The Rides

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The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.

The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture our collective imagination as cyclists. We spend our lifetimes searching out the best routes and rides; we pore over maps, we share with our fellow disciples, we talk to non-cycling locals all in pursuit of the Perfect Ride.

The Rides is devoted entirely to the best routes and rides around the world. Some are races or cyclosportives, others feature in the Classics and stages of The Great Races, while others still are little-known gems, discovered through careful meditation on The V. Be warned: these rides are not your average Sunday Afternoon spin; these rides are the best and most difficult rides in the word – they represent the rites of passage into La Vie Velominatus. It is to be taken for granted that these rides require loads of Rule #5, many of them Rule #10, and all of them are best enjoyed in Rule #9 conditions. They have been shared by you, the community. The Rides also features articles devoted to the greatest rides and providess a forum for sharing other rides for discussion.

If you’d like to submit a ride or an article about your own favorite ride, please feel free to send it to us and we’ll do our best to work with you to include it.

Haleakala

Category: Grimpeur / Distance: 56km / Location: Paia, Maui, Hawaii, USA

haleakala

Haleakala is simultaneously the longest paved continuous climb in the world as well as the shortest ascent from sea level to 10,000 feet in the world. Though not terribly steep, this is a long, grinding climb that will reduce a strong rider to a whimpering lump.

To put the effort in perspective, this climb is 60km long a an average of 6% with two pitches as steep as 17%. That translates to somewhere between 3 or more hours of nonstop climbing, usually in Maui’s direct heat and often into a whipping headwind that spins around into a headwind no matter which direction the switchbacks take you.

Route: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/50412514

Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Category: Rouleur / Distance: 265 / Location: Liege, Belgium

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Liege-Bastogne-Liege is not only La Doyenne, the oldest of the Classics, but also represents perhaps the most demanding course in cycling. The 280 km, 3000m vertical route starts with an easy ride out from Liege to Bastogne which lulls riders into a false sense of security; the hills are frequent, but none of them terribly demanding. Into Bastogne, and the story changes on the way back to Liege with 9 categorized climbs in the second half, including the fearsome Côte de la Redoute and the Côte de Saint-Nicolas.

Route: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/58053308/

Paris-Roubaix

Category: Hardman / Distance: 265 / Location: Compiégne, France

paris-roubaix

L’enfur du Nord. The Hell of The North. The Queen of the Classics. This isn’t a ride over the stones from your local brick-paved roads. You think climbs are what make a ride tough? We’ve got news for you: this is the hardest ride on the planet and it boasts a maximum elevation of 55 meters. These are vicious, brutal stones; the kind that will stretch each kilometer to their full length, the kind of stones that you will feel long after the rattling of the bars has stopped. These stones will change you. Forever.

Route: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/58052610/

Guide: Pavé Cycling Classics

Mortirolo/Gavia Loop

Category: Grimpeur / Distance: 115km / Location: Bormio, Italy / Contributor: Joe

The Mortirolo is perhaps the most feared pass in Western Europe, and the Gavia the most storied. Given their proximity to each other, its a wonder why this isn’t the most talked-about ride in Italy. Maybe it is; its impossible to say without being Italian. The loop nature of this ride makes it feasible as a solo escapade, but any ride with the kind of stats this one bears – 3200 meters ascended in 115 kilometers including the viscously steep Mortirolo – is best enjoyed with a riding partner or support car.

Route: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/59027020/

200 on 100

Category: Grimpeur / Distance: 330km / Location: Vernon, VT / Contributor: cdelinks

“Dumptruck of Awesome” has become the catch-phrase associated with this brutally hard, yet strikingly beautiful 330 kilometer (200 mile) ride down Vermont Route 100.  This ride was made popular during the summer of 2011 when Ted King, Tim Johnson, and a local amateur cyclist, Ryan Kelly, documented this ride on film. The ride starts on the Canadian border and finishes on the Massachusetts border.  With over 2500 meters of climbing on this 330 kilometer ride, you will need to pack a few lunches to get through this one.  Do this ride in the Fall, and the foliage might be beautiful enough to distract you from the horrible pain you will most certainly suffer.

Route: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/58052808/

De Ronde Van West Portlandia

Category: Grimpeur / Distance: 76km / Location: Portland, Oregon, USA

A ride that officially “never happens” each spring, this 76 km route charts a course through Portland’s West Hills, paying homage to the European Spring Classics. Approximately 1,800 meters of paved and unpaved climbs are spread throughout the course, with several sections reaching grades of over 20%. More information can be found at Ronde PDX.

