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    What makes a Liege waffle so special? Well, other than it being frickin’ delicious, it’s made from dough while traditional American waffles are made from batter. Why should you care? Because unlike batter you can make a large amount of dough at one time, cut it into portions and freeze it for easy use when you don’t have time to cook from scratch. Plus, did we mention that they are super yummy? Liege waffles are one of Chef Biju’s favorites because hey, who doesn’t want to eat a waffle during a long workout or travel day instead of a processed [...]

    This is the last time. Never again will I be so hasty and thoughtless. You repeat this to yourself on the side of the road while hopelessly searching for some hidden corner within that little satchel. You keep fingering around in there, hanging on to a sliver of hope that if you continue looking, somehow, miraculously, you’ll find what you need to fix the lousy situation you’re in. But you don’t. You didn’t plan ahead and now you need to make the call. Yes, that call that no one wants to make. The one that’s made after you’ve stood there [...]

    Most of your equipment choices in cyclocross are made months before the season even starts. What frame you’re on and the components you use is a given come race day. However, one choice that even the top professionals leave to sometimes minutes before the start of the race is tire selection. This is because tire selection is very condition dependent. For any given tire company, there are basically three different tread patterns to choose from (fortunately not more). These include file treads (minimal traction, minimal rolling resistance), all around (medium traction and rolling resistance), and mud (maximum traction and rolling [...]

    For the uninitiated, “cross training” is typically defined as “any activity that you dislike, but that you do to be better at another activity, in lieu of actually doing that activity.” Phew. Strangely, though, there are definitely schools of thought that abhor the idea of engaging in any activity that doesn’t have your legs spinning around in circles. It leads me to assume that, in the dead of winter, this logic calls for you to lie on your back, to put your legs in the air, and to do the egg-beater—just avoid social media posting while doing so. However, if [...]

    The trailer was already buzzing with activity when we rolled into the parking lot. Brian, the demo technician, was rolling out bikes from underneath the Yeti Cycles demo tent, dialing in suspension settings for the first wave of riders. Some of us were long-time Yeti owners, while others were completely green. But, we all shared a sense of guarded excitement. And while the first ride on an unfamiliar bike has a tendency to be rather daunting, when looking over the fleet of SB-66 Carbons, ARCs, and SB-95 Carbons, it was hard to not feel optimistic. This was especially true considering [...]

    Regarding power, heart rate, and perceived exertion it’s important to realize that all are a measure of intensity and that all have a strong relationship between one another. For a given individual, as power output increases, heart rate and perceived exertion also increase in a linear and predictable fashion. This relationship, however, is different depending upon an individual’s fitness level, the environment, and other factors such as dehydration and fatigue. Because of this strong relationship, heart rate and perceived exertion are often used as estimates of power output and exercise intensity. The important distinction here, however, is that intensity can [...]

    In the heat of a race, you never have time to witness the dirt and devastation that’s smeared across the face of a racer. So we only found it appropriate to have Manual For Speed capture some before-and-afters from the dusty field of Gloucester last week. See more at Manual For Speed.             Shop Cyclocross Gear

    On their own, they look like something you might wear to a costume party—little half leg tights, arm sleeves, mesh net tank tops, and even “booties.” And while they might look a bit ridiculous by themselves, these layers of clothing will make or break your rides when Mother Nature decides to flex a bit of her muscle. Every year, around this time, we go through a transition. Those glorious days of mindlessly throwing on our jerseys, shorts, helmets, and little else before rolling out the door come to a sudden halt. Those scorcher days quickly give way to crisp mornings [...]

    If you’re a follower of Tom Boonen on Instagram, you probably think that all professional cyclists that are worth a grain of salt are also worth a fleet of Bentleys and flashy Italian sports cars. But after spending a day with the reigning US National cyclocross champ, Jonathan Page, we quickly laid those misconceptions to rest. Photos: Ben Kuhns Words: Ryan Schoeck, and Jeff Stewart Instead of the Hamptons-white-party attire and booth girls of Cipollini, we found a humble champ whose only concern was bike racing. There was a stark realism and acceptance to how Page approaches bike racing, and [...]

    If you’re a mountain biker, you’ve probably dreamed of having killer trails right out your front door. And if you’re committed, and lucky, you may have already made it a reality. There’s often a sacrifice associated with living close to a trailhead. They may be far from your family, your job, your friends, or another aspect of your life that you just can’t be without. But for those who’ve pulled it off, calling the reward sweet just wouldn’t do it justice. Above Photo: Re Wikstrom Park City is one of those mythical places where you can have it all. The [...]

    When the Merlin Extralight arrived, we found ourselves stuck in the dichotomy of knowing exactly what to expect, while really having no idea at all. Sure, we knew the Merlin story by heart, we read the specs, and we gawked at the pictures. But, after all, the Extralight in the box was a new bike, not new-old-stock. In the quarter-century since the Extralight first debuted, bicycle design has changed dramatically. And while the first Extralight was very much of its era, it was easily distinguishable by its brushed finish, perfect welds, and either a steel or aluminum fork. But, once [...]

    If you’re a seasoned cyclist, especially of the West Coast variety, the time of the year where burnout settles in is approaching. And if you’ve raced hard every weekend, you’ve probably raced even harder in the weekly ‘training’ crit. In other words, late-night reality TV is becoming addictive. Above Photo: Ben Kuhns Truthfully, though, if you’re a cat 1/2, or even have such ambitions, your coach dictates that you take a few weeks off to regenerate before tackling endless base miles. That conversation is often prefaced with the phrase “just have fun,” of which you shudder at the fallacious assumption [...]

