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.
Youtube/Jay Leno’s Garage: Mille Miglia 2014.
Always worth the watch. 21 minutes. Stretch a coffee break.
Youtube: Ultimate Crossfit Fails Compilation.
Gawd. No spotters. Inappropriate equipment and facilities. It may go against the CF grain, but the best advice I ever got was from Steve Ilg (“The Outdoor Athlete”): Always use perfect form (and have others, qualified trainers especially, help you with this because it can be very hard to self-detect small misalignments that can cause injury). If you can’t, injury is inevitable. See the above video for generous, ample proof.
Youtube: Steve McQueen’s 1956 Jaguar XKSS - Jay Leno’s Garage.
The real fun starts at 14:00.
CycleEXIF: Mercatone Uno Bianchi.
Bianchi green is the only - the ONLY - green I like.
Colossal: Os Gemeos Paints a Mural on a Boeing 737 with 1,200 Cans of Spray Paint.
I can hear ATC scremaing, “My eyes! My EYES!”
ArtDaily: RM secures one of the most significant Ford GT40S in existence.
“… it was used as a demonstrator at the Ford Board of Directors meeting at Shelby American’s facility in Los Angeles. At this meeting, Ken Miles, this time attired in coat and tie, provided demonstration rides to board members and executives. However, when it came to Mr. Ford’s turn, it was Carroll Shelby himself who jumped behind the wheel. The car was later featured at the U.S. Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, New York, in October 1965, where it was reportedly driven by Jim Clark.” Nice bit of provenance.
Stirling & Cooper: Jaguar at the Mille Miglia 2014.
Vintage, baby. I know what those sound like.
Youtube: F1 car in traffic.
Feels like a stunt (people on the bridge), but still a bit of entertainment.
BBC: Sir Jack Brabham, ex-F1 champion, dies aged 88.
“He remains the only man in history to have designed, built and driven a championship-winning car.” Another great figure of racing history, gone. RIP, good sir.
ArtDaily: Rare Aston Martin Ulster set to break world record at Goodwood sale.
“This extraordinary motor car has raced every year since 1935 (excluding a rest period throughout the Second World War). Built for endurance and pace, the two-seater Ulster features a four-cylinder 1496cc engine, guaranteed to reach speeds of up to 100mph.”
The 2014 Mille Miglia is being run right now.
Update: Though I can’t seem to make it work. EU only?