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More Snow? Yeah, More Snow

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It is Minnesota, don't know why I'm surprised. I guess it's just been a long winter and that last week of bike riding really got me used to spring. But alas, starting tonight we're supposed to get another 2-4" of snow. But the good news is that it won't stick, and soon enough--like within 3-4 days--the warm temps will return!

  
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FLUTTERFLI 4/15/2014 10:38PM

    Here too !!! I think Spring is going to skip right over us and go into hot, humid summer. I sure hope not !!! Mother Nature is so mixed up !!! I think it's the darn ground hogs fault !!! He doesn't realize his time is up. !
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LJOYCE55 4/15/2014 8:48PM

  Yeah, snowed here this morning as well. I wonder if North is really spelled "able to snow any day of the year".

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DARSHAN130 4/15/2014 8:31PM

    Not to far away from you in Manitoba and this winter never seems to want to end!

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Pics from a Great Race, the Paris-Roubaix!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Congrats to Niki Terpstra on winning the Paris-Roubaix! Niki races for Omega-Pharma-Quickstep out of the Netherlands. Here are some pics of my favorite race.







  
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HOLLYM48 4/14/2014 1:51PM

    Ufta! you have to be one tough cookie to race there! Thanks for the pics. Fun to see.

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MOJO0607 4/14/2014 9:27AM

    Amazing!

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DNJEN471 4/14/2014 9:20AM

    Ouch!!

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Paris-Roubaix Rolling Today!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

If you'd like to know a little more about my favorite pro-cycling race, you can see my blog from a couple of days ago. For now, here's a picture of the cobbles upon which the peleton will ride at full-speed--shoulder to shoulder for 51.1 kilometers (36.7 miles)! Oh and of course there are those other 206 kilometers (128 miles) as well!

  


A Rest Day

Saturday, April 12, 2014

After riding my bike for six days in a row at a fairly brisk pace, I decided to take a day off today. The weather was descent in Minneapolis but I'm just so tired, and in fact, I didn't even want to ride today. That's good, because for the last day or two I knew I should have rested but I couldn't help myself. So it was good that I didn't have the drive today. I'll rest another day, probably, and then hit the road again early next week depending on the weather.

Here's to rest days!

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Paris-Roubaix Rolls Out in Two Days

Friday, April 11, 2014

The one-day pro cycling race from the north of Paris to the city of Roubaix is, with little doubt, the hardest and most dangerous pro-cycling race of the year. The route stretches out for 257 kilometers (160 miles), and includes 28 sections of cobblestone that date back to the times of Napoleon. The 51.1 kilometers (31.7 miles) of cobbles are treacherous, and when wet are treacherous beyond belief. In 1994, rain soaked the course so that only 14 of 151 riders even finished the race, and these were pros--the best cyclists in the world!

No wonder they call this race "The Hell of the North"!

For those who survive to the end, the race finishes in the Velodrome of Roubaix so that yet another cycling discipline plays a part in this event. Last year Fabian Cancellara outwitted Sep Vanmarcke on the track, and after a close but decisive win at The Tour of Flanders last Sunday, Cancellara is again the race favorite.

But it takes near super-human strength, and a lot of luck, just to make it to the velodrome much less win the race, so we shall see. I have higher priorities in my life which means that I'll be in church with my eyes fixed on Jesus during the race, but I won't be surprised if every once in a while my thoughts drift to Paris-Roubaix because it is, by far, my favorite race of the year!

  
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HOLLYM48 4/12/2014 9:19AM

    It is amazing what pro athletes can do! I hope they all have a safe race. Have a great weekend.

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AMSPARKS23 4/11/2014 11:41AM

    That's a big race-and the history behind it is fascinating. Hopefully more people finish this year! :)

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