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This Just In: Lance Armstrong is a Typical Roadie

"Hey guys, team selfie!"

When Lance Armstrong isn’t tweeting or scoffing at public decency laws, he acts like a typical roadie.   When Edmonton Journal columnist Nick Lees was riding in Hawaii, he encountered Armstrong and suffered the same fate of anyone who has ever passed someone “training” for “bicycle races.”

Last month he shot by me in an iota of a second when I was cycling on Hawaii’s Big Island. Unlike most cyclists, he didn’t even give a nod.

Maybe Nick doesn’t ride that much, or perhaps roadies in Edmonton are particularly friendly, but being snubbed by someone wearing full team kit is as common as being blinded by a fixed gear.

Though, if anyone has an excuse for failing to acknowledge a fellow cyclists, it is the professional.  Cabbies don’t stop and wave at every John Q. Public out for a Sunday drive, and I doubt house painters have much to say to first-year art students sketching trees in the park.

The good news, if you live in Edmonton, is that this summer you can ride alongside Lance in all his roadie glory.  At least it’s for a good cause.

Tomorrow is Friday.  Be awesome.

Charity Rides: Make them Cool.

Is it only Tuesday? Seriously?  In my quest not to fail in life, I’ll make this short. I thought I’d share some more images, this time from my personal collection.  For the past couple of years I’ve done the same charity ride each summer.  Two days on the bike for a great cause.  We’re always organized in teams, and it’s always our goal to win best team name.  Fortunately, charity ride participants tend to gravitate towards names like “the old cranks,” or “team pedal power.”  So, we kill it.  Our t-shirts are always the best, too.

The Richard Gears. Ya dig?

Two years ago we were the Richard Gears.  We won.  Obviously.  I can’t find a picture of the tshirt, but you get the idea.

"Are you tellin' me that this sucker is nuclear?"

Last year we were “Cycle J. Fox in Bike to the Future.”  Serious points for incorporating the best trilogy ever, and I had a lot of fun putting the logo together.  However, I think we should have been docked a few points for using “bike” as a verb.

Red shirt.

Aside from generally looking awesome, our team also managed to be the sole participants to visit the LCBO upon arrival and wander through a small town drinking from inconspicuous brown bags.

The “Wheelin’ Wonders” never stood a chance.

Goldsprints Montreal: Finally

Go fast. Stay Still.

Just Wednesday I wrote about the Roller Racing coming to Montreal tomorrow.  Well, yesterday I found myself over on the Bikurious Blog and learned that GoldSprints (roller racing’s younger, tight-pants wearing, beer-drinking brother) is now in Montreal.  The first event was just over a week ago, so hopefully this will be a monthly event.  There’s lots of pictures and a few videos on the GoldSprint Montreal page.

And now, it’s the weekend.  Well, it will be in eight hours.  Hang in there, and enjoy la fin de semaine.  (Don’t forget about the Montreal Bike Show).

And remember: use your bicycle for good, not evil.

Weekend! Bikes! Montreal!

I realize that today is only Tuesday.  Believe me, I get it.  However, as we approach hump day and then round the corner to Friday, it’s good to keep in mind that there is actually a couple of things to do this weekend in Montreal.  Don’t forget, this is still the winter.  Many people are weeks away from thinking about getting their bikes out of storage.  So consider this a warm up for Spring.  Or whatever.

Kill a few hours?

The 8th annual Salon du Vélo opens on Friday.  I attended last year, and it was a pretty enjoyable time.  There were perhaps too many bikes/products aimed at roadies, but I suppose that’s the demographic that spends.  If you’ve got any inclination to do some touring this summer, you should go check it out.  If I remember correctly, there were lots of representatives from companies that organize bike trips.  Considering the success of Bixi last summer, I wouldn’t be surprised if urban cycling features more heavily this year. Unfortunately, fun-time bike companies (such as Surly), and local purveyors of lovely bikes (such as Steelwool) have chosen not to attend.  What? You don’t want to visit Montreal in February? WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU?

After you’ve wondered around the bike show for a few hours, head to Verdun to take in some roller racing.  The West Quebec Wheelers are in town, and they’re throwing a party.  This isn’t the new fangled (and totally awesome) GoldSprints.  This is the old-timey (and totally awesome) roller racing. Each rider is connected to a giant clock, with arms that go around to show the riders’ progress as they race.  Like this:

I’m not sure if the track bike crowd will be out (from what I can tell, Pabst Blue Ribbon isn’t a sponsor), but there will be music, beer, fund raising, and racing.  Sounds like fun.

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 20, 2010
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 4 Verdun
La Légion Royale Canadienne Filiale 4 Verdun
4538 rue de Verdun, Verdun, Québec Canada H3G 1M7

Selection heats start at 7pm, spectators can arrive any time after that.

Go faster.

April 11th is Coming

If you’ve never seen A Sunday in Hell, be sure to watch it in the next two months.  Paris-Roubaix, a classic of the Classics, is just a couple of months away.  Tom Boonen, sponsored by Quickstep and fuelled by cocaine, won last year.

This is not cyclocross.

For a bunch of great photos from last year’s race, go here. While the riders kill themselves on pavé in the quest of getting their name on a plaque in the showers, I’ll be taking it all in on whatever crappy live stream I can find for free.

Not too shabby.

I’m personally hoping that they run the Montreal ProTour race through Old Montreal for a lap or two.  Just for kicks.

Montreal Bicycle Show: 19-21 February 2010

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Why in February?

The 2010 Montreal Bicycle Show is happening.  In the dead of winter.  Like last year, it will be happening at Place Bonaventure (19-21 February).  It’s affordable, and a pretty good time.  Last year’s event was geared (OH MY GOD WHAT A PUN!) a bit too heavily to the weekend warrior crowd, which is surprising considering how many urban/commuter companies are out there.  If I remember correctly, it was nearly wall-to-wall Devinci bikes.  Weird.  Perhaps few wanted to make the trek to Montreal in February? Hopefully this year will have more for the city rider (Surly? Steelwool? Are you listening?)

Anyway, consider checking it out.  I’ll be there and I’ll take pictures if you’d prefer to stay inside.  I understand.

EVENT: La Course des Morts

Non-morts welcome

Non-morts welcome

Do you like Hallowe’en? Do you like to ride bicycles?  Why not combine them both in this death-themed Montreal ally-cat (allez chat!). Head over to Belleville Cycle Co-op for more details. Also, watch this: