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Bookends, Among All Else.

The Missile bookends the 2014 Amgen Tour of California.  (Photo:  www.cbgphoto.com)

“The Missile” bookends the 2014 Amgen Tour of California. (Photo: www.cbgphoto.com)

As usual, the word-wise Phil Liggett phrased it appropriately.  For the Missile’s victories in the first and last stages of this year’s Amgen Tour of California, the past week has been nicely held together by “Cavendish bookends,” much to Peter Sagan’s disappointment no doubt after clearly gunning for two in a row to wrap up the event.  In the end, with Sir Bradley Wiggins’ overall victory and Mark Cavendish’s comeback performance, it’s plain to see British legs rule California roads.  I myself am thrilled to have been right there, live at the final finish line in Thousand Oaks, even as the peloton flew by faster than most our heads can turn!

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Our vantage point du jour.

They’ll be coming, and quickly!

There’s an uncelebrating Peter post-finish.

All the winners are on the podium.

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2014 in Current Events, Cycling, Famous People, News

 

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When California Follows Idaho…

What I said two years ago regarding cycling in Idaho I say again.  Better yet, it’s just been said again for me:

Idaho’s rule is pretty straightforward. If a cyclist approaches a stop sign, he or she needs to slow down and look for traffic. If there’s already a pedestrian, car, or another bike there, then the other vehicle has the right of way. If there’s no traffic, however, the cyclist can slowly proceed. Basically, for bikers, a stop sign is a yield sign.”  (Joseph Stromberg, Vox)

Unfortunately nothing has changed in the past two years.  California is still not Idaho, as I remain in the former while responsibly cycling as if I were in the latter, free of any so-called “guilt” yet always a mouse with an eye out for the cat.  After all, common sense and a good workout prevail in my book, cop risk notwithstanding.

At the end of the cycling day, a welcome relief it will certainly be when California– and the entire country for that matter– finally gets it together and follows Idaho.  At least then the current sensible actions of so many road-safe cyclists, yours truly among them, will cease to be an unnecessary and potentially costly crime.

“At the moment many state traffic laws criminalize the way sensible, careful bicyclists ride.”  (Click for full article)

 

 

 

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Welcome to California, Mark!

"The Missile" narrowly takes Stage 1 of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California. (Click on the image for full photo gallery.)

“The Missile” Mark Cavendish narrowly takes Stage 1 of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California. (Click on image for full photo gallery.)

 

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Current Events, Cycling

 

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Watch Out! He Might Be On Your Back.

From Bike World News:  “I wanted a jersey that spoke to my inner drive to win, but also shows off my fun side. Working with SUGOI they quickly understood my vision, and I hope people love the jersey as much as I do!” says Peter Sagan.

At its core, the jersey is built on SUGOI’s custom RS Jersey. The bold design depicts Sagan’s “Green Machine” – a personality that cannot be contained. Lurking just below the surface of his Cannondale Pro Cycling livery, a powerful engine of fire and fury are ready to be unleashed at just the right moment in a race. His Slovakian DNA runs deep within his embedded national emblem and the eyes on his back address all those attempting to catch his wheel. (Ron Callahan, 5/5/14)

On this eve of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California, the timing is perfect– by design of course.  Peter Sagan might be on your back in more ways than one, so watch out!  Click here to read more about the new, eye-catching “Green Machine” Signature Jersey.  My own eyes will certainly be open for it.

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Current Events, Cycling, Reviews

 

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Mr. Duffy Goes to Washington

Mr. Duffy Goes to Washington

A comparison to the “Oil Baron’s Ball” seems an apt one.  Fights or not, I’m glad to see this “Texas representative” in Washington for the occasion.

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Bobby Ewing, Dallas, Padraic Duffy, Patrick Duffy The uniter (Allison Shelley/Getty Images)

It turns out there is something everyone in Washington can agree on: They all love Patrick Duffy.

The “Dallas” star was the toast of the town when he came to D.C. last weekend to attend the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner — a.k.a. the “nerd prom,” an annual schmooze-fest that brings together Beltway insiders and Hollywood elite to celebrate journalism. Think of it as Washington’s version of the Oil Baron’s Ball, but without the food fights.

Throughout the weekend, social media buzzed with pics of muckety-mucks posing with Duffy, including MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts, who ran into the actor at a pre-dinner shindig and tweeted, “This weekend is gonna rock when the first person I meet is ‘Bobby Ewing.’” Later, CNN reporter Elise Labott tweeted a selfie with Duffy, along with her observation that “[h]e’s still so handsome.”

Duffy also got a shout…

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Posted by on May 5, 2014 in Daily Activities