Neutral Service

“Neutral Service” is a phrase that likely had the father of the Tour de France, Henri Desgrange, turning over in his grave when the first Mavic Neutral Service car became part of the caravan behind the peloton at the 1973 Paris-Nice. In the early years of the Tour, riders were responsible for conducting their own […]

Cycling Word Play

Review: The Breakaway, by Nicole Cooke

Originally published in the August 2016 edition of Cycling Utah. Few athlete memoirs are well-written, and fewer still are written by women athletes. That The Breakaway: my story, by retired Welsh cyclist Nicole Cooke, is both means that the time it takes to read it is definitely well-spent. Nicole Cooke is a strong-willed, outspoken iconoclast. […]

Cycling Word Play

Review: At Speed: My Life in the Fast Lane

I am a cycling fan. Once upon a time, I considered myself to be a cyclist as well, but as I keep flipping pages on my calendar, I find myself less-and-less entranced by the prospect of getting out on my bike and suffering … but I am still a cycling fan, and lover of cycling […]

Cycling Word Play

REVIEW – Bike Mechanic: Tales from the Road and the Workshop

(as published in the July 2015 edition of Cycling Utah) When I first read the brief description of BIKE MECHANIC: TALES FROM THE ROAD AND THE WORKSHOP by Guy Andrews and Rohan Dubash, I was anticipating a quick read filled with profiles of team mechanics and humorous anecdotes of life on the road and the […]


Lance Armstrong, in context

I love the way that websites choose headlines to be deliberately provocative … to drive traffic. From “Armstrong says he’d cheat again” From CyclingWeekly: “Lance Armstrong: I’d probably dope again” From USAToday: “Lance Armstrong: I would probably dope again” And so on … and based on the comments all over Facebook and Twitter continue […]

Cycling Life Music

The Woman Problem

Read an article tonight on about The Warped Tour’s Woman Problem, and it got me thinking. Shortly after taking an Ambien, but hopefully this is done before that kicks in. Just in case people aren’t aware of this white male’s musical tastes, Kristin Hersh (along with her associated acts Throwing Muses & 50 Foot […]