Brajkovic wins the Critérium du Dauphiné

Janez Brajkovic of RadioShack won the 62nd Criterium du Dauphine.  The three main points concerning this result are 1) Alberto Contador placed an impressive 2nd (but couldn't shake Brajkovic on stage 6 that finished atop L'Alpe d'Huez), 2) Brajkovic is Lance Armstrong's teammate and, 3) This is the final significant lead-up before the start of the Tour de France. … [Read more...]

New City TT

Today was my first ride at the New City Time Trial for the year.  Although I have been getting in some mileage on the bike I haven't had too many solo rides.  It's time to start with some hard efforts, solo. I was surprised by the turnout tonight.  There must have been close to 30 riders.  It's cool to see that many participating.  Some first timers, some old timers, some experienced, and some … [Read more...]

“Share The Road” License Plates, Anti-Harassment Bill, And More

Finally, Illinois has passed a Bill supporting permanent "Share the Road" license plates. Also passed was a bill supporting anti-harassment penalties for motorists driving recklessly toward a bicyclist. … [Read more...]

My Own Private Century

I took today off work to get in some long miles.  I haven't yet broken the century mark this year so I was in need of some quality miles.  The plan was to at least hit triple digits on mileage.  I knew the wind was going to be out of the SW but I didn't feel like riding all day on flat roads south of town.  Especially not by myself.  Today was going to be a solo ride. Leaving the house at 05:30 … [Read more...]

Capital City Biathlon

My day started at 05:00.  I woke up early to get in a solid breakfast.  Around 06:00 I left the house heading toward the race with my gear in a backpack.  The ride to the race ended up being just over 17 miles.  A good warm-up.  It was pleasant and traffic-free with little wind.  Just what I needed.  I arrived at the Beach House just before 07:00. Having been pre-registered and already with a … [Read more...]

Swim lessons for toddlers gets doctor’s approval

In the past, the American Academy of Pediatrics has said swim classes might give toddlers and parents a false sense of security. Now the group says it's fine to enroll children as young as 1. … [Read more...]

Road To Nowhere

This was an early one.  I woke at 04:30 to get plenty of fuel in the engine before today's ride.  I met Dan at his house around 05:15 and we headed to Lunch With Eric's house.  The protagonists of the day were Lawyer, Clarence, Dan E., Lunch With Eric, me, Danoh, and Buzz.  It was foggy and quite dark starting out but by the time we left Eric's it wasn't that bad. The problem with today's ride … [Read more...]

Floyd Landis Admits to Doping

Floyd Landis has confessed to doping during his professional cycling career in an e-mail to USA Cycling. … [Read more...]

2010 Kirby Derby

I spent the weekend at my sister's house in Monticello.  On Friday we celebrated my nephew's birthday.  Ryan will be 16 years old.  Oh to be young again. On Saturday morning, me and my other nephew, Jake, went on a 16 mile bike ride.  We finished our ride at the start of the 2010 Kirby Derby 5K/10K.  It's a small race in Monticello benefiting the Kirby Hospital Foundation.  Over 600 walkers and … [Read more...]

Happy Mother’s Day

This week can be described with 2 words........flat tires and wind. Tuesday was sprint night.  Even though I was still physically tired from Saturday I thought I might have a fighting chance to stay with the group the whole ride....nope.  Kirk, Danoh, and myself got in an early 10 miles and met the group on Old Salem Rd.  I was with the main protagonists maybe 30 seconds.  And that was all she … [Read more...]