Category Archive: Racing

Route and bike teams announced for Tour of California

2014 Tour of California

Those of you planning to attend at least one of the eight days of bike racing at the 2014 Amgen Tour of California can find detailed route descriptions and maps online.

Organizers of the ninth edition of the bike race — running Sunday, May 11, through Sunday, May 18 — posted the details of the routes, …

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Death Valley National Park freezes bike race and charity bike ride permits

Event organizers who operate charity bike rides and bike races in the Death Valley National Park learned just before Christmas that no new permits for such sporting events will be issued at the park in 2014.

The park service is citing safety concerns and a need to study such sporting events before issuing permits for …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/01/02/death-valley-national-park-freezes-bike-race-and-charity-bike-ride-permits/

Trans Am Bike Race: It’s all about bragging rights

Somewhere on the TransAmerica Trail in western Missouri, 1984

Plans are underway for next summer’s inaugural Trans Am Bike Race. The coast-to-coast self-supported bike race follows the Adventure Cycling Association’s TransAmerica Trail.

The rules for bicyclists competing in the 4,233-mile-long event are spelled out succinctly on the race poster:

“No outside support. No drafting. No entry fee. No prize money.”

That might be a …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2013/11/14/trans-am-bike-race-its-all-about-bragging-rights/

Pro cyclist Dave Zabriskie announces retirement

Dave Zabriskie

Dave Zabriskie, the time trial specialist whose professional reputation was tarnished by doping, announced his retirement over the weekend.

He’s one of the last of a one-time storied group of American cyclists on the US Postal Service teams whose careers fizzled after they admitted to the US Anti Doping Agency that they used performance enhancing …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2013/10/07/pro-cyclist-dave-zabriskie-announces-retirement/

“Bicycle Dreams” documentary tells the behind-the-scenes RAAM story

[The film "Bicycle Dreams" will be presented next Thursday (March 14, 2013) at 7 p.m. at the Harvard Exit Theater at 807 East Roy Street in Seattle. The showing is presented by the Bicycle Alliance of Washington. See details here for discount advance tickets.

If you're unfamiliar with it, here's a story I did in 2009 about the film. By the way, Dani Wyss won the race in 2009, but Jure Robic won the contest the following year. Tragically, he died in September 2010 in a collision with a car during a training ride.]

June 23, 2009 — Endurance cycling junkies no doubt are enjoying the contest between Jure Robic and Dani Wyss being played out this week as the Race Across America nears the finish line. ….

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2013/03/08/bicycle-dreams-documentary-tells-the-behind-the-scenes-raam-story/

Another North American pro bicycle race begins in 2013

Tour of Alberta logo

The province of Alberta will host its first pro cycling event next September — The Tour of Alberta: Alberta’s Pro Cycling Festival.

The event is the newest pro cycling event in North America and will be among the highest ranked, earning a 2.1 from the Union Cycliste Internationale.

Rolling out from Sept. 3-8, 2013, the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/12/17/another-north-american-pro-bicycle-race-begins-in-2013/

Arizona cyclist dies after falling from bridge in LOTOJA bike race

Robert Verhaaren and wife

Sad news from the 206-mile LOTOJA bicycle race where a 42-year-old Arizona man swerved to miss a pothole, lost control of his bicycle, and catapulted off a bridge 35 feet to his death in the Snake River.

Robert Verhaaren of Mesa, Arizona, leaves behind a wife and three children; the family had recently flown to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/09/10/arizona-cyclist-dies-after-falling-from-bridge-in-latoja-bike-race/

Pacific NW pro cyclist changes teams for 2013

Tom Peterson of North Bend, WA, at Tour of California

This might be old news to some, but local pro cyclist and bike shop owner Tom Peterson is switching teams for the 2013-2014 seasons.

Peterson, 25, who grew up in North Bend and owns Peterson Bicycle in Renton, is saying good-bye to Garmin-Sharp at the end of the season for a two-year contract with Dutch …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/09/04/pacific-nw-pro-cyclist-changes-teams-for-2013/

Tyler Farrar returns to winning ways at USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Wenatchee, Washington’s Tyler Farrar won the opening stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Monday, surviving a 10,222 mountain pass before rocketing over the finish line in Telluride.

Farrar’s Garmin-Sharp teammate Tom Danielson earned the king of the mountain jersey as the first cyclist over Lizard Head Pass.

The win marked Farrar’s first victory …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/08/20/tyler-farrar-returns-to-winning-ways-at-usa-pro-cycling-challenge/

Doping news in the world of cycling this week; Armstrong, Vaughters, Hamilton

Lance Armstrong’s court battle to prevent the US Anti-Doping Agency from pursuing its doping charges against him isn’t the only news in the world of doping this week.
Garmin Sharp manager Jonathan Vaughters admitted in a New York Times op-ed piece to taking performance-enhancing drugs during the cycling career, and cyclist Tyler Hamilton lost his 2004 gold medal because of doping.

The common thread for all these stories is that all the players rode for the US Postal Service team at one time or another.

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/08/12/doping-news-in-the-world-of-cycling-this-week-armstrong-vaughters-hamilton/

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