CTS Gears Up for STP

Still on my Bike Expo high from last weekend, I took advantage of the beautiful weather today and joined my first Cascade daily ride! The Cascade Training Series kicked off this weekend and while Saturday’s crowd enjoyed a wet welcome to the cycling season, this morning’s ride was a wonderful way begin training for the 2007 STP.

From beginner to racer, cruiser to carbon, these rides are a great way to steadily increase mileage in preparation for your big summer event. Wonderful people, fantastic ride leaders and incredible riding weather! So hug your bike, hope for sun and join us throughout the series.



Meet Team Bike Hugger at Redlands

Team Bike Hugger is racing at Redlands next week and blogging all about it. They’re introducing themselves now on our team special feature blog, talking about what it takes, and being a newbie.

If you’re at Redlands, they’ll be easy to spot in their Bike Hugger shirts.



Ride for Climate

Ride for Climate is a US bicycle tour to raise awareness of global warming and encourage action. It starts in Boston on 4/21 with two global warming experts riding across the US, stopping along the way to give presentations on global warming and discuss solutions. The tour will continue onto South America. Maybe they’ll cross paths with Pedal?

Having traveled and toured a few places on bike, I understand how much more you see and will never forget the impact of riding up Thompson Pass and suddenly realizing how big Alaska is and it’s f’ing big!



Project Pedal Casting Call

Project Pedal is a video-podcast/documentary about a small group’s coast-to-coast bicycle trip and the other travelers they cross paths with on the road. The 3rd episode explains the casting call for a June/July ride this summer. Last year, we met the Ditty Bops in a similar adventure. Check these Project Pedal episodes for more:

If you ride with Pedal, let us know how it went.



Once in a Lifetime Encounter in Austin

Today, on my last day in Austin, TX for SxSW, my friend Jennifer and I were exiting a hotel courtyard on South Congress to make our way back to the Convention Center. Just as we stepped into the misty air out in the sidewalk, a helmeted cyclist rode by on the street, his sharp features and lean physique instantly recognizable. Agog, we exclaimed in near unison:

“Holy crap, that was David Byrne!”

We stood gaping as he maneuvered his bicycle tentatively across the lanes of oncoming traffic and into the center turn lane of the five-lane street. He was evidently trying to get himself onto the other side of Congress in order to ride with traffic.

Watching him negotiate with a blue pickup truck for the center lane, aggressive traffic on all sides of him, one of us spoke the words we both were thinking: “I really hope David Byrne doesn’t get hit.”

For a fan of Talking Heads and David Byrne since elementary school, coming so close to the man was an incomparable thrill and I stood with Jen on the spot until he had ridden out of sight. But afterward, having walked toward downtown Austin for about a half mile, who should appear but the same gangly figure–now riding on the sidewalk toward us.

Perched bolt upright atop a touring bike, wearing a navy-blue suit, an inexpensive backpack, and what could have been a rental helmet, David Byrne looked like a tourist from some imagined past–or possibly Utah. He rode by, I said “Hi, David” and he reciprocated pleasantries.

Who knew that David Byrne is a committed cyclist but a little Googling indicates he travels with a folding Montague (not what we saw him on) and can be seen tooling around the streets of New York or with helmet in hand.

Cross-posted to Textura Design.



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