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This couldn't be more perfect of a situation
I'll be honest with you, readers, because you're the only ones I really trust: I love a good fiasco. I mean, if something's going to go wrong, I love a nice avalanche of wrong to really settle things. And it should end with a parade, or maybe a dead horse. This video of a guy trying to park a Fiat 500 comes shockingly close to that.
When someone asks you if you want to wakeboard in a random canal behind their screaming Ferrari F50, you say "Yes." It's that simple.
Disclaimer: Adult language and blood.
Western Kentucky University professor John All was conducting climate research in Nepal on Monday when he suddenly fell into a crevasse, breaking his arm, five ribs and dislocating his shoulder.
"It probably took me four or five hours to climb out. I kept moving sideways, slightly up, sideways, slightly up, until I found an area where there was enough hard snow that I could get an ax in and pull myself up and over," he told HLN's RightThisMinute.
"I knew that if I fell at any time in that entire four or five hours, I, of course, was going to fall all the way to the bottom of the crevasse. Any mistake, or any sort of rest or anything, I was going to die."
See the rest of his ordeal below:
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The last thing I need is the first thing I want.
First came the fires.
Specifically, back in July of 2012, Lambert Park — a small but well-crafted network of singletrack at the foot of the mountains above Alpine, UT, just one mile from where I live — caught fire in a huge way.
“It could have been a lot worse,” we said. Presciently, as it turns out.
Because a year later, the floods came. And they were amazing. Without any vegetation holding the water back, it cut an amazing gash down the mountain.
That’s me, standing at the bottom of one of the trenches the water cut — it was well more than twenty feet deep and thirty feet wide.
And all those rocks and dirt that the water picked up? Well, they had to wind up somewhere.
Anywhere the water went, it left boulders behind.
Yeah, that trail suddenly gets a lot more technical right there.
And honestly, I didn’t think the flooded, rock-strewn part of Lambert Park would ever be rideable again.
And I am so happy to announce that not only was I mistaken, but I was mistaken in the best possible way.
UtahMountainBiking.com To The Rescue
UtahMountainBiking.com is one of the sites pretty much every single mountain biker in Utah knows about — it’s the best resource there is for getting ride information and access info for trails throughout Utah.
But they also do a lot of trail work.
So after the rains and the floods, the UtahMountainBiking.com guys got to work. Within a few days — amazingly — they got parts of the trail into rideable condition.
And then more rain…and floods… came.
I thought it was over; I assumed this section of Lambert Park was done.
And I was wrong. The UTMTB guys went back at it.
And they made the trail better than it used to be. Specifically, they took the Zag trail, which used to be one of the least interesting trails in the park, and turned it into a fun and challenging ride.
It’s twisty and technical, but if you pay attention you can keep your momentum.
The Hammer and I have been out to Lambert every day for the past few days; the trail salvaged by the the UTMB folks has become our favorite.
Who’d have expected that fire plus flood could equal a fantastic reimagining of a new trail?
Thanks, UtahMountainBiking.com guys. You’re amazing.
The premise of Star Trek: Voyager is that the Voyager is far from Federation space, and operating with limited supplies. The ship starts the series with 38 photon torpedoes and "no way to replace them." Okay, so how many photon torpedoes are actually fired by Voyager in the show? Watch and learn:
Because the Internet is awesome, lots of people have already done the math on this, though they tend to give up in frustration after a while (unlike the intrepid video editor above). The short version is that the writers did keep track of the photon torpedo count until the fifth season, then decided they needed a way to make more. And eventually they ditched the count entirely, because who really cares? Anyway, you can read a brilliant writeup here that attempts to tie together all the threads of this very nerdy problem. Another useful resource is Rick Kuzma's Star Trek: Voyager Statistics.
"We need more firepower," indeed!
For Jan. 1 I usually write an editor’s message, looking back and then ahead to the next year. This year I thought would be cool to try something different – I asked some of the PEZ-Crew for a few words on what they’re “Looking Forward to in 2014″.
Richard Pestes – The PEZ
For me it’s going to the 2014 Tour de France – I was last there in 2003, but I’ve already booked my flights to France to cover the Vosges mountains and Alps.
