The condition virtually cripples Landis off the bike, but since cycling is not a weight-bearing activity and doesn't place as much strain on his hip as, say, walking or getting in and out of a car, he claims he's able to manage the pain while on the bike. The fact that he is able to ride at all is utterly remarkable. That he is able to compete at the highest level of his sport with a dodgy hip approaches the miraculous.
"The pedestrians are out of control," said Sabrina Champi, of Venice, echoing the sentiments of a large number of cyclists growing ever-more frustrated by the throngs of walkers on the pathway. "They clog up the path and it leads to trouble. I've nearly crashed into pedestrians several times. Mostly, it's people that don't realize it's a bike path. It's not the locals."
Ironically, Champi and her boyfriend Jim Embrescia were roller skating on the bike path at the time, walking their leashed dog Frankie -- also a violation.
This Australian bike bus is like the Walking School Bus, except it's for adult commuters. Some bike mentor programs in the U.S. and U.K. have similar programs. Via.
For those who haven't heard, there's a bike race on. Go Floyd!
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Who knows? Maybe Levi will be the next great US cycling hero. After today's stage it is anybody's guess which rider the "one time a year" cycling fans will latch onto. More likely the US won't have a cycling hero for a while.
What I do know is that this year the tour is as exciting as ever. At this point I think Kloden might win win, but I just don't know. A little suspense is a good thing. I can't wait to see what happens tomorrow.