Inspiration…


This site is something I’ve been subconsciously planning for quite some time. Sites like Belgium Knee Warmers, Embrocation, the Rapha Continental, and Ride Lugged have helped put me back in touch with everything I came to love about the sport of cycling. In particular, they have rekindled my fondness for the traditional, the old school, the provincial. And I can think of no better expression of these ideals than the cobblestone.

Known by many different names in many different places, the cobblestone represents all that we cyclists hold dear: simplicity, endurance, suffering, and tradition. It is the quintessential symbol of victory in one of the sport’s most legendary races. Yet, despite its varied roles in many of our sport’s grandest of tales, it is in danger of disappearing completely.

So here, I hope to create a place to celebrate and preserve one of our sport’s smallest, yet most significant of patrons. Enjoy!

About Whit

My experiences might easily fit many cycling fans' definitions of “living the dream.” Since getting hooked on the sport watching Lance Armstrong win the 1993 U.S. Pro Championship, I've raced as an amateur on Belgian cobbles, traveled Europe to help build a European pro team, and piloted that team from Malaysia to Mont Ventoux. As a former assistant director sportif with Mercury-Viatel, I've also seen the less dreamy side of the sport – the side rife with broken contracts, infighting, and positive dope tests. These days, I live with my lovely wife in Pennsylvania and share my experiences and views on the sport at Bicycling Magazine, the Embrocation Cycling Journal, and at my own site, Pavé.
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