stuns Tour with time-trial win, builds race lead

Inspired by his yellow jersey, Julian Alaphilippe held off defending champion Geraint Thomas to extend his race lead and win the only individual time trial stage of this Tour de …


UPDATED: Fri., July 19, 2019, 12:38 p.m.

A first Tour at 32: Rookie Canadian Mike Woods savoring every moment

If there was a smiley-face jersey for the happiest rider at the Tour de France, Canadian Mike Woods would be in the running for it. Unusually Woods is a rookie …


Taste of the Tour: Hunting with dogs for ‘Black Diamonds’

At the Tour de France, a dinner for the race director provoked a scramble for truffles. The rough dark pungent fungi are nicknamed “Black Diamonds” because they’re so pricey. Truffle …


UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019, 3:18 p.m.

A long wait, but finally a Tour win for sprint prodigy Caleb Ewan

Tour de France debutant Caleb Ewan sprinted to victory on Stage 11 of the Tour de France on Wednesday as Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe kept the race leader’s yellow jersey a …


Technology beating romanticism at Tour de France

The six breakaway riders at the Tour de France had no hope of making it to the finish without being caught. Race directors were watching their every move on TV …


Daryl Impey wins Tour de France Stage 9; Julian Alaphilippe stays in overall lead

Daryl Impey of South Africa won Stage 9 of the Tour de France on a day when the top contenders for the overall race victory were happy to take it …


Taste of the Tour: The pitfalls of owning a French chateau

The Tour de France loves castles. Not a day passes without the TV cameras zooming in on one of the country’s magnificent chateaux along the race route. But owing a …


UPDATED: Sat., July 13, 2019, 2:25 p.m.

Thibaut Pinot, Julian Alaphilippe boost French hopes at Tour de France

Thomas De Gendt won the eighth stage of the Tour de France as Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe claimed back the yellow jersey. Defending champion Geraint Thomas was caught in a crash …


Top American rider Tejay Van Garderen out of Tour de France

American Tejay van Garderen has pulled out of the Tour de France with a broken left hand following a crash during the seventh stage. The ED Education First team leader …


Taste of the Tour: Salty riders in the town of ‘white gold’

Salt. On Stage 7 of the Tour de France, it was everywhere, drying on riders’ clothes and deep underground under their wheels. The longest stage of this year’s race saw …


UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019, 3:31 p.m.

Tour de France: Dylan Groenewegen sprints to victory in Stage 7

Dylan Groenewegen won the longest stage of the Tour de France in a sprint as Giulio Ciccone kept the yellow jersey. The Dutch sprinter edged Australian rival Caleb Ewan and …


Up-and-coming Giulio Ciccone delivers at maiden Tour de France

Giulio Ciccone never expected to be wearing the prestigious yellow jersey at the Tour de France. His biggest dream was to wear the leader’s pink jersey in his home country …


Taste of the Tour: Moonlight wine and ‘Beautiful Girls’

Training according to the solar and lunar cycles has never helped any Tour de France contender climb a mountain faster, or seize the yellow jersey. Moon science is more rewarding …


UPDATED: Thu., July 11, 2019, 11:01 a.m.

Dylan Teuns wins Tour de France Stage 6, Giulio Ciccone takes race lead

Dylan Teuns of Belgium has won the first mountain stage of the Tour de France and Giulio Ciccone of Italy has taken the overall race lead. Teuns and Ciccone were …