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Ever heard of Bert Oosterbosch? No, neither had I until I came across this excellent (and comprehensive) account from @ErikdR. A story of triumph and tragedy if ever there was one, everything you need to know about the Dutchman’s short career and ultimately, life, is laid out here. Give yourself some weekend reading time and enjoy. Yours in...

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  1. @ErikdR I think you’re right: Wellens. Really enjoyed watching the documentary, by the way. Had never seen it, but all those guys were heroes of mine back then. Great to hear Lubberding repeat his trademark warning: if a rider starts thinking, he’s lost. »

  2. A nice piece that brought back many memories. It was normal in those days that the Post boys would win between five and ten stages in the Tour–or at least it seemed that way. I’m wondering if the third rider really is Pronk, as he usually wore glasses. C… »

Despite the proclivity towards being all-knowing that comes as a consequence of my being Dutch, the most beautiful things in life are discoveries that come as a result of not knowing. We are quick to answer but slow to think; the easy solution lies at our fingertips while the true mystery lurks just beyond, ready to reveal her secrets if only we a...

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  1. not nearly businesslike, “nuchter,” enough for somebody Dutch! »

Here are a few lessons learned while in New York City. I’m sure leaving a bar at one o’clock in the morning is not how the serious riders prepare for a ride with a 9 o’clock morning roll-out. I am sure. Conversational pace for a group ride means different things to different people. Eddy could talk your ear off at 40kph. Lezyne mini-pump owne...

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  1. Sorry to have missed it. Congratulations on the new edition! Do a book signing in D.C. too, and we’ll do the D.C. Velo weekend ride! »

Gravity is the most unavoidable force on Earth, with the possible exception of Stupidity. And like with Stupidity, you can take measures to reduce its influence on you, but you won’t get rid of it completely, assuming you’re staying on this planet. From the very moment we’re born, Gravity takes its unrelenting hold on us –...

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  1. Very nice! True also, but especially nice, because original. »

@wiscot is at it again. He is the Velominati historian and I’m always pleased when more of his writing arrives at the bunker. Luckily for all of us, cycling has a long history, most of which we are unaware of. This was not taught at school. Any article that includes the words Spartacus and Hour Record in the first paragraph already has my att...

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  1. Well done! I’m ashamed to admit having only the faintest memory of the man. Great photo. »

I recently overheard someone say that there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. This is the kind of statement that makes me want to hate people as a species a little bit. Of course there such a thing as bad weather. There are also bad people (loads of them), bad ideas (even bigger loads of them), bad advice (especially on the inter...

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  1. A-Merckx to all of that! But when you start out cold, especially if the exiting side of your house has been getting sun and little wind, it’s good to bring a little vest for if the warming up disappoints. It’s also nice to be able to reach for a gilet dur… »

I read recently that a number of Pros like to ride the turbo for an hour or so before having breakfast in the morning to jump start the old metabolic system. Which means that now I ride the trainer for an hour in the morning before breakfast. I think the Pros probably do it to lose weight, and I do it partly for that reason but also to burn off th...

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  1. My earlier comment, I realize more and more, was not only a personal take, it’s also facilitated by my living in Holland, as in: relatively mild winters and less and less contact with drivers thanks not only to bike paths everywhere, but also country road… »

  2. @ChrissyOne not if I just got home from a ride I shouldn’t! Is there a better way to spend the first couple of hours after a good ride than watching the race of the week/day? »

  3. @Chris points taken! (certainly about not leaving kids alone in the house); it’s personal, which is why I took care to phrase in personal terms–from the (admittedly little) experience I have with these things, I hate them! »

  4. I can’t agree to this. We’re not professionals, and there’s no reason why pre-breakfast we could not eat a banana, get on our bikes, and go ride for an hour or more–to work, for example. Snow and ice will, should, keep us off the roads, but for such days… »

@Marco’s takeSomewhere midway, I realized: looking fantastic while riding batshit fast through unknown territory in Rule #9 conditions in mid-December is hard. Continue reading...

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  1. @wiscot It’s him, and there are days he wishes he was back in Wisconsin! Don’t let the Holy Hill route go to waste in my absence. »

The view from Strahlubnaig.December 21st, 2013, at latitude 56 ½ degrees North, a little before 9am, and of course not fully light yet in this small corner of north west Europe, where the shortest day grudgingly gives us 6h 50m of what can be loosely described as ‘daylight’. Continue reading...

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  1. Well done! It brings back our Dutch Cogal that very same day. We never saw any blue sky, but then we never saw any snow either. Definitely the best way to get through that particular day! »

Have a look around to see who you find occupying your immediate vicinity. Presently, I am surrounded by a pleasant-seeming bunch. Some are even going so far as to appear happy or at least not displeased; all of them are pale and none of them fit. My attention is drawn, however, to a a portly mustached gentleman who strode into the hotel lobby with...

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  1. And what’s with my fellow commuters? I passed no fewer than three today on my way out of Amsterdam, all riding decent bikes and sporting backpacks just like I was, and none of them even tried to grab my wheel. It was a windy day and so there was some draf… »