Just a few years ago, the prize purse and Kona points were much smaller than they are today for the U.S. Professional 70.3 Championship at St. George, Utah. But this time around, the $75,000 prize purse and the 1,500 Ironman qualifying points have attracted a pro field deep in quality and quantity.
For starters, there are two Olympic medalists, nine ITU World Championship medal winners, eight Ironman 70.3 world championship podium placers, three Ironman World Championship medalists and two XTERRA World Champions in this star studded field.
An aggressive driver ran several cyclists and pedestrians off of Great Northern Boulevard on Saturday. The incident occurred at about 5:20 p.m., when a white, newer model Dodge Challenger or Charger with a black section on its hood made three passes down the street, swerving across the center lane of the road and into the bike lane toward riders and pedestrians, witnesses said.
Matt Tynan, an attorney who often works with injured bicyclists, was bicycling along Great Northern when the incident occurred. He’d just ridden under the Far West overpass when he heard an engine revving behind him.
Sharp criticism of Rio de Janeiro’s preparations for the 2016 Summer Olympics continued Tuesday as International Olympic Committee vice president John Coates called the delays “the worst I have experienced.”
Coates, who has made six trips to Brazil as part of the IOC’s coordination commission for Rio, said the Brazilians are behind “in many, many ways” and are in worse shape than Greek organizers were in preparing for the 2004 Olympics.
USATF, the same organization who couldn’t figure out how exactly Dropbox works, is in charge of the governance and administration of the sport in the U.S. It facilitates the meets that select Olympic and world championship teams, and it contracts with sponsors. What it does not do very well is listen to the crescendo of athletes and fans that hate its guts.
All good things must come to an end and this Saturday (May 3) will mark the end of one of the iconic races in Austin. On Saturday morning, Chuy’s will host its final Hot to Trot 5-K. Sadly, it’s true that after 31 straight years and several venues, this great race will be no more as Chuy’s has decided to focus its fund-raising efforts in other ways.
Which is a shame as the current Hot to Trot course is one of the best in town. Located in the land of the Big Box Boonies of South Austin which just so happens to be the home of the popular, incredibly busy Chuy’s Arbor Trails, located on the west side of the MoPac frontage road, just south of William Cannon.
What I wanted was to find him slumped in his uneasy chair, naked nails on the wall, haircut in his hands, not even a poodle by his side. I wanted someone who was sorry — sorry for what he’d done, sorry for what was next, sorry to be stuck in his new, sorry life. But that’s not what I found.
Lance Armstrong is happy. In fact, he looks better at 42 than I’ve ever seen him, less gaunt in the face, thicker in the chest, bluer in the eyes. I found a man sitting in his den, surrounded by his seven Tour de France chalices, his 3-year-old, Olivia, on his lap, kissing him and laughing. Really pissed me off.