February 24, 2017

Crash and Burn

There are few jobs on this planet, in North America at least, that give you a four- to six-week vacation. When I worked as a manager at a running shoe store, I got 10 days vacation a year, with no sick days included. If I got sick, and I had to miss a day, that […]

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December 4, 2016

The Fix

My first year in the WorldTour was like a college freshman’s first trip on spring break. There were ethereal highs, there were tearful lows, and there were several occasions when I woke up in hotel rooms having no clue where I was. Emotionally, by the end of the thing, I was spent, and as I […]

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September 8, 2016

Wiggle Your Big Toe

At least once a month, while making small talk on a plane, or while at an event or in an elevator, I am asked the following question: “So you are a pro cyclist? Have you done the Tour?” I am sure most cyclists, from those trying to eek out a living to Chris Froome, often […]

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May 5, 2016

La Doyenne

If you took a guy from 1950 and time-travelled him to 2016, I think there are a lot of things that he would be unimpressed with. “What, no flying cars? No space colony on the moon? No cool looking in vogue jumpsuits?” “Hey listen buddy, we just figured out a way to time travel you […]

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May 2, 2016

In the Fleche

“Woodsy,” said my coach Ron Warhurst looking at me straight in the eyes, “Excuses are like assholes, everybody’s got one.” Ron was my running coach at the University of Michigan. Ron may not have been the most scientific coach, but what he lacked in fundamental knowledge concerning exercise physiology he certainly made up for in […]

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March 30, 2016

The Bottom Three

Over the past few days as I have laid in bed, in a dark room surrounded by piles of balled up and snotty tissues and an array of half-full mugs of tea and glasses of water, I have received a ton of messages of congratulations on my performance at Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (VC). This […]

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February 6, 2016

Under Pressure

“Don’t put barriers on yourself.” said Charly Wegelius as he sat at a table in a boardroom in the heart of our team camp hotel. Charly was looking me straight in the eyes, as he laid out my plan for the year. “You aren’t going to have the typical start of a neo pro…. We […]

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January 17, 2016

Alone on a Mountaintop

“They say, too in ancient scripture: –‘Wisdom can only be obtained through the viewpoint of solitude,’” wrote Jack Kerouac, in Alone on a Mountain Top. Unlike Kerouac, I was afforded the luxuries of Facetime, and Direct TV, however, I can say that living alone at 8000ft gives you, both literally and figuratively, a better view […]

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October 17, 2015

Letting the Ink Dry

When I was 14, while sitting in my math class, it dawned on me that I wasn’t going to make the NHL.  For the better part of 10 years I just assumed that playing left-wing for the Leafs (I am now a reformed Sens fan) was my destiny.  Being 5’6″ and 150lbs, and a third liner […]

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