Mountain Biking: Storms

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first_imgIt seems like I’ve heard a lot of writers brag in their ramblings about how they type on typewriters because real writers don’t need the backspace button, just the trash can.  I need a backspace and a spellchecker because I can’t keep events straight at this point.  I’ve been busy, but I’ve been fitting in rides, and a few races, and with three weeks until the Transylvania Epic, which I’ve been thinking about for 4 months, its time to really focus.  I’ve honed a system of getting in shape that seems to work consistently for me and it seems to be coming together again as far as I can tell.  I felt my fibers ticking in Pisgah this weekend for the Pisgah Mountain Bike Adventure Race, they were honed, there for that extra kick on the slick moves and snapping back after a few seconds rest.  I can feel fitness on the downhill’s as well as the ups, when I’m on form I have confidence and a reserve of strength for the surprise around the corner, the downed log, or the washed out drop.  “That’s why I love this,” I thought, riding squirrel in the wet, and feeling good.There is no race that more accurately captures the spirit of Pisgah then PMBAR.  In PMBAR you make your own course.  The riding is raw, steep, sometimes primitive, and sometimes wet.  This time it was really wet, and cold, 36 F on the top of Laurel Mountain on May 4th.  We love Pisgah but we almost hate it.  It’s rugged and it’s almost too hard.  When it’s wet the difficulty goes to the point where a lot of hotshot sponsored pros will be throwing their bikes.  Pisgah is too hard to be cool.  We don’t ride Pisgah to be cool, we just ride it because we can, and because when we’re done, and the aches subside, nostalgia takes hold and you only remember the goods.This year was the third year racing PMBAR with my longtime friend and riding partner Jacob McGayhey.  Most mountain bikers understand some mechanics, those that don’t end up running.  For those so inclined, it is possible to take your understanding of bicycle mechanics to the highest of levels.  To those folks we should all be grateful because these are the ones that are developing the gear that has been steadily advancing our sport.  I get a bit of special enjoyment out of riding the latest redesign of the Industry Nine wheels.  The trail 24 is a Jacob McGayhey brainchild with detailed refinements achieved through an absolute commitment to perfection and an attention to detail that is almost unmatched.  I love to see Jacob’s talents being channeled in such a fitting way and also love the fact that an Asheville company is making the best wheels on the planet.  Racing has a way of rewarding obsessive-compulsive behavior, and PMBAR fits the bill.  All options need to be analyzed, evaluated, and perpetually reprocessed.  You don’t have to do all that but it just may be what wins the race.  Eric Weaver did a masterful job of shuffling the deck this year and throwing out an array of checkpoints that left no clear path.  The options were numerous and the cost/benefits ultra close.  We nailed a route and skipped the bonus checkpoints of slate rock and Daniel Ridge.  It almost didn’t seem right to be able to win without riding the most miles.So two weeks to ride hard and a week to rest then seven days of heated competition.  Nothing is more fun then a race when you are feeling really good.  While I’m here let me not forget to give a big shout out on the megaphone to Bruce Dickman and Progold for helping get me to the TSE.  Thanks!last_img read more


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first_imgThe virus affected even the traditional lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia“The Olympic flame relay is the biggest event ahead of the Olympics. It is very important for us to carry it out at any cost. It is an opportunity for people outside Tokyo to feel a sense of affinity for the Olympics,” said Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto.The coronavirus has already affected the relay. In what Muto described as a “heartbreaking” decision, organisers have been forced to scale back what should have been a key event to raise awareness and excitement ahead of the July 24 opening ceremony.While spectators are allowed to watch from the roadside, fans have been urged to “avoid forming crowds”, with organisers warning there could be a change of programme in the event of “excessive congestion”.Daily arrival and departure ceremonies are closed to the public and all torch-bearers will have their temperatures taken before participating in the relay, which is scheduled to visit every part of Japan before entering Tokyo in mid-July.