Anytime some random city or town (often on NPR) is mentioned, I usually say, “I’ve been there.” And I’ve usually been there for a bike race. It’s become a running joke with my wife and her friends. In 25 years of bike racing and other sports, I’ve travelled a lot of places but I am by no means well travelled. It’s just strange how often they overlap. I have seen some of the world from a bike and, for me, it’s been a far better way to get to know a place than as a tourist or a businessman.
Here are just a few of the places I’ve been for races, in no particular order:
Mogollon, New Mexico
Binghampton, New York
Wildwood, New Jersey
Monroe, New York
Those who’ve been on this circuit will appreciate the challenge of a finding a decent cup of coffee.