Monday, November 28, 2011

Cyclists’ deaths remind us to 'share the road' | The Orange County Register

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Sherri Norton Memorial Ride Video 2011

This video is of Sherri Norton's memorial ride. An estimated 250+ riders participated in memory of her.
Her surviving husband Mark rode their tandem solo, Sherri's seat empty, at the front of the group. Everyone else stayed behind the tandem.
It was overwhelming to see such a spectacular turn out. The memorial service and memorial ride were very appropriate.
Still, Sherri was a very special person, and we will miss her greatly.

Thanks to Pat M for the video!

Saturday, November 12, 2011


Eating more bananas will help you get enough vitamin B6 in your diet. Research suggests that vitamin B6 is important for proper neurotransmitter functions. It may also help in preventing mood disorders, such as depression. For an easy vitamin B6 fix, add banana slices to your breakfast cereal. One medium banana contains about a milligram of vitamin B6

Friday, August 26, 2011

Viva Viviani! Liquigas scores a field sprint win in Steamboat Springs

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (VN) — Liquigas-Cannondale’s 22 year old Italian speedster Elia Viviani won Friday’s stage 4 of the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, outsprinting a large field in this cowboy ski town that went bike crazy for the occasion.
RadioShack’s Levi Leipheimer finished safely in the lead pack to retain the leader’s jersey to earned with his win of Thursday’s Vail time trial.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Is a gluten free diet for everyone?

For the average cyclist, gluten-free eating may not offer any benefits over a healthy, well-rounded diet. In fact, according to Julie Miller Jones, PhD, a nutritionist and advisory board member of the Grain Foods Foundation, gluten-free diets often lack a host of nutrients typically found in whole-grain wheat products such as vitamins B and D, calcium, iron, zinc, folate and magnesium. And because cyclists rely on the carbohydrates found in many wheat-based foods to pound out miles, it's important to know if you're a good candidate to go gluten free, or if you should just keep digging into that linguini.

Read full article:

Gluten-Free Diet for Cyclists | Bicycling Magazine

Life of a Pro Cyclist

Friday, August 5, 2011

The perils of eating non organic foods

The same pesticides that poison the environment also pollute our bodies. Commonly used pesticides, such as organochlorines, are stored in our fat cells then released into our bloodstreams when we burn fat, disrupting the function of our mitochondria (our cells' energy-making furnaces). In a 2004 study published in the International Journal of Obesity, researchers at Canada's Laval University reported that dieters with the highest levels of organochlorines had a greater metabolic slowdown as they lost weight than their peers with lower levels of the pollutant, likely because the toxins hinder the energy-burning process. Other studies have indicated that pesticides may actually contribute to weight gain.

Read full article:
The Perils of Nonorganic Food | Bicycling Magazine

Friday, July 29, 2011

Intervals better for trained athletes than endurance rides

"Increased volume for highly trained athletes does not appear to further enhance endurance performance or associated physiological variables. For athletes who are already trained, improvements in endurance can be achieved only through high-intensity interval training."

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Joe Friel - Intervals, Part 1

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

GI distress and Carbs during Racing

Symptoms of gastrointestinal distress, including nausea and flatulence, are relatively common during endurance races such as marathons and Ironman triathlons. Athletes commonly assume that GI distress is caused by overconsumption of carbohydrate (sports drinks, gels, and so forth). However, a new study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise suggests that this is not the case.

Read full article: » Why Do You Feel Like Puking During Races? –

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Watch Canyon Velo Bicycle Club Saturday Ride!

Canyon Velo Helmet cam video, filmed between 07-10-10 & 10-09-10 Short Club Ride.

