Ride Like the Wind
“I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike. I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride it where I like.” Cycling aficionados would agree that Queen’s Freddy Mercury couldn’t have said it better. Who doesn’t like biking? Being outdoors, feeling the breeze in your face, this pastime not only gives you a terrific workout, but perks up your mood. One of the first things we all learn as children, after tying our shoes, is how to ride a bike. You remember those days—wobbling along with training wheels, trying to balance on the banana seat or stay above the bar. Then came the excitement of that first 10-speed model, which had you switching gears, testing out back pedaling and riding as fast as you could go, all with great enthusiasm.
World-famous cyclists have given the sport international recognition, spawning a huge fan base, inspiring other talented riders to give it their all. One such athlete is Chris Horner, who rode for the United States in the 2012 Olympic Games in London and competed in last year’s Tour De France. Overall winner of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California, the Bend, Oregon, native will be getting his wheels ready for the 4th annual Clark’s Corner Cycling Challenge on October 12 in the Ione to benefit Interfaith Food Bank and World Bicycle Relief. Participants and their families are encouraged to sign up for the October 11 VIP dinner, where you’ll meet the cycling legend and feast on steak and lobster in a festive atmosphere—don’t miss it! For complete event details, visit www.clarkscornerione.com.
Bicycle lanes are something of a double-edged sword in certain circumstances. Study after study has shown that the presence of bicycle lanes has a positive effect on overall cycling. However, some will argue that traditional bike lane placement – especially on city streets – comes with its own problems. Usually, bike lanes are placed in the exact spot where drivers would get out of their cars when parallel parking next to the curb – the “door zone.” Bike lanes can also put cyclists in conflict with motorists that are making right hand turns at stop lights.