Archive for March, 2010

Thursday 03-25-2010
7:00 PM

Basic information on riding, maintenance and repairs (including flat tire),
will be explained by our experienced staff.
Please bring a front wheel.

YOU WILL BE CHANGING A TUBE!

No charge, beverages will be provided.

The national advocacy group Bikes Belong recently launched their “People For Bikes” initiative at the National Bike Summit in Washington D.C, and the movement has been quickly gaining support.
The group was started as a way to unite the voices of the millions who enjoy cycling, building a national movement to improve bicycling in the country. Central to the movement is the People for Bikes pledge, which states,

“I am for bikes. I’m for long rides and short rides. I’m for commuting to work, weekend rides, racing, riding to school, or just a quick spin around the block. I believe that no matter how I ride, biking makes me happy and is great for my health, my community and the environment we all share. That is why I am pledging my name in support of a better future for bicycling—one that is safe and fun for everyone. By uniting my voice with a million others, I believe that we can make our world a better place to ride.”

The group is hoping to garner 1 million online signatures for the pledge to send a powerful message to politicians, media, and the public that cycling is important and here to stay.
In addition to the pledge, peopleforbikes.org also offers several grassroots ways to get involved, including contact information for local politicians, links to help you find a local advocacy group, and even an interactive map that allows you to track important advocacy and cycling projects across the country.
The pledge takes just a few seconds to sign and can be done here.


**FREE Food and Beverages**

What: Cycling Social (all disciplines invited; Tri, roadies, mtb, cyclo-cross as well as family and friends)

When: Sunday – March 28th, 2010; Ride leaves at 09:00 AM

Where: Lake Fausse Point State Park Pavillion (PV005)

Info: We will be leaving around 09:00 AM on a 10 / 40 / 58 mile route which will be marked. This will be a no drop ride with a max speed of 20mph. When we return, food and beverages will be waiting for us free of charge, courtesy of the Cajun Cyclists and CC Racing. It is $1 to get on to the park per person, so bring your dollar bills. After we are full and bloated, we will try to get a volley ball game going / Frisbee / football; so bring your family, friends, change of clothes, and lawn chairs. Please pass the word and RSVP cajuncyclists@cox.net so we know we will have enough food for everyone! It is supposed to be nice and warm this weekend! BYOB

Smitty Smith/Cole Leblanc: 1:01 (Placed 1st Cat5).
Mark Miller/Eric Bernard: 1:05 (Placed 3rd Cat5, in spite of the fact Mark had to get of his bike 3 times due to mechanical trouble with the Litespeed Blade..).
Jason Meaux/Saul Dupuis: 1:08 (Placed 8th Cat5, first TTT for Jason Meaux!).
Congrats to all for racing & finishing the 25mile TT, in these brutal conditions.

New Orleans Bicycle Club
2-Man Time Trial
40 km, LaPlace, Louisiana
Sunday, March 21, 2010

Held under USA Cycling Event Permit
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COURSE

12.4 miles out and 12.4 miles back on HWY 51.
Road is extremely smooth and fast.
Turnaround will be about a 1/2 mile before the manchac overpass.
Course will be closed to most traffic, but police will be allowing access to some vehicles as necessary.
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Several local athletes will be competing in the event;
Including, but not limited to: Brian Rizk/Glenn Richard, Mark Miller/Eric Bernard,
Smitty Smith/Cole Leblanc, Jason Meaux/Saul Dupuis

Wishing all a good TT and Safe Travels!






We are at -2 days before the “Classicissima” (also “la classica di Primavera”) , Milan-Sanremo, which will begin on Saturday from Castello Sforzesco in Milan and finishes 298 km (185 miles) later on the Lungomare Italo Calvino in Sanremo.

Last year was the 100th edition of the race which is one of the “monuments’ of cycling. It is the longest one day race on the professional calendar and coming early in the season it is a true test of endurance.
The USA is carrying it (perhaps delayed, best to check schedule) on the Universal Sports (US) channel. RAI will be streaming it from www.rai.it; you can also check at www.cyclingfans.com to pickup streaming links. Broadcasting is set to start, picking up the race nearer to the finish, at about 14:50 Italy time.

Photos: Route information (click to enlarge)

This map shows the deadliest states (in darker blue.) Map  courtesty USA Today.

This map shows the deadliest states (in darker blue) according to a new study.

(Map courtesy USA Today)

In 2008, 716 bicyclists were killed in crashes with cars, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A shocking 17% of those deaths (125 people in 2008) occurred in Florida, even though the state has only 6% of the nation’s population, making it the most deadly state for both cyclists and pedestrians.

A recently released study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed Florida with the most cyclist deaths followed closely by California with 109. Texas was statistically the third most deadly state for cyclists in 2008 with 53 deaths.

Vermont, South Dakota and Nebraska were the safest states, reporting no cycling fatalities. Alaska, Washington D.C., North Dakota, Rhode Island, and Wyoming all reported only one cyclist death each.

The NHTSA estimates 53,000 cyclist were injuries in collisions with vehicle during the yearlong study period in 2008.

