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Adventures, anecdotes, stories, but not hard news

Winter Cycling…

There’s plenty of winter left, but I’m tired.  Tired of skiing?  No way.  Tired of driving?  Way, much.  The Sugarloaf Marathon was a great race, but 1000 miles in 3 days pulled my cork.  This weekend, despite good conditions, I…

The Spy Who Loved Biathlon

Gadgets?  Check.  Fancy car?  Check, although snow tires are advisable if the brakes lock coming to full stop.  Wild chase scene?  Just bring it. Who knew that James Bond was a crackerjack biathlete as well as alpine skier?  In a…

Sugarloaf Marathon 2013

Have you ever tried to eat a chunk of banana that’s sat out in 20-degree weather?  It’s a frozen, slippery blob, impossible to chew or swallow, and it tastes like crap.  Plus, the feed station volunteer pulled a Kieran Jones,…

Notchview: Bread and Jam Race

Woulda coulda shoulda.  I blew the kick wax – er, klister – but in a different way. In a Subaru with a failing clutch, I went on dawn patrol to Notchview for the Bread and Jam race.  Several years ago,…

As the Cookie Crumbles: Peru Nordic’s Cookie Clash

– words by Peter; all photos by Laurel Minde Each time I crested the aptly named Killer Hill, my legs flooded with lactic acid.  Naturally, there was no rest for the wicked: from the height of land, a gradual descent turned…

Avant Le Déluge: Skiing Mohonk

“What’s it like to be a local?” I asked my friend Gary, not without jealousy.  “You spend all morning running errands, you don’t get here until two and you can still ski a couple hours!”  Busy in the morning, Gary…

Skiing Mount van Hoevenberg

This video of Mount van Hoevenberg is from the days bookending the Loppet.  Sorry, no race footage: I ain’t wearing a camera whilst racing.  The one time I brought a camera along in a race – during the Escarpment Trail Run,…