Route: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/15276210

Seattle Master Urban Ride

Category: Rouleur / Distance: 130km / Location: Seattle, Washington, USA

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This is perhaps the most challenging urban route in Seattle, hitting three of the big hills that define Seattle’s topography. The route starts and ends on Phinney Ridge, but hits the climbs of Interlaken and Alder Street/Lake Dell Drive on its way to Mercer Island, before coming back to hit Queen Anne and Magnolia, weaving its way up each of these hills as many times as possible via the steepest route available before the finale to the north via Golden Gardens, Blue Ridge Drive, and Carkeek Park. Panoramic views of the Cascades, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, The Olympic Penninsula and Puget Sound makes this a standout Urban ride.

Route: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/57732282

  1. @RobSandy

    This Saturday I had my first meeting with the Man with the Hammer. His first blow was as I rode through the Derwent Valley in the Peak District, halfway into a 120km solo ride. I had not eaten enough the night before. I had not eaten enough for breakfast. I had no food. I had nowhere to buy food. It was raining, windy and cold. All I knew was that I was pushing harder and harder on the pedals and going slower and slower.

    He struck again on the torturous slopes of Snake Pass. And again. And again. I died a thousand deaths desperately trying to keep the pedals turning up and up the hill. Rule #10 was inverted; it got harder and harder and I went a lot slow, but Rule #5 was obeyed – I did not give up. The on the descent I got so cold that the violent shivering threatened to have me off the bike. And I was almost late for a friend’s wedding.

    What other sort of hobby would leave me exhausted, hungry, wet and cold, whimpering like a baby and barely able to function and saying it was a great ride? The Vie Velominatus. Would I do it again? I rode 155kms solo on Sunday.

    Fixed your post…………

  2. @Teocalli

    Thanks. All true.

    Does the fact I was also hungover score me more or less V Points?

  3. @RobSandy

    I think before a ride it’s negative preparation, after all it’s Recovery Ale.

  4. @RobSandy

    @Teocalli

    Thanks. All true.

    Does the fact I was also hungover score me more or less V Points?

    A long ride in cold, wet conditions with a hangover is just inviting the man with the hammer to visit. I had a ride in 2014 where I thought the man with the sickle was going to show up. I spent far too long in the hotel bar on the Friday night, I started the ride dehydrated. It was 6deg and wet n windy, the first hour was into a block head win so I went way too deep to stay with the front group, I didn’t drink enough and on the first climb I was dropped and settled into survival mode. With 50k to go I necked a caffeine gel as I thought it would help but fuck me I thought it was going to kill me. On the next hill my HR shot up to 213 bpm, I was wheezing like a meth smoker (and probably looked like one) and was shit scared looking at my Garmin wondering what the fuck was happening to me. My HR settled down on the downhill but shot up above 200 bpm again on the next hill. I just had to take it very, very easy for the rest of the ride and the final kick in the balls was that my official finishing time was 6hrs 00mins and 1 fucking second.

  5. @Teocalli

    @RobSandy

    I think before a ride it’s negative preparation, after all it’s Recovery Ale.

    I had plenty of recovery ales in the Briton’s Protection in Manchester on the Saturday afternoon. I’m pretty sure it helped. I got the feeling back in my hands after an hour or so.

  6. @eenies

    Sounds very much like my ride. Complete empty tank with a long way to go.

    I just had a look at my data on Strava from the darkest bit of that day – I was climbing a hill for half an hour and couldn’t get my HR about 135. Strava reckons I was doing 100w, when I was climbing at around 265w earlier in the day.

    That Man is a bastard.

  7. Bit late, but view from last Sunday mornings ride was a good one. South Australia at its best

  8. @RobSandy

    @eenies

    Sounds very much like my ride. Complete empty tank with a long way to go.

    I just had a look at my data on Strava from the darkest bit of that day – I was climbing a hill for half an hour and couldn’t get my HR about 135. Strava reckons I was doing 100w, when I was climbing at around 265w earlier in the day.

    That Man is a bastard.

    He is no bastard. He knows well his forebears; the ones who forged his hammer from the bare minerals of the Alps, the Ardennes, the Pyrenees, and the Carpathians. That hammer wrought in a forge fueled by the Flemish winds and cooled by the very sweat of its makers.

    But the Man is merciless and his blow absolute.

  9. @Teocalli

    Eroica Britannia entries are open for 2016. Booked up.

    https://book.eroicabritannia.co.uk/EventDetail

    Ditto. And I won’t mess up the Saturday this time!

