Le Tour Stage 17 Recap: A Hot Mess
by Byron on Jul 23, 2014 at 8:47 AM
In this Tour, anything goes…winking is contrary to every narrative ever written abut the human condition and suffering in the Pyrenees. So why not take a pull from the moto?
Then wheelie across the finish tomorrow.
Slaying the Badger is on Tonight
by Byron on Jul 22, 2014 at 1:06 PM
Our friends from Rapha reminded me that tonight on ESPN, is Slaying the Badger. Check your local listings and read the entire first chapter from the book
In the midst of competition, Hinault attempted to snatch victory like a furious, clawing rodent… he acted not only for himself but for a nation horrified that its great race might be hijacked by an American outlaw.
Le Tour Stage 16 Recap: Take a Bow
by Byron on Jul 22, 2014 at 10:15 AM
Take a bow, photo @JoshRBurrows
Voeckler tries to steal the show, but in the Pyrenees, Mick Rogers takes a bow.
And a press car was where it shouldn’t be….
Rest Day for Us Too
by Byron on Jul 21, 2014 at 1:44 PM
In the Aspens, mayne, with a nice whip
A rest day for the Tour and one for us to get caught up on photos, videos, and words after a week on the road in Vegas for SXSW, then Scott Week. Here’s a storied, swipey, touchy version of my Genius LT Tuned ride.
Lots of things to push, click, and switch
And if you’re into that sort of industry intrigue, at the high end, Scott specs SRAM drivetrains with XTR brakes. I pushed and clicked everything hanging off that bar and it all worked splendidly. Even flipped the chip, which switches the geo from short to long.
Also see this vignette on Medium about the Voltage I rode too.
Rode a Freeride Bike
After I’m through the 5 gigs of photos taken, they’ll get shared like this one in the G+ gallery.
Le Tour Stage 15 Recap: 10 Meters Short
by Byron on Jul 20, 2014 at 8:14 AM
Jack Bauer the cyclist pulled for like 24 hours, breakaway nearly stayed away, the catch, and then Kristoff wins!
That was 10 meters too short for Bauer and left him shattered.
China-Loading Before High Cascades 100
by Byron on Jul 20, 2014 at 7:59 AM
Mark V China-loads before a race
Yesterday Mark V raced a 100 miles on his mountain bike. Like his adventure on gravel, his athletic ability is unprocessed and unrefined….organic even. He just shows up at events like this periodically.
The front of the field is no longer in sight, though it’s not like I didn’t already know that I’m not fit enough to hang with them. Long distance isn’t my forte, and I don’t really have that many miles in my legs this year. – from Issue 13, Grand Fondo Leavenworth
Expecting a dream sequence in his 100-mile MTB race report for the next issue of our mag, like Jim Morrison met him on the trail, and insisted he continue. Texting from somewhere in the Oregon outback, I received periodic updates
don’t carbo load before races; I china-load.
my triceps hurt so bad….like I sat in a car for a game of “Punch Bug” w Mike Tyson.
At Leavenworth, he blamed his horrible cramping on the lack of Chinese food
But whether Leavenworth is more Bavaria or rural Washington, I am clearly not going to get the type of semi-authentic Chinese food I’m craving.
Good thing he found some in Bend and finished with legs intact.
Issue 15 drops next month with articles about the mountain biking I did during Scott Week too.
Le Tour Recap: Been Mountain Biking
by Byron on Jul 19, 2014 at 7:05 AM
Riding mountain bikes for the past few days with Scott Bikes during Scott Week, our Tour coverage will resume tomorrow, ‘till then have a look at this BBC article about racer body types.
One of the race’s most famous climbs, the Alpe D’Huez, a difference of three kilos could make a difference of up to two-and-a-half minutes over the 14km of the ascent.
Also see the AP’s interactive feature on the Tour.
American Andrew Talansky became the latest top rider to abandon the Tour de France. Defending champion Chris Froome, two-time winner Alberto Contador and sprint specialist Mark Cavendish have already been forced out of the race due to injury after all suffered heavy crashes in a treacherous first half of the Tour.
And we’re tuning in again tomorrow.
Chrome Mobile Factory Tour
by Byron on Jul 18, 2014 at 12:53 PM
Today and tomorrow in Seattle, at the new Chrome Hub, they’re making shoes, drinking beer, and offering discounts. Check the flyer for the details.
Scott Week: Genius LT Tuned for Enduro
by Byron on Jul 18, 2014 at 8:32 AM
Scott Genius LT Tuned. Photo taken with Mike Schirf
Was having so much fun on the flow trails at Deer Valley, decided for the last run to try a double black. After 5 runs on Sunset and Naildriver, I walked the gnarliest sections of Twist and Shout. Had the spirit and desire, but not that technical of skills. The bike could totally handle it though, and I felt I let it down. Feeling like I owed the Genius something, raced against a setting sun to get the shot on a fire road between alpine meadows.
The Genius LT Tuned is refined for 2015 and it’s got the pop-on-the showroom looks, just look how the sun lit up the graphics. Compared to the Spark I rode in Sedona, the slack geometry is for aggressive trail riding and I kept my weight forward and arms out, steering the front end through the turns.
Richard from Pinkbike told me at dinner that the soul of mountain biking is in Enduro, which this bike was made to race. Considering that Enduro is inclusive with no rules, and anyone can compete on the same course as the pros, that’s now on my list of stories to write. I’ll do it with a bike like the Genius LT Tuned. I haven’t been to an Enduro, but expect it’s like gravel is to road now.
See more photos from Scott Week on G+. And if you’re interested in riding in Park City, at the first IMBA Gold Level riding resort with world class trails. I’ve ridden in Park City now several times and recommend White Pine Touring as a guide. Just a few weeks ago, I took the GT Grade on Mid Mountain trail and featured that story in Issue 14 of our magazine.
Le Tour Update: Tour Delayed
by Byron on Jul 17, 2014 at 6:36 AM
Breaking: Tour De France On Hold As Cyclists Ride Over To Creek To Check Out Bugs
Traveling from Seattle to Vegas for another Mobile Social, and now in Park City for Scott week, haven’t seen the Tour in a day. Then I learned from the Onion that the racing was delayed because Andre Greipel found some stick bugs down at the creek! Funniest commentary I’ve seen for a race that’s the most interesting and unpredictable Tour in decades. And why is that? As Patrick Brady said,
cause we’re not just waiting to see who Froome is gonna F up each stage.
For more entertaining views of the Tour, also see the Crash Graphic and what it’s like on the sidelines.
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