Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Get a Grip on Slippery Winter Roads



Showdown on the ice at the Pepsi Center, Denver.

A specialty tire for winter driving will give you added grip on snow and ice. Don’t be the guy who spins out, gets stuck in a snow bank, or just stays home because of bad weather.  All-wheel or 4-wheel drive is a solid foundation to safe winter driving and winter tires complete the package.

Is there a difference between a general purpose tire and a winter specific tire? I drove BMW’s equipped with “all-season” tires and Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 winter tires on the ice. There is a huge improvement in grip with the winter Blizzak tires. 
 
The video below that I produced shows a red BMW 328i with Blizzak tires outperforming the silver BMW with all-season tires under acceleration, braking, and cornering.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Winter Driving Conditions demand Winter Specific Tires



The right tire for the conditions is important.

If you live, work, or play in the Tahoe Basin during the winter, your car/truck should be fitted with winter specific tires.  Winter tires will reduce your stopping distance and provide better steering. Don’t be the guy who spins out, gets stuck in a snow bank, or just stays home because of bad weather.  All-wheel or 4-wheel drive is not enough.

The typical tire on your car/truck is a general purpose tire labeled “all-season” or “mud and snow”. These tires perform well in a variety of conditions, but they underperform in cold temperatures and on slippery surfaces. A winter tire is optimized for these conditions with special tread designs and advanced rubber compounds.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Professional Women Cyclists will compete at Amgen Tour


Team TIBCO Women's Pro Cycling

In 2015, the sport’s best women cyclists will compete at the Amgen Tour of California. The three-day professional women’s cycling race will be May 8-10, as well as an invitational Time Trial on May 15, 2015.

The Women’s race will travel through South Lake Tahoe May 8-9. The third day of racing will finish in Sacramento, the day and location of the overall start of the men’s race. The top ranked women time trialists will be invited to compete in the men’s time trial in Big Bear Lake.

2015 Amgen Tour Bicycle Race Schedule



2014 Amgen Tour, Folsom, CA

The 10th Anniversary of California’s premier multi day cycling race will begin May 10 and conclude May 17, 2015. A first for 2015 will be the inclusion of a three-day professional women’s cycling race. The women's race is May 8-10, as well as an invitational Time Trial on May 15, 2015.

The eight-day stage race will travel nearly 700 miles in a north-to-south travel route within the state. The cities of Sacramento, Nevada City, Lodi, are as close as the men’s race will get to Lake Tahoe. However, the women’s race will be in South Lake Tahoe and Sacramento.

Schedule and host city:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Off-Road ULTRA4 Truck Racing Championships in Reno



ULTRA4 vehicle.
The series championship for ULTRA4 off-road trucks will take place at Wild West Motorsports Park near Sparks, Nevada. Practice and qualifying take place on Friday, October 17. The finals are on Saturday, October 18.

More than 100 drivers from 17 states will be participating in the Nitto National Championship race. ULTRA4 class vehicles are 4-wheel drive with unlimited motors, chassis, gear ratios, and suspensions. The vehicles are capable of speeds over 100mph with high ground clearance for technical rock crawling.