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Puente la Reina 2014 Inline Speed Skating International Marathon

This looks like a great event. Very A2A-ish, hillwise, but marathon distance. There are some pretty technical hills on the course by the looks of it. 

 

I believe a blind skater completed the race, aided by a paceline buddy. I don't know anything other than the name of the event and what's visible in the video, but I will add to this as I find out more, if I get time. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OKVSsnMpHo

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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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Watch Free P2P TV Live and On Demand Coverage of Cycling Tour Vuelta Ciclista al País Vasco (Euskal Herria, Basque Country) 2009

Today is a good chance to take a quick look at some cycling of the climbing sort starting at 9:45 a.m., or later if you want to see it on demand.

Locations

Stage 1 Start/Finish; Stage 2 Start Ataun, Guipuzcoa
Spain
43° 0' 25.704" N, 2° 10' 23.214" W
Stage 2 Finish; Stage 3 Start Villatuerta, Navarra
Spain
42° 39' 33.84" N, 1° 59' 38.2236" W
Stage 3 Finish; Stage 4 Start Éibar, Guipuzcoa
Spain
43° 11' 3.048" N, 2° 28' 23.8404" W
Stage 4 Finish; Stage 5 Start Güeñes, Vizcaya
Spain
43° 12' 37.1556" N, 3° 5' 43.1412" W
Stage 5 Finish; Stage 6 Start/Finish Zalla, Vizcaya
Spain
43° 11' 57.4944" N, 3° 8' 52.2636" W
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Levi Leipheimer Wins Vuelta Ciclista Castilla y León Bike Race 2009; Contador 2nd, Zabriskie 3rd; Alejandro Valverde Wins Stage

Levi Leipheimer won another professional stage bike race in Valladolid, Spain (España) today. He made two nice gestures that seemed to be appreciated by most. First, he took a photograph or two of the crowd with a small digital camera (not a professional photographer's TTL style one). Second, when Alberto Contador joined him on the stage for the top three photo, Levi pointed at him to give him credit. Alberto pointed back (the three facing the crowd, not each other), to which Levi raised his pointing level higher, which Contador matched.

Locations

Benavente
Spain
42° 0' 10.8828" N, 5° 40' 26.6916" W
Valladolid
Spain
41° 39' 10.6092" N, 4° 43' 42.1968" W
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Levi Leipheimer Quietly Wins Stage 2, Takes Lead of Vuelta Ciclista Castilla y León 2009 Over Alberto Contador, David Zabriskie

Fast becoming a favorite for many USA fans of cycling, Levi Leipheimer showed the dignified way to the front today. Noted for his diligent work ethic and quiet but friendly manner, Levi is not the first to be talked about when the likes of Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador are around. While gifted, surely, many feel he has to work harder, so he's often considered an underdog even when he should get attention as the leader. Today was an example, and all I can do is repeat that I hope he's never even suspected of doping, because he sure is a fine example of dignity in victory for me.

Locations

Vuelta Ciclista Castilla y León 2009 Stage 2 Palencia, Palencia
Spain
42° 0' 44.8488" N, 4° 31' 52.23" W
Cristo del Otero
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/92409
42° 1' 42.2976" N, 4° 31' 45.7356" W
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Lance Armstrong Crashes at Castilla y León; Breaks Collarbone, Abandons, Leaves in Ambulance; Sobrino Wins Stage 1

Lance Armstrong has crashed at the Vuelta Ciclista Castilla y León and retired from the race, leaving the scene by ambulance. It has been confirmed as a collarbone injury. I was unable to get video going today, so I didn't see it, but I'll post video links if I find any (not of the crash in particular). I'll update as I know more. Armstrong was there with Astana Cycling, Alberto Contador and Levi Leipheimer. It was the first time all three cyclists were to be racing together as a team.

Locations

Paredes de Nava
Spain
42° 9' 10.6956" N, 4° 41' 39.66" W
Baltanás
Spain
41° 56' 13.7976" N, 4° 14' 44.988" W
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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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Dopers, Testers, Tests, Lance Armstong, Tour de France, Vuelta, Giro, Garmin-Chipotle

Well the Tour de France route for 2009 has come out, and there's some new old stuff, like the Team Time Trial is back. Some say this makes Lance Armstrong more likely to show up, some say less, and he seems to want some assurances from the organizers about respectful treatment or some such.

Meanwhile Contador sounded welcoming at first, but lately perhaps less so, and Vino's name has surfaced as well. Nothing solid here from me...just some impressions.

Location

Avenue des Champs-Elysées
Paris 75008
France
48° 52' 11.2836" N, 2° 18' 27.3096" E
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USA Cyclist Levi Leipheimer Takes Vuelta (Tour of Spain) Fifth Stage ITT and GC Lead

Now, something to cheer about! You never know about people really, but I've seen Levi in person and on streaming video and I can tell you there were awesome performances, but nothing that seemed "unbelievable," like some other performances I've seen. I'll never know if Levi is clean, just like I thought it was certain that others were, but seeing Levi almost but not quite do it several times leads me to believe in him. Having said that, joining Astana and linking with some I've begun to doubt still makes me wonder, which is sad.

Location

Ciudad Real
Spain
38° 59' 9.9456" N, 3° 55' 38.1468" W
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Astana Accepted into Vuelta Without 2006 Winner Alexandre Vinokourov

Astana is taking August off, they said, but that doesn't keep them from starting September in Spain, it seems. This photo is pretty impressive. Yowee that hurts. It is a shame that amazing feats are cheapened by some of the very ones who achieve them. I admire the struggle through great pain, because I've done that one, and finished way back. And if we don't quit, we get off the couch, out of the bed, and onto the road again, that's something. We beat everyone who doesn't start, at least.

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