Bicycling: French Railway Seeks Action Against Paris-Roubaix Riders.
“Normally riders who go through a closed safety crossing are disqualified. But Guy Dobbelaere, president of the jury of race commissioners, defended the action of the riders on Sunday.” I disagree. Watch the video. It’s indefensible on its face, and those riders should be disqualified. Damned stupid. Crossing tracks can be dicey enough on one’s own; if one racer had gone down, a dozen or more would have been tangled on the tracks with no way to save their lives before that train plowed through. I’ll leave the possible carnage to your mind’s eye.
Guardian.UK: High time Lance Armstrong realised that only humility earns redemption.
He must accept his scarlet letter at some point, and act accordingly. Showing up in France just prior to the TdF, will do nothing to help his reputation. Notoriety, yes. Reputation, no. Notoriety will not boost rehabilitation.
Autoweek: One-off Mercedes-Benz 300 SLS ‘Porter Special’ crashes into rare Lister-Jaguar.
Oh, that hurts.
On the uses and abuses of ‘charity’.
Lance Armstrong. Will Ferrell. Compare, contrast. For the TdF, I can see how they wouldn’t want Armstrong and his legacy anywhere near their event, charity or no. Because a given effort benefits a ‘charity’, does that automatically make it ‘right’?
Deadspin: Asshole Spectator Grabs Cyclist’s Handlebars, Causes Broken Collarbone.
If you ever see this, encourage other spectators to help you grab the idiot and sit on him/her, wait for authorities to come collect the garbage. The racer could easily have been killed.
The Coolist: 1959 Lister-Chevrolet Celebrates British/American Craftwork.
A beaut. Too bad you can’t take it out on the road.
Youtube: West Coast surf vs YZF.
Long walk back, presumably.
Guardian.UK: ‘Middle-aged businessmen are winning amateur cycling races on EPO’.
Historiann: Dad opens can of internet whoopa$$ on offensive Twitter jerks.
All Dads with daughters, take note.
Autoweek: Carmen Jorda and Formula One’s money problem.
“Honestly, if Jorda were a man, most F1 fans would look at the Lotus deal with mild irritation. ‘Another guy with money is getting a gig he doesn’t deserve.’ But when it’s a good-looking woman who gets the job, people lose their minds.”
The Coolist: Aston Martin Vulcan is Built for Racing Daredevils Only.
“The Vulcan is powered by a 7.0-liter V12 engine that produces 800+ horsepower under the pedal.” I love the early versions of this body style; they’ve been tweaking it into ugliness over the past few years. I’ll want to see this in real photos before judgment.
Daily Mail.UK: American Benjamin Miller gored by bull at Carnaval del Toro in Spain yesterday.
“Benjamin Miller of Georgia underwent a three-hour operation to repair damage to his thighs, sphincter and back muscles after being tossed and gored by a bull.” Darwin Award winner for the weekend. I now have a new mental image of ‘head butt’.
BBC Sport: Lance Armstrong given $10m bill after losing lawsuit.
ArtDaily: The gloves from Ali-Liston II in 1965, ready for auction.
Guardian.UK: ‘Fifty miles out we could smell the pollution’ - sailing amid the ocean lit
Nerdist: Badass Danish YouTuber Destroys Every Hollywood Archery Myth.
SF New Mexican: Horse park’s new owners hope for equestrian revival.
I haven’t been out in a while, but some of the fields used to have the best green grass in Santa Fe.
Mashable/Report: Sports Illustrated lays off all staff photographers.
I imagine satff photographers have gotten as lean as they can, and yet they still can’t win against freelancers. When these transitions happen, I find consistent quality goes down.
Youtube: Arosa Classic Car 2012 - Mercedes Benz 300SL Flügeltür-Coupé.
Amazon, book — Lyn St. James: An Incredible Journey.
This book should be in every high school. Lyn didn’t start racing the Indy 500 until she was 45. Never say never, people. The whole book is an inspiration, for all women. I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with her at Santa Fe Concorso this year; she’s ‘good people’.
Vimeo: The Beast of Turin trailer.
The Silver Arrows Project.
This needs to be a film. Needs.
Design You Trust: Rabbit Showjumping at an Animal Fair in Stuttgart.
This is great. I think I need to visit. Flying Hasenpfeffer!
SF New Mexican: Officials - Hiker found north of Santa Fe ski basin died of hypothermia.
In late JULY, note. When we’re nearly at our hottest temps. I keep banging on about this, but you can so easily be hiking, have a thunderstorm crest those mountains, and experience a 60 degree temperature drop in minutes. I see so many people, too far from the trailheads, woefully unprepared. I do stop and advise (gently), when there’s an opportunity.
Italian Ways: Bianchi Café & Cycles - crossing the finish line in Milan.
Bianchi green; my sole favorite green. Wait- not true - just next to British Racing Green.