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August 14, 2005 | Jonathan Abrams
The 44th Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix, the country's second-oldest one-day bike race, is being run today with an international flavor. Riders from five continents will pedal in the men's and women's races around the 1.4-mile criterium street course at Live Oak Park in Manhattan Beach. Women will race for an hour, men for 90 minutes. Riders from Mexico, Costa Rica, Britain, Canada and Australia will compete.
October 16, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
  Olympian Kyle Bennett, a three-time BMX world champion and a pioneer in the sport, died in a car accident in Conroe, Texas, on Sunday, and the reaction from the world of cycling has been shock and sadness. "All of us at USA Cycling were deeply saddened to learn of the tragic and untimely loss of Kyle Bennett," USA Cycling CEO Steve Johnson said in a statement. "Kyle was a pioneer in Olympic BMX and an inspiration to those of us that knew him. He will be sorely missed, and we offer our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.
August 18, 2004 | From Associated Press
Sprinter Costas Kenteris declared himself innocent as he left an Athens hospital Tuesday, facing questions from prosecutors, fellow Greeks and the International Olympic Committee about his missed drug test and motorcycle accident. "I am suffering a great injustice, and I want to say I never used banned substances," Kenteris said as he quickly walked through dozens of reporters, got into a car and was driven away by a friend.
April 6, 2005 | From Associated Press
Congressmen looking into steroids in sports sent letters Tuesday to the heads of the NBA, NHL and five other groups asking for information about their drug-testing policies. The House Government Reform Committee sent a similar request to the NFL last week. "This is the compare-and-contrast phase of the investigation," said David Marin, spokesman for committee chairman Tom Davis, a Virginia Republican.
January 18, 2006 | Dan Arritt, Times Staff Writer
Tour de France team champion Discovery Channel and Team CSC, the world's top-ranked cycling team, will be among those competing in the inaugural Amgen Tour of California, a 600-mile road race starting Feb. 19 in San Francisco and ending Feb. 26 in Redondo Beach.
July 15, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
A good training program can take a cyclist from the middle of the pack to the front. Get tips on improving endurance, speed and strength from top cycling coach Joe Friel in a live Web chat Monday, July 18, at 11 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. Central time, 2 p.m. Eastern time). Friel is the author of "The Cyclist's Training Bible" and is a USA Triathlon and USA Cycling-certified elite-level coach. Friel, who lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., has a master's in exercise science, trains amateurs and pros, and is the founder of TrainingBible Coaching , a Web-based coaching site.
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 24, 2005 | From Associated Press
Without fail, it happens daily at this time of year. Someone, typically middle-aged and at least a wee bit out of shape, ambles into Lance Armstrong's favorite bike shop and professes to be "just looking." And a few minutes later, that person wheels away a bicycle -- the first one he's owned in, perhaps, decades.
September 15, 2006 | Robyn Norwood; Jim Peltz, From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Track star Marion Jones pulled out of this weekend's World Cup in Athens and says she won't race again this season. The five-time Olympic medalist said her conditioning wasn't good enough for her to compete at a high level after missing more than a month of competition after her positive test for the banned endurance enhancer EPO. The sprinter was cleared to run again when her second sample tested negative.
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