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Parsing Floyd Landis

Bashing Floyd Landis has become something of a past time for cycling fans. Even before his first implosion he was a rough-hewn character, the Crocodile Dundee of the cycling world. Within the US ...

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Peter Post: 1933-2011

Peter Post (l) with Tom Simpson (r) after winning the Brussels Six Day in 1965 Peter Post, who was a professional rider from 1956 to 1972, has died. To most cyclists of my generation Post is best ...

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The Field Shower

Twenty years ago on a rainy May morning I lined up for a road race at the edge of the Berkshire Mountains. Plot spoiler: I had no idea what I was doing. Temperatures might, thanks to my generous ...

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Civil

The weekend shooting in Arizona has the United States—indeed, much of the world—discussing the need for civility in political discourse and beyond. The shooting of Representative Giffords is a ...

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The Helmet

As I sailed through the air the one thought I had time to conjure was, “Damn, I just bought this jacket and now it’s going to get shredded.” The impact came in a not-all-at-once loping, rolling, ...

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The New Year

For most people, the start of a new year is either a blip on the calendar and no more or less significant than the changing of seasons, or a chance to re-set the clock with the ultimate ...

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Friday Group Ride #52

Fabian Cancellara: RKP’s man of the year, in the move of the year. Okay, so we couldn’t leave a whole week without a post. It’s been a year of stories often as fascinating as ...

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Friday Group Ride #51

This is a time of year when people celebrate. Whether you enjoy Christmas for religious or secular reasons, remember the eight nights of Hanukkah, party to Kwanzaa or save it all up for New ...

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The Torelli Montefalco

Carbon fiber bikes have changed more in the last 10 years than steel bikes have in the last 50 years. I write that as a fan of steel and an owner of two steel bikes. While it’s hard to quantify ...

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