Time to put something on the roof!

I love the three weeks of the TdF–it’s the height of summer to me and this first week certainly has been interesting and entertaining (which is, after all, the purpose of pro sport, isn’t it? Bread and games…). Time to put something on the roof–painted by Shannon: can you see the polka dots if the pics’ resolution is sufficiently high?

My personal interest is to see how long Jurgen VandenBroeck will remain in the race; and if so, how competitive he will be. Today’s stage to Gerardmer will give a first indication…
Which rider are you following (aside from the usual suspects)? Surely there will be more huge upsets; much better than a predictable outcome! Vive Le Velo!


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Operations behind a Tour de France team

The best three weeks of the year have started!  Just wrote a blog on our professional blog that focuses on the operations management behind a world-tour pro team.


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Gravel Metric DeKalb 2014


This Memorial Day weekend marked our first, and hopefully not last, participation in the Gravel Metric in DeKalb, IL: a 109km ride over the non-paved rural roads of the American heartland. Continue reading

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La Philippe Gilbert: 150km around Liège

A priceless conclusion of my one-week Europe trip: Can one dream up a better start of a 150km cyclo-sportive than this?

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Solo ride of the Ronde van Vlaanderen finale

Yesterday I arrived back in my hometown, Meerbeke, where I’m visiting my mom for three days.  It’s been 370 days since my last visit, which is my longest absence in 20 years, and I hope not to repeat such absence during the next 20 years… Continue reading

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Cycling around Tulum, Mexico

After a frigid winter in Chicago, a welcome spring break in Tulum. Third time I bring my bike to Mexico: Here’s a little scenery from my Ritchey Break-Away (best travel bike!):

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Fitness two months after laparoscopic surgery (appendectomy)

Quick update on recovery since my laparoscopic surgery (appendectomy) on January 31, 2014: how much has my weight and power improved?  Some quantitative sample points:


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Custom Manufacturing for the trainer

Finally implemented a little project I had on my list all winter: Kiki’s easel is now laptop proof (and I can watch Vuelta a Catalunia from my trainer).
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Appendicitis & Cycling

First, this blog is NOT about whether cycling increases the likelihood of appendicitis–several doctors told me that there is no causality. This blog is about cycling with and after appendicitis. Here’s the picture that tells the many words below:

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Training after Haute Route Alps: 6 weeks later…

My cycling blogging has greatly reduced since finishing the Haute Route Alps (HRA) mirroring the welcome reduction in my training.  It may be interesting to show graphically what has happened over the 6 weeks since my last Haute Route training post :
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