Should Dopers Be Banned From Strava?

Amateur cyclist Nicholas Brandt-Sorenson got busted for doping, then got busted again for selling dope. Peter Flax wrote a great article about him on CyclingTips. This and many similar articles got shared and discussed at great length on /r/Velo/.

strava doper

LA Times reporter Paresh Dave contacted me via reddit looking to write an article riffing of the Sorenson situation that takes a look at what social apps (Facebook, video games, Strava) should do to deflect bad actors (terrorists, cheaters, harassers).

He emailed me a bunch of questions that I answered for him. Not sure if Paresh is still working on the article, or if it got denied by his editors, but here my answers (in all its unedited glory, ESL included).

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My Rdio Replacement(s)

Some of us must have done something bad last year, because Santa shut down Rdio right before Xmas. It was one of the better music services with a clean design and amazing comunity with whom I discovered and shared so many great tunes with.

rdio goodbye

After Rdio shut down a lot of people went with the obvious choices: Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, etc. I played around with them for a bit but non did it for me. So I decided to go with some other options.

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I Have Never…

  • Done drugs
  • Drank coffee
  • Worn a scarf
  • Been camping
  • Watched Titanic
  • Smoked cigarettes
  • Listened to a Drake song (voluntarily)
  • Believed in a higher power (besides my watts)

…and most likely never will.

SPY Belgian Waffle Ride Tips

Back in April I participated in what was labeled The Most Unique Cycling Event in The U.S. aka the SPY Belgian Waffle Ride. A 217KM long ride/race with over 3450 meters of climbing, dirt sections, water crossing, jerseys, waffles and beer. What more does a bike nerd need?!


I had absolutely no idea what to expect and wish I was a bit more informed about this race. So below are a couple of tips on how to do fairly well in this crazy event.

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