– ‘Bigger than the Olympics’ –The virus has already played havoc with the traditional early stages of the torch relay in Greece – the lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia took place without spectators and was watched by a severely reduced delegation from Tokyo.The Greek leg of the relay was cancelled when crowds mobbed Hollywood star Gerard Butler Loading… The Olympic flame arrives in Japan on Friday, with what should have been a joyous celebration dramatically downscaled as doubts grow over whether the Tokyo Games can go ahead during the coronavirus pandemic. The Olympic torch relay has already been pared back Organisers have already taken the “heartbreaking” decision to pare back events surrounding the torch relay, as the world battles the virus that has killed more than 9,000 people and threatens to spark a global recession.Advertisement Read Also: Neymar flees Paris for Brazil to self isolate amid coronavirusThe IOC, which will take any decision over the fate of the Games, has encouraged all athletes to train for the Games “as best they can”, stressing it is “fully committed” to holding the event as planned.Nevertheless, IOC president Thomas Bach has admitted that qualifying is becoming a problem as competitions are scrapped.“No solution will be ideal in this situation,” an IOC spokesman acknowledged in comments to AFP on Wednesday.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Organisers were then forced to scrap the Greek leg of the relay after large crowds mobbed Hollywood actor Gerard Butler as he lit a cauldron in the city of Sparta.With borders shut in Europe – which has become the epicentre of the crisis – Tokyo officials will not be travelling to collect the torch, with former Olympic swimmer Naoko Imoto representing Japan at the official handover.As the flame arrives, there are increasing clouds over the Games, with some athletes past and present attacking the International Olympic Committee for insisting there is no need for “drastic” action such as postponement or cancellation.“This crisis is bigger than even the Olympics,” fumed Hayley Wickenheiser, a Canadian IOC member with four ice hockey golds.“I think the IOC insisting this will move ahead, with such conviction, is insensitive and irresponsible given the state of humanity,” she added.As well as wiping out the global sporting calendar, the coronavirus has also put paid to many athletes’ training schedules, leading some to propose a postponement.The flame will be picked up in a special charter plane The flame arrives on a special charter flight into Matsushima Air Base in the Japanese province of Miyagi, deliberately chosen as part of the “Recovery Olympics” to showcase the region’s revival after the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown. But some 200 local children that were due to welcome the flame will be kept away as part of measures designed to halt the spread of the virus, which has infected 900 people in Japan. The relay begins on March 26, starting from the J-Village sports complex in Fukushima that was commandeered as a base by workers scrambling to contain the fall-out from the nuclear meltdown. Promoted ContentA Lot More People Should See Hanna’s Fantastic Bread MasterpiecesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Best ’90s Action Movies To Watch TodayWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually Truelast_img read more


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first_imgABILENE, Texas (Feb. 20-21) – An Abilene Speedway special regular and a first-timer aced IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified main events at the season-opening Ice Breaker. Dean Abbey bested the Friday feature field while Jared Hoefelman topped Saturday’s main event. Both races paid $700 to win. Previously the winner of three Ice Breaker features and a Southern Challenge main event in the Southern SportMod division, Abbey drew the outside front row start on Friday and led all 20 laps. After multiple cautions, he was catching up to the back of the pack with the checkers in sight. “My car was really good. I didn’t think anybody could get by me if I didn’t make a mistake,” Abbey said. “I don’t know if there was anything we could have done to the car to make it better.” New Mexico’s Caleb Stone, Nebraska hotshoes Tyler Iverson and Hoefelman, and Oklahoma speedster William Gould completed the top five.Hoefelman concluded his first-ever visit to Abilene by starting from the Saturday pole and staying in front for the duration of a caution-slowed contest. “The Thursday practice was the first time I’d ever been on this track,” Hoefelman said. “I had Gould behind me for the restarts and I knew he’d be strong. I stuck to the bottom. It was all about keeping the car straight and doing the best you could.” Gould finished four car lengths off the pace. Josh McGaha, Abbey and Iowan Cole Ferguson completed the top five.More than 160 race teams were on hand for the Ice Breaker, which lost the Sunday program to rain, freezing temperatures and gusty winds in the 25-35 mile per hour range. Matt Guillaume swept the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car features, driving to the front from 14th after winning his opening night ‘B’ feature and from seventh on Saturday. He did most of his passing on the higher line Friday, taking the lead near midway and holding off Dennis