Archive | November, 2009

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Sur la Plaque: Mechanics of the Big Ring

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I’ve been riding for long enough to know that what “feels” good and and what “is” good in terms of technique are two independent sets with a small intersection; it’s very important to put a lot of thought and research into what you’re doing to make sure it offers a benefit.  Research takes “work” and…

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Tales of a Cyclotourist, Part II: 2003 Alpe d’Huez

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It is probably the most famous mountain in cycling.  Almost 14 kilometers, 21 numbered hairpin turns.  It lies in the the Isère valley, which is narrow and surrounded by mountains so rugged they look as though they were cast in a single day.  These mountains are steep and brutal and spring up abruptly from the…