Video: The Thrills and Spills in Cycling 2015

Velon brings you the highlights of cycling in 2015, with some incredible on-bike footage of winning moves, crashes and celebrations. This video puts you in the center of the action.

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“To Top This You’d Have to Climb Everest Backwards”

Here’s one helluva story.

It concerns a swede named Goran Kropp and his 7000 mile bike ride from Sweden to the base camp of Everest, and ends in a solo climb without oxygen to the summit of Everest. Could it get any crazier? It could. Kropp then got on his bike and rode the 7000 miles back home.

“To top Kropp you’d have to climb Everest backwards.”

Along the way Kropp is offered sex, stoned and shot at. It’s all documented in his book, “Ultimate High: My Everest Odyssey”. By all accounts the book is filled with adventure and humor, but mixed with a sizable section on the Everest tragedy of May 1996, where 8 climbers lost their lives.

A number of accounts of the disaster have been published, but undoubtedly poor planning and bad decisions on the mountain played a big role. The cut off time for summiting is 14:00 PM, that’s when you turn back no matter where you are. You turn around and descend… or you will likely die a dark, cold death.

On May 10, 1996, many climbers ignored that rule and continued onwards and paid the ultimate price. Kropp himself, climbing solo, kept his head and turned back about 300 feet from the summit. He was in base camp recovering while the other expeditions descended into chaos and tragedy.

Following the tragedy, after almost everyone had left base camp, Kropp launched another attempt on the summit, still solo and without oxygen, and he succeeded.

The New York Times reviewed Ultimate High in 1999:

“The bike trip, which takes up about a third of the book, is worth the cover price in itself. Kropp escapes a storm by ducking into a rustic brothel, where he pulls out a map and shares his plan with the hookers. The madam is impressed and offers Kropp a free night with her daughter. Kropp refuses — he’s refusing all support services. He rides on.”

Source: Climbing Everest Was the Easy Part (NY Times review, Oct 10, 1999)

The book is not directly available through Amazon but you can find copies from third party sellers, I just snagged a copy:

Ultimate High: My Everest Odyssey by Goran KroppUltimate High: My Everest Odyssey

BTW, the book is banned in the UK. Kropp exposes what really went on in May 1996, and outs a few climbers as cheaters. (And you thought it was just cycling that had that problem.)

Kropp also mixed up a couple of names and got sued in the UK. Michael Trueman successfully sued Kropp for libel. It seems Kropp confused Michael Trueman and another expedition leader Mike Burns.

Currently the book is only available from third party sellers, so if the link above doesn’t work try this link: Ultimate High, or click here: Goran Kropp to do an author search.

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Superfood Shakes for Optimal Health and Performance

Nutrient-rich superfoods help support optimal training, performance and recovery…

It’s no secret that your body needs the right fuel to perform at its best. Fill the tank of a Lamborghini with paraffin and it’s not going anywhere. The athlete’s body is no different, in fact it has higher technical requirements that are hard to fulfill in today’s fast moving world, where time is a premium and we are surrounded by fast food choices that do anything but provide the fuel our bodies need and support hard workouts.

It can be costly and inconvenient to fuel your body with the full range of nutrients that it needs. Even the most diligent athletes and eaters can end up missing critical nutrients in their diet, leading to poor sleep, low energy and sub-optimal training and performance.

All-In-One Superfood Nutrition ShakeEnter Skoop. Skoop has developed a range of powered super nutrition shakes that are whole-food and plant-based. They are designed to be convenient and provide the diverse range of nutrients your body needs to function at its full capacity, and to recover quickly and stay strong and healthy.

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A Death-Defying Rooftop Ride

The morning’s weather forecast says it’s going to be a perfect day. Danny MacAskill hops on his bike and makes his way down to the beach, but he ain’t taking the road. No, that would be lame. Danny hops, bounces, leaps and and wobbles his way across the color rooftops of Gran Canaria, ending in a spectacular clifftop plunge in to the sea.

Dazzling and death-defying, this may be Danny’s most daring ride to date.

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Fat Tire Biking in the Frozen North

Travel Yukon invites you to experience the magic of fat biking in the Yukon, and it’s pretty spectacular.

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What’s the Big Deal About Froome’s Data?

What matters most is not the numbers but something hidden in his head

Froome’s physiological test data is supposed to be released today. There is much anticipation, particularly in regard to possible doping; but is it really that big a deal?

I think it depends on how you look at cycling. For many it is the be all and end all of cycling. The Pythagorean camp is obsessed with their numbers… and knowing everyone else’s numbers.

The only problem with that viewpoint is that it’s contradicted by the facts.

For one thing, cycling is not a contest of brute strength or even endurance. It’s a game of chess on wheels. There’s strategy and tactics. There’s knowing yourself, your strengths and weaknesses. And just as importantly, knowing your adversaries – their strengths and weaknesses.

And then there’s the biggie…

No doubt you’ve heard me go on and on about it, mindset. In my opinion, what’s in your head is far more important than what’s in your legs. Mindset can overcome a big disadvantage elsewhere, and it can inhibit and erode a big advantage.

Data is but one dimension. In reality there’s a complex intersection of, yes numbers (quantitative factors), but also a universe of mental factors that manage the numbers, apply knowledge of the needs of the rider and the training required, race strategies and tactics.

And behind it all is a mindset that drives the entire enterprise, that craves and demands success… or not.

Data is but one dimension, and probably the least important. It sure helps, but if you’re looking for salvation there, good luck.

Cycling Weekly has a good article giving some much needed context, including counter examples for the “Pythagorean” number worshippers, but is data even half the story? The real story is hidden in head.

Don’t Get Too Excited about Chris Froome’s Data, its Only Half the Story

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Why Are Movistar and Endura Making a 3D Model of Nairo Quintana?

It’s quite incredible what goes into today’s pro cycling apparel.

Scottish cycling apparel manufacturer Endura is sparing no expense in preparing the Movistar team for success in 2016. With 3D rider scans and exact life-size 3D movable model of Nairo Quintana, Endura can do wind tunnel testing on fabrics and fit without the presence of the rider.

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