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Daily Roundup: Folders, Ride with Dave Wiens! Bike insurance, The Perfect Crime & more

In Bicycle advocacy, Daily Roundup, Mountain Biking on January 6, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Folders are hot!

The ugly ripple effect when a major retailer closes its doors.

Bicycle insurance: Idea whose time has come? With more folks, especially Gen/pick your letter/ers, relying on bikes only for transportation, maybe so. If it does happen it will tell us something about a major demographic shift. Insurance always runs the numbers first.

From a cop: Bicycles have a right to the whole friggin’ lane. Dave Wiens is coming to the Marin DirtBowl! Not many cyclists have gone head to head with Lance Armstrong and emerged the winner. Dave Wiens, the standout Leadville 100 retired pro, can make such a claim. Although it’s certainly a distinction in his long and glorious career, it’s far from his signature accomplishment, and Wiens is a generous, modest and exemplary representative for the cycling community. Be sure to join Wiens, the Marin County Bicycle Coalition and the NorCal High School Mountain Bike League for a big fundraiser ride starting 10:30 a.m. Feb. 7 at the golf course in San Geronimo. Don’t worry, you won’t miss the typically boring, overhyped football game where the commercials outshine the onfield “entertainment” — unless, like me, you want to. has more.

The Perfect Crime: If you’re out to kill someone but don’t want to serve any jail time, all you have to do is make sure they’re riding a bicycle at the time. What could be easier!

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: Old cyclist guys, Seattle Bike-In, David Byrne coming, Leadville & Crankworx wraps

In Bicycle Racing, Daily Roundup, Mountain Biking on August 17, 2009 at 10:39 pm

Today’s heroes: Septuagenarian cyclists still going strong, an inspiration to all of us callow sexagenarian cyclists.

Mark the calendar: Seattle Bike-In is this Sunday at Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill.

Cycle Killer, qu’est-ce que ce? On September 28, David Byrne will be at Town Hall with his new book, Bicycle Diaries. A $30 ticket gets you a copy of the book too…

Great video of Lance and Wiens at Saturday’s Leadville 100.

MTBR has roundup and Top 10 results.

A look back at the Top 10 reasons Wiens was sure to beat Lance.

Humble pie: Yeah I was wrong, Wiens couldn’t hang with Lance after all. Not a surprise, really, but wished it could’ve been a closer race. Sounds like Dave is hanging it up, so next year’s race (assuming Lance defends as he says he will and Levi can keep from breaking something) will be between Lance and Leipheimer. I’m going with Double L! Stay tuned!

Cyclelicious: Empire Grade Road closed due to fire. Richard is a roadie but notes the smoke covers huge mtb sections of the UC-Santa Cruz campus, Wilder Ranch and back down to Henry Cowell State Park. Let’s hope the disruption was only temporary. There’s not much else for mountain biking in that section of the Santa Cruz range.

Crankworx wrap: PinkBike has video of Greg Watts’ winning slopestyle run.

Mountain Bike Action has photos.

Sam Hill and Emmeline Ragot took top honors in the Canadian Open Downhill…with Seattle-based Evil’s Steve Smith taking a bronze. Smith has been putting in some standout results this season after signing with Evil, which was at Crankworx showing off some cool hardware. More later…

We close with a tantalizing thought. Jill Kintner creamed Emmeline Ragot in the “mini-Downhill” Grand Slalom at Crankworx. If Jill had run the Canadian Open Downhill and presumably won, it would’ve given her 3 golds (as well as a silver) for Crankworx 2009! We continue to suspect Jill (maybe nudged by BF Bryn Atkinson) will enter downhill comps some day soon…

In Whistler for Crankworx 2009

In Bicycle Racing, Daily Roundup, Mountain Biking on August 14, 2009 at 11:00 am

…but wishing I could be in two places at once, as long as the other one was Leadville Colo.

Some quick links, then I gotta go RIDE!

PinkBike has the rundown on the big Slopestyle course tomorrow. It may be tamer than last year, but that’s probably good. Too many crashes last year. Looking it over, and having seen every Crankworx Slopestyle at Whistler, my view is that this one has more diversity (read opportunity) than any previous. And it’s really set up for viewing.

