I like to think I look forward, while also being mindful to the past…. 2 years ago today was my Belgian lightpole encounter. Amazing to think all I’ve learned and worked through since then. I’m really fortunate and blessed to be where I’m at today. Speaking of which…..

Arrived in Belgium today and made the drive over to northern France in preperation for the big dance with the old ugly lady who is “Paris-Roubaix” this sunday. Really exciting to think I’m gonna be part of such a historical and massive race. Its a big step for BMC to get invited, and an honor for me to be representing the team here. I have no doubt that it will be a brutally twisted day, but I don’t think you would find many cyclists out there who would decline the chance to have a go at it. Gonna check out a few of the cobble sectors the next few days and will hopefully have a few reports.

Pre-P-R trip, all has been well. We had a great weekend in Redlands a couple weeks ago with Louder bagging the overall, the team really rising to the occasion to defend and also bagging 2 stage wins along the way. A big personal highlight being part of it. Looking forward to more of those.

France equals lame internet, so phone update means no picks. Check out for a few great galleries from redlands.

For those social networking junkies out there, I caved in and caught the “twitter” bug. Easy way to toss out some quick updates while on the road, so follow me at

More from the “hell of the north” this week.

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