Extreme Cyclo-Cross 11/23/2014
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The stunning Route 24 in Colorado to Leadville captured here.
Route 24 is one of those roads you end up taking when you decide to ignore the GPS for a day. A road that looked interesting on the map, made up of lots of twisting bends and rapid elevation gains. It is labeled one of Americas Scenic Byways, “Top Of The Rockies”, usually a good sign that you are in for a spectacular ride. I found the weather in the Rockies some of the hardest to read anywhere I have traveled. It can go from blistering sun, to thunderstorms and rain, to windy cold descents all within and an hour, weather that makes for great shots but difficult riding. Climbing starts at the town of Minturn, a charming one street town, the home of Weston Snowboards. You enter Main Street after passing through some beautiful rolling meadows before heading towards Cooper Mountain Ski Resort and the road up to Battle Mountain. First climbing gradually, and then steeply, as you pass an old abandoned mining town and the mountain community of Red Cliff as you pass over a bridge and it lies beneath you in the gorge. The road up is quiet and holds a steady grade, but the air is thin making the climbing tough. You top out as you round the bend at the entrance to Cooper Mountain Resort at 10,500ft one of the oldest ski resorts in Colorado, and you pass over the Continental Divide at Tennessee Pass the dividing line between the San Isabel National Forest and the The White River National Forest. The descent down the other side rivals most of the Alpine climbs before you roll out onto a massive flat open plain stacked on both sides with snow capped peaks and Galena Mountain. From there you roll straight on towards Leadville, one of Americas most famous mountain bike communities and the home of America’s Hall Of Fame for mining.
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Just five days left to the start of something I thought I would never see in my lifetime, a Grand Tour starting in Belfast. I will be heading back home to watch this probably once in a lifetime event. I think Belfast is going to surprise a lot of people. It is a great city on the rebound from all of the bad headlines of the last 40 years. There is great food and maybe more important great coffee. For anyone in the cycling “Veloratti”, teams and visiting fans here is a quick guide to a few places to get a good coffee and other places worth checking out when you are in town. If anyone is visiting the stages and want to meet up drop us a note on Twitter or at email@example.com and come have a pint.
5A Coffee Shop
Not for off the TTT coarse. Get a Cortado will you wait for Orica to burn up the road
Just a short walk in from the Ormeau Road section of the TTT small but great coffee
Our personal favorite tucked away in the Cathedral Quarter
Here we have a very modern and brilliant interpretation of the Pedalo by Schiller in Mill Valley, California. The Sport X1 Water Bike puts an aluminum and steel frame aboard two inflatables to make a very stable and safe ride. For steering they abandoned a traditional rudder design and instead attached two oscillating propellors to the handlebars, that when turned backwards also let you travel in reverse. I think the best design feature of all is the fact it all breaks down to fit in the trunk of a car and can be assembled in ten minutes. For anyone that lives close to a lake or the sea this is a great think to keep in the trunk of your car.
On the 19th of September this year I will ride the Fire Flies West again from San Francisco to Los Angeles (600 miles in 6 days). I am doing it again not because it is an excuse to spend 6 days in the saddle on one of the most beautiful roads in the world. I am doing it because I have never met a group of people so dedicated in their fight to beat Cancer. Last year I lost my father to it and this group of riders through the ride showed me the way back, and a way to help fight.
The charity we ride for is called City Of Hope in Los Angeles, they are pioneers in the fight, and an incredible organization. Last year we raised $250k (sounds better when you say a quarter of a million dollars), our goal this year is to beat that, and beat it well. $350K is our goal. I know we have a lot of organizations that want what we can give, understanding that I am going to ask for your support anyway. I can assure you that every single dollar you give to City Of Hope is put to good use. Anything you can give helps get us to our goal and makes soaking up the miles that little bit easier.
The link below enables you to donate and will be open from now all the way through until we reach Los Angels on September 24rd. Anything you can give is much appreciated.
Donate here: http://bit.ly/1sL6sea
If you are interested in reading about last years ride and hearing about some of this great group here is a link to a post I did last year.
Thank you in advance for any support you can give. For those who suffer(ed) we ride.
When the original empire shoes came out I must admit I wasn’t sure about the whole idea of going back to “lace-ups”, purely from an aesthetic perspective, but also from the fear of having a lace wrap itself nicely into a chain ring. I have gotten so used to the velcro and latch systems of various shoes over the years I had forgotten that this is actually where it all started and worked just fine for decades. It might also have been the colors that GIRO chose on launch with, that grey and bright green just was never going to be seen on my feet. Then along comes this version, which just seems to have gotten everything right. A limited edition in collaboration with Competitive Cyclist gets the balance between retro looks and modern design just right.
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Despite some brutal inclines when you visit San Francisco you will be surprised at how bicycle friendly the city actually is. With near on perfect weather (compared to the east coast) the city has embraced the bike as a way of getting around. Dwight Eschliman is a cycling loving photographer based out of the city. His studio is right on one of those routes into the city that is loved by all types of riders, this gave him the idea of documenting the riders he met along that route. Instead of portraits he tells the story of these riders by documenting their bikes. Every bike has its own story, and the details you find in the zoom in to the beautifully shot images revealing each riders personality. As the project lives on it will be an interesting anthropological study of the Bay Area riding scene and their bikes. It is amazing sometimes what people choose to get around on.