Altitude Acclimation: Tips for “Peak” Performance

I recently returned from Boulder, Colorado where the sun shines 300+ days per year (lesser-known fact). The weather is actually surprisingly temperate there. Cooler nights and warm days are pretty common to the Arid Steppe Climate Zone that they’re in. Nevertheless, many professional athletes flock to Colorado year-in, year-out. Why’s…

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First Time Across the GWB

Looking out on NYC from GWB on New Year's Day

March ’13, Trek 7.1, unforgiving winds whipping off the river. Westside Greenway, GWB was my beacon, cold shiver… Asked a Kissena Roadie the way, he said, “Follow me, but keep up, I’m late.” 7% grade at 158th, bone crunching sound from my drivetrain, testing its fate. The roadie shot a…

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‘Cross Legs

Muddy track, off-camber turn Dial back power application, when will we learn? Working on remounts, like metronomes in sync Left step, right, left – no time to think Trust your training, muscle memory will prevail Don’t look back, competitors on your tail Lactate builds and creeps Thankfully this course isn’t…

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Poem Series: River Road Out

River Road Out:    Hudson River vistas, perilous Palisades cliffs. Circle to Circle, Great Wall of China, Strava segments key Undulating hills, rough pavement patches. Ranger station ascent, perfect for repeats. Alpine Hill: 1.07 miles, 7.10% grade. A brook babbles on the left, almost there. Cyclists whip past on their…

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Tutorial: Bike Shipping Pro-Tips

A few weeks ago I made the decision to sell my 2015 Cannondale Caadx (SRAM Rival). I was sad to see it go, but becoming more and more road oriented, I wanted to make the leap into the carbon road scene. I posted the bike on eBay and within an…

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Summer Cycling Guide: Beat the Heat

Summer weather is officially here in NYC. It always amazes me when people say, “I love this weather!!” (when it’s 95 degrees and humid outside). As some of you may know, I suffered heat exhaustion last year during the 40-mile route of The Epic Ride with the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative….

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North / South County Trail

This weekend, the Cyclehaven9w crew (just two of us) took on the North / South County Trailway from Brewster, NY down to NYC’s city limits in Van Cortlandt Park. I’ve done the full route twice now, and it’s approximately 50 miles from start to finish. A fair number of people…

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