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Froome Rides the Chunnel


Ok Le Tour, we’ll throw you a bone. Chris Froome of Team Sky becomes the first rider to cycle the entire 50k of the English Chunnel. So yeah, that happened. Now let the rest of us do it.

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Contest ends August 10, 2014.

Wolfpack Civic Center Crit Racer Profile:
Sean “Young Blood” McElroy

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Photo by Warren Kommers

Sean McElroy had only known about the Civic Center Crit for a week, maybe two, before coming to claim the dog tags in the men’s road category in 2013. None of L.A.’s local bike racers had seen him before, and none of them had any idea that their biggest competition that day would be a 14-year-old from Palmdale.

“It was really last minute, to be honest,” said McElroy, who had found out about the race from his friend and mentor, Rich Bartlett. “He told me it was going to be a pretty big turnout, and it was in L.A., so I just decided to go do it.”

The young cyclist may have been a last-minute entry, but he was prepared nonetheless: With three years of road racing under his belt, McElroy was already gearing up for the Junior National Road Racing Championships that would be held just a week and a half later.

“I was definitely fit, but I didn’t really come expecting to win the race,” he said of the fateful day he joined the elite ranks of dog tag holders on 2013—Jo Celso, Willo Juarez, Kathryn Donovan, Veronica Volok, Craig Streit, Evan Stade, Walton Brush, Nate Koch, Shelby Walter—and Sean McElroy, the youngest among them by nearly a decade.

And while there was much surprise to see a 14-year-old even entering the race, his performance is ultimately what blew everyone away. With Barlett in the race with him, the two were able to work the peloton and split the field.

“Rich told me that there’s going to be people just going off the front, and the guy that went, Jon [Budinoff], was right in front of me so I was on his wheel, so when he went I just went with him, not really with the intention of getting a break,” he says. “As soon as we saw the gap, I just started working; when people tried to close the gap Rich would chase them down and slow down the pace of it. He really helped me to win, it was really just a real team thing. Read more →

Osaka Roadie Bell

Generally speaking, the faster the bike the less fashionable the bike bell. That’s not to say they’re not useful on road bikes too, just that you don’t see too many of them out there. The Osaka Roadie Bell is a mini bell that can fit on the inside of the brake hood or on the cable housing, providing a temporary unobtrusive bell that doesn’t take up handlebar space. The bell attaches with an aluminum clip, and is easy to remove or switch bike to bike. Available at your local shop or via the Soma Fab webstore for $18.

Useeme Bicycle Turn Signals

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Great video from the team behind Useeme bicycle turn signals. Flashing wrist bands with motion sensors, Useeme automatically begins flashing when you hold your hand up to signal a turn, and stops when you return it to the bars. Final products should be available this fall — get in earlier with the Indiegogo campaign.

Cyclist Getting Charged?


So yeah, this is happening. According to the LA Times, after this Orange County cyclist gets bottles thrown at him while riding in the bike lane, and after he submitted the video to the authorities in order to press charges against the offenders, he’s now facing potential charges of “words in public likely to illicit a violent reaction,” because….uhh….that’s a thing. What? I’m at a loss for words here, and if I had them, they might illicit a violent reaction or something. Is this highly unconventional or is this just standard car-centric LA procedure?

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Third Anniversary Rapha SF Ride

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Mama Agatha Documentary Teaser #1

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The upcoming documentary Mama Agatha follows a group of migrant women from all around the world who are learning how to cycle in Amsterdam. Their teacher is a 59-year-old Ghanaian community mother, shown in this teaser. Filming continues though graduation in August with a full-length film to follow.

Trek & People For Bikes Partnership


Bicycle advocacy organization, People For Bikes, has partnered with Trek Factory Racing to enhance and spread their efforts to accommodate cycling in cities around the country. Join in the effort on the PFB site and be entered to win a Domane 4.0.

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