Thought Catalog


It is morning. You are slow-rolling off the exit ramp, nearing the end of the long-ass commute from your suburban enclave. You have seen the rise of the city grow larger and larger in your windshield as you crawled through sixteen miles of bumper-to-bumper traffic. You foolishly believed that, now that you are in the city, your hellish morning drive is coming to an end.

Just then! I emerge from nowhere to whirr past you at twenty-two fucking miles per hour, passing twelve carlengths to the stoplight that has kept you prisoner for three cycles of green-yellow-red. The second the light says go, I am GOING, flying, leaving your sensible, American, normal vehicle in my dust.

You seethe in anger that is righteous and right and patriotic.

I am a cyclist. I am here to fuck you up.

Here’s how I’m doing it: I am squeezing between your passenger…

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Dr Burnley's Third Eye

This year’s Tour de France is developing into a bit of a split race, being both exciting by stage and predictable by General Classification (GC).  This was most clearly demonstrated by the blistering performance of yesterday’s stage winner Steve Cummings of MTN-Qhubeka (the African team’s first stage win, on Mandela Day, no less), followed by Chris Froome hoovering up all attacks against him.  It was an eventful ride for Team Sky, with fists, saliva and urine apparently being thrown at them.  They are currently the sport’s bad guys, for no reason other than dominance.  The last team to dominate like Sky did was one of the liveries led by Lance Armstrong, and Sky’s tactics and public relations stance continue to draw uncomfortable parallels with the Armstrong era.  This suspicion has led to calls for Sky (and others) to be more transparent about their power data in particular, since the view…

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I’m a big fan ofHandmade Cyclist‘s posters – these beautiful illustrated pieces are thoughtful, quirky and like nothing else out there. In celebration of the upcoming Roubaix Sunday and then the Ardennes, I thought I would bring these fantastic Routes posters to your attention!

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To many of us, the Grubers’ work really epitomises the Belgian Cobbled Classics. If you haven’t seen their gallery for Cannondale-Garmin, go now!

Grubers Cannondale GW

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It’s no secret that VeloVoices are big fans of Emily Maye‘s photography and her work with Trek Factory Racing always has that behind-the-scenes feel. In parts one andtwo of a new series from the team, Emily and the team’s PR manager Tim Vanderjeugd visit Julian Arredondo in Colombia.

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Every now and again something pops up on Twitter that leaps out and grabs my attention. And that’s exactly what this stunning poster by Dan Mather celebrating the Classics did the other day. [Note: Word on the tweets is that this is selling out fast – if you want one, order it NOW.]

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I said this earlier today on Twitter: the CIRC folk could have saved themselves a lot of time if they’d just read in the first place. It was a bit of a glib comment but, a little amazingly, it seems that the CIRC folk did indeed do just that when doing research for the report, as an excellent article by Cillian Kelly of Irish Peloton on here last year makes the footnotes on page 150.


A moment for celebration?

No, not really. The real fact of the matter is that this report should never have been necessary and it wouldn’t have been had the authorities, the teams, the riders, race organisers and journalists (I’m getting deja vu here) not been such a motley crew of cretins and cowards.

CIRC has said very very little that people close to pro cycling did not know already – if there is a…

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Sometimes I get a comment to an article and begin to write a reply but as I am in the middle of the process, I realise that the thing is becoming an article in itself. I’m not putting this up to have a pop at the commentator but I believe that this all concerns a very important topic in light of the reporting on the recent CIRC report and the Knaven issue. In fact, it’s important in relation to the whole sorry history of doping in our beloved sport.

The comment read:

“I have to say that I really do find your articles to be quite good and I appreciate that you keep on tilting at windmills.I do, however, object to the idea that news should be ever delivered with anything other then objectivity. Your site is not a news site, it’s an op-ed site. There is absolutely nothing wrong…

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On a gorgeous but windy day in Tuscany, the ninth Strade Bianche saw much of the peloton dusted up and out well before the last 10km when it was apparent that the winner would be one of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Greg van Avermaet (BMC) or Zdenek Stybar (Etixx-Quick Step). They were pedal for pedal until the last crushing incline saw Stybar put the others to the sword with a kick and a win.

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Paris-Nice begins on Sunday and the provisional start list has some pretty big names on it from GC contenders to climbers to sprinters. And the two rainbow jersey wearers as well …

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