A Crit Series with City-Based Teams? Good idea. It’s been done.

National Cycle League Boston Banshees 1995

Meet the NCL To many American bike racers, it seems like a natural fit.  A criterium bike racing series based in cities.  Crits are short, fast, entertaining, and over quickly; good for the short attention […]

Time to Kill The Olympics Monster

Olympic Rings Monster

The Olympics is a monster. Part of me wishes it can be killed off. There are so many reasons to dislike the Olympics.  I’ll start with the smaller-bore problems. I don’t like listening to athletes […]

Cav’ wins the Prix de Hugativite

When I first started following the Tour, one of the many things that surprised me about pro racing and racers was their emotions.  Compared to what I seemed to be seeing with American pro sports, […]

Tour de Carnage, 2021 Edition

Tour du Carnage, 2021 Edition

The opening stages of the 2021 Tour de France has not only had spectacular racing, but crashtacular carnage.  So much that the crashes have dominated the reporting of the first three stages . Every time […]

Wherein I Destroy Substack via an Epic Rant. Part 1

Destroy Substack via an Epic Rant

(Also posted to Substack, but don’t read it there.) Substack, I come to bury thee. As a lover of written word, this is hard.  But as a member of society, I feel the destruction of […]

Invited on a Century

invited on a century

A friend let me know in January that he was doing a fund-raising ride on May 8.  I guess I could write I was invited on a century.  It was for Padres Pedal the Cause […]

Truing Stand Therapy

Wheel Building as Therapy

The other week I built a wheel for a commuter bike. It’s been over a year since I built one. It was soothing. I like to pretend it was necessary. But not really. I could […]

The Super Bowl Century

Super Bowl Century Ride

I got the call during the week. “I am thinking of riding out to Bear for my birthday Sunday.” That was all I needed to know. And it’s been on my calendar ever since. We […]

Slot Machines and Bicycles

light up slots

For over a decade, I trekked to Las Vegas for the InterBike trade show. As my reason for being there was to interact with the bike industry, I only needed a room with a bed, […]

Goals

Winter Ride With clouds and sun

I have mixed feelings about goals.  They’re necessary, but can’t be fixated upon. Martin Buber would probably have said that a goal is like mistaking the finger pointing to God as God. Goals, while seemingly […]