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grand tour season

… is upon us with the imminent start of the centenary giro d’italia. saw this clip on belgium knee warmers, and thought it was worth sharing.

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may is bike month

and may is here. you can check out a lot of the bike month events over at queen city bike. a number of local retailers (cycling and non) are offering discounts to folks who shop on their bikes.

two other quick highlights (after all, there’s a whole month of events ahead of us, and then we need to commit to the next month, and the month after that, and then the year, and and and …):

may 11-15 is bike to work week, with thursday may 14 as cincinnati bike to work day, and …

on may 16 the mobo bicycle coop is having its third annual fundraising bash: it’s a “celebration of mobo’s presence in our community and a rockin’ good time.  come for the live music and dj, food and drink, great raffle and auction items, and more!” sounds like a plan.

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jonesin’

i’m taking a much-needed sunday with the family this weekend, and skipping a race i even pre-registered for.

i’m good with this.

but i do find myself looking at the clock, thinking about what i’d be doing right now if i were at the race.

(11:50: downing a prerace gel, rolling around the staging area, already warmed up, stretching a little, getting ready to position myself for the start.)

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[shaking head] man, what was he thinking (if anything)?

i remember cheering him on, deeply moved if i’m totally honest, during his solo effort with a broken collarbone in the ’03 tdf. now this. not even floyd landis has fallen this far.

[edited to add: hamilton retired today after the announcement of his positive. the twist? he acknowledges taking the substance (a steroid) but says that it was an ingredient in something he took to alleviate his depression. even i’m not cynical enough to beat that horse. sorry it’s come to this, tyler, and best of luck in your postracing life. and now that you’re not regulated by UCI and WADA, i hope you can get the help you need and the medicine to go with it.]

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for planning your summer racing schedule

Click below for a peek at the flyer for what looks like a great weekend of racing at the end of June. Cincinnati’s Hyde Park Blast and Columbus’ Tour de Grandview are teaming up to improve two already-great events.

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hooky

monday, 2:48 pm

monday, 2:48 pm

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yes, but did someone win the stage?

armstrong crashes out of vuelta castilla y leon

i expect a domestic bike rag like velonews to cover every breath that armstrong takes (armstrong finishes paris nice! oh, and some guy named sanchez tops contador for overall.), but i have a higher standard for cyclingnews when it comes to actually covering the races.

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