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Pain Cave Training Time

Pain Cave Training Time

This is dedicated to the cyclists for whom there is no off season, to the riders who don't have a fresh New Year's resolution, but a continued commitment to riding.

It is still a harsh reality for those of us living in northern climates that through winter it is impossible to ride outside with the same intensity of summer, and instead we must ride indoors.  This is not why we ride, it's not a mountain road with a scenic view, but a necessity of winter so that we can still be ready for the roads come spring.

For the past few years, Now Bikes in Saint Paul, MN has offered classes through the winter, letting riders bring in their own bikes and ride. Even with new technology it takes commitment to put in hours of riding indoors through the winter, but it's knowing that it will pay dividends when the season starts anew that keeps the legs spinning. These images are dedicated to that drive.

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Green Acres Cyclocross

Green Acres Cyclocross

Fall for cyclists is cyclocross season, and this weekend was one of the best races annually held in Minnesota – Green Acres cyclocross race. The course snakes up, down and around a snow tubing hill, and surrounding farm fields. I was only able to catch the 2nd day of racing, missing the 300+ racers on Saturday, but still 200+ racers were out with bright sunny skies through the day.  It was great racing, and a lot of fun out on the course cheering and heckling the racers. I didn't get out and race this year, hopefully I'll have my bike re-assembled before the next race. 

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Donkey Label Racing - Inside an elite Minnesota cycling team

Donkey Label Racing - Inside an elite Minnesota cycling team

Donkey Label, a Minnesota cycling apparel and accessories brand, has been committed to bike racing since it's inception, but this year they also began sponsoring a team of elite racers. The team was created with a goal of having more transparency and allowing people a behind the scenes look at life on an elite cycling squad.

DonkeyLabelRacing.com was built to highlight photo galleries from races, and publish articles written by the team members about racing, diving into things like training, bike tech, and nutrition. 

Here is a small selection of images from the North Star Grand Prix. DonkeyLabelRacing.com has a larger gallery, and images from a track night of racing at the National Sports Center Velodrome in Blaine, MN.

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