Bike Shaped Objects

Funky bikes and news
Teams Announced 2017 Amgen Tour of California
tour of california

AMGEN Tour of California

Elite Men’s and Women’s Teams Carrying World and National Champions and Olympic Medalists Will Compete in California in May.

As in 2016, the Amgen Breakaway from Heart DiseaseTM Women’s Race empowered with SRAM is part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour. This year’s race will include 16 star-studded teams, half of which are U.S.-based:

  • Astana Women’s Team (KAZ)
  • BePink Cogeas (ITA)
  • Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team (NED)
  • Canyon/SRAM Racing (GER)
  • Cylance Pro Cycling (USA)
  • Drops (GBR)
  • Hagens Berman | Supermint (USA)
  • Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team (BEL)
  • Rally Cycling (USA)
  • Sho-Air TWENTY20 (USA)
  • Team Colavita | Bianchi (USA)
  • Team Sunweb (NED)
  • Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank (USA)
  • UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA)
  • Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling (USA)
  • Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling (GBR)

America’s most prestigious cycling event joins the UCI WorldTour this year with 11 WorldTour teams containing some of the world’s most decorated cyclists, including first-ranked, California-based BMC Racing Team. Three Pro Continental and two Continental teams round out the event.

UCI WorldTour Teams (MEN):

  • Astana Pro Team (KAZ)
  • BMC Racing Team (USA)
  • BORA-hansgrohe (GER)
  • Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team (USA)
  • Quick-Step Floors (BEL)
  • Team Dimension Data (RSA)
  • Team Sunweb (GER)
  • Team LottoNL-Jumbo (NED)
  • Team Sky (GBR)
  • Trek-Segafredo (USA)

UCI Professional Continental Teams (MEN):

  • Cofidis, Solutions Crédits (FRA)
  • Team Novo Nordisk (USA)
  • UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA)

UCI Continental Teams (MEN):

  • Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis (USA)
  • Rally Cycling (USA)


Source: Amgen Tour of California

Facebook LogoTwitter Logo

2017 Tour of California routes
tour of california

Mt. Hamilton will join previously announced Mt. Baldy

Establishing the GC pecking order early After the Tour of California World Tour race starts with an opening stage in Sacramento. A flat course that will lend itself to a field sprint. The men will tackle a second stage that could provide the general classification contenders with their first opportunity to show off their form.

The women’s race, which is once again on the Women’s World Tour, will start in South Lake Tahoe. With two stages that will go a long way to establishing the final general classification.


Facebook LogoTwitter Logo

Blind Veterans Ride (and other stories)

Visually impaired veterans developing tandem cycling skills

Fox 21 New, 9/22/15
Blind and visually impaired cyclists from across the United States are taking part in a camp at the Olympic Training Center. The United States Association of Blind Athletes is hosting the Tandem Cycling Development Camp. This year, there are 18 cyclists. Eight of them are military veterans. Tuesday, riders went up Gold Camp Road, working on their hill climbing and racing techniques on tandem bikes.

Gaza City workers make rounds by bicycle

The municipality of Gaza — one of the largest in the Gaza Strip — took a new step to address the eight-year-long Israeli siege that greatly affected the work of all service sectors. The municipality’s officials worked for several months to overcome the lack of cars for use during municipal work, and found a solution: bicycles.

2016 Amgen Tour of California women’s race to be part of new UCI Women’s WorldTour

Bicycle Retailer, 9/24/15
The 2016 Amgen Tour of California will stage a 4-day/4-stage women’s race May 19-22. The race will be part of the first-ever UCI Women’s WorldTour, a global series announced this week at the World Championships in Richmond, Va.

The World’s Nuttiest Bike Lane NIMBYs Live in a San Diego Beach Community

StreetsBlog USA, 9/24/15
Think you’ve read about every possible NIMBY objection to bike lanes? Think again. These recent comments from a public meeting in San Diego’s affluent Coronado beach community are definitely, um, different. At the meeting, city leaders were bombarded with objections — not about parking, traffic, or “scofflaws” on bikes, but about the “visual pollution” of painted stripes on the road. There’s just something about a bike lane stripe that aesthetically revolts these people in a way that, say, a dashed yellow center stripe never will.

Facebook LogoTwitter Logo

Bike News Review – 2/18/14

Four Reasons Protected Bike Lanes Mean Business
Alliance for Biking and Walking – 2/15/14
The economy is slowly bouncing back after the biggest slowdown since the Great Depression. For the first time in two generations, Americans are moving to cities in record numbers. And during all this, more and more people are expressing a preference for living in places where bicycling is easy and comfortable.

Bicycle offers best view of Kansas
Leavenworth Times – 2/17/14
Once again, the eight-day Biking Across Kansas sold out just a few days after opening registration, leaving hundreds or thousands of bicycle riders out from the communal ride across Kansas.

Tour of California adds second day of women’s racing
Cycling News – 2/16/14
The first of these will be a city centre criterium in Sacramento, which will take place after the start of the opening stage of the men’s race on Sunday May 11. The following day will feature a time trial, over the same course as the men, in Folsom. Total prize money of $20,000 will be on offer, between the two events.



Facebook LogoTwitter Logo

Bike News Review – 10/30/13

Sacramento to host Tour of California start?
Cycling News – 10/29/13
The Californian capital city of Sacramento is a “strong candidate” to return as a host city for the 2014 Amgen Tour of California, according to a report published Monday.

DING3000 Concept 1865 E-Velocipede
Urban Velo – 10/28/13
Just when you thought you’ve seen it all someone comes along with an electric assist ordinary bicycle. DING3000 partnered with BASF on the Concept 1865 electric assist bike as an exercise in advanced plastics construction.
(While not actually a velocipede, it’s still cool. – Tom)

Former Giant reps to launch expo in Santa Monica
Bicycle Retailer – 10/28/13
Two former Giant employees are launching a consumer event at a location that would be a first for the industry—adjacent to the historic Santa Monica Pier. Andy Gilliam, the expo’s director, told Bicycle Retailer that he has secured permits and support from the city to host the Santa Monica Bicycle Expo in a 36,000-square-foot parking lot a short walk from the 104-year-old pier. The expo will be held May 2-4.  The pair picked the dates to fall in between Sea Otter’s early April show and the start of the Tour of California later in May.

Bike Share Programs Are Not Tax-Free, Says The IRS
Forbes – 10/26/13
Along with other unpopular things the IRS has done recently, you can add treating bike share benefits as taxable. Bike share programs are primarily for short-term use in urban areas as alternatives to private vehicles, taxis or mass transit. Bikes are rented at one docking station and may be returned there or at any other docking station. The stated goals are reducing traffic congestion, noise and air pollution.


Facebook LogoTwitter Logo


This is the site for anti-status symbols.

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 2 other subscribers

Copyright 2016 Tom Flanders - Most rights reserved