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Gino Bartali, A Hero for the Ages

July 22, 2012


It’s fitting that simultaneously with the running of  the 2012 Tour de France, a new book is published detailing the life of Gino Bartali, a two-time Italian winner of the Tour. Bartali won the Tour for the first time in 1938, just prior to Italy’s involvement in World War II.  Shortly after his victory, Mussolini […]

A Town That Loves Bikes

July 6, 2012


There are many instances in the recent past of the City of Northfield’s growing connection with the bicycle community: the bike lanes and share the road signage along Jefferson Drive from Jefferson Parkway to Honeylocust Drive; the beginning of the trail between Northfield and Dundas on the east side of the Cannon River; the Tiger […]

Media Coverage of Cycling Events

June 29, 2012


I suspect I’m not the only one who gets frustrated by the almost complete lack of mainstream media attention paid to professional cycling events. Their perspective seems to be “if it ain’t the Tour de France, you won’t see or hear about it from us.” I thought that perhaps with the recent acquisition of the […]

Which Tribe is Yours?

June 17, 2012


Do you belong to “Riders of the Century” or “Those Who Chase Each Other in the Woods?” Are you a “Charity Rider” or one of those “The Mass is Critical” types? Possibly, like me, you belong to more than one tribe. Mike Magnuson, a writer and a blogger for Bicycling magazine has just published a new […]

There’s a New Bike Club in Town: CVMTB

May 9, 2012


The Cannon Valley Mountain Bike Team recently became the fourth cycling club in Northfield, joining the Carleton and St. Olaf clubs and the Cannon Valley Velo Club. The CVMBT is a club for high school students and is associated with the Minnesota High School Cycling League. This effort to introduce mountain bike racing to young […]

Bike Writing

April 21, 2012


All of us practice bike riding and many of us appreciate  bike writing, but there are few of us who actually can produce  it. I have some favorite books about biking, such as The Rider, by Tim Krabbé and Bicycle Diaries, by David Byrne (yep, the Talking Heads guy). I also am a subscriber to […]

A New Season of Rides and Races

April 16, 2012


April in the midwest means the start of a new season of bike tours and racing. Here’s a sampling of some of the early ones. Arguably, this year we could have had events starting in late February, but no one was ready for that. Well, no one except the gravel riders. They ride all year. […]