This was a ride that I’ve had on the schedule for most of the year – and one I’ve very much been looking forward to. The Tour de Tahoe – presented by Bike the West - is a clockwise loop around Lake Tahoe, covering over 70 miles of road and (depending on who’s data you look at) either 2,100, 3,700 or 6,000 feet of climbing. I managed to bang it out with 4:42:15 of actual pedaling time (plus 32 minutes of time spent munching at rest stops) for a total elapsed time of about 5 hours and 15 minutes from start to finish.
Made it to the first rest stop. Feeling strong. Switchbacks climb was not as hard as expectede, but I can clearly feel the effects of the altitude on my breathing. More to come from the road and on twitter.
It would appear that the circumnavigation attempt – by bicycle – of Vin Cox has been certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest yet. The Guinness records site has not yet posted anything regarding this, so I’ve not been able to validate this directly from them. However, other third parties such as Road Cycling UK are also reporting confirmation of the time of 163 days, 6 hours and 58 minutes as the new fastest. This bests the previous record holder Mark Beauomont’s time of 194 days, 17 hours. Potentially of interest is the fact that both Vin Cox and Mark Beauomont are both from the UK.
Roadie. Fixie hipster. Urban velo. Cycle chic. Mountain.
As a group, us cyclists sure seem to want to divide ourselves into, well, more groups. The interesting thing about cyclists is that we often seem to pigeonhole themselves into a single sub-sect and not stray out much. But why would that be? Continue Reading »
Andy Schleck found himself and fellow Saxo Bank teammate Stuart O’Grady with some unexpected time off recently. Riis has thrown the pair out of the Vuelta a Espana squad for breaking team rules. The rule that was broken: no going out a getting Schleckered at the bar.
September. The daylight starts to go away a little earlier and arrive a little later. Students are heading back into the classrooms. For some, it is time to break out the toe clips and start the cyclocross season. But unfortunately for many of us, it just means less hours of daylight and a higher chance of rain or snow ruining our outdoor riding experiences.
I came in from the mailbox with the mail in hand the other day – my latest copy of Road Bike Action magazine there between the bills and grocery store adds. I glanced over the cover and saw what appeared to be a very common, run-of-the-mill cycling magazine cover. But something caught my eye that didn’t seem right.
Bjarne Riis – manager of Team Saxo Bank – may be changing riders faster than some can keep track, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t know how to run a team as a business. His remaining star rider (not to be confused with is new star rider) Fabian Cancellara still has one year left on his contract. Due to this contract, and a couple of comments made by Fabian during the initial round of speculations about the Schleck’s new Luxembourg team, it was mostly assumed that Fabian would remain with Riis for the remainder of his contract.