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A Crack in Astana's Armor at Paris-Nice? Sylvain Chavanel Wins Wet Third Stage and Takes GC Lead Over Alberto Contador

I only saw a half hour or a bit more of the third stage of the eight-stage (seven plus short prologue), but it was some of the most fun I've had watching cycling this year. It was a bit mucky out and the roads were less than optimal, and the entourage was more like that of Tour de Georgia or Tour of California. Quaint, compared with Le Tour de France. That alone was fun.

Locations

Orval,
France
46° 43' 30.486" N, 2° 28' 50.8404" E
Vichy,
France
46° 7' 23.0376" N, 3° 25' 20.6292" E
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Double Yes! Shani Davis USA Second World Record in 24 Hours (1000m), Marsicano Second Again

Yay! I can't wait to see some of this racing. Things are looking good for next year's Olympics! This is from a good piece worth a look below...

Speedskater Trevor Marsicano had never skated especially fast in the 1,000 meters, by international racing standards. His best time ranked only modestly inside the top 100 of all-time.

Location

Olympic Oval Kearns, Utah
United States
40° 39' 9.9036" N, 112° 0' 21.6612" W
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Yes! Shani Davis Sets World Record in 1500m ISU World Cup Long Track Race: Marsicano USA, Morrison CAN, Bokko NOR, Hedrick USA

Oh boy! Congratulations to Shani Davis for setting a new world record in Kearns, UT Friday. Davis surpassed the old record by a fifth of a second (plus a hundredth) to finish in 1:41:80. 

Location

Olympic Oval Kearns, Utah
United States
40° 39' 9.9036" N, 112° 0' 21.6612" W
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Shani Davis Tops US World Cup Speed Skaters. Inliners Jennifer Rodriguez, Heather Richardson, Chad Hedrick Skating Well.

Here are a couple of articles in advance of the World Cup this weekend (Friday and Saturday, free admission!).

Americans Shani Davis and Chad Hedrick are among the other top skaters who will compete in the final meet of the World Cup season, aiming to secure season titles -- Davis leads the circuit at both 1,000 and 1,500 meters -- and enjoy a springboard into the World Single Distance Championships next weekend in Vancouver as well as the upcoming Olympic year.  [sltrib.com]

Location

Kearns, Utah
United States
40° 39' 9.9036" N, 112° 0' 21.6612" W
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Watch Hours of Free Internet TV Speed Skating (Long Track and Short) On Demand and Live with Highlights and Recaps

Oh I am so sorry I didn't look this up before, even when I saw press releases earlier this year. I just never quite got to it until now. But now is good too. If you wish you could see long track and short track ISU world cup events on your television, well you might sometimes, but on your computer, you can see many hours of video from this year's world cup season in both track formats. I've only watched a bit but it looks and sounds and feels great!

Locations

Moscow
Russia
55° 45' 20.8296" N, 37° 37' 3.4788" E
Berlin
Germany
52° 31' 24.528" N, 13° 24' 41.3784" E
Heerenveen
Netherlands
52° 57' 23.5044" N, 5° 55' 34.3884" E
Nagano
Japan
36° 38' 54.78" N, 138° 11' 39.2748" E
Changchun
China
Kolomna
Russia
55° 5' 40.4124" N, 38° 46' 32.7648" E
Hamar
Norway
60° 47' 56.9688" N, 11° 3' 21.942" E
Dresden
Germany
51° 3' 3.4488" N, 13° 44' 1.1688" E
Vienna
Austria
48° 12' 33.1416" N, 16° 22' 22.0008" E
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Bob Bobarazzi Ryan (Thirstydog) Pastel of 2008 Athens to Atlanta (A2A) based on Roadskater.net Photo

I finally got around to asking the thirstydog himself, Bob "Bobarazzi" Ryan if I could upload his pastel of one of my photos (see the bottom of the article for the pastel). He explained that it is one of his favorite spots but not one where he usually has his camera out (I agree and until this year with a smaller camera, I think it was the same for me). Bob said...

Location

United States
34° 0' 11.6928" N, 83° 33' 23.1588" W
Pastel of Athens to Atlanta (A2A) 2008 Roadskater.net Photo. Image copyright 2008, Bob Bobarazzi Ryan.
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Free Tickets to the ISU Long Track World Cup Speed Skating Final in Kearns UT Near Salt Lake City

Wow. I just found out that admission to the International Skating Union (ISU) World Cup Speed Skating Final in Kearns, UT is free with an advance ticket. There's small print about it not guaranteeing entry but the point is you should be able to get in and be in if you want it free of charge. I would love to see this. USA should do well but that only matters so much. The main thing is to be able to see it in person without the usual television trickerism.

Location

Utah Olympic Oval
5662 Cougar Ln
Kearns, Utah 84118
United States
Phone: (801) 968-6825
40° 38' 52.3068" N, 112° 0' 30.4992" W
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Atlanta Cyclists and Mayors to Ride to Capitol in Support of Bike Paths Tuesday March 3, 2009

Wow. Mayors propping multiuse pathways! After Bryan's post about Critical Mass, I looked over in the right sidebar and saw this about the ride next Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Locations

East Lake Marta Station
2260 College Avenue
Atlanta, Georgia 30307
United States
33° 45' 53.3052" N, 84° 18' 48.7548" W
City of Roswell City Hall
38 Hill St
Roswell, Georgia 30075
United States
34° 1' 18.966" N, 84° 21' 37.1016" W
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Dutch Win but USA Men Do Well in the ISU World Junior Speedskating Championships in Zakopane Poland. Outdoors! Beautiful! Photos

The ISU World Junior Speedskating Championships took place in Zakopane, Poland last weekend. Wow. This event like it would be amazing fun for participants. I'm not sure about spectators if they didn't like the cold. But look how beautiful it was there! Well a bit snowy some of the time for skating maybe? Who cares!

