Jeff Lowe Real Estate Donation

Jeff Lowe, the Chicago Real Estate professional and his wife, Molly have agreed to donate their time and money to help fund raise and market the latest quest in the city of Chicago to add more cycle friendly roads to the windy city.  As busy as the streets get and with the cold winter as severe as they are, sometimes a bicycle might be your only means to get around town.  So the city is trying to pass a ordinance that crave out more road that will accommodate cyclist.  Jeff Lowe, is a advent cycling hobbyist so the cause is near his heart.

Andy Schleck

Andy Schleck after his tremendous ride in the Tour De France was booted off his Bjarne Riis team along with his teammate Stuart O’Grady from the Vuelta a Espana after the pair violated team rules by drinking alcohol after dinner.

Schleck in a statement, stated,

“I acknowledge that I have broken a rule on the team by going out for a drink after dinner and for that reason Bjarne has decided to send myself and Stuart O’Grady home.

“I’m responsible for my actions and even though I think it is too harsh a decision, I respect that Bjarne is the boss and he needs to do what he thinks is the best.

“I was getting back into shape and I would really have liked to stay at the Vuelta and help Frank and the rest of Team Saxo Bank.”

Neither Andy Schleck nor O’Grady was at the start of the tenth stage of the Vuelta a Espana on Tuesday in Tarragona.

More Armstrong Allegations

A former teammate of Lance Armstrong has backed up allegations that Lance Armstrong took part in and encourage teammates to dope.  The informant has spoken to the Federal prosecutor.

The cyclist has given detail into the widespread use of doping agent by members of Armstrong’s United States Postal Service team.

In May and during the Tour de France, ex-Armstrong teammate and admitted doper Floyd Landis claimed Armstrong and other team members used blood transfusions and performance-enhancing drugs. He claimed Armstrong encouraged doping and that the team sold racing bicycles to fund those activities.

Now prosecutors have two sources with knowledge of Armstrong’s alleged doping allegations.  The validity of these allegation could destroy Armstrong’s legacy in the sport of Cycling.

Tour De France

The 2010 Tour De France was an amazing race between two elite bike rider this year.  The spinters had their days here and there but overall it was a race between Contador and Schleck.  It was disappointing to see Cantador take the yellow jersey away from Schleck based on a mechanical mishap but overall the race was excellent.

The scenery in high definition was also amazing. I can’t wait until next year.

Palmdale to Big Bear

The sixth stage of the California Tour begins today with a ride from Palmdale to Big Bear.  This is perhaps the hardest segment of the tour as it is a tough ride up the mountain to Big Bear.  Not to mention the change in altitude.

The sad part of it all is that Lance Armstrong drop out of the race yesterday after crashing his bike and suffering minor bumps and bruises.  On the same day that doping allegations surround his name once again.

Vuelta A Murcia Race

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Vacansoleil’s Luke Roberts from Australia, left, sprint to win the third stage of the Vuelta a Murcia cycling tour between Las Torres de Cotillas and Alhama de Murcia, Murcia, Spain, Friday, March 5, 2010.

Bike Courier Saves The Day

Two Los Angeles bike couriers save the day when they chased down a bike thief  who stole a $500 bike.  The owner was working out at a local gym when the bandit made off with his bike.  The couriers saw what was going on and gave chase.

The couriers pedaled through downtown at high speed on a chase that traversed sidewalks and busy streets. Eventually, one of the messengers was able to grab the thief’s shirt and pull him to the ground.

The man then took off on foot and the couriers reclaimed the bike.

Lets give props to these two brave warriors on their bikes.

Arrest Warrant For Cyclist

A French judge has issued a arrest warrant for Floyd Landis in connection with a computer hacking, after he was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title because of doping.  The Court wants to question Landis about his potential connection with the alleged hacking of the computer system at the French anti-doping facilities.

The hacking occurred at a time when Landis was trying to defend himself against the failed drug test. Landis, unable to prove his case, was ultimately banned from the sport for two years.

Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong is going to race in the Criterium International in Corsica.  That will pin him up against world road cycling champion Cadel Evans and Olympic gold medalist Samuel Sanchez – which will make for an interesting race.

The Criterium International is raced in three stages over two days — a medium mountain stage Saturday, and a flat stage and short individual time trial Sunday. This year’s race will be the first major professional race held in Corsica since the last Tour of Corsica was run in 1982.

Armstrong’s current main rival, reigning Tour de France champion and former teammate Alberto Contador, is not scheduled to participate in the event.

Corsica is a candidate to host the “grand depart” of the 100th Tour de France in 2013, and hosting the Criterium International is seen by some observers as a trial run for that. Prudhomme said the two races were so different that no conclusions could be drawn.

Mountain Bike Calendars

USA Cycling announced on January 22, 2010, the dates and venues for the 21 events that will comprise the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Calendars.

In their fourth year, the three calendars will provide professional and elite level athletes with top quality racing opportunities across all disciplines of mountain biking: (1) cross-country, (2) gravity, and (3) ultra-endurance.

Consisting of 10 events in six states, the cross country calendar will kick off with the U.S. Cup Fontana in Fontana, Calif. on March 27 and wrap up on September 6 with the Laddies Loppet Stage Race in Callaway, Minn.

The eight-event gravity calendar will span five states, featuring downhill, 4-cross, super D, and dual slalom competitions. The series begins April 10 with the Santa Ynez Valley Classic in Buelton, Calif. and concludes September 12 with the Whiteface 5th Annual 5k Downhill in Wilmington, New York.

A five-race ultra-endurance calendar will give competitors the chance to duke it out in 12-hour, six-hour, 24-hour, and marathon events, starting with the 12-hours of Santos in Ocala, Fla. on Feb. 20 and ending with the USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships in Breckenridge, Colo. on the Fourth of July.