If you thought the only films worth seeing were Breaking Away and American Flyers, then you might want to check out the Bicycle Film Festival as it makes it's way to Chicago August 6-10. Road to Roubaix on Friday looks interesting.
Those of you who know me, know that I rarely ride without my trusty Canon camera. I keep it in my jersey pocket and use it to take pictures of the epic rides and epic riders who ride with me. I tend to favor the hand held method which gives me the flexibility to take artful pictures like this one:
or shots of fun stuff I see along the way like this one.
This story has been making the email rounds among my friends and fellow riders.
During a bike ride on the Skokie Valley Trail near the the Highland Park Lexus dealership, a blackbird swooped down and attacked a local rider. He lost control of his bike, fell to the ground and hit his head (he was not wearing a helmet). He died from his head injury over the weekend.
This was obviously a freak accident, but it emphasizes how important it is to wear a helmet at all times. You just never know what might happen.
Another fellow rider gave this advice about these aggressive birds:
Before they swoop down at you they make a repeated noise like ew ew ew and then they peck at your helmet. They may fly away and do it again right away. They don't hurt you, they scare the shit out of you. So if you're riding on the trail and you hear that noise, relax and hold the handle bars firmly, don't get stiff and hang on for dear life or you'll fall. Keep your tongue in your mouth (in case you scream) so you don't bite it.
Tentative schedules have been announced for the fall 'cross season. MadCross.org has the Wisconsin schedule (first race September 27) and the Chicago Cyclocross Cup tentative schedule arrived in my emailbox today. It looked like this:
Sat September 13-CX Clinic (TBD) Sun September 21-Jackson Park Sun October 5- DeKalb Sun October 12-Hawthorn Woods Sun October 19-Carpentersville Sun October 26-Bartlett Sun November 2-St. Charles Sat November 8-TBD Sun November 9-Northbrook Sun November 16-Lansing Sun November 23-Woodstock Sun December 7-Montrose-IL State Cyclocross Championships Dates subject to change USA Cycling Event Permit Pending
10:00 Masters 30+ (60 min) 10:02 Masters 40+ (all 45) 10:02 Masters 50+ 11:00 Cat. 3 (All 45 min) 11:02 Women 1/2/3 12:00 Women 4 (all 30 min) 12:02 Juniors 1:00 Men 1/2/3 (60 min) 2:15 Men 4a (30 min) 3:00 Men 4b (30 min) Race times subject to change