Canyon Velo is one of Southern California's premier cycling clubs. We've been a force in local, state, and national competitions since the club was formed in 1985, and are current home to numerous state and national racing champions! We love competitive cycling, and help promote USCF and CBR racing events all year long. We are centered around our home shop, Anaheim Hills Bikes, in central Orange County.
We're a private club made up primarily of high-level sport enthusiasts, racers, and bike trail bullies- and are always looking for new members. If you're interested in raising your level of fitness and enjoy fast/competitive group riding, Canyon Velo could be the club you've been looking for.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Juice Plus+ Prevention Plus+ Webinar with U.S. Olympic Physician Dr. Stricker

Monthly Webinar Series
Paul Stricker, M.D.

Thursday, July 28, 2011
8:00–9:00 PM (CST)

Juice Plus+ Webinars are monthly presentations that feature various health professionals focusing on important health-related topics.  

Dr. Paul Stricker is this month’s featured speaker.

Paul Stricker, M.D. is one of a rare group of doctors in the US who are board-certified in both Sports Medicine and Pediatrics. He was an NCAA All-American swimmer during college and completed his pediatric internship and residency at Arkansas Children's Hospital and a medical fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at UCLA.
Dr. Stricker was selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee as a physician for the United States team at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. He is past President and a charter member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and Fitness and editorial board member for Healthy Children magazine. Selected as one of America's top Pediatricians and America's Best Doctors, Dr. Stricker has authored numerous medical articles and an award-winning book for parents and coaches titled Sports Success Rx!—Your Child's Prescription for the Best Experience.
He has been featured on ESPN and various news programs and cited in national publications such as US News & World Report and USA Today, discussing ways to decrease youth sports pressure while having a positive sports experience. Still a nationally competitive swimmer, he resides in San Diego, CA, with his medical practice at Scripps Clinic.
In this webinar, Dr. Stricker will talk about the health and eating habits of everyone from the young athlete to the average adult. He'll debunk the myths many young athletes believe about what they need to eat to fuel their bodies, and shed new light on what they actually should be eating.

Space is limited.
Reserve your seat now.

KIA Share The Road Commercial

Kudos to KIA for this Bicycle friendly Ad!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Delicious Dozen: 12 Healthy Reasons to Eat an Apple a Day

U.S. Apple Association compiles list of top ways apples and apple products provide a daily dose of disease prevention

The U.S. Apple Association offers the following Delicious Dozen - 12 proven ways apples and apple products positively impact health, from head to toe, and from the inside out:
Researchers from Cornell University found that apple nutrients protected brain neurons against oxidative damage. Such damage can contribute to neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. The study highlighted the antioxidant quercetin as a principle compound responsible for the protective effect (Journal of Food Science, 2004, 69: S357-S360).
A University of Massachusetts-Lowell clinical trial showed that drinking apple juice significantly improved mood and behavior among a group of patients diagnosed with moderate-to-severe Alzheimer's disease. Cornell University research also suggests that quercetin may be the compound in apples that protects brain cells against oxidative stress associated with Alzheimer's.
Researchers at the University of California-Davis report that daily consumption of apples and apple juice may help reduce the damage caused by the LDL, the "bad" type of cholesterol, and protect against heart disease (Journal of Medicinal Food, 2000, 3: 159-165).
A National Institutes of Health study reports that foods rich in fiber and flavonoids, found abundantly in apples, may reduce chronic productive cough and other respiratory symptoms (Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med, 2004, 170: 279-287).
5. Asthma
Research from the United Kingdom reports children of mothers who eat apples during pregnancy are much less likely to exhibit symptoms of asthma at age five. Apples were the only food found to have a positive association with a reduced risk of asthma among a variety of foods consumed and recorded (Thorax, 2007, 62:745-746).
University of Denmark researchers discovered apples and apple products could boost intestinal health by increasing the numbers of good gut bacteria. The friendly bacteria in the intestines feed on apple pectin, a fiber found abundantly in apples (BMC Microbiology 2010, 10:13).
A study published in the November 2010 online edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that older women who eat plenty of fruits, including apples and apple products, along with vegetables and whole grains, may have a lower chance of bone fractures than those not getting their fill.
A natural compound found in the apple's skin, called ursolic acid, may help prevent muscle wasting that can result from aging and illness (Cell Metabolism, 2011, 13 (6): 627-638).
State University of Rio de Janeiro researchers studying the impact of fruit intake on weight loss found that overweight women who ate the equivalent of three apples a day lost more weight on a low-calorie diet than women who didn't eat the fiber-rich fruit (Nutrition, 2003, 19: 253-256).
Adults who consume apples, apple juice and apple sauce are likely to have lower blood pressure and trimmer waistlines, resulting in a reduced risk of metabolic syndrome, a cluster of health problems related to diabetes and heart disease (Experimental Biology 2008 Poster (unpublished)).
Soluble fiber, like apple pectin, may reduce the inflammation associated with obesity-related diseases and strengthen the immune system, according to a University of Illinois study (Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 2010, in press/available online).
Apples are rich in antioxidants, especially quercetin, which have been identified to help inhibit cancer onset and cell proliferation. In one study, the more apples per day individuals ate, the less likely they were to develop colorectal cancer. The anti-cancer effect was seen even when an individual had a low total consumption of fruits and vegetables but consumed at leastan apple a day (European Journal of Cancer Prevention, 2010, 19(1):42-47).

