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What’s inside the 2012 Velo Ultimate Ride Guide

As the weather turns warm in the northern hemisphere, dreams of turning the pedals in exotic locales — or just down the street — are becoming more and more real. Our annual Ultimate Ride Guide is here and filled with everything you need to know to plan your next cycling vacation, whether it’s in middle America or South America.

In “Sitting In,” Dan Wuori checks in with “Parenthood” and “Traffic” star Erika Christensen on her love for the bike — and the somewhat unlikely Hollywood set that is throwing down on the lunch ride. The Velo tech crew brings you five pieces of essential gear for your next trip and a look at travel bike options, as well as tips from the pros on traveling smoothly and stealthily. Lennard Zinn’s advice on avoiding jet lag is not to be missed. In “Dream On,” we present a collection of events that call out to us when we’re in hibernation, including the 3 Peaks Cyclo-cross and the Rapha Cent Cols Challenge.

The world is full of dreamy cycling destinations, from humble eastern Kansas to the French Alps. In a new format for 2012, we bring you a travel guide-style look at 15 destinations around the world, with everything you need to know, from local group rides to post-ride refreshments and sights to take in with the family. Sample the monumental climbs of the sport in Cherre Chevalier, France, take in epic singletrack and culture in Chapada Diamantina National Park, Brazil, and get an insider’s look at Lucca, Italy, with Ben King. If it’s not already, the climbs and daily markets of Mallorca, Spain, should be on your bucket list, while Adelaide, Australia, is a growing cycle-tropolis.

Closer to the domestic front, pack your mountain bike for Whistler, British Columbia, or Fruita, Colorado. Bend, Oregon, offers a little bit of everything, with world-class road rides, out-the-backdoor mountain biking and a handful of top-level U.S. events. Emporia, Kansas, is the spot for your next 200-mile dirt road race and the Kingdom Trails dominate East Burke, Vermont.

All of these destinations and more are at your fingertips in the 2012 Velo Ultimate Ride Guide. Pick one up today from your local bike shop or book seller and let us help you plan your next cycling dream vacation.