A Tainted Tour de France

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by Byron on Jun 30, 2006 at 7:33 AM

July is the time of year when the world pays more attention to cycling, the tour starts, the STPs are out riding everywhere, the days are long, it’s not raining, and more. It’s usually a good time to be a bike hugger, but this year, what started as a drug scandal with wild speculation, confusing facts, declaration of innocence and guilt by association in the European media, has resulted in riders not being allowed to start the race. Those riders including the two favorites Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso.

As the news about the scandal and suspensions pour in, it’s chaotic and confusing and I’m stunned. I’m following the news on the Tour de France blog, our partner in cycling. More reports from

Later when the Tour starts, we’ll offer some insight here and explanation (besides the scandal) of how the race works.

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Fender Blending Fat and Sugar

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by Byron on Jun 28, 2006 at 2:53 PM

It what could be the worst use of pedal power ever, Starbucks has been getting press for their Fender Blender that whips up drinks full of fat and sugar. I saw it on MSNBC, found a related news story online, and images. Now if that had been to power the lights in the store with pedals, or a lean drink, or something healthy.

Update

Several clicks and related links later, I found the Bike Blender blog where they are doing good things with their bikes and blenders. We need a beer brewing bike.

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Old School Racer Girl

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by Byron on Jun 28, 2006 at 7:54 AM

elizabeth We met Elizabeth racing monday nights in Portland. She graduated from college in the 80s, worked for Bill Davidson, got the 2nd Impulse ever made and after racing her ass off, hung the bike up for 20 years. She recently rediscovered the bike and is racing it today!

She noted that the wheels are new but everything else is just as it was. Old school.

Davidson Impulses are legendary. Google and find them being sold as collectables, people riding them 20 years later, racing and loving them.

Bill is building today. I ride a custom ti rain bike built by Bill and Pam’s custom racing bike is ti. Last year Bill built ti/carbon frames and expect to see more advanced frames from him later this year.

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Indisputable proof that second-hand smoke kills

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by Byron on Jun 27, 2006 at 6:11 PM

The Surgeon General affirmed today what many already knew about smoking. Second-hand smoke kills and there’s no debate. The Surgeon General also testified that smoking sections do no good and said that, “Smoke-free environments are the only approach that protects nonsmokers from the dangers of secondhand smoke.”

I hope this means that some day soon, all states will ban smoking in public and the world will be a better place for cyclists and everybody.

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Carrying the Minicard

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by Byron on Jun 27, 2006 at 9:11 AM

card pouch I was dismissive of the minicard when it came with my new credit card. Like, “huh, what’s this lame thing.” But then I started carrying it in my Timbuk2 pouch and it’s very useful. I attached to my key ring, can get water and snacks on the go, have it for an emergency, and it’s my ID.

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Saluting Jeannie Longo

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by Frank Steele on Jun 26, 2006 at 8:43 AM

Jeannie Longo, 1996 Olympic time trial

France’s Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli, the winningest female bicycle racer of all time, extended her legend over the weekend, taking both the French elite women’s road championship and women’s time trial championship, at 47!

They’re her 50th and 51st national titles. Can’t find any stories about it in English, but the French blogosphere took notice: La Flamme Rouge: Absolument incroyable. Le Blog de Sohra: …au fait, bravo à Jeannie Longo qui a 47 ans a signé le doublé (course - contre la montre) au championnat de France de Cyclisme. Belle preuve de longévité!

Above is Longo taking time trial gold at the Atlanta Olympics, where she also took silver in the women’s road race.

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Portland Bike Trails

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by Byron on Jun 26, 2006 at 7:18 AM

We rode the nearly complete Sweetwater bike trail in Portland on Sunday. We were almost lost until we met a local that showed us the way back to town and rode with us through the Hawthorne district, Mt Tabor neighborhood, and more.

When it’s complete, the Sweetwater corridor will offer a 40 mile loop to a town that’s already as bike friendly as you can get.

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No warmers

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by Byron on Jun 25, 2006 at 8:55 AM

Yesterday marked the first ride without arm and leg warmers or a vest! Summer arrived with an absolutely beautiful day in Seattle. A breeze kept the temps in the low 80s and we rode a relaxed ride around Lake Washington.

Today it’s going to be even hotter and we’re headed to Portland to ride, meet with clients, and race on Monday night.

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