  10. @davidlhill

    @Teocalli

    Eroica Britannia entries are open for 2016. Booked up.

    https://book.eroicabritannia.co.uk/EventDetail

    Ditto. And I won’t mess up the Saturday this time!

    Up for the full distance?

  11. Lot of crazy talk on here recently re a Velominatus’s choice of tattoo. A common refrain was to move on and ride the bike. So I did. Had a few days off work and was blessed by a coincidental few days of unbelievable weather (for here in WI, in early November – high 60s/low 70s).

    Rode Friday, 128 kms. Saturday was 100% rain so screw that. Sunday was good: 123 kms. Monday windy as hell and legs were iffy, 88kms. Wasn’t sure how Tuesday was going to be for the guns, but the weather was damn near perfect: low 70s, low wind. Off I set and the legs were good. I’ve been finding new roads in the county adjacent to mine (Didge Co. and as it’s pretty rural the back roads are in decent shape and traffic light.

    Anytime you can ride in November in July gear is good. When you can hear geese flying overhead to the Horicon Marsh, when you hear the corn being harvested, when you can smell burning leaves, when there are still a few trees with color on them, when drivers are unbelievably courteous and considerate, when the legs are good, when the stop lights are all green then you know you are glad you’re a cyclist. When you do 123 kms at 29 kms/hr at this time of year you’re so damned happy. I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do. VLVV!

  12. @eenies

    @RobSandy

    @Teocalli

    Thanks. All true.

    Does the fact I was also hungover score me more or less V Points?

    A long ride in cold, wet conditions with a hangover is just inviting the man with the hammer to visit. I had a ride in 2014 where I thought the man with the sickle was going to show up. I spent far too long in the hotel bar on the Friday night, I started the ride dehydrated. It was 6deg and wet n windy, the first hour was into a block head win so I went way too deep to stay with the front group, I didn’t drink enough and on the first climb I was dropped and settled into survival mode. With 50k to go I necked a caffeine gel as I thought it would help but fuck me I thought it was going to kill me. On the next hill my HR shot up to 213 bpm, I was wheezing like a meth smoker (and probably looked like one) and was shit scared looking at my Garmin wondering what the fuck was happening to me. My HR settled down on the downhill but shot up above 200 bpm again on the next hill. I just had to take it very, very easy for the rest of the ride and the final kick in the balls was that my official finishing time was 6hrs 00mins and 1 fucking second.

    I really, really fuck hate it when you drank too much the night before and you just can’t breathe the same as you could the previous day. How can alcohol steal your breath?! I hate that.

  13. @wiscot

    Lot of crazy talk on here recently re a Velominatus’s choice of tattoo. A common refrain was to move on and ride the bike. So I did. Had a few days off work and was blessed by a coincidental few days of unbelievable weather (for here in WI, in early November – high 60s/low 70s).

    Rode Friday, 128 kms. Saturday was 100% rain so screw that. Sunday was good: 123 kms. Monday windy as hell and legs were iffy, 88kms. Wasn’t sure how Tuesday was going to be for the guns, but the weather was damn near perfect: low 70s, low wind. Off I set and the legs were good. I’ve been finding new roads in the county adjacent to mine (Didge Co. and as it’s pretty rural the back roads are in decent shape and traffic light.

    Anytime you can ride in November in July gear is good. When you can hear geese flying overhead to the Horicon Marsh, when you hear the corn being harvested, when you can smell burning leaves, when there are still a few trees with color on them, when drivers are unbelievably courteous and considerate, when the legs are good, when the stop lights are all green then you know you are glad you’re a cyclist. When you do 123 kms at 29 kms/hr at this time of year you’re so damned happy. I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do. VLVV!

    Sounds awesome! I haven’t had the time in far too long for long rides. It sucks, but that’s just how things go sometimes.

    Also, LOVE that average. I’ll get caught seeing what the PROs do and then compare my solo riding avg to theirs…and it’s goddamn depressing. Thank you for some real world riding average!

  14. @wiscot

    Lot of crazy talk on here recently re a Velominatus’s choice of tattoo. A common refrain was to move on and ride the bike. So I did. Had a few days off work and was blessed by a coincidental few days of unbelievable weather (for here in WI, in early November – high 60s/low 70s).

    Rode Friday, 128 kms. Saturday was 100% rain so screw that. Sunday was good: 123 kms. Monday windy as hell and legs were iffy, 88kms. Wasn’t sure how Tuesday was going to be for the guns, but the weather was damn near perfect: low 70s, low wind. Off I set and the legs were good. I’ve been finding new roads in the county adjacent to mine (Didge Co. and as it’s pretty rural the back roads are in decent shape and traffic light.

