By Alison Chaiken
This interview with Lance is a year old but is fascinating because it's as much about business, politics and social media as about cycling. Nonetheless there's plenty for race fans to obssess over.
the legend goes a bit like this: he trained with weights made from stone, he made a living as a circus performer, on one stage in the 1958 Rás, after his bike had broken down, he stole an ordinary bicycle from a farmer and chased down the leading pack. It 's said that he rode for three days with a broken collar bone, that he would cycle for forty miles having completed a gruelling stage just to cool down, that he drank cow's blood and ate raw meat. It's said he was indestructible.
Listen to Irish RTE Radio's documentary about Mick Murphy and his epic victory in the 1958 Ras circuit race around Ireland. Learn more about the Ras from The Bike Show's audio interview with the Rapha directeur sportif John Herety and documentary maker Peter Woods.
It was a manic finish that saw fourth-placed Robbie McEwen’s right arm slashed by a spectator’s camera . . . . McEwen indicated he will start Wednesday’s second stage; however, Katusha team physiotherapist Victor Popov said that due to the trauma suffered, it’s uncertain how hard he’ll be able to grip the handlebars.
Last year at the Amgen Tour of California, I was a course marshall at the intersection of Piedmont and Sierra, where I was tremendously outnumbered by an unruly crowd. I had to ask the same few spectators over and over again to please step off the road, and I felt sick to my stomach when a small child threw a toy out into the street just before the racers arrived.
I love cycling photography too, but please consider if you will be watching the Amgen Tour that unwise spectator behavior can injure racers, can injure fans, and can change the course of the race. Please, please follow the instructions of course marshalls! We are fans too.
"Negotiate with God"
Breaking Away with Chris Carmichael in San Jose 8/20
Mick Murphy, the Irish "Iron Man" Cyclist
Via Cycling News At least Qatar has a Women's Tour
Look at those guns! Dayum! And that's a podium girl unlike most we see.
I think they have better funding than the ToC
Some serious legs on that girl for sure. I love the shades the podium girl is wearing.
Who sponsors the women's Tour of Qatar? Is it a government thing or is there private sponsorship too?
FYI, I'll be shooting the women's crit in Santa Rosa this Sunday.
The only way I could like this photo better would be if the woman in black were wearing a helmet and cycling gloves.
California cycling photography enthusiasts, take note
World downhill champion Rachel Atherton injured in Santa Cruz crash
Thanks for posting this, Alison. I heard about Rachel's crash this morning here in Santa Cruz but didn't get around to posting about it. She went over the hood of a car and into the windshield. She's pretty beat up.
From the photo, it looks like Ms. Atherton doesn't have a serious head injury. Get well soon!
Less bicycle handling skills and more effective driver education and skills. Drivers' Education in the US is a total joke. ~40 hours with less than 6 hours of practical and they turn you loose, never to be trained or tested again.
Aaron, in this instance Rachel admitted to cutting into the wrong lane going through a turn.
First Liz Hatch and now Rachel? It's been a bad week for high-profile female cyclists.
Here's a prayer to both Liz and Rachel that they get well soon!
Aaron, might want to check facts before you jump to the conclusion that the automobile driver was at fault. Because she was not. She was not cited by the police. Ms. Atherton was on the wrong side of the road and admitted the fault of the accident was her own.
I am the owner of the pick up that was involved in the accident. I am sure that being on the wrong side of the road was an honest mistake. how ever Rachel has made no attempt to contact me and has not returned several emails that I have written to her team website. In addition almost 2 months later and the CHP report is still not done due to their inability to obtain her contact information. this was a mistake but it is her responsibility to pay for damages to my truck witch totaled in over 3,500$ that I can't afford to fix and shouldn't have to. She already admitted to her irresponsibility not wearing a helmet how about not paying for the damages she caused.
Truckowner, have you talked to your auto insurance company about this? It's their job to take care of you and collect the losses from Ms Atherton.