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Location: Vancouver WA

Cat II (USA Cycling), Cat III (OBRA), also weekend warrior/ armchair cycling critic.

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After a night of sinning, the body must be cleansed. -The Prophet, Eddy Merckx After a week away in Atlanta for business, I feel thick and heavy. These trips away are killers; the shift in time zones means the already-too long work day is extended by a further three hours. I try my best to watch my diet, but in a town like Atlanta where even sush...

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  1. @frank Turns out running your own business is a lot more time consuming than working for the man. Shit, I even Delgado’d the Vuelta! »

  2. Thank you Frank. I’ve been away far too long. I resolve to fix that. »

I bought a Road ID the day I learned of Jon Lennard’s death on August 12, 2013. Someone in the posts of the original announcement of his passing (below) mentioned he was identified by his Road ID. Of course he had a Road ID. What I knew of him made that perfect. So responsible and sensible.The nature of this community is a strange thing; we d...

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  1. From time to time @itburns FB page pops up on my wall. After that particular tragedy I always think about him when I throw a leg over the TT. As evidenced earlier today, the great ones always go too soon. RIP itburns, you won’t be forgotten. »

July 13 2014 marked the 35th anniversary of the seminal ‘cycling film’ Breaking Away. 35 years. Nothing stays popular for that long, right? Things get dated, lose their edge (if there was edge in the first place) and eventually become irrelevant (I’m looking at you, Rolling Stones). Yes, even legends get stale if left out too lon...

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  1. This. American Flyers and Hot Dog The Movie. I watch all of them once a year. Judge if you want, but I’m right and you know it. »

Brett’s fine Nick Cave article got me thinking about music and cycling. We spend lots of time alone on our bikes. The bike is on autopilot, it stays upright from second to second, freeing up our brains to consider anything or nothing. Music might be the only riding companion we have but it has to be the right music. Being as Pro as possible is...

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  1. Rule #62 is one that I ignore almost always. I never where them with a group (that’s just bad manners), but the rest of the time, I always have the iPod loaded up with playlists to match what I have in mind for that ride. You wanna know why I do this? Bec… »

The Whale Shark is the biggest nonmammalian vertebrate* on the planet, rivaling the dinosaurs for size. How do you feed yourself when you’re that huge without loading up on carbs all the time? Easy, you swim around with your mouth wide open for 22 hours a day and hope enough food swims in there to take the edge off the hunger pangs. Cycl...

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  1. @Owen Pre! (I come from a distance running background. My high school track and cross country coach was friends with Bill Bowerman). »

  2. @frank Good to be back. Will be spotty for the next month or so, but I miss the community here. Once the new business is settled down, things will get more back to normal for me. Allez! »

  3. However, if you’re trying to ‘break’ a guy next to you, closing the mouth for a few breaths, and looking at your rival with a wry smile, is a way to break souls. But in the meantime, it’s the best way to get air to the blood. How’s it been going around t… »

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  1. Zoomy is going to have an off day and fall off the podium in the 3rd week. TJ is gonna have a fab ride, but not quite get to the top step (next year). Andrew is looking good. J-Rod will take some stages in the mountains, and be in the top 10, but his lack… »

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  1. Go get ‘em girls! VSP PICKS: 1. Abbott 2. Vos 3. Stevens 4. Pooley 5. Longo-Borghini »

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  1. @frank So busy, so much to read, too little time. But if I was going to put my thoughts on this fine article into words of my own, I’d just be repeating Frank. »

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  1. Climbing. What other reason is there to ride our bikes? »

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  1. The tea leaves show The Mod Father throwing down to prove a point with Sky. Costa may get a stage, but not the overall. Toss up between Rohan and Frank for 5th. VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggo 2. Costa 3. Mollema 4. Kreuziger 5. Rohan »

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  1. @unversio Don’t despair all. When I head out to MN for the Heck of the North I’ll be having a word with that lid. I’m planning on crushing it, running it through a chipper and burning the rest. I’ll put the remains lovingly in a Urn, and give it back t… »

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  1. When I first started racing, I started hanging around our LBS owned by Hans, an old Dutch guy with a very thick accent. As time went on, I got to know the manager (became good enough friends I was a groomsman at his wedding), and the other wrenches. After… »

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  1. Brett, I was a product of this very thing. I discovered cycling in my early 20′s, got good at it pretty quickly and next thing I knew I was a Cat II, close to Cat I. The training dialed way up as I hoped to get on the national stage. I’d cooked through a … »

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  1. @frank Drunk writing again? I noticed a few, but didn’t matter. »

  2. I tweak around with my saddle height a lot. Made a big move up this spring, and while it seemed to help my power up hills (no idea if it did in actual watts, I don’t use a power meter), it made the upper part of my calves pretty sore. Guess I wasn’t engag… »

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  1. @Buck Rogers Yep. Was on my way home from a race, going to a buddies, dropped into the local grocery store for like 10min. Came out and you know how you look for your car in a crowded parking lot by looking for your bike on top? Well, it wasn’t there. … »

  2. Good Rule. While I’ve not had the pleasure of ripping my bikes off the roof of the car, I have many friends who have. Sucks for them, mild comedy for me. (isn’t comedy just laughing at other peoples tragedy?) I did however have my entire roof rack stole… »

I met a nice character a few weeks ago on a magnificent ride through the Bay Area. He rode a Colnago C-50 which was so filthy that I was unable to ascertain with any degree of certainty what color it was painted. I spent most of the ride suppressing the impulse to lead him and his bike through a local car wash. As it turns out, he’s based o...

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  1. Have to give that a look. I usually wash the bike with Simple Green, then polish up the bits with an Armor All wipe (except the seat of course). »

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  1. Try again. Wonky WiFi today. »

  2. Your’s truly on my way to a Silver Medal in the Oregon State Championships, my only MTB race ever, and on a rented Kona. Did the photographer get it right? I don’t know. Slideshow: Fullscreen: Download: Powered by DM Albums™ »

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  1. Such a great read! As others have already said, chapeau to young Willems determination and writing! I grew up outside of a small rural farming town where the “real men (kids)” played typical ‘Murican sports: football, baseball, basketball and perhaps wre… »

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  1. This seems like the right place to ask: What kind of maths does one use to explain the phenomon wherein when you’re on a MUP (miles of it) on a nice weekday morning with few other users; you, the lady jogging with her stroller, and the old guy riding at y… »