    Anytime you can ride in November in July gear is good. When you can hear geese flying overhead to the Horicon Marsh, when you hear the corn being harvested, when you can smell burning leaves, when there are still a few trees with color on them, when drivers are unbelievably courteous and considerate, when the legs are good, when the stop lights are all green then you know you are glad you’re a cyclist. When you do 123 kms at 29 kms/hr at this time of year you’re so damned happy. I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do. VLVV!

    Indeed! While my distance today and pace weren’t quite the level of yours, @wiscot, for us to be able to ride in WI in Nov in temps above 5C, much less 10C or even 15C the last several days, wow, truly grateful. And I also am really appreciating my Shamal tubs — I wouldn’t feel bad about riding these all the time and even foregoing my Bontrager D3 3 tubs, they’re that nice.

    As for the tattoo discussion — meh. I don’t get it, tangential to riding at best, so I don’ t need to talk about it.

    And on another note, I’m sure @wiscot can be the first to tell us the third guy in this photo; I’m blanking out on his name….

  15. @teleguy57

    @wiscot

    Lot of crazy talk on here recently re a Velominatus’s choice of tattoo. A common refrain was to move on and ride the bike. So I did. Had a few days off work and was blessed by a coincidental few days of unbelievable weather (for here in WI, in early November – high 60s/low 70s).

    Rode Friday, 128 kms. Saturday was 100% rain so screw that. Sunday was good: 123 kms. Monday windy as hell and legs were iffy, 88kms. Wasn’t sure how Tuesday was going to be for the guns, but the weather was damn near perfect: low 70s, low wind. Off I set and the legs were good. I’ve been finding new roads in the county adjacent to mine (Didge Co. and as it’s pretty rural the back roads are in decent shape and traffic light.

    Anytime you can ride in November in July gear is good. When you can hear geese flying overhead to the Horicon Marsh, when you hear the corn being harvested, when you can smell burning leaves, when there are still a few trees with color on them, when drivers are unbelievably courteous and considerate, when the legs are good, when the stop lights are all green then you know you are glad you’re a cyclist. When you do 123 kms at 29 kms/hr at this time of year you’re so damned happy. I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do. VLVV!

    Indeed! While my distance today and pace weren’t quite the level of yours, @wiscot, for us to be able to ride in WI in Nov in temps above 5C, much less 10C or even 15C the last several days, wow, truly grateful. And I also am really appreciating my Shamal tubs — I wouldn’t feel bad about riding these all the time and even foregoing my Bontrager D3 3 tubs, they’re that nice.

    As for the tattoo discussion — meh. I don’t get it, tangential to riding at best, so I don’ t need to talk about it.

    And on another note, I’m sure @wiscot can be the first to tell us the third guy in this photo; I’m blanking out on his name….

    Damn, no pressure! No idea. It’s not Jan Raas. Gotta be a Belgian.

    Yesterday’s ride was truly one to remember. Anytime I hear about Milwaukee guys riding up around Holy Hill, I want to tell them to come another 15 miles north and I’ll show them what good roads with minimal traffic look like.

  16. It’s Walter Godefroot, isn’t it?

  17. @wiscot

    Anytime you can ride in November in July gear is good.

    10-4 to that! The whole getting dark at way too early though kinda takes away the fun.

    I did that this afternoon in regular summer kit leaving the house at 4:18pm thinking early enough start and I’d quick knock of a regular 40km weekday evening ride and oooops, dark at 5:15 ish and I was needing a friggen headlight !! Ughhh. That was mistake. Time to hit the gym I guess.

  18. @Oli

    For sure, and with the advantage of reading Dutch, confirmed by a commenter whose identity and credibility I can’t verify.

  19. @Teocalli

    this may be a full blown velomifamily trip in which case no.

    On the other hand my VMH has been known to withdraw from such events in the face of inclement weather, so……..

  20. @Oli

    It’s Walter Godefroot, isn’t it?

    You are, good sir, correct as always. A bit of a google search and it’s Mr Godefroot.

  21. @davidlhill

    @Teocalli

    this may be a full blown velomifamily trip in which case no.

    On the other hand my VMH has been known to withdraw from such events in the face of inclement weather, so……..

    Whatever, we must share a beer. Or two. Or……

  22. Gents,

    I have been to Eroica Tuscany – best event I’ve ever done.

