Tales From A Cyclepath

“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.” -Langston Hughes

There’s something special about riding in the rain… Even when the rain is aggravatingly pelting your eyes, it still isn’t aggravating for some reason. The rain is peaceful and serene and calming and cleansing. The rain feels like it’s washing me clean of all my transgressions while simultaneously kicking up dirt to make my body filthy. The rain makes me remember things and simultaneously forget them. It is such a strange sensation. I seem to forget that I am soaked and dripping and miserable and just keep pedaling and feeling free…


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The spice that might give you the edge over your competitors!

Is it healthful?

Short ‘n’ healthful article:

Another day, another absurd food product. Today’s food (spice) has been hot for a while now, both in temperature and popularity. I am, of course, talking about turmeric.  According to the superfoodies out there, if you’re not consuming turmeric on the regular, you’re not shit!  More recently, those superfoodies have taken a particular interest in the effects of turmeric on exercise recovery.  Personally I think that food products in isolation are overhyped and have minimal effect on health and exercise performance. Particularly considering most people haven’t got their diets or training regimes right in the first place. But opinions aside, I thought I would have a very brief look at the science on turmeric.  So, this has led me to ask: should you forgo, or embrace that pre-exercise chicken tandoori?


The science:

As I am incredibly time poor at the moment, I’m only going to have…

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when I first tried my clip-less pedals, I had a pretty bad accident. To exact the worse bruise ever. It covered the whole backside of my calf. Since then I had other ailments. Now that I’m pretty healthy again, I find I’m a bit nervous about the pedals. Since I love the sport and my plans are to gain enough skills to race in my age group. I have to be able to clip-in. Any suggestions for getting over the fall.

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The woman who cycled the North Pole

She is a great inspiration for all. Showing the power of willpower, preparation, and attention to detail can do.

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The woman who cycled the North Pole

Bristish Adventurer Maria Leijerstam 35British Adventurer Maria Leijerstam, 35 [WALES NEWS SERVICE ]
Welsh Adventurer Maria Leijerstam, 35, pedalled 500 miles across the icy wilderness of Antarctica to win her grueling record attempt after four years of training.
She managed it in just ten days – 12 days ahead of schedule despite “vicious conditions” across the frozen continent.
Her three-wheel bicycle and daring route gave her the edge over her two male competitors from America and Spain.
Speaking on Twitter from the South Pole, she said: “I did it I did it I did it!!!!!!”
“I can’t believe I’m the first person in the world to cycle the entire way to the South Pole – and I peddled every meter!
“On the last day I got to within 4km of the South Pole but couldn’t get permission to enter. I had to wait an hour for a…

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How to Get Over your Fear of Clipless Pedals

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unnamed-5It’s not uncommon to hear from folks who don’t ride clipless pedals, and even some who do, that they find the thought of such pedals to be frightening. The clipless pedal? That’s right. A pedal and shoe system that locks your foot to your bike pedal. To remove your foot from the pedal just twist your heel out and you’re free!

What are the benefits of clipless pedals?
1. Your foot stays in contact with your pedal over rocks, roots, bumps in pavement, dirt road washboard, the list goes on. You feel confident that your feet will be secure and not slip off a pedal at an inopportune time.

2. You can have energy input on the full pedal stroke – you can pull up on your pedals and have a smoother rotation of the pedals/cranks instead of only being able to exert downward pressure. No need to smash around!

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