By Gregory J. Scott
The Journal, Serving Northeast & Downtown Minneapolis
What does it take to get a Minneapolis cyclist to give up the winter commute? Not a record-setting snowfall, apparently.
JDespite the great winter deluge of December 2010, which dumped more than 33 inches of snow on the metro area â€” the most the city has seen since 1969 â€” Downtown bike commuters continued to climb on to their two-wheelers to get to and from work. And while this should surprise no one â€” cold-hardiness has long been our sceneâ€™s biggest bragging point, our trump card in finally edging out Portland last spring as Bicycling Magazineâ€™s â€œ#1 Bike Cityâ€ â€” this winterâ€™s riders are significant in another way.
They seem to be the only ones prepared for the weather.
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and in NYC, from the New York Times Spokes column.
Spokes | Two Wheels, No Fear, In Slush or Powder
By J. DAVID GOODMAN
January 29, 2011, 7:00 pm
Pascal Sauvayre hopped his front tire through several inches of freshly fallen powder, stopping in front of a small group of cyclists gathered in the morning darkness at the southeast end of Central Park.
â€œPascal! Oh, heâ€™s a hardy soul,â€ called out one of the assembled, Dave Jordan, a pair of ski goggles hanging around his black neck gaiter and a headlamp shining from his helmet.
â€œI had to shovel the sidewalk anyway,â€ Mr. Sauvayre said, explaining why he had come out, at 6:30 on a frigid morning this month, for this race in the snow that had been hastily arranged online days before. It would be fun, the 50-year-old psychologist said.
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