Published: Sep 02, 2012 - 05:04 PM
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Published: Sep 02, 2012 - 05:00 PM
Mountain biking in the Yukon will prepare you for any terrain. Just ask Whitehorse’s Tamara Goeppel.
The three-time Yukon mountain biking champ raced in the Trans Schwarswald in Germany just over a week ago.
The event is a five-day stage race through Germany’s Black Forest, spanning 395 kilometres and climbing 10,000 metres in altitude.“A mountain biking friend of mine said it’s deemed the best mountain bike stage race in Germany, so that caught my attention,” said Goeppel. “I brought way too much bike there. I brought a full suspension, heavy tank that you’d want to ride in the B.C. Bike Race, but not that race. A nice hardtail would have done the job.”
... Yukon News
Published: Sep 02, 2012 - 04:55 PM
The news leaks about The Secret Race have vastly undersold its importance. Tyler Hamilton’s book is a historic, definitive indictment of cycling’s culture of doping during the Armstrong era.
Yesterday afternoon, the Associated Press published the first story detailing the contents of The Secret Race, the highly anticipated Lance Armstrong tell-all written by former U.S. Postal Service teammate Tyler Hamilton and longtime Outside contributing editor Daniel Coyle. The book is due in stores September 5, but given the hype surrounding its release, it’s no surprise that the publisher’s armor of secrecy was pierced. What is surprising is how badly the initial report fumbled the material.
Thursday’s AP story, published under the ho-hum headline “Tyler Hamilton Says Lance Armstrong Supplied Blood Booster Before ’99 Tour,” offers a shockingly dull overview of Hamilton’s allegations. The book “covers much of what Hamilton said in a 2011 interview with ‘60 Minutes,’” the story states, written in AP’s classic voice-from-nowhere tone. Reading it, you're left with the impression that The Secret Race is “just” a rehash of what Hamilton had told us already and that Armstrong had dodged yet another bullet—maybe the last one in the chamber.
... Outside Magazine
Published: Sep 02, 2012 - 12:55 PM
In the interest of not getting your butts fired, we won’t post any direct photos from this year’s Naked Bike Rike that went down in Philly last week. You can, however, like them on their Facebook page and view some of the photos, check out some flickr streams, find out when the next PNBR is, get in on some rides to nude beaches and have all sorts of other declothed conversations. Judging by the photos, it looks to have been a fun, safe ride. Maybe, however, you are wondering, “Why naked?”
Published: Sep 01, 2012 - 10:08 AM
It's been a while since our omnibus posts about the ages and stages of family biking, and our stable has evolved enough to be worth describing a bit.
My personal favorite city bike, light cargo bike, and ride with 3-5yo passenger choice is ... the Brompton folding bike, with an obscure front-child-saddle attachment called the ITchair. There are enough odes to Brommies out there that I won't bother much here, but yes, it is all that. Magical folding clown-bike jet pack for 2.
Published: Sep 01, 2012 - 10:04 AM
Veteran broadcaster faulted after comments on South African talk show
Longtime cycling commentator Phil Liggett has generated controversy and come under criticism from many on Twitter today over an interview describing USADA as a ‘nefarious local drugs agency’ and alleging that a person who work for Lance Armstrong was offered a huge bribe to implicate the Texan in drug use.
Published: Sep 01, 2012 - 10:00 AM
Does a bike have a soul? I can’t make that argument, I don’t think I do either, actually. But we do invest a lot of emotion, pride and dare I say love in our bikes. We form emotional bonds to inanimate objects all the time. My favorite old dead car had to sit in the driveway for another year falling further into rusty disrepair before I had it towed away. On an American call-in radio show Car Talk, a caller asked if the engine was a car’s soul and if the car had a new engine put in, did the car lose that soul? This led to a discussion of where else its soul might be and I was more than amused to have them suggest the soul resides in the headliner of the interior.
Published: Sep 01, 2012 - 09:57 AM
Aerodynamic design has hit the forefront this season with the marketing folks. Sure, some bike companies have been ahead of the curve, aerodynamically speaking, such as Cervelo, Blue, and Kestral to name a few. Recently the Big Dogs in the bike industry, Specialized and Trek, have weighed in with aero-road bikes.
I’m all for it as I think this is an actual benefit rather than the seatmast marketing craze we had to deal with a couple of years ago. Thank god that has almost been squelched. As I mentioned, I’m all for aerodynamics, but recently there’s been a few over the top aero-benefits that have left me scratching my head.
Published: Sep 01, 2012 - 09:55 AM
Could it ever have been any other way, with the fall of Armstrong? It seems cycling has been on a collision course with this moment for the better part of its history. From riders dosing up with brandy in the early days, to the scourge of amphetamines, to modern day blood doping, top level racers have always pushed beyond the rules in search of an advantage.