I got my first taste of the World’s greatest bike race in 1986 when I stumbled out of the train in Paris to catch the final laps of LeMond’s first win. I recall easily crossing the Champs Ellysees and finding myself wandering around the Place de la Concord as the racers charged down from the Arc de Triumph. ‘No gendarmes’ was pretty cool, and something that will never happen again.
In 1990 I chased the race through the Alps, and loved every minute, except for the 24hour food poisoning picked up in Grenoble, and my amazing recovery over a plate of pasta in Torino (an interesting reaction to two different cuisines)…
I was last there in 2003, the best Tour I ever saw, when Lance was on the ropes every day, and each stage brought some completely unexpected and totally amazing feat of bike racing.
But I love the Alps, and am keen to explore the Vosges mountains for the first time – I’m looking forward to this Tour more than any in the last decade.
I often joke that I got into science so that it could pay my travel bills. 2013 was a relatively quiet one for that unless you count three weeks in New Zealand, but we’ll be making up for that in 2014.
There should be a couple of trips to Amsterdam, one of my favourite Euro cities, and hopefully they’ll be timed so that I can join my Dutch friend in celebrating his 50th birthday with a trip up Ventoux. I’m also looking forward to a new cycling science book that I’ll be co-editing with Mikel Zabala, performance director for the Movistar team. Science, travel, and bikes. Doesn’t get much better in my books!
There’s no doubt that 2013 was a tough year for Professional cycling with the loss of numerous sponsors and teams the employment market has been very difficult. Surely never seen before, here we are on the 1st January and the recent winner of the Vuelta still doesn’t have a contract for this year.
For every negative though there are positives and for me it’s the fact that less WorldTour teams means more wildcard invites to the GrandTours, classics and all the big races. Smaller teams like Bretagne-Séché Environnement, NetApp-Endura and the like now have a real shot at making the Tour de France and I love it when the small teams compete and even better – win a stage like NetApp did in the Vuelta this year. Each and everyone of the riders on the Professional Continental teams know that early results will get them the invites necessary so look for these squads to come out firing from the vey first race. 2014 should be a good one!
When the Pez asked me for my hopes for 2014 I must admit the thought of a lottery win came to mind, but no, it’s from a cycling point of view I guess. Like everyone I don’t want to see any positive drug controls this year to prove that the page has been turned. I guess the boring answer is to see as an exciting season in ’14 as we had in ’13, the Tour de France has lifted its game and followed in the wheel track of the Vuelta a España and the Giro d’Italia and has got interesting. The return of Tom Boonen to do battle with Fabian Cancellara on the cobbles is probably the main thing for me, that and maybe going to some stage of my home Tour, La Vuelta, plus the World championships are in Spain this year, so maybe I’ll get to go there?
Or maybe Fabian will be taking up imitating more film stars next year when I interview him again…..
As every winter comes I like to go through the things that happened last season and give me new targets for the incoming year. Doing more (in terms of quantity) than 2013 it’s really hard but in terms of quality I will try to do really more. Something I look forward to is to write some route previews. I may sacrifice some afternoons in family but I think that it is worth it to check out some new routes. At least for those races which are not far from home; I have the luck “to live in place” differently from many other Pez reporters and I would like to give some nice route preview to Pez readers knowing very well some of them. The first one is Strade Bianche. It should be very nice to discover all hidden places of this beautiful race in Tuscany. But there’s more: the Pompaiana climb is the new addition of the Sanremo, I’ve been already there in mid December and I’m working on pictures to show you something really new that will probably change the Classicissima.
Than I have to show something about the Carpegna stage at Giro (stage 8). They are lovely places but now are ski runs at the moment. I have to wait the time the road will be back to tarmac. So really looking forward for something new from me and hopefully something better than usual from my side!
In addition to attending the Six Day Races in Rotterdam and Berlin in January, I am looking forward to covering the Tour de Romandie for the first time in Pez history but maybe not as much as riding myself at “In Velo Veritas” through Vienna’s wine district on my 1975 Rickert Spezial in June. Or discovering new scenic roads in Franconia. Or getting fitted for a new custom Italian steel racing bike in Tuscany. Every year brings something great in cycling and something fun to share with readers – Happy New Year to all!
