It appears that Dave Mirra the BMX legend, who killed himself in February of 2016, had CTE, the same neurodegenerative disease that has claimed the lives of so many football players, according to a story on ESPN.com.
Mirra is the first action sports athlete to be diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease that can lead to dementia, memory loss and depression. He died on Feb. 4 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. . . The tau protein deposits found in Mirra’s brain were indistinguishable from the kind that have been found in the brains of former football and hockey players with CTE, Dr. Lili-Naz Hazrati, the Toronto neuropathologist, told ESPN The Magazine.
The news may come as an explanation for many of Mirra’s actions late in life, but can never make the loss to his family or the BMX community any less painful. It is, however, a solid reminder of how bad concussions are even if you’re wearing a helmet. Click the link for the rest of the story.
The Southern California after work mountain bike racing season starts on Thursday, May 26, 2016 with the first of six Quick n’ Dirty races in San Diego’s North County.
Registration opens at 4pm and the race rolls off promptly at 6:30. We’ve designed a challenging and fast course that will make for great racing regardless of your ability or age group, rad prizes and a fun family environment so get out there and join us, won’t you??
The first three races wills start and finish at the Lake Hodges Boat Ramp. This is the perfect event for anyone who wants to race, especially for first timers. For all the official details on the QnD Summer Series, please click the link.
After 782 miles and eight days of racing, 23 year-old Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) of Etixx – Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team clinched the 2016 Amgen Tour of California championship, becoming the youngest rider to hold that title in the race’s 11 years.
“This victory is really important. It’s my first win of the season, and it’s the first time that I won a General Classification,” said Ardennes sensation Alaphilippe, who is the first French rider to win top honors in California. “It’s really something special to win this race, especially here in California, and I’m really proud of my team all week, especially today because it was a really stressful day for a lot of riders in the peloton. Everyone wanted to be in the front….It was a good day and I’m really, really happy.”
After a harrowing last lap charge by Mark Cavendish’s lead-out man Mark Renshaw to reel in the break, Cav had to go it alone in the sprint of Stage 8. He jumped on Peter Sagan’s wheel and waited for Peter to go, then blasted by both Sagan and Alexander Kristoff for the win (his 10th tour of California win).
“I’ve been coming to the Amgen Tour of California for many years. There’s a reason all the top riders in the world come over to America to race here,” Cavendish said. “It’s always been a great race, and Kristin and AEG always put on a tremendous show, as well a great, relaxed race for the riders to come to….I’m happy to be here and I’m definitely coming back.”
For the official word from the Amgen Tour of California (including coverage of the women’s race) please follow the jump.
After taking a flyer well into the race World Champion Peter Sagan talked it over with the Tinkoff Director of Sport and decided to sit up and wait for the peloton to catch him on the streets of Santa Rosa. He jumped back in for the circuit laps and muscled his way on to Alexander Kristoff’s wheel for the final sprint and came around only to lose by an inch to the Olympic Bronze medalist.
“It was a hard stage…I was really struggling on the climbs… at the end, Peter [Sagan] was in front alone, and he had two minutes, and we had to chase hard. And at the end he almost beat me also, so it was an impressive ride by him but I just managed to hold him off, and I’m really happy to win here in California,” said Kristoff who earned a bronze road race medal at the 2012 Olympic Games.
For the official word from the Amgen Tour Of California, please follow the jump.
The name of the game was “fast” in Folsom today as the 140 men competing in the 2016 Amgen Tour of California raced the clock in their individual time trial event, with Australian Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) recording the fastest time.
“I was optimistic. Alaphilippe ripped out a very, very good ride…,” said Dennis of his chances to overtake the race lead today. “16 seconds – it’s not over, but it’s not going to be easy to bring back, that’s for sure…Tomorrow’s supposed to be a really tough stage…It’s been a pretty hard Tour as it is, and this Tour has gotten harder and harder every time I’ve done it.”
For the official word (including women’s TTT coverage) follow the jump.
Cannondale Pro Cycling Team’s Toms Skujiņš (LAT) lead a break about 45 minutes after leaving Lodi, California in Thursday’s (May 19, 2016) Stage 5 of the Amgen Tour of California and he never let up.
“It wasn’t easy to get in the break, of course, because people knew that the break might stick,” said Skujiņš. “I luckily managed to get in the right one.”
The peloton never saw him again until they all reached the finish line at Heavenly Valley. Stage 5 couldn’t go to a radder guy. For the official word from the Amgen Tour of California, please follow the jump.
Pro snowboarder Austin Smith decided to tag along with Smartwool on their annual 350 mile ride from Steamboat Strings, Colorado to Salt Lake City, Utah for the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market because, really, how hard could riding a bike 350 miles in four days be. It doesn’t hurt that his bike is a Moots, but his corduroy shorts? Well, not so good. Watching people come around to the subtleties of cycling is always fun. Check it out in this episode of Smartwool’s ROAM TV.
If he can hang in on the hills, there’s no stopping Pete Sagan, especially when the finish is downhill into a flat sprint. The World Champion rode that last two miles of the 2016 tours longest stage (133.6 miles) like a boss and after letting Nathan Haas make the first jump, Sagan blazed around to take his 15th Amgen Tour of California stage win and his second of 2016.
“It was hard, but good,” said Sagan, when asked about today’s stage. “I’m very happy for my other teammates, and I’m very happy to have won.”
For the official word from the Amgen Tour of California, please follow the jump.
Watching Bikes vs. Cars has given us a much better understanding of the reasons for the drama we all face every single day as we try to do something as simple as riding our bikes. One of the best cycling documentaries every made, Bikes vs. Cars is now available on Netflix. Search for it, watch it, and then share it with everyone you know.
It used to be that serious dives into Strava data were reserved for off-the-bike time when you could plow through the numbers and see exactly how you did against all your nemeses. Now, Strava has changed all that with Live Segments for Android and iOS. With Live Segments all the performance details of a segment are delivered while you’re on the bike and riding the segment.
How does it work? First off you need to be a Strava premium member ($59 per year). Then you need to go in and “star” all your favorite segments on the web or your phone. After the segments are starred then each time you ride one, Strava will give you the KOM and the fastest ride of the people you follow and compare your ride to theirs in real time showing you exactly where you are. Strava will count in the number of feet to the start of the segment and then count you out to the end of the segment (so you can kill yourself just like in a spring for the line).
This works on the phone fine, but if you don’t what your phone out on your bars (and really, who does) then the best option is a Garmin Edge 520. With the Edge 520 paired with your smartphone via Bluetooth, all the counting down, counting out, and live segment results will show up right on your Garmin display, making every single training ride a do or die race to the line. And, if you don’t like the results, you can immediately turn around and hit it again.