Taylor Phinney Had a Training Day Jan 4, 2017

Dirty with Taylor-13

… and we did our best to keep up.

Like many professional cyclists, Taylor Phinney heads to warmer climates in the off-season to train. It just so happens that his locale of choice is Los Angeles. Last year, he rode from LA to Joshua Tree “just cuz” and this year, he’s staying in the neighborhood, exploring the climbs throughout Los Angeles County. Yesterday, Kyle from GSC texted me a cryptic message “Cross Town Ride 11am – meet at Intelli.” Around 10 minutes prior to the meet-up, he included an additional note “I’m running late, but Taylor will be there at 11.” Meaning, Taylor Phinney.

Dirty with Taylor-5

Now as much as I’m stoked to ride with a guy like Taylor, this means I’m in for a painful afternoon. Luckily, Taylor’s friend Greg was there to share in the suffering. You see, I’m of the belief that Kyle “secret trains” all year to be in tip top shape for when Taylor is in town. My only evidence being that somehow Kyle was keeping up with him, while Greg and I were huffing and puffing just out of site.

Dirty with Taylor-14

We took off through Hollyweed, up through the hills and into some of the best singletrack in the city before rolling back through Melrose and back into Silver Lake. Everyone had a blast, I almost bonked, Greg wrecked, Kyle wrecked and Taylor did it all with a grin.

Dirty with Taylor-4

Oftentimes, the New Year brings in new fitness goals for athletes and having spent a lot of time off-the-bike in December, this ride put the fire back under my ass. Meaning, into my hamstrings. Thanks to Taylor, Greg and Kyle for the ride, the laughs and the sore legs this morning. I needed that.

Dirty with Taylor-7

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Dirty with Taylor-9

  • btompkins0112

    Damn….so fun

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  • Tytanium

    Never heard of her

    • You already made that joke! Clearly you have.

      • Tytanium

        ok ok I have heard of her but I still haven’t heard any of her music before. My 15 year old cousin loves her though!

  • Keith Gibson

    Looks like a great time. He’s one of my favorites

  • Daniel M

    Taylor was riding the Frankenshifters! Also were those Bruce Gordons?

    • Andreas E

      Not sure, but it could be those new Compass 38 mm cross tyres.

    • Francisco Alvarez

      Looks like Bruce Gordon front and soma casadero rear

    • Andrew Wade

      Bruce Gordans in the front, Soma Cazadero rear.

  • Tyler Howarth
  • Tim Noyce

    Does anyone know what bar bag that is Taylor is using? Looks a handy size.

    • Robert Mauriello

      on instagram, john sai Jando

    • It’s a Jandd bag.

    • colavitos_ghost

      Looks a lot like the Jandd Bike Bag (that is the official name for it, haha).

      Jandd make the best non-bespoke, basic little bags as far as I’m concerned. The Mini Mountain Wedge is another good one.

  • Taylor before Peter any time.

  • Dan Woolf

    Looks like a great day of riding to this kid!

  • Stuart Watson

    Does anyone know where I can snag those black and white socks?

  • professorvelo

    I believe photo 4 shows Taylor feeding the wildlife – a clear violation of park rules

  • Ben Morgan

    The more I see of Taylor the more I like him. Seems like a legendary dude. Can’t wait to see him in some classics and hopefully the TdF