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Pro bike racing comes to Clarendon, VA

On the 11th of June, the Clarendon Cup bicycle race returned to the streets of Arlington, VA. This particular running was unusual in that a large team breakaway got away very early and lapped the field while the race was less than half over. As the race continued smaller breaks-and a solo rider-managed to escape the main peleton and lap the field themselves, thus getting back into contention and preventing the race from being effectively over. All the winners were from these breaks, with a team sponsored by United Health Care sweeping the podiums.

Video from the 2016 Clarendon Cup

Clarendon Cup bicycle race

Bicycle racers pour it on in training under the cherry blosssoms

On the 24th of March, the cherry blossoms were in full bloom at Haines Point. This is always a popular area for bike racers to take training rides, some of them were really pouring on the power.

Video-bike racers under the cherry trees

Bike racers under the cherry trees

DC Bike Party reportback for November 11

On the 11th of November, the DC Bike Party once again took to the streets. This ride went up the hills and around Adams-Morgan and 16th st, with a mid-ride stop in Malcolm X Park. Near the end of the ride came a display of precision riding as several riders "rode under the arch" formed by the joined hands of two other riders.

Video-"Riding Under the Arch" at the DC Bike Party(35 sec)

The November Bike Party crossing the bridge over Rock Creek above Adams-Morgan

"Riding Under the Arch" at the DC Bike Party

Bicycle racers take to streets of Clarendon, VA

On the 13th of June, the Clarendon Cup bicycle race was once again held on a a very tight course laid out on the streets of downtown Clarendon. The winning team and rider were sponsored by United Health Care, notorious for removing all dental coverage from their "community" or Medicaid plan. The race itself was sponsored by the US Air Force, known for guzzling jet fuel. In spite of all that, the annual Clarendon Cup is a spectacular bike race including pro teams, some of which also ride in the Tour de France.

Video highlights of the race

Hundreds ride in second DC Bike Party of 2015

On the 13th of May, hundreds of cyclists took over the streets for the second DC Bike Party of 2015. The DC Bike Party departs from Dupont Circle at 8PM sharp on the second Tuesday of the month during the warmer months of the year. DC Bike Parties can draw as many as 600 riders.

Quick video highlights of the daylight portion of the ride (1 min 45 sec)

Hundreds ride to cherry blossoms in first DC Bike Party of 2015

On the 8th of April, hundreds of DC area cyclists gathered in spotty rain for the first of the year's DC Bike Parties. They leave Dupont Circle at 8PM on the second Wednesday of each of the warmer months of the year. This one was the Cherry Blossom Chase, and rode to the Hained Point loop, under newly opened cherry blossoms. Just before the ride began the rain tapered off to nothing more than drizzle, nowhere near enough to dampen the spirits of hundreds of riders on the first Bike Party of the year

2 min video of the ride

Departing from Dupont Circle

'South Park' levels Redskins, Goodell, NFL in its latest episode

The NFL found itself in the crosshairs of "South Park" on Wednesday night, and nobody got out unscathed. The Washington Redskins' racially-tinged nickname, Dan Snyder's tone-deaf public persona, Roger Goodell's non-answers, Ray Rice, Jerry Jones ...

'South Park' levels Redskins, Goodell, NFL in its latest episode

The NFL found itself in the crosshairs of "South Park" on Wednesday night, and nobody got out unscathed. TheWashington Redskins' racially-tinged nickname, Dan Snyder's tone-deaf public persona, Roger Goodell's non-answers, Ray Rice, Jerry Jones ... everything was a target.

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Thousands gather in Dupont Circle to watch World Cup "Eviction Games"

On the 26th of June, a huge, mostly white crowd gathered in Dupont Circle to watch the US team lose to Germany in the World Cup. These Eviction Games were made possible by tens of thousands of evictions of favela residents in Rio and tens of thousands more in the rest of the country. The next Eviction Games in Brazil are the Olympics, and here in DC the rich want both the Olympics in 2024 and the evictions.

Stirring "Eviction Games" Video

Gas-guzzling Air Force sponsors Clarendon Cup bicycle race

On the 7th of June, the US Air Force was the lead sponsor of the Clarendon Cup bicycle race, as half of the "US Air Force Cycling Classic." I find it almost hypocritical that one of the world's largest users of jet fuel is sponsoring a bicycle race. A human-powered flight competition would at least be somewhat a match for them, however.

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