Something has inspired you to join the great sport of cycling.  Whatever triggered the desire to start riding bicycles, you are not alone.  The sport of cycling is growing and there are new cyclists joining the ranks of cycling everywhere.  Cycling's growth is due to the technology and variety of options available to the new cyclist.  There are road bikes, comfort bikes, hybrids, mountain bikes, recumbents, fat bikes, e-bikes and more.

Before we talk about bikes, let's think about you and you...

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Mountain Bike Racing 1st Place Trophy for Cat 3, 55-59 Kenda Cup #2 in Fontana, CA on April 2nd, 2017

A Gift on my Birthday

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2 April 2017 - Kenda Cup West #2 – Fontana City National

It happened again.  I arrived at the race course in Fontana and had another of those nightmarish reconnaissance rides that made me question why I had signed up for this event.  The course was mostly singletrack and featured a lot of fairly steep but none-too-technical climbing, followed by very several technical descents.  Most of the climbs were reasona...

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Road Racing: Beauty and Pain

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I was thankful that the start time for the second stage of the Tucson Bicycle Classic would be 7am; racing for 42 miles in the current heat wave would not have been a good time.  In an effort to cut the expense of racing this year, I had booked a stay at a cheap hotel near the University of Arizona.  The place was convenient to the freeways and therefore, the various stages of the event, but it came at a cost; the traffic noise was pretty high and the internet was n...

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Truth Revealed

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March has the best weather in Arizona. But not this year.  If two weeks of 90+ degree weather is any portent of this coming summer, this could be a brutal 7 months till things cool off again in October.  Preheating the Arizona oven this early in the year seemed a cruel greeting to my first-ever stage race.

The prologue time trial of the Tucson Bicycle Classic was held on a Friday, right in the middle of this way too early wave...

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Tech Guides at Road Races

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All of the road races - the omniums, the time trial, and the stage race - that I have entered this first year of road racing have produced Tech Guides that give details about the race(s). In the case of the Tucson Bicycle Classic, the "Tech Guide/Race Bible," as they termed it, was 22 pages long. It listed the location of each of the 3 days of races, where to sign in, where to park, start times for each category, as well as a course map and course profile. The maps had important details like ske...

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Where Were You in ’72?

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Southern Arizona Omnium March 10-12, 2017

Another omnium in and around Tucson this weekend.  Friday was the criterium and today we had a time trial.  Biggest difference between my previous unfortunate road racing experience – besides no broken chain – is that it’s March and despite the fact that March usually has some of the desert Southwest’s loveliest weather, the past two days have seen the mercury rise to 90+ degrees.  The...

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The Self-Talk Confessional

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6 March 2017

As part of getting Level 2 Coach certification from USA Cycling, I read a fair amount on sport psychology. Self-talk – those messages that circulate round our heads before, during and after we ride has been on my mind a lot lately.  Those negative, “neutral” and positive memos we send ourselves that work to motivate, and perhaps de-motivate us too.  Three days ago, I went for a hard training ride in east Mesa, a p...

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The weekend of February 24-26, eight other coaches and I spent more than 20 hours gorging ourselves on bicycle skill drills, sports physiology, training plan design and the business of coaching.  Our teachers and pro...

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Losing a Coach – Gaining a Gift

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In a previous post, I celebrated getting an opportunity to work with a coach.  For years I have been reading various sources and incorporating workouts and ideas into my training, but it was not very well-planned and executed.  My training was haphazard and random, and while I had some pretty good results in mountain bike races in the mid-90s, those were probably more the result of years in the saddle, some native skill and youthful exuberance. 

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Racing Redemption

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12 February 2017

Havasu Havoc – MBAA #3

There were 22 at the start and after the top five riders in the series standings were called up to the line, I slotted in behind one of them, hoping to get a good start.  The course did not become singletrack for several hundred yards and by the time we made the hard U-turn onto the narrow, rock lined, twisting trail, there were 6 of us that had al...

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