January 21, 2021
Setting Goals as You Grow Older
By Coach John Hughes
My longtime friend John Lee Ellis, age 67, completed his sixth Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP) this summer. PBP is a 750-mile (1200 km) continuous ride from the outskirts of Paris to Brest and back, which must be completed in 90 hours or less. The 90 hours includes all stops for rest stops, meals, sleep, mechanicals, etc. Ellis finished in 83 hours 9 minutes. So far he has ridden 22 1200Ks. Read more.
More on Bike Chain Care
By Jim Langley
Thanks for the comments and questions about last week’s Chain Care how-to. Let’s keep the link love going with your tips, recommendations and I’ll answer a couple of related queries that came in. Read more.
An Interview with Ultra-Endurance Cycling Superstar Lael Wilcox
By Sheri Rosenbaum
When you think of ultra-endurance bike racing, one name usually comes to mind — Lael Wilcox. I admire this Anchorage native’s easy-going, love for adventure, can’t wait for the next challenge attitude. She doesn’t seem to waste energy on what is out of her control and just really enjoys being out on her bike…a lot. She says “cycling makes her feel alive.” Read more.
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Castelli Alpha ROS 2 Jacket
By Brandon Bilyeu
Castelli’s Rain or Shine concept is to design cold weather kit for dry conditions and then add functional rain protection that doesn’t detracted from the dry performance, namely don’t be a steamy hot mess like most full-on rain jackets. The Alpha ROS 2’s dry and cold performance is achieved with a combination of GORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPER 150 fabric and strategically placed 3D waffle insulation. The insulation is placed on all forward-facing surfaces of the jacket behind the WINDSTOPPER and the combination does a great job of stopping all the wind and holding in heat. Read more.
Kali Protectives Uno Road Helmet Review
By Sheri Rosenbaum
Kali’s founder comes from an Aerospace R&D background, so I’m not surprised that they developed a proprietary safety technology. Not having to pay licensing fees to companies like MIPS allows them to keep prices down. The Uno helmet is reasonably priced at $100 MSRP and has all the key elements pricier helmets offer; lightweight, adjustability, and ample ventilation. Read more.
A New Column And A Cycling Reason to Avoid Added Sugars
By Kevin Kolodziejski
This new column comes from a conviction. That even though you do own a smart phone and don’t eat 14 bagged salads and 3 pounds of Brussels sprouts every week — or go gaga over the actress oozing attitude in Nissan car commercials — you and I are alike. At least when it comes to why we ride. Read more.
Anti-Aging: 12 Ways You Can Slow the Aging Process by Coach John Hughes explains why intensity training is important and the pros and cons of gauging intensity using rate of perceived exertion, heart rate and power. It includes how to do intensity exercise and different intensity workouts. The book explains how to get the most benefit from your endurance rides. It has sample training plans to increase your annual riding miles and to build up to 25-, 50-, 100- and 200-mile rides. It integrates endurance and intensity training into an annual plan for optimal results. Anti-Aging: 12 Ways You Can Slow the Aging Process incorporates the latest research and is your comprehensive guide to continuing to ride well into your 80s and even your 90s.
Question of the Week
Got any big cycling goals this year?
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