Plain Pedalers

Plain Pedalers

We’ve chosen four cyclists – from amateurs to experts – to be this year’s Plain Pedalers. Tune in here to learn their cycling tips, training advice, misadventures, and experience Pedal The Plains through their eyes. Meet the Plain Pedalers here, and tune in below to read more from each blogger.

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The ending to a great weekend

The last two days of Pedal The Plains were an incredible experience.  Here’s a recap from both days: Day two – in a word: whew. 68 miles from Lamar to La Junta, mostly uphill, done! Overall, yet another great experience at Pedal The Plains. As I mentioned after the first

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Notes to self

I have to say Pedal the Plains 2013 was one of the best experiences of my life!  It was absolutely amazing! So well organized, put together and run! Some notes to self for future rides: Bring a smaller tent (or more people to ride with) my tent was ginormous!  Bring

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Day Two at top speeds

I met Dave and Big Kyle, my partners in crime, at 7:00 to roll out for the century. We pressed the pace a little early to warm up and never really let off the gas. When Big Kyle wants to go fast, it’s best to just try to grab his

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Day 1 in the books

First day of Pedal The Plains is in the books! Without a doubt, there is no better place to participate in your first organized ride than here. Everything was organized perfectly and logically, and the staff running the event couldn’t have been more helpful. Especially helpful to newer road bike

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102 miles and fried brains!

What a ride today. We started with the moon high in the west and the sun low and bright in the east. I took that as a sign that it would be a clear and hot day. It was. Like a lot of people I started out with a jacket.

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Nature’s perfect recovery foods. I hope.

After the quick ride from Eads to Lamar I linked up with my amazing wife, who has volunteered to do SAG detail for the weekend. The rest of the SAG crew consists of our daughter, Annabelle (she’s 7 days old now, it was time to get a job) and chocolate

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And we’re off!

We headed south and east out of Eads, Colorado under mostly cloudy skies. One of our stops took is to the Haggard Farm. Here I am standing beside a huge eight-row corn chopper. What an amazing difference between this and the two-row  one we had when we farmed! What a

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Day One in the books

Sorry to see Day One of Pedal The Plains drawing to a close. Despite the head winds, today was a good warm up ride for tomorrow’s 69 miles to La Junta, and maybe the Century. Having the Governor come along for the ride (in spirit and on crutches instead of

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All about Eads

It’s a nearly six hour drive from Carbondale to Eads, much of it on I-70. For the first time in months I noticed snow on the peaks of the mountains; a gentle reminder that this is the last weekend of summer. The further east I got past Denver, the warmer

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Mileage down, but for good reason

My mileage has been way down the last few weeks due to work, floods, and impending fatherhood. My wife gave birth to our beautiful baby girl on Friday the 13that 3:13 p.m. Annabelle Gertrude Richardson is built like a Schleck brother – the skinnier, faster one. At 21.5” long and

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Using athletics to foster development

Rural towns have a certain charm lacking in major cities: neighborly hospitality, hometown cultures and, of course, a lack-of rush hour traffic. Unfortunately, many small towns have also fallen on hard times. Population flights to cities have caused many towns to shrink, and in many cases jobs have become difficult

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Riding in troubled times

I’m having trouble writing this. Every Front Range bike ride I wrote about in my last post is now under water and mud. Jamestown is accessible only by helicopter. The former owner of the Mercantile — where the employees provide jugs of cold water for cyclists — is presumed dead.

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