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Greenville goes to Belgium

All of us cyclists here in Greenville think it is a great place to live and ride. It is. However, it doesn’t take many moments of viewing the Ronde van Vlaanderen — for us, the Tour of Flanders — in Belgium to know that it is a cycling crazed place! Over a span of seven to ten days the two worlds meet as several Greenvillians have made there way across the pond to see — and particpate in — European racing.

Foremost, of course, it George Hincapie. After a solid finish of 6th in Sunday’s Tour of Flanders, he is now eying April 11th’s, Paris-Roubaix. There will be some American flags being waved by supporters from his home town.

The Greenville "Boys" cheer on George

Photo from HincapieSports.com blog

You can follow George with the guys along with Rich Hincapie at the HincapieSports.com blog. Steve Baker is passing along some photos from the trip Rich is taking with friends. Looks like they are having a blast!

In addition to his father, Rich has a few traveling companions from Greenville in tow.  Knowing this crowd, they are horsing around, riding, drinking and laughing their way through Belgium.  We can’t wait to hear some of the stories about their adventures.  This trip marks the first time several of them have ridden the cobbles.  Let’s hope the newbies keep it upright in the saddle.  At least they are smiling in the pictures we see. — Steve Baker

You can read more and see more pictures at Hincapie.com/blog.

I’m also enjoying following another blog of some friends just out to have a good time riding their bikes in Belgium. Several of them are my teammates. They even had to opportunity to wear their POA colors in action with Rodney taking a 16th place overall and 4th in the Masters division. Way to go, Rodney!

The first climb, the Kluisberg, was paved and not too bad at under 800m, but number two was the Knotenburg which in english means “my first gel wants to get a second taste, and big guys don’t always go up hill slow,  as Windjammer no 1 decided to check out. ”   5k later the first cobbled climb, the Kwaremont at 1600m, was the wake up.   I learned how to ride a bike again!  Lean forward to pull on the bars, back wheel comes up,  not good!  I might add that we did have the best conditions possible fo the epic ride with 20 mph wind, pouring rain almost all day and cobbled sections flowing with water and mud! Read more here.

My only regret is that there isn’t more to read! It is going to be hard to keep these guys quiet when they get home. Then again, I’ll be all ears!

The POA guys and Steve

Taking in the Belgium experience

Neilbrowne.com – the new old kid on the block

I’ve been doing this blogging stuff here in Greenville for nearly a decade. LowCadence has been around for a couple of years. Before that it was StackOfStuff.net and Vespatude.com. Don’t forget the Cycling Blog that was once on GreenvilleOnline.com. Before that, I wrote political articles for my now defunct CommonVoice.com.

None of these ventures were for money — they are for the love of writing. The only one that made any amount of money was The Common Voice, but as it grew the time spent managing it and keeping the code up to date wasn’t worth the money it brought in. I believe I’ve finally found my home here at LowCadence.com.

There have been a number of other blogs that have popped up during that time. Of course, some others existed before then – like Bicycle Design. Now there are a number of blogs out there – even Hincapie Sportswear is in on the action. A couple I would like to think I played a small role in encouraging to put down their cycling thoughts for us to enjoy – The Wandering Cyclist and Wind In My Hair Bugs In My Teeth come to mind.

However, now we have a new breed of blogger coming on the scene. When professional cycling journalist Neil Browne came to town, we had a “new” blogger in Greenville with some “old” experience. Browne Eye Blog isn’t so much about Greenville cycling as it is about Cycling.

I admit I’m jealous – not jealous of having Neil join us here in this wonderful place called Upstate South Carolina. I’m jealous that he is writing about people, places, and races of which I only dream. Of course, that is one of the neat things about blogs — they allow us to have a peek into worlds we don’t always get to experience for ourselves.

So, a big welcome to you Neil. Anyone who has ever met him knows that he certainly adds some color to the neighborhood. The more the merrier!

Why “Low Cadence” dot com?

After Thursday night’s killer ride (averaged over 250 watts for 1.5 hours) I took Friday off.  Then today I went out for a spin just to stay loose in anticipation of Monday’s Assault on Mount Mitchell.  While out there, I started hearing some mystery popping noise and decided to swing by Sunshine Cycle Shop to see if the guys could help me kill the gremlin.

While there I got asked the question from someone who had not yet visited this blog. “Why ‘Low Cadence’?” he asked.  Actually, people don’t normally say it that way.  It is more like, “Low Cadence?” The look on their faces could be read as “Why on earth would you name it that?”

Well, here is the answer.  1) High Cadence is already taken (actually, I could have it if I wanted to pay some domain squatter for the domain), and 2) it fits with my riding style.  People are always getting onto me for pushing too big of a gear for conditions.  Where you should be turning 80 to 90 rpm, I’ll be recording turns of 70 to 80.

So, as I was deciding what to call this blog, it made sense to name it Low Cadence.  Besides, it seems to be more interesting than High Cadence.  Whatever the name, thanks for reading! By the way, the guys found out what was causing the popping sound.  Now I won’t go mad climbing to Mt. Mitchell.