Bissonnette following a late caution that resulted in a green, white, checkered finish. Mike Easterwood, Jason Batt and Jason Adcock rounded out the top five. After busting up his radiator and part of his suspension in his Saturday heat, Guillaume went to the lower line in the main event and was in the lead by lap seven. He’d top that event ahead of David Phillips, Shane Priddy, Nebraska’s Kyle Clough and Mark Patterson.Former national champion Gabe Tucker finally found a way around defending king Chad Hertel for Friday’s Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod honors. Hertel had drawn the pole and Tucker the outside row one start. Coming up on lapped cars, Tucker threw caution to the wind and went to a higher line to take the lead with two circuits left. “I went to the outside and it worked,” he explained. “We were coming up on lapped traffic, I figured I had to try something and it worked for us.” Third was Jeffry Abbey, Justin Shaw was fourth and J.C. Howell took third. Bradley Poor was fastest on Saturday, adding a career third Ice Breaker trophy to his collection after catching up with and finally passing Matt Mueller in the late going. “I don’t remember another time in the last 10 years I’ve passed that guy,” said Poor, who’d started third, fell back to fifth and ran much of the way in second. He was chased across the stripe by Mueller, Howell, Doug Easterling and Greg Frazer. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature winners were Jeremy Oliver on Friday and another Nebraska traveler, Adam Armstrong, on Saturday.Oliver started from the pole. Armed with a new engine, transmission and rear gear package, he led every lap of a main event slowed just once by caution. Armstrong, Gerald Spalding Jr., Andy Roller and Rodney Sparks were scored behind him. “Everything worked really well for me,” said Oliver, who won by close to a straightaway. Armstrong raced to his career fourth Ice Breaker victory on Saturday, gaining the front spot with three laps left after Oliver dropped a cylinder. “It was a fun track,” he said. “It was real slick and smooth. I enjoy racing on those.” Completing the top five were Oliver, Roller, April Phillips and Kansan Duane Wahrman.Feb 20 ResultsModifieds – 1. Dean Abbey; 2. Caleb Stone; 3. Tyler Iverson; 4. Jared Hoefelman; 5. William Gould; 6. Mark Patterson; 7. Justin Cass; 8. Chris Elliott; 9. Cole Ferguson; 10. John Gober; 11. Mike McCarthy; 12. Joe Spillman; 13. Neal DeBord; 14. Charles Brewer; 15. Ronny Gould; 16. Chris Dawson; 17. Danny Hogue; 18. Josh McGaha; 19. Fred Wojtek; 20. David Davis.Stock Cars – 1. Matt Guillaume; 2. Dennis Bissonnette; 3. Mike Easterwood; 4. Jason Batt; 5. Jason Adcock; 6. Kirk Martin; 7. Cary White; 8. Michael Tennison; 9. David Phillips; 10. Jody York; 11. Mark Patterson; 12. Billy Wade; 13. Tobie Talk; 14. Kyle Clough; 15. Robert Barnett Sr.; 16. Bill Brzezinski; 17. Scott Kristinek; 18. Joe O’Bryan; 19. Levi Ely; 20. Shane Priddy; 21. Robert Barnett.Southern SportMods – 1. Gabe Tucker; 2. Chad Hertel; 3. Jeffry Abbey; 4. Justin Shaw; 5. J.C. Howell; 6. Matt Mueller; 7. Dustin Robinson; 8. Shane Priddy; 9. Justin Long; 10. Bradley Poor; 11. Gary Underwood; 12. Clint Pelzel; 13. David Sanford; 14. Chad Hughes; 15. Terry Owen; 16. Mike Watkins; 17. Ronnie Gregory; 18. Lodi Mitchell; 19. Tim Hamilton; 20. Doug Easterling.Hobby Stocks – 1. Jeremy Oliver; 2. Adam Armstrong; 3. Gerald Spalding Jr.; 4. Andy Roller; 5. Rodney Sparks; 6. Matt Smith; 7. Ryan Wilkerson; 8. Tiffany Bittner; 9. Chase Parson; 10. April Phillips; 11. Clint Day; 12. Kade Ogle; 13. Stephen Adams; 14. Duane Wahrman; 15. Cody Williams; 16. Jeremy Auten; 17. Dale Roys; 18. Gerald Spalding Sr.Feb. 21 Results Modifieds – 1. Hoefelman; 2. William Gould; 3. McGaha; 4. Abbey; 5. Ferguson; 6. Elliott; 7. Wojtek; 8. Gober; 9. Iverson; 10. Davis; 11. Brewer; 12. DeBord; 13. Spillman; 14. Vince Ogle; 15. Cass; 16. Ronny Gould; 17. Mike Opatik; 18. Stone; 19. Patterson; 20. McCarthy.Stock Cars – 1. Guillaume; 2. Phillips; 3. Priddy; 4. Clough; 5. Patterson; 6. Martin; 7. Easterwood; 8. Wade; 9. Cary White; 10. Dustin White; 11. Vince Ogle; 12. Jason Adcock; 13. Joe O’Bryan; 14. Tennison; 15. Malcolm Kill; 16. Brendan Eilts; 17. Bissonnette; 18. Jody York; 19. Lance Shaw; 20. Cody Clark; 21. Batt.Southern SportMods – 1. Poor; 2. Mueller; 3. Howell; 4. Easterling; 5. Greg Frazer; 6. Nick Clinkenbeard; 7. Hertel; 8. Tucker; 9. Sanford; 10. Priddy; 11. Shaw; 12. Abbey; 13. Robinson; 14. Kyle Wisdom; 15. Long; 16. Underwood; 17. Owen; 18. Pelzel; 19. Watkins; 20. Hughes.Hobby Stocks – 1. Armstrong; 2. Oliver; 3. Roller; 4. Phillips; 5. Wahrman; 6. Bittner; 7. Smith; 8. Parson; 9. A.J. Dancer; 10. Wilkerson; 11. Aaron Norman; 12. Gerald Spalding Jr.; 13. Adams; 14. Day; 15. Ogle; 16. Roys; 17. Marc Kimbrell; 18. Gerald Spalding Sr.; 19. Auten; 20. Sparks; 21. Williams.last_img read more


