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Wooden Bike Brings Together Several Interests and Skills from Guitar Building to Cycling to Marketing

This is a good article about an interesting object: a wooden bicycle which incorporates other materials...notably kevlar. It also shows how varied interests and passions can eventually combine into a new life's work or maybe even career, if all goes well. Rather than repeat it all, here's a link.... 

Wooden wheels - Boulder Weekly -

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Brief Notes on Training and Scientific Approach by Speed Skater Juerg Feldmann, Early Coach of Giro Winner, Ryder Hesjedal

The Giro is now over and the last four or five days were fun and interesting to watch. It came down to a small group of stellar riders who had outpaced their support riders for the most part. It was close down to the last few seconds and there were several impressive performances. Ryder Hesjedal became the first Canadian to win a grand tour (Giro d'Italia, Tour de France, Vuelta Ciclista a España). The article linked here discusses an early coach, former Swiss Speed Skater, Juerg Feldmann, and some of his methods and tools (notably the SpiroTiger, for which this might be somewhat of a PR plant?). Regardless, perhaps worth looking into for more information regarding the coach, his methods, and his training tools...

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How I Wasted (or Enjoyed) a Morning of Danny MacAskill Trick Bike Videos

With the weather being windy and uncertain at 5:45am when we had to get going if we were going, we decided to bail again on the training ride.

We sat outside for a while around 6am looking at the wind bending the trees and looked at radar on our phones. The 20 was not worth driving that far for, and if we did the 41, we were afraid there would not be many other riders (or skaters) at our pace doing that distance.

Not wanting to be a hassle, and not wanting to face strong winds, especially if the event were not well attended, we excused ourselves (after conferring with some mates on it).

So I got an email from Sparky of the Tater Rides about some video of a rider. The video seems indie movie and I usually love that but I almost stopped it. Wow am I glad I watched.

Locations

Edinburgh Scotland
United Kingdom
55° 57' 0.6336" N, 3° 11' 15.1296" W
Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye
United Kingdom
57° 26' 12.2172" N, 6° 34' 29.8308" W
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Taylor Phinney Blogs Through the Burning Hot Hills of the Vuelta a Espana Tour of Spain Pro Cycling Race

While we've been focusing on the USA Pro Cycling Challenge somewhat, the Vuelta a Espana is well underway, just not on my television. Well, neither is the USAPCC, but I've been finding ways to get a look in through the kindness of strangers. Anyway, I took a look at the Universal Sports page at the bottom there, which links to Taylor Phinney's blog here...

http://taylorphinney.com/2011/08/24/an-amateur-end-to-one-of-the-most-difficult-days-ive-ever-had/

There's something very relevant about these descriptions of pain and doubt. Something very easy to remember, but easy enough to forget, so we go out and do it again. Phinney has a good way of expressing it so that even those of us who've never been front runners like he has can at least know we share some of the same emotions and sensations. 

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USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado Follows Tour of Utah with Top Tour de France Riders and Great Routes in the Rockies

I don't have a lot of time to discuss this right now, but I wanted to say that the upcoming USA Pro Cycling Challenge looks like a breakthrough event for the USA in terms of hosting major tours. Yes, the Tour of California had lots of talent and beautiful scenery, and the Tour of Utah built up to another level this year, but the USAPCC is a chance to see the top Tour de France riders on what look to be some great routes. Here are some links...

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Leipheimer Wins Tour of Utah and Once Again Shows Graciousness

Here's just a quick note to say thanks, Levi, for representing your sport so well. We can all be proud that this cyclist is representing the USA so well. It looks like Levi will be supporting Brajkovic for the Vuelta, and neither are among the top five picks as far as I know. I'm glad RadioShack did OK as a team and that they gave help to Levi as he repeated his Tour of Utah win. Great idea to have a bike race in your beautiful state (and get it on television), huh? North Carolina? 

Tour of Utah: Leipheimer wins for second straight year - Salt Lake Tribune -

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Cool or Tool Party Crashers: Steely-Biked Pals Join the London 2012 Olympic Road Cycling Test Event

For once I don't know what to think of this. I basically dislike fans trying to get in the race or stand alongside or run along with the riders. I normally wouldn't like riders trying to join in, either. But maybe this was a special deal, I'm not sure. If it truly was a test event, well these guys helped provide the test! And it sounds like the race officials failed? No harm, no foul, maybe, and we'll find out if there was any real damage, I'm sure. The only reason I'd be tempted to say this is cool would be the test event nature of it. Hmm. I don't know but feel like they meant to be there but I'm also thinking they really meant to bring up the rear, not be between the peloton and backmarkers. But then they could just be good liars with pants afire. 

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Tirreno-Adriatico Pro Cycling Stage Race Final Stages Good Stuff!

This is converted from some earlier comments started here (Shani Davis Wins Silver and Gold in Speed Skating World Championships; Tyler Farrar leads Tirreno-Adriatico Cycling Stage Race). Now I'm remembering how much I like this one. The Tour de France is huge and flashy and comfy in ways, with better roads and more everything. This is a great alternative to Tour de France, and it appears some teams are splitting their efforts or choosing between Tirreno-Adriatico and Paris-Nice (another fun one to follow). 

First, if you're going to just watch a few minutes, here's the finish of Stage 5, the last 7.7km, which are great fun to watch, with a breakaway, small chase breakaway, some major riders dropped, and some major riders in a chasing peleton. Check it out...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sWCGR8ZR50

Location

Macerata
Italy
43° 18' 2.6856" N, 13° 27' 22.5432" E
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Thomas De Gendt Talks Strategy, Sausages and Defending the Paris-Nice Jersey

Here's an interesting interview with a guy who talks and rides well, and seems to have respect for cycling and its traditions...and his team mates and competitors. If his words turn out to be genuine, I could be considered a fan. I haven't followed Paris-Nice well this year, but it is usually one of the first two events I notice a bit each year (along with Tirreno-Adriatico. 

Here's the finish of Stage 1, where you can see Jens Voigt hanging with the young guys again, including de Gendt.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmo4_lJYfrQ

I thought it was nice to hear what I took to be frank, direct answers to some interesting questions, like how's it different when you go to an international pro team:

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Tiny Nation Hosts Huge Luxembourg Pro Cycling Project with the Schlecks, Cancellara, O'Grady, Voigt

Get ready to cheer for the mouse that roars (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053084/) as Fränk Schleck and Andy Schleck plus former Saxo Bank riders (and others) will be joining them for a super team that looks pretty exciting. Other squads are looking strong, too, especially with some of the recent consolidation of major teams. 

Location

Luxembourg
Luxembourg
49° 36' 36.0144" N, 6° 7' 46.5456" E
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