Back to school is that much sweeter for Will Naviaux. In addition to his backpack, this 13 year old carries to class the fond memories of a summer spent seeing the US by bicycle alongside his dad, Wesley.
The father/son duo traveled the U.S. this past summer. Higher Gear’s own Connor Trapp was able to provide support – and to document their experience in his blog – along the way. Connor also captured some great photos of the epic journey across the States.
Wes and Will biked the Midwestern portion of their coast-to-coast adventure early in the summer. Connor provided support for them when they covered the west coast – biking from Anacortes, Washington to La Crescent, Minnesota – and then on their eastern adventure, riding from Rensselaer, Indiana to Bar Harbo, Maine.
Over the winter, Wes and Will were regulars in our CompuTrainer Studio. There, Wes routinely dominated the field in our Course of the Week friendly competition. All those winter miles paid off. After their obligatory “dipping of the wheels” into the lake in Anacortes, Wes and Will ended their first day after biking more than one hundred miles, which set the tone for their adventure.
Their epic journey took them 4100 and they managed to pull off a streak of 33 100-mile days in a row. On some days, they experienced flat terrain, on other days they did lots of climbing. (Their second day on the west coast covered two 4,000-foot passes.) They also experienced all kinds of weather while riding across the country, as well as some amazing scenery, both natural and man-made.
Will and Wes had very different bicycle choices for their trip. Wes went with a classic steel road bike: the Bianchi Volpe with standard Tiagra components was designed as a cylcocross bike that can also take on long-distance road rides, gravel road excursions, city commuting and fully-loaded touring. With the latter in mind, Wes rode with a rack and panniers attached.
Will, on the other hand, rode a brand new Specialized Roubaix Comp Disc with Shimano Ultegra components. The Roubaix falls into that category of “endurance road bikes.” Its carbon layup and its design are meant to cover long distances comfortably. Will’s 700x25cc tires made for a softer ride on the road and his disc brakes gave him greater peace of mind when riding through unpredictable weather.
Will may be too old for the “What I Did this Summer” essay, but his experience has given him an education that will last a lifetime. His epic adventure has opened up a whole new world, and it’s a world that is better seen by bike.
- Want to read more about this epic adventure and sees photos of the trip? Check out Connor’s blog >>
- Both Wes and Will managed to fit in some crit racing in between their riding adventures this summer. Read about them in Pepe’s race report >>
- Learn more about Will Naviaux’ trusty steed for the journey, the Specialized Roubaix SL4 Comp Disc >>
- Check out the S-Works version of the Roubaix, the Specialized S-Works Roubaix SL4 Disc Di2 >>
- Learn why the world is better seen by bike >>
- Would you like to see the world by bike, but don’t know where to start? Meet a couple who can help you plan your bike adventure >>
All photographs from the trip were provided by Connor Trapp.