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first_imgMASON CITY — A Mason City man has been arrested after an investigation on Thursday into two vehicle thefts in the Asbury neighborhood. The Mason City Police Department says at about 9:10 AM, a woman reported a vehicle theft from her garage, with the victim saying she had just gotten home and parked the vehicle in the garage when an unknown man entered the house, took the keys and drove off. The vehicle was found about 10 minutes later abandoned on Post Road inside the Asbury neighborhood. An employee of a turf company about 10 minutes after that reported his company’s truck had been stolen from the area of Birch Drive and Illinois Avenue. That truck was found abandoned in the 900 block of East State at about 12:30. The investigations led to the arrest of 35-year-old Henry Stevenson of 953 East State, who was charged with one count of fifth-degree theft and one count of operating without the owner’s consent. He remains in the Cerro Gordo County Jail this morning on a total of $2300 bond.last_img read more


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first_img0Shares0000Ivorian forward Nicolas Pepe has moved from Lille to Arsenal for a world record fee for an African player © AFP/File / Khaled DESOUKIPARIS, France, Aug 1 – When Nicolas Pepe put pen to paper on Thursday to conclude his transfer from Lille to Arsenal, the fee of £72 million (Sh9bn) made the Ivorian the most expensive African footballer in the world.AFP looks at the top five transfers featuring African players. – Nicolas Pepe (Ivory Coast) –£72 million (Sh9bn), Lille to Arsenal, July 2019New Arsenal striker is the most expensive African footballer inthe world © AFP/File / DENIS CHARLETNapoli made a late approach for the forward but he had shown a preference for Arsenal from the start and duly signed on the dotted line.He will earn in the region of eight million euros a year and in return Gunners fans will want goals as they dream of a return to the Champions League.Goals are Pepe’s currency — he scored 22 last season as Lille finished in a surprising second place in Ligue 1.– Cedric Bakambu (Democratic Republic of Congo) –£65.4 million (Sh8.3bn million), Villarreal to Beijing Guoan, February 2018Cedric Bakambu traded Spain for China when he left Villarreal in 2018 © AFP/File / Giuseppe CACACEAn indication of Chinese buying power that a player of Bakumbu’s relatively modest achievements could command such a high fee.The 28-year-old was born and bred in France and made his name with Sochaux.He moved on to Bursaspor and then Villarreal for whom he banged in 32 goals in 75 appearances, catching the eye of the Chinese Super League outfit.He made his international debut in 2015 and was in the side that, in spite of his goal, lost on penalties to Madagascar in this year’s Africa Cup of Nations last 16.– Riyad Mahrez (Algeria) –£60 million (Sh7.7bn), Leicester City to Manchester City, January 2018Riyad Mahrez is looking for more Premier League titles following his move from Leicester to Manchester City © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYRiyad Mahrez stunner’s earlier in July was enough to give Algeria their first Africa Cup of Nations title in 29 years.Manchester City fans will be hoping he continues his good form as Pep Guardiola’s side eye a third straight league title.Mahrez, 28, was a revelation with the Leicester, one of the masterminds behind their extraordinary Premier League triumph in 2015-16.– Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon) –£56 million (Sh7.2bn), Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal, January 2018,Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has given Arsenal fans A Total Eclipse of the Heart © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / Timothy NwachukwuUntil the arrival of Pepe, Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was Arsenal’s most expensive signing and the fans took an instant liking for him, penning a quirky chant to the tune of Bonnie Tyler’s hit song Total Eclipse of the Heart.The former Dortmund forward responded with goals, sweeping the Gunners into this year’s Europa League final and scoring 22 last season in the Premier League, sharing the Golden Boot with two other Africans, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, both of whom are at Liverpool.– Naby Keita (Guinea) –£52.75 (Sh6.8bn), Leipzig to Liverpool, July 2018Naby Keita missed the Champions League final but has been a vital part of the Liverpool resurgence © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLiverpool thought so highly of the midfielder that they not only wrote a cheque for Leipzig to the value of £52.7 million but they also handed Keita the number eight shirt that had been unused since the departure of Steven Gerrard.Indeed, it was Gerrard himself who presented it. The 24-year-old started his career with French Ligue 2 side Istres before moving on to Red Bull Salzburg and then Leipzig.An important part of the Reds midfield he missed the Champions League victory through injury but he was back with Guinea for the Africa Cup of Nations.0Shares0000(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more