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Tour de Cure 2014

Yes, I did just put 2014 in the title, registration began a few months ago.
   We will be joining the
UCS Cycling
             team sponsored by
Unique Communications for the charity event again in 2014.

We are riding because the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure is more than a cycling event to me. It is an opportunity to change the future and make a positive impact in the lives of those who are affected by diabetes.

I am committed to ride and raise money in this event not just because 26 million people in the United States have diabetes, but because I personally know some of them, and I want to do something about it.

Chances are, you also know someone who has been affected by diabetes and you already know how important it is to stop this disease. By making a donation on my behalf or by joining my team, you will be helping the Association provide community-based education programs, protect the rights of people with diabetes and fund critical research for a cure…

Cross Vegas 2013 Review

Sven Nys and Katerina Nash Was there any doubt? As the sun went down, the level of racing notched up in Las Vegas Wednesday night. Another Cross Vegas, the unofficial kickoff to the cyclocross season in the US, is in the books, and this one has the distinction of being the first ever Cross Vegas to feature a current World Champion, Sven Nys. While mountain bikers dominated Elite races, the men’s and women’s races played out in completely different ways, though both ended with a solo breakaway, eliminating the nail-biting sprint finishes that have characterized Vegas racing in years past.

With three laps to go, Nash decided that it was time to attack, and immediately created a gap on the field. “It was a really tactical race, I didn’t want to go too early and have eight people catch me. I’m not sure what happened behind me. I saw a tiny gap and decided it was the right time to keep the pace high.”

CrossVegas 2013

    CrossVegas is the biggest cyclocross race in America.  The night-time race takes place in September each year at the Desert Breeze Soccer Complex in Las Vegas, Nevada, just minutes from the famous Vegas Strip. 
    CrossVegas has seen impressive growth since its inaugural race in 2007,  and each year attracts an increasingly elite field of U.S. and foreign racers as well as over 10,000 spectators.  Despite its relatively short history, CrossVegas has quickly ascended to the top of the international cylcocross racing scene and now boasts the accolade of being America's biggest cyclocross race.
    The race is rated as a Category 1 on the International Cyclocross calendar, one of only seven Category 1 cross races in North America.   In 2011, participants from 11 nations competed and the entire men's elite podium was swept by non-U.S. athletes

    CrossVegas is owned and produced by Watts Marketing headed by Brook Watts.  Watts, a former promotional agency and even…

Explaining Chamois Butt'r to a non-cyclist

My entry of the week in the cx magazine CrossVegas contest. 
The friction coefficient of spandex becomes nominal at the dermal layer when activities produce .0035om static charge thereby raising the follicles to a statistically significant level. At this level discomfort is generally introduced at the .0049om charge level. At the .0054om level of charge, the f~ coefficient increases exponentially at a rate of .034 * 3_i. Superficial abrasion to the dermal layer typically occurs at .007om charge. Such abrasion has been known to have a detrimental effect on cyclists: decreasing speed, increasing heart rate, increasing levels of endorphins and over taxing the cardiovascular system. In order to reduce the friction coefficient a lubrication layer can be introduced. An effective reduction in static charge is achieved at .3mm. A product like chamois butt'r has been developed to accommodate this need. - I know, I'm an engineer.…

Tour De Cure This Saturday

Arthur Cycling will be riding with UCS Cycling in the Tour De Cure this Saturday the 27th. The Tour De Cure is a charity ride benefiting the American Diabetes Association.  Our UCS Cycling team goal of raising $1500.00 has been blown away! As of the 22nd we have raised $2,386.00 dollars.

Here is a link to the team site, check it out. It isn't too late to join us or donate! A huge thank you to Unique Communication Solutions for supporting our ride. Unique has been the principal donor in each of our charity events! Unique Communication Solutions is the principal provider of enterprise telecom and network management software to the Department of Defense as well as many private organizations. Unique Communications leads by example, and motivates its employees to pay it forward. Also thank you to everyone else whose donations support the ADA provide community-based education programs, protect the rights of people with diabetes and fund critical…

Wout Poels

I love hearing about stories that exhibit riders who overcome some pretty big obstacles and still make it back to where they were or even exceed their previous standards. In the 2012 Tour - Vacansoleil rider Wout Poels suffered major injuries from a crash in the 6th stage; broken ribs, ruptured spleen, damaged kidneys. Six months later he made the top 10 in the Tirreno-Adriatico.

Winter in Las Vegas

Just a typical winter day today. 73 degrees and enough sun for a sunburn. Me and Jonas road out the Arrow Head Trail, around the NSC criterium a couple times and back home. First substantial ride in several months. I have been blessed with very mild side effects from taking Gleevec every day. I started training again last month, hopefully there will be another triathlon in my future before the end of this year.