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Update on Sugarloaf Dissection Meeting with the City of Minneola

By |September 1st, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Update on Sugarloaf Dissection Meeting with the City of Minneola

So, here we are again… at another meeting with the residents of Sugarloaf Mountain, cyclists and City Council, the Mayor and two County Commissioners, along with a few other Notables: Road Engineers, Developers, Naysayers and Optimists.

Key: “we” and “our” = cyclists

Just over two years ago we met and the discussions were quite contentious […]

2021 Triple Bypass: 3rd Climb

By |August 26th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 2021 Triple Bypass: 3rd Climb

As we left off in the last post, Jessi and I had just come into Keystone, coming fast off the descent of Loveland Pass just a few miles – and a few thousand feet above us. I don’t know about Jessi, but I was absolutely enthralled by the experience at Loveland Pass. Seeing her […]

2021 Triple Bypass: 2nd Climb

By |August 24th, 2021|Blog, Climbing, Event, Uncategorized|Comments Off on 2021 Triple Bypass: 2nd Climb

Part 2: Loveland Pass – the Highest One

Jessi and I heard the chatter: Mile 30 – Mile 59.6 were the hardest of the entire route. We heard that when we hit the Loveland Pass summit, about 60 miles in, everything else was easy-peasy.

However, those 30 miles leading up to the summit were nothing to […]

2021 Triple Bypass: 1st Climb

By |August 23rd, 2021|Blog, Climbing, Cycling, Event, Mental, Triple Bypass, Uncategorized, Wind|Comments Off on 2021 Triple Bypass: 1st Climb

Part 1: Juniper Pass

The morning started off chilly: 43 degrees when we left our Airbnb, high on the side of a mountain at 8400′ elevation. The Start Line temps would be a little warmer.

But just barely.

At 5:43am, in the darkness, we parked under one of the multiple parking lights at King Sooper, a […]

2021 Cheaha Challenge ULTRA – Part 2

By |May 29th, 2021|Blog, Cheaha Challenge, Climbing, Cycling, Event, Uncategorized|Comments Off on 2021 Cheaha Challenge ULTRA – Part 2

There were three big reasons that the 2021 ULTRA is so special to me.

One is that we had a good group from Mount Dora who had mostly trained together specifically for this event. Wednesday after Wednesday since January, several of us hit the local hills for hours on end to attain the most […]

2021 Cheaha Challenge ULTRA

By |May 21st, 2021|Blog, Cheaha Challenge, Climbing, Event, Uncategorized|Comments Off on 2021 Cheaha Challenge ULTRA

Just a little bike ride in northeast Alabama of 126 miles and over 13,400′ elevation

This is what we pay good money for! The pain. Oh my!

This multi-part blog details how I became involved with the Cheaha Challenge ULTRA and what it has meant in my life: To encourage others to “drink the Kool-Aid” and […]

Aerosols and Droplets: Covid-19, 2020

By |April 13th, 2020|Cycling|4 Comments

What to believe?

“You need a mask.” – early March 2020

“Masks are for medical professionals only.” – a few days later in March, 2020

“You don’t need a mask.” – two weeks later, later March 2020

“The CDC recommends that every person in the US wears a covering when out in public.” – early April 2020

NO […]

Another Successful CAAM 200K NSB Ride

Why would anyone be surprised by such a statement? Of those who have experienced this ride as it has evolved over the years, this title could be a part of CAAM Event’s branding. Ever sine I did my first 200K in 2012, I was hooked on this ride. I have witnessed it morph with […]

How to Master the ULTRA at a Master’s Age

It is a lot of fun to read the training programs, tips and advice given by hot shots in their 30’s for challenging cycling events. I’ve read such pieces about numerous grueling cycling events in the South. I have done most of them and for sure – the ULTRA is indeed the most difficult. […]

A Tale of Two Stories

“GET OFF THE ROAD!” is something we cyclists hear all too commonly while we are out riding. Or, we get buzzed by a car going 50+mph. Occasionally we even are smoked out by big trucks whose drivers think it’s funny to watch us choke in the thick black cloud that they aggressively assaulted us […]