Fun with Mini Pumps

The mini pump is always good for a laugh. I think it’s because they don’t work so well, that we have time to stand around cracking jokes.

This one sounded like Spoon Man playing coconuts or Monty Python’s Coconut Hoof horses. This one is a magnificent (wet) fart rumbler.

Grizzled and Raw: The Collarbone


Photo: The Collarbone

Grizzled and raw, like The Jensies knee, the Collarbone offers pro-peloton, photo-reportage and works from that emotional, mythical, hard man angle of the sport. Jens surely has a hundred stories about that scar. Get more photos like this, of the famed shower stalls at Paris-Roubiax on Twitter, Tumblr, and for your iOS device.

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Stockton Bicycle Club

Gym shorts, tees, and berets.

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A Tall Troupe

Each one weirder and taller than the next.

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Skate Skiing Park City

Nordic shops are like pro bike shops. About fitness, speed, all carbon everything. Walked into one and the employees look like cyclists. While I’m here to cover the US Snowboarding Grand Prix, snowboarders are to skiers, like BMX is to road. Nothing against it, just not feeling their flow. Besides, we wanted a good workout and got one. 

A climber on the bike

I’d never skate skied before and fell down 8 times on the first lap. 0 the second. It was as aerobic as a Cross race or a good tempo ride when I backed the effort off and fell less. In the sun and nearly 50 degrees, I sweated profusely. 

When he’s not skiing, hammers the bike

Skate skiing is like rollerblading on snow with long sticks on your feet. The technique is plant with both poles, crunch your core, glide left and right. The skis are 1/2 the size of a cross country ski. Core and calves is where I’m predictably feeling it today. We skated for 3 hours. I enjoyed it so much, I want to get good at it; especially, when a grandma skated by me and said, “best to take a lesson.” What! 

Hugga skis!

It’s the worst season in 50 years here in Park City, a Farmers Almanac winter, and the snow was sticky. I struggled with bringing my feet back together when the skis drug on the wet snow. Once I figured out I could flick my toes, left or right, and get the skis back in place for the next glide, I stopped falling. 

It’s been a tough week for cycling with day after day of doping news. A break from the bike with the cross training was well timed and needed. Thanks to our friends at Delta, US Snowboarding, and The Canyons for the trip. Also to Ibex for equipping us with snow pants, liners, and casual wear for the parties. 

I’m wearing their new hoody and wool shirt with an Eider soft shell. Burton also hooked me up with a puffy coat in a schwag bag. 

On the earbuds, while skate skiing, it was new music from Crazy P, the Chronic, and Brubeck channel on Pandora. 

Props to the Nordic pros at White Pine Touring. The 90 second lesson helped. Digging the Swix kit they carry too. 

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