Category Archives: Sport




Armstrong fractures collarbone in Castilla y León – the world centre of cycling.

“It the first time in my career I fractured my collarbone and I can tell you it hurts a lot.”

“In 17 years as a pro I have been lucky to avoid one of the most common cycling injuries. The crash has put my upcoming calendar in jeopardy but the most important thing for me right now is to get back home and rest up and begin my rehab,” said Armstrong.

Armstrong is preparing for the Giro d’Italia, May 9 to 31, and the Tour de France, July 4 to 26. He returned to the sport this year after a three-year retirement following his seventh Tour de France win.

“This is racing. Give me a few days to think about what I have to do. I am upset, it is a big problem ahead of the Giro d’Italia.”

A broken collarbone typically needs four to six weeks for recovery, which would leave him in jeopardy for the Giro del Trentino, April 22 to 25. It would also compromise his form for the Giro d’Italia.

In Moro Bay

Mom and Dad acting innocent - I think they were stealing oysters

Mom and Dad acting innocent - I think they were stealing oysters

“Technological Doping” ? Fina cracks down on hi-tech suits

BBC SPORT | Olympics | Fina cracks down on hi-tech suits.

Well it seems like it was bound to happen, the LZR swimsuits worn by 94% of the gold medalists and on 23 of the 25 record breakers in Beijing have now been restricted. Fina has stipulated swimsuits should not cover the neck and must not extend past the shoulders and ankles.

“…matters came to a head in December when 17 world records tumbled at the European Short-Course Championships with the sight of swimmers squeezing into more than one suit in an attempt to compress their bodies and trap air for buoyancy dismaying many observers.”

So I guess I won’t be buying one now. I doubt that it would have really helped me this morning anyway. It makes little difference how fast your suit is if you’re hanging on the wall.

Armstrong applauds Landis’ return

VeloNews | Armstrong applauds Landis’ return | The Journal of Competitive Cycling..

“People serve their time, and when their time is up they get to go back to work,” said Armstrong. “Sometimes I get frustrated with people who criticize his return, and then they stand up and cheer when David Millar returns.

“It’s the same thing. You serve your suspension, get back on the bike.”

Armstrong said Italian Ivan Basso, the biggest name in the peloton to be snared by the Operación Puerto drugs scandal, should also be given a second chance.

“There’s no point in criticizing Basso or Landis ─ they’ve paid their penalty … that’s normally the way society works and let’s forgive and forget and get back on down the road,” he said.

An Iditarod Without the Dogs

Bill Merchant is the man responsible for 1,100 miles of voluntary frozen torture known as the Iditarod Trail Invitational.

(photo: Joshua Borough for The New York Times)

Instructor Kathi Merchant, left, and student George Azarias made their way through the snowy terrain of Alaska during a winter training course for the Iditarod Trail Invitational.

“People need to come into it knowing that it’s unlike anything else, in that you really could get hurt out there. You really are on your own.”

By eliminating overnight stops and tripling the distance, organizers of the invitational reimagined the race as a largely unattended free-for-all intended to restore a sense of adventure.

About 90 percent of the entrants have dropped out along the trail.

Pushing the Limit – Snow Meets Survival – An Iditarod Without the Dogs – Series –

Art fuses surf with Islam

Phillip George is the artist, another cool video involving him is here:

The Sydney Morning Herald

Inshallah - God Willing

Unfortunately the photos on the BBC’s story don’t really do these boards justice, but they’re well worth having a look at.

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Sydney art fuses surf with Islam.

Good on Ya mate.