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August 19, 2004 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
Tyler Hamilton has something Lance Armstrong doesn't. An Olympic gold medal. On U.S. cycling's best Olympic day, Hamilton, 33, erased some of the disappointment he experienced at the recent Tour de France by demolishing the field on a sweaty day and winning the 29.8-mile individual time trial in 57 minutes 31.74 seconds. Silver medalist Viatcheslav Ekimov of Russia, Armstrong's U.S. Postal Service teammate, was 18.84 seconds behind.
August 14, 2004 | Lauren Peterson, Times Staff Writer
In the homestretch of his cycling career, Jonas Carney is looking for another victory. If past success is any indication, he has come to the right place to find it. Carney, the defending men's pro champion of the $24,000 Manhattan Beach Grand Prix and the winner in 2001, will be favored again in the 43rd annual event Sunday at Live Oak Park. The criterium, which will be raced over a closed 1.
August 13, 2004 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
Although it will be a beautiful trip for the eyes, a travel poster for Athens with the passes in front of the glimmering Acropolis, several cyclists said Thursday that the course for Saturday's Olympic road race was unnecessarily dangerous. "I know it's not easy to come up with a course through a city like this," said Tyler Hamilton, a member of the U.S. team. "I know they want the course to go past the Acropolis and to make the city look good. But I wish they'd check with the cyclists.
July 27, 2004 | Eric Stephens, Times Staff Writer
The expansive Home Depot Center sports complex in Carson has drawn almost universal praise since its opening last year. None of it came from the cycling community. As the complex was taking shape four years ago, the velodrome built for the 1984 Olympics was to be removed to pave the way for the 27,000-seat soccer stadium. Supporters viewed the velodrome's destruction as a hostile act toward the one-time symbol of track cycling. Any ill feelings might be a distant memory.
July 20, 2004 | Ruth Morris, Special to The Times
According to the farmers who scrape together a living on the stark slopes of the Andes, there's one thing they know how to do better than anybody else: suffer. That's why they make good cyclists. Yeferson Abacuc Vargas suffered this spring when he crashed during a five-day trial known as the Vuelta de Boyaca. A small-framed young man with marbled scars, he threw his crumpled bike into the brush in a fit of rage, then waited eight minutes for a friend to arrive with a replacement.
April 8, 2004 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Professional BMX rider Cory Nastazio, who was critically injured in a Saturday car crash, was conscious and talking to family members and friends Wednesday, the Riverside man's stepfather said. Nastazio, 25, suffered a brain hemorrhage and a punctured right lung when his Honda Civic slammed into a tree near Buchanan Street in an unincorporated area of Riverside County.
January 10, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The local stretch of a world-class bicycle race has been canceled because corporate sponsorship fell flat, the promoter said. The rest of the four-day Sea Otter Classic will go on as planned this spring in Monterey, where it has taken place for the last 14 years. The Redwood City leg of the race debuted last year amid controversy when 150 male bicyclists said that a hilly part of the route was too dangerous and refused to finish the event.
October 12, 2003 | Daren Briscoe, Times Staff Writer
Five-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong took to the road Saturday against cancer, the toughest opponent he ever faced and one he hopes research will vanquish. A survivor of advanced testicular cancer, Armstrong, flanked in the morning chill by more than 600 other cyclists, mounted his bike at Universal CityWalk to anchor a symbolic first leg of the Tour of Hope, a cross-country marathon designed to raise cancer research awareness.
July 24, 2003 | Shav Glick, Times Staff Writer
Long before television piped the Tour de France into your living room, even before the Tour de France was considered important enough to rate a line in America's newspapers, there were six-day bicycle races. The first one, in New York City in 1899, was four years before the first Tour de France.
February 15, 2003 | From Reuters
Pro BMX bike rider Dave Mirra has filed suit against Acclaim Entertainment Inc. and is seeking more than $20 million in damages, claiming that a racy video game it publishes has hurt his image. The lawsuit, filed last week in federal court in New York, contends that Acclaim continued to use Mirra's name and likeness to promote the game "BMX XXX" even after the two sides signed an agreement to disassociate the bike rider from the title.
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