A massive and confusing stage
by Byron on Jul 13, 2006 at 6:32 AM
The massive mountain stage is on at the Tour de France and it’s hard and confusing. Without a patron, or boss, this year like Lance it’s a free for all and the tactics we’ve seen before (driving the pace and riding your rivals into the ground) aren’t the same. On the Tour de France blog, Frank Steele (a fellow bike hugger) and his readers are trying to make sense of it. Even us veteran fans are puzzled. A leader should emerge today or at least, you’d think one would!
Riding 26 Miles for an Espresso
by Byron on Jul 10, 2006 at 9:41 PM
About 1/2 way through our honeymoon/cycling trip across Southcentral Alaska a couple years ago, I spotted an espresso ahead sign and was like what! It had been days since I’d had good coffee and I mean Seattle-style, dark muddy, depth-charge-in-your-gut espresso and rode 26 miles, ticking off each mile, and noting each sign to get a cup. And it was really good, best cup ever actually.
REI Women’s CycleFest
by Byron on Jul 09, 2006 at 2:48 PM
It was a perfect day for a ride and I rode with Pam to the REI Seattle Women’s CycleFest. Bike Hugger was there with Union Bay Cycling, Wines of Washington Cycling Team to promote the sport to women, give out schwag, and meet all the cyclists.
If we met you there, hello! And thanks for visiting our blog.
Kenny Souza: Natural Power
by Byron on Jul 09, 2006 at 8:41 AM
Hugh Forrest, of SXSW fame, tipped us to Kenny Souza: Natural Power, a full-length documentary currently in production on the course of the 2006 RAAM. I couldn’t think of a better documentary topic, what those racers put their bodies through is incredible (including riding through sleep-deprived hallucinations), and the documentary will capture, “the sacrifice, discipline and focus needed to undertake such an amazing journey.”
Highlights from the blog include Bob Roll and Ned Overend encouraging Kenny along the route.
Also see my post on “another fine day for riding” in Austin during SXSW earlier this year.
Taking a pull on the TDF Blog
by Byron on Jul 09, 2006 at 8:38 AM
As Frank announced, I’m guest posting on the Tour de France Blog for a few days. Frank is attending a funeral, spending time with his family, and I’m going take a pull for him.
More Whiz Bang Tour de France Tech
by Byron on Jul 08, 2006 at 1:09 PM
Just checked the NYTimes interactive TDF feature and it’s very whiz bangy, even more whizzy than the “ticker” from Velonews. Live commentary, standings, profiles, and more.
Seeing America feet-first, west to east
by Frank Steele on Jul 07, 2006 at 1:45 PM
Cycling across the U.S.A | Touring Hardin
Bill Cook is a retired journalist doing an Adventure Cycling route across the USA (looks like their 30th Anniversary Premium Supported trip). Adventure Cycling got started back in the ’70s, and was called Bikecentennial when it helped create the TransAmerica Trail. Thousands of riders (galleries: Richard Rathe, general) toured the country for the US Bicentennial in 1976.
Adventure Cycling is celebrating their 30th birthday, and there’s still time to make one of the organization’s Birthday Bashes, in Boulder August 12th.
Cook is about one-fourth of the way, near the Little Big Horn in Montana, and blogging the whole trip for McClatchey Newspapers. He’s a recumbent hugger, and has a company, Barcroft Cycles, that designs and builds ‘bents, including the Dakota model he’s riding to Washington, DC. The trip was marred June 25th, when one of the party was killed in a car-bike accident in Washington state. Yesterday was a much better day: “one of those perfect days: Lovely weather, a nice tailwind, remote empty country, a long downhill run and a short riding day.”
All we can hope for.
America’s longest-running bicycle race
by Byron on Jul 07, 2006 at 8:38 AM
Celebrating it’s 66th year, Redmond Derby Days is this weekend. Outside of Portland, Redmond is the most cycling friendly town and they’ve got a whole festival centered around a bike race. Between heats, you can also enjoy music, parades, and more.
REI: Big Miles Logged
by Byron on Jul 07, 2006 at 7:05 AM
Becky, an Outreach Specialist for REI Kennewick, reports outstanding results for their Commute Challenge with nearly 3K miles logged from 50 riders. That’s impressive and adds to a record-breaking bike month this year.
Seeing all those commuters during Bike Month in Seattle is what partly inspired Bike Hugger.
by Byron on Jul 06, 2006 at 3:44 PM
Following up on the Critical Mass arrest last week in Seattle, Robert L. Jamieson Jr, a Seattle PI columnists finds fault with both the police and Critical Mass. Having spent time in the clink for bike v. car road rage, I can tell you that getting angry with drivers is just not worth it. While part of our bloggy mission here at Bike Hugger is to promote cycling and be advocates, getting angry just “mucks up the message.” For more on the incident and opinions see
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