May 2017

Tour de France favourites: form ranking



Rating 10 contenders in May


1. Richie Porte (BMC Racing)

Previous rank: 5th

Overview: The season may be long but momentum is a prized currency and one that Porte has squirreled away with a number of impressive performances. In Romandie he was light years ahead of Froome and several other Tour contenders with an assured display in both the mountains and against the clock, and if, unlike last year, BMC Racing don’t leave their best GC asset at the side of the road, he will surely challenge for the podium this July. Up next is the Dauphiné, a race in which he could and should have made the podium last year.

Highlight: Winning the Tour of Romandie at the end of April to make it two WorldTour stage races out of three in 2017.

Lowlight: The cold day in Paris-Nice still raises question


2. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

Previous rank: 2nd

Overview: Valverde hasn’t raced since winning Liège-Bastogne-Liège in April, meaning for the first time since the season began he hasn’t topped headlines or added to his palmares in over a month. Heading into June, the Dauphiné marks a switch for the veteran, too, with the emphasis shifting back to stage racing and a chance to add to his phenomenal run in week-long races, which includes wins in País Vasco, Catalunya, and Ruta del Sol. And while the Dauphiné is a step up in terms of competition there’s no doubt that Valverde will fancy his chances at winning a third crown to add to his titles from 2008 and 2009.

Highlight: Polishing his Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Flèche Wallonne trophies at home.

Lowlight: A dry month of May but a rest was surely needed.

Next race: Critérium du Dauphiné


3. Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo)

Previous rank: 3rd

Overview: While Nairo Quintana has been flogging himself at the Giro d’Italia, Contador has been quietly going about his business both at home and in Tenerife, topping up his form ahead of, quite possibly, his final Tour de France. Well rested and motivated, he heads to another Dauphiné where he will look to take on Porte and Chris Froome for the top step on the podium. Last year Contador started brightly, wining the opening prologue at Les Gets before being pushed off the podium in the mountains but this year he will be looking for a consistently strong performance in which he starts on the front foot and maintains that level all the way through.

Highlight: Sadistically watching Quintana tire himself out at the Giro and knowing – first hand – how that might hamper the Colombian in July.

Lowlight: Still to win a race in 2017.

Next race: Critérium du Dauphiné


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Bike Night at Union Station – May 26

Close out Bike Month with Bike Night at Union Station, hosted by Metro. This family-friendly event celebrates the bicycle as a mode of transportation with music, fun, and food. This year, bring the kids to practice their skills at a bike rodeo hosted by Walk ‘n Rollers, and at crafting stations hosted by Side Street Projects. Not just for kids, bring your helmet to decorate with CicLAvia and your cornhole skills to play for prizes at the Metro booth.

DJ Garth Trinidad of KCRW will provide tunes to groove to throughout the evening. Some of your favorite food trucks will be there too!

Interested in biking more but not sure about how? Learn about the resources coming to your community soon at Bike Night. Staff will be available throughout the event to talk to you about bicycle lanes, gear tips, safety, and upcoming classes and rides.

Bike Night is free and will feature special guests, entertainment, food and drink vending, prizes, and the faces of Los Angeles County’s bicycle community groups. Complementary bike valet will be provided.



Frogtown’s Spoke Bicycle Cafe Adds Beer and Wine to the LA River Experience


The onetime coffee stop and tuneup shop gets an all-day makeover

Frogtown’s shine continues with the reemergence of Spoke Bicycle Cafe. The once-quaint riverside outlet for coffee and a tune-up has become something much more, with a full lineup of beer and wine to complement an all-day menu.

As LA Weekly notes, the opening of the cafe space is happening today, under the direction of owners Laurie Winston and Rich Latronica. Laura Parsley-Gonzales is in as chef, following a stint at vegan Highland Park cafe Kitchen Mouse.

That means the food has a healthy-ish bent, with lunchtime bowls, a veggie burger, and morning tofu scramble. You’ll also find burgers, a full lineup of breakfast plates, plus coffee and drinks. The full daytime menu is below, and the restaurant plans to expand into full dinner hours in the coming weeks.


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Colorado’s new professional cycling race attracts 14 top pro teams


Colorado’s professional cycling race, which was shortened to four days and combined with a gated music and market festival, has attracted more than a dozen top international and domestic pro teams, organizers said today.

The re-invented professional cycling race, the Colorado Classic, has a field of 14 international and domestic pro teams including four World Tour teams to race in its four-day event in August.

The Colorado Classic will debut this summer as the new version of the state’s professional cycling race and replaces the USA Pro Challenge, which was a hugely popular seven-day race across the state, but lost money each of the five years of its existence. The race folded last year.

Colorado Classic is a four-day event with point-to-point racing, instead of the more than 600-mile stage race across that the Pro Challenge used.

And organizers have combined the race with a gated music and market festival, which will feature top bands and 200 vendors in the River North neighborhood. The race is Aug. 10-13 and will be in Colorado Springs, Breckenridge and Denver.

