Tour de France Stage 14 Preview

A good day for the breakaway and the tough finish above Mende that’s always harder than it looks on paper. Stage 13 Review: there’s an art to the breakaway and to the chase as well. The day’s move of four ...

Friday Group Ride #417

I’m pretty transparent in what I do here, I think. The Group Ride is one part bicycle free-association, one part diatribe, a healthy dose of help-I-don’t-know-what-I’m-doing, and the remainder in straight ...

Life Is Fleeting

Life is fleeting. I know, that’s a well-worn cliché, but hear me out. I was riding my road bike the other day and I almost died, which isn’t really that unusual. I’d estimate that I almost die on 10% of my ...

Tour de France Stage 13 Preview

A sprint stage? Probably but with few sprinters left in the race it means fewer teams to chase. Stage 12 Review: a fast start and it needed the slopes of the Col de la Madeleine to select a breakaway. We got ...

Paceline Podcast 121

This week we take a look at the women and racing. There are some high points worth celebrating—Trek has created a new women’s pro team—and a whole lot of low lights, like podium girls. Selene and Patrick take ...

Tour Podcast Reviews

Back in 2015 this blog looked at the explosion of podcasts on offer, marvelling at the audio choice. Now those look like lean days, the medium has taken off and there’s more choice than ever. A few suggestions ...

Tour de France Stage 12 Preview

A big day in the Alps, three classic climbs including the raucous ascent of Alpe d’Huez. Stage 11 Review: a scenic day with beautiful weather, you could watch just for the landscape. Still, if nothing else ...

The Pull: James Winchester

On this week’s show, my guest is James Winchester, the product manager for Masi Bicycles. The role of a product manager at a bike company is, perhaps, one of the most visible expressions of what it is to work ...

Tour de France Stage 11 Preview

Hardly a metre of flat, if some riders tried to save energy yesterday then today was a reason. Julian A La Folie: a stage win for Julian Alaphilippe. He’d missed out in the first week’s stages, especially at ...

The Trouble With 1x

As an operating system, human beings have a terrible range of performance. If it’s much colder than 60 degrees Fahrenheit, we need clothing to keep warm. If it’s much warmer than 85 degrees Fahrenheit, we need ...

Your Crew and You, Part 2

Hottie and Fatty start this episode of the Leadville Podcast from higher than 10,000 feet…even though they’re nowhere near Leadville. In fact, they’re at the finish line of the Crusher in the Tushar, which ...

Tour de France Stage 10 Preview

The Tour heads into the mountains with the first of three consecutive Alpine stages. There’s no gentle start, this is a hard stage with some steep climbs throughout. The Route: 158km and after skirting around ...

Disc Learning

Of the many experiences it is possible to have on a bike, the one that seems most universally disliked is a loss of control. It—that loss of control—comes in as many flavors as jelly beans do. There’s the loss ...

Rest Day Review

Not many years ago the opening week of the Tour de France was something for followers to get through as the race crossed the plains of northern France with little else than repeat sprint finishes. This year ...

Tour de France Stage 9 Preview

The pavé of Paris-Roubaix await, a constant succession of cobbled sectors and two races within the stage, the race to win the stage and the race to stay in contention on the overall classification. Allons ...

Tour de France Stage 8 Preview

Bastille day in France but not quite a route to celebrate. Expect big crowds and a bunch sprint. Today’s finish is the first genuine flat finish of the race so far and will be hectic as it’s the last chance ...

Friday Group Ride #416

We are fetishists, most of us. Oh sure, we’re cyclists, but if you’re reading these words right now, you don’t just love to ride bikes. You LOVE bikes. You like to read about bikes you’ll never own. You like ...

Tour de France Stage 7 Preview

The longest stage and possibly the longest day too. A sprint finish awaits, only with another uphill rise to the line. Stage 6 Review: the early break went with no resistance from the peloton and quickly ...

Paceline Podcast 120

Selene has a dilemma. She’s watching the Tour de France. And enjoying it. She’s concerned that maybe she shouldn’t be enjoying it or that she should be more concerned about the doping or how awfully the UCI is ...

Tour de France Stage 6 Preview

Two climbs at Mûr-de-Bretagne await, a lively stage finish and a test for the GC contenders. Stage 5 Review: a breakaway with Sylvain Chavanel was kept close by BMC who feared the Frenchman could take the ...

The Pull: Lennard Zinn

On this week’s show, my guest is Lennard Zinn, whose book, Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance, has just been released in its sixth edition by VeloPress. Zinn is best known for his work as technical ...

Tour de France Stage 5 Preview

What a relief, in more than one sense of the word. Today’s stage features plenty of sharp climbs and narrowroads and should make for a lively finish to watch and a hectic day inside the bunch. Stage 4 Review: ...

Mendo Hopper 2018

A two-day adventure ride in Mendocino County August 11-12, 2018 • REGISTER A Hopper Like No Other This is your chance to ride little known dirt roads in remote Mendocino County. Over 25 years of riding and ...

Your Crew and You

A Note from Fatty: I just got back from a riding vacation, along with a race, in Leadville. I have many stories to tell, including how The Hammer and I collaborated to use her phone to get this photo of many ...

Boo, History

Chris Froome and Team Sky have been booed at the Tour de France. Is the salbutamol case behind this? You’d have to go and ask those doing it what their motivations are but Sky have got plenty of boos in ...

Tour de France Stage 4 Preview

A likely sprint finish and with a long straight road to the line making for a less technical finish. Stage 3 Review: a win for BMC Racing, four seconds ahead of Team Sky and seven on Quick Step. Greg Van ...

Orbea Orca

In the last couple of years I’ve ridden a number of bikes that aimed to be the best at something. The stiffest, the lightest, the most comfortable, the most custom. Many of those superlative-earning pursuits ...

Team Tour Rejects

Every year a few riders lose out on a start in the Tour de France. The likes of Caleb Ewan and Nacer Bouhanni are left fuming and other strong riders who may have been able to go for stage wins are left ...

Tour de France Stage 3 Preview

A team time trial to reshape the overall classification. It may not make for great TV but today’s stage should leave a lasting impact on the race, a set-piece stage to define the coming weeks. Exit stage ...

Tour de France Stage 2 Preview

Another likely sprint finish for sure. A hectic finale? Possibly, because the wind will get up later in the stage. Fontenay-Les-Comptes: three riders took off and were kept on a short leash, just two minutes ...

Tour de France Stage 1 Preview

201km and a yellow jersey waiting at the end. This is a likely sprint finish and a certain high stress day as the peloton and convoy start their Tour. Don’t get caught out by the early timing of today’s ...