The study also reports alcohol use by either the driver or the cyclists in a shocking 37% fatal accidents. In 23% of reported accidents, the cyclists killed had a BAC of .08 or higher.

USA Today has an interesting map of deaths by state here, and you can download a PDF of the full findings of the NHTSA study here.

Organizers of the Tour of Flanders have announced the teams that will participate in the 94th edition of the event on Sunday April 4th. This year’s edition of the race will not only be important for riders targeting the the Ronde, but will likely be a dress rehearsal for some of the riders and teams with an eye towards the Tour de France in July.

The third stage of this year’s Tour de France will take the riders 207 kilometers from Wanze, Belgium to Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, and will include seven cobbled sectors along the way totalling 13.2 kilometers. Some overall contenders will use the Tour of Flanders to gain valuable experience riding on the pavé.

Seven Pro Continental teams have been given wild cards including Bbox Bouygues Telecom, BMC Racing, Cervélo TestTeam, Landbouwkrediet, Skil-Shimano, Topsport Vlaanderen – Mercator and the Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team. Missing on the list is the French Cofidis team who, along with Bbox Bouygues Telecom, lost their ProTour status in the off-season.

BMC Racing, Cervélo TestTeam and Vacansoleil are expected to help shape the race, with the former and latter riding to impress Tour de France organizers into giving them a wild card invite. Cervélo TestTeam will hope to have last year’s second place finisher Heinrich Haussler, who was riding strong until a knee injury disrupted his build up. Haussler will miss Milan-Sanremo this weekend, but has time to get back on track if he can get the problem under control.

Former Tour of Flanders winner Alessandro Ballan and teammate George Hincapie are also expected perform well after their switch to BMC Racing. They have eight top ten finishes between the two of them, and will also have strong support by last year’s seventh place finisher Marcus Burghardt. Vacansoleil’s Johnny Hoogerland has had a good start to the season, and has Flanders marked out as one of his major season goals. The Skil-Shimano team will also look to ride aggressively to help secure a Tour de France invite with the race’s Grand Depart taking place in The Netherlands this year.

Belgian Stijn Devolder (Quick Step) will have to contend with the removal of the Eikenmolen, the springboard for his victories in the last two years, as part of major changes to the 2010 route. The Paddestraat, one of the worst sections of cobbles, is also gone, wheras the Molenberg has been moved.

The rest of the Belgian contingent will also be looking to add a Flanders win to their Palmares, with Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto), Nick Nuyens (Rabobank) and Devolder’s teammate Tom Boonen all showing good form so far this season. Others that have had a good start to the season include Filippo Pozzato (Katusha), Juan Antonio Flecha (Team Sky) and the Saxo Bank duo of Matti Breschel and Fabian Cancellara.

Tour of Flanders climbs for 2010:
1 Den Ast km124 (450m – avg 5.7%)
2 Kluisberg km157 (1800m – avg 6.3% – max 14%)
3 Knokteberg km165 (1100m – avg 8% – max 13%)
4 Oude-Kwaremont km172 (2200m – avg 4% – max 11,6% – 1500m cobbles )
5 Paterberg km175 ( 360m – avg 12,9% – max 20,3% – 360m cobbles)
6 Koppenberg km182 (600m – avg 11,6 % – max 22 % – 600m cobbles)
7 Steenbeekdries km187 (700m – avg 5,3% – max 6,7% – 700m cobbles)
8 Taaienberg km190 (530m – avg 6,6% – max 15.8% – 520m cobbles)
9 Eikenberg km195 (1100m – avg 6,2% – max 10% – 1000m cobbles)
10 Molenberg km210 (463m – avg 7% – max 14,2% – 300m cobbles)
11 Leberg km217 (950m – avg 4,2% – max 13,8% )
12 Berendries km222 (940m – avg 7% – max 12,3%)
13 Tenbosse km229 (450m – avg 6,9% – max 8,7%)
14 Muur – Kapelmuur km239 (475m – avg 9,3% – max 19.8% – 475m cobbles)
15 Bosberg km243 (980m – avg 5,8% – max 11% – 400m cobbles)

Tour of Flanders teams for 2010:
ProTour Teams:
Quick Step (BEL)
Omega Pharma-Lotto (BEL)
Caisse d’Epargne (ESP)
Euskaltel-Euskadi (ESP)
AG2R-La Mondiale (FRA);Française des
Jeuxx (FRA)
LiquigasDoimomo (ITA)
Astana (KAZ)
HTC-Columbia (USARadioShack
ck (USFooton
FootonServettonLampretFarnese)
Lampre-Farnese Vini (ITA)
Rabobank (NED)
Team Sky (GBR)
Garmin-Transitions (USA)
Katusha (RUS)
Milram (GER)
Saxo Bank (DAN)

Pro Continental Teams:
BBox Bouygues Telecom (FRA)
BMC Racing Team (USA)
Cervélo TestTeam (SUI)
Landbouwkrediet (BEL)
Skil-Shimano (NED)
Topsport Vlaanderen – Mercator (BEL)
Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team (NED)