In a typical winter, several meters of snow fall in these area, with warm transitional temperatures that make for amazing fast yet firm snow! Think about it, south east Australia (the province of Victoria) is a bit closer to the equator than say, Wisconsin, so it is a warmer than the Midwest. However, once the winter storms get cranking, the weather systems come straight from Antarctica - one after another. In 2002, when I was down there, we got weekly blizzards with up to a full meter of snow falling per storm! Usually, there were several perfect blue sky days between the blizzards with warm temps during the day and freezing temps at night which makes for perfect crust skiing - but that is a whole different story! Keep an eye on the Aussies' winter weather forecasts here and enjoy.
Oh, by the way, if any Cyclova XC readers are planning a trip down under, perhaps I could fit into your ski bag - I'd love to get back down there sometime soon!
At this point, Dan wins the prize for being the Cyclova XC member who abides farthest from the Midwest, currently calling northern California home.
Back in college, Dan got into cycling simply as a means to get around town. Over the past several years, cycling has turned into a major passion - which he clearly eats, breathes, and sleeps. No surprise, Dan is now a man of several bikes, bangs out century road rides, and is a force on the bike.
Dan has been training hard this year the single day Seattle to Portland Bike ride. This is a 200+ mile single day epic from Seattle, WA to Portland, OR.
If you're lucky, you'll catch Dan around the Midwest on his visits back here a couple times per year. Welcome to the squad Dan and watch for more posts like this one right here on CyclovaXC.com from him!
And not just ANY William Wallace, he looks like William Wallace in the middle of a ravenous horde with his face painted blue and white while holding a massive sword and screaming at the top of his lungs!
The thing is...he's not even TRYING! He just LOOKS like the guy (maybe it's just the craziness in his eyes). Imagine if we could get Tommy to grow his hair shoulder length and then tease it and braid it and then paint his face blue and white and wear a kilt with an accompanying shield! He'd be EXACTLY like William!
Anyway...some of you might have noticed that I like to find actors that our CyclovaXC people look like. I matched Frank up with Clint Eastwood here (you have to scroll down to the bottom to see it). And even Allan Lindsley got some treatment (check this out...it's like a 90% match...best movie of the summer by the way)! Perhaps I'll have to make this a regular feature once new dudes/dudettes sign up for team kits (watch our numbers plummet).
As we were camping a a state park along Lake Superior's "north shore", the day started very early with the runners waking up at 4AM and on the road shortly after for the very early 6:30 AM start time. While this is early, in hindsight, it was nice for Abby to be done with her race and showered with coffee in hand by 9:00!
My parting image: The final mile of the course on the cobble Superior Street in downtown Duluth is a spectacular finish to a world class race!
The blink of an eye... That's how quickly your precious steed (bike) can disappear at the hands of a bike thief. While we've all stopped off at a cafe for lunch and leaned our bikes up against the building trusting that your bike would be fine, we really should always lock up our bikes.
I know of many people who have had bikes stolen from places they thought were safe and didn't have them locked. Heck, I even know a number of people who had their bikes (or parts of their bikes) stolen even though they were locked.
- Simply having you bike locked is likely the biggest theft deterrent, even if you don't have it locked up properly. A bike locked up at all is infinitely more difficult to steal than a bike not locked up at all!
- When locking your bike, try to use a good quality U-Lock or thick cable lock by a reputable manufacturer such as Kryptonite or On Guard. Try to lock as much of your bike as possible to the street post or bike rack you're locking up to. A frame locked up is good, a frame and a wheel is better, and a frame and both wheels locked up is best!
- While it is very practical and easy to lock up your frame and rear wheel, it is difficult to lock both wheels and your frame with a single lock. With this said, having the front wheel on your bike as a bolt up wheel or using a locking skewer will greatly discourage wheel theft from your locked frame.
- If you do need to leave your bike unlocked, be sneaky and do things to make it difficult to steal. For example, I usually strap my helmet to the back side of my front wheel. This way, if someone tries to ride of with the bike, the helmet strap will get stuck in the fork and the wheel won't roll (hopefully they'll crash).
- It goes without saying, that when you have your bike on an auto rack, the bike should be locked to the rack and the rack should be locked to the car. If you park your car with bikes on it for any period of time, it may even be a good idea to loop a cable lock through wheels and frames as well, as wheels aren't locked to auto racks.
Apparently, Lance first bumped into Honey Stinger founder Len Zanni at the 12 Hours of Snowmass mountain bike race in Snowmass, CO last year. From there, the wheels started turning and now it's official.
On a personal note, I used to work as a Sales Rep for Honey Stinger and must say from experience that it's a fantastic product. Honey Stinger gels are pure honey with some flavoring, sodium, and B vitamins. In the end, though, it is 99.999 percent honey - you can put it on your toast in the morning and fuel up with it during a race. Check it out, it's great stuff and a company ran by a great group of folks!
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Well, it turns out that Cancellera is accused of having a small electric motor in the down tube of his bike at the Tour of Flanders and that he used it in the decisive attack that won him the prestigious Spring Classic event.
The first known accusation of bike doping occurred during the 2009 Giro d'Italia by the Italian newspaper Il Giornale. The newspaper claimed that the motor could give a racer a boost of 50 watts of power for a short period of time. Additional European TV commentators (imagine if your average TV news reporter in the US was so focused on cycling) have reported accusations of various pro racers bike doping since, however, most of those accusations have been unnoticed until they turned to World Time Trial Champion Cancellera.
Last week, a video surfaced on You Tube "explaining" how bike doping works and specifically shows the equipment involved. Check it out below:
I feel compelled to say that I don't believe there is a harder working or more fit cyclist in the Pro Peleton than Cancellera and I believe it when he denies using any sort of hidden bike motor in his recent Tour of Flanders win. He is simply that good!
Finally, one man's problem is another man's opportunity. Look for advertising campaigns from bike industry companies claiming that riding their bikes is like "bike doping" such as the below mock ad which is all over the blog world.
In fact, half the time Frank will be continuing with a casual conversation as he rocks gently back and forth keeping the tension in his chain as he awaits the changing of the light (so he can sprint off like a madman while the rest of us waste precious time attempting to get that tiny little cleat into that always-difficult-to-find pedal sweet spot).
As you're standing there with Frank, a part of your mind might peep up and say, "that looks a little dangerous, like he's going to topple over right into me." However, the logical part of your mind responds by saying, "are you crazy? That's FRANK we're talking about...he'd never do anything to put another human life in danger...he's got it TOTALLY under control."
So you are put at ease as Frank continues to perch there miraculously with his perfect track stand form, and as beautiful, voluptuous women run up to him and tell him how he's the biggest stud they've ever seen and they want to bear his children. He just brushes them away of course with a slightly annoyed expression of supreme superiority.
You know...as I write this...I'm starting to hate that guy...
Perhaps Dave is most known in the ski community as a "Founder of the American Birkiebeiner". Dave is one of only 4 people that have skied every single Birkie (the first one being in 1973), which is a super human feat! Not only has Dave completed each Birkie, he literally seems to get faster each year. He always finishes in the top 200 men, with his 2009 finish being in a speedy 2:21:52, good for 192nd place!
During the off season, Dave can be found enjoying the outdoors and frequently is out training usually focusing on roller skiing, hill bounding, and cycling. While not focused on training, Dave enjoys spending time with his great family, whom all also enjoy XC Skiing.
Watch out, Dave is only getting faster as he now perhaps has more time to train due to his recent retirement from teaching!
Get to know Dave, he's a true gentleman of the sport, has a wealth of experience, and likely can out ski you any day of the week :)
Dave, we're thrilled to have you!