New Road Bike Action Issue, Web site

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RBA9.tdg08.Brasstown.Lowe.Levi.jpgThe latest Road Bike Action is out just in time for the Tour de France with plenty of predictions from race and industry experts -- Bob Roll, Kozo Shimano, Jonathan Vaughters, Steve Hed, Fausto Pinarello, Michael Zellman of SRAM, Ming Tan of Look and so on. With Cadel Evans featured on the cover, you can probably guess who the popular pick is, but there were some unorthodox choices as well.

Road Bike Action has also launched roadbikeaction.com, which fills in the two month gap between issues. There's a lot of Tour de France bike articles going on right now as well as a daily Bobke column.

Hubris requires that I point you to the Brasstown Bald article, which features two of the photos you see here. The common -- but unsubstantiated -- rumor right now is that there will be no more Tour de Georgia's, so you may want to read up on one of the US's most (in)famous climbs. The two-page spread of Siutsou looking back at Levi and Lowe was made possible by a 300mm lens lent to me by Paul of Vero Image. I got lucky with the timing: a High Road fan jumped out to run alongside Siutsou as he looked back at Levi, who's gritting his teeth in his Captain America kit. The 300mm really makes sure you can catch moments like this. I'm pretty sure a monkey with two broken hands could take a good shot with that lens.

I also got the Last Shot with a photo of Hincapie drafting off the team car to get back on the paceline during the Road Atlanta warmups. It was my first time on moto -- I had probably been on the bike less than five minutes -- so I was glad I got anything usable there. Even on the smooth race course it was hard to hold my camera still.

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Comments (2)

Great job, Ken. And that online edition of RBA looks really good.

Yep, great shots Ken.

I hope the the TdG lives on, but I wouldn't be surprised if we saw the last one. I will be upset if that is the case.

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