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Location: purcellville, va

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Jens Voigt is set to retire as we speak, having one final crack at a long break in some race in the Cycling backwater of the USA. Is it fair or fitting that he should go out like this, slipping out the back door with little fanfare, while others have been doing a farewell tour of all the big races, replete with fancy commemorative shoes and a son...

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  1. Without a lot to add to the conversation, chalk me up as another who found him entertaining, but almost in a childishly amusing way.  Wouldn’t dispute his place in the “old times”, but still managed to find him mildly funny and generally harmless. Fair p… »

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. @Owen argh.  even reading about the frame through the spokes makes me wince. Awesome movie.  Watched it again earlier this year for the first time in years, still holds up well.  Few things from that era do. »

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  1. Excellent stuff.   Generally enjoyed the tour this year, but the V was by far the standout.  Awesome picture too. »

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  1. Here’s to hoping some of the rumors are true and he begins to focus on the Classics.  Certainly has the attitude and suffering tolerance to crush it. »

No technology can increase the energy of the willpower of the rider, nor can it lessen the doubts which sometimes overwhelm him. - Bernard HinaultAs I swung off the main road, I was momentarily consumed by the simple thrill of my tires leaving the hard tarmac and hitting the rough gravel of the unpaved forest road. It was a brief distraction of the...

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  1. Boy does the phrase psychological collapse ring true.   And how many times, minutes or hours later am I regretting that moment of weakness.  Knowing that feeling has kept me going at times where I may not have thought it possible. »

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. On the bonus side, utilizing the whale shark approach around here inevitably leads to a mouthful of gnats.  Bonus protein, no need to reach down or back and risk a Contador moment.   You’ve really made progress once you no longer need some fluid to get th… »

It began when they come took me from my home And put me in Dead Row, Of which I am nearly wholly innocent, you know. And I’ll say it again I.. am.. not.. afraid.. to.. die.Cold, still, heavy, damp air encourages one to remain ensconsed, the familiar nagging doubt weedling away in the back, make that the front, of my mind, and I concede; I...

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  1. Wow, arrived at just the right time in my day/week/month.   Nicely done. »

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  1. Likely wishful thinking, but so goes…… VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Talansky 3. Valverde 4. Rui Costa 5. TJ Van Garderen »

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  1. some irony to this article, as this will be my first year attempting some cyclocross races.   blogging it at cxrookie.com – it’s the obvious insanity which attracted me.   We’ll see how well I can survive (contribute?) it…. »

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  1. Ouch.   Became a believer in the preventative measures…. Just one of those things where having less first hand experience is best. »

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  1. Another who will never be considered a climber, I can certainly appreciate this.  I’ve learned to really love the steady 3,4,5,6%.. even when it’s in Colorado and goes on for miles.  Something about this singular effort which is more relaxing than trying … »

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  1. Another who can’t take the POC.   Find it ironic that the people I know who’ve bought an air attack start to describe it by noting how hot it is if you’re not moving.  No thanks. i can go with the beard for winter only – kept me riding through snow and s… »

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  1. Can’t argue it’s true, though I don’t understand it.   I can be moments from bailing on a ride, yet if we get started I always rise to county line sprints or impromptu KOM challenges. Seems to be more common with cycling than other things – when I was a … »

Last week we completed the second stop in the tour for our book, The Rules; The Way of the Cycling Disciple. For the first two, we partnered with Rapha to do a five-to-six hour ride and then sign the books at the shop afterwards. In both cases, I was amazed by the quality of the riding and by the ride leaders themselves, Robert in NYC and Eric in...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy  Love my helium.   Great winter outfitting as well (vent cap, insulated liner) If only they’d make the XL in more than one color for myself & my big headed brethren. »

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  1. Great timing, loving the comments. Three planned century or better rides in the next month…. Looking forward to them for many of the reasons described here.  Nicely done. »

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. A sample of how the actual signing looked.   Minus the excellent coffee and loud laughter. Great time. »

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  1. @frank  enjoyed meeting the four of you.  One of the highlights (the highlight?) of a quick NYC trip, especially appreciative since we didn’t think we’d get there in time.  Regards. »

For many Americans, their first ten speed bike was a Schwinn. It was heavy. Everything about it was heavy. It was the bike that was going to survive outside the bomb shelter. No one put a better crankset on a Schwinn. When we moved on that old bike languished in the garage and it was not coming back out. Not so for @Teocalli, for starters he didn&#...

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  1. As others have said, nicely done. Couldn’t help but think how different things are today.  My kids have bikes that fit them, and wear helmets studiously.  How different it was when I (we?) were young……. »

Het Volk (it will always be Het Volk to me) and now the Strade Bianche may well mark the sentimental beginning to the season, but those are specialized, pre-season races that appeal mostly to riders who are preparing for bigger objectives later in the year, such as the Cobbled or Ardennes Classics. Same goes for Tirreno Adriatico and Paris-Nice; t...

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  1. Update based on Boonen’s situation.  unfortunate. VSP PICKS: 1. Griepel 2. Sagan 3. Cancellara 4. Kwiatkowski 5. Gerrans »

  2. Lordy.  Season has been too good so far to have any obvious choices.   VSP PICKS: 1. Boonen 2. Sagan 3. Cancellara 4. Kwiatkowski 5. Gerrans »

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  1. Beautiful, crazy and inspirational.   Awesome work. »

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  1. @Rob also well put.  Thought provoking and especially true as the wife covers my sons basketball practice so I can attend our weekly LBS nighttime gravel road road ride. »

Each of us throw a leg over our top tubes and submit ourselves to the open road in recognition of the risks involved. These risks include those of a puncture, crash, damaged equipment, disability, and – ultimately – death. We try to be vigilant, we ride assertively yet defensively, and we hope for the best. We take every reasonable precaution t...

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  1. @motor city   This again.   So disappointing to read about. »

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  1. Boy, does this ring true for me.   Loving the bike I acquired in May of this year like crazy, yet already have another obsession being built.  Wife is definitely gong to notice the next one arriving, gotta sort that out…… »