Two days after world cycling authorities wiped clean Armstrong’s results back to August 1998, including his record seven Tour wins from 1999 to 2005, details of a grueling 3,360km course were announced of the race that the disgraced US rider dominated.
Next year’s Tour, which starts for the first time on the Mediterranean island of Corsica, includes a twin climb of the monster Alpe d’Huez and an unprecedented sunset finish on the sweeping Champs Elysees boulevard in Paris.
Danny Lieberman with Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan at this year’s Five Boro Bike Tour.
I meet Danny a dozen times on rides, street memorials and throughout the bicycle scene. He was a warm kind-hearted soul and I was saddened to find out he recently passed away from leukemia. Here is a beautiful remembrance by Charlie Komanoff, posted on streetsblog.org.
Remembering Danny Lieberman, a Gentle Force for Better New York Cycling
by Charles Komanoff
October 22nd, 2012
Before Streetsblog, there was “ebikes.” Since the early 1990s, this listserv has been a digital village square for New York-area bicycle riders — the place where cyclists share info on routes, gear, events and politics — and an incubator for change as well.
Danny Lieberman, the listserv’s beloved founder, moderator and guiding spirit, and a mainstay of the 5 Borough Bike Club, died last Friday. He was 52. Danny was diagnosed with leukemia two years ago and hung in as long as he could. Two fellow 5BBC’ers, Ed Pino and Liz Baum, helped care for Danny in his last weeks, and many of us got to see him before the end.
Here is a hilarious mock retort supposedly from Lance Armstrong on the day he is official stripped of his seven tour titles. If only this were truly from Lance.
A Message from Lance
October 18, 2012
Posted by John Bailey Owen
“Last August, I took advantage of an offer from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to be automatically stripped of my Tour de France titles by refusing to defend myself against doping charges. Disappointed as I was to see the government’s anti-success bureaucrats tearing apart the Constitution at great cost to the taxpayer, I was relieved to have finally freed myself from the demonization that my astounding triumphs inflicted on me.
But with the release of the USADA’s new report, which alleges that I was a “doping kingpin” throughout my career, I see how foolish I was. The agency’s offer was nothing but a honeypot, cynically designed to make the idea that I doped seem almost potentially plausible.
This new two-hundred-and-two-page document is filled with lies, each more ludicrous than the last. Lies about me forcing teammates to dope, lies that I threatened witnesses and their families, even lies suggesting that I thought the International Cycling Union was “somewhat at fault for the extent of my cancer,” so, “if I ever have a doping problem, I have this card to play.” With whoppers these large, one can imagine the USADA letting loose even more outrageous ones in the future. Maybe some stuff about chimp hormones, or chimp pituitary glands. A secret, poorly run chimp farm on my villa in Nice, and the like. Loose chimps sent to terrorize enemies. But again, I just said those would be lies. So let’s agree, right now, to not pay attention to those. Deal? Deal.”
Videos! Yeah. To help with the doldrums of Friday.
Title: Crosstown Couriers
Seen on: Urban Velo Rudy Gonzalez of Cowtown Couriers was featured in Urban Velo #33′s feature story, Pushing Beyond The Envelope about the changing face of the bicycle courier industry. This video was shot to show the Cowtown Courier direct to consumer food delivery service in action, adding some video context to the story and looking nothing like the typical image of legal documents being rushed here and there in downtown traffic.
Title: Taliah Lempert
Seen on: Urban Velo If you’ve been in the urban cycling scene for any time at all, you’ve undoubtedly stumbled across some of Taliah Lempert’s bicycle paintings. Her work has adorned magazine and book covers, gallery walls and more. Lempert is commissioned to paint people’s individual rides, which she keeps in her studio as she works on them instead of painting from photos. She says a painting might take her a couple weeks to finish as she painstakingly reproduces the rides in her style.
