Hello Cafesupporters: Been awhile... I know, I know... Contrary to popular myth, I didn't crash headfirst into a ravine, quit blogging or have a meltdown fueled by Affligem over-consumption and doping story fatigue. No,, the explanation for the long vacancy is more mundane actually: Professional day job overload. You can relate, I'm sure. I've always ascribed to Stephen Roche's oft stated belief: If you're not a pro, then cycling needs to come after your real job, and your family. So racing was out this year. Came down to either riding or blogging with the little time I had free. Blogging was on the bubble and bumped from my free time activity grid. So it was a summer without racing... but not without riding of course! Did get some great rides in during a family holiday to Mont Tremblant (did some great long steep climbs up in the Laurentians) and the usual rides with the local cafe boys around home. It's been a great summer for the bike.