The event has a nice website with some good photos. If you have a minute to watch the video...do it.

Location

Bronislawa Czecha 1
Zakopane
Poland
49° 17' 4.308" N, 19° 58' 13.0368" E
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China, South Korea, Netherlands Strong in Speed Skating at the Harbin World Winter Universiade (University Games) Photos

There's a whole lot of skating going on in Harbin (Haerbin) China. I've been following some of the stories and looking at photos this week, without a whole lot to say about it, since I don't know much about these young athletes. 

Here's one way to find some good stuff...

http://search.news.cn/language/search.jspa?id=en&t=1&t1=0&ss=&ct=&n1=speedskating

 

Location

World Winter Universiade 2009 Harbin (Haerbin), Heilongjiang
China
45° 45' 7.0884" N, 126° 41' 49.11" E
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Spanish Cycling Federation Takes a New Look at Doping, Drugs in Cycling's Operacion Puerto Case

A couple of recent articles say that the Spanish Cycling Federation, Real Federación Española de Ciclismo (RFEC), will be pursuing santions against riders and others involved in blood doping in the Operación Puerto cycling doping case. Most thought that the Spanish federation had let it drop, and some were disappointed in this decision.

Location

Madrid
Spain
40° 25' 0.2676" N, 3° 42' 11.7" W
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231-732-2067 Stop Calling Cell Phones; How to Complain to FCC & State Attorneys General; National Do-Not-Call List; Boycott

First, if you are thinking about going to a G-Rated movie about a plush toy known for being soft and cuddly and emulating an animal that reproduces wildly, please don't go. We need to not fall for their plan...In a WORLD where rapidly reproducing rodents robodial. In a TIME when voices are digitally stored. Suddenly your CELL PHONE RINGS. DO NOT ANSWER OR YOUR SOUL IS AT RISK! In a SEASON when cell phone companies, the FCC and State Attorneys General are the ONLY ones on whom you MUST DEPEND. You are in a HEAP O'TROUBLE. PRAY you don't take the call, when the ROBORODENT RINGS YOUR CELL!

Location

Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street SW Consumer Inquiries and Complaints Division
Washington, District Of Columbia 20554
United States
Phone: 1-888-225-5322
38° 53' 2.8608" N, 77° 1' 41.9844" W
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Yum! Lucky 32 Recipes Video Mardis Gras & More: Red Beans & Rice, Creole Sauce, Paneed Pork, White Chocolate Banana Bread Foster

OK. I used to eat at Lucky 32 often, maybe twice weekly sometimes, and I love how it's a nice place to go eat where you can dress up if you like, or not. I have always loved the decor and the graphics of their marketing. I get a real kick out of how they had fabric made for their upholstery that carries forth the L32 motif. That L32 logo is genius (you can see it at the bottom of this article).

Locations

Lucky 32 Greensboro NC
1421 Westover Terrace
Greensboro, North Carolina
United States
Phone: (336) 370-0707
36° 5' 26.8152" N, 79° 48' 52.2432" W
Lucky 32 Cary NC
7307 Tryon Road
Cary, North Carolina
United States
Phone: 919-233-1632
35° 44' 11.0472" N, 78° 47' 7.386" W
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Vote for Your Favorite Ice Speedskating Video in Contest from Canada

If you have a few minutes to watch some videos about ice speedskating stories indoors and out, check out this contest where you can vote on which ones go to the next round. I assume United Statesians can vote! Check out the video from Canada's skaters... http://www.ingspeedskatingchallenge.com/video.php Methinks thou must yield thine (or someone's!) email address to vote...or at least something that looks like an email address. But watching the videos is fine for me.

Locations

Ottawa, Ontario
Canada
45° 25' 24.5784" N, 75° 41' 52.5588" W
Calgary, Alberta
Canada
51° 3' 18.5364" N, 114° 3' 44.7768" W
Kamloops, British Columbia
Canada
50° 40' 35.7924" N, 120° 20' 20.3568" W
Mississauga, Ontario
Canada
43° 35' 17.5488" N, 79° 38' 30.1956" W
Portland, Ontario
Canada
44° 41' 54.348" N, 76° 11' 23.1792" W
Varennes, Quebec
Canada
45° 41' 12.894" N, 73° 25' 55.3152" W
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Inline Skating Roller Speedskating Tries Again for 2016 Summer Olympics wIth Golf, Baseball, Softball, Rugby 7s, Squash, Karate

Once again roller speedskating is trying to get into the Olympics, already being considered an Olympic Sport as referenced here...
http://www.olympic.org/uk/sports/recognized/index_uk.asp

...with the official federation, Fédération Internationale de Roller Sports (FIRS), being listed here...
http://www.olympic.org/uk/organisation/if/fi_uk.asp?Id_federation=56

...its main site being...
www.rollersports.org

Locations

Fédération Internationale de Roller Sports
Viale Tiziano 74
Roma 00196
Italy
Phone: 39.06 36858543
Fax: 39.06.36858211
41° 55' 50.1456" N, 12° 28' 8.1912" E
International Olympic Commitee
Château de Vidy
Lausanne 1007
Switzerland
Phone: (+41 21) 621 61 11
Fax: (+41 21) 621 62 16
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