Let’s hope the crowds come. Whistler is soaked, bros! There are puddles in the parking lot and the trails are not just damp but sloppy in some spots. Plus it’s cold at night.

That said, the sun is out today (Friday) and skies definitely appear to be clearing! So hopefully everyone will come on up tonight and tomorrow for the world’s signature Slopestyle event, Kokanee Crankworx.

As for tomorrow’s Leadville 100, now the “signature” enduro MTB event because of Lance’s omnipresence:

BikeRumor has pics and descrip of Lance’s proto Trek Fuel 9.9 XX whatever. Why doesn’t Trek just call it the Lance Armstrong? If I was at Leadville and Lance whizzed by I’d have a hard time choosing between looking at him or his bike! It should be a great race.

There’re some other familiar names in the lineup, including Travis Brown riding his own customized Trek, caught by Mountain Bike Action. Early on Floyd Landis was supposed to have registered, but he’s not on the official roster. Neither is once-rumored Tinker Juarez. Nor is Chris Eatough, history’s greatest 24-hour racer, who’s apparently racing the FoolsGold 100 instead.

But Dave Wiens, despite modestly downplaying his own chances at a 7th straight title, is still in the mix. BikeRumor has great Wiens interview on the whole enchilada.

Check out the UltraRob blog for inside coverage.

AP setup story in Seattle Times on the race.

BIkePortland is tracking a disturbing cycling-auto encounter.

If you’re in Seattle Sunday and want to pay respects to Jose Hernando and the other fallen of our sport, Michael Snyder at SeattleLikesBikes has a suggestion.

Lance’s Chances: Leadville looking better all the time

In Bicycle Racing, Lance's Chances, Mountain Biking on August 9, 2009 at 7:48 am

Lance Armstrong is now King of Colorado, sending a message to Dave Wiens re Saturday’s Leadville 100 joust.

Lance is looking real strong, dusting the field at the Colorado state mountain bike championships in Snowmass. Wiens did not compete.

There’s some simmering resentment that Lance, who has a house in Aspen but is from Austin of course, was allowed to compete. But the rules said yes, and why not? He brings a lot of attention and commercial weight to anything he does, and both are what cycling really needs.

Our 3-to-2 odds for Wiens are looking shakier all the time. No matter who wins, it should be a great race.

BikeWorldNews has results.

Lance’s Chances: Preview of 2009 Leadville 100

In Bicycle Racing, Lance's Chances, Mountain Biking on August 2, 2009 at 2:27 am

At a glance, it’s Lance.

For his epic rematch of last year’s stirring mano-a-mano Leadville 100, Lance Armstrong appears loaded for bear. A full season of racing under his belt, including the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France (a twofer he’s never done before). Pretty much full recovery from his broken collarbone. A year of incentivization, having admitted defeat to Wiens personally at last year’s race.

And this time, the eyes of the nation if not the world upon him. Come Aug. 15, we can expect unprecedented coverage of the Leadville 100, which always has an avid following among endurance sports cognoscenti but has never made it to the national consciousness.

So yeah, you’d think all the ducks lined up for Lance, right? Despite Dave Wiens having won the Leadville 100 six consecutive times, Wiens is the underdog, right?

Not so fast.

As the only observer to call Lance’s chances correctly in both the Giro and the Tour — to wit, null, void, zip, nada — at a time when major media were saying “Lance can win!” and “Why you can never count Lance out!” Bike Intelligencer feels a certainly burden of prophecy looking to the Leadville 100. Can we maintain our contrarian stance v. Lance? Or is it time to face reality and acknowledge he’s just too primed for Wiens this time around?

First, we have to admit something: Whereas we were 100 percent sure with the Giro and Tour, we’re on shakier ground for Leadville. We feel a bit like Lance going into the Tour, where he noted he lacked the confidence of a win compared to previous Tours. (We kind of chuckled at that one, believing that even a stage win was beyond Lance’s reach, another prediction that came true, albeit barely.)

Few competitors have a sense of moment like Lance, and even fewer can dig down deep the way he does when the cards are down. Whereas last year he was in good shape, this time around he’s in world-class shape. And while his opponent, a former World Cup racer himself and Mountain Bike Hall of Famer, is not to be underestimated, he’s also not named Alberto Contador.

