Early one Sunday recently, I sailed up the coast north of Santa Cruz towards the town of Davenport. The Pacific Ocean was especially calm in the early hours. As we headed offshore one of my crew picked out a large dorsal fin about 50 yards off our stern. It was really cool to watch. Perhaps a large Great White shark lurking just under the surface.
My two wheel career started out twenty five years ago as a collegiate cyclist. Though I do not race anymore, my road bicycle is still my favorite two wheel machine. This past month I watched the Tour de France for the 20th year and as always I loved every minute.
One not so good theme of this years tour was the high amount of crashes suffered by riders in the peloton. This crash below is especially brutal. Having spent a fair amount of time on the pavement myself over the years it really makes me cringe.
Now that I have started to ride superbikes on race tracks these past three years it’s a real treat to wear leather and armor vs. thin lycra cycling shorts. Also, I have been amazed how MotoGP racers with this armor are able to slide on the pavement forever it seems and walk away with hardly more the bruises most of the time.
So… the thought hit me. Why not armor for cyclists!! I know, pro cyclists do not want the extra weight and hotness…but there has to be a better way to add skid protection for cyclists to limit the road rash, and increase the durability of the riders. I’m still thinking about this idea….
This is the third year in a row that I bought tickets to the MotoGP grand prix at Laguna Seca, California. Every year I have been buying better and better seats and I have to admit, I am hooked on this sport. These guys are the very best riders on the planet and seeing them live is a real treat. Over the past two years I have had the opportunity to ride my superbike on this track on non-pro track days with my best lap time of 2:20 which I am not going to brag about because it’s not that fast.
These guys averaged 1:21 per lap for 32 laps. I’m dead after 5 laps. Anyway it was an awesome day and I am glad Casey Stoner won. Ben Spies is my American favorite. I’m already looking forward to next year.
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I am still thinking about 250cc, 70+mpg motorcycles. I’ve not made the leap and bought one yet. My new commuter is a bit more powerfull, 750cc, but I am averaging over 50mpg it appears which I am happy about. Still, I think the Kawasaki Ninja 250 is the ultimate commuter. I came accoss this video below on youtube….I think this guy captures the benifit of riding a 70+mpg bike in a way that only a MotoGP wannabe rider will appreciate.
Yesterday Yasaman Shakeri, a biologist from UC Santa Cruz left a note on my door. She was tracking another lion, this time it was a female 18f, presumably the girlfriend of 16m who’s been hanging around recently.
While cruising through the south I stopped for a couple of hours to tour the Petersburg battlefield. This is one of the best preserved American Civil War battlefields.
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This years Wednesday evening beer can racing series has been a ton of fun. I’m looking forward to racing this evening. Looks like it could be light air though. We’ll see.