Sunday, December 26, 2010

hope it was a good one!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends. I was lucky enough to receive several cycling-related gifts. Spokelit lights for my wheels and a long-sleeve Pearl Izumi jersey are two less excuses for not getting out and riding when it's cold.
And I got the DVD of Race Across The Sky. I hadn't seen the movie yet and was really intrigued. Though I'm not much of a mountain biker, my Colorado bike tours have taken me through Leadville on a bike about half a dozen times. And I've driven there several times and been around Turquoise Lake, so I'm familiar with part of the course for the Leadville Trail 100. And the first time I ever heard of the race I just happened to be in Leadville that evening on my way back to Frisco, and saw riders crossing the finish line in just under 12 hours. I learned later that the year prior Dave Wiens of Gunnison, CO,  had defeated Floyd Landis to win his 4th straight LT100. And the next year he would beat Lance Armstrong for his 6th straight win. Of course the movie is filmed the year after that, with Lance returning to win this race, with Wiens coming in second. The scenery is amazing, and it's a little emotional to watch riders finish 5 hours after Lance, but still under the 12 hour time required to earn the belt buckle. These men and women were obviously tired, cold, hurting, and so proud of what they just accomplished. A good story that anyone would enjoy watching, and a must-see for cyclists.


  1. Can't go wrong with bicycling stuff. It is amazing how fast the elite guys are. I don't know about Lance or Floyd, but I have been around some of the fastest guys in the midwest, and they are not only fast but are also some of the nicest people. Miles above my ability, but still treat people with the fun cycling is.

  2. I will be curious to read your thoughts on the spoke light --- how useful it is in commuting at night.

    Wish you a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous 2011!

    Peace :)

  3. Happy New Year, Jeff! Your pictures always make me want to get out and ride!