Can you feel the excitement in the air?  That's because tomorrow starts the 98th Tour de France, and it's shaping up to be a great one! If this is your first time paying attention to Le Tour, I'd recommend reading my ...Read More

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A quick catch-up post, since I've been super-delinquent in writing lately. First up, I should probably give a better recap of the 100 Miles of Nowhere. I also hopped a train to London a few weekends ago, which mostly ...Read More

A zippy 5 hours, 46 minutes moving, and a glacial 7 hours, 7 minutes elapsed time! There was an unexpected course closure at the 135 km mark, meaning I suddenly had to find somewhere to go nowhere. More ...Read More


Tomorrow morning is my attempt at The 4th annual Fat Cyclist 100 Miles of Nowhere, or as the French call it, "Quoi?"  Since this is my first century, my goal is 6.5 hours, we'll see how I do.  Some of ...Read More

Oh, snap!  It's that time again, when I drive off my readership writing about, wait for it,  cycling!  Spring classics season is winding up for the first Grand Tour of the year, the weather here has finally taken a turn ...Read More


I always assumed that after a year of living and cycling in Europe, I'd look something akin to a long-lost Schleck brother: Bescarfed, slim cut suit, euro-diculous haircut... Nope.  After a ride, I look like this: Cycling has transformed me into a 1973 ...Read More

Just a quickie.  This week at lunch I learned that Chinese people with green cards never die. Instead, when they shuffle off this mortal coil their green card is passed down to a similar looking relative or friend, l'dor v'dor.  Since ...Read More


So I finally got around to doing some non-work, non-skating, non-cycling related traveling!  Two weeks ago, I was talked into going to Barcelona with my new friend Natalie.  Normally, I would recommend against traveling to Spanish-speaking countries with people you ...Read More

We've had a variety of visitors recently arrive to our lab group for the spring.  There were ten of us at lunch yesterday, with conversations in five concurrent languages.  In summary, it was a little crazed. I drew up an ...Read More

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I just got back from two weeks of business travel - a week outside of Düsseldorf and a week outside Aix-en-Provence.  I got a small taste of what working in the private sector is like, as well as a contrasting ...Read More