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Wine and Sweat

Wine and Sweat

Balance. That’s what I tell myself when I think about how it was bike racing in France that inspired me to pursue cycling the way I had devoted myself to playing music, only to have that ...

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In the House of the Pope

In the House of the Pope

There are those roads that convince you you’re better than you are. We were riding in the Hautes Alpes east of Mont Ventoux, a region that balanced gracefully between alpine and Provençal, when ...

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The Pull: Sociologist Ben Brewer

The Pull: Sociologist Ben Brewer

This week I’m taking a slightly different tack and am interviewing an academic. My guest is sociologist Ben Brewer of James Madison University. Brewer picked up the cycling bug in the 1980s as a ...

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Paceline Podcast 167

Paceline Podcast 167

This week Selene takes on another reader question, this time about keto diets and their value, as well as their downsides. She also shares her experience teaching teen girls mountain biking ...

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No Downsides: Tubolito Tubes

No Downsides: Tubolito Tubes

In my years as a cyclist, I’ve tried dozens of different tubes. Like everyone, I started with the standard butyl tubes, which are to tire inflation what a mentor told me turkeys are to ...

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The Friend

The Friend

How do you define a friendship? Mutual support and sustaining conversation is my starting point. My friendships are so varied, it is difficult to define the terms of the relationship with greater ...

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Paceline Podcast 166

Paceline Podcast 166

Selene is back from PPARC where she and her comrades across Pennsylvania raised more than $300,000. That works out to more than $4000 per rider, which is a staggering sum. She talks about the ...

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The Domestique

The Domestique

Among pros, the riders I most admired weren’t the sprinters, nor were they the climbers. Not even the rouleurs. I liked the domestiques, especially the super-domestiques. Those were the ...

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Stripped Away

Stripped Away

Can one meal reveal the soul of a place? As I sailed around the corner I saw goats. Dozens of them. Bucks, does, bucklings, doelings, kids, maybe even a wether. They were black, brown, white, ...

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