Crime

Cyclist Who Flipped Off Trump Fired

by editors on November 6, 2017

Our favorite bird flipping cyclist, Juli Briskman, has reportedly been fired from her job at Akima, according to a story in the Washington Post.

On Halloween, after Briskman gave her bosses at Akima LLC, a government contracting firm, a heads-up that she was the unidentified cyclist in the photo, they took her into a room and fired her, she said, escorting her out of the building with a box of her things. . . “I wasn’t even at work when I did that,” Briskman said. “But they told me I violated the code of conduct policy.”

We’re guessing it will be the best thing that ever happened to her.  Congrats, Juli. Looks like you’ll have even more time to ride your bike now. And after all, that is the goal.

[Link: Washington Post via Boing Boing]

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Man Drives Down NYC Bike Path Killing 8

by editors on October 31, 2017

A man driving a Home Depot rental truck drove down a crowded West Side Highway bike path today in Lower Manhattan killing 8 people and injuring at least 12 others, according to a story on NBC News.

The driver of a Home Depot rental pickup truck zoomed at least 10 blocks down the popular West Side Highway bike path from West Houston to Chambers streets, hitting nearly a dozen pedestrians and bicyclists before crashing into a school bus near Stuyvesant High School and elementary school P.S. 89, authorities said.

From reports it appears to be a terrorist act. The suspect was shot by police and is in custody. For more on the story click the link.

[Link: NBC Philadelphia]

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LeoGrande Gets 8-Year Sanction

by editors on August 29, 2017

We never can pass up a good SoCal masters cycling doping story and this one is great because it’s everyone’s second time around.  . . deja vu.

Back in 2007 Upland, California road racer Kayle LeoGrande, 40, was pinged for using EPO while racing in The Point Premium Root Beer International Cycling Classic. For this rule violation LeoGrande was given a two-year suspension.

Now, 10 years later, LeoGrande was tested following his win in the 35+ race at The 2017 Dana Point Grand Prix and according to the USA Cycling his urine ratted out a pharmacy of banned substances including: raloxifene, ostarine, ibutamoren, GW1516 sulfone, RAD140, LGD4033, and andarine. Because of this he was given an 8-year suspension. But hey, he’s only 40 and eight years gives him plenty of time to train for another national crit title in 2025, right? He can come back again, for sure.

For the official word from the USAC, follow the jump. For some unofficial coverage on the whole thing from Cycling The South Bay, click here. The later is far more entertaining, than the former.

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Charity Rider Rammed By Angry Driver

by editors on October 27, 2016

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People in cars are crazy. We know this. No where on earth do people feel more emboldened than when they slink behind the wheel of their shiny metal boxes and roam the earth seeking to inflict their will on anyone and everything that gets in their way.

The latest example comes from Carlsbad, California, where just last week (October 21, 2016) a cyclist, who was riding the final miles of the 620 mile Challenged Athletes Foundation Million Dollar Ride with a paraplegic friend, was purposely mowed down by an angry driver who didn’t want to wait 90 seconds for the group to get through a narrow section of road, according to a story on 10 News San Diego.

It all started when a driver behind them (in the maroon truck shown above) began honking repeatedly. One of the cyclists, Bob “Sully” Sullivan, went back to ask the driver to give them a little time to get out of the way.

“‘We’ve gone 590 miles, give me 90 seconds, I’ll have him up and over this grade, you can be on your way,'” Sullivan said he told the man. “Completely agitated, he says to me, ‘I don’t care if it’s f-ing God up there. Get out of the f-ing road.'”

Sullivan reportedly ended the discussion at that point and returned to riding with his friends. Moments later he was hit from behind, knocked to the ground, and nearly run over by the angry man. The Carlsbad Police department was called, and as is becoming standard procedure in car vs. bike interactions, the officers did not arrest the driver. Of course, had driver had done something similar to a Police officer the driver would have been immediately shot and killed, but as it was only a cyclist, the officers let the driver continue on his way.