And now we have, arguably the greatest grand tour rider of all-time stripped of his titles and banned from the sport. Looking back at the great champions of the past, each of them with their own sordid side story, can we say this outcome was inevitable?
Published: Sep 01, 2012 - 09:50 AM
Cross-training at 10,000 feet.
I am now exactly two weeks away from the TriRock triathlon. Depending on the day or hour, I am feeling either fairly confident (trust the training!) or outright petrified. I already have butterflies in my stomach and I’ve got thirteen days to go.
At week nine of training, which was four weeks out from the event, I did what all serious athletes in training do. I went on vacation. This wasn’t due to feeling overconfident or because I’m not taking my training seriously. It was because it was simply the only week that both my husband and I were available to take a week off work together. My rationale was that we would be taking our bikes with us and that I would continue to swim, bike, and run on the trip. At least one third of that plan came to fruition.
Published: Aug 31, 2012 - 01:10 AM
Our "My NYC Biking Story" series is back in action this week with a profile of Kevin Bolger, a.k.a. Squid. For 20 years Squid has worked as a commercial cyclist. He has done cargo delivery and food delivery, and at one point he co-owned a messenger company. From his position as a fixture of the NYC messenger community, he has also helped evolve New York's bike messenger culture.
Published: Aug 31, 2012 - 01:06 AM
Armstrong leads Hamilton in the 2003 Tour de France
Report reveals content of autobiography before September 5 release
Tyler Hamilton's autobiography will detail drug use between he and that of US Postal teammate Lance Armstrong, according to AP.
Titled 'The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs', the expose is co-written by Daniel Coyle who authored 'Lance Armstrong's War'. The news agency paid for an advanced copy of the book, scheduled for September 5 release.
Published: Aug 31, 2012 - 01:00 AM
Special edition includes optional rafting segment
Mountain bike stage races have come and gone, but one that has endured is La Ruta de los Conquistadores in Costa Rica. The race will celebrate its 20th edition on November 1-3, 2012.
The race is notoriously difficult with its jungle-like setting, often hot temperatures, extreme amounts of climbing and lengthy stages, but race founder and organizer Roman Urbina promised that this year's event will be more accessible to more racers.
... Cycling News
Published: Aug 30, 2012 - 12:34 PM
In this short promo film Mario guards the project of the new BOND-ATOMLINK construction system and protects it from the industrial imitators. The chasers, the false craftsmen, will use any means possible to obtain the Bond secret, but the true innovative Italian craftsmanship will always be one step ahead. But most importantly, does he win the girl? You’ll have to watch to find out.
Eurobike, the Tour de France of bike shows, started yesterday and every major brand on the planet will be there trying to differentiate themselves from one another. With the multi-billion dollar Apple versus Samsung lawsuits going on right now and ensuing discussion about how our patent laws hamper innovation, I can’t help but notice that UCI technical regulations and patent laws do the same in the bicycle industry. Often the innovation needs to come from marketing team instead of the product itself. This Cipollini movie is based around their patent BO2012A000253 (which, from what I can tell isn’t a valid patent number. Can anyone shed some light on this?) and is described as a “rear triangle and stay bonding” onto a monocoque frame. You’ve gotta hand it to Cipo though, he sure knows how to tell a story. Buying a bike is an emotional buying decision, not a rational one, and stories sell. Do I want one? Yes.
... to read more go to Cycling Tips
Published: Aug 30, 2012 - 12:29 PM
Thule, long known for making things to carry our bikes, is introducing a complete line of packs and bags for carrying things on the bike.
Committed to the concept of combining their history of transporting things with many of their employees’ passion for cycling.
How committed? They’re launching with 20 products in the new Pack ‘n Pedal line now, and more are promised next year.
... Bike Rumor
Published: Aug 29, 2012 - 09:07 AM
Last Saturday was this year's Svajerløb - Danish Cargo Bike Championships here in Copenhagen. The races were run at Carlsberg, like last year and it was fantastic day. Above are all the participants at the end of the day.
Published: Aug 29, 2012 - 09:02 AM
This was the frantic pace that was set across the glorious grasslands of Inner Mongolia during the final stage of the Genghis Khan MTB adventure race. If you have not yet experienced racing across wide-open lush green grasslands, then you need to add this cool event to your bucket-list of things to do -Genghis Khan MTB Adventure sponsored by WTB. There was a really nice video put together by a Chinese cycling media website: Biketo.com plus a collection of stunning images.
... Bike Dan
Published: Aug 29, 2012 - 08:59 AM
Don’t cry for me, says Armstrong
Lance Armstrong, despite being officially announced a doper and stripped of his seven Tour de France wins, said Sunday that nobody needs to cry for his sake.
“Nobody needs to cry for me. I’m going to be great,” Armstrong explained at a 36-mile mountain bike race in Aspen, Colorado.
