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February 17, 2014 | By Ben Poston
A year ago, I wrote about arriving in L.A. from the Midwest and biking to work despite initial concerns about decrepit streets, aggressive drivers and a general unease that the City of Angels just wasn't all that bike friendly. After a month in the city, I decided to give the bike a go and found it satisfying. I celebrated the quiet joys of commuting on a bike - the sights, the smells, the ability to explore the sprawling city on my own terms. The five-mile trip from Los Feliz to downtown was invigorating and a conversation starter at the office.
June 5, 1989 | From Times wire services
Snow and below-freezing temperatures forced cancellation today of the much-feared 16th stage of the Italian cycling tour, a 93.1-mile ride through four mountain passes. Organizers reported that snowstorms and cold made it impossible to negotiate the 7,900-foot high Gavia Pass, the highest point on the tour. A landslide in the Valtellina valley prevented organizers from starting the stage on an alternative course. Organizers were criticized last year for permitting the riders to complete the stage on Gavia despite very bad weather.
May 24, 1989 | From Times wire services
Rolf Jaermann of Switzerland won the fourth stage of the Italian cycling tour today, covering the 127-mile leg in 5 hours, 59 minutes and 40 seconds. Italian veteran Silvano Contini, who finished in the pack a few seconds behind the winner, retained the pink jersey of the overall leader. Jaermann, a member of the all-Swiss Frank-Magniflex team, sprinted ahead in the final miles and managed to maintain a narrow lead to the finish. Rolf Sorensen of Denmark outsprinted the pack to take second place.
April 20, 1986
A United States cycling team has been called back from Spain, and the Central Connecticut State football team has canceled a trip to London next month in the wake of the U.S. bombing of Libya. The 10-man cycling team was to have participated in the Tour of Spain, which starts Tuesday. A Spanish television station reported that the team, which was staying at Palma de Mallorca, was told by officials Saturday to return home immediately.
September 18, 1987 | MARC APPLEMAN, Times Staff Writer
Roger Carpenter has been riding his bicycle the four miles between his La Mesa home and San Diego State for the past 13 years. It's a form of exercise and a way for Carpenter, 51, a biology professor, to avoid parking hassles. His son Ken, 22, was never interested in sports when he went to Helix High, but he needed a way to get two miles to school. Without a car, Ken followed his dad's example. He rode a bicycle.
July 19, 1987 | DANIELLE FOUQUETTE, Times Staff Writer
When Marianne Berglund started bicycling in 1979 in her native Sweden, it was just to keep in shape when a lack of snow interrupted her cross-country skiing But she soon discovered she enjoyed cycling more than skiing, and she moved to San Diego County after graduating from college in 1984 because the weather there was ideal for her new obsession.
July 2, 1988 | DENNIS BROWN, Special to The Times
The man on a motorcycle plays Pied Piper to a single-file line of bicyclists, pacing their morning workout at the San Diego Velodrome. As he circles the track, lap after lap, his face maintains its expression. He is content, in his element. It is an idyllic scene, a rare moment of tranquility in the life and times of Eddy B. For 11 years, Eddy Borysewicz, 49, served as director of the U.S. national cycling team. It was a stormy, sometimes controversial, tenure. And a tremendously successful one.
May 12, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
Amgen Tour of California When: Sunday through May 20. Where: Stage 1, Santa Rosa; Stage 2, San Francisco to Aptos; Stage 3, San Jose to Livermore; Stage 4, Sonora to Clovis; Stage 5, Bakersfield (time trial); Stage 6, Palmdale to Big Bear Lake; Stage 7, Ontario to Mt. Baldy; Stage 8, Beverly Hills to L.A. Live. TV: NBC Sports Network, Sunday through Friday, 11 a.m to conclusion; NBC Sports Network, May 19, 1 p.m. to conclusion; NBC, May 20, 10 a.m. to conclusion.
May 16, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
Imagine tens of thousands of cycling fans gathered in front of Staples Center on Sunday morning for the final leg of the country's largest stage cycling race, the Amgen Tour of California. Now mix in 20,000 hockey fans, nearly all of them giddy in the anticipation of watching their underdog Kings clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup finals, and another 20,000 basketball fans, with the Clippers trying to reach the Western Conference finals for the first time. Those sports worlds will collide on the streets outside the arena Sunday; the Kings are scheduled to take on the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 4 of the NHL Western Conference finals at noon — about the same time some of the world's best cyclists will be barreling toward the finish line.
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