Category: Misc

March 1, 2010

Sending some link love to bicycledesign.net and cyclelicio.us

James and Richard have both taken the Wordpress plunge from blogger. Richard's URL is still the same -- http://cyclelicio.us/ -- but James now has the nicer bicycledesign.net/ location. Hey, and Richard's site uses a logo designed by moi, so you have checkout the new design, and James is getting two-page spreads in Road Bike Action, so you'll have to visit his site regularly and tell us who has the better shot ;).

July 4, 2009

Playing with a new light setup

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Sputnik

Sputnik-5I just got a new Manfrotto Nano Black stand with flash clamp and white umbrella in the mail. I usually rent my light setups, but it's kinda nice just to back the car out of the garage, throw up some black sheets, and go crazy. I'm hoping I can strap the stand to my pack and take it out to the track, though I think I may need some sandbags to ensure the riders' safety as the Nano is a pretty dainty stand.

As for the photos, I'm pretty happy with the results, though I'll say that I much prefer working with softboxes instead of umbrellas, mostly for the sake of my eyes -- umbrellas scatter a lot more light, so I find that my eyes are much more tired after an umbrella shoot.

There's a lot you can do with just one light, but now I think I'm going to another light stand so I can go crazy and also start throwing on some gels for even more interesting results.

Happy 4th of July

Dave Zabriskie - (c) Ken Conley
Photo by Ken Conley

Stars and Stripes may not have won today, but that don't matter -- Happy 4th!

July 2, 2009

Settings: Kids Race

Kids Race - (c) Ken Conley

A fellow photographer friend asked what the settings where on the Kids Race photo that I did, so I thought I'd share here. In general, if there's any photo you want to know the details of (e.g. camera settings, Lightroom settings), let me know and I'll post about it.

For the Kids Race photo, it's mostly Lightroom processing that achieves the look. The odd angling is partly due to cropping and rotating, and partly due to the fact that I couldn't kneeling down with my injured leg and instead just held my camera at kid level and pressed the shutter. If I had more time, I probably would have used the adjustment brush to lighten the kid's face on the left, but this was just an experiment while watching TV.

The processing it not all that unique. I've been a fan of Matt's Presets. In particular, I've liked the "Surreal Edgy" preset, which has a nice HDR tone with really rich blacks. I don't stick with that preset, though, as I find the look to be too flat for road photography -- it's much better for cyclocross and mountain bike.

The settings that I list here are based on starting with the Surreal Edgy preset, then dialing in more color to my liking. They should work in Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw (presumably Aperture, but I don't know). Some of these settings are very photo specific, such as the dialing down of the purple. I also add a lot of vignetting. Whatever you do, don't use post-crop vignetting! For whatever reason, post-crop vignetting is not the same effect as normal vignetting. Normal vignetting gives your photos a nice burn, post-crop vignetting just turns your photos gray.

Another thing to be careful with is fringing/halos. When you push the recovery and fill lighting this much, the tones will often cross over, creating light halos on edges. You should probably dial it back a bit if you reach this point. I often screw this up when I'm quickly processing photos and am embarrassed as soon as someone points it out.

Settings:

Exposure: +0.5
Recovery 60
Fill Light 100
Blacks 73

Clarity 100
Vibrance 79
Saturation -38

Yellow sat - 54
Red sat 35
Purple sat -56

June 30, 2009

I Hate My Trainer

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I love the new jerseys my friend Al cooked up for his fitness studio, Integrate Fitness, in Mountain View. You can order your own by contacting the studio at (650) 941-9148, or send an email to weliketobike@integratefitness.com.

They're also starting a Thursday night group right July 2nd (details).

June 27, 2009

Bigger, Wider, More Powerful

American Velodrome Challenge - (c) Ken Conley
Photo by Ken Conley

Sorry about the mess here. I'm happily boosting the width of my site to widths previously unseen here. I've been meaning to do this for awhile, but it's going to take awhile to get it all settled in.

Booyah.

