The Most Interesting Cyclist In The World, Part 1

When he rides his bike, the earth spins faster. Or slower, depending on which direction he’s going. When he crashes, it can be measured on the Richter scale. Then he gets up. He doesn’t attack the Peloton, he rides it into submission. After finishing the Tour de France, he rode it again. Backwards. He doesn’t ride up a mountain, he takes the express elevator to heaven. It’s rumored he wins races he doesn’t even participate in. When he says ‘Shut Up’, his legs listen. Jens Voigt. The Most Interesting Cyclist In The...

The Ride for Semper Fi

Yesterday I received some information about an awesome ride called The Ride for Semper Fi. I don’t think I could sum up the purpose of the ride any better than their press release. From Phoenix to San Diego: A challenging bike ride for a great cause The Ride for Semper Fi sets goal to raise $177,500 for injured Marines and their families PHOENIX—When 50 cycling enthusiasts pedal from Phoenix to San Diego this October, they’ll not only test their endurance, they’ll be on a mission to make a difference. The third annual Ride for Semper Fi, which begins Oct. 13, is a 430-mile, three-day cycling adventure to raise money for injured Marines. The goal is to raise $177,500 for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund by the time the cyclists end the ride at Sea World on Oct. 16. “We are not professional athletes or career fundraisers, but we are people who want to give back to those Marines who have sacrificed so much of themselves in order to fight for our country,” John Greenway, founder and chairman of The Ride for Semper Fi, said. Between now and the Ride’s kick-off in October, the 50 riders who participate—including some injured Marines who have benefited from the fund in the past—devote nearly five months to a rigorous training regime. They complete training rides of up to 100 miles while also continuing their individual fundraising efforts. In 2009, the Ride raised more than $150,000 to help defray expenses, assist in recovery and support family members of Armed Forces service people injured in combat. This year, the fundraising goal is $177,500, which...

In For Review: Diadora Speedracer Carbon R Cycling Shoes

I’ve needed a new pair of cycling shoes for a while. My old pair was several years old and had seen better days. They were truly a ‘beginners’ pair of cycling shoes as the outer sole was plastic, they weren’t stiff, and only had velcro as the closure system. So, as part of my ongoing bicycle fit I’m doing with @Victor at Bicycle Lab, I went ahead and bought a new pair of shoes. Diadora Speedracer Carbon R Specifications The Speedracer features a synthetic upper and a three closure system. The two lower closures are velcro while the top one is a four position micro-metric buckle. The upper is bonded to a stretch resistant outer cage for added support. It features a dual sole that has a carbon spine inside a fiberglass outer sole for stiffness. The shoe has full SPD and Look-type (three bolt) compatibility and is well ventilated with over 15 vent holes per shoe. First Impression I picked these cycling shoes up at a local bicycle store and had the opportunity to try them on before buying. I read some online reviews that indicated they ran a little small in size and I found that to be the case as I went with a size 45. They come with their own removable insole but I pulled them out so I could use my own. I have wide feet but found the fit to be very good. They are stiff. I knew I was losing a lot of power in my old shoes as they were almost as flimsy as a fish. There is no give in...

Site Outage, New Comments, and the Cycling Ebook

Just a short post to let you know that I appreciate everyone being patient with the site yesterday. You all know that I’m always tweaking the site, trying to make it better for what I want to do and for your experience here. One of the things I had used to tweak the look was using a plugin called Disqus. I liked it because it gave commentors multiple options to sign in. It was never perfect though so yesterday I thought I would give another, but similar, plugin called Intense Debate a try. About an hour after turning the new plugin on, I got notice from my hosting provider that they had to suspend my site due to excess server load. Apparently, Intense Debate put a huge load on the server as it imported all my comments into their system. They shut me down in order to keep the server online. I made some changes my host recommended and tried again. It looked like everything was working OK. At about 6 PM last night I checked the site and it was down again and may have been down all afternoon (nobody told me it was down so I don’t know for sure). At that point I decided to just go back to the standard commenting system and drop both plugins. Since doing so I haven’t been shutdown again and the site looks to be loading faster (maybe my readers can confirm that). You won’t get the same amount of comment options as before but I think using the standard theme comment options looks cleaner. Again, sorry for the inconvenience....

Do You Have A Training Mindset?

If you’re like me, when you think of ‘training’, as it relates to sports, or cycling, you immediately conjure images of athletes training for sporting events such as the Tour de France, Ironman Kona, or the Olympics. Isn’t that what training is all about? Getting the skills, experience, and conditioning in so that you can compete, or perform, at a higher level? Yes, but I think the word ‘training’ can apply to more than just professional cyclists and athletes. I’m not just talking about my fellow cyclists who are riding centuries every other week, climbing 8000 feet a weekend, or racing at the amateur level. I’m talking about people out there, like me, who have weight to lose. It takes a lot of effort and commitment in order to lose that weight. Or to get into better shape. Or to finish that century in under six hours. I’m not saying we’re going to compete in the 2011 Quiznos Pro Challenge but can we take a page from the pros and adopt their mentality and work ethic? I say yes. Being In Training Means A 24/7 Commitment Too many of us, myself included, think of our cycling as a 1-2 hour per day commitment and we can get what we need out of it. We spin our miles before work, at lunch, or in the evening. We catch a group ride on the weekend to get a few more miles in. But are we actually pushing ourselves to do our best by only devoting a fraction of the day to our training? Hardly. There are some of you out there...
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