Slaying the Badger is on Tonight

Our friends from Rapha reminded me that tonight on ESPN, is Slaying the Badger. Check your local listings and read the entire first chapter from the book

In the midst of competition, Hinault attempted to snatch victory like a furious, clawing rodent… he acted not only for himself but for a nation horrified that its great race might be hijacked by an American outlaw.



Le Tour Stage 16 Recap: Take a Bow

Take a Bow

Take a bow, photo @JoshRBurrows

Voeckler tries to steal the show, but in the Pyrenees, Mick Rogers takes a bow.

And a press car was where it shouldn’t be….



Rest Day for Us Too

In the trees Mayne

In the Aspens, mayne, with a nice whip

A rest day for the Tour and one for us to get caught up on photos, videos, and words after a week on the road in Vegas for SXSW, then Scott Week. Here’s a storied, swipey, touchy version of my Genius LT Tuned ride.

dials and stuff

Lots of things to push, click, and switch

And if you’re into that sort of industry intrigue, at the high end, Scott specs SRAM drivetrains with XTR brakes. I pushed and clicked everything hanging off that bar and it all worked splendidly. Even flipped the chip, which switches the geo from short to long.

Also see this vignette on Medium about the Voltage I rode too.

Rode a Freeride Bike

After I’m through the 5 gigs of photos taken, they’ll get shared like this one in the G+ gallery.



Le Tour Stage 15 Recap: 10 Meters Short

Bauer

Jack Bauer the cyclist pulled for like 24 hours, breakaway nearly stayed away, the catch, and then Kristoff wins!

That was 10 meters too short for Bauer and left him shattered.



China-Loading Before High Cascades 100

China Load

Mark V China-loads before a race

Yesterday Mark V raced a 100 miles on his mountain bike. Like his adventure on gravel, his athletic ability is unprocessed and unrefined….organic even. He just shows up at events like this periodically.

The front of the field is no longer in sight, though it’s not like I didn’t already know that I’m not fit enough to hang with them. Long distance isn’t my forte, and I don’t really have that many miles in my legs this year. – from Issue 13, Grand Fondo Leavenworth

Mark V

Raced complete

Expecting a dream sequence in his 100-mile MTB race report for the next issue of our mag, like Jim Morrison met him on the trail, and insisted he continue. Texting from somewhere in the Oregon outback, I received periodic updates

don’t carbo load before races; I china-load.

my triceps hurt so bad….like I sat in a car for a game of “Punch Bug” w Mike Tyson.

and

13hrs;dunno

At Leavenworth, he blamed his horrible cramping on the lack of Chinese food

But whether Leavenworth is more Bavaria or rural Washington, I am clearly not going to get the type of semi-authentic Chinese food I’m craving.

Good thing he found some in Bend and finished with legs intact.

Issue 15 drops next month with articles about the mountain biking I did during Scott Week too.



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