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Damon Taaffe
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I'm a competitive ultracyclist, avid randonneur, and recovering triathlete.
I'm a competitive ultracyclist, avid randonneur, and recovering triathlete.

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The Four Amigos: Diabolical Double 2017 Recap
Whee! It's rides like the Garrett County Gran Fondo's " Diabolical Double " that sold me on cycling.  I bought a bike in 2005 to train for an Ironman in 2006, and after finishing that in once piece, I found myself drawn inexorably to the long, painful, and ...

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Maryland Endurance Challenge 2017: Better than Bridesmaid
He's so... pretty in pink. Cycling-wise, the past six months have been the best and worst of times.  Since November, I've been training more consistently than ever, using both new equipment (out with the Computrainer, in with the Tacx Neo), and a different ...

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Fighting Big Flat: 2017 D.C. Randonneurs Frederick 300k ride report
The Frederick 300k (188 miles) is an institution on the D.C. Randonneurs' rotation, having first been ridden back around the turn of the century, near as I can tell.  It was my very first 300k back in 2012, and I vividly remember fighting 95-degree heat thr...

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Mike Hall Memorial 600k: Ignoring Limits
Sometimes awful things pile up and there's no way forward except to go smash something.  After three months of the hardest training I'd ever done, a calamitous throat infection knocked me out of the 24-hour race at Sebring.  I'd never felt stronger, but ins...

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Surviving a Scare
It's been awhile since I've posted anything, but I've had irons in the fire.  Work and travel demands caused me to take almost two months off of the bike after Race Across Oregon in July, and when I emerged in mid-October, my fitness was in Nowheresville.  ...

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Chasing a Canadian: Race Across Oregon 2016 Race Report
This is my pet elevation profile.  His name is Spike. The Race Across Oregon bills itself as the "best qualifier to prepare you to compete in [the Race Across America," and the defense of that theory is that it's the toughest event you can find in the 500-m...

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Cycling Corsica Day 5: Cap Corsica with Bonus Climb (115 miles, 13k ft climbing)
Day 5- Cap Corse with Extra Fun (110, 13k ft climbing miles) On our last day in Corsica, everyone agreed that we should do what we most wanted to with our remaining time.  For most it was, with apologies to Shakespeare, "Once more unto the beach!"  But not ...

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Cycling Corsica Day 4: Hors Categorie Fun and Done (23 miles, 3.6k ft climbing)
Day 4 - Hors Categorie Fun and Done (23 miles, 3.6k ft climbing) On Day 4 of my Corsican cycling adventure, my time was pretty limited -- the gang was taking a boat to a legendary beach for the afternoon and I'd committed to joining them, meaning that I onl...
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