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Subaru Rally Team USA driver Travis Pastrana scored the first victory of the 2009 season with a decisive win at Sno*Drift in northern Michigan.

Pastrana and co-driver Christian Edstrom built a healthy lead from the start, ending Day 1 with a 52-second lead over challenger Tanner Foust. By the end of the contest, the duo had extended the gap to a minute and 49 seconds.

“It’s a great way to start the season, with points under my belt,” said Pastrana. “But every mailbox looked like a deer on that last stage.” …  More info



Minutes before the Astana cyclists began their 107-mile training ride in Santa Rosa, one of the world’s most famous athletes made what seemed an off-hand remark.

Standing by his bike in front of the Santa Rosa Hyatt, Lance Armstrong was asked his plans for this ride, part of a 10-day training session leading up to the eight-day Tour of California, which will blast into the city on Feb.15. The King Ridge route had been selected by teammate and Santa Rosa resident Levi Leipheimer for both its scenery and difficulty.

“Just follow Levi,” Armstrong said….  More info


The moment that Tina Waitzman faced her addiction was when she came into the bicycle shop on crutches.

She had been hit by a car while riding and suffered a broken back and broken leg. While she did allow herself three months of convalescence, most of that time was spent fantasizing about a replacement bike for the one that had been totaled.

“I couldn’t stand not having a bike in the garage,” says Waitzman, who bought another one and was on it before she was off the crutches altogether. “I have to ride. If I don’t, I’m irritable.”…  More info



SANTA CRUZ — Greg LeMond’s winning Tour de France bicycle. A two-wheeler equipped with a Ghanaian bamboo frame. One of the first carbon-frame bikes ever made.

All of the above — and more — trace their roots to Santa Cruz, and all are part of “25 Years of Santa Cruz Bicycle Design + Innovation,” an exhibit opening Friday at the Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Center.

The exhibit will showcase the county’s place as a global hub for bicycle creativity that has spawned such brands as Specialized, Giro and Calfee Design, organizers say. The exhibit opens just in time for the Amgen Tour of California’s stage two finish in Santa Cruz on Feb. 16. In fact, racers will cross the finish line just a block away.

“Santa Cruz is literally a mecca for bicycle design …  More info

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