July 2017

The Tour of Utah aka “America’s Toughest Stage Race™” makes its third start in the iconic red rock country of southern Utah

From Bicycling.com

SALT LAKE CITY (June 13, 2016) – Detailed race routes and stage maps were unveiled today for all seven days of the 2016 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah men’s professional cycling stage race, August 1-7. The 704-mile course will include 52,951 vertical feet of climbing for 16 of the best men’s cycling teams in the world, solidifying the event as “America’s Toughest Stage Race.™” The race will pass adjacent to or through two national parks, two national monuments, four national forests and two state parks, with the overall start at Zion Canyon Village in southern Utah and the overall finish in Park City to the north.

The Tour of Utah course will feature more than 700 miles of racing for the third time in its 12-year history. A 2.HC-rated stage race sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the Tour of Utah will give prominence to a total of 13 Utah Office of Tourism King of the Mountain climbs and 14 Utah Sports Commission Sprint lines. Detailed maps and videos for race week are now available at the official web site, www.tourofutah.com.

Returning to the Tour for the first time since 2013 is the Stage 3 summit of Mount Nebo, the highest mountain in the Wasatch Range at 11,928 feet. Two of the historically toughest climbs of the Tour are back, classified as hors category (HC, or beyond classification)—the six-mile ascent of Little Cottonwood Canyon on the Stage 6 “Queen” Stage and the epic seven-mile incline to Empire Pass, with pitches reaching more than 20 percent.

Cycling is one way to produce cleaner air for everyone

From TheGuardian.com

Swapping cars for bikes, not diesel for electric, is the best route to clean air

Cycling can be a huge part of the fight to tackle city air pollution. Tim Burns of Sustrans explains how their Active Travel Toolbox can help us get there

The government’s air quality plan may make our air more breathable in the long run but it fails to tackle some of the biggest issues facing cities and towns in the UK, and more people on bikes are a huge part of the answer.

At the heart of the plan is a move to ban all new diesel and petrol vans and cars from 2040, alongside a range of measures to support the electric car market and retrofit existing vehicles. It remains to be seen if the plan will be an effective measure to improve air quality, but it is almost guaranteed that this will be another missed opportunity to think about how we move about and live in cities and towns.

Focusing on switching from diesel and petrol vehicles to electric will most likely result in people simply changing the type of heavy box that they drive around our towns and cities in. This should improve air quality as emissions reduce over the long term, but it will do nothing to solve congestion on our streets, and it is a missed opportunity to improve public health.

There is no clearer and bigger opportunity to help reduce air pollution than encouraging more people to ride bikes.

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Biking has become part of New York’s commuting culture as the city expands bike routes and Citi Bikes become ubiquitous

From The NYTimes.com

On one of Brooklyn’s busier commuter streets, bicycles now outnumber cars.

The two-wheelers glide down a bike lane on Hoyt Street, which links Downtown Brooklyn with thriving brownstone-lined neighborhoods. There are so many bikes during the evening rush that they pack together at red lights and spill out in front of cars.

It is the kind of bike hegemony that was once hard to imagine in New York City, where cars and taxis long claimed the streets and only hardened cyclists braved the chaotic traffic.

“New York has really become a biking world,” said Jace Rivera, 42, a former construction worker who so enjoyed riding his bike to work that he changed careers last year to become a bike messenger. “The city has gotten a lot more crowded, and the trains have gotten a lot more expensive. By biking, you spare yourself the crowds, you save a lot of money, and you can go to work on time.”

Biking has become part of New York’s commuting infrastructure as bike routes have been expanded and a fleet of 10,000 Citi Bikes has been deployed to more than 600 locations. Today there are more than 450,000 daily bike trips in the city, up from 170,000 in 2005, an increase that has outpaced population and employment growth, according to city officials. About one in five bike trips is by a commuter.

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Oregon just opened a 668-mile singletrack mountain bike trail

From GrindTV.com

Oregon has a new singletrack mountain bike trail that is the largest in the state. The Oregon Timber Trail is a 668-mile singletrack mountain bike trail that essentially spans the entirety of the state.

Starting in Hood River and extending south to the mines of Modoc County, California, the route projects to take 20 to 30 days to complete. The trail is broken into four tiers with 10 segments and took over 18 months to build. While the full trail has just officially opened, according to Willamette Weekly, only two people have completed the entire trail so far.

The Oregon Timber Trail is 91 percent unpaved and 51 percent singletrack, which means it’s a pretty serious mountain biking trail. The website suggests breaking the trail up into tiers and provides extensive information for those who wish to use any and all parts of the trail in their riding guide.

