Category Archives: cycling the midwest

A crash course in human conscience

We traveled to Madison, Wisconsin this past Saturday to do some riding in the hills on the Ironman Wisconsin course. I rode 65 miles with 4,000 feet of climbing and my wife was on track to do 100 miles when … Continue reading

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What sharing the roads means to American civility

I composed this meme this morning because I spent a couple hours studying the roads while on a 30 miles ride. I was noticing how many types of road shoulders cyclists need to navigate while riding. It also occurred to … Continue reading

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My annual ride in the Tour de Chicory

America’s roadsides in July and August typically bear a ribbon of bright blue flowers known as chicory. They are tough plants that grow in disturbed soil, often popping up through gravel and grit to unleash their starlike blue blossoms in … Continue reading

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The dangers of cycling are real. The reasons why are rather unreal.

A new Business Insider article documents the fact that cyclist deaths on American roads increased by 10% last year. That may only constitute an additional 100 or so people, but that is still inexcusable. The article states: “It’s not the … Continue reading

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Road Test on the aero bike

With an Olympic Triathlon planned for this Sunday, I set out on a “road test” in aero this morning to practice position and ride strategies. As you’ll see below, even Strava recognized this ride was a bit quicker than my … Continue reading

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Cycling with good friends

I didn’t take up serious road cycling until the 2007. Before that, I’d ridden mountain bikes and an old Trek 400 road bike for four years that got me around, but not very fast. So it wasn’t until I bought … Continue reading

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Spending Father’s Day in a cloud

There was no rain predicted in our area yesterday, which was Father’s Day. No green blobs on the radar. No threat of being bombarded on an early Sunday morning. But the weather forecast was not entirely accurate. It wasn’t raining … Continue reading

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Against the wind and blown away

This morning my schedule called for a bird census trip to a restored prairie at a local forest preserve. It was windy out today. I’m not a fan of birding in the open when a strong breeze is blowing because … Continue reading

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Nothing corny about this ride

Twelve miles into my forty mile ride this morning I stopped in the little town of Kaneville to visit the Purple Store, a local hotspot where they grill out every Tuesday and Thursday and residents can socialize and talk about … Continue reading

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The trials and tribulations of a right hand man

This weekend my wife completed the Half Ironman in Madison, Wisconsin. That’s no mean feat given a course that is hilly beyond belief. At several points the grade reaches 10% and a long steep stretch up a country road called … Continue reading

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