Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tour de Mackeys

With an RV and a quiver of Boure clothing, Steve and Lisa Mackey are traveling Colorado in search of their new favorite high mountain ride. Cottonwood Pass, Vail Pass, Mt Evans, Rabbit Ears Pass, Ute Pass, Independence Pass or Slumgullion Pass? We'll let you know which one they choose, if they return home.

Laundry drying on a rest day during the Tour de Mackeys.

Steve and Lisa Mackey on top of Cottonwood Pass, their current favorite, with Steve lifting his bike to an elevation of 12,130 Feet.

Monday, July 18, 2011


White Siberian Iris
Iris sibirica

Photos and Plants Courtesy of Lisa Bourey

Safe Roads Coalition Benefit

KSUT's 35th Anniversary Party at Ska Brewery to Benefit the Safe Roads Coalition!
Saturday, July 23 from 2 – 9 PM

Celebrate KSUT's 35th anniversary with music, food and beer! A portion of the proceeds will go to the Safe Roads Coalition! Check out the flier below for all the info!

Fausto's Tour Bianchi

1953 Bianchi Tour de France
Produced in honor of Fausto Coppi’s 1952 Tour De France victory

A replica of the bike that Fausto Coppi rode to win the 1952 Tour de France and the prized possession of the Bouré Bicycle Museum

57cm seat tube (c-t)
57cm top tube (c-c)
Campagnolo dropouts
Serial #496851

Bianchi bottom bracket
Bianchi integrated headset
*"Bianchi-1953" is stamped on the bottom bracket cups and headset cups*
Bianchi seat binder bolt

Magistroni Bianchi-engraved cottered crankset with 49/46 rings (rechromed)

Campagnolo Gran Sport shifters, front & rear derailleurs

Campagnolo/FB Bianchi-engraved, low flange, 3-piece hubs

Nisi rims, 32h Front/40h Rear with knurled brake surfaces
Regina Gran Sport Corse freewheel – 14/16/18/21/24

Sheffield Sprint – 673 pedals. Christophe toe clips & Binda straps

Universal Extra (long reach in the rear) brake calipers and levers

Ambrosia Champion (aluminum) handle bars (38cm c-c) and stem (12cm)

REG spring-loaded down tube water bottle cage

Brooks B-17 Narrow saddle (modern)

This bike was restored by Ed Litton of CA, an authorized Bianchi warranty frame builder/painter. It has period correct celeste paint, and decals. The chrome on the frame is original.

Photography by Brandon Donahue
"Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, Quincieras, and Family Photos that will make your life look better than it really is."

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Tour Spectating

Photos from 1935, where a crowd gathers in front of Mr. Pierre Cloarec's bicycle shop to watch the owner, who is racing in the Tour de France.

For More Tour Photos at Slate


Bouré Team Rider Sighting
From the Minneapolis Star Tribune
Bike-Walk Week 2011 - June 4-10

"Above, from left, Dave Dahl of Minneapolis, Barbara Dahl, of Durango, Colo, and Shar Feldheim of Minneapolis headed down Portland Avenue."

Monday, July 4, 2011

Tour Translations

French: maillot à pois rouges
English: a white jersey with red dots

The Polka Dot Jersey is worn by the leader of the King of the Mountains classification in the Tour de France. It is a secondary classification in the Tour de France, in which cyclists receive points for reaching a mountain top first. The leader of the classification is named the "King of the Mountains", and since 1975 wears the Polka Dot Jersey. At the top of each climb in the Tour, there are points for the riders who are first over the top. The climbs are divided into categories from most difficult (Hors catégorie) to least difficult (Category 4) - measured as a function of their steepness and length - with more points and places awarded with increasing difficulty.

Saxifraga 'Teckles'
Fleur à pois rouges

Photos and Plants courtesy of Lisa Bourey

Tour Dictionary

Domestique, n.
A road bicycle racer who works for the benefit of his team and leader often at the expense of his/her own individual performance. The workhorses of the teams, these cyclists have the job of doing anything possible to help their team leader perform well. This can even mean sacrificing your own bike or wheels if your team leader has a crash or puncture.
The French "domestique" translates as "servant". The word was coined in 1911, although such riders had existed before then.