How can this happen? So far the Carlsbad Police department has no official response. Hopefully, Sullivan will follow up with a civil suit if nothing else. Click the link for the rest of the story.

[Update October 27, 2016, 3:11 PM]: The Carlsbad Police Department has posted a message on their facebook page explaining that they have initiated a “criminal investigation” and that the reason it has taken them so long is that on the original call “there was no mention to the officer that the collision was intentional.” What this means is that the responding officer did not include any mention that the collision was intentional in his original report. Because, you know, an angry guy dropping F-bombs and honking his horn behind a group of cyclists could be so angry that he unintentionally rammed the same cyclist that he was yelling at only moments before. Yeah, that makes sense.

[Link: San Diego 10 News]

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SLO Cops Picking On Cyclists

by editors on October 12, 2016

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Even though vehicles are more often the responsible party in cycling fatalities, the police department in the college town of San Luis Obispo, California is out to teach cyclists a lesson by ticketing them for minor infractions in a special education operation, according to a story on KEYT.

“A lot of [cyclists] don’t realize the potential of injury from each of these collisions; if they were to run a stop sign and be struck by a moving car, the chances of being injured are greatly increased because obviously the vehicle’s moving at a certain speed, and the pedestrian has no safety other than hopefully a helmet,” explains Officer Kevin Phillips from the San Luis Obispo Police Department.

Wonder how many three-foot rule violation tickets officer Phillips has written? Has the SLO police department ever focused a stakeout on reminding drivers that it is their job not to hit people on bikes? We would guess the answers to these questions are: none, and never.

[Link: KEYT]

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Thorfinn-Sassquatch Unmasked

by editors on March 30, 2016

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Former Bicycling Magazine Editor-In-Chief Peter Flax delivers one of the most intriguing cycling stories we’ve read in a while. Yes, the post includes that boring doping topic, but it also blends in mystery, art, crime, fashion, masters racing, and Strava KOMs. What more can you ask for in a cycling story, really? Here’s the kicker from Cyclingtips.com:

What do a plea deal in federal court, a SoCal Strava legend, urban street crits, and $400 bib shorts have in common? All of them swirl around a rider who likes to call himself Thorfinn-Sassquatch. Here are 13 ways of looking at his strange story.

For all 13 angles, please click the link.

[Link: CyclingTips]

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Of Course We All Want One Of These

by editors on February 1, 2016

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It looks so clean, smooth, and powerful. It’s like a Ferrari for your seat-tube. But what in heaven’s name is it doing on a 3x. With a motor like that we’d just ride a 55×11 and call it a day.

[Link: Gizmodo]

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Femke Van den Driessche Cries & Denies

by editors on January 31, 2016

We don’t speak a word of Dutch, but let us translate for Famke anyway: “I have no idea how that bike got in with my race bikes. It is not my bike, I had no idea it was there and I have never ridden a bike like that in a race nor would I ever. Someone must have set me up. Everyone knows I would never do something like put a motor in my bike just to win a silly little race like the world championships.”

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The BLOAT Cameos In Music Video

by editors on January 28, 2015

It’s nice to see that the Biggest Liar Of All Time is keeping busy. This time he’s showed up in a video by Future User (Rage Against The Machine Bassist Tim Commerford’s project), according to a story in MySanAntonio.com.

The video itself depicts a young man mixing prescription medications into a smoothie to prep him for his rad ride across town via skateboard. When he’s not flipping ollies and grinding guardrails, he’s doing more drugs in public places and injecting himself with what are implied to be steroids in a grungy bathroom stall.

Then the BLOAT shows up leaving a nasty phone message in a Mellow Johnny’s kit. Nice work, BLOAT.

[Link: My San Antonio]

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Police vs. Red Light Running Cyclist

by editors on March 28, 2013

Just another happy interaction between a cyclist and the ever so polite public servants of Vancouver, BC.

[Link: TangoZippo]

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