As the website says, “Riding the Oregon Timber Trail is a serious undertaking, both physically and logistically.”

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Wow, 100 mile Rides a month for 115 months

From SanLuisObispo.com

 

Cambria cyclist keeps pedaling those long distances

Fifteen months ago, in April 2016, Cambria cyclist Tom Parsons — referred to by some as “bionic” for his brutally long rides — completed the 100th straight month of taking 100-mile rides along the Central Coast. At that time, Parsons said in an interview he would continue the 100-mile bike rides “as long as my body will allow me to do it.”

In a West Village coffee house interview Sunday, July 23, after 15 additional monthly 100-mile rides had been completed, Parsons said that beginning in January 2018, he will undertake a kinder and gentler physical challenge for himself.

The 6-foot, 4-inch retired middle school teacher turns 70 in January. He said he will complete a 100-mile ride each month until January, but at that time he will lighten up the load.

Cycling at the top of the world – Big Bear Cycling Festival

From BigBearGrizzly.com

It takes a small village to put on an event like the Big Bear Cycling Festival, and it’s well worth it. The 2017 festival has plenty of free events for the cycling community to enjoy leading up to the annual Tour de Big Bear Aug. 5. The week-long festival begins Sunday, July 30, with the Mountaintop Trail Rally at Snow Summit, presented by Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation, the Southern California Mountains Foundation and Team Big Bear.

Acclimation rides are offered Monday through Wednesday, July 31, Aug. 1 and 2. “One of the No. 1 apprehensions about coming to Big Bear and riding is the altitude,” said Craig Smith, president of the Big Bear Cycling Association, the event’s producer. “And so they (Tour de Big Bear participants) asked to have rides early.”

Two grand marshals will ride with cyclists throughout the week. “Freddie Rodriquez, who is the only four-time national race champion, was the ambassador for the (Amgen) Tour of California when they came through,” Smith said.

The second grand marshal is Alison Tetrick, one of the panelists at the VIP Legends event after the Amgen Tour of California. Tetrick works for Amgen and rides for Cylance Women’s Team. Smith said Tetrick enjoyed her time in Big Bear during the Amgen Tour of California and wanted to be part of the Big Bear Cycling Festival.

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MBC Thursday Night Ride – Ice Cream!

Destination: Fosselman’s Ice Cream Co.
Distance: 20 miles round trip
Riding level: Intermediate
Meet at 6:30pm, roll out at 7:00pm
Montebello Civic Center
1600 W. Beverly Blvd.
Montebello, CA
Route:
http://www.mapmyride.com/us/montebello-ca/mbc-fosselman-s-ice-cream-co-route-280582423

How aero tucks work for the pros on descents

From Bicycling.com

 

As the Tour de France heads into the mountains, we’re seeing some some unconventional descending positions, as riders aim to gain every second of free speed they can muster. Here’s what aerodynamic experts have to say about the pros’ super tucks, and some tips on refining your own.

“Cylinders. That’s what slows you down,” says Ingmar Jungnickel, aerodynamics R&D engineer for Specialized Bicycles. “Bike fitting is often focused on the rider’s back, but what we learned in the wind tunnel is that legs are 50 percent of your total drag.”

The quest to minimize drag from the body’s “cylinders”—legs, arms and head—has caused pro and elite racers to assume awkward aero positions on big descents, like Chris Froome’s famous top tube-sitting Stage 8 tuck at last year’s Tour de France.

“Everyone has two giant tree trunks going down to the frame,” explains Chris Yu, Specialized’s director of integrated technology. The idea is that “by sitting on the top tube, you’re bending your legs and reducing the height and surface area exposed to the wind, which cuts resistance and saves time.”

 

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Woah, what 16 stage of the Tour de France does to cyclist’s legs

From the LAtimes.com

It’s OK if you need a moment to take it all in. All those veins ready to burst out of his legs. Those sun-drenched knees. Those multicolored feet.

That is one insane photo — and it was taken with five stages still remaining.

Let’s hope Poljanski, who was in 75th place overall after Stage 16, is too tired to use social media by the time the race wraps up on Sunday.

Or maybe we should be hoping to see just what his legs and feet look like at that point.

I really can’t decide.

Take a virtual ride and decide: Is it safe to bike to work in Los Angeles?

Los Angeles is arguably the most dangerous big city in America in which to be a bike rider, which may be why only 1% of people in L.A. commute to work by bike. And it’s getting more dangerous by the year. L.A. Times Opinion writer Matthew Fleischer takes you on a 360-degree tour of his morning bike commute to point out the pitfalls of cycling to work in L.A. — and what it would take to make the city a safer place for cyclists.