Solo Cloud Over The Rockies 07/27/2014
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
I will say right off the bat I have no idea if these guys even like cycling or follow it – I have never met them. But I have eaten there, and the food is excellent. Also the coat hooks fashioned out of handlebars are a nice touch on the way in. On our last trip back to Belfast we stopped there for an early dinner and got a seat outside. Yes it is possible to eat outside in Ireland. For all those reading this that think there is no food culture in Ireland except for fish and chips and deep fried Mars Bars (which are actually pretty good) you are greatly mistaken. My friend Kieran has brought me to some great restaurants in Belfast, with the food as good as I have eaten anywhere. COPPI’s rank’s up there, and is nestled in the newly buzzing Cathedral quarter of the city. We had Sea Bass and Butternut Squash Ravioli both really excellent. I would get a reservation booked over the Giro weekend, this will be a popular spot.
Categories: The Other Stuff
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.
You ever get tired of munching on power bars when riding? Then spending the next five miles picking them from your teeth. These bars from Epic might be a very good alternative for an easy and good tasting protein infusion. They are a combination of lightly smoked animal protein (Beef, Bison, Turkey and Lamb) with added savory nuts and dehydrated fruits. Don’t make the mistake of putting these bars in the “Jerky” category, they have a much stronger flavor and the overall taste is a bit more savory. But get this, they are also low on sugar, low on carbs, Gluten free, Diary free, and no added Nitrates. Basically it is health in a wrapper. On longer rides I personally find an infusion of protein really helps, but if it is hot I find it hard to eat actual food. These bars just might be the solution. The Beef, Habanero and Cherry tastes is our favorite.