It was his first public outing since the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) delivered its sentence on Friday. He appeared strong despite the agency’s devastating blow and continued as he has since he returned from cancer in 1998, delivering his message to the faithful.
... Cycling Tips
Published: Aug 29, 2012 - 08:56 AM
Masters racer resigns from Federation and club
Søren Svenningsen has resigned from the Board of Directors of the Danish Cycling Union after testing positive for three substances at a masters-level race at the end of June. He has also resigned from his position as chairman of the Holte Bicycle Club.
The DCU announced the news Wednesday morning, saying that Svenningsen tested positive for testosterone and two different steroids an June 30 at the race.
... Cycling News
Published: Aug 29, 2012 - 08:53 AM
Kulhavy shows off his bling and his kicks
Highs and lows of the 2012 London Olympics
From the defending champion’s DNF to high-profile mechanicals, here’s to acknowledge the low moments from London 2012.
5. Low: Kulhavy’s blue boots
No doubt the most memorable image of the Olympic podium ceremony was one of blue boots and white shorts.
Published: Aug 29, 2012 - 08:50 AM
Given the endemic spectre of doping across pro cycling for so many years some suggest the idea of a “truth and reconciliation commission”, a process of amnesty and dialogue where systemic wrongdoing is aired, analysed and ultimately forgiven.
The latest proponent is Dick Pound, the Canadian lawyer who run WADA for several years and made a name for himself as the scourge of the UCI.
... Inner Ring
Published: Aug 29, 2012 - 08:45 AM
Published: Aug 28, 2012 - 03:57 AM
August 24, 2012 – The epic Lance Armstrong story has reached a crescendo in his recent battle vs USADA now reverberating around the globe as Armstrong is not just a cyclist, but more a persona, touching many of life’s arenas along with the hearts and minds of countless fans and detractors alike. No matter what you think of him, clean or not, statesman or clown, benefactor or rogue, Armstrong forces you to have an opinion. Here are two we received today to add to the mix of many conversations about the man from Texas…
What does the USADA Lance Armstrong Case Tell Us
On Thursday August 23, 2012 the cycling world tilted. Only time will tell how much and in which direction but the announcement that Lance Armstrong would not fight the USADA allegations or go to arbitration has caught the world by surprise. In his statement, released on the heels of the USADA announcement, he expressed concern that he had no chance at getting a fair hearing. If the explosion of opinions that are being expressed since this news came out is a measure of this, it could be that he’s right. His decision not to put up a fight has been seen as an admission of guilt by some, and a clever move by others.
... Pedal Magazine
Published: Aug 28, 2012 - 03:54 AM
When it comes to sport, I'm as competitive as they come. I think my compulsion to win at all costs comes from being the middle of three brothers - losing bragging rights among my siblings was always a bitter pill to swallow.
While it's proven hard to shake, I've learned to take defeat on the chin as I've gotten older, though my Strava addiction has sent things back the other way this year!
... Bike Radar
Published: Aug 28, 2012 - 03:49 AM
In an exclusive interview, Jonathan Vaughters talks about his reasons for admitting he doped as a pro cyclist
Last Sunday, The New York Times published an op-ed by Garmin-Sharp manager Jonathan Vaughters in which he admitted to doping during his professional cycling career. In “How to Get Doping Out of Sports,” he described his journey from idealistic junior to guilt-ridden doper, and how the experience spurred him to try to help clean up the sport.
It has, as Vaughters had hoped, gotten a reaction, which he characterizes as mostly supportive. But within the confines of the 1,300-word op-ed, it was short on specifics.
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Published: Aug 28, 2012 - 03:46 AM
It's time to stop arguing about whether Lance doped and start figuring out what it means.
WHEN I told my daughter that I believed that Lance Armstrong had doped, she didn't have much to say. She had more important things on her mind, had a big homework project going—writing a clerihew using her own name. But she knows in her 12-year-old way what Lance Armstrong means to me. She knows that I met him before she was born, that I spent most of a year away from her so I could follow him around the world and write a book about his comeback, that I think he, along with a few guys with funnier names she often can't remember, such as Coppi and Anquetil and Zoetemelk and Merckx, was beautiful on a bicycle. She's heard me talk, for years now, to and about people who confront cancer or their deaths or that of their beloved with more strength because of him. She knows that group includes her own mother. She knows I've been on television telling Jim Lehrer or Larry King or John Roberts that I believed he didn't dope or, sometimes, that we couldn't know if he'd ever doped. She knows that Armstrong has called our house and left messages and her friends overheard and thought that was really nuts so he must be cool even if her dad likes him. She knows that I am embarrassed to have once owned a signed Lance Armstrong lunch box. She knows that I talked to him last time I was down in Austin. She knows I've been sick to my stomach lately
Published: Aug 28, 2012 - 03:41 AM