Paul Andrews

Posts Tagged ‘Crankworx 2009’

Daily Roundup: Planning for bikes, Crankworx numbers up? SF Bike Expo and more

In Bicycle Racing, Daily Roundup, Lance's Chances, Mountain Biking on August 27, 2009 at 10:30 am

SeattleLikesBikes: Why planners need — really need — the reality check of actual bike riders. “One intersection that looked fine on paper turned out to be a spot where a new streetcar track would be a nightmare hazard for cyclists.”

Bicycle Retailer: Crankworx attendance was up despite crappy weather. Really? It didn’t feel that way. It felt more like numbers were a bit down, and in any case I’d be curious to see the data. If you read the release carefully it says attendance was up the “final weekend,” which was fairly sunny. If so, it was not by much. The rest of the time was noticeably slack. You could just look at the lift lines.

No knock on the ‘worx, it’s a great event. Which is all the more reason it has no need to exaggerate.

BikeRumor: Camelbak’s new electronically monitored flow meter showing how much liquid you’ve sucked up on a ride. Christmas stocking stuffer, but otherwise file under Things You Could Probably Survive Without.

SF Bike Expo is set for November 21st in the Cow Palace!

Martha Hucker interviews Melissa Buhl. Next, how about Jill Kintner?

Buhly: “Women’s racing in the US has dropped off a bit. Not from lack of talent by any means, just the depth in entries at the events. I think a lot of it is because it is so costly for them and there is lack of support. Some of the race promoters don’t give enough incentive for pro racers to make the trip. We are racing for free or next to nothing at a lot of the events, and that’s unacceptable for any pro. There are so many talented riders here, but you’ll find them doing other events and other types of riding and racing they enjoy more. I hope we can get a consistent series going that offers that kind of enjoyment in racing again and bring them back.”

One last look back at this year’s Leadville 100. Yes Lance was King, but the ever-humble, gentlemanly and gracious Dave Wiens made a lot of fans too.

Daily Roundup: Cranktrix, Lance to do Ironman, Riders Down, Texting while crashing

In Bicycling, Daily Roundup, Lance's Chances, Mountain Biking, Rider Down on August 18, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Great video of best tricks at Crankworx, with Greg Watts’ 360 whip and single flip whip losing out to Andreu Lacondeguy’s 360 flatspin seatgrab indian air. MTBR has more Lance’s next throwdown: The Ironman triathlon in Kona. This is great stuff, bringing international attention to niche sports typically followed largely by the friends and families of participants. Should be great fun if he actually follows through!

FatCyclist talks about crashing at the Leadville 100. With all this guy has been through, including losing his wife recently to cancer, a header is about the last thing you’d wish on him. Better luck next year Elden!

Rider Down in West Seattle. You hate to hear the “life-theatening injuries” part…

The Stranger’s Dan Savage almost gets sideswiped by a woman texting while driving. I’m seeing so much of this bullshit that I’ve started screaming at the drivers to log off and drive! Dan includes pertinent video…