Zombie Month – Juan of the Dead

SBS has declared March “International Zombie Month”, and by Friday aren’t we all feeling a little bit like a zombie?

Juan of the Dead (2011)

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… using motors in frames …

Technical Cheating
… The question is, “When does performance advantage become technical cheating?” To prevent technical cheating, a strong adherence to the regulations, a strong interpretation of the spirit of the sport, coupled with UCI’s open communication with teams and manufacturers of cycling equipment is desirable. A clear, unambiguous set of technical rules are critically important for this aspect of the sport. They require continuous review and update, given the pace of technological development.
The Commission was told of varying efforts to cheat the technical rules, including using motors in frames. This particular issue was taken seriously, especially by top riders, and was not dismissed as being
isolated. Other forms of cheating were explained, relating to frames construction, saddle specifications, and the wearing of illegal clothing and apparel. One interviewee alleged that another had heated a cycling track to elicit an advantage to the home team, by enabling them to use more advantageous tyres. … ❞
— p.85 Cycling Independent Reform Commission report [PDF] (2015-Mar-09) [UCI]

❝ Allegations of motors in bikes cropped up in 2010 when former professional Davide Cassani appeared in a video and showed a bike featuring what he said was a hidden motor in the seat tube.
That video contained footage of Fabian Cancellara’s victorious performances in Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders, two races he dominated. Cassani appeared to be claiming that the Swiss rider may have used such a motor in his successes.
Cancellara denied this, telling the Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad that the claims were ‘so stupid I’m speechless.’ ❞
Cookson on motors in bikes: “Our information is this is a very real possibility” (2015-Mar-27) [CyclingtTps]

❝ “I think we gave a pretty strong sign at the weekend that we are aware that this is a potential problem, that we are not going to stand idly by and let it damage and destroy our sport in the way that doping did,” he said, referring to the San Remo checks.
“We are going to seek any means necessary, including the support of local police, to check up on this.
“That would not just include bikes at the finish. It could include bikes that were used mid-race and then put on top of team cars, etcetera. We have got a new technical cheating rule in the handbook this year and we intend to make sure that we follow it. ❞ {Brian Cookson, UCI President}
Cookson on motors in bikes: “Our information is this is a very real possibility” (2015-Mar-27) [CyclingtTps]

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** April Challenge – Historical Fiction **

goodreads The Aussie Readers group on Goodreads has the April Challenge – Historical Fiction;

For our April challenge we will read Historical Fiction – but it’s Historical Fiction with a difference!
a) Historical Fiction which is set in Australia
b) Historical Romance
c) Historical Mystery
As a bonus part of the challenge, make sure each of them is by an Australian author, but we won’t hold it against you if you don’t/can’t;)
The criteria is to read a minimum of two (2) this month.


Historical fiction is a literary genre in which the plot takes place in a setting located in the past. Historical fiction can be an ambiguous term: frequently it is used as a synonym for describing the historical novel; however, the term can be applied to works in other narrative formats … Lynda Adamson, in her preface to the bibliographic reference work World Historical Fiction, states that while a “generally accepted definition” for the historical novel is a novel “about a time period at least 25 years before it was written”. — wikipedia

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2015 Dwars door Vlaanderen

DDV Mar 25, 2015
Dwars door Vlaanderen (English: Across Flanders) is a Flanders Classics road bicycle race, which as from 2013 will count as a 1.HC event on the UCI Europe Tour. Traditionally, it is the start of the Flemish cycling week, with Gent–Wevelgem (before 2010 the Brabantse Pijl instead of Gent–Wevelgem), the Three Days of De Panne and the Tour of Flanders. Dwars door Vlaanderen has always been contested on a Wednesday, a week and a half before the Tour of Flanders. The finish is always in Waregem. The race was first run in 1945 and the race has been every year since, with the exception of 1971. The race was previously named Dwars door België (English: Across Belgium). In the years 1945–1946 and 1948–1964, the race was run as a stage-race over two days; in 1947 and since 1965, it has been held as a one-day race.wikipedia [ Europe Tour 1.HC | BEL] #DDV


[1] Dwars door Vlaanderen [www.dwarsdoorvlaanderen.be]
[2] Dwars door Vlaanderen 2015 Live Dashboard [SteepHill]
[3] Dwars door Vlaanderen 2015 [CyclingNews]

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25 March 2015
Australians will go #darkagainstdata retention.
Join them https://getup.org.au/godark


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2015 Volta a Catalunya

volta_catalunya Mar 23 -29, 2015
The Volta a Catalunya is a popular road bicycle race held annually in Catalonia, Spain. It is a part of the UCI World Tour programme, ranking second behind the Vuelta a España in popularity for Spain. Due to its place in the riding calendar (after the Giro d’Italia), it was long viewed as an important Tour de France preparation race for cyclists. After the inauguration of the ProTour, the race moved to May, making it an alternative for the Giro. This didn’t prove to be a successful change, and for the 2010 season, the race organisation announced a move to late March, the date formerly held by another Catalan stage race, the Setmana Catalana. The first edition was held in January and lasted for three days.wikipedia [ UCI WorldTour 2.UWT | SPA] #voltacatalunya

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This weeks links (2015-03-23)

In brief:



* The Week in Bike #61 – Public Relations (2015-Mar-20) [Cyclocosm]

Some reading/listening:


Something from Bandcamp:

Shaded Ray by Bucketheadland

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