This morning, after no sleep and a long day of traveling, I landed at Heathrow with the sunrise. In fact, I’m pretty sure it was the sun, peeking through the neighbor’s window, hitting me in the face that kept me from getting an iota of sleep.
I hopped on the Express train and made my way to the hotel, before taking a stroll with the PEdAL ED team around the neighborhood.
Holding onto consciousness, in an almost sleepwalking state, we swung through a few shops, all of which I’d like to spend more time combing through the details and doing proper Shop Visits at, but in the interest of time, I’ll have to go with these random details.
Kinoko was amazing. One of the nicest shops I’ve been in and the Rapha Cycle Club was quite the experience… I’m here with Brooks England, for their Eroica event and our days are pretty packed, but I’ll do my best to document our journey.
The e r t z u i ° film team just sent over this beautiful video they made for Rapha’s EU Continental:
“Back in April of last year, RAPHA commissioned us to document the second ride of the European Rapha Continental “Hidden Europe – HOLLAND”. Our initial thought was: Where is the “hidden” in Holland? But after Frank from the Pristine bike shop in Amsterdam presented the route and we took some time to do some research on the ride, our doubts soon transformed into curiosity. Another unstable factor was the weather, which after dealing with a long winter that year, spring was far away and that meant: The crappier the conditions to film, the more epic the footage…”
Check out all the photos at Rapha’s Flickr and the full story at Rapha!
In a response to that Rapha & Team Sky: The Little Things – Rice Cakes video, SF Composite‘s mtb team made a parody with ORNOT featuring everyone’s favorite gas station delight, the corn dog. This is too good… and for what it’s worth, it’s a playful parody, no harm intended!
Jeremy Dunn, my partner during the 2014 Amgen Tour of California, wrote a great piece on Aaron Stinner over at the Rapha blog. Head on over and check it out!
… make for the best photos. David from the Rapha Mobile Cycle Club Tillie is in Austin and we’ve been soaking in the local riding. Last night, we caught the last bit of daylight in the hills.
Shooting with an iPhone is still the best!
Come see David and the Mobile Cycle Club, Tillie at Mellow Johnny’s today for coffee and affogato. He’ll be set up all day, so swing through and say hello. I’ll be there with my camera(s) too.
I’ve ridden some of this route and it’s amazing but not nearly as amazing as these women, all of which are inspirational to other cyclists, male and female alike. Read up more and see some photos at Rapha!
I had no idea Matt from Ornot was taking video with his RX100 the whole time we were riding Up the Devil’s Ass. You’ll see all the party boyz and girlz of cycling in this one.
And if you missed my ride photos from this rad day, check them out at Riding Dirty Up the Devil’s Ass.
It should come as no surprise that when David Wilcox plans a Rapha group ride, it’s going to be tough. When he showed me the route we’d take for Stage 03 of the Amgen Tour of California, I knew we were in for a big, bad day…
For the past week, Rapha and I have been covering the 2014 Amgen Tour of California. In that time, I’ve seen some incredible feats of athleticism from the PROs, met tons of rad people, shot enough photos to fill a book (hint hint) and gone on some very tough rides.
The ride we did up to Diablo – more to come on that – was hard, but the ride we did yesterday was tough. So tough that if our friends at Mavic hadn’t offered support, it would have been a long day.
Deserts can be an unforgiving place. Even with my musette stuffed with extra water, food and camera equipment, I would have succumbed to the bonk goblins if it hadn’t been for Chad and Charlie from Mavic.
Thank you’s aside, we rode from Palmdale to the KOM, made a wrong turn and then hauled freaking ass – I’ve never climbed that fast before in my life – back up to the top.
The race ended and we headed back to Palmdale, finishing out at over 80 miles and 7,000′ elevation.