A TALE OF TIMELINES

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

They say that it takes 10,000 hours of practicing something to become an expert…

HOW SLAVIN GOT HER GROOVE BACK, THEN LOST IT

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

Yesterday was my 34th birthday. I view myself as an employee of me. Oh yeah, it’s just as crazy as it sounds. I work for myself and every year I like to use my birthday as performance review time. The results are rarely pretty. See, the …read more >

BAD SANTA: FONTANA US CUP RECAP

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

There’s this scene in the movie Bad Santa that I’ve always thought was brilliant. Drunken degenerate Billy Bob Thornton is scamming a chubby outcast kid for a place to hide out while he plans his next mall robbery disguised as Santa. While out-of-his-mind intoxicated one …read more >

NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN RACING BIKES

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

I’m sitting outside the chemo ward of North Florida Cancer Center. It’s oddly difficult to write so many ugly words in one sentence: “chemo”, “cancer”, “sitting”… that last one’s a joke.

DON’T GIVE UP THE SHIP.

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

A dusty mouth hangs open wide, desperately gasping to fill asthmatic lungs. It’s all in vain. A lack of oxygen deprives the legs of necessary life force, everything begins to slow down, everything begins to fatigue. And then the mind follows the body into a …read more >

A Long December, An Endless Summer…

Monday, April 4th, 2016

If you asked me four years ago, long before bicycles were a part of the picture, what I’d be doing in 2016, I probably would have told you something about chemistry — running a lab or going back to school for my masters or… something. …read more >

TECH RULE EVERYTHING AROUND ME

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

Technically, I don’t freakin’ like technical mountain bike riding. Technically. I’ve kinda spent the two and a half years since I picked up mtbing avoiding having to do the techy stuff. Why? Well, because I’m not a naturally talented mtber, and those things do not come easy to me. In fact, they come by way of ugly scars, broken things, bone bruises and a cacophony of other injuries that generally I don’t mind avoiding. Plus, what I love about being on a bike is the speed… pushing yourself to those physical limits, feeling the fatigue, telling it to go **** itself, and pushing harder. I love that feeling. I love that pain.

How To Off-season Like A Boss

Friday, October 9th, 2015

I have become a messiah of mtb slackerdom. I have achieved unstructured bike nirvana. I’ve cracked the code to off-seasoning like a boss.

2015, You’ve Been A Good Year

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

I believe I left off my last blog in a dingy hotel room right before Windham Race the World. To finish that story, the pre-rides went so well that I went into the race feeling perhaps too confident. I botched the tech section on 3 of the 5 laps, lost a ton of time (and the race leaders), and ended up 5th overall in the pro race.

COAST TO COAST

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Race season is in full effect and between training, racing, working, and trying to keep up with social obligations, I’m starting to feel… well, fried, quite honestly. I write this from a borderline gross hotel room in Saugerties, NY. I’m staying here for the World …read more >

GETTING OUT OF THE FRYING PAN

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Bear Creek. I won’t lie, I might have avoided this course in the past. I’ve heard… things. Last year when National Championships was hosted there, practically in my backyard at a mere hour and a half away, I chose not to go. At the time, …read more >

CHANNELING YOUR INNER HUSTLER

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

“I got a hustler spirit, ***** period. Check out my hat yo, peep the way I wear it. Check out my swag’ yo, I walk like a ballplayer. No matter where you go, you are what you are player. And you can try to change …read more >

2016 WINDHAM PRO XCT

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Windham has been called a heavy, hard drag — the experience is just a different animal, a reason why many of the biggest races in the country take place there. Nick Lando of Team Town Cycle had a game plan to ride with reserve and …read more >

SLAVIN WINNING MTB RACE IN MD

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

At 3am, Laura Slavin‘s alarm went off, echoing into peaceful, sleepy darkness and putting the final nail into the coffin of her biggest fear: racing with zero sleep. She had made the decision to travel day-of down to Maryland’s Sugar Hill Papatsco race venue, three-and-a-half …read more >