That said, we see a lot to like for Wiens. For one thing, while Lance was ripping up Ventoux, Dave was not exactly sitting at home with his legs propped up, watching it on TV. Wiens too was in the Alps, riding the TransAlp Challenge, the world’s toughest mountain bike race and a multi-stage epic in its own right (Wiens’ team finished 7th overall). It’s not like he needed the training — Wiens knows how to prepare for Leadville better than anyone — but for those paying attention, he was sending a message.

Then there’s the whole mtb thing. Riding a mountain bike is so unlike a road rig that they’re almost two different sports. (Credentials: For two decades I was a roadie, doing double centuries, triathlons and other endurance events; then in 1991 I switched to mountain.) Here’s just a few things to consider:

Road riding is based on extended rhythm, or cadence. You get into a zone and build from there. Whether in a time trial, on the flats or a climb, you’re doing the same thing for a long time. The only time you really sprint is at the finish or (if you care) for points. It doesn’t happen that much.

Mountain biking is far less static. It involves constant shifts in tempo, body position, aerobics and strength output. The surface is hardly ever smooth. Cadence doesn’t enter the picture. You pedal downhill. You bust your gut on riser after riser, switchbacks here, rock gardens there.

Your riding position is completely different; in fact, with mountain biking, riding position is always changing depending on terrain. You’re much more upright than the tucked road position. Your musculature is stressed accordingly.

There’s no drafting in mountain biking.

Upper-body strength, and strength-to-weight ratio, matter much more in mountain biking. You have to pull on the bars on climbs, guide the bike carefully on technical sections. You’re always leaning and weighting different parts of the bike. That takes shoulder, arm, chest and back strength, not just leg action.

Mountain biking is bursty. You go anaerobic far more often as you negotiate tricky terrain. A climb on a mountain bike is 100 times harder than on a road bike because your whole body is involved, the grade usually is steeper (you get 15 to 20 percent risers all the time), and you have far less traction. It can be just as fast to get off the bike and push — how often can you say that about road riding?

The point here is, Lance’s season so far has been great for conditioning and endurance, as long as he’s riding a road bike. For a mountain bike, not so much. There’s a reason why cycling success translates from mountain biking to road racing — Cadel Evans, Floyd Landis, Michael Rasmussen, Ryder Hesjedal — far more prevalently than the opposite direction.

Other variables to keep in mind:

Lance knows how to set up a road bike, whether it be TT, flats or climbs, perfectly for himself. A mountain bike? Hmmm. He hasn’t had enough experience riding mtb, especially recently, to have command of the technology and personal variables. Someone else can set it up for him, and he can consult with lots of experts. But at the end of the day, only he can make certain calls, and he just doesn’t have the data.

Wiens on the other hand rides mountain every day. He’s got it completely dialed. If there’s such a thing as equipment edge, Wiens will have it.

The other thing: Wiens is a local (Gunnison, but close enough). In mountain biking, that counts for far more than road racing. You see locals win or excel at downhill and slalom and even cross-country (albeit to a lesser extent) races in their own back yard where they’re also-rans everywhere else. Home court is an advantage. So is being the underdog.

Wiens also has an experience edge on Lance when it comes to the Leadville race itself. He knows the race’s profile and his own body’s rhythms.

Finally, whereas we know Lance tapped out last year, we do not know Wiens’ real potential at Leadville. We don’t know if Lance ever really pushed Wiens, or whether Wiens was just marking Lance till he needed to go into overdrive.

All of the above, even giving Lance points for a phenomenal comeback season, says Wiens is going to win this thing again. There are always x-factors in mountain biking, particularly equipment failure and crashes, but all things being equal we give the edge to the local.

To repeat, though, unlike the Giro and Tour, we’re not so sure. The race looks to be close for much of the duration. But when it comes time to dig deep, the moment of truth that Lance has made a career out of taking, Wiens will have more in the tank.

If we were taking it to Vegas, we’d go with 3-to-2 odds in favor of Wiens.