Thanks again to everyone for reading, and making 2013 our best year ever at PEZ, and here’s to 2014 – may it be full of great racing, sunny ‘wind at your back’ riding days, and the chance to meet a few more of you out there on the roads.
Happy New Year from all of us at PEZ.
- Richard Pestes
what, a contemporary country song?
Oh, you have a two stroke chainsaw huh? Think it's cool, do ya? Well, we see your little two-stroke and raise you a 4.1-liter V8 chainsaw.
In some vain effort to remind you during these freezing days that summertime was one of the best we’ve had in a while, The Albion thought we’d show some of the highlights and outtakes from issue 14′s ‘Eternal Optimists’ article on Epsom, Brighouse and Villij trails in the UK (with a shot of Freddie Househam thrown in for good measure). A round of applause again to all those guys who put in the hard work and allowed us a little glimpse into some of the best spots in BMX.
“That is correct. PROFILE RACING IS NOT SOLD BY WAL-MART*. But, other IBDs (Independent Bike Dealers) like BikeWagon have affiliated their stores with Wal-Mart. Why? Read below… It’s all about 3P retailing or third party retailing and it’s growing quickly in the bicycle industry. The big players are Amazon, eBay, Sears and now Wal-Mart.”
“You can think of 3P as the classified ads of the Internet. 3P sites have been developed to connect sellers with buyers in an electronic marketplace that is provided by the 3P. The idea is that bike shops use 3P marketplaces to reach more customers. The 3Ps charge retailers a monthly subscription fee plus a commission for each item sold on their web site. The fee is for the use of their web site and transaction services. Essentially, in 3Ps the bike shop or retailer is renting space on a different web site.
Currently, Amazon and eBay are the most well-known 3P markets. Amazon is easily the biggest, but eBay is continuing to aggressively chase them. Now Wal-Mart has entered the race as well, but their website makes it look like they’re selling the merchandise. Other 3P sites to be aware of are Newegg.com, Sears.com and Rakuten.com.
So, when you see Profile cranks being “advertised” on Wal-Mart’s 3P site, it’s not Profile. Look closely and you’ll see a name like BikeWagon, the bike shop in Salt Lake City, selling our cranks. So, when you see this, don’t think that Wal-Mart is selling our products. They aren’t. And, please spread the word when someone tells you that Profile is now sold at Wal-Mart. It just ain’t true.
*Profile Racing is currently working to end these 3P affiliations and thus, this confusion.”
MADISON, WI (BRAIN) — Schwinn is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its Paramount model with a limited edition, U.S.-made, steel road frame made at the former Schwinn-owned Paramount factory, now operated by Waterford Precision Cycles in Wisconsin.
Just 25 of the custom frames will be made and retail pricing will start at $4,175 for the frame and fork. The frames will be built with limited-edition 75th anniversary lugs. Options will include internal or Di2 routing, and decaling and paint options. The Paramounts will be available in three frame level options: the Paramount Air, Paramount front/stainless rear, and Paramount full stainless.
Customers who buy one of the 25 frames will be invited to visit Waterford Precision Cycles for an in-person fitting. The Waterford factory was once Schwinn's Paramount factory and was managed by Marc Muller, who bought the factory with Richard Schwinn soon after Schwinn Bicycle went bankrupt in the 1990s.
“Schwinn and Paramount have been synonymous for so long, and we’re happy to have them back together for this special collaboration,” said Jeff Rogers, global general manager at Schwinn. “We asked Richard Schwinn if he and his team would be willing to collaborate with us to create a 75th anniversary Schwinn Paramount, and he answered with a resounding ‘yes,’ illustrating the passion this project has had from the outset.”
“The 75th anniversary design lets us offer 21st century technology while paying homage to the Paramount's glorious past,” said Richard Schwinn. “We feel honored to be able to celebrate another milestone in the Paramount's legendary history and to once again be building Schwinn bicycles.”