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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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Three Balls

Three Balls

In her novel The Lizard’s Tail, the Argentine magical realist Luisa Valenzuela gives her protagonist Lopez Rega three testes. It’s a metaphoric symbol of his virility woven into a ...

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Vulnerable

Vulnerable

I couldn’t tell you much about the race. We traced lap upon lap around a city block, uphill past the school and the staging holding the announcer and the officials. The rise was gentle, ...

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Paceline Podcast 165

Paceline Podcast 165

Selene is about to ride clear across Pennsylvania in the PPRAC: The Pennsylvania Perimeter Ride Against Cancer. This is the 18th edition of the ride and Selene, along with her husband Dave, have ...

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The Land

The Land

For those of us who grew up in a flat place, learning to ride a bike meant developing a relationship with a machine. It was the device and us. Turns were just the way you looped from one street ...

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