Rolling Across Europa

John Robinson wrote to tell us about his ride across Europe for a Ukranian orphanage. From his journal,

During the summer of 2006, I traveled with only a bicycle from Lviv, Ukraine down to Napoli, Italy, then north to Calais, France. From Calais I ferried to Dover, then rode to London to complete the voyage. I visited eleven countries and saw a variety of landscapes and weather. I had encounters with many people and most of these were positive. I also used this experience to draw attention to a little orphanage in eastern Ukraine, the Makiivka HIV / AIDS orphanage.

To date John has raised $2,400, logged an amazing amount of miles, and wrote about everything.



Photo of the day: Ferry Ride

That’s Mike Rogers and Chad Brothers from the Wines of Washington team on the ferry towards the Tour de Dung, a classic early season bike race in the Northwest. Photo courtesy Frederick Soo.

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The BBC’s Best Photos

Cycling photographer, Joolze Dymond, picks her favorites from last year for the BBC, including this one of “Jody Crawforth desperately trying to keep in contention to take the overall points jersey in the CX National Trophy Series in Derby.

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Cage or cure?


Veltop cyclist protection
Originally uploaded by richardmasoner.

So Fritz over at Cyclelicious found the Veltop, at right, and wonders whether his readers would ride with something like this.

For me, it seems like a solution in search of a problem. Here in Georgia, the combination of heat radiating off the black fabric and the windows blocking the cooling airflow means it wouldn’t be much help against the sun in the summmer.

Maybe if you’re fighting cold and rain together, it would work better, but it looks like it would produce a lot of extra drag, as well.



I survived Bike Expo 2007

Still recovering from two days of bikes, bikes and more bikes. Great event, wonderful exhibitors, fabulous speakers. Stay tuned for a more detailed synopsis in the next day or so. For now, I’m off to dig through lots of great schwag over a glass of wine.



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