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Final stage opens to make Shikoku a ‘holy land for cyclists’


MATSUYAMA—Ehime Prefecture has opened a 1,000-kilometer loop cycling course that runs through Shikoku island, the final step in a campaign to make the prefecture a “holy land for cyclists.”

The prefecture estimates it will take cyclists 11 days to complete the route, which starts from and ends at the prefectural capital of Matsuyama.

“I will make every effort to establish the habit of moving around Shikoku on bicycles,” Ehime Governor Tokihiro Nakamura, wearing cycling gear, said in March about the opening of the course.

Shikoku is already home to attractive bicycle routes.

The 70-km Setouchi Shimanami Kaido course, which connects Imabari in Ehime Prefecture with Onomichi in Hiroshima Prefecture, was selected as one of the world’s seven most incredible bike routes by U.S. broadcaster CNN.

Cyclists hop from island to island in the Seto Inland Sea over seven bridges that provide spectacular views.

Although the four prefectures on Shikoku opened a cycling course in 2014, the latest loop route was developed by Ehime Prefecture alone by adding some scenic spots to the existing course.


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Want to Avoid Brain Damage? Wear a Bike Helmet!

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Helmet use reduces the odds of a head injury by up to 50 percent and further reduces the odds of facial or neck injury by 33 percent.


Have you noticed how many people ride around our town without a helmet? I asked a younger friend about this, who informed me, “Wearing a helmet isn’t cool.”


Any real cyclist knows that there are two types of riders: (1) those who have gone down, and (2) those who will go down.

I should know. I have gone down — more than once.

One of the only times I did not wear my helmet, I was slowly riding my bike behind my house when my foot slipped off the pedal. I was thrown down, my head hitting the pavement. I was able to get up and walk into my house, where I promptly passed out on my bed. When I finally woke up, I had no idea how long I had been knocked out. Needless to say, I had an ongoing headache for three days.

Fortunately, I did not suffer the long-term symptoms of a brain injury: difficulty thinking, attention deficit, memory problems, or mood swings. For others, severe injuries of this nature can lead to depression, employment problems, relationship issues, frustration, aggression, and increased mortality.

An increasing number of drivers are distracted by texting or talking on their cell phones. A bicyclist is easily missed, especially by a tourist who is busy taking in the scenery rather than focusing their attention on the road.

Cyclists, many of whom are students who use cycling as their main form of transportation, are vulnerable to the distracted driver.

Various studies (by, among others, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Transportation, and American Journal of Surgery) highlight why it is so important to always wear a helmet:



Pasadena Traffic Reduction and Transportation Improvement Meeting

Community Meeting
Thursday, May 25th, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Pasadena City Hall, Grand Conference Room,
City Hall Basement, Room S038, 100 North Garfield Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101

The purpose of this meeting is to update the City of Pasadena’s Traffic Reduction and Transportation Improvement Fee (TR/TIF).  This fee is designed to plan for the needs of projected future development within the City through the horizon year 2035.  New development projects will pay their “fair share” of the cost of future transportation improvements.  The fee anticipates and mitigates the impacts of growth on City streets by providing quality transit service, building bike and pedestrian infrastructure, and implementing intelligent transportation systems (ITS).

Included in the City’s transportation facilities needs list are Complete Streets projects, Traffic Operations, Bike Facilities, Pedestrian Improvements, and Local Transit Improvements.  Sources of the projects include the General Plan – Mobility Element, the Pasadena ITS Master Plan Framework, the Pasadena Bicycle Master Plan, the ADA Transition Plan, and Specific Plan.

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5 Ways Biking Is Getting Easier in L.A.



Cycle hubs and exclusive lanes are popping up all over the city

We’re in the middle of Bike Month—designated by our local transit agency, Metro—with a big push to increase our city’s relatively anemic cycling numbers. With Bike to Work Day on Wednesday (free refreshments, bike tchotchkes, and gratis rides on trains and buses) and Bike Night (a party ride through DTLA) on May 26, it seems a good time to highlight how L.A. is ever-so-slowly turning into a bike town.

• Bike Hubs
Metro will cut the ribbon on its newest bike hub, “a facility that offers bicyclists a safe and convenient place to park their bikes,” on Friday near the Hollywood/Vine subway station. Cyclists will be able to access the enclosed space 24/7 and purchase lights, locks, and other amenities. Metro previously opened a bike hub at the El Monte bus station, and will be opening one at Union Station next year and near the Culver City Expo station in 2018.

• The Bike Share Is Expanding
It took L.A. a long time to get a bike share up and running, and the rollout hasn’t been without hiccups. That said, more bikes and docking stations are being added throughout the city. The L.A. waterfront is getting 11 new stations and 120 bikes around San Pedro and Wilmington, likely by the summer. Venice and Pasadena will also be joining the party, and Culver City is looking at getting its own bike share, as well.

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