Hump day links
» Two opportunities to volunteer