2019 Windy 500 wrap-up


511 miles. 10,613 ft of elevation. 4 days of awesome. That’s the facts. Now the fluff… The Windy 500 (AKA: “The Windy”) is now 9 years old. In total, we’ve covered 4,594 miles (New York to Los Angeles and back) and climbed 105,704 feet (20+ miles straight up). For reference, the “Death Zone” begins atContinue reading “2019 Windy 500 wrap-up”

2018 Windy 500 wrap-up


509 miles this year makes it 4,083 total Windy 500 miles ridden for me so far. That’s the equivalent of a round-trip ride from Toronto, Canada to the Gulf of Mexico and back. For the rest of you Pop Tarts, your total Windy mileage ranges somewhere between 4,083 (McArdle) & 509 (everyone else). What mattersContinue reading “2018 Windy 500 wrap-up”

Windy 500 2017 wrap-up


Yeah, that just happened. The Windy 500 just became the most spectacular thing ever. And you weren’t there. It was Sofa King awesome, that it may never eclipse itself. Like Leo Sayer singing with Barry Gibb AND Justin Timberlake. Or donut wrapped hot dogs. It was that good. We may as well all put onContinue reading “Windy 500 2017 wrap-up”

Pin the number on the donkey


My 2013 ToAD – here it is: Day 1: (Day 2 of ToAD actually, but for all of us who don’t get paid to play – it’s Day 1) East Troy.  Nerves on edge, been training and looking forward to this since the end of ToAD last year (like hundreds of other riders).  Storm blowsContinue reading “Pin the number on the donkey”

The end of an era


7,437 miles and counting… In the past 2 calendar years, the longest I’ve been off the bike was 9 days: November 30 to December 8, 2010.  Before that, I wasn’t keeping track. I’ve enjoyed every mile – every adventure, every race, every crash, every one of the 316 rides so far.  But it’s time forContinue reading “The end of an era”

2011 racing season – that’s a wrap!


AKA – the continuing evolution of a fat dude… Here I am in summer of 2006.  Riding an old mountain bike on the road with my other fat old friends –  Bob Roll and Greg LeMond.  OK, we’re not really friends – just fat.  I had taken many years off of the bike, and wasContinue reading “2011 racing season – that’s a wrap!”

WORS #6 “Alterra Coffee Bean Classic” pre-ride report


82 degrees at 6am this morning – great morning to head over to Franklin and check out the Crystal Ridge trails. Once again this year the Alterra team will host the Crystal Ridge WORS race and their crew along with the Metro Mountain Bikers have made the once “fun to ride but crappy to race” courseContinue reading “WORS #6 “Alterra Coffee Bean Classic” pre-ride report”