Fireflies West 2014 – Asking For Support 07/27/2014


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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.
http://elcyclista.com/2013/10/04/the-fire-flies-west-ride-2013/

Thank you in advance for any support you can give. For those who suffer(ed) we ride.

Conor.

Categories: Routes / The Other Stuff

The Sportful Water Carrier 07/13/2014


water_carrierCan’t figure out why it took so long for this piece of kit to come along. Sometimes the ideas are right there in front of you – although somewhat of a limited market. I cringe every time I see riders stuffing bottles down the back of their jerseys riding a few inches from the team car. I might find the images that produces funny, but at the same time there had to be a better way. Sportful and Team Tinkoff seam to have figured that out for the Tour this year. Apparently the idea came from Michael Rodgers, probably because he was tired of looking like the Michelin man on global TV coverage.

Categories: Design / Kit

L’Estérelle 07/04/2014


Esterelle_PostThanks to a nice ride recommendation from Café Du Cycliste I was able to escape the Cannes festival and head up the coast to steal a few miles. A new journal post from the ride is up. If you are in the region and looking for rides in and around the Alpes Maritimes check out their site here. They have a great selection close to Nice that will take you up on some great climbs like the Col d’Ezé and The Turini.

Categories: Rides / Routes

Topo X John Fellows Water Bottle 07/27/2014


topo_designsA beautiful bottle by Colorado based TOPO designs who commissioned Denver artist John Fellows for a map inspired mountain illustration. Made out of recycled materials by Liberty Bottleworks.

Categories: Design / Kit

Bicycle Bridge In Bruges 07/06/2014


Bicycle_bridgeSome countries just take riding their bikes way more seriously than us. To the point where they will adopt proper infrastructure purely dedicated to the safety and pleasure of riding your bike – separate from cars and trucks.

Categories: Design / Rides / Routes

The Orion Jacket By Mission Workshop 07/04/2014


Orion_JackteIf you are looking for an extreme weather riding shell The Orion jacket by Mission Workshop should hold up to anything the weather can throw at you. They have done a limited run in this brilliant Hi-Vis orange made with 96 g/m2 Polartec® NeoShell® , one of the best technical fabrics around. It is packed with features that make it a great on and off bike product. Underarm pit zips for ventilation when riding. An external front access pocket on the chest. An internal ported media pocket for your iPhone, and a rear stow pocket. And maybe my favorite feature the lined hand warmer pockets. Mission Workshop products are incredibly well made which is reflected in the price of $439, but my experience is that whatever you buy from them will last you a very long time.

The Orion Jacket is available here.

Categories: Design / Kit

Transport For London Tour Poster 07/03/2014


London_PosterA beautiful and simple poster by Adrian Johnson for Transport For London and stage 3 of this years Tour De France’s arrival into London.

Categories: Design

Odd Man Out 06/07/2014


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Cycling has always been a sport that pushes forward a dominant leader, often on the back of sacrifices made by their team mates, and to the frustration to the new and up and coming. It is also a sport that has a history littered with internal team rivalries gone wrong. Roche and Visentini, Hinault and Lemond, Armstrong and Contador – as old as the mountains they climb dual leadership has just caused problems (but also a lot of podium spots). Riders inevitably reach the top of their game sometimes in the same window and on the same team, and look for “Their Time”. So knowing all of this, why do I feel like the Team Sky decision to not have Wiggins at the Tour alongside Froome is just wrong? When did Sky ever look at this sport and not try to change how things are done? Is this just Sky abdicating some good old people management? Or does Brailsford just have a gun to his head?

Cards on the table, I am a Wiggins fan. I love the sports personalities I follow to have personality. It is why I also love Cadel Evans so much. They say what they think, not what they are told to think, and don’t belch out clichés and scripts. They have another dimension that makes their given sports better for their presence. I loved watching McEnroe play even though he sounded like an ass and I didn’t really follow tennis. I loved Roy Keane even though he walked out on Ireland during a World Cup. The sports they graced were definitely better for them. I think Wiggins is one of those stars, a weird and wonderful personality that strives on support and confidence, and is a supreme athlete. The ultimate product of the British cycling system that the people behind Sky invented. When he is focused I can forgive the rest and want him on the biggest stage our sport has to offer. Sometimes managing that personality is part of the job and is just as important as managing his numbers. But Brailsford knows all this he helped make him who he is.

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Categories: Riders