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In August I participated in my 16th Pan-Mass Challenge—my second as a remote rider—cycling 190 miles in two days to raise money for the Jimmy Fund and lifesaving cancer research, treatment, and prevention at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

This was also a major personal milestone—my 100th ride of 100 miles or more—an achievement nearly 20 years in the making!

Please take a moment now to help me reach my goal of raising $4,000 in 2021. Thank you so much!

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Back in the Saddle Again

Saddle facing right

A rider only touches his bicycle in five places: two hands, two feet, and the most sensitive place of all: the saddle.

People are very finicky about their saddles – for good reason – and it can be difficult to predict what will work for any given rider. I have been fortunate that the stock saddles that came with my bicycles worked well for my physiology… until recently.

And this may be where we get into what might be too much information for the sensitive reader. Viewer discretion is advised. You have been warned!

Over the past year or so, after long rides – especially centuries – I’ve experienced an abnormal amount chafing around the sit bones. It’s painful, but heals over a couple days. What’s odd is that I’ve never had this problem in the past.

I was slow to look into specific causes »more


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Interstate Travel

Phil & Ornoth at the Crestview Park overlook in New Cumberland WV

It’s been two years since I last participated in an organized century event. But with the 2021 season starting to wind down, last Sunday I completed my fourth PMTCC 3-State Century.

The headline leading into the event had to be the weather. Hurricane Ida swept away the last humid heat of summer, and left Pittsburgh enjoying a delightful string of sunny days with lows in the upper 50s and highs in the 70s. You couldn’t ask for better conditions!

On the other hand, one could ask for a more reasonable starting time! Riders choosing the 100-mile route had to hit the road at 6:30am to avoid road closures for a 5k run.

With the event beginning on Neville Island – eight miles down the Ohio River from Pittsburgh – that meant an early wake-up call. I staggered awake at 4:15am, downed half a bage »more


Phil & Ornoth at the Crestview Park overlook in New Cumberland WV At the teapot rest stop in Chester WV Leaving WV on the Newell Toll Bridge 1/3 mile of very sketchy boardwalk


2021 PMC jersey reveal Pre-PMC meal Sunrise on the Hot Metal Bridge Downtown Pittsburgh from the Grandview overlook GAP McKeesport railroad bridge Monongahela tug pushing coal barges Clairton coke works Mon City from Bunola Road Freshly-resurfaced Southside Trail 100 centuries+ Smithfield Bridge Point State Park fountain Sewickley Hills Downtown Pittsburgh from Herr's Island