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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October 13, 2015

Kris Kringle

“We came here with a bit of a ‘rag-tag’ team,” said Brent Bookwalter to the media corp at the final press conference of the Tour of Utah.  I was sitting beside Bookwalter when he said this about his team (BMC), a team whose budget is well over 10 times that of Optum’s, and that had […]

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June 24, 2015

The Rash

“Hey, you know Woods right?”  said an acquaintance of mine to my former coach, and good friend, Nick Vipond. “Well tell him, ever since he started writing for Cyclingnews, his blogs have been shit.  Tell him he has sold out.”  This information, likely said in jest, was relayed to me two weeks ago, while sitting […]

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June 2, 2015

Dead Fish

If you are only as good as your last race, then I ain’t that good. Tour of California (TOC), a race that I marked on my calendar at the start of the season with more than a few exclamation points, went pretty shitty. When I say shitty, I mean both figuratively and literally. There was […]

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April 23, 2015

The RBC

“Dude, calm down,” said my team director, Jonas Carney, as I hobbled into the pit of the Redlands Bicycle Classic Criterium.   I was angry.  Only minutes earlier I had consumed a Clif caffeinated gel, and its effects were kicking in right when I had originally hoped.  This shot of caffeine, combined with the onset of […]

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March 5, 2015

Chasing the dragon

This past Tuesday, I was riding a long the Portuguese coast, with the sun on my back, and the wind on my tail, and despite everything in the world going my way, I couldn’t help but feel like crap. I guess, this is what happens when you manage to deplete every last vestige of serotonin in […]

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February 26, 2015

Algarve

Riding in Europe, I learned last year, is a dogfight. From gun to tape, racing on the tiny roads of Portugal, Italy or Spain is often a high-stakes game of bumper cars, and if you want to have any success, you can’t let yourself get pushed around. If somebody pushes you, you push them back. If a rider […]

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February 10, 2015

The Ring

Some time in 2009, I was driving from a doctor’s appointment in a 2001 Golf Volkswagon. It was winter, and a stiff breeze that wafted in from the driver-side window–the window could not be properly shut–was overpowering the heater in the car. It was cold, and the news I had just received was colder. My broken foot was […]

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November 26, 2014

2014 – The Finale Part III

The World Championships, in summary, was an epic fail, however, if I already knew this before, 2014 only reiterated my understanding that in my failures, I tend to learn most. So, in an attempt to wrap up the season that was, I give to you the biggest things that I learned in 2014: 1 – […]

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