THRIVE ‌ Fitness 


Lance might be done, but that can’t quell the enthusiasm of the millions of people currently gripped by the Tour de France. Get up-to-the-minute updates at (remember to switch to the English version), as well as commentary from former cycling greats. Consider starting your biking career with a day rental and checking out some trails around town, including county parks. Here are some resources and upcoming dates for would-be or established cycling maniacs:

Palmetto Cycling Coalition: Contribute to making Charleston more bike-friendly and research possible routes at . The coalition has rides scheduled for July 29 and Aug. 26.

Coastal Cyclists Bicycle Club: This group offers a discussion board for advocacy and action as well as riding maps and tips. Drop in on the next meeting on Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. at Rising High (480 E. Bay St.) at 6 p.m. or visit for more information.

Charleston Moves: This nonprofit works to promote healthier lifestyles by reducing Charleston’s dependency on cars. Look for their forthcoming map that ranks tri-county area roads according to biking safety, or find how you can get involved at .

When Roualeyn de Haas’s motorcycle crashed in 1996, he broke his C-6 vertebrae and suffered paralysis from the neck down. It took him three-and-a-half months to recover, but these days he’s back to much more than walking. De Haas, who now lives in Charleston with his wife, signed on for a 600-mile, 8-day mountain bike stage race across South Africa as a benefit for two charitable organizations. But he isn’t keeping the beauty and adventure of his native continent (he was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in South Africa) to himself. His company, Pioneer Africa, offers personalized guided tours though South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Mozambique. If you need convincing beyond his registration as a field guide, whitewater guide, and coastal kayak instructor, check out the pictures on his website, Words really can’t do justice to what the trip offers. Contact “Rou” at 881-9129 or visit .

Even temps in the triple digits can’t take the fun out of the Sixth Annual Charleston Open Figure Skating Competition, hosted by the Figure Skating Club of Charleston. The event features 140 athletes competing in ice dancing, jumping, and spinning. Entrance is free for spectators, and shows run from Fri. July 28 through the afternoon of Sun. July 30 at the Carolina Ice Palace (7665 Northwoods Blvd.) in North Charleston. Visit for details or to enter.

More Sporty Action to Check Out
• Aug. 5-6: 3rd Annual Governor’s Cup of Surfing at Folly Beach.
• Aug. 5-6: Rockville Regatta at Sea Island Yacht Club, Wadmalaw Island
• Aug. 12: Paddle the Echaw Creek with author and guide Ralph Earhart. 928-3368
• Aug. 17-18: 37th Annual Muhler Sertoma High School Football Classic.
• Aug. 19: 11th Annual Big Kahuna Fishing Tournament at Folly Beach
• Aug. 19: 8th Annual Half-Rubber Tournament at Isle of Palms. 886-8294.
• Aug. 25-27: Charleston Rated Adult Open Tennis Tournament.

Save the boozin’ for the weekend. Instead, unwind with an after-work paddling trip. The Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission offers kayak trips on the Folly River and through Charleston Harbor that start in the early evening, when the hottest part of the day and the nine-to-five are over. With a leisurely pace and a perfect view of the sunset, it might just be better than a Bloody Mary. Tues. July 25 at 6 p.m. and Tues. Aug. 8 at 5:30 p.m. Call 795-4FUN to register or visit for more information.


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Classified Listings
  • The Wreck of the Richard and Charlene
    Freshest seafood in Charleston! I can't find anywhere that compares to how delicious the fried… -annagsu
  • NICO
    Can't go wrong with the oysters! I will definitely be back! Especially when stone crab… -annagsu
  • Fat Hen
    By far my FAVORITE restaurant in Charleston! They never disappoint! For my appetizer I go… -annagsu
  • Graze
    Never had a bad meal here in years going back again and again. The chicken… -Tom Mcginnis
  • Maui Tacos
    Creative, delicious menu and super-friendly staff make this a hot spot downtown. Definitely a local… -Lara Karam-Rodgers

Powered by Foundation   © Copyright 2019, Charleston City Paper   RSS