Change of plans

CDCX is a go tomorrow.  I have a firm understanding of the temporal nature of the area of the race.  I decided today to have one last crack at the route, to insure that there hadn’t been any large changes to the roads.  Alas, I was met with misfortune and discovered a key stretch has …

Tough break

Getting up, I knew I wanted to scratch time out of the day to ride, but threw the curtains back to reveal the city smogged over. Smog never elevates a mood. It agitates it. I’ve learned to cope with it, yet each low air quality day gets to me. If you let a smoggy day …

Breaking your habit

This seems a counter-intuitive piece of advice, considering the importance I’ve placed on making a habit of your riding. A strong riding habit is the quickest way to discipline yourself and achieve something more from it. Truth is, riding in such a regimented way can oftentimes suck the fun out of it, so it’s important …

New roads

With the CDC骑 race/ride series out in the open air, I’ve felt the pressure to get all my ducks in a row, and begin the process of scouting and designing the race routes. Sunday proved sunny and warm(ish), so it seemed an opportune moment to ride the upper stretch of the intended CDCL route (part …

CDC骑

I’ve been doing a regular ride in an area slated for destruction. On my most recent ride through the area the idea struck me: Why not run an unsanctioned race/ride through here? I’d thought about this before, a half dozen times over the years, always excited at the opportunity to introduce people to this wild …

#offseason

It’s come. No, not the winter and its interminably dreary weather. The pre-winter season, in which shorter days and slightly cooler climes, begins to corrode any sense of discipline you might have developed over the year. In Chengdu it settles in, a flat damp shade of grey, and despite not being too awful of a …

Shop boss

I’ve mentioned my buddy, Jordan, before. He used to run a little Cannondale shop not too far off from where I’d had my own shop. Not long ago, due to a huge rent hike, he was also forced to close the shop space down, moving his tools home and running his operations remotely. It was …

Pt. 7 – Holy mountain

The town where we’d spent the night was remote. By vehicle is was only accessible from the steppe above. Otherwise you were looking at a long descent through an isolated valley, tracing a line along Gongga’s back, downward. In the village the trail was a double wide track, that cut a steep path along an …