Author Archives: DC Rainmaker

5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

A nice relaxing weekend back home in Paris – here’s what I was up to! 1) Paris Roller For some three years now I’ve seen the Friday night festivus that is Paris Roller.  It’s when every Friday evening hundreds to … Read More Here

Week in Review–August 2nd, 2015

The Week in Review is a collection of both all the goodness I’ve written during the past week around the internet, as well as a small pile of links I found interesting – generally endurance sports related. I’ve often wondered … Read More Here

TdF 2015: Comprehensive list of Strava & TrainingPeaks pro uploads by stage

Over the last few weeks the folks at both Strava and TrainingPeaks have been sending me occasional (or daily in some cases) updates of each file upload to their respective services for all riders in the Tour de France that … Read More Here

In Just 7 Days…

Yes, the time is once again almost upon us: The Annual DC Rainmaker Giveaway Extravaganza.  Albeit slightly later in the summer season than years’ past – but worry not, I’m not skipping it! Next Tuesday (August 4th) starting at exactly … Read More Here

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The Tour de France in Paris: Riding it, watching La Course, and the Finish

As is always the case, yesterday is an epic day for cycling fans in Paris.  I went for the trifecta of craziness, and tried to jam it all in.  Here’s a look at my (semi-exhausting) day. Riding the final stage: … Read More Here

More than you ever wanted to know about power meters in pro cycling

Over the last week or so there’s been substantial talk about power meter data in the Tour de France, specifically around scenarios of data snooping, data accuracy, data estimation, and data tampering.  For the most part, the mainstream cycling media … Read More Here

A look at Garmin’s new swimming heart rate straps: HRM-SWIM & HRM-TRI

Today Garmin introduced two new heart rate straps that are designed to capture your heart rate data while you swim.  This move puts them roughly on parity with offerings that competitors Suunto and Polar already have for recording heart rate … Read More Here

Week in Review–July 18th, 2015

The Week in Review is a collection of both all the goodness I’ve written during the past week around the internet, as well as a small pile of links I found interesting – generally endurance sports related. I’ve often wondered … Read More Here

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The new Polar Loop 2 and also new $19 Misfit Flash Link Activity Tracker

I just wanted to very briefly cover two new products that have been announced in the last 24 hours.  Neither one really warrants a standalone post – especially since neither company has samples available on-hand (or rather, in my hands).  … Read More Here

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2015 Paris Triathlon (draft-legal!) Race Report

It’s time for my slightly belated Paris Triathlon Race Report!  Don’t worry, it doesn’t get too stale even though it’s a week later. As you’ve likely surmised at this point, I raced the Paris Triathlon.  But not just me, but … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend in Corsica

After a busy preceding week at the Tour de France, as well as in the Champagne region with our friends – we took the 75 minute flight from Paris down to the French island of Corsica early Friday morning.  The … Read More Here

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My Top Tips for Spectating the Tour de France

Tomorrow I’ll be headed up to watch another few stages of the Tour de France (TdF).  Having lived in France now for three years and going on our 4th Tour de France, we’ve seen quite a few stages.  Usually 3-6 … Read More Here

GoPro introduces tiny new Hero4 Session cube-like camera

Today GoPro has introduced its tiniest camera to date, the Hero4 Session.  This small cube-like camera shoots up to 1440p footage (that’s a little above your standard 1080p HD), as well as works with the existing GoPro mount lineup.  Most … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Summer is definitely in full swing here in Paris – with this weekend being especially busy!  Here’s what we were up to! 1) Independence Day Celebrations! For those non-Americans in the crowd, Independence Day (aka July 4th) was this past … Read More Here

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Hands on: Strava and Garmin introduce on-device Live Segments for Edge series

In addition to all of the Garmin new devices that have been announced today, they also announced support for Strava directly on your Edge handlebar unit.  This functionality allows you to race against various Strava course records to try and … Read More Here

Hands on with Garmin’s new Varia bike radar and smart light system

Today Garmin has introduced their Varia lineup of what they call ‘smart cycling devices’.  This marketing terminology basically translates to connected bike lights and a bike radar system.  These two products connect to Garmin Edge cycling computers for additional functionality. … Read More Here

The new Garmin Edge 520: Everything you ever wanted to know

Today Garmin announced their latest bike computer, the Edge 520 – priced at $299USD.  This GPS-enabled unit instantly becomes the most advanced bike computer that Garmin has ever released, adding support for a flotilla of new features.  But fear not, … Read More Here

Hands-on with new Wahoo Fitness KICKR SNAP

Today Wahoo has launched their latest trainer, the Wahoo KICKR SNAP.  The KICKR SNAP is essentially a lower-cost version of the original (and enormously popular) Wahoo KICKR, with a few minor tweaks.  For those familiar with the wheel-less KICKR, those … Read More Here

Week in Review–June 28th, 2015

The Week in Review is a collection of both all the goodness I’ve written during the past week around the internet, as well as a small pile of links I found interesting – generally endurance sports related. I’ve often wondered … Read More Here

Hands-on with Garmin’s new Edge 20 & Edge 25 GPS units

Today Garmin has rolled out two new bike GPS computers, the Edge 20 and Edge 25.  These products add to what has seemed to be a near monthly (or more) cadence of new products from the company within the fitness … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Quite the busy weekend, here’s what I was up to! 1) A Training Triathlon Saturday morning it was time to go slightly out of town to knock out a training morning.  It was a swim/bike/run brick, ahead of the Paris … Read More Here

Week in Review–June 21st, 2015

The Week in Review is a collection of both all the goodness I’ve written during the past week around the internet, as well as a small pile of links I found interesting – generally endurance sports related. I’ve often wondered … Read More Here

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Riding Velibs on the famed cobbles of the Champs-Élysées

Continuing along this week’s trend of cool summer Parisian events, Sunday was Velib’s big annual event on the Champs-Élysées.  For those into the cycling scene, you’ll no doubt be familiar with the locale as being the scene for the finishing … Read More Here

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A Night at Diner en Blanc 2015!

There are a near never-ending flow of cool events and things to do within the city, but I think that there’s really a handful of events that rise above everything else into the ‘Epic’ status category.  Some of these are … Read More Here

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A Day Riding Up, Down, and Around Alpe d’Huez

Last week while doing some initial testing for the new Polar M450 GPS cycling computer I headed down to meet the Polar crew at Alpe d’Huez.  It’s a reasonably efficient 3ish hour train ride from Paris, plus another 75 minute … Read More Here