FFW15 11/01/2015


This years FireFlies West ride was blessed with beautiful weather and tailwinds (mostly) all the way into LA. A great group of riders, some old friends and some now new friends hugged the coast sometimes fast and sometimes social. Our mood was positive and hopeful as we all shared our story along the route. I can’t think of a better place or with a better group to spend 6 days in the saddle with. Until next time…

JE_Content_FFW15_01 JE_Content_FFW15_02 JE_Content_FFW15_03 JE_Content_FFW15_04 JE_Content_FFW15_05 JE_Content_FFW15_06 JE_Content_FFW15_07 JE_Content_FFW15_08 JE_Content_FFW15_09 JE_Content_FFW15_10 JE_Content_FFW15_11 JE_Content_FFW15_12 JE_Content_FFW15_13 JE_Content_FFW15_14 JE_Content_FFW15_15 JE_Content_FFW15_16 JE_Content_FFW15_17 JE_Content_FFW15_18 JE_Content_FFW15_19 JE_Content_FFW15_20 JE_Content_FFW15_21 JE_Content_FFW15_22 JE_Content_FFW15_23 JE_Content_FFW15_24 JE_Content_FFW15_25 JE_Content_FFW15_26 JE_Content_FFW15_27 JE_Content_FFW15_28 JE_Content_FFW15_29

Categories: Journal


Ahusquy 08/16/2015

JE_Main_ahusquyLength 22.2km, average gradient 5%, maximum gradient 14.6%

JE_Content_ahusquy_01 JE_Content_ahusquy_02 JE_Content_ahusquy_03 JE_Content_ahusquy_04 JE_Content_ahusquy_05 JE_Content_ahusquy_06 JE_Content_ahusquy_07 JE_Content_ahusquy_08 JE_Content_ahusquy_09


Categories: Journal


The Lost Col 07/31/2015

JE_Main_ispeguyWestern Approach: is 9km long with a maximum grade of 7%
Eastern approach: is 9km long with a maximum grade of 8%

JE_Content_ispeguy_01JE_Content_ispeguy_02JE_Content_ispeguy_03JE_Content_ispeguy_04JE_Content_ispeguy_05JE_Content_ispeguy_06 JE_Content_ispeguy_14 JE_Content_ispeguy_13 JE_Content_ispeguy_12 JE_Content_ispeguy_11 JE_Content_ispeguy_10 JE_Content_ispeguy_09 JE_Content_ispeguy_08 JE_Content_ispeguy_07


Categories: Journal


British Cross 12/08/2014


Seb Scarr contacted us a while back and kindly offered to shoot a story for us. What we see here are the shots he took at the Milton Keynes round of the UCI Cross World Cup that also give us a glimpse into the growing popularity of the British Cross scene. Every season the global interest in Cross just gets stronger and stronger. As fans we are getting closer to having an all year round sport that we can follow in depth. In these shots he captures what makes Cross unique, and why it is such a great spectator sport. The fast and furious side that requires series levels of fitness and skill to be at the front, and what we all love to see, a race in the mud and riders walking the thin line between being in control and out of it.

JE_Content_Milton01 JE_Content_Milton02 JE_Content_Milton03 JE_Content_Milton04 JE_Content_Milton05 JE_Content_Milton06 JE_Content_Milton07 JE_Content_Milton08 JE_Content_Milton09

Categories: Journal


FFW14 10/01/2014


The FireFlies ride is as close as I am going to get to living the life of a Pro. My job for the day was to get up and ride, finish in one piece and prepare myself for the next day. Our rider support was excellent, although all massage was self applied using “Pain” sticks. The camaraderie is the sort you only find when you pass through moments of suffering together, followed by moments of euphoria brought on by the consumption of Chocolate Milk or the “Double Andrea” (A dinner in which Andrea orders two main courses for everybody as starters). The group brings its own set of road rules, someone is always with the slowest rider, and weaker riders make experienced riders realize there is more to this all than just mashing on the front. We trash talk constantly, and anyone who appears to be riding well, showing moments of “Power”, attacking, or apparently having a birthday swiftly get punished the following day by having a shopping basket attached to their stealth black carbon masterpiece. Then there are the groups within the group. The “Lady Train” where men were ushered of wheels, or off the back. “The Sprinters” and I use that description liberally, this group was less about going fast at the end and more about climbing at one speed, not slow but not fast. Their rallying cry “We will descend like gods!” For the route, we may not have 10,000 ft Tour days but pulling the equivalent of 14 intervals that are each between a 2 and 3 mile climb each in sequence gets you close to the feeling of riding an ARDENNES day. We were still putting in 5000+ ft days, we seemed to do that a lot. The route is spectacular with most of it having the Pacific on your right shoulder and vineyards over your left. The wind is pretty much always in your back and the sun was out. A few times we looked across the road in wonder as to why Tourers were riding the other way in to the wind with bike five times heavier than us. As always the FireFlies never disappoints, and always exceeds expectations. The other expectation exceeded this year was raising $312K for the City Of Hope in LA. That is money that can make a difference, so thank you so much to everyone that contributed. There is already talk of whats next and potential recon rides on the east coast – but damn this one is hard to beat.

