Along The Road Like Bridesmaids At A Farmer’s Wedding

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They came at me along the road like bridesmaids at a farmer’s wedding. Equally spaced to the horizon by winter madness. The club run exploded, their kit admitted that they were still 30km from home. I drove on in the opposite direction, the gaps became less regular and the rider’s arms straighter. Some feckin mullet showing off and destroying a club run with bravado and new wheels; … [Read more...]

Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia Goes All Beverly Hills On Us

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Beverly Hills

Tre…duo…Uno…”GO!” The countdown, led by Italian Consul General Perrone kicked off the 2013 Beverly Hills Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia. This year’s race had more than 1,000 cyclists (!) riding one of two grueling courses along the beautiful Pacific Coast Highway and into the challenging yet scenic mountains above Malibu. The experience at the race this year was pleasant and very … [Read more...]

Life Is Better Pedaled

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He sounded like an ambulance of anger, the way he yelled out the window at us. All red faced and scary and wrong. “GET off the phuckinn rRr….” was all I got before his rage was lost in diesel smoke and speed. On any 100km spin I will meet a ‘him’ at least once. Some mental loon, who feels the need to wind down his window and bark displeasure at my cycling. I will meet his brother … [Read more...]

Blog Post: Up, Open, Then Down

How slow I was moving was a surprise to the sheep who momentarily stopped chewing and just glared as I inched past. The stillness of the day whispered around my ears now the wind no longer rushed by. The gradient meant desperately punched pedaling, drawing harsh vertical lines instead of light circles with my cranks. It’s not that the climb was particularly steep, but the few big … [Read more...]

Pack Fodder Bicycle Blog: Cloud Chasing

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It was the best of days, it was the worst of days. Sitting with most of my gear on, waiting for the second pot of coffee to empty and the rain to stop. Three times I made it to the front door, worn cleats snapping on the tiles. Three times, I returned to the kitchen defeated by the rain. With each minute that passed -a kilometre was knocked off my planned spin. When the kettle was clicked … [Read more...]

Bicycle Blog: Race Day

By: Myles Rants “What would you be doing with all them gears sonny?” said the pie shaped man with a pointed finger. He was sporting a tired woolen cycling top that used to fit him, with his morning’s breakfast covering the embroidered sponsors’ name. He indicated to my new 8-speed Shimano SIS, the gearbox to my Raleigh Ritmo. For the whole of 1986 I, also, stared at the gears through … [Read more...]

Cycling “logic”… The Ultimate List by System Six

When we say "clipless" shoes, we of course mean ones that have clips The derailleur keeps the chain from derailing Not only can you get dropped from a no-drop ride, but when you do the pack will wait up ahead so you can get dropped over and over again Hills are like the weather, everybody complains, but nobody does anything about it The laziest person in the pack is often the best … [Read more...]

Bicycle Blog: The Hell of the North (County)

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Pace Line Picayune by Bryan Boyhan Last Sunday was the Spy Belgian Waffle Ride. It hadn’t really occurred to me how hellish this event would really be until it started closing in on me ten days in advance, when the nasty emails starting coming in. Spy president, Michael Marckx, wanted everyone to be fully aware of the rigors of the course. So everyday he sent out a PSA that described, in … [Read more...]

Fisch Tales Bicycle Blog – Recent Engagement = Recent Lack of Riding

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Recent Engagement = Recent Lack of Riding Written by: Jonathan Fisch (Soon to be husband, and ex CAT4 racer) My past life: As I reflect on my life, I can only think of the last 7 years when I got into cycling. Only last year focusing on racing. My life has been about the miles I put on my bike, the adventures that I have had with other fellow roadies, and of course the laughs I get once I … [Read more...]

Crash Test Dummies Bicycle Blog

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Why do I cycle? (Marathon crash race) By Bryan Arita (Crash Test Dummies Blog) Five crashes and three totaled bikes in just the first year of starting my cycling career. That is not what you would call a great way to start a sport in which you find yourself wanting to accomplish so many things. And yet after being hit by a car in February, I find myself injured once again questioning the … [Read more...]