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Pack Mentality: Bike Racing According to Fortune Magazine

Thursday, June 1st, 2006

I came across an awesome article on the politics and ‘free market’ economy of bike racing and the Tour de France today. I’m starting to get really excited about the Tour de France – much like the guys are doing in Germany for the World Cup.

Since we have a decent amount of bike-racing passion in the office, we’ve gone ahead and launched our own Tour de France website. Jess has already started writing on it and I’ll be adding a few cents every now and again.

Until then, however, read this article: Pack Mentality: Cut deals with the enemy, maximize liquidity, punish the welshers, and other free-market lessons of the typical bike race.

Bike Crashes and Nerves

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

I was reading up on the OBRA listserve today – because I get it emailed in digest form, sometimes I’m a little slower with the news.

One of the big discussions was in regards a race I had planned on doing a few days ago, on Sunday. My early flight to Alabama, however, prevented me from going. The race was a criterium, meaning a course less than a mile in length, but is widely considered a good ‘beginning course’ with only a few corners.

Unfortunately, crit racing can still be very scary – especially in a novice field where people tend to be a little heavy on the brakes (including myself).

I don’t know the exact situation of what caused the crash, but there was a nasty pile up in the Women’s Cat 4 race (the category I’m in). Three girls (at least) ended up at the hospital. One had a sprained ankle/bad bruising, another had a broken collarbone and will probably need surgery to insert a titanium rod, and another had a skull fracture and broken arm. All were wearing their helmets, which prevented further injury.

Although I don’t think I know any of them personally, women’s racing is small and I’m definitely thinking of them.

Still, it doesn’t make me excited to race a crit anytime soon.

Cycling to Multnomah Falls

Monday, May 15th, 2006
For my frantic week, sometimes there is nothing to do but match it with a frantic weekend - or, at least, a frantic Saturday! Saturday ended up being an amazing ride - what began as a proposed ride with Charlie turned ... [Continue reading this entry]

Gas Prices in Portland = Ridiculous

Monday, May 8th, 2006
So last week, with the skyrocketing gas prices, my low tank and the fact I needed to be riding more anyway, I put off filling up my tank. Alas, yesterday I had to break down. To fill a little more than 13 ... [Continue reading this entry]

The Lull

Thursday, May 4th, 2006
It's weeks like this that I really have to wonder, why do I do this again? I'm not too sore but my mucles are definitely tired after only two days. Eek. Ah, that's right. That's why I ... [Continue reading this entry]

The Power Lunch

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006
I've been pretty skimpy on my workouts so far this year...not feeling well, not having a lot of time, not motivated, etc. etc. etc. Unfortunately, Pacific Crest is only 7 weeks away, which means I a) need to register ... [Continue reading this entry]

Taste of the Nation, Bike Racing and Sun!

Monday, April 24th, 2006
As I mentioned previously, this weekend I completed my first ever stage race - the Willamette Valley Classic. My first 'sports goal for 2006' to get crossed off the list (now, for that half-ironman, half-marathon and crit...)! ... [Continue reading this entry]

Preparing for the Willamette Valley Classic

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006
The weather is finally starting to cooperate! I went on a fantastic ride yesterday after work that included four 'ouch' climbs. I had planned on one hill, but I met up with fellow Ironheads Rob and Erica, ... [Continue reading this entry]

Beaver Freezer Race Report 2006

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006
The fact my summer trips this year revolve more around triathlons than Peru air tickets, I figured I should probably write a little bit about my first race of the season. This weekend I headed down to Corvallis for ... [Continue reading this entry]