Tag Archives: road cycling

#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 …

End of the line

This past week, referred to as Golden Week throughout Mainland China, is one of the two long holidays of the year. Coincidentally, it’s the last national holiday before the unpredictably long while before Spring Festival rolls around. Despite the schedule being wide open for most, this means a lot of people are on the move …

The big two

Just west of Chengdu lays a veritable cornucopia of insanely nice riding. Within 75 km of the city limits you’ll find yourself at the leading edge of an enormous mountain range, the foothills of the Tibetan Plateau. This means relatively close, world-class, tall climbs. For an avid cyclist, this lesser known corner of the world …

A bowl of beef noodle

There’s a romantic vision of road cycling. With its layers of history and culture, a key part of becoming a road cyclist is prescribing to the norms and traditions surrounding the ride. There’s a lot to it: Unsolicited Eddie Merckx references; Campy Super Record; understanding the otherworldly “supple feel” of tubulars; greasing your chamois vs. …