NEWS Roundup

It’s time for another NEWS roundup!

From The Bacon Strip:

Just a reminder that the auction for Barrett’s Banner Sunrise print is less than 3 days away from ending. It’s in a really nice black wood frame on a white matte. It’ll make a great motivator for you to get geared up for the coming Sierra Nevada backpacking season.Banner Sunrise
About the Print:

Barrett is a really good landscape photographer. This last year he switched over to digital, but this is one from his old Pentax 645n on Fuji Velvia 50 film. It’s a pretty stunning image from really a stunning morning @ Thousand Island Lake near Mammoth CA. The wind was HOWLING over the sierra crest and the clouds looked about as ominous as I’ve ever seen.

I am planning a mountain bike adventure for next summer where I plan on doing 7 rides in 7 consecutive days where each ride hits at least 7000 feet in elevation. The mountain bike rides will take place in the Eastern Sierras where I have a cabin. The purpose of this trek will be to raise money for the American Cancer Society in the names of Troy Roberts and Becky Irvin. Please check back periodically as the site evolves with more information on Troy, Becky, the trip, how to donate, other fund raising adventures, my battle with cancer, etc. I welcome any ideas on how to make this idea a success and feel free to forward this website to anyone you think who would be interested. Thanks for your support.

  • Here’s an email I got from Jason Susslin regarding an upcoming cross Nevada mountain bike trip:

My name is Jason Susslin. In September 2008 I mountain biked from Genoa to Baker,NV . The route was about 480 miles, and almost entirely on dirt. Why? I had wanted to make the trip for quite a few years, but also I did it as a grass roots fundraiser for the Lance Armstrong Foundation to fight Cancer.

Well it’s been a couple of years, and I’m going again next September. I’m looking for interested riders to join me for a section (2-3 days) or the whole “enchilada” (11 days, which includes one day off in Beautiful Eureka, NV). The route I’m taking crosses 10 mountain ranges, has 25,000’+ of climbing, and as stated is over 90% dirt roads. This is not Highway 50! The scenery is incredible, and the adventure unlimited.

If anyone is interested, and wants more details I can be reached at jsuss62@yahoo.com

And some NEWS from elsewhere…  I found the next two stories over on Cyclelicious:

  • Bike Messengers mete out Street Justice

Some bike messengers last month took justice into their own hands when they caught two suspected thieves, teenage boys who attended a local Catholic high school. According to police, the messengers stripped down the teens to their boxer shorts before taking their cellphones, backpacks and clothes.

“They meted out street justice. We don’t condone street justice. They never threatened them. But they made it clear: don’t mess with another person’s property,” Los Angeles Police Lt. Paul Vernon said. “This incident and the arrests are the tip of the iceberg when comes to people stealing bicycles.”

Vernon said the two boys told police they were robbed by about 20 men on bicycles at 6th Street and Grand Avenue about 3 p.m. on Jan. 12. Investigators said they cannot prove the boys were stealing bikes and continue to look for the assailants.

Continue reading at the L.A. Times http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/02/la-sees-big-jump-in-bike-thefts-prompting-some-vigilante-justice.html

  • And from across the pond, “Can I not just apologise?”

A ROAD rage teenage driver repeatedly targeted a cyclist and left him fearing for his life. Nine times he almost mowed down DI Melvin, aiming for him on the pavement, striking his handle-bars, forcing him off his bike into trees, threatening to kill him and hurling stones and coins at him.

But unbeknown to Benjamin Harrison, 18, his victim was police inspector Martin Melvin.

Continue reading over on the Lancashire Telegraph. http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/4885413.Burnley_road_rage_teen_targeted_cycling_police_chief/

PEDAL-DRIVEN – A bike-umentary.

In the pristine forests above Leavenworth, Washington, there exists a world of hidden trailheads and clandestine trails. Here a sect of outdoor enthusiasts, extreme mountain bikers called freeriders, have gone underground. They are the skate punks of the forest, unwelcome and under pressure to leave. The locations of their trails are carefully guarded secrets and the riders who ride them keep constant vigil, on the lookout for US Forest Service rangers.

Watch the Video Trailer of this upcoming documentary over at http://pedaldriven.howellatthemoon.com/

  • And finally, author Joe “Metal Cowboy” Kurmaskie has started writing on his blog again! Metal Cowboy Mayhem

Here’s an excerpt from one of his latest posts, You Can’t Make Me Cry, where a disgruntled postal worker tries her best to break Joe’s spirits, a man that has pedaled across the entire country with his kids in tow!

Finally, I just had to ask,” Mam, why are you giving me such a hard time?” She lit up like someone had handed her an extra ball to throw at the bottles along the midway. She lived for moments like these, you could tell. “Son, if I were giving you a hard time you’d be in tears and calling for your momma. Hard time? I could break you… like that!” She stamped her stamp. I stepped back. Clearly someone had already broken her – or maybe the years, the disappointments – who knew – but her threat made me laugh, a hearty, sincere laugh.

If you have NEWS you’d like to share, send me an email! My contact info can be found by clicking on the Contact Link above.

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