kate wagner
stories for people who think time trials count as a genre of poetry.
Created 23 Jan 2021
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  • transgressions
    26 Jul 2021 • 10 min read • 63 14
    photo by Tom Carey At a certain point, during the three weeks I spent in France, I realized I was documenting my own life rather than living it. So, for the last week, in a certain act of defiance, I ...
  • home/free
    13 Jul 2021 • 8 min read • 35 0
    He carries the hopes of a nation, sort of. Like so many things in cycling, it’s more nuanced than can be summed up neatly and concisely. His is a large nation, and one largely unconcerned with the spo...
  • on ventoux
    09 Jul 2021 • 6 min read • 40 11
    I’m in the backseat of a too-swerving car all slowed up now because the Provençal roads are crowded with people. Some of them are drunk, shirtless. Some of them are on bikes, increasingly more of them...
  • ventoux means forever
    08 Jul 2021 • 5 min read • 17 0
    What does Mont Ventoux mean to you? I’ve been thinking a lot about it, after trying to explain to loved ones what it means to win on what very well might be the world’s most famous cycling climb. It’s...
  • an ascendancy
    04 Jul 2021 • 7 min read • 19 4
    He’s descending with quite a bit more caution than usual, making sure to avoid any risks that could jeopardize the position he’s spent this afternoon securing for himself. Boyish features and all-whit...
  • to give all of oneself
    03 Jul 2021 • 5 min read • 35 4
    What does it mean to give all of oneself? This is a question I ask periodically, and it’s one I don’t think I really understood until I started to ride a bike with any kind of seriousness. Riding a bi...
  • at least once more
    30 Jun 2021 • 9 min read • 30 1
    A couple of days ago, I opened my exaltation of Mathieu van der Poel’s triumph on the Mur de Bretagne with a sober few paragraphs about the bargain we all accept when we involve ourselves with cycling...
  • reverberations / on roglič
    29 Jun 2021 • 8 min read • 51 12
    Even when I see it the second time, the goosebumps don’t go away. The race. I wrote in my last journal about seeing them for the first time, and the race is the same thing, indescribable. It’s so fast...
  • merci, mathieu
    28 Jun 2021 • 9 min read • 34 4
    It can be such a silly sport sometimes, y’know? To engage with professional cycling on any level means entering into an implicit covenant: we accept the sometimes mundane hours spent on mindless pedal...
  • a certain kind of magic
    25 Jun 2021 • 4 min read • 40 8
    There’s a certain kind of magic in seeing them for the first time, alive, in the flesh. I was walking with my colleagues Jonny Long and Peter Cossins trying to find something to eat (an ill-fated jour...