Unbearable heat

Chengdu is a city of two seasons: Comfortable and Uncomfortable. Comfortable persists nearly year round and is divided in two. There’s Warm Comfortable and Cool Comfortable. Personally I prefer Cool Comfortable, but alas, I’m strung out in the less desirable season, Uncomfortable. Like it’s pleasant counterpart, Uncomfortable is also divided in two. There’s Cold Uncomfortable, …

These guys

In a much abbreviated repeat of last week’s monstrous 200km day, this week I found myself and a handful of friends taking on some of the lesser climbs around Longquan. I’ve ridden the area thoroughly and know it like the nooks and crannies of my chamois, but in a real first for myself, I was …

Bike mom

Every bunch ride has what I classify as the “bike mom”. The nefarious but vital services of a bike mom are similar to the pro peloton’s domestique but with a touch more care, coddling and attentiveness that comes in lieu of a support vehicle. It’s a role of planning, sacrifice, love and care. And it’s …

Nothing personal

Sometimes the things I think about then in turn choose to write about may seem a little course, grating and pointed in a way that might get you thinking “is he talking about me?” The short answer? Yes. The long answer? No, well, kind of, but not in the directed sort of way, rather more …

The wall

I feel like I’m running into it headlong.  This past weekend did two things.  It put my fitness in perspective. Then that perspective reared its ugly head on me this week.  I rode well enough, strong even and was proud of where I got myself, considering my age and inability. I spend a lot of …

An homage to fresh tarmac

In the revolving door world of renovation and construction on the streets of China, the average rider is met with a subsequent series of trials and celebrations. Roads can be pitted or completely torn up. Sometimes they simply disappear to be seemingly forever walled off behind slatted blue or grey aluminum fencing adorned with upbeat …