Friday, September 19, 2014

Jens Voigt breaks cycling’s prestigious Hour Record

Voigt on the velodrome in Switzerland.

The prestigious Hour Record was smashed by 43-year-old Jens Voigt with a record distance of 51.115 km. Voigt averaged just under 32 mph for the record setting ride. The previous record was set in 2005 by a rider from the Czech Republic, Ondrej Sosenka, with a distance under 50 km.

The Hour Record is always attempted indoors on a velodrome. The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is the governing body that oversees the rules and the records. The equipment rules have changed some through the years, but the race against the clock remains the same.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Forest Fire Smoke returns to Lake Tahoe

The King Fire smoke cloud.

The smoke that rolled in on Sunday may stick around through Monday. The wind is pushing smoke up from the King Fire in El Dorado County east of Pollock Pines. CalFire and the U.S. Forest Service say the fire has burned 3,900 acres and is only 10% contained.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Road Cycling events at Lake Tahoe this September

Riders near Brockway Summit.

Cyclists have two organized rides along the shore of Lake Tahoe this month. The first ride coming up is the Tahoe Sierra Century which begins and ends at Squaw Valley. The second event is the Tahoe Bike Classic. This event is a race around Lake Tahoe, starting and ending at Zephyr Cove Resort.

The Tahoe Sierra Century is September 13, 2014. The event has a 30, 60, and 100 mile course. I always enjoy the 100 mile course which travels along Lake Tahoe from Tahoe City to Kings Beach, over Brockway Summit to Truckee, over Donner Summit to Cisco Grove and back to Squaw Valley.

The aid stations are well stocked with food, water, and helpful volunteers. The main aid station at Donner Lake is used by all three course riders. For rider safety, the road (Old Route 40) up over Donner Summit from Donner Lake will be closed to traffic. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Fatal Air Race Crash today at Reno Air Races

Sweet Dreams at Reno, 2012, by Jim Jordan.

At approximately 3:30pm today, an airplane crashed during a qualifying heat at the Reno Air Races. Lee Behel, age 64, from San Jose, CA was piloting a GP-5 racer called “Sweet Dreams” when the crash occurred. This was a single-plane accident and no other pilots or spectators were injured.

Flying was suspended for the day while the accident is investigated. Normal flight operations are expected to resume Tuesday morning. The event will be open to the public starting Wednesday, September 10.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Construction set to begin on Bikeway from Truckee to Tahoe City

The proposed Martis Valley Trail, connecting Truckee to the North Shore has been in the planning stages for years. In late August, the Placer County Board of Supervisors approved funding to start construction this month.

First 2 sections in blue. Route continues in orange.
The initial construction will be on a 0.57 mile section that parallels Hwy. 267 near the Truckee-Tahoe Airport. Additional sections will be built when funding becomes available. The entire Martis Valley Trail is expected to be just over 10 miles in length, ending at the “Four Corners” area of the paved Fiberboard Freeway. The Fiberboard Freeway is an old logging road.