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Everything was going smoothly for Hector Monsalve and his bicycle-riding friends during another 75 or so training miles through Valley streets on a Sunday morning. Then, as the group turned a corner in San Fernando, it happened. Quickly and without warning. The front tire on Monsalve's racing bike went flat, sending him crashing to the pavement on his right side. After his friends helped him up, Monsalve assessed the damage: The bike was fine; his right thigh was not. "I was going about 17 miles an hour and it was like somebody pulled the bike from under me," Monsalve said.
It's not every day you wake up to a cow mooing in your hotel lobby. Or snuggle into your sleeping bag beside a herd of wild camels. Or drift off to sleep in a birch forest under the watchful eyes of three former agents of the KGB. But when participating on World Ride '95, a 13,000-mile cycling expedition, you come to expect the unexpected. Just ask David Cornelsen of Huntington Beach.
February 2, 2011 | By Diane Pucin
The United States Anti-Doping Agency will be taking over the drug testing for the Amgen Tour of California for the first time and will be free to test any athlete at any time beginning Feb. 15 and continuing through the race that runs May 15-22. In the past, the international cycling union, UCI, has overseen drug testing for the Tour of California and operates under its own rules. USADA executive director Travis Tygart said Wednesday that the chief difference is that his agency will not limit its testing to only stage winners and overall leaders during the race, but that all riders will be subjected to "target tests.
"I just love that Neil Armstrong." At first it was hard to understand what the elegantly dressed woman was getting at. She had just walked out of a party across the road and sat down beside me on an old stone wall in the middle of Belgian farmland, 10 miles west of Antwerp. Clutching a glass of red wine in one hand and an expensive-looking sweater in the other, she seemed out of place--and way overdressed--amid the hundreds of working-class people who lined the street, many of them wearing cycling gear (me included)
July 3, 2006 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
Exploding in anger, Frenchman Henri Pelissier dumped the contents of his bag on a table in front of reporters. The defending Tour de France champion had just quit because race officials penalized him for a minor rules violation. "You have no idea what the Tour de France is," Pelissier raged. "But do you want to see how we keep going? Cocaine for the eyes. Chloroform for the gums. You want to see the pills too? Under the mud our flesh is white as a sheet.
April 11, 2004 | From Associated Press
Charlie Hamilton enjoys cycling and always wanted to see every major league ballpark. Hey, why not combine the two passions? The Red Sox fan set off last weekend on a six-month, 11,000-mile sojourn that will take him from Atlanta's Turner Field to Boston's Fenway Park -- with Dodger Stadium, Wrigley Field and 26 other big league stadiums sprinkled in along the way. Excusing the mixed metaphors, this is hardly a slam dunk.
July 21, 2010 | Chris Erskine
Note from a newsroom colleague: Dear Chris, How was France? I imagined you sitting at a sidewalk cafe drinking Irish coffee and ogling a blond across the way while pretending to study the fingernails of your outstretched hand. Meanwhile, I've been getting up at the crack of dawn to watch the Tour de France on Versus. How you could be in Paris on an exceptionally long "assignment" taste-testing regional brandies or whatever it was you were doing and not report on the race is beyond me. But here is your chance at redemption.
May 26, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
Tyler Farrar, a 27-year-old road cyclist from rural Wenatchee, Wash., learned young that he wasn't any good at baseball or basketball. Football didn't work out. Hockey? Not so much. Yet when Farrar got on a bicycle, he was special. In fact, some think he's the only U.S. man with a chance to medal at the London Olympics. But with all the promise has come pain and heartbreak. It makes you wonder why he still loves the sport. In 2008, his father, Ed, his biggest supporter, and a prominent surgeon in Wenatchee, was cycling to work on windy roads when he was hit by a car and left paralyzed.
April 18, 2009 | Diane Pucin
He once was a humble cyclist with a reputation for grit, whether riding with broken bones so painful that he ground 11 of his teeth to nubs or crying openly during the 2004 Tour de France when his beloved dog and constant companion Tugboat had to be put down. On Friday, Tyler Hamilton, 38, announced his retirement from cycling after failing a doping test for the second time in his career that included a dramatic stage win at the 2003 Tour de France and a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics.
December 24, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Former Olympic cyclist Roger Young of Indianapolis was named sprint coach of the U.S. cycling team.
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