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What’s been going on?

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, mostly because I haven’t had anything real interesting to share. I’ve just been logging away the miles and preparing for the event I participated in today.

I rode in my cycle clubs annual even – the Golden Apple. I chose the 60 mile route and got started about 7:30 am. I wasn’t riding with any particular group of people as most wanted to get a later start but I picked up with different people along the way. It was an absolute great ride with the exception of my first flat in over a year. Coming out of a fast downhill I could feel the bikes back end get squirrely and a quick look down confirmed my suspicions. I managed to get it stopped without wiping out and set off to change the tube. I found the offending staple in my tire and of course removed it so I wouldn’t have a repeat. Of course the new tube I was using had a faulty valve and wouldn’t hold any air so I had to borrow a tube from one of the road marshals at the intersection I was stopped at. Once that ordeal was over I was on my way again.

There was no more mishaps for the rest of the ride and I was taking it pretty easy. I had done 50-52 milers before but this one has a lot of climbing so didn’t want to burn out early. Even still at the 44 mile rest stop I needed an extended break for about 15 minutes so I could sit down and recover a bit. That certainly helped and I was able to finish the ride strong. Total mileage ended up being 62 so I managed to squeak out my first metric century in the process! Oh and total elevation gained was just over 4000 feet – Strava and my Magellan both agreed for once!

In other news I bought a new crank, FSA Gossamer, to put on my bike and ditch the square taper crank as it flexes too much under power. The Gossamer isn’t the lightest crank on the market but they are stiff and should shave about ~1lb off the bike in combination with the BB swap. After that I’m contemplating upgrading to 10sp from my current 8. With all the hills around here I’d really like at least a 28 in the rear and I can’t do that with my current setup. The biggest expense with doing the swap will be the shifters so I’m keeping my eye out on ebay.

Happy cycling!

7 Things Non-Cyclists Should Know About Road Cycling

Reblogged from Will Work For Adventure


I only got into road cycling last June when I decided to train for a triathlon, and there were a number of things that caught me by surprise. I realized that I had been an utter asshole at times to cyclists, and I want to share how you may be an unintentional asshole too. Obviously there are some entitled cyclists that are assholes themselves, but they are in the minority. Give a cyclist the benefit of the doubt. You’ll usually be right.

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1) Road cycling is scary

Listen. I’m not a wuss. I’ve jumped out of an airplane. I’ve bungeed off a 20-story bridge. I’ve stepped into boxing rings and wrestling mats to train and compete in things like boxing, MMA/Ultimate Fighting, Judo, and submission grappling. I’ve hung off cliffs climbing tall peaks at altitude with a thousand feet of air underneath me, and much more. I’m a lot more risk tolerant than most people. I feel more in danger road cycling than I have in most other situations I’ve gotten myself into. I try to forget that a distracted driver texting a smiley to a friend could kill me at any minute. It’s hard to feel safe most of the time with how most cars drive around cyclists nevermind the random rager that seems to come around every month or so.

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Lets hear it for Jensie!!!

I just want to congratulate Jens Voigt for a superb effort on stage 1 of the Tour which earned him the KOM jersey! At age 42 Jens is the oldest rider in the peloton but he still has enough gas in him to get in the break and put a hurt on the field. I’m the same age (actually 1 day older!) and only wish I had 1% as much riding talent as he does.

Jens Voigt wearing the KOM jersey

Jens looks good in polka dots doesn’t he?

My hats off to you Jens, you are a pleasure to watch, always put on a good show and are a great ambassador to the sport.

p.s. Your NBC interview was fantastic! Hope to see you in the booth next year!

And they’re off!

Le Tour de FranceThe Tour de France has just officially started! Should be an exciting few weeks with all of different personalities & rivalries in the peloton. And how about Jens Voigt, his 17th (and final) tour and the oldest rider in the peloton! Go Jensie!!!

Those of us in the US you can view live & replay coverage on NBS Sports. You can find the TV schedule here. You can also access online streaming/features through their website but it’s a paid service.

Cyclingfans.com will of course have links to online streaming sites for the tour.

Strava has posted the routes for each of the stages if you’d like to follow along virtually.

Lets hope for a competitive and safe race for all the riders!

The Tour de France Explained

Oh, ho, ho… Time to get your French on and enjoy this animation on the Tour de France and it’s history.

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