SciAm: The Surprising Problem of Too Much Talent.
DailyMail.UK: Footage emerges of Jules Bianchi’s Japanese Grand Prix crash.
Jeebus. Frankly, I’m surprised he’s alive. Looked like his head was getting lopped off. And then, the immediate deceleration. I’ll wager he’s got much more than just severe head injuries to deal with. Best wishes for his recovery.
Collectors Weekly: The Hippie Daredevils Who Were Just Crazy Enough to Invent Mountain Biking.
A needed article! This needs to be a book. With photos. You’ll recognize so many names, now plastered on frames around the world.
BarnFinds: 1952 Jensen Interceptor for $750.
In Albuquerque! Wishing for deep pockets and a fully-fitted-out ‘mancave’ ...
Youtube: F1 2014 Belgian GP - Huge Crash For Konsantin Tereschenko.
SciAm: BPA-Free Plastic Containers May Be Just as Hazardous.
“... recent research reveals that a common BPA replacement, bisphenol S (BPS), may be just as harmful.” I switched to stainless steel bike bottles. They get hot way, way too fast, so they’re not really a good working replacement. But I use ‘em anyway.
Bicycling: 6 Tough American Climbs.
The Salt Lake Tribune: Cobra rock formation near Moab topples.
Usually, you only see the perfect performances on video. So much painful.
Bicycling: Carbon-Fiber Fear Mongering in the Times.
Bicycling: How Female Cyclists Pee in Bib Shorts.
I’d wondered. Bib shorts make a huge difference in biking performance, IMHO. The removal of a stricture around the waist frees up the breathing. If you’ve never tried them, you should. You really should. I don’t ride in anything else.
Bicycling: New Pro Gear at the 2014 Tour de France.
BBC: Unseen Donald Campbell speed record footage restored.
I agree; better to remember him for his achievements, than for his tragic crash and death.
Bicycling: A PSA on PSA for Cyclists.
“Our study does not show cause and effect relationships and so we do not conclude cycling causes prostate cancer. [snip] It is likely that cycling affects the way people are investigated rather than making them more likely to develop prostate cancer.”
BBC Sport: Tour de France 2014 - Alberto Contador pulls out on stage 10
More info here about his four-year-old doping ban than the actual crash that caused his retirement from the race. Filling column-inches (pixels)?
Outside: Cyclists - Shaving Makes You Faster.
Come spring, I always find an excuse to shave. This makes convincing the wife a bit easier. Besides, I’m over the big 5-0 now. I’ve worn off quite a bit of my former gorilla fuzz - and it don’t ever come back. Via Will on FB.
Kickstarter: ACTON R RocketSkates.
Flying cars, electric rollerskates that work like a Segway … perhaps the future is really arriving.
Mashable: Climbers Find Frozen Body of Missing Mountaineer 32 Years After His Death.
His father: “I wish he could have remained there. For Patrice, the mountain was his home. This was an environment I introduced to him at the age of 7 to 8 years old. He climbed Mont Blanc with me at 13 years old. The mountain was his passion, he was going to become a guide. In that way, it was better for him to rest in the mountains than in a coffin.”
Youtube: Ferrari at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Always good to see the prancing horse actually prancing …
Bicycling: Road Bikes of the 2014 Tour de France.
Yeah, but never make the mistake that equipment trumps fitness. TdF riders are superhuman.
Mashable: Tour de France Selfies Are a New Danger to Cyclists.
“… a dangerous mix of vanity and stupidity.” To say the least. What a bunch of idiots.
Italian Ways: The Moto Guzzi 250 Compressor: twenty years of records.
I can certainly understand its importance in history and all, but for Americans of my vintage … it strongly reminds one of the 60’s Briggs and Stratton lawn mowers.
Bicycling: Tour de France Riders vs. Regular Cyclists.
Italian Ways: Maserati 450S, Fangio’s bazooka.
Nearly perfect. The hood scoop seems to have gone through different iterations, from nonexistent to abcess-like. I prefer it smaller in height.
Youtube: Race car on the road - “Welcome back”.
Extra points if you notice that the farmer’s tractor is, in fact, a Porsche.