The co-chairs of Pedal for Alzheimer’s, Joshua Crisp and Michelle Brooke-Marciniak, announced the route for the upcoming October 7-17, 2018 ride today, and this year’s goal is to “Raise the Bar.” The 1,098-mile team cycling event honors and commemorates Pat Summitt’s 1,098 wins as the legendary coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteer basketball team. Formerly known as “Pedal for Pat,” this year the riders will cycle under the non-profit 501(c)(3) banner of Pedal for Alzheimer’s LTD. The event will kick-off on October 7 with a 65-mile day ride around Knoxville that is open to the general public. The official sendoff the next day will see the cyclists travel through The Great Smoky Mountains to North and South Carolina, down the Georgia and Florida coasts, and conclude on October 17 in Daytona Beach, Fla. The proceeds from this year’s fundraiser will benefit the Alzheimer’s Research Initiative at The University … [Read more...] about Pedal for Alzheimer’s Announces 1,098-Mile Ride Route for 2018
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By KARI LYDERSENEnergy News Network MADISON, Wis. (AP) — On Jim Tinjum’s #bikethewind tour last year, he could often see the installations he was visiting for miles before he got to them — turbines towering gracefully in the distance. On his recent #bikethesun tour, taking in about 1,200 miles of the Upper Midwest, he often had to pedal around in search of his solar destinations. “Some of the sites were nestled in to the landscape pretty well,” said Tinjum, a UW-Madison associate professor of engineering with a specialty in renewable energy. The goal of the two journeys was the same: to make more people aware that renewable energy could be providing more clean power in the Midwest. The solar bike trip, which concluded in August, took Tinjum through a variety of solar gardens in Minnesota, Invenergy’s Grand Ridge Energy Center in Illinois, a Wisconsin solar-powered coffee roaster and countless homes and businesses with rooftop solar. The … [Read more...] about Wisconsin professor cycles around the Midwest for solar
Two summers ago, Carrie Morgridge and her husband, John, rode the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route from Banff, Alberta, to the Mexican border at Antelope Wells, N.M., pedaling 2,774 miles in 46 days. Over the course of the trip, they crossed the Continental Divide 36 times with more than 200,000 vertical feet of climbing. One of their favorite images came on the first day in the majestic Canadian Rockies. First it poured rain, then the clouds parted as they rode through a brilliant green pine forest with a lush floor of moss. “You could almost taste the moisture in the air,” Carrie said. “We had a 360-degree view of these snow-capped peaks that were gray and clouds were hovering, giving this depth perception that was unbelievable.” They also were smitten when they rode through the Great Basin in Wyoming. The treeless topography was desert-like, and they saw wild horses under a blue sky. “Not a human or manmade structure as far as the eye could … [Read more...] about Colorado couple who rode Great Divide Mountain Bike Route tells how to tackle the 2,800-mile trail
The ascent of Lookout Mountain is an iconic ride for Front Range cyclists, drizzled with the sweat of hundreds in processions of Spandex up 19th Street from Golden pretty much every weekend, and it was sure to draw crowds Saturday when the men of the Colorado Classic attacked it as the first moment of truth on a 100-mile “Queen Stage” that would force all to dig deep. For the spectators who were there, the attack did not disappoint as three riders from the EF-Drapac Cannondale team attempted to blow up the peloton and break UnitedHealthcare riders Gavin Mannion and Serghei Tvetchov, who stood 1-2 in the general classification standings after Friday’s Stage 2 time trial in Vail. They didn’t ruin Mannion’s day, but they definitely made him hurt. “I’ve ridden Lookout a lot,” said Mannion, a native of Massachusetts who moved to Fort Collins last year. “Today was probably the worst experience I’ve ever had on Lookout, with the EF … [Read more...] about Breakaway on Lookout Mountain sets in motion fascinating drama in 100-mile men’s stage in Colorado Classic
<>From right, Salida High School basketball players, Brooke Golden, Tristyn Bowers, Jamie Granzella, and Morgaan Schaler, all 14, cheer for their coach and Jamie's father, Rucky Granzella, by Powerline Trail during the Leadville Trail 100 in 2011. (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post) John Callahan has a photo his wife took of him during the second Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race. He was posing at an aid station on the dam at Twin Lakes — which marks Mile 40 and Mile 60 on the out-and-back course — and had the spot all to himself. He’s thought about that scene this year as Leadville prepares for the 25th installment of the world’s second-oldest 100-mile mountain bike race, which is set for next Saturday in the shadow of Colorado’s highest peaks. “When you come through there now, you feel like you’re riding in the Tour de France, because it’s these huge crowds, up and down both sides of this long aid station,” said Callahan, … [Read more...] about Lance Armstrong turned the Leadville 100-mile bike race into a national event. Now it turns 25.