This is what happens when you hang out with a bunch of dudes for a long time. Your oatmeal starts to look like… umm, looks unlike food.

The race formerly called “US Pro” – and now called something like the “Triple Crown Commerce Bank Philadelphia Grand Prix” – was this past weekend. It was warm. I described it as toasty to someone, but I think it’s more like microwavy. You know how it gets after like 8 minutes of zapping some potatoes? Super hot and moist air (yes, I said moist)? Yup, it was like that… but hotter.

Anyway, I’m beginning to build a reputation for making the break in long races. My criteria is that the race has to be at least 130 miles. After notching up breakaways on the longest stages of ToCA and GA, I initiated today’s 4 hour breakaway. Mr. Daniel Ramsey made note of that in the break; very astute Dan. You get three gold stars. But on the 8th time up the wall we got caught and I wisely blew to pieces. Day over. Now now in Minneapolis for Nature Valley. Yea bikes.

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  1. josh a

    I don’t know, man. RKelly might think that looks like food.

  2. kyle

    Ted….a quick question. I’ve just began a long bike tour, and unfortunately the saddle sore has set in. My saddle has about 2000 miles on it and has never given me a problem. Any advice you have to help me continue riding in less pain would be great.


  3. iamtedking

    Im no doctor but if you send me a couple pictures I’ll be able to assess the matter further.

    Seriously though, I don’t have much advice. Wash yourself, use chamois cream, or takes day off. They’re just part of life for most cyclists.

  4. Russell @ Herriott Sports Performance

    Ted – Great season! YOu’ve really stepped up your game. congrats.

    Kyle –

    1. Wear good shorts. No cheap cycling shorts.
    2. Use a good chammy cream. Assos is great.
    3. Wear your shorts correctly. Snug, pulled up tight.
    4. Keep your shorts clean for every ride (sounds like common sense). Dry them in a drier to keep bacteria from growing.
    5. Hygiene. Keep things clean and dry down there when off the bike.
    6. Make sure your bike position is good. Not too much weight on bars vs saddle. Not too much pelvic/core motion (friction)
    6. Choose the correct saddle. This can take some time, but keep trying them until you find the right one.
    7. If you’re not getting drug tested for competition, there are some steroidal medications your doctor can prescribe that will help (last resort).

  5. Huck

    Wow, Teddy King, 2nd in the NRC standings, and website for saddle sore discussions! I am impressed! Kyle, the team mate of Teddy’s to ask is Garrett Peltonen, who also has a Missing Saddle page, he is the king of dealing with saddle sores. My advice is LOADS of chamois cream – seriously.


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