Archive for November, 2008

Stalk Your Heroes, Legally!

Posted in News on November 27, 2008 by J

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In an effort to provide further transparency into his ongoing efforts to take over the cycling world once again, Lance has set up a Twitter account.

For those of you that aren’t quite as technologically hypersensitive or obsessive-compulsive as the average blogger, Twitter is a social networking site that works in “microblogging” and specializes in allowing its users to update their accounts in real time, usually by way of a smart phone or some other Blackberry-type device. Ol’ Armstrong has taken to it quite rapidly.

For instance, do you know what movie he saw last Friday? I do. Or how about what kind of burrito he ate on Nov 12th at 7pm? Well, I know that too. It’s like following him around in an unmarked ’85 Econoline, without all the pesky French authorities to slow you down.

I’m especially geeked because I’m genuinely excited for the epic Armstrong vs Levi vs Landis vs Basso vs Hamilton slugfest that is waiting to go down at the TOC this year. Not to mention the Giro and the Tour. I honestly can’t get enough of this stuff.

For your convenience, we’ve included a link straight to his Twitter (yep, sounds dirty) on the right of your screen.  Here’s hoping for 8.

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Southridge Challenge ’08

Posted in Races and Events on November 26, 2008 by J

picture-11 You know, sometimes I almost feel a bit guilty.

November should be the time for a nice, muddy cyclocross or an epic point to point in ridiculous conditions. It should be the time of year that drains and grates on you so physically, so as to make you really feel as though you’ve earned an off season.

So, as I was watching my alma mater kick the crap out of MSU on saturday, and seeing the snow in the air and the kerosene heaters on the sidelines; I almost started to feel cold. I got on the phone with one of my old buds who was actually at the game, however he was talking to me while hiding out in the restroom to escape the 20°  wind chill. Amazing.

I walked out onto the patio only to be greeted with the warm embrace of the subtropical sun of the Los Angeles basin. I told him it was about 80 here.  Now I feel guilty about going into off-season mode.

There’s still racing going on here. And this, my friends, is what SoCal looks like in November:

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The 17th annual Southridge Challenge went down over in beautiful* Fontana, CA this past weekend. Because of my aforementioned lapse into off-season slug mode, I didn’t make it out to the XC/Super D on Saturday. There’s no reason to embarass myself (Then again, there’s no guarantee that a replay of NMBS 08 wouldn’t happen).

img_2724There was a very healthy turnout on both days, however, and a few Kittybait staffers were on hand to throw down on the downhill course on Sunday. Our own Matty took home a 6th in a very fast Semi-Pro field. Not bad considering this was only his second race back after major knee surgery.

The pro ranks saw an awesome competition including a few World Cup guys battling it out amongst the locals. Old man Eric Carter (Mongoose)  took 3rd behind Aaron Gwin (Yeti) and David K (ODI-SRC). Less than one second separated the first 4 positions which was rounded out by Kevin Aiello (GT).

You can check out the full results here.

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Block Rockin’ Beats

Posted in Random Babbling on November 19, 2008 by J

Made in Queens is a short film that brings to light a group of teenagers from a Trinidadian community in Queens that are into custom bikes, so to speak.

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Picture a Target BMX rig strapped with 15″ cabinet speakers, 2000 watt bass amps, equalizers, strobe lights, DVD players and car batteries, and you’ll start to get the idea.

Check out their blog for updates on screenings.

When I Was Your Age

Posted in News, Races and Events on November 18, 2008 by J

“Damn. How cool would it have been if they had this when I was a kid?” is the typical response when someone finds out about this. 

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From the same folks who pioneered the NorCal High School Mountain Bike Race League, comes its counterpart to the South. The SoCal Interscholastic Cycling League has been set up to provide junior racers with a full race schedule and a real training program.

Their 1st annual Cycle Fest dinner fundraiser will take place this Saturday featuring mountain bike demi-god/snappy suit wearer, Gary Fisher and Tony Cruz of US Postal and BMC fame.  It’s $125 a seat, and all the proceeds will go towards funding this worthy organization. 

If you go over to SoCal ICL’s website, you can also bid on a number of items in a silent auction which will culminate at the ‘Fest. Plus, you can learn more about volunteering, donate gear, or start a scholastic cycling club or team.

Thank You God…

Posted in News on November 16, 2008 by J

So, the new 2009 Cyclepassion calendar is now available. Although I’d like to write some witty, yet introspective diatribe concerning said item; I’ll just get to the point:

Gary Fisher Subaru pro XC racer Willow Koerber is Miss April and November. Enjoy.

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You can pick up the new calendar over here, and see Willow’s gallery over here.

While you’re there, be sure to note that she’s totally engaged and can totally kick the crap out of your slow ass on a bike.

Technical Knockout

Posted in Random Babbling on November 13, 2008 by J

Our buddy G was able to put the brand new Rock Shox Boxxer World Cup through its paces last weekend at the Hillbilly Bike bash, but us regular folk won’t be able to get our hands on one ’till sometime next year. In the meantime, check out this footage of the Boxxer Experience. If anything, it’s the only video in recent memory to successfully join mountain bikes with a song from Dreamboat Annie.

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Hence The Name…

Posted in News on November 13, 2008 by J

mercury-cougar-1aYou know, we like to joke about our feline friends that prowl slopes above the San Gabriel Valley. But every now and then, it gets real.

Last week, Arcadia police took down a 140 pound cougar in the backyard of a residence in the foothill community.

From the SGV Tribune:

Officers said the mountain lion had just mauled a dog to death and was charging at police when they shot the cat with an assault weapon. Arcadia police Sgt. Dean Caputo said the mountain lion – believed to be a 140-pound female – may have been the same cat that killed a dog in Arcadia a few days earlier and attacked two dogs in Glendora last week. One was killed.”

Read about it  here and here.