Thursday, March 24, 2011

I Say, Polo Anyone?

The Duke of Edinburgh taking part in a bicycle polo match at Windsor in 1967.

Swinging mallets in 1947.

Women's Bicycle Polo Team, 1946

Eighteen year-old Tony Dibble narrowly avoids colliding with his Norwood Paragon teammate Peter Sayer, aged 17 1/2, as they attempt to fend off a high shot for goal during a match against a Clarencourt team. Croydon, 1952.

Friday, March 18, 2011

EZ-Steps for Field Botany

A Quick & EZ Guide to Finding and Identifying Native Plant Species.

1. Possess Good Plant Identification Books for the region of your travels.
2. Ignore Silly Signs that warn of impending risk.
3. See! Smooth roads... no problem.

4. Confidently Reassure Family Members who may begin to worry as the road steepens, crossing streams, and rapidly deteriorates. Wonder (but never out loud) if we'll be able to turn this all around when the road ends at the Wilderness boundary?

5. Set-up a Identification Field Laboratory.
Insure it has good lighting, while still suitable for sore-foot soaking and cold-beer drinking.
6. Identify Plants.
Start with easy ones to get warmed up.
Arizona Sycamore
Plantanus wrightii

Dasylirion wheeleri

7. Replace Broken Tail Lights (and other broken parts) after returning to smooth roads.

Photos Courtesy of Lisa Bourey

Latin Lesson

Apache Pines, indigenious to the Sierra Madre Occidental of Mexico, populate the lower forested areas of the Sierra Ancha Mountains of Southeastern Arizona. Very similar to Ponderosa Pine, but with longer needles (up to 12-inches) that droop elegantly and possess an emerald color that brings the forest alive. These Apache Pines are seen bordering Reynolds Creek at an elevation just under 6000 feet. Look for them on your next trip to mountains of Southeastern Arizona (or the Sierra Madre of Northern Mexico), you'll find them pleasantly delightful.

Apache Pines with Half Moon
Pinus engelmannii cum dimidium luna

Apache Pines without Half Moon
Pinus engelmannii sin dimidium luna

Apache Pine (with 10-inch needles) planted in our Durango yard
Pinus engelmannii in domesticatio

Photos courtesy of Lisa Bourey

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

2011 Bouré Team Jerseys

Well, our 2011 Team jerseys are designed and prepared for final production. Both jerseys have full-length zippers for maximum cooling and ease of donning/doffing, with bright coloring to keep you visible on the road and to aid in backcountry rescue. Our LS jersey is made with a super-cooling, SPF-35 fabric (SQ Pro with Mynx UV for you fabric technophiles) and feature white sleeves for maximum summer comfort and sun protection. As per the norm, we're offering them at Pre-Sale pricing through March, with delivery in early April. And our Elite shorts are now on Sale, but only until March 15th.

Men's & Women's Boure Team SS jerseys
Regularly $70, Pre-sale $60

Men's & Women's Boure Team SPF-35 LS jerseys
Regularly $85, Pre-sale $75

Men's and Women's Elite shorts
Save $15-$20

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Safe Routes to Riverview

Announcing new safety improvements at Riverview School for students who still practice the time-honored tradition of walking to school... even in the snow (albeit not through than 10-feet of snow without proper footwear, like our parents).

Riverview TEAM (a parent-teacher organization with the acronym for Together Everyone Achieves More), Riverview parents who support Safe Routes to School, Bouré Bicycle Clothing and the Safe Roads Coalition recently raised money to purchase three sets of Crosswalk signs to increase safety at three Crosswalks adjacent to Riverview School. After personally witnessing several near accidents at these locations, I'd have to note that these signs have significantly increased awareness for student pedestrians using these Crosswalks, while alerting and educating parents of the Colorado State Law that requires them to Yield to Pedestrians in Crosswalks. A special thanks to Principal Doug Geygan and beloved-teacher-turned-custodian Brian Honold who've taken the extra time to put them out both before and after school.

This newly signed Crosswalk is at the west end of Riverview's entry/exit on Mesa Avenue. In this particular case, these signs increase visibility for children who cross in the morning from the shadows on the left.

This young Riverview student uses the newly signed Crosswalk on the way to school, while still employing the time-tested, pre-signed techniques of wear bright clothing and sprint when clear.