JE_Content_FFW_01 JE_Content_FFW_03 JE_Content_FFW_04 JE_Content_FFW_05 JE_Content_FFW_06 JE_Content_FFW_07 JE_Content_FFW_08 JE_Content_FFW_09 JE_Content_FFW_10 JE_Content_FFW_11 JE_Content_FFW_12 JE_Content_FFW_13 JE_Content_FFW_14 JE_Content_FFW_15 JE_Content_FFW_16 JE_Content_FFW_17 JE_Content_FFW_18 JE_Content_FFW_19 JE_Content_FFW_20 JE_Content_FFW_21

Categories: Journal


Worlds 10/19/2015


On paper the Richmond World’s coarse made it hard to predict what type of race it would give us. Turns out it culminated in a weekend of exciting and unpredictable racing. It was also a world’s where we had incredible access to riders in all categories. The side streets off the finish line were crammed with teams in rented campers setting up roller areas for warm-ups. Everyone from European professionals to single rider teams from Asia with their coach. Spending time there before the juniors races gave an honest look at the future of our sport.

JE_Content_Worlds_00JE_Content_Wolrds_01JE_Content_Worlds_02 JE_Content_Worlds_03 JE_Content_Worlds_04 JE_Content_Worlds_05 JE_Content_Worlds_06 JE_Content_Worlds_07 JE_Content_Worlds_08 JE_Content_Worlds_09 JE_Content_Wolds_10JE_Content_Worlds_11 JE_Content_Worlds_12 JE_Content_Worlds_13 JE_Content_Worlds_14 JE_Content_Worlds_15 JE_Content_Worlds_16 JE_Content_Worlds_17

Categories: Journal


Otxondo 08/09/2015


10KM at an average of 5% with a maximum of 10%



JE_Content_otxondo_03 JE_Content_otxondo_05 JE_Content_otxondo_06 JE_Content_otxondo_07 JE_Content_otxondo_08 JE_Content_otxondo_09 JE_Content_otxondo_10 JE_Content_otxondo_11 JE_Content_otxondo_13 JE_Content_otxondo_14 JE_Content_otxondo_15 JE_Content_otxondo_16


Categories: Journal


Empire State 12/10/2014


The Citibike Program has created a new genre of cyclist in New York, and I am one of them, the “Spontaneous Commuter”. Like most New Yorkers riding in the city is conducted in the same way we walk, with our heads down, too busy to look up. Sometimes I think it is only the tourists that see what we miss everyday. On these newly discovered random rides I would find myself stopped at traffic lights, stretching my back and looking up. And there it was, not always, but enough to make me feel like I was constantly cycling around it. Sometimes it would appear at the turn of a corner like it had just exploded out of the ground in front of me. Other times, just visible, nudging itself in between buildings as if it was looking for me. From every neighborhood west, east, north and South, Manhattan to Brooklyn, it was nearly always there. The islands spindle, that we all spun around. Now when I ride I find myself looking for it. Empire.empire01empire02empire03empire04empire05empire06empire07empire08empire09empire10empire11empire12empire13


Categories: Journal


The Sky Fell In 11/16/2014

JE_Main_HautacamOne of the things that makes riding in the high mountains special is the unpredictability and the extremes the weather can bring in an instance. Sitting down in the valley in the village of Luz-Saint-Sauveur on the morning of our ride the sun was out and the sky was blue. The debate was more about how much sunscreen to bring rather than layers. As we headed down the D12 the weather could not have been better. That all changed when we hit the village of Argelés-Gazost and within the space of about 20 minutes we went from pure blue skies to dark grey skies. When you have traveled as far as we had to do these classic climbs it takes a lot for you to call off a ride. As we headed up visibility rapidly decreased and got gradually worse as we rode through cloud and mist to the top. As it turned out the ride became one of the most memorable we have ever done. The added adversity making it a ride to talk about. The descent maybe more that most, made extra special by having to dodge suddenly appearing sheep who had decided the best place to stand was the middle of the road. Sometimes its worth pushing on.

JE_Content_Hautacam_01 JE_Content_Hautacam_02 JE_Content_Hautacam_03 JE_Content_Hautacam_04 JE_Content_Hautacam_05 JE_Content_Hautacam_06 JE_Content_Hautacam_07


Categories: Journal


Rider City 08/27/2014

JE_Main_BoulderSitting at the base of the Rockies in Colorado at 5,430 feet above sea level Boulder has become a hub for American pro cycling, and every other type of cycling in between. With a population that sits under 100,000 from what I saw half of them spend a lot of time in the saddle. The ride selection out of the city is pretty incredible. Seven minutes from downtown will get you on Alpine like climbs and gradients, and they get good weather for all year round riding. It made a lot of sense to start the last stage of the US Pro Challenge there

JE_Content_Boulder_01 JE_Content_Boulder_02 JE_Content_Boulder_03 JE_Content_Boulder_04 JE_Content_Boulder_05 JE_Content_Boulder_06 JE_Content_Boulder_07 JE_Content_Boulder_08 JE_Content_Boulder_09


Categories: Journal