Levi Leipheimer’s Ride to Redemption
by Byron on Jul 14, 2006 at 6:35 AM
With Landis in yellow, as exciting as that is, I wanted to note that Leipheimer’s ride was equally impressive. All that the tour is was expressed in his ride yesterday. Redeeming oneself after a bad day, gritting your teeth, and riding into glory is done in races everywhere. All the greats have done it and even the not so great. Be it in the tour, your local team ride, or event, getting dropped and coming back another day is part of cycling and fuels this sport.
I agree with Julich who thinks that Leipheimer can top 5 and we may even see 2 Americans on the podium this year.
Gather to discuss Floyd Landis with Daniel Coyle
by Byron on Jul 13, 2006 at 1:14 PM
Daniel Coyle will be live on Gather.com on Thursday, July 13, 2006, from 2-4pm ET to discuss Floyd Landis in yellow, his recent feature articles about Floyd in the NYTimes and Outside Magazine, and his bestselling book, Lance Armstrong’s War
Tour of the Great Western Lakes
by Byron on Jul 13, 2006 at 7:20 AM
Cyclists from all over Ireland are converging this weekend to spin around the Great Western Lakes. The event is open to all, at all skill levels and fun levels.
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.
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