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Bikegate: Contador’s Broken Specialized Bicycle

Contador after his crash and before returning to Spain.

The incident called “Bikegate,” has become the subject of conspiracy theorists who used reconstructed photos of video and other photos they found on the Internet to prove or disprove the idea that either Contador’s bike snapped when it hit a rock, or snapped when he crashed–or neither. A quick search for the top bicycle and parts manufacturers on the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission recall site, shows that almost all major brands have had some safety recall in the past two years.

News Flash: Delays at GWB

An empty GWB before the Gran Fondo in 2011. Wouldn't it be great if it were like this every day? Photo: Benepe (c)

July 22, 2014– Fort Lee, NJ The authority in charge of the George Washington Bridge connecting New York and New Jersey has issued a flash advisory for drivers traveling West to East today. Until about 3 PM today Tuesday, two…

Frenchman Gallopin Wins the Stage into Oyonnax

The peloton in stage 11, ASO/ B. Papon.

July 16, 2014 – Stage 11 – Besançon to Oyonnax – 187.5 km

Frenchman Tony Gallopin who lost his yellow jersey after Bastille Day, has now won stage 11 through some clever thinking and hard work at the end of a technical stage that defied prediction. His win was the result of a brave attack off the front of a four-man lead group with only 2.5 km to go. Behind him three riders refused to work together, to their detriment. Among them was Peter Sagan and Michal Kwiatkowski who both wanted to save energy for the final sprint. Instead, they lost to Gallopin. Earlier in the stage, American Andrew Talansky (Garmin) flatted, and then complaining of back pain, lost significant time to the leaders. As Gallopin crossed the finish line, Talansky was still 20 km from the finish.

New Voice in Englewood, NJ Seeks Safer Streets

Ron Grosinger

Englewood looks a little like a subsection of Greenwich Village in New York City. Its small shops and relatively mild traffic is only accented further by a nice main street filled with great restaurants.

But traffic on the southbound-only Dean Street is very fast and narrow, and completely unsafe for cyclists. Even pedestrians have great difficulty crossing the street.

NYC Airports to Offer “Free” Wifi–Sort of

It would be great if we could fly like this instead of dealing with the frustrations of modern flying.

With great fanfare the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced today that they will be offering “free” Wifi at area airports.

That should make frequent flying for cyclists to race, train and attend events happy.

Except the fine print reads that the provider Boingo Wireless Inc, will only be offering the first 30 minutes free. The remainder of time has to be purchased.

At Least One Reason Why American Apparel CEO Dov Charney was Ousted

Dov Charney, the ex-CEO of American Apparel, dancing in a video naked.

It shouldn’t have been too shocking for most people who have followed the sex-crazed company leader over the time of his success in providing brightly hued cotton separates to young people.

But in the ensuing media frenzy, up comes a video showing Charney dancing naked in his living room with at least two current or former employees of the company present (see video).

Ride to T-Town and Around June 22

bill tesar ride

This ride has it all. Warm up with some laps around the track at T-Town, then ride through some of the most pristine farmland in the area. Sixty-two point eight miles and more than 3,000 feet of climbing will get you in shape in no time.

Talansky Dethrones Contador, Froome in Final Critérium du Dauphiné

Final podium at the Criterium du Dauphine today.

It was an epic day for Andrew Talansky who came almost out of left field to capture the title at Critérium du Dauphiné in its final stage, defeating Alberto Contador and Chris Froome, the Tour de France giants. It was a bad day for Chris Froome who had led the Dauphine for 5 days until he crashed on day 6, and was upset by Alberto Contador who surged ahead of the Kenyan and his entire Sky Team in the ultimate kilometers of the race. Mikel Nieves almost made up for it by winning the stage for Team Sky.

“Rest” Day in the Rockies!

Tents lined up for Ride the Rockies participants, Steamboat Springs, CO. (Lou Villarosa)

My main concern is the weather. We’re up in the mountains and we always have the threat of a thunderstorm. I am going to have to carry arm warmers, gloves, and a waterproof jacket. Knee warmers too. And I gotta stuff all that stuff in my back pocket.

“Pumpkin” Gives Horse Carriage Opponents New Grist?

The incident today, Pumpkin the horse running wild through the streets, has spurred more horse opponents to call for removing the animals from the city. He didn’t hurt anyone, not even himself. To be fair, before we take horses off the street, let’s take all the cars off the street.

Ride the Rockies, Day 2

Villarosa (far right) in blue, at the summit of their climb today in Day 2 of Ride the Rockies.

We burned some calories man! We’ve done 185 miles in 2 days…We’re freaking nuts, I don’t think they can count the number of loose screws in my head.