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Rich Freggiaro

Richard Freggiaro is a Stockton area native who grew up on his family’s farm. After an nine year detour to Davis for College, Washington DC for work, and Iowa for graduate school, he returned to San Joaquin County and spent the next quarter century farming with his father. He has been married to Diane for 31 years. He is (mostly) retired which leaves him plenty of time to ride each of his 4 bikes, and he is an enthusiastic and passionate cyclist.


Stoker and I love France. We’ve been there 5 years in a row and we are going back in 2020. We love the beautiful countryside and the quiet cycling roads and the food. We also love Tennessee. We’ve been there twice now. We love the beautiful countryside, the people, the music, and the food. (actually […]

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A Tack Attack

It is no secret that there are drivers who do not like cyclists using ‘their’ roads. Drivers offer one figured salutes, deliberately pass too close and too fast, yell “Get off the road!” or threaten to “Kick your a___”. Big duel wheeled pickup trucks will pass and the driver will deliberately hit the accelerator to […]

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Starting From Zero

Chris Fromme, 4 time Tour de France Champion, needs more surgery to recover from his crash last June. He says that when he comes back to training, he will be starting from’ less than zero’ to recover his fitness. He also says he isn’t sure he will ever return to his former level. I think […]

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Soaked on the Stelvio

On the morning of the 6th day of 44|5’s Dolomites cycling adventure, the weather was cool, bordering on cold, with light to moderate rain. Since we were in Merano at an elevation of about 1,000 feet, and the plan for the day was to climb the giant Stelvio Pass at over 9,000 feet, there were […]

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Mortirolo Mirage

“Tell my wife I love her!” I was climbing the Mortirolo when something rare happened: I came up on a rider actually going slower than I was. Since I was doing about 4 mph he had to be crawling. At these speeds it takes a long time to catch and pass someone, so I was […]

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A Good Idea…

At least it seemed so at the time. Now I’m not so sure. The last night’s dinner after a week long bicycle trip is always a festive affair. Especially if the riding has been good and the riders all enjoy each other’s company. That was certainly the case in Annecy in France last August at […]

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Tubeless Troubles 2

My last blog described the most serious type of tubeless trouble I could imagine. I’ve never had the kind of problem poor Bill had. His tubeless tire suffered an explosive decompression, and his tire blew off of the rim and caused a crash. I have been riding tubeless tires on most of my bikes since […]

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It Could Have Been Worse..

But it was still pretty traumatic. Last Sunday’s club ride had a kind of mellow feel to it, since most of us had ridden pretty hard the day before. A flat and easy paced ride was a great way to spend what was shaping up to be a hot morning. Our group of 9 left […]

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The Sun Came Out…

…eventually.  All morning we had light rain, or some heavier rain. Our 9 am start got pushed back to 10, 11, and then after lunch. We ate ham and cheese croissants for lunch and it was still cold and wet. Finally at 1 PM the sun came out and we hit the road. Our first […]

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Gorge the Great

The ride along the Gorge de la Nesque is one of the best cycling roads in the world. The climb is 10 miles long and is all uphill at 2 to 5%, so it is steady but not steep. The views are spectacular.  Actually that understates it, but ‘spectacular’ will have to do. And there […]

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