As with most things, when it comes to cycling, nothing beats the real thing. However, there are many obstacles that can get in the way of cycling outdoors, from weather to work hours. When this happens, a bike trainer is definitely the way to go. I have known several triathletes who've trained almost exclusively on a bike trainer and have gone on to successfully complete their races, including those who were training for an Ironman distance triathlon, which includes a 112-mile bike ride.
When bicyclists talk about the cities in the country that are friendliest to bicyclists, they mention places such as San Francisco, Seattle and Austin, Texas. Not Baltimore. Now, city officials are working to change that. On Wednesday, they approved spending $300,000 to help pay for a Downtown Bicycle Network.
New State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby comes into office with a major decision looming: How to handle the death of Thomas Palermo, the prominent local cyclist who died in a collision with a car driven by an Episcopal bishop two days after Christmas.
There are three narratives from the death of Tom Palermo, bicyclist and builder of bikes: The outpouring of support for the man's family; the unusual efforts of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland to tell us about the involvement of its second-ranking bishop in the collision that caused Palermo's death; and the emergence of the bicycling movement as a power in shaping the Next Baltimore.
Tom Palermo hadn't had as much opportunity as he would have liked recently to ride his bicycle. With a wife and two young children, and a full-time job and a business on the side, there just wasn't much time.
Baltimore police are withholding details of Thomas Palermo's death while biking, saying the investigation into the circumstances of the crash, which involved a car reportedly driven by Episcopal bishop Heather Cook, needs to be careful not to jeopardize any potential prosecution.
Doug Ulman, a Howard County native and founder of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, has been named president and CEO of Pelotonia, a cycling organization that raises money for cancer research, according to officials of the Ohio-based organization.
According to the website for the Le Tour de France (Letour.com), the final, 21st stage of this year's 101st edition of the famed European bicycle race will take place on July 27. For the riders, it will mark the end of a journey of 3,664 kilometers, from England to Paris by way of much of France, that began on July 5.
The lights are low and the bass is thumping, but the cycle room at Rev Cycle Studio in McHenry Row is no dance club. Halfway into the studio's Rev60 Zen class — a "fusion" of 40 minutes of cycling and 20 of yoga — a dozen cyclists are pedaling (and sweating) hard, following instructor Esther Collinetti's demands to go harder.
By By Kit Waskom Pollard and For The Baltimore Sun
Anne Arundel Special Olympics, a nonprofit sports program, seeks volunteers ages 16 and over. Volunteer orientation will be held March 19. Russett resident Bill Berned will cycle solo in July in the New England Tour de Cure to raise funds for the American Diabetes Association.
Inspired by a leadership class, Severna Park's Jon Korin set about forming a bicycle advocacy group in Anne Arundel County about a year ago. He hoped to marshal bicyclists to lobby for more bike lanes and raise awareness of bike laws.
By By Joe Burris and Pamela Wood and The Baltimore Sun
Rodgers Forge bicyclist Tom Blanks was severely injured when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Delaware July 16. Wife Blair Blanks says the crash has not only taken away "the sport he loves" but "a way of life" for the 38-year-old Constellation executive.
The Baltimore Bike Party -- part costume party, urban exploration, family outing, dance rave and roving singles scene -- is a group ride through Baltimore that will have you feeling like Mister Rogers, Lance Armstrong and Lady Gaga all in the space of 2 1/2 hours.