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Rico's Rants

  • Lessons from My First 24-hour Bike Race

    Eric in 24-hour Race

    In all my years of bike racing, I have never made it a priority to race a 24-hour event. Whether it was the lack of friends or the dislike of not getting sleep, I have just avoided this racing format. Or maybe I was just never given the ideal opportunity to jump in. I recently got this opportunity for a race I had been interested in for a few years now.

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  • Rico's Rants: Don't get too upset over a little mud.

    Rico's Rants

    It's that time of year again. Everyone is pumped to get out on the bike without four layers and a full beard to keep the frost bite away. With more people on the trail come more problems, however.

    One problem here in our neck of the woods is spring rain and muddy trails. Nothing sparks more of a debate on the socials like a picture of a good, old rutted-out mud hole on your favorite trail. Mud is murder, right?

    Muddy MTB trail

    No, mud is not murder.

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  • Rico's Rants: Am I too old for Lycra cycling clothing?

    Rico's Rants

    Lycra shorts have a definite advantage for bike riding and racing. Their aerodynamics, hot-weather comfort and resistance to snags on a tight trail have keep them at the top of my cycling clothing list for almost two decades now.

    I really hated them at first; a high school kid doesn't look forward to sliding on a pair of tight shorts, especially if not one of his buddies understands what they are for (fashion is at the bottom of the list of Lycra shorts advantages, for sure). But eventually the benefits outweighed the snickers and laughs from the cycling uneducated.

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  • Rico's Rants: Scare yourself!

    Rico's Rants

    We all experience it. That moment when you are about to crack, you're at your wits end. Whether it's the dog ralphing on the new carpet, your car won't start, or just a crappy day at work. We all have these moments.

    As a lifelong cyclist, I have found my favorite coping mechanism. I grab the mountain bike and head for the local single track. Some of you may go for a road ride or take a lift to the top of your favorite DH trail. Whatever your preference it doesn't matter.

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  • Rico's Rants: Earn your turns!

    Rico's Rants

    I am slowly becoming that grumpy old-timer. During this past summer, I found myself getting a little angry with the younger MTB crowd who tend to shuttle or ride a ski lift to the top of the mountain to then ride down it instead of pushing or actually riding that 30-pound bike to the top. You see, I enjoy both aspects of a mountain bike ride (the up and the down), and I, should we say, "earn my turns."

    In fact, on many occasions I found myself mumbling "earn your turns" under my breath to these guys and girls. It started out very soft and low so that only I could hear, but by the end of the summer, I was letting these rascals know that they should earn their turns quite loudly.

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