Los Angeles Training Camp

I’m currently writing from 30,000 feet as I fly back to Maine from Los Angeles, where I spent the past two weeks of Bowdoin’s (my university) spring break. The first half of my semester flew by, with classes, riding, and cross-country skiing taking up most of my time. Although Maine winters are wonderful for skiing,Continue reading “Los Angeles Training Camp”

German Racing, Velodrome Physics, and Back to France

After a small break from racing in mid-May, I drove northeast from Chambéry to the small southern German town of Singen. My route went east across Switzerland, then north from Zurich. Surprisingly, border control was non-existent, even with Covid still a major concern in Europe. I just drove across. My destination was a two-day trackContinue reading “German Racing, Velodrome Physics, and Back to France”

Track and Road Racing in Full Swing

The past month has been a whirlwind of travel and racing.  France was in its third national lockdown for most of April, which meant a few weeks without racing. Having been sick just a few weeks earlier, the lull in racing let me ease back into training. It took three weeks to bounce back fromContinue reading “Track and Road Racing in Full Swing”

Viruses, Velodromes, and Visibility

Since I last checked in two weeks ago, there have been several developments here in the foothills of the Alps. Most importantly, France went into its third national Covid lockdown, this time for the totality of April. For the public, this means continuing the 7pm to 6am curfew, closing nonessential businesses, and now a 10kmContinue reading “Viruses, Velodromes, and Visibility”

Pelousey Classic … and a Cancelled Race!

Spring is in full swing here in Chambéry, and that means beautiful riding weather! I had my first ride in just bibshorts and a jersey yesterday, and though I’m grateful for the weather, the 80 degree high prompts concerns for the temperatures the summer may bring. Below you’ll find a few pictures taken on someContinue reading “Pelousey Classic … and a Cancelled Race!”

Grand Prix de Bourg-de-Péage

The past two weeks have been full steam ahead: our third and final training camp, and our first race of the season. For the training camp we headed south again, this time to the medieval village of Venasque. We stayed just 20 kilometers from the foot of the legendary Mont Ventoux, a climb first includedContinue reading “Grand Prix de Bourg-de-Péage”

Race Season Approaching

We’ve just finished the second of three training camps, which have been highly productive.  Our first camp, based in the small village of Trescléoux in the Hautes-Alpes department, featured 20 hours of training and focused on team time trial work. If you don’t know what that is, it’s six or seven riders in tight linearContinue reading “Race Season Approaching”

Getting Down to Work

Training Now that we’re rolling into mid February, training is ramping up. Last week we finished our first training cycle, which lasted six weeks. We capped it with a quality five-hour ride with 10,000 feet of elevation gain in the mountains around Chambéry, but unfortunately couldn’t ascend much higher than 1000 meters since almost allContinue reading “Getting Down to Work”