Straight illin’

This past week I managed to bag myself a lovely summer cold.  Nothing better than being sick as a dog when the season’s at its peak and you’re fighting off the chills while sweating it out in the heat and humidity.  But being sick isn’t all bad if you take care of yourself. Coming down …

Puddle play

Nobody likes riding in the rain. Generally. That instant your socks soak through it becomes a battle morale. But if you’re riding in bad weather, it means you’re a badass. Period. Outside being a badass here are a few other reasons ripping in the rain makes for a solid ride: 1) You still get a …

Rule #6

For the uninitiated, many moons ago a cycling blog, Velominati, began assembling an extensive list of of rules they deem the complete canon of cycling etiquette. “The Rules” are uncanny in that they’re at the same time funny, poignant and casually inspiring for any self-proclaimed cyclist. I don’t need to go into the full list …

Pt. 3 – The Climb

I set out at sunrise, making sure to eat enough to get me going without having to puke. Today was going to be big. I’ve done climbing before and I’ve done distance. But this was different. The route showed 135km roughly to the pass, increasingly steep as the road wound higher up the mountain. I …