    Eroica UK – extremely good too.

    There is now Eroica Spain, in the heart of Rioja country. Did anyone here do it last year, I believe its first? I am very tempted to sign up……

    David

  23. Angus had his first cross race today (and only his second time on a cross bike off road), he fell off a bitbut but came fourth. Unfortunately, I missed it, instead spent the day in the day working towards my British Cycling Level 2 Coaching certificate.

    VLVV

  24. @chris

    Came here to post/lament/whine about the distinct probability of no more rides until 2016 and discovered “the wee Angus” shredding a ‘cross course whilst demonstrating a healthy dose of Rule #2.

    Chapeau!

  25. @davidlhill

    Gents,

    I have been to Eroica Tuscany – best event I’ve ever done.

    Eroica UK – extremely good too.

    There is now Eroica Spain, in the heart of Rioja country. Did anyone here do it last year, I believe its first? I am very tempted to sign up……

    David

    Similarly tempted. Must look up the details. I need to plan a summer holiday

  26. @DeKerr

    @chris

    Came here to post/lament/whine about the distinct probability of no more rides until 2016 and discovered “the wee Angus” shredding a ‘cross course whilst demonstrating a healthy dose of Rule #2.

    Chapeau!

    You’ll like these then…

  27. LifePaint

  28. @Teocalli

    @davidlhill

    Gents,

    I have been to Eroica Tuscany – best event I’ve ever done.

    Eroica UK – extremely good too.

    There is now Eroica Spain, in the heart of Rioja country. Did anyone here do it last year, I believe its first? I am very tempted to sign up……

    David

    Similarly tempted. Must look up the details. I need to plan a summer holiday

    Thinking of doing this one myself as well. Let me know if you guys do sign up. We could put together a mini-cogal. (with retro bikes) I’ve still got to figure out what bike to ride for that as I don’t have anything in the quiver that meets L’Eroica rules.

  29. @Teocalli

    FYI Cardiff Roubaix the 2nd is 29th of August (Monday Bank Holiday).

  30. @RobSandy

    Will put in the diary

  31. Marshall Gordon wins!

  32. Short tempo training ride this afternoon. Certain things occurred to me on the ride.

    1. Thoroughly cleaning my bike while the weather was dry outside then having the heavens open when I was 10 minutes up the road felt like a waste of time.

    2. Fitting new brake blocks and adjusting my brakes was NOT a waste of time. I had wondered why my braking had felt a bit soggy, now I know; my brakes weren’t working.

    3. I managed to solve the horrible crunching/creaking noise that sounded like my bottom bracket failing; it was my cadence sensor knocking against my frame and the speed sensor. They will not be touching my bike again.

    4. Riding in a V Jersey made me ride V km/hr faster. Fact.

  33. @emerson

    What a super cool cat and i’view. Local racing buds of mine claim that this was hardest race ever for ’em. That the course at Biltmore was VERY difficult. I’ve watched video but the difficulty just can’t be understood unless actually there and racing I guess. And this cat here raced with full suspension mtn bike! 75+ ! Outstanding.

  34. @chris

    Kids and cross! Cheers. My daughter taking the hole shot this season, she’s fast on her mtn bike:

  35. How’s this for some good photo work? Some CX action from this season, RIP Ritchey

    :

  36. What? It’ll work as long as you turn whilst not pedaling! Give’er!

  37. Wondering if anybody on here’s planning to do the Old Man Winter Rally in Lyons / Boulder, CO on February 7. I’m doing the long course — 100k, 1,400m of climbing, roads, gravel, and one section of singletrack that roadies like me will likely need to run. (Hence the potentially Rules non-compliant mountain pedals on my R3 at the moment.) It’s sponsored by Oskar Blues, so there’s beer at the end.

  38. @LawnCzar

    Wondering if anybody on here’s planning to do the Old Man Winter Rally in Lyons / Boulder, CO on February 7. I’m doing the long course — 100k, 1,400m of climbing, roads, gravel, and one section of singletrack that roadies like me will likely need to run. (Hence the potentially Rules non-compliant mountain pedals on my R3 at the moment.) It’s sponsored by Oskar Blues, so there’s beer at the end.

    That could have been a cool way to end our trip to CO but we fly home that evening. Shame.

  39. @RobSandy

    1. Thoroughly cleaning my bike while the weather was dry outside then having the heavens open when I was 10 minutes up the road felt like a waste of time.

    It’s the way of the V. Even if it is pissing down, never start out on a dirty bike. Not least as cleaning should also include checking over to ensure no failures on the ride.

