Sunday, April 30, 2017

2013 Tour de France Preview

Stage Previews of the 100th Tour de France By USCR's Scott Dueker

-Text by Scott Dueker

Depending on how you count it, this is either the 100th running of the Tour de France or the 110th edition.  Regardless of the semantics, this course is billed as one for the climbers.  Mountains figure into the strategy early and often throughout each week.  Unlike other editions, mountain and sprint stages aren’t divided by weeks; there are both in every week.  If Cavendish or Sagan hope to bring home a green jersey, they must endure the high mountains to get the points necessary.  General classification riders like Froome, Evans, Contador, and Schleck will need to stay out of trouble during the intermediate stages because any mishap can lead to disaster.  The balance of the stages throughout will definitely make for an interesting race to watch.  Let’s break it down by week.

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Looking Back at 2013 RAAM

My Report as a Race Across America Regional Official

For the past five years, I have had the honor of working for Race Across America (RAAM)  in a variety of capacities, most recently as a regional official the last two years.  While my role in this amazing event is small, I am exceptionally enthusiastic to be able to assist as these riders engage in such a daunting and, in many cases, heroic pursuit.

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An Introduction to Vague Direction

Where are you going in life?

For the past few years, I have been going through a crisis of career identity, asking myself this question on a fairly regular basis.  So, when I read about Dave Gill’s “Vague Direction” project, I knew this was something I needed to learn more about.  Dave is engaging in a bike journey loop around the US, making a documentary about his travels  and the people he encounters along the way—some of whom are very focused while others, like me, are still exploring. Dave states that “before this project, [he] wondered if [these questions of identity] were thoughts that only a select few have, but [he] realizes now that so many people struggle with being content.” So, we catch up with him and his progress a  third the way through this experience:

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Boston Marathon Bombing

Our hearts go out to the families and victims of this senseless tragedy.



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