Bohlman-On Orbit. The name alone sounds daunting. I was dreading it last year when it was rained out, and I was dreading it last week. The climb certainly lived up to its reputation. Following a late night at my Stanford Class of 1997 10-Year Reunion party, I woke up on Saturday morning bright and early. … Continue reading Low Key Hillclimbs 2007 #3: Bohlman-On Orbit
For the second week, the Low-Key Hillclimb Series tackled King’s Mountain. In all of my years of cycling, I’ve only climbed King’s Mountain four times, and all of them were done this year. People typically have a favorite between Old La Honda and King’s, and it’s been clear over the years that OLH has been … Continue reading Low-Key Hillclimbs 2007 #2: King's Mountain
Now that was much better. The Low-Key Hillclimbs are back for 2007! Once again, the series began with a return visit to the slopes of Montebello Road last Saturday. In last year’s ride, I suffered greatly, having went out too fast in the beginning with the misguided intent of wanting to keep up with the … Continue reading Low-Key Hillclimbs 2007 #1: Montebello Road
There’s a good comment on Felix’s site from another user of Air Free Tires: George wrote: OK, I put around 200mi on the HP tires. They are: – much rougher riding than my normal tires @ 90psi (yes, thatâ€™s what I run as I only weigh 140lbs). You can feel every little road imperfection. Not … Continue reading More on Air Free Tires
My Air Free Tires finally arrived at the house today. I ordered them on July 18th and it took some time to get here. “Better late than never,” I thought as I cracked open the box. I’ve been looking forward these solid tires after having suffered through several flats during and following the Death Ride. … Continue reading Air Free Tires
With Rasmussen getting kicked out of the Tour de France today, we’re only a “few more” expulsions away from Frenchman and Red Lantern-holder Jérôme Pineau from winning. What other surprises are in store in the coming days? Now, Discovery teammates Alberto Contador and Levi Leipheimer are 1 and 3 respectively in the overall standings, with … Continue reading Red Lantern to Win Tour de France?
Although I get the Versus channel here at my house, I haven’t been watching the live coverage of the Tour. After today’s revelations that our second-favorite Kazakh, Alexandre Vinokourov, has been thrown out of the Tour (along with the rest of his team) for homologous blood doping following his Stage 13 time trial win, I … Continue reading Vino, Vino, Vino?!?
I went for a recovery ride this afternoon, a short 1+ hour spin to Foothill Expressway. When I got my bike out of the garage, I noticed the front tire pressure was quite low. The back seemed fine — after all, I had just changed the tube a few days prior while on the Death … Continue reading More Flats
When Jorge asked me to sign up with him for the 2007 Death Ride, I said yes without really thinking what I was getting myself into. It was only after signing up did I think to look on Felix’s website to see if he had done the race. Sure enough, Felix had conquered the Death … Continue reading Tour of the California Alps – Death Ride 2007
I’m exhausted right now having completed all five passes during the Death Ride. I didn’t think that I would be able to do this, and it was the hardest physical thing I’ve ever done. 129 miles and 15,000 feet of climbing. Oh my god, I’m tired! I started the ride at 4:30 am and reached … Continue reading I Am A Five Pass Rider!