cycling

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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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How do cycling teams work?

Since it’s been too long since my last post, here’s a quick primer on team cycling for all you curious folks out there! >> Link: How do cycling teams work? | Slate Magazine

Eating Right for Exercise

For the athletically minded, Active.com presents a nice primer on the fundamentals of nutrition for proper energy during workouts. Sometimes we forget that proper nutrition isn’t just for serious professional athletes. Worth a read if you hit the gym, the bike, hiking trails, the pool, etc. >> Link: How to Fuel for Your Workout

Descending the Tour de France

I’m loving the Tour de France right now. These guys are tearing up roads and mountains on bikes. Amazing. For those who doubt the intensity of the race, you’ve only to watch Fabian Cancellara descend a mountain from last year’s Tour: The Mozart symphony adds excellent effect. I think I gasped a couple times during …

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