Category Archives: Ride Reports

Quick Update for the ARVD Crowd + the 1st Video Made in USA

After a backlog of comments from people with ARVD or heart rhythm issues, I decided it was time to post an update and answer a few of the questions regarding ICDs, ARVD, and heart rhythm. I’ll start with the ICD. … Continue reading

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On The Road Today

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Trying to Be the Good Guy

Early on my ride today I spotted an iPhone 5, literally dangling off the side of a bridge about to be pushed into the ocean or trampled by a car. I picked it up, put it in my pocket within … Continue reading

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Post Pre-Op Cruising

After a pre-op on Friday and the 3rd (and hopefully final) heart surgery on Monday, it was nice to escape on a long solo 100 mile ride to collect thoughts, or lack there-of.

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Retrospective: On The Road In…. Les Pyrénées

I received an email the other day for the 2012 rendition of La Pyreneene Cyclosportive and couldn’t help myself from clicking the link. A few clicks later, I found a photo of myself from the 2011 version. It’s a miracle … Continue reading

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Video from the Pyrenees!

Note: Be sure to watch it in full screen @ 720p for full enjoyment. 10 hours before this video I was unable to open my eyes from allergies (didn’t know I had any!) I was reduced to lying in bed … Continue reading

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Video: La Vaujany Cyclosportive in the French Alps

Sadly, only SD resolution on the blog… but view it on Vimeo in HD glory. La Vaujany Cyclosportive 2011 in HD.

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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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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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Race Report: Bosses du 13

Update: You can now see the headcam video in HD on YouTube Despite not being able to ride regularly for the past 2 months, I decided to enter a cyclosportive event around Marseille and the province of Bouches du Rhone. … 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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