And if we panned out, we’d make money. Because to the casual observer, this thing looks like the biggest blowout since Ali v. Buster Mathis. Let’s hope they’re wrong and that Leadville 2009 becomes a memorable duel for the ages.

Update: Chris Carmichael on why I might be wrong.

Daily Roundup: This Day in Drugs, local bikeboy does good, BC Bike Race sabotage, naked cyclists and more

In Bicycling, Daily Roundup, Mountain Biking, This Day In Doping on July 2, 2009 at 3:47 am

This Day in Drugs: Thomas Dekker is out of the Tour for doping…in 2007! Think the UCI honchos are trying to send a message here? Wonder how many of Lance’s old samples they have lying around, waiting for some new technology to analyze?

BC Bike Race, Day 3: Morons are removing course flags to screw up the race. The racers are overcoming the morons.

The only bad thing about having 25-year-old Tyler Farrar, Washington State’s first Tour de France cyclist, in the upcoming Tour will be having to listen to the announcers try to pronounce his home town of “Wenatchee.”

BikeJuju: Naked cyclists are a blogger’s best friend.

The Adventure Life recalls the recent bike recalls. Worth a look-over to make sure your steed ain’t on a list.

Dave Wiens will speak at REI Boulder on July 7. Hope someone blogs it. Hope someone asks how Dave plans to kick Lance’s ass again in the Leadville 100 this year, what with Lance having the Giro & Tour (by then) under his belt.

Seattle’s Cascade Bicycle Club is auctioning off bib No. 10,000 for this year’s Seattle to Portland classic. Current bid is $120 but c’mon all you bikin’ ex-Microsofties, we can do better than that…

Daily Roundup: Iron Horse is broke, Armstrong’s revenge, Chicks and Bikes

In Bicycling, Daily Roundup, Mountain Biking on March 19, 2009 at 10:47 pm

Bicycle Retailer & Industry News: Iron Horse goes down. We’ve known for some time the company was on the ropes — as a friend put it, “How did those guys screw up so bad?” Iron Horse helped make the DW-link and could’ve rode that, um, horse to surefire success. But somehow it never found quite the right niche or following. RIP. The new hot downhill bike to watch this year is Evil. It doesn’t have Dave Weagle’s link, but he helped design the frame and Evil put together the bling. We’ll be checking it out at Fluidride.

Summit Daily News, Colorado: “When soon-to-be-the-king David slayed Goliath in 1 Samuel of the Old Testament, the people of Israel didn’t say, ‘Great job David, but would you mind doing that again next year’?” Wonderful lede btw. The story is about Lance Armstrong’s return to the Leadville 100, the grueling mountain bike race where Lance got his ass handed to him by Dave Wiens, delighting Wiens’ many fans. Unlike Lance, Wiens has never been suspected of using drugs and is so upright an individual he is in fact beyond suspicion. With Lance the truth will come out some day — you don’t beat an entire peloton on drugs without doing drugs yourself. In the meantime, we can look forward to Dave putting the big hurt on Lance again this year, even if Lance has the Tour under his belt. Mountain biking, as Lance found out when he was winning tours and decided to try his hand at the tougher sport, ain’t for road weenies. ‘Nuf said!

Chicks and Bikes: Nuthin’ but pix. Have you checked out this blog? Inspiring to say the least…

OK guys I linked. Now where's my t-shirt???!!

OK guys I linked. Now where's my t-shirt???!!

Dave Wiens on Bike Advocacy

In Bicycle advocacy, Bicycle Racing, Mountain Biking on March 1, 2009 at 8:14 am

Dave Wiens, the former mountain bike racer who currently specializes in distance competition and kicked Lance Armstrong’s ass at last year’s grueling Leadville 100, weighs in on bike advocacy after the latest Outside magazine’s profile on him:

“The bottom line here in the Gunnison Valley today is that trail users, including our freeriding community, and our land managers at the BLM, the Forest Service and the Division of Wildlife, have established effective working relationships and maintain consistent and open dialogue. Do we always agree? Probably not. Have our local land managers made an effort to understand our disparate group of trail users? Absolutely. Have we as trail users been able to get our constituents to understand the perspective and the scope of what land managers must take into consideration while managing public lands? We’re working on it and making progress.”

The one and only...

The one and only...