It's been a tough week and one in which we've not paid too much attention to the outside world, as we've had our faces buried in the final edits for the forthcoming Volume 8, due out in early July.
This is fascinating. We could listen to Graeme Obree talk about his latest project all day. Cool stuff from one of the single most enigmatic and fascinating people our sport has ever known:
Next possible application of this: Mobile Director Sportif? What price would you pay to have a virtual Manolo Saiz follow you around on your rides, yelling, yelling, yelling...
The Fitchburg Longsjo Classic is back this year. If you don't know what this is, it's one of the most storied and longest-running regional stage races in the country, running for 51 straight years, and then, in 2011 failed to materialize due to monetary issues. It was a great loss for the New England racing community. But, this year, the Longsjo is back, with a modified format. The promotors are working VERY hard to get this event off the ground and filled with racers. If you're in the northeast, there's no excuse not to do this race. if you're outside the northeast, you should give some serious consideration to traveling in for this event. You won't regret it.
Photo of the week, courtesy of Cyclingnews.com in their interesting retrospective of American track cyclist Marty Nothstein. Track cyclists: a different breed for sure.
NPR did a good piece on Evelyn Stevens this week, which was good to see / hear in itself, but also got us a little bit fired up about the Olympic cycling events later this summer. Seeing top level track cycling is always amazing and road racing from Beijing four years ago was absolutely intense - we look forward to the goings on in London.
One last item of a totally non cycling related ilk. Author Ray Bradbury died this week and I was hit by a wave of nostalgia at this news, having read his books and stories from a very young age and retaining them more as cultural artifacts, rather than individual science fiction stories. His life was lived as one in service of the expanse of knowledge and pushing the bounds of imagination beyond what most found comfortable. His works and words emphasize the need to look outward at our world and inward to ourselves to find meaning and significance in our lives. As Bradbury himself said, "We are an impossibility in an impossible universe."