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The proclamation is heard in the office, on social media, at the bar with friends; “It’s leg day.” When someone utters “it’s leg day” the accompanying tone of resentment and even dread is usually followed by an audible “ugh”. This exasperation belies one fact, the person making the utterance is not a...

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  1. @Deakus You think your missus will give you shit for shaving ?  Try two teenage daughters…. »

Omloop het Nieuwsblad is fast approaching on March 1st, Strade Bianche goes off the next weekend; finally, ladies and gentlemen, we have a season. For me the racing season really has to start in cold, wet Europe. I like the Tour Down Under just fine, I watch it, but it’s too early, too sunny and too hot to signify the start of the racing season...

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  1. @Nate and the classement ..  whatever that is. »

Welcome to the Kermis. It’s not a recycling, it’s a reintroduction. The idea is to repost an old article that still resonates today and see where it goes. We will endeavor not to abuse this feature.I’ve referred to Frank’s fantastic Perfect Amount of Dumb article at least five times in my own posts. My reference is usually that I’m dumb b...

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  1. A bit left of topic this – but in my opinion on the shock and awe side of the perfect amount of dumb..  A local Aussie TV actor has just completed 15,500-odd K’s riding a zig-zag across the country – on a unicycle.  He raised $1.5m for cancer research, hi… »

Five is an important number. Assuming nothing has gone amuck in our development or our usage of cutlery, we each boast five digits on both our hands and both our feet. Most of us have five senses. Most miraculously, any number multiplied by five and then divided by five gives you the same number you started with and yields no remainder.The Babaloni...

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  1. @Carl Incredibly, I just checked on my calculator – the exact same thing happens with 113 …  !!! »

The only people I would care to be with now are artists and people who have suffered: those who know what beauty is, and those who know what sorrow is: nobody else interests me. – Oscar WildeI have a theory that every living being is designed to cope with a certain level of stress in their lives, that if our lives are somehow free of stress,...

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  1. @ErikdR My dad is getting old now, and was showing some signs of what might have developed into dementia.  (His mum went totally crazy).  But he’s also pretty self-aware, and he has a terrific specialist, who said the best thing he could do was as much p… »

Flies and dogs, two things that we don’t need on a climb.I had descended down this street many times, but I had never before ridden up it. I even said hello to the two excited pitbulls on the other side of the driveway gate. I like dogs. I like them until one of them squeezes under the gate and I’m going uphill slowly. Pitbulls arenR...

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  1. Here in Orstralia we have magpies (birds).  Dogs too, but magpies in breeding season will bounce off your helmet 2 or 3 times before you get out of territory.  The standard recreational and commuter defence is cable ties on the helmet – pointing upward. Y… »

Everyone knows that the quality of one’s character is measured by the size gear they can push, particularly when going uphill. It is also a well-established fact that no self-respecting Flemish Pro would ever ride a Compact, no matter what condition their knees are in or how ferocious the gradient. Which, by extension, means that Compacts are...

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  1. This is very disturbing.  Being an average 55 yr old in hilly country – frankly I need a 34 inner just to get to the top of my 12% dead-end road.  But an 11-23 out back in my defence.  But the real issue – are you saying it is impossible to be Rule #23 com… »

A friend recently asked my advice for how to prepare for the longest ride he’d ever done. My approach is somewhat unorthodox when it comes to this sort of thing; I like to train to ride a lot farther than the event itself, and whenever possible, throw in a handful of sessions with my old friend, The Man with the Hammer. I suggested he do the...

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  1. @gregorio   So – to get a post ride massage from the VMH, one has to meet the Man and DNF.  Presumably aided via a call to pick me up.  How has this not been well communicated before?  I’ve been trying to get the massage for 20 years.  It now seems so sim… »

How can we not talk about the Tour? After Sunday’s stage it’s hard not to be a little excited. Until yesterday the most thrilling thing I had seen was Mark Cavendish’s mad man chase back to the peloton after a late-in-the-race crash. He needed to get back quickly as the race was hurtling toward a sprint finish he was supposed to w...

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  1. @Spun Up Like this maybe ?  (The first pic) »

The Theory of Special Relativity states that time for a moving object passes more quickly than for a stationary object. Einstein, in deriving this theory, demonstrated great insight and creative power for which he is considered perhaps the greatest mind in human history. If he had owned a set of rollers, however, he’d be considered a common...

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  1. @frank Yes, but moving in relation to what ???  The expanding universe? The earth? the moon ? »

The Prophet was very clear on how best to ride an individual Time Trial; start as fast as possible and finish as fast as possible. As for the middle, his advice was to ride that as fast as possible.The same can be said of climbing; as we covered in Part I and Part II of the Sur La Plaque series, the key to climbing well is to hit the bottom as ha...

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  1. @Ron   This could be the start of a bunch of Tasmanian jokes.  If you don’t know, “mainlanders”, in a loving way, characterise Tasmanians something like the banjo family in Deliverance.  Anyway, Richie Porte is certainly an honorary Australian, as is any … »

Evelyn Stevens was working on Wall Street four years ago and is now the best American women cyclist. How is that possible? Her parents must be enjoying dinner with pulses of 40 bpm and sky high VO2 maxes. Are they both professional marathon runners? Is that how they met? Maybe they have never attempted aerobic sports. If Evelyn has siblings and the...

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  1. @tessar .  On the subject of VO2Max tests – this older article now looks ….   well, interesting to say the least.  Evans still holds the Australian Institute of Sport all-time VO2Max record, set when he was 19 years old and just starting out on MTB’s. … »

The Olympic track racing fires off tomorrow and it’s time to remember an event discarded to the bin of noble sports.The Olympic roster of events is constantly evolving and devolving which is why we are now watching synchronized diving as an Olympic sport. What a world, what a world. Maybe it’s a sign of me getting too old but it makes m...

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  1. @Marcus Re Former Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt.  He did not drown in the surf at Portsea back beach.  He defected to China and was picked up in a submarine.  Everyone knows this. »