Pretty cool view of what goes on before and during the sprint to the finish line in a professional bike race. This video is from Stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse.
Interesting article in main steam, or somewhat mainstream, news about how cyclists reach such high speeds today. The fastest recorded bike speed in 1817 was 14.5 km/hr. Two hundred years later we see speeds of 55km/hr in the Tour de France. We just keep getting faster, but the fundamental design of a bike remains the same. Read the full article and find out how.
Herbelin de Belfort on a bike by Humbert during the Tour de France. These were the times when cycling was for men who found the time during the race to eat a proper meal and consume their drug of choice, good wine, together.
Bunny Hop 2012 Race
I set off at o-dark 5:30am to head over to Suitland, MD for my second road race. I felt good, got in a good warm up and was ready to roll. The whistle blew and I got off to a good start, made a jump to be the first into the turn to avoid any race jitters that might cause a wreck in the pack. Made it through safe and felt good, made about five more cranks and I drop my chain, I try to slow peddle it back on and almost get it when it gets stuck. I pull off to the right before the second turn, jump off, put it back on and get back underway. I think to myself, “great” and a few other explicative phrases. I figured I mind as well get a good workout in so I gave it my best effort, managed to pass some guys, but never caught the pack and by the last lap it caught me. I still finished so I get credit, but it stunk. You can not out exercise a bad diet and you can not win a race against a mechanical, that is unless apparently you are Bradley Wiggins and have a support car right behind you to help you. Better luck next time.
Fellow ABRT Devon had a good finish in the Cat 5 race which was cool, other team mate Ted Harris had a good race and friend Mike Brown won his race, nice work guys!
I did take some pictures of a few races, not my best because the light was not good and I had the wrong lens with me, but still some decent shots for your viewing enjoyment.
Follow up with More Carl Dolan Race Pictures
This is a follow up to my original Carl Dolan 2012 Race post with a few more race pictures that turned out decent. Click on the pictures for a larger view.