|The umbrella didn't keep him dry.|
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|The umbrella didn't keep him dry.|
|The Fourth of Five Buildings Occupied by the Wright Cycle Company|
Photo courtesy of Touring Ohio
|The Fish Bicycle|
Photo courtesy of the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic
|Bradley Wiggins won the 2012 Tour de France|
Bradley Wiggins rode with Team Sky for the last time at the recent Paris-Roubaix road race, so I thought this would be a good time to write about him. Wiggins was born in Belgium, where his father was a professional cyclist. His mother was British, and after his parents split, Bradley moved with his mother to London.
Wiggins' interest in cycling began when he watched the British cyclist Chris Boardman (The same one that is the Research & Development Director at Boardman Bikes, which Circle City Bicycles sells) win the gold medal for individual pursuit at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. He first competed in a cycling race at the age of 12, and joined the Archer Road Club, as his father had done years earlier.
Bradley's early racing career focused on track cycling, although he has always competed in both road and track cycling. At the 2004 Olympics in Athens Wiggins won gold in the individual pursuit, just as Boardman had done twelve years earlier. He also won a silver in the team pursuit and a bronze in the Madison. Four years later in Beijing, Bradly successfully defended his gold in the individual pursuit. He also took home a gold medal in the team pursuit for good measure. At the 2012 London Olympics Wiggins won a gold in the time trial, raising hos total medal count to seven.
In 2003 Wiggins competed in the Giro d'Italia, his first of the grand tours. In 2005 he began to focus more on road racing. Bradley road in his first Tour de France in 2006, finishing 124th. In the 2007 Tour de France Wiggins' team withdrew after one of its riders failed a drug test. After focusing on the Olympics in 2008, Wiggins returned to the tour in 2009, and finished fourth, which established him as a real contender for the title.
Wiggins began riding for Team Sky, the new British cycling team in 2010 as team leader. It was a difficult year for him, as he finished 40th in the Giro, and 24th in the Tour de France. In 2011 he bypassed the Giro to concentrate on the Tour de France. Unfortunately, Bradley was involved in a crash during stage 7, and broke his collarbone, ending his tour. In 2012 everything came together for Wiggins and Team Sky. He put in a dominating performance to win the Tour de France, and his teammate Chris Froome came in second. Bradley also won three smaller races, along with taking gold at the Olympics in 2012. To top it all off, he was knighted by the Queen. The following year, physical ailments forced him to withdraw from the Giro and not participate in the Tour de France, which was won by Chris Froome. In 2014, he was not selected by Team Sky to ride in the Tour de France, which went with Chris Froome as team leader.
Wiggins rode his last race as a member of Team Sky on April 12, finishing 18th in the Paris-Roubaix race. He will now compete for his newly formed Team Wiggins squad, and will focus on preparing for track cycling at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. On June 7, he will make an attempt to break the one hour record, which currently stands at 52.491 kilometers (About 32.5 miles).
|Mountain biking through Mongolia|
(Photo courtesy of Tom Allen)
|Just another day in Belgium.|
If you asked a student how long it takes to get from her high school to her house on a bike, she might tell you how long it takes to drive – something she’s familiar with – followed by a guess that it takes even longer to ride home on a bike.
Of course, the real answer for biking home depends not only where students live and the distance, but on the other important conditions such as a route’s safety, car traffic, light timing, and the access to safe crossings. So how could you answer this question for an entire school’s population? Organize a Radius Ride!
Radius Rides are organized events in which a group of cyclists starting from the same location, like a high-school parking lot, library, or shopping center take routes away from there. This actual ride data is then valuable for showing the local public how far one can get on a bike in five, 10, or 15-minute intervals from the selected starting point. The rides are relaxed-speed group rides – not races – for the purpose of recording data to plot on maps.
In Alexandria, Virginia, we chose the high-school’s main campus as the start of our first Radius Ride because it is central to the city and generates a lot of car and schoolbus traffic. Starting from the high-school parking lot, we traced out routes along the roads and paths that led to the edge of the school’s boundaries (in Alexandria, these are the same as the city limits). These paths radiated out from the school much like spokes in a wheel and went through or ended in many of the population centers of the city. (The original paths can be seen in the picture below.)
Next, we recruited experienced riders who could face our inconsistently bike-friendly roads. We asked them to bring a cell phone loaded with an app, like Strava, that could collect and export the route data in the commonly-used GPX file format. Because many of Alexandria’s streets still don’t have bike lanes, we wanted experienced riders who could handle the sometimes-stressful roads and intersections. On the designated day, riders took to their routes and recorded their rides.
When all the rides were completed, we sent the GPX files to Mobility Lab’s tech guru Michael Schade. He spent several long nights compiling the data and creating a way to display the information in a very informative full-motion graphic of the entire event.
- See more at: http://mobilitylab.org/2015/04/13/school-bicycling-safety-in-alexandria-virginia-gets-a-look-from-tech-hackers/#sthash.WCu8xPvO.dpuf
|Redbuds will be blooming soon!|
|This boneshaker sold for over $5,000 at auction|
Source: Case Antiques
|The finishing kit is all race focused, |
with a SRAM XX1 drivetrain
|A previous Bike to the Ballpark event.|
|Lighter than carbon fiber.|
|Mountain biking in Southwestway Park (Photo courtesy of Visit Indy)|
|Circle City Bicycles customer Todd & his wife Anita touring western Ireland|
Todd, one of our best customers, went bicycle touring in western Ireland with his wife in 2012. They went on a tour with CycleWest Ireland. This photo is one of four that now rotate on the main page of their website.
In the photo you can see Todd and Anita on their Co-Motion tandem, with Arkel panniers in the rear. Todd has an Ireland jersey and his with has a Gore jacket, all of which were purchased from Circle City Bicycles. Here is Anita's account of the trip:
Three years ago, my husband and I experienced one of the most memorable vacations of our lives when we visited Ireland! The clear, blue sky allowed us a picturesque view of the emerald green island as our airplane landed in Dublin. From Dublin, we boarded a bus and crossed the island to spend the night in the beautiful west coast city of Galway. The big cities were interesting, but the small, guided bike tour with Cycle West Ireland allowed us to explore the countryside and experience the culture and sights in a more personal way.
|Literally Riding in a Circle|