Title: Lance Armstrong Nike Parody
Seen on: Urban Velo
I guess Radioshack won’t be asking me to donate a dollar to livestrong any more when I buy cheap electronics. Looks like sponsors like the shack and Nike have pulled the plug on their now disgraced hero, Lance Armstrong, since the recent US Anti-doping Agency has labeled him a “cheater.” Urban Velo reminds us of this parody video that rings more true than ever.
Title: Rising From Ashes
Seen on: Urban Velo “Rising from Ashes” is a feature length documentary about two worlds colliding when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda, Africa to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national team. As they set out against impossible odds both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past.
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Title: Biketoberfest in Buffalo
Seen on: Urban Velo Bikes, Beer, Music, Party. That about sums it up. In case it’s not clear from the video, “Rusty Chain” is a beer specifically designed/brewed by local brewer Flying Bison to raise money and awareness for local cycling. Check out gobikebuffalo.org.
Australian Bike Company Settles Down in Red Hook
By: Emily 10/16/12
The Australian bike company Papillionaire is the newest tenant at 390 Van Brunt Street in Red Hook. This is the first store based in the States. They’ve got a wide selection of vintage-style bikes which you can browse here. The showroom is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to six. They expect to fill the shop with more bicycles and accessories in the coming months. Our neighborhood tipster notes, “It seems like Red Hook is becoming somewhat of a ‘bike district’; there are now more than a few bicycle companies headquartered down there.”
The Papillionaire Shop in Brooklyn Is Now Open!
Title: Tweed Ride Moscow-2012
Seen on: Urban Velo Ok, This is how you do a tweed ride. Whodathought Moscow would show the world that British cycling hipsterism is international and then raise the bar on tweeding to a whole new level. They don’t just raid the thrift store for jackets with elbow patches. They find full on Bobby suits, apply fake handlebar mustaches and even stencil fabric arm bands for ride numbers. This is over the top awesome. Indianapolis has a Tweed Ride coming up and maybe they’ll take some cues from this ride.
Title: Chrome: Storm Cobra
Seen on: PROLLY Chrome introduces their new outerwear model, the Storm Cobra by following none other than Steve around SF.
Title: Mike Giant’s Philosophy on Life
Seen on: PROLLY Mike Giant is an artist that a lot of cyclists admire. His work has been shown around the world and his love of track bikes and the imagery associated with them pops up in his illustrations frequently. Check out this recent interview with the SF-based artist
Title:CX Hairs: Hyattsville CX 2012
Seen on: PROLLY
There’s a new book out there encouraging woman to hit the pedals:
Katie Daily’s-Heels on Wheels, a Ladies Guide to Owning and Riding a Bike.
Here is a write up in the New York Times:
Riding Like Susan B. Anthony
‘Heels on Wheels’ — Books of Style Elizabeth Lippman for The New York Times
A new book encourages women to bike to work, and offers other advice (don’t wear lip gloss)
By: Liesl Schillnger
Published: October 10, 2012
“Heels on Wheels: A Lady’s Guide to Owning and Riding a Bike.” By Katie Dailey. 96 pp. Hardie Grant. $14.95.
ARE you in the mood for a contentious debate? Stroll past the North Pavilion of Union Square in Manhattan before 7 p.m. on the last Friday of each month and ask any of the hundreds of cyclists who gather there for the Critical Mass ride why women’s bikes tend to have a low crossbar (also called a “mixte” or “step-through”), whereas men’s bikes have a high crossbar that juts from below the seat to below the handlebars.
Is the feature a quaint leftover from the days when women wore petticoats, and maneuvering themselves over the high bar would have been a challenge? Might it reflect a surprising impulse toward modesty among modern women who don’t mind weaving among taxis and buses, but still prefer not to bestride their steel (or carbon fiber) steeds like a cowboy hopping on a palomino? Or is the step-through an anachronism in these days of unisex denim and leggings?
Why do male and female riders require different kinds of bikes? The answers you get will be vociferous. They will not be unanimous.
With her charming book, fetchingly illustrated by Clare Owen, the British velophile Katie Dailey skirts the controversy by mildly pointing out that, however it came about, the lower bar is easier to clamber over than the higher one.