A Little Deception Helps Push Athletes to the Limit

I’ve said before that the real difference between a lot of elite athletes–especially cyclists–is not in the muscles but in the mind. On a killer mountain, or a fast stretch, it’s your mind that often wants to back down first. You have to train yourself to keep pushing in those situations. (I like to think about this in terms that Jens Voigt famously said: “Shut up, legs!” … Continue reading A Little Deception Helps Push Athletes to the Limit

A Brief History of Bicycles in Los Angeles

Los Angeles public TV station KCET presents A Brief History of Bicycles in the Los Angeles Area on their blog. For everyone interested in bicycles or LA history–or both!–the article includes some wonderful photos of a bike-friendly LA from a century ago. One particular bit of note: Seeking to capitalize on popular interest in the sport, the Southern Pacific Railroad built a bicycle track and spectator … Continue reading A Brief History of Bicycles in Los Angeles

Glory Through Suffering in Cycling

From the ever-elegant Rapha: Cycling is so hard, the suffering is so intense, that it’s absolutely cleansing. The pain is so deep and strong that a curtain descends over your brain… Once, someone asked me what pleasure I took in riding for so long. ’Pleasure?’ I said. ’I don’t understand the question.’ I didn’t do it for pleasure, I did it for pain. –Lance Armstrong … Continue reading Glory Through Suffering in Cycling

Danish Bike Superhighway

Bicycling Magazine reports on Copenhagen’s plans for a bike superhighway. According to the report: Considered one of Europe’s two “bicycle capitals” along with Amsterdam, Copenhagen counts more bicycles than people and cycling is so popular that its numerous bike paths can become congested. Two-wheeler traffic jams are especially regular on the main Noerrebrogade thoroughfare used by around 36,000 cyclists a day. So the plan is: … Continue reading Danish Bike Superhighway