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...]

Cyclocross Is Fun, Right?

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So tonight I was one of the so-called lucky ones and got myself a starting bib (#57 out of 158) for the CrossVegas race during Interbike week. After a not so long 5 hour drive leaving at a very early 4:30am, and then spending the better part of the day on my feet at the trade show. I arrived at the race venue sleep deprived and with pretty dead legs. But not to be deterred by excuses I showed … [Read more...]

SHSSSSSSssssssssssss

Pack Fodder by: VeloGuy There are times when words don’t need to be said. When the spoken alphabet adds nothing to the world. I didn’t need to ask the bloke sitting much too close at the bar last night, the names of his girlfriends/children, as they were right there, tattooed on his neck. I don’t need to ask a teenager what shop they got their sweater in, as it is right there, written all … [Read more...]

The Devil Wears USADA

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So, is Travis Tygart the devil? Or is he just acting like he is? We may never know the answer to these questions, but I have some pretty strong ideas about him and his actions. So hear goes my rant. Tygart may not really be the devil, but damm if he is not acting like he is. His personal hyper vendetta against Lance Armstrong has gotten the best of him. He is a one man cycling wrecking machine … [Read more...]

Take-aways from Paris/Roubaix 2012

Flecha Taking Up The So Called Boonen Chase

Boonen has ridiculous form, he's seemingly getting stronger by the week. Its magical to watch when a guy with natural abilities is also motivated to reach peak performance. Add to that an awesome team and the absence of bad luck (no such thing as good luck on cobbles!) and it's a perfect storm of success. I doubt he himself will be able to top the success of this 4 month stretch. How would a … [Read more...]