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Archive for July, 2012

The full Olympics playlist leaked (apparently) – “British Invasion”!!

By Jennifer Sage On July 28, 2012 No Comments

I’m thinking this will be the source of my next Spinning class playlist: a British Invasion! Check back in a few days, I’ll let you know what I’ve come up with. If you’re doing an Olympic themed class, please share it here!

 

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Jens Voigt is human, and causes me to reflect on my high-school running days

By Jennifer Sage On July 24, 2012 2 Comments

I will rue the day that Jens Voigt announces his retirement from professional cycling. But we cycling fans know it’s just around the corner. At 40 years, he is one of the oldest in the peloton, and has had an illustrious career behind him. He is well-known as one of the most cherished riders in the pro-peloton, not only by fans but by other riders.

I’m not sure if he’s ready to announce his retirement or not, but I found this today, a translated article that seems to say his wife has granted him permission to ride one more year. (He is such a family man, another reason to love him!) If that’s so, I will not miss next year’s tour just to see him ride. Who cares about who

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Is there any doubt that cyclists are the toughest athletes??

By Jennifer Sage On July 16, 2012 1 Comment

Jens Voigt continues to astound the cycling world with his ability to endure suffering. Is there any doubt that cyclists are some of the toughest athletes out there? Not in my mind!

He also continues to provide indoor cycling instructors with the greatest sound bites to use in class. Here’s another one for you that he posted about today’s stage (Stage 15 on July 16, 2012):

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All hail the Lanterne Rouge!

By Jennifer Sage On July 14, 2012 No Comments

Tyler Farrar, American rider from Team Garmin Sharp, has spent the last few days at the Tour de France as the Lanterne Rouge, the last place in the General Classification. But check out this face of pain as he crosses the finish line – my heart goes out to him. A less committed man would have quit a long time ago. He crashed hard three straight days early in the Tour, let’s hope he can finish! He’s scheduled to race in the Olympics in a few weeks.

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Stage 11 Tour de France – some great riding and strategy!

By Jennifer Sage On July 13, 2012 No Comments

I’ve been so busy preparing for the IDEA conference in San Diego I hadn’t had a chance to watch a stage of the Tour de France until this morning. And what a stage it was, this Queen Stage of this year’s tour! The Col de la Croix de Fer is the highest point in this year’s race. I’ve been up that monster (but from the other side of the Col du Glandon) and it’s quite a bear, but so beautiful.

Let’s take a look at what happened int he stage today. It might increase your understanding of some of the tactics and traditions of bike racing.

The previous day was the first big day in the mountains with one monster climb, the Col du Grand Colombier (not to be confused

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Ma Bicyclette rocks!! Get this song now!

By Jennifer Sage On July 2, 2012 No Comments

This is a song that I can’t keep a secret! Every single cycling instructor out there needs to know about this song. It’s perfect for your Tour de France stages or just for fun. Please don’t just strip this song off of Youtube – support these awesome young artists and buy it for $1 now!

From the Youtube video: “I am constantly high fiving Freddie Mercury with my mind & pretty much want this to be our generation’s version of Bicycle Race by Queen.”

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