Category: Philosophical Musings

Cyclists mostly know at some level that bike racing is a team sport and that we need good teammates to help us win. Sometimes listening to the stories and complaints of club racers, though, I wonder if most riders know …

The Good Teammate – How to Be Positive Part of a Team in Cycling Read More »

I first got seriously into bike racing when I was 23, after a decade of bicycle touring. I was young enough to dream of turning pro and riding in the Tour de France. I had great base from thousands of …

Don’t be a rat Read More »

When one takes up cycling, one gets more than a healthy activity, an outlet for competitive urges, an excuse to travel and a hole in one’s wallet. One can also choose to become part of the community of cyclists. There …

Death Stalks the Peloton Read More »

Forward thinking riders sometimes ask me about the costs of bike racing. I tick through the list: A racer needs a racing bike and an extra set of wheels. Then there are special foods, tires, tubes, pumps, shorts, shoes, socks, …

The Things We Do For Love – The Costs of Bike Racing Read More »

By Dr KC Wilder, Sports Psychologist As a sport psychologist and researcher, I chose to interview racing cyclist and Wenzel Coach Melissa Sanborn of Vanderkitten Racing for this issue of the newsletter.  The article is simply a transcript with questions …

Passion and Cycling: An Interview with Melissa Sanborn Read More »

Involvement in club racing can be extremely rewarding. Besides excitement and challenge, one gains physical fitness, confidence, self-knowledge and a social network. For many, bike culture is the background for life’s journey of self-discovery or provides a structure that gives …

Emigrating to Bike-World Read More »

Even well informed coaches and riders can argue frequently, and sometimes angrily, about training methods. Enough research has been published, one might think training would be reduced to a science: That there would be one proven and accepted training plan …

My Kung fu is stronger than your Kung fu: The Science of Training Read More »