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To Be Determined Journal

To Be Determined is a journal of cycling, adventure and photography, curated by a NYC-based cycling team known as TBD Racing or Team TBD. From criteriums to cyclocross to product reviews and travel diaries, it is all part of the TBD Journal.

Weekend Roll: The Spicy Edition

When the call for a 4+ hour ride with intensity appears in Slack on a Sunday, for the next weekend, before our weekly Cycle Smart call with Mr Fetty, you know that the ride will definitely be a spicy one. With the duration, intensity and coach approval sorted, all that is left is to work out a start time and location, easy right? Well after 120+ Slack messages, Liz came through in the clutch and made the executive decision to start at 7am with 4 race pace efforts during the ride.

With the early start, last minute chain lubes took place at the meet spot.

Early start + running late + freshly washed street = skin donation. Thankfully no bikes were harmed.

The first effort would take place on 9W with a pace line forming for the inevitable State Line Sprint with a quick re-group and re-fuel at the Market.

Onwards to the hills. Photo: Cullen

Onwards to the hills. Photo: Cullen

After a flat and fast first effort it was time to look to the hills. Russ lit it up with the early attack before being caught with Travis then unleashing a multitude of vicious attacks (the first one got rid of me) to try and shake a very fit Colin. I’m not sure who won the bragging rights, it looked like a draw from my vantage point off the back. With interval 2 done, it was into Nyack to grab some water on what was quickly becoming a very hot day.

Hey friends!

Hey friends!

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The final two efforts were done in reverse of the first two with MVP of the second climb going to Russ for his daring descent and perfectly timed finishing sprint. I don’t have any photos of the efforts as my mind had already drifted to coffee. A spicy morning was finished with a perfect coffee stop and we could finally catch our breath before braving the hot morning sun on the commute home.

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