Category Archives: Provence

Au revoir, mon cher Provence…

With the final ride complete and a whirlwind of packing, it’s time to finally say goodbye to Provence. And what a wonderful year it was! Watch this space for pathetically sentimental posts in the near future.

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On the Road Today (French Riviera)

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Mont Ventoux Cyclosportive Video, Highlights, and News!

This is from the “Le Ventoux Master” Cyclosportive held in Beaumes de Venise every year in late May. Had some trouble with the video as the quality was horrible for some reason at the start. It eventually “fixed” itself until … Continue reading

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In the Army Now?

Back in the day I had the pleasure of riding around West Point in one of my very first road bike races while racing in the collegiate ranks. As a die-hard MTB’er, my entire opinion of road biking was formulated … Continue reading

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Mistral.

Le Mistral. Even folks from across the Atlantic have heard of this term and stories of the associate wind that it holds… perhaps from reading “A Year In Provence” by Peter Mayle or from another source. It’s legendary. And when … Continue reading

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Spring Training 2011, Part 1

I used to perceive Spring (or Winter) Training differently. Several years ago it was synonymous with “opportunity”. Other guys would get old or lazy or have other things on their mind while you could train indoors and get fast. No … Continue reading

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That Secret Spot…

January. If you go to the lengths of looking up this word in a cycling dictionary its masked by the blasphemous symbols #%#*@!&$. True Story. I thought back to previous January’s in my cycling history. Yes we all want to … Continue reading

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Video: Bosses du 13

Finally got around to editing some footage from the Bosses du 13 Cyclosportive in Marseille from this past September.

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Exploratory Studies

There’s a lot you can learn from exploratory studies. In fact, it was my official major back in 1997 in Upstate NY. It was a nice phrase that private universities used at the time, replacing the previous [rejected] designation, “this … Continue reading

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What To Do When An Olympian Stays At Your House…

I should probably follow up with the latest big milestone over here at our Mediterranean perched flat… our very first visitor! [reader pauses… says “pfff, I’m a cyclist, I don’t want to hear about this domestic crap”] But as you … Continue reading

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How A Bike Ride Can Make A Crappy Day Great, Then Crappy Again

[this post is a bit of a ramble, but stick with it if you’re hardcore] Some days just aren’t your day. Some days you’re on. This day was the former. Even so, I desperately needed a good day to cheer … Continue reading

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This is What it’s Like… The 53T Hilly Century Ride… On Purpose.

Since my new 39T Zipp chainring won’t be arriving until next week and the current one is completely out-of-order, and because I have absolutely no front brakes… Really, I should just be holding tight, waiting for the new products to … Continue reading

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Early Morning Climbs, and Accordions

This is a continuation of Part 1 (read here). Part Deux: As the sun cast long early morning shadows across the old village, I only had to share the road with municipal street cleaners. I set out for this “Bar … Continue reading

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Early Mornings and Mediterranean Lifestyle Don’t Mix

Sorry for not posting any info for the last few weeks but it’s been a bit crazy… we finally made it to France and are just starting to get acclimated to our new surroundings. I did a search for bike … Continue reading

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A Few Photos From The First Ride

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