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Just One Moment #4

Just One Moment #4

Two or three pedal strokes, ass not yet set on saddle. The loud clicking of cleats into pedals. I like my road shoes tight, and the sound of the metal teeth clamping down is satisfying. The sky ...

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Friday Group Ride #355

Friday Group Ride #355

The Muur is back. 1km of cobbled steep, 20% in some sections, more than 9% average. The wall. No. THE WALL. An icon. And it’s back in the race. It’s Ronde van Vlaanderen weekend. I ...

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Friday Group Ride #354

Friday Group Ride #354

Snacks asked if I was up for riding bikes. He knew the answer, so I just said, “What time?” That settled, I left him and the boys to figure out where we were going. My work requires ...

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Friday Group Ride #353

Friday Group Ride #353

There was a time when I could produce a reasonable copy of a famous Van Gogh self-portrait from memory. I was drawing a lot then, and I became preoccupied with the bold lines and wild-staring ...

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Friday Group Ride #352

Friday Group Ride #352

Maybe I’m parsing it too finely, this thing about motivation and habits and how to orient my life toward cycling more. I am not the most clever, and the challenges of holding down a job, ...

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Friday Group Ride #351

Friday Group Ride #351

Charlie Sterling was a hell of a nice guy. In the ’70s he coached soccer with my dad, a couple of British expats driving all over New Jersey to bring the gospel of their native game to ...

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Friday Group Ride #350

Friday Group Ride #350

Motivation, it’s a touch-and-go thing this time of year. I’ve been on the trainer in the basement, eyes closed, loud metal driving me not forward. I’ve been back and forth to ...

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Friday Group Ride #349

Friday Group Ride #349

I was embarrassed actually, and then a little bit of pride bloomed up behind it. Someone asked me how old the winter tights I was wearing were, and I said, “About 20 years.” They are ...

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Friday Group Ride #348

Friday Group Ride #348

In large part, I sell bikes for a living, as do many of my friends. They might be reps, shop owners, fitters, manufacturer’s reps, marketing people, all of them basically aimed at selling ...

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Friday Group Ride #347

Friday Group Ride #347

As Padraig and I have mentioned many times over the last few seasons, RKP has drifted away from pro cycling a bit. Coverage and commentary of the top of the sport hasn’t been entirely ...

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