"Apples are a delicious way to add a dose of disease prevention to your daily diet," says Allison Parker MS, RD, director of consumer health and education at the U.S. Apple Association. "It is no wonder numerous health organizations, including the Surgeon General, the American Cancer Society and the American Dietetic Association, encourage greater consumption of fruits and vegetables--like apples and apple products."
For more information or to read about additional studies on the health benefits of apples and apple products, visit

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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Tour de France, stage 2 Team Time Trial results

A close look at the results in Sunday’s stage 2 team time trial at the Tour de France shows a remarkably close and erratic change in fortunes over the three separate legs of the 23km course. Although Garmin-Cervélo’s nine riders deservedly took the victory, they were fastest on only one leg (the middle one), after being second to Team Sky on leg 1 and dropping to only seventh fastest on the final leg.

Read full article:
VeloNews » Inside the Tour with John Wilcockson: Erratic fortunes in Tour TTT

Friday, July 1, 2011

Should the UCI eliminate the legal bike weight?

Do you think 12 or 13 bikes are safe? Are they going to crumble underneath of its rider? Seems like todays technology is allowing for lighter, but just as strong of a bicycle. As the 14.99 lb limit stands now, teams have so much leeway to customize their ride because every component is super light. Cannondale has a 12 lb bike. Now they can add heavier wheels or pedals and cages to comply with the limit, but that's the same frame. If it's a matter of safety, they need to reevaluate how they define the weight limit. 

Read full article:
VeloNews » Analysis: Eliminating the UCI bike weight limit is overdue

Saturday, May 14, 2011

With snow likely on Sunday and Monday, Amgen Tour of California officials weigh options

The ToC was moved to May to avoid snow and rain. What a bummer.

I'm glad to read that racers are confident in race offfials decision and riders respect for race safety first.

Read full article: With snow likely on Sunday and Monday, Amgen Tour of California officials weigh options

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

California DMV - Sharing the Road with Bicycles

Please pay special attention to making right turns. That is a very dangerous situation, cyclists never know for sure if a driver sees them or not.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Here in Monterey

We've been here in Monterey this week for the Sea Otter Classic. We got here early to enjoy the region and I have had some great bike Rides.
17 mile road is a beautiful stretch, combining an ocean view with lush greenery. About 2/3 of the way into the ride there is some climbing, and while it may be difficult for beginer riders, shouldn't turn off others, just take your own pace and enjoy. The downhill is fabulous, their is very little traffic, only an occasional passing car and the road isn't too narrow, so you can take the corners at a good speed.
The off street bike path with starts at lovers point and goes through Marina dunes is a nice way to avoid some traffic without having to go out of your way.
And most of all, The Sea Otter Classic and festivities are upon us, enjoy that which is to come!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Why a Republican Congress is Good For Bike Advocates

A Republican Congress forces bicycling advocates to improve their message, it empowers Republicans who bicycle to take a stronger role in the active transportation advocacy movement, and it fills Congress with new people who are also potential champions for bicycling.

