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Author Archives: Pete

Mad Google Earth Skills

I’ve always loved Maps and Geography. If I hadn’t had an interest in Computer Science back in high school, I probably would have gone into cartography (if not into law). My favourite books growing up were my National Geographic Our Fifty States, Our World, and Our Universe books. And every month the actual National Geographic … Continue reading »

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New Bike Day

When I first set out to lose the weight I had added on over the span of my adult life, I hadn’t counted on being so enthused and hooked to cycling as I’ve become. I also had no appreciation for the hard-men of the spring classics. To me the best riders were the Grand Tour … Continue reading »

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The Day the Smile Died

  This upcoming Sunday is the first Car-Free day on the northern stretch of Skyline drive here in Virginia.  This may not mean much to most people, but it’s a step forward to encouraging more people to ride on a bike.  Not that there would be much difference to my as a rider out there … Continue reading »

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Week 2: Full On Stupid

We arrive into Faucon-de-Barcelonnette in the evening of the 2nd day of the Pra Loup Thévenet cyclosportive, a harbinger of things to come. Our visit to the home of the 7 Cols of the Ubaye comes jammed between the aforementioned Thenevet ride, and we leave just before the Etape du Tour. I was really hoping … Continue reading »

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The Big Interlude – Gorges du Verdon

Rather than do a point-to-point style of vacation, it was requested I pick a couple places to stay and do routes from where we’re staying. This has a benefit of allowing us to settle into a place for a few days and get to know the area, and pick out places we really want to … Continue reading »

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Sightseeing – Provence

I’ve been spending probably too much time just compiling a bunch of information, but I think it’s now time to distill some of this into actually actionable items. Provence gets lumped by SO MANY TRAVEL BOOKS with the French Riviera and the Cote d’Azur. The major issue is that these books spend the majority of … Continue reading »

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Silca.cc Seat Roll Premio

I love Silca. The attention to detail is amazing, and they seem to be as big of a fan of cycling as I am. So I just got a Seat Roll Premio as they JUST got them back in stock. I’ve been wanting a 2-Tube capable seat bag that doesn’t have thigh scraping velcro/hook-and-loop attachments … Continue reading »

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Velo France Roi de la Montagne

Come with me on a unique experience through Provence, the Gorges du Verdon, and the Ubaye Valley. View the Map Day 1: Arrive in France in Marseille (or maybe Lyon) – Drive to Hotel / Short Loop 6km / 200m Day 2: Tour de Petit Gorges – The Nesque Gorges from Sault. 55km / 1100m … Continue reading »

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Coffeeneuring 2016

After missing last years coffeeneuring due to my crash, so this year my theme was not going to be new and exotic places, as my daughter is now in kindergarten and going places for a week here and there is less viable due to the school’s schedule, but instead something a bit more tame and … Continue reading »

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Bucket List Rides

In the weeks after my injury, I’m not sure what facilities I’ll have when I get mobile again. I discovered that Team Movistar’s Pablo Lastras was retiring after an 18 year career — after having crashed at the Vuleta ao Catalunya on Stage 4. At the time of the crash, they thought he had broken … Continue reading »

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