The nationâ€™s top cycling authority made an unprecedented move Wednesday when it awarded Bend a second major bike-racing championship.
USA Cycling has named Bend the host city for the 2009 and 2010 Junior, U23 & Elite Road National Championships. Dates for this yearâ€™s event are July 28-Aug. 2.
Six weeks ago Bend was selected by USA Cycling to host the Cyclocross National Championships, also a two-year deal. The 2009 cyclocross championships are scheduled for Dec. 10-13.
USA Cycling officials stated in a news release that…Â More infoÂ
When it comes to bicycles, now the operative word is â€œfunctionalâ€.
Inside the Woodstock Bike Gallery store, up front by the entrance, are the bicycles that sell well these days â€” and they arenâ€™t mountain bikes.
â€œThe future is functional city bikes,â€ declares store manager Ryan Manner, as he gestures toward a display of road bikes…Â More info
Itâ€™s the end of the month, and the cops canâ€™t seem to scribble out tickets fast enough. Iâ€™ve seen them waving down bikers in Isla Vista and perched along the bike paths on campus, ready to pounce on skateboarders. The man in blue seems to be in a state of frenzy.
Â long time ago, a distant cousin told me – among other loony conspiracy theories – that cops need to meet a certain quota of tickets at the end of each month in order to keep a good standing. I didnâ€™t really believe him or really care, at the time. To be honest, I still donâ€™t completely believe it, but I canâ€™t help noticing a bit of a pattern. Cops are usually present, handing out a few citations to remind us that theyâ€™re watching, and…Â More info…