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Why a Republican Congress is Good For Bike Advocates

Why a Republican Congress is Good For Bike Advocates

A Republican Congress forces bicycling advocates to improve their message, it empowers Republicans who bicycle to take a stronger role in the active transportation advocacy movement, and it fills Congress with new people who are also potential champions for bicycling.

Read full article:
Why a Republican Congress is Good For Bike Advocates

Thursday, February 24, 2011


We've all probably had close calls with vehicles while driving. But is it me or is it happening more this year?
Well, today, as I was at a stop light, the light turned green and I started to pedal, a suburban passed me within 1 ft. at a speed of about 30 MPH. Quite fast for the light just turning green. It was on a downhill and I assume he hadn't completely stopped at the light before it turned green.
He turned into the parking lot about a 1/8 mi ahead. I wanted to politely talk to him and let him know that he almost killed a human!
Well, he must have had a bad day, because he was in no mood to talk, and his family didn't seem too cheery either. I said "hey, we need to talk. You almost killed me." He kept walking towards the restaurant. I said "hey, is there a problem?" He said that he did have a problem, and from my interpretation he seemed more upset than just being in trouble for driving recklessly around a cyclist. He seemed to be angry in general.
As I stood in the parking lot I decided to call the police department and report the incident. A ticket can only be written if a sworn officer observes the incident and deems the driver to have committed an infraction. But, by calling the police, that particular department while have the incident documented for future reference as well as a prior "call" on the driver and vehicle.
I relayed the incident to the dispatcher and gave the license plate number.
I called the police Dispatch back a couple of hours later and they said an officer was sent to the area. However the driver must have left by then and the officer was unable to locate the vehicle.
This isn't the first time I've had a close call recently, and so as I rode home I decided that we need more advocacy and motivation for drivers to be more careful around bicyclists.
I will be making a website for cycling advocacy and driver safety.
Also, I will post pictures of vehicles that have driven dangerously close and/or recklessly around cyclists.
I would like to have others post their pictures and encounters as well. For now please email me your pictures and stories.
In closing I want to most of all remind you to do all that you can to be safe out there. Second, do what I did. When possible get their license plate, take pictures and call the police.
If you are reading this and you are not a cyclist, I beg you to be careful around any cyclist you see. Please slow down for them and if possible pass with at least 3ft between the two. Please don't talk on your phone and text while driving. It’s illegal in many states, but more importantly, you could hit a cyclist in a second.
Stay safe out there friends.

Why Does Interval Training Burn More Fat?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Lance Armstrong Calls It Quits...Again

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Does Lance Armstrong Knee Injury Put Ironman Triathlon Plans in Limbo?

Tour de Palm Springs - February 12

Come join and hundreds of other cyclists this weekend. This will be a great early season warmup to get some good base miles under your belt. Rides from 5-100 miles available. More info:

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Liquigas-Cannondale releases pics of its new kit

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Cycling saved my life

This is a great motivational story about how cycling made a man healthier and saved his life by preventative health care methods.
It also shows that you don't have to be a Fred cyclist or an elite racer to enjoy cycling. Bicycling at any level is fun an beneficial to your health.
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Taylor Phinney plans ambitious program in pro debut

Taylor Phinney will jump headlong into the pro ranks in 2011 with an ambitious racing program that will include the spring classics and the Tour of California, but BMC brass say there will no pressure on the promising American talent.

Phinney, 20, will enter the professional waters with gusto, with a season debut at the Tour of Qatar followed by likely starts in Paris-Nice, the spring classics, the California tour and the U.S. national championships.

He already boasts an impressive palmares for a rider who cannot legally buy a drink in his home state of Colorado, with a strong mix of impressive results in the elite, U23 and junior ranks, on the track and the road.