    While the mountain-side of cycling is no stranger to contentious gear issues, we’ve found that road cycling’s debates tend to lack relevance, or at the very least, strong substance. For example, mountain biking has three wheel sizes contending for top honors, all claiming sweeping devotion and superiority. Meanwhile, road cycling is obsessed with the position of tan lines and whether or not black socks are acceptable in a post-Lance world. Frankly, we haven’t seen a valid gear argument since the surge of the carbon clincher—that is until the Giro Air Attack surfaced earlier this year. Yes, over the course of [...]

    Interestingly, as I a sit down to write this, I just read an article about how marathon times are getting slower among young Americans—44 minutes slower since 1980 in ages 25-44. Of which I find reflective of how just competing and getting a finisher’s medal is often “good enough” these days. There are no finisher’s medals at UCI World Championship events. Yes, you can take your number and frame it, but all that says is “I wasted time, money, and a social life, and all I got was a number to hang on my wall.” You go to a World [...]

    Interbike 2013 was my 11th visit to that oasis in the desert. Presumably, it’s the same oasis where everything that you’ve wished for appears like a genie from a bottle. And while that may be the case for your average technophile or e-bike enthusiast, as a female, Interbike only has a few moments to celebrate women in the sport. I had the same experiences that I’ve had for a decade. I walk into the emptiest booth on the floor and am completely ignored. I’ll quickly mention that I’m not exactly invisible. At 5’10″, I’m not a wispy anything. In years [...]

    The shorn-leg “industry” folks once again bombarded Sin City for Interbike this week, on the lookout to see what’s new from their favorite companies, and also hoping that luck would lead them to the must-haves for next year. We were there attending the show in full-force, spotting lots of good, some bad, and many impressive new products. Here’s a quick rundown of five items that had me slowing my step a notch or two. Perhaps it was purely coincidental that several of the booths that constantly had the biggest crowds all week were also dressed in wooden/industrial/urban-ish enclosures. Or maybe [...]

    Some envision the face of a reigning national champion with an icy visage, especially before the start of one of the biggest races on the American cyclocross calendar. We get it, but as Jonathan Page demonstrates, a muted, relaxed tone is what reflects true confidence. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. We had Manual For Speed capture the essence of our sponsored-athlete and friend, Jonathan Page, last week at Cross Vegas. It was quite the show. Look forward to more from Manual For Speed and Jonathan Page in the months ahead.

    If you’ve been scouring the internet for the past three days, and all you were left with from Interbike 2013 was a “meh,” you’re probably both right and wrong. All in all, though, the perceived banality isn’t a result of a lackluster show—far from it. Instead, I find that we’d either seen it all coming or had just already seen it. But this doesn’t take away from the resounding cool factor of some the products on display. Let’s tear through some trends. As I predicted last week, hydraulics ruled the show. And more importantly, Shimano’s choice to not brand its [...]

    I cringe every time I hear the term “women’s-specific” in reference to bike frame design. The case has been made over and over again—women are shorter, women have longer legs, women have shorter torsos and arms than men, and therefore, they need smaller bike frames. Well, the statistics remain debatable, which leads to the important question: Do you really need a women’s bike? Over the past 25 years, I’ve seen nearly every setup and position imaginable. First, there was the seventies’ and eighties’ bigger-is-better fit, where having about an inch to spare between your top tube and crotch was considered [...]

    What’s in a Calorie?

    I asked my little nephew the other day if he knew what a calorie was and he quickly replied, “It’s what makes you fat.” I didn’t know if I wanted to laugh or cry. While he was technically correct and his response was unknowingly witty and oddly in tune, I also realized that I might have exposed him to too many pro cyclists and that a three year old shouldn’t be concerned about his power to weight ratio. I tried to explain that calories don’t make you fat on their own, but eating more calories than you need can. He [...]

    Crest Trail Diary

    The last time I descended from Guardsman Pass to the Valley floor, night lights were used to escape a relentless orb burning SLC into the record books. Along with cool air and active mule deer, the sundown shuttle to the top involved a rare sighting — out of the brush, next to Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, waved a long, bushy tail. And as I passed what was first thought to be a fox, I soon saw a build and face that’d happily make a standard poodle its hors d’oeuvre. This video is not only a fantastic representation of what I [...]

    First, I feel it prudent to profess that yes, I am a vegan. However, to answer your inevitable question, no, I’m not a biased, ALF-card-carrying radical. Simply put, I treat my body with respect, and the best way that I’ve found to achieve this is through a vegan diet. With that being said, it’s important to note that the vegan diet doesn’t tend to lend itself to the vast world of sports supplements. And for this reason, I was ecstatic to find a massive pile of Vega Nutrition products on my desk two weeks ago. It’s important to note that, [...]

    Well, it’s that time of year again. Yes, that time where we pack light, drink plenty, and head off into the desert to view the latest and greatest that the cycling industry has to offer. And while Eurobike does act as a bit of a spoiler in this sense, from time to time, Interbike tends to deliver some left hooks in the surprise department. So, I thought that it’d be interesting to spell out my predictions for the show ahead of time. Starting with the obvious, I’m sure that we’ll be seeing a host of hydraulic road setups. Of course, [...]

    He stood back, taking a hard look at me before saying that he thought I was built like Indurain. I took it as a compliment, seeing as “Big Mig” was his country’s cycling superstar for the first half of the ’90s. My new acquaintance spoke with trepidation when using the few English words my uncle had taught him during their language lessons, but his great enthusiasm for our shared interest in cycling rolled off his tongue in a flurry of Spanish. I found that this excitement was consistent with many of the Spaniards I met during my visits to Spain [...]