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Friday Group Ride #394

Friday Group Ride #394

They say bad things happen in threes, so I should count myself lucky to have run through the whole set in the space of four days. On Sunday, at soccer, I stepped on the ball and went careening ...

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Friday Group Ride #393

Friday Group Ride #393

Something happened during this recent Christmas season. I became stuff sick. The act of buying things for people who don’t need more things, just so I could fulfill some social obligation ...

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Friday Group Ride #392

Friday Group Ride #392

Yesterday, as I threw shovelsful of snow up and over my head, the wind swirling most of it back into my face and onto the driveway, I thought, “I should write a book called The ...

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The 2017 RKP Awards, Part I

The 2017 RKP Awards, Part I

The Day of the Week Award: Tuesday Hard to say why, but so many of the world’s fastest riders prefer to win on TUE. It’s almost as though, without TUE to race on, they can’t ...

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Friday Group Ride #391

Friday Group Ride #391

I have been thinking a lot about Christmas morning 1980. I was about to turn 9. We’d moved to Mobile, Alabama the year before, and I’d made some new friends who were as into riding ...

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Friday Group Ride #390

Friday Group Ride #390

Hello doping, my old friend. I’d like to say we missed you, but like that one uncle we only see around the holidays…yeah…not so much. Yet again, pro cycling finds itself ...

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Friday Group Ride #389

Friday Group Ride #389

The snow has not yet fallen (though we are told it is imminent), so I was surprised to hear from not one but two cyclist friends in the last two weeks that they had been riding in their ...

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Friday Group Ride #388

Friday Group Ride #388

A switch flipped, and now I’m a mountain biker. I have been a mountain biker before. During long stretches of the ’90s I was on a 26-inch, 80mm travel bike that I thought was just ...

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Friday Group Ride #387

Friday Group Ride #387

It’s not fun to drive around Boston. The road system is circuitous, indirect, and overloaded. The drivers are impatient, inattentive, and aggressive. I have spent the last few days ferrying ...

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Friday Group Ride #386

Friday Group Ride #386

I have never been to Annadel State Park. Never been to Santa Rosa or Sonoma County despite numerous invitations and the foreknowledge that all the types of riding, road, mixed, mountain, are ...

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