New Bedford, MA Starchasers

I’ll be riding to the start from Staples in Fairhaven at 6:45 in order to beat the opening of the bridge.

Set your GPS to 1 Oneda St. New Bedford, MA

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OUR NEXT MISSION! “Operation Roswell that Ends Well” launches 7/17 from the Buttonwood Park Community Center. Meet at 7:30PM. Launch at 8:00PM.

Wear something paranormal or cryptid-inspired and get ready to journey into mystery!

This 8-10 light year mission is free, open to the public, and cosmically inclusive! All person-powered wheels and assistive mobility devices are welcome.

Ride With Buzzards Bay Coalition

Nitrogen-Cycle on the Shining Sea Bikeway

Tuesday, July 06, 2021 4:30pm

Set GPS for 13 County Rd. Falmouth, Ma. Rt. 151 exit from rt 28.

Join Buzzards Bay Coalition staff for a 23-mile ride along the Shining Sea Bikeway from North Falmouth to Woods Hole with a few detours to points of interest along West Falmouth Harbor.

At various points along the harbor, staff will share information about the sources and impacts of nitrogen pollution as well as what the Coalition is doing to tackle the problem.

This is a social ride with everyone staying together to enjoy the miles, scenery, and learn about a challenging environmental issue.

Cost: Free

Registration Required.

The US Olympic Women’s Soccer Team Are The Epitome of Cool

Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe

I drove to Pratt and Whitney Stadium in East Hartford, Connecticut to witness the World Champions US Women’s Soccer team take on Mexico. Soccer is a sport that you have to compete against teams from across the world to be declared the champions. Some American sports, all you have to do is win your local league and wah la….your declared champions of the world.

I was only allowed to bring my iPhone into the stadium (because of copyright rules of pro athlete’s images). No lenses exceeding 3 inches, and no recording device. (go pros). Torrential downpours also conspired against me getting more video shots.

I had no idea how good my row 6 seats would turn out pregame. The US players did their warmups a few yards from the seats. Once the torrential rains began, I decided to walk around the mezzanine looking for a sheltered spot. After a while, the rains became a badge of honor for me and most of the fans. The harder it rained, the harder the US played and the harder we all cheered and sang. “I believe that we will win. I believe that we will win.”

The 18-player Olympic roster includes 17 athletes from the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup championship team, eleven of which also competed at the 2016 Games in Rio. This will be Carli Lloyd and Tobin Heath’s fourth Olympic appearance. Make no mistake, this team is stacked. Crystal Dunn, Rose Lavelle, Alex Morgan, Kelly O’Hara and Christen Press are all devastating goal scorers. The US players are the best in the world in every position.

The American Women defeated Mexico with ease 4-0. The most fascinating thing is that in the last fifteen minutes coach Vlatko Andonovski’s substitutions upped the level of the game so much, the Mexican team was overwhelmed and gave up two goals. Only two was merciful because 3 or 4 more were turned back by some incredible defending by Mexico.

It’s Good To Be Healthy Again

Bit #75
June 30 2021
18.65 miles.

Riding around town gathering video clips to practice some new editing techniques I’m learning. It’s a struggle to get some decent shots because I’m riding the same area over and over again. I missed two great group rides a couple of weeks ago on account of my hospitalizations.

A group ride next week on Cape Cod should give me enough clips to do a decent video.

I’m driving to East Hartford, Connecticut tomorrow with tickets to see the World Champion Women’s National Soccer Team take on Mexico. I’ll be meeting fellow American Outlaws for the tailgate and probably a few Midnight Riders.

Travelers

There are many types of people on bikes.

There are many types of amateur cyclists. The Crit riders who ride on tracks of varying shapes and distances, as hard as they can for 30 minutes. There are usually two or three separate categories which allows riders of every level to race once a week. Cat 5&6, Cat 3&4, and Cat 1, 2 and professional. These are by far the best and most serious amateur riders.

There is also the club riders. Again there are levels. A, B. Sometimes C groups and of course my favorite, the AARP spinners. The A and B groups are usually very serious and like to dress like the pros with logos and matching kits. The goal is to go for a bike ride and finish it as fast as they can, and can get very anal over their average speed, max speed and VO2 ma. Over the years, I managed to work my way down from the double paceline A group to the AARP spinners.

There are city group rides. Casual rides with friends and family. Bike path riders, country road solo riders, and on and on. Very often, bikers and drivers jockey for road space. Even when there is room for both. Sometimes things get heated.

Loaded touring riders don’t fit any of these stereotypes. Cyclists on loaded bikes are not tourist. They are treated at Travelers. People love to talk with them. “Where did you start? Where are you going? How long have you been on the road? Etc. I met two Travelers today. It was chaos.