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- The Trek Store of St. Louis is having a Free Ladies mountain bike clinic this Wednesday May 22nd. The Trek Demo truck will be on site, so you can try out all the cool toys.
Creve Coeur Lake, Scout shelter. Starts at 4:30, Clinic starting around 5, Ride starting around 6:00. Feel free to join for any part that you can attend. Please just let us know if you plan on coming out.
More info here
Hope to see you there!!
- Schwinn Fastback purchased new in 2006 from Bicycles of Kirkwood. It is a size XS and has 1000-1500 miles. Bike shows very little wear and has been cleaned/degreased regularly. Shimano Sora components make this a perfect bike for a new cyclist! Wired computer (speed, average speed, trip time, trip distance, total distance), pedals, and reflectors are included.
$325. Right across the bridge in Columbia, IL.
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VALLOIRE, France (VN) — The Giro d’Italia’s second rest day has arrived, thankfully, and we now find ourselves in France. Odd I know, and the transition is a struggle, though not due to the fact that we are in France. France is great, but I find myself struggling with the language transition. I have become accustomed to answering, asking for things, or screaming (race situations) in Italian and suddenly (well, it felt sudden) I had to organize an internet password at the hotel this morning in French. Luckily French is the one thing I retained a bit of from school and those 80-100 words I know have come in very handy! I wish I could say the same for my Italian, but I seem to get along ok with a handful of important words: please, thank you, coffee, and bathroom.
As I said, it is the second rest day. It seems like a million years ago we were starting the journey out of Naples. This last week I have gone through the highs, lows, and the exhaustion of this grand tour. The end of the Giro is near and it may be just in time. Rice has become my enemy as we eat it three times a day. Oh, and the weather. We have endured our fair share of torrential rain. Northern Italy can be incredibly cold if it rains and it is even possible to face snow in late May at the higher elevations, which makes for incredibly cold and difficult conditions. The key to surviving these days is to stay with others and remember you are not alone in your suffering. The groupetto can be a beautiful thing on certain days as well. I have ruined three full sets of clothing the past two weeks and have started and finished two entire stages in a rain jacket, something I have never done before.
I’m sure I have learned more, but at this point of the tour (readying ourselves to start stage 16), it is all I can mentally muster up. Writing a journal for Velonews while exhausted isn’t the easiest thing in the world. I continue to not know what is happening in the outside world. All I know is that this time next week I will be parked up in my apartment back in Girona with my family, attempting to not think about riding my bike.
One incredibly interesting thing happens during a tour like this. Your heart decides to stop working the way it normally does during training and racing. I mean sure, after four- or six-day races your heart rate tends to lower and the maximum is not all that achievable. But in this tour, if you monitor it correctly, it truly is amazing what your heart rate can do. So for the data junkies, the difference between the first and the second week (for someone like me) is about a 15-20-percent drop in average and maximum daily heart rates. That is quite a lot!
So now it’s off for another six stages, another 600 miles/1000 kilometers of racing, some truly brutal mountain stages over historical and revered climbs, enough post-stage transfers to drive me crazy, enough rice to feed a country, and we have our team climber to keep up front and out of trouble. I’m sure by the end of it there will be many more stories.
VALLOIRE, France, (AFP) — Russian rider Denis Menchov, a former winner of the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España, has decided to hang up the bike citing knee problems, according to reports in the Russian press on Monday.
Menchov, 35 years old, joined the Russian Katusha team in 2011. The team had not confirmed the news by early Monday evening.
In 14 seasons in the professional peloton, the Pamplona, Spain-based rider twice won the Vuelta (2005 and 2007) and once the Giro, the (2009). His 2005 win came after Heras was found to have used performance enhancing drugs during the race. He won his Giro, after a fierce duel with Danilo Di Luca, who was later disqualified for doping.
Menchov himself faced serious suspicion for doping, but did not register a positive test. His name was mentioned in an expose centered on the Humanplasma clinic in Austria and he was accused by the Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport of being in contact with the Italian trainer Michele Ferrari, sanctioned by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in the U.S. Postal Service case in 2012 and by the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) in 2002.
Originally from Orel, a remote town 400 kilometers from Moscow in southwestern Russia, Menchov has always been very careful, quick to trivialize his career. Known as a follower, he took advantage of his qualities as a roleur and climber to build palmares that included, in addition to the Vuelta and the Giro, the Tour de l’Avenir in 2001 and the Vuelta al País Vasco (Tour of the Basque Country) in 2004. He won stage 20 of the Vuelta in 2012.
In the Tour de France, the Russian reached the podium twice, in 2008 (third after the disqualification of Bernhard Kohl) and in 2010 (second behind Andy Schleck after the disqualification of Alberto Contador).
This season, he was fourth overall in the Volta ao Algarve and second in the fifth stage of Paris-Nice, to La Montagne de Lure. He abandoned his final race, the Vuelta a Catalunya, in March.
Professional since 2000, Menchov rode for four different teams: Banesto, Rabobank, Geox, and finally Katusha.
- The USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar rolled through its tenth event of the year, the Wilmington Grand Prix in Wilmington, Del. After the dust had settled on a spectacular day of racing on Saturday, there was a new leader in the NCC menand#39;s standings.