  40. Conversation with cycling buddy at start of a wet ride:

    Me – Your bike is filthy.

    He – Yeah but it would be in this state in 5 mins anyway.

    Me – So?

  41. @Teocalli

    @RobSandy

    1. Thoroughly cleaning my bike while the weather was dry outside then having the heavens open when I was 10 minutes up the road felt like a waste of time.

    It’s the way of the V. Even if it is pissing down, never start out on a dirty bike. Not least as cleaning should also include checking over to ensure no failures on the ride.

    True.

  42. Full race licence arrived in the post this week. First road races signed up for. That is all.

  43. @RobSandy

    Full race licence arrived in the post this week. First road races signed up for. That is all.

    I love this time of year. All the race dates are starting to get posted and the spreadsheet is coming together. Two columns, one for the definates and another for the alternates. Trying to figure out if can make it to one city on a Sat and to another by Sunday. And I’ve got the combo of my kid’s HS Mtn Bike Season this spring, my daughter’s RR schedule and the races I love, all to button up. What a blast. Thank the good lord for good health !! And I suppose cheap gas.

    USA Cycling posts their licenses via an app… just carry the phone to packet pick up. No more hard copy. Cheers

  44. Chance encounter at yesterdays TDU street race.

  45. @wilburrox

    @RobSandy

    Full race licence arrived in the post this week. First road races signed up for. That is all.

    I love this time of year. All the race dates are starting to get posted and the spreadsheet is coming together. Two columns, one for the definates and another for the alternates. Trying to figure out if can make it to one city on a Sat and to another by Sunday. And I’ve got the combo of my kid’s HS Mtn Bike Season this spring, my daughter’s RR schedule and the races I love, all to button up. What a blast. Thank the good lord for good health !! And I suppose cheap gas.

    USA Cycling posts their licenses via an app… just carry the phone to packet pick up. No more hard copy. Cheers

    Ah, but this is my FIRST full race licence. However, I’ve just started my last build block of training (3 weeks worth) and my legs feel like crap. Is this normal?

    I’m on holiday for most of May so I’ve timed it well (assuming my legs come back) to have an early season peak through March, and then a late season peak in July.

    Just got to negotiate races with my VMW. She’s got some racing ambitions too but has just come down with severe sciatica and can barely walk, let alone ride. This sucks.

  46. @RobSandy

    @wilburrox

    @RobSandy

    Full race licence arrived in the post this week. First road races signed up for. That is all.

    I love this time of year. All the race dates are starting to get posted and the spreadsheet is coming together. Two columns, one for the definates and another for the alternates. Trying to figure out if can make it to one city on a Sat and to another by Sunday. And I’ve got the combo of my kid’s HS Mtn Bike Season this spring, my daughter’s RR schedule and the races I love, all to button up. What a blast. Thank the good lord for good health !! And I suppose cheap gas.

    USA Cycling posts their licenses via an app… just carry the phone to packet pick up. No more hard copy. Cheers

    Ah, but this is my FIRST full race licence. However, I’ve just started my last build block of training (3 weeks worth) and my legs feel like crap. Is this normal?

    I’m on holiday for most of May so I’ve timed it well (assuming my legs come back) to have an early season peak through March, and then a late season peak in July.

    Just got to negotiate races with my VMW. She’s got some racing ambitions too but has just come down with severe sciatica and can barely walk, let alone ride. This sucks.

    Well I wish for you much good luck, good fun and good fitness this season ! Cheers

  47. Looks like there is going to be an Eroica NL this year http://www.eroicalimburg.nl might look at that instead of Spain as it’s a bit easier to get to.

  48. @Teocalli

    Looks like there is going to be an Eroica NL this year http://www.eroicalimburg.nl might look at that instead of Spain as it’s a bit easier to get to.

    Dang, that’s were I grew up and did my first tours on my Koga’s. I bought my 1982 Koga Roadspeed there, so Nr 9 might just be anxious to go back to its roots!

  49. http://www.cyclingnews.com/blogs/author/michael-woods-under-pressure/

    My my new favourite rider. A great article on Michael Woods coming of age at the TDU.

  50. @kixsand

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/blogs/author/michael-woods-under-pressure/

    My my new favourite rider. A great article on Michael Woods coming of age at the TDU.

    Yup, I am jumping on the Michael Woods train as well. Only found out about him this last month.

    Just imagine what he could have done if he had not “wasted” so many years of his life becoming a world class runner.

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