March 2, 2009

James Jean + Livestrong

Supertouchart: James Jean

It's rare I get to post something that happens at the intersection of comics and cycling and this is pretty cool in general: mega-award winning comic artist James Jean put the Livestrong chalk to use in creating this mural at Venice Beach. There's a lot more photos at Supertouchart that you should check out. Pretty cool stuff and of a different sort of art than these guys were practicing:

Chalk Fun - (c) Ken Conley
Photo by Ken Conley

I'm a big fan of James Jean and had him do a couple of sketches for my sketchbook, including this tiger:

James Jean Tiger

Supertouchart: LA///STREET LIFE///JAMES JEAN FOR LANCE ARMSTRONG'S "OPEN ROADS" LIVESTRONG CHALK ART CAMPAIGN

December 30, 2008

Six days of Rotterdam

Rob Evans is trying out some new prime photo gear at the Six Days of Rotterdam. You can follow his photos on the newly redesigned otbphoto.com. He'll of course be cheering on Shelly Olds of Proman -- I imagine there will be some race reports on the Proman-Paradigm blog as well.

October 28, 2008

Vote

Hey, it has a bike in it

August 30, 2008

Cyclodro.me now covering US Pro and Vuelta

cyclodro.me is now covering US PRO and the Vuelta. Apologies for the late update, but I managed to botch the code during the Olympics and hadn't had the time to put some band-aids on until just now. It's still a bit more trouble than its worth to cover multiple races simultaneously, but one day I'll make the code really solid. Soon.

August 6, 2008

Storck Absolutist 0.9 Photos

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You may have noticed the Storck Absolutist 0.9 photos appearing in my Flickr photostream. I got a bit corny with the photo above going for the visual pun, "The Storck Takes Flight," aka the E.T. shot. I was looking to take a different shot as I despise catalog-y shots, so I raised the bike up and shot upwards. You'll also find a flash-fade experiment -- shooting faster than flash sync speed so you see the light wave -- in the set as well. Thien keeps telling me ever since I shot the Look Mondrian bike that I have a "Ken Conley" shot, so I try to defy him however I can.

I'm wrapping up the test riding and will start writing up the review for RoadbikeReview soon. You'll have to wait for that to get the official word, but I will say that I shattered some PRs on the bike.

I also shot the new Look 2009 line: 566, 576, 596, and 966. They are some beautiful bikes and I can't help envisioning myself pulling up to the line on a 596. That bike can split a hair. I was never much a fan of the 496, which seemed oddly chunky for a TT bike, but the 596, that's aerodynamic sculpture art. I hope to share those sometime soon.

July 24, 2008

Delayed blogging

I'll be traveling the next few days. With the wonders of the iPhone and Google App Engine, the link roundups will continue over at the cyclodro.me, but stage summaries and posts on this site may be delayed.

July 21, 2008

Keirin Qualifier Kraziness

There's no TdF-crashiness to view today, so enjoy this footage of a crash of the track kind.

via norcalcyclingnews

July 13, 2008

SAAB Fly to the Finish Codes 2008

I got tired of checking bicycling.com for new codes each day as they aren't regular about posting them. Thanksfully there's this roadbikereview thread that's filled in a lot of the blanks:

acceleration
aerodynamic
alps
attack
born from jets
breakaway
brittany
cadence
cervelo
climb
descent
drafting
echelon
efficiency
feed zone
first class
fly
gap
gear
general classification
green jersey
hammering
heart rate
hydration
ignition
jet inspired
musette
paris
peloton
performance
podium
polka dot jersey
power
rpm
saab
saddle
shift
slipstream
sportcombi
sprint
swede
team car
time bonus
time trial
tour
turbo
versus
white jersey
yellow jersey

July 12, 2008

velo.kwc.org updates

velo.kwc.org.screenshot.jpgI've made small improvements to velo.kwc.org over the past few days to try and improvement the overall experience. Some of the most notable improvements are:

  • Photo sidebar: daily photos from the Yahoo AFP/Getty photo feed appear in the sidebar. I take a snapshot of the feed every day so if you go to past stages you'll see that day's feed appear in the sidebar (starting with stage 6). I don't let this one continually update as the photos tend to decrease in quality after the race has finished.
  • Stage highlight video: you'll find a highlight video for each stage at the top of the page.
  • Faster: the first day I got hit with a bunch of unexpected StumbleUpon traffic, which took me over quota. Sine then I've been slowly optimizing the site to help it load faster as well as keep me from ever going over quota again. Much thanks to bp, who pointed out that memcache had been ported to Google Appengine.
  • More sites: over 30 sites are checked regularly now plus any other random links I see in my own reading. I use a combination of RSS feeds and link guessing to find pages. I still don't have a good way of automatically getting VeloNews' and Versus' videos -- suggestions are welcome there.

I may add more features as they come to me. I would like to do more with video, though problems with getting VeloNews/Versus videos plus issues with their Dayport player leave me limited there. I may also open up the gates for people to start submitting links, if that interests you. I can also add more sites -- I'll pretty much take anything so long as it provides a different point of view.

June 19, 2008

Who knew the NYTimes is a cycling site?

Training advice from Christian Vande Velde and Jonathan Vaughters, even recipes from Allen Lim

Review of bicycle carrying cases

The Climb: blog from a journalist preparing for L'Etape

June 18, 2008

A whole lotta new kit: CSC/Saxo, Columbia/High Road, Garmin/Chipotle/Slipstream

With so many teams seeking new title sponsors at the beginning of this season, I was a bit worried about the health of pro cycling. You could sense a bit of anguish on Bob Stapleton's part as High Road struggled for a high profile victory in the Tour of California, finally delivered by Hincapie on the last day -- of course they've had too many since then to count. Then there was the storied CSC team, continuing to cleanup in top classics like Paris-Roubaix, but perhaps too wounded by Riis' past. And then there was young Slipstream, which has gone from the little TIAA-CREF development team all the way to living on the international stages getting invites that Astana was denied.

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Garmin's sponsorship makes the most sense to me -- the Garmin triangle even fits well with the Argyle. The hints have perhaps been there for awhile as the Edge 705 has already been featured in past blog posts. They may also be the team most in need of the Nuvi products, getting lost not once, not twice, but three times during the Giro. It was even a Garmin Nuvi that saved them the first time around as David Millar realized that the Nuvi was among their prizes for the opening TTT stage.

Motionbased continues to improve as a Web-based stats platform as has the Edge product line, which most recently has added compatibility with Saris PowerTap hubs. That will certainly put some hurt into Training Peaks.

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CSC was the first of the recent announcements, with Saxo Bank taking a secondary title but assuming the title role next year. I'm sad to see CSC go -- they're sponsorship of the ToC and TdG Tour Trackers made for some new ways to follow cycling. As a Virginian, I'll also miss the Virginia-based company's sponsorship of the CSC Invitational. Saxo Bank brings the sponsorship back to Riis' Danish roots.

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Perhaps the national roots led me to my initial confusion over the Columbia announcement -- my eyes misread the new High Road sponsor as Colombia. Without the aid of my morning coffee, my brain was left to puzzle over how a country's adoration for George Hincapie could lead to a team sponsorship. A little more reading solved my confusion. The US-sportswear company is looking to raise their profile Internationally and perhaps they'll also add some more cycling apparel to their lines.

June 6, 2008

Gas bike

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Chicago Tribute/Robert Ariail/The State, Columbia, S.C.

via Neil Harrington/Alto Velo

My White Bicycle

Thanks Fritz and Ron:

My bike, not my wheels

My white bicycle, my white bicycle

Riding all around the street Four o'clock and they're all asleep I'm not tired and its so late Moving fast everything looks great.

My white bicycle, my white bicycle

See that man, hes all alone Looks so happy but hes far from home Ring my bell, smile at him Better kick over his garbage bin

My white bicycle, my white bicycle

The rain comes down but I don't care The wind is blowing in my hair Seagulls flying in the air

My white bicycle

Lead:

Policeman shouts but I don't see him They're one thing I don't believe in Find some judge, but its not leavin'

Lift both hands, his head in disgrace Shines no light upon my face Through the darkness, we still speed My white bicycle and me

My white bicycle, my white bicycle

Of course, I'm not done making my bike even whiter. I'll be adding a wet white Ritchey cockpit and thien's trying to sell me on some DT Swiss 1750s.

For more white bicycle content, checkout the G-max dream version (via bicycledesign).

March 25, 2008

Privacy Policy

Thanks cyclelicio.us and bicycle design for reminding me to post a privacy policy and giving me something to copy and paste from. It's all pretty straightforward: I don't to do anything with your personal data, but I outsource my ads and traffic stats to Google, which may do more.

February 25, 2008

Complaints Thread

If you have 'em, I'd like to hear them. More specifically, this was the first test of my new photo gallery system. If you let me know what you liked/hated, or why Flickr is so much better, please sound off so that I can make things better. Thanks!

February 4, 2008

RIP Sheldon Brown

Sheldon Brown is someone who most of us never met but knew through his larger-than-life presence in the online cycling community. He's greatly missed but lives on in the knowledge that he's passed to us.

January 28, 2008

For teh nerds: Hors Category Code

Today's Daily WTF features a 700-line Java method that even coders doping on caffeinated soap would have trouble traversing start to finish:

Daily WTF: Coding Like the Tour de France

January 18, 2008

Spare Cyclez, LOL

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Fans of LOLCats may recognize the genre of the image I now present to you. LOLinator will convert your site into LOLCat speak and I couldn't resist a laugh at how it chose to interpret the cycling images cross the top of this site. Poor Zabriskie.

LOLinator: Spare Cycles

December 13, 2007

Supercomputers, Powered by MIT Cycling Team

The MIT Cycling Team set a tentative world record for human-powered computation. A group of ten cyclists powered a 1.2kW Sicortex SC648 supercomputer for 20 minutes as it conducted a nuclear fusion simulation. I've previously read about MIT cyclists using computers and wind tunnels to use their power more efficiently -- Ivan Basso enlisted their help; apparently the computers demand that the MIT cyclists return that power in kind. It was in part an advertisement for the Sicortex, which specializes in the low-powered supercomputers that made this stunt possible.

First-hand account

Press release

Disco Fire Sale

hincapie_bike.jpgTrek may have just signed with Astana, but there's still plenty of Discovery Team Madone road bikes, TTX bikes, and TT helmets for sale on eBay -- including those of George Hincapie. If you don't have $10K+ for a bike souvenir, you can always pony up for a $250 TT helmet. It looks like the riders that made the Astana transition are keeping their bikes, so sorry Leipheimer and Contador fans.

via tdflr

August 10, 2007

Cycling.tv acquired by JumpTV

cycling.tvCycling.tv has been acquired for $5M by JumpTV to add to its worldwide sports portfolio. The announcement comes with the statistic that Cycling.tv currently has 180,000 subscribers and will be expected to generated $11M in revenue within two years as part of the deal.

July 30, 2007

Cycling.tv: Now with Joost and Blinx

cycling.tvCycling.tv has linked up with Joost and Blinx to broaden its distribution. I consider this a great thing as I hate the cycling.tv site -- I can never find the race I'm looking forward and it ends up opening five different browser windows on my computer.

(via)

July 13, 2007

London Velodrome, 2012

crossposted from my architecture blog

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On the heels of the London start to the Tour de France, London Olympic organizers unveiled some artists conceptions of the 6,000 seat velodrome design to be built by Hopkins Architects.

See also: Financial Times: Games’ Velodrome sets architectural pace

July 6, 2007

MythBusters: drafting a big rig

Fritz of Cyclelicio.us helps bring my MythBusters and cycling worlds together: drafting a big-rig with a bicycle.

June 21, 2007

Cycling Misadventures in the Bay Area and beyond

book coverSFist reviews Cycling's Greatest Misadventures, a collection of 27 stories edited by Erich Schweikher and Paul Diamond. You can read the review or head over to the Fourth St Codys Books in Berkeley for a July 8th reading. The July 8th reading will be done by Michael Fee, whose jaw-breaking story along Arastradero Road is part of the collection.

June 10, 2007

Partial redesign complete

I gave spare cycles a partial facelift as part of the slow process of redesigning all of the kwc.org pages (see: my blog and the kwc.org frontpage). The major addition content-wise are tags, which you can now use to view similar content (e.g. Pescadero Road Race or Dave Zabriskie). I only started adding tags more recently, so they probably won't turn up all related entries just yet.

I decided to postpone the full redesign until MovableType 4.0 is released. It contains some new template tags that will make the redesign easier, such as variables and if/unless tags.

May 23, 2007

Jittery Joes on Versus

jittery_joes.gifJittery Joe's cycling team is going to be featured in a one-hour documentary on Versus. It will air June 10th at 3:30pm. I'm really looking forward to it as it has been quite awhile since I've seen the team out West (the cancellation of the San Francisco Grand Prix had a part to play).

via RoadMag

May 15, 2007

More bike helmet safety

Yesterday we learned that bike helmets can protect you from getting your head runo ver by a truck. Today we learn that bike helmets can also save you from getting hit in the head with a bat by passing driver.

Thanks again, BoingBoing

May 14, 2007

Bike helmets do save lives

giro.busted.helmet.jpgGiro might want to put this guy in their ad campaigns (full story):

The truck ran over his head.

"I didn't see it coming, but I sure felt it roll over my head. It feels really strange to have a truck run over your head."

His helmet, a Giro, was crushed, but Lipscomb's head was fine.

Photo by MIKE DeVRIES/THE CAPITAL TIMES

Capital Times: Bike helmet crushed, but head fine (via)

April 27, 2007

Scott Morse - Cyclist

Scott Morse - Cyclist

I asked Pixar and comic artist Scott Morse to do a cycling sketch for me at last year's Comic-Con. Somewhat Triplets of Belleville-ish, Morse has been branching out into a more sketch-like style (he's a fan of Joann Sfar). This is mostly based on my Tom Danielson photo, but there were other photo references.

Some more Scott Morse sketches/paintings: * Kurosawa samurai * Frankenstein

March 20, 2007

Tom Danielson Junior Cycling Cup poster

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Promoting the Tom Danielson Junior Cycling Cup for my own selfish reasons ;)

March 14, 2007

Minor overhaul

Flickr has a great new collections feature so I was able to organize all my cycling photos into a nice cycling collection. This gave me a chance to cleanup the sidebar a little bit. I also decided to send some link love over to Bicycle Design, Cycling Shots, and How to fix bikes , given that they have survived so long in my Google Reader subscriptions.

February 20, 2007

Sideways Bike

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The BBC has an interview with sideways bike inventor Michael Killian. It reminds me a lot of when I watched a carving skateboard (snowboard-style) presentation: fun to watch, painful to do.

BBC Interview

February 16, 2007

Trondheim's Trampe

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I love funiculars and this is even better because it is specialized for bicyclists. The trampe is actually a lift for your right foot: you rest your foot on it and are propelled forward while on your bike. Even the steepest of SF hills could be conquered with such a device.

Cities interested in encouraging bike commuting should take note: 41% of users claim they bike more often because of the lift.

Thanks bp

October 27, 2006

Great Roundup of "Cyclescapes of the Future"

Archinect has a great roundup of some new and past entries for reinventing how bicycles are used in an urban environment:

"With the Velo-City, the Bicycle City, progressive Rentabike Infra-urbanism, new urban bike trails with bike trees and all, you can add these shortlisted winners of the competition to re-invent the bike shed, where proposals have imagined "a floating inflatable bike pod and a hi-tech aerial conveyor belt", bike towers, and other beautiful velo-craziness. Read more in the Guardian. + full entry..."


August 1, 2006

Odd bikes

July 17, 2006

Rider height vs. weight

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As I've been riding more and more I've been much more aware of my weight, in particular, the weight that keeps me at the bottom rather than the top of the hill. I have no intention of trying to lose weight -- I siimply love pigging out too much -- but this chart (from CyclingNews contributor Scott Saifer) is a useful approximation of whether I should be sticking to the hills or to the flats (right now: flats). It comes with all the normal caveats: there are many more factors than just height that factor into weight, you should talk to a doctor to get a more specific figure for yourself, etc...

One other interesting weight fact I learned: you won't lose any weight when you first start intense training; your tissues start caring more blood, so any fat burn loss is displaced by other gains in weight at the start of training.

Rider weights

April 23, 2006

Crazy fun bikes at Maker Faire

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There were a lot of great bikes at Maker Faire, including a lawnmower bike, LED bikes (one, two), and wooden bikes. My favorite, though, was the Harry Potter boom bike you see above. I wasn't good enough to hold my own on the bike -- the maker made it look so easy.

April 2, 2006

DIY projects

I recently found these cycling DIY projects while browsing the MAKE Magazine blog (many of these are from instructables.com):

I have no desire to dork up my bike helmet, but there are still quite a few bike-unfriendly traffic lights in the Bay Area. Luckily, I already have some small neodymium magnets arriving soon from United Nuclear that I had no idea how I was going to put to use. Now I just need a bit of epoxy.

March 24, 2006

Pro Cycling Manager

I don't have much time for videogames these days, but you can make a stab at playing team manager with Pro Cycling Manager. It looks pretty interesting, but the link to their playable demo appears to be down right now. You get to play with real pro teams and riders.

I don't have any experience with the cycling game genre. Al tried getting a copy of the PlayStation 2 Tour de France game, but it turns out that it was formatted for European TVs only. Probably for the best, as that one didn't have good reviews.

March 12, 2006

Speaking of Tyler

DailyPeloton has posted Part I and Part II of their interview with Tyler Hamilton. I thought it was worth a read, even if it is a bit soft. It's hard for me to figure out how I feel about the Hamliton case, which I think is the problem with the whole affair to begin with. I believe that Hamilton is right when he accuses the UCI of running a test that was poorly validated by a lab that was unaccredited. I think that if we as fans have to take a dramatic story like Hamilton's 2003 Tour de France broken-collarbone ride and leave it on the cutting room floor, then there should be no doubt in our minds that the test was well run. Instead, the integrity of the testing programs is put into doubt by accusations like Hamilton's as well as recent cases like the UCI suspending the manager of its health department for intentionally leaking confidential data. We as fans get cheated because such a testing program could never eliminate doubt and athletes cannot neither be fully incriminated nor fully exonerated.

March 10, 2006

Bad week for CSC that started well, Phonak's Landis still on fire

Bobby Julich Warming UpBobby Julich looked on fire again when he won the Paris-Nice prologue wearing the #1 for his victory last year (OLN video clips from the prologue). From his interviews, it seems though that he didn't want to come out of the blocks as hot as he did last year (Paris-Nice, Criterium International and Tour of the Benelux wins) and instead is focusing on hitting the sweet spot of his form come Giro time in order to pull Basso over the mountains.

Julich quickly lost his lead to Boonen, who is on fire this year with his World Champion stripes on and has taken a hat-trick of victories at Paris-Nice so far. Boonen lost his lead to Landis, who is having the season that Julich did last year. Landis pulled Patxi Xabier all the way to the finish line of stage 3 and was poached for the victory, but he got the overall lead that he was looking for. After winning the Tour of California, Landis is now in position to win Paris-Nice, assuming he can hold off any final charges in the mountains. Much like the Tour of California, there are no mountiantop finishes, but Landis' Phonak team is also still having trouble staying close to Landis and protect him. I'm looking forward to OLN's coverage on the 12th and 13th to see how this all turns out.

Julich doesn't seem too disappointed to be out of contention at Paris-Nice, but his CSC teammates aren't doing so well. Four CSC riders have crashed out of races this week: Vande Velde (shoulder), Breschel (two broken vertebrae), O'Grady (broken collarbone and five ribs), and Bak. It looks like we may have to wait until a little later in the season to see CSC blowing up the scoreboard.

Update: neglected to include Lars Bak's crash at Tirreno-Adriatico that also took out Bettini.

Update 2: Bobby Julich crashed in stage 6 of Paris-Nice and didn't start the final day. Zabriskie also abandoned after complaining of pain in his achilles tendon. Sounds like the CSC infirmary is full this week. At least Cancellara pulled off a time trial victory at Tirreno-Adriatico.

July 14, 2005

Protective Tour Googles

Courtesy of Hogue, I now have this greasemonkey script to shield my eyes from inadvertent Tour revelations. I've pasted the code below for those who may find themselves in similar situations requiring selective news display.

As for real world news filters, Team Uni is doing a great job protecting me already. At dinner tonight parakkum told me to keep my eyes on my plate and not look up -- Stage 11 was on TV. The alarm was unnecessary as I'd seen Stage 11 this morning, but it shows that the team is on form today and ready to go.

// ==UserScript==
// @name No Tour
// @description pop up an alert on any page containing Tour de France info
// @include *
// ==/UserScript==

var badness = new Array(6);
badness[0] = 'armstrong';
badness[1] = 'tour de france';
badness[2] = 'cycling';
badness[3] = 'yellow jersey';
badness[4] = 'lance';
badness[5] = 'tdf';

function check() {
	var body = document.getElementsByTagName('body')[0].innerHTML.toLowerCase();
	for (var i = 0; i < badness.length; i++) {
		var index = body.indexOf(badness[i]);
		if (index > 0) {
			var temp = document.getElementsByTagName('body')[0].innerHTML;
			document.getElementsByTagName('body')[0].innerHTML = '<div 

align="center"><h1>SHIELD YOUR EYES</h1></div>';
			alert("The goggles, they do nothing!");
			alert(badness[i]+" is mentioned on this page");
			document.getElementsByTagName('body')[0].innerHTML = temp;
			return;
		}
	}
}

window.addEventListener('load', check, true);

July 29, 2004

Tour de France Tech Present + Future

Engadget has an article on the timing system that was deployed at this year's Tour de France which uses a mixture of cameras and transponders to report when the riders cross the line, no small feat if you've seen a race finish. It also results in fairly cool, surreal finish line photos (notice the spokes on the bikes).

Meanwhile, a technology that's still in trials will allow TV broadcasts to track riders via satellite and do cool things like show their relative positions using 3D animations (6MB video). I think this technology would help introduce people to the sport, as one of the hard parts about watching cycling is figuring out where everyone is relative to the course and relative to each other.

September 17, 2003

The only cool thing Saturn ever did...

... is over. Saturn, which sponsored both the best men's and women's US cycling teams, has decided that it's days of team sponsorship are over. This is especially unfortunate given the awesome 1-2 showing that Horner and McCormack put in for them at the T-Mobile International in San Francisco.
- End of an era? Saturn pulls plug on cycling team

September 2, 2003

Hamilton moving to Phonak

Tyler Hamilton has had an eventful year. After breaking his collarbone in the Tour de France and gutting it out to a top 5 finish, healing, then crashing at the Tour of Holland, gashing his finger, and breaking his leg (Hamilton journal entry), it looks like the ironman will be taking up the helm of up-and-comers Phonak. I've only seen Phonak in a race once, but it looked like they are trying hard to get their name in the spotlight, and according to Hamilton's journal entry, their focus will be the Tour de France. Cool