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The Descent

September 30, 2014
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The Descent

On this morning’s hammerfest, between feeling like I was going to be sick or pass out, I thought about how well, or not, I’m doing on the bike. When I first started riding with these guys, I could barely stay with them for a kilometer before I was spat out the back. Now I...
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Penang Hill

September 23, 2014
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Penang Hill

Penang Hill is the largest mountain on the island, and at 2,411 feet is nothing to sneeze at. There’s a community at the top with restaurants and various touristy things, and a road that goes all the way up, but only those who live on the mountain are allowed to drive up. This is...
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Cycling the Malaysia Interstate: Support and Hotels

September 16, 2014
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Cycling the Malaysia Interstate: Support and Hotels

Last week I wrote up my experience riding Interstate, a three-day, 525 km ride in Malaysia. During the event I spent a good chunk riding, and slightly more time in the van doing support for other riders. Having done support for an ultracyclist, I was familiar with how it should work, and how important...
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Riding Interstate

September 9, 2014
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Riding Interstate

As I mentioned last week, after doing the Interstate event I was exhausted, and not quite ready to process how the three days of riding unfolded. I was finally able to sit and write my account of the weekend. Day 1: Kota Damansara – Fraser Hill The first day of Interstate found me ambivalent...
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Interstate at a Glance

September 2, 2014
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Interstate at a Glance

Riding in Malaysia is an amazing thing. If you’re a serious cyclist and can ever make it out this way, please do. The possible terrain you can ride in a single day can’t be topped, between high mountain climbs, miles of fast downhills and ocean side flats, you’ll never for want of a better...
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Readying for Interstate

August 26, 2014
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Readying for Interstate

This weekend is the Interstate ride, a three-day, 500km event through areas of mainland Malaysia. The first day we’re starting near Kuala Lumpur and riding up Fraser Hill. The second takes us into the Cameron Highlands, and the last day is downhill towards the ocean. It sells out quickly so you need to jump...
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My Ideal Commuter

August 19, 2014
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My Ideal Commuter

When I was in Munich recently I noticed something out of the ordinary for the US and Malaysia: everyone rode bikes. Sure there were lots of cars, too (mostly BMWs, Audis and Mercedes) but for many people the bike seemed to be primary transport. Munich is definitely a pedestrian and cyclist-friendly city. The sidewalks/bike...
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No Time to Ride

August 12, 2014
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No Time to Ride

While I was home in the US I had lots of lofty goals for riding. I was going to go out on a bunch of my old routes, do a couple of centuries and help out my teammates at some races. I did just about none of these. I was able to get out...
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Adjusting Your Reach

August 5, 2014
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Adjusting Your Reach

Last week, instead of writing this post on dealing with a bike that is off, I wanted to convey my thought processes as I ride such a bike. The bike I ride while I’m back in the US is the first new road bike I ever got, a 2002 Trek 1000. It was my...
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On Every Ride

July 29, 2014
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On Every Ride

Somethings not right. Is my seatpost slipping? I look down, see the tape marking the usual spot, and determine no, it’s not. Is my seat moving backwards? I stand out of the saddle and wiggle the seat a bit. Nope, it’s fine. Are my shoes loose? I tighten them another click, just to make...
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Crewing for an Ultracyclist

July 22, 2014
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Crewing for an Ultracyclist

Ultracycling, to me, is the hardest form of the sport. The riders who race in ultracycling events have to battle themselves, both physically and mentally. Not to mention mechanicals, weather and the terrain. Last week I had the privilege to meet someone who is gunning for 100 UMCA records, already with 82 to his...
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Leaving on a Jet Plane

June 24, 2014
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Leaving on a Jet Plane

Bonjour mes amis! I’m…if the blog scheduling is working correctly…now in France! Land of wine, cheese, chocolate and bicycles. It figures I’m in France during the wrong month. Someday I’ll get to see le Tour in person, but it’s not to be on this trip. One of the hardest things for me to deal with...
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