Herby begins: “It was a long, bumpy road to Ouagadougou, Africa’s best-named capital and ground zero for the Tour de Faso. We loaded into the rickety minivan that’s transported the Benin team to races for over a decade. Owned by a former cyclist, the ‘Miracle de Dieu’ has transported the Benin team to races for over a decade and has become a fixture on the West African racing scene.” Read the full story here.
Our favorite former pro racer turned Peace Corps Volunteer and CyclingNews.com blogger, Christoph Herby, has stirred up tremendous interest in supporting the Benin National Team with his recent “Cycling in Benin” posts. His most recent post is “Dreaming of the Champs Elysées.” (more…)
This morning before the masses descended upon the Shimano North American Handmade Bicycle Show, I caught up with several inspiring and inspired frame designers / builders cum change agents. I’ll post the interviews as soon as I can get them transcribed, likely this evening. Ed Ip is already working on a photo dump. For now, here are the names so you know what to look forward to:
Steve Bilenky of Bilenky Cycle Works
Mike Flanigan of Alternative Needs Transportation (ANT)
John Fabel of Sylvan
Ahren Rogers of Banjo Cycles
Renold Yip of Yipsan
Nate Meschke & Matt Cardinal of Signal Cycles
Marty Walsh of Geekhouse Bikes
Ed & I are hangin at Perly’s (111 E. Grace btwn 1st & 2nd Streets) anticipating 2 big breakfast plates. Afterwards, we will head back for another hour on the show floor to take some portraits of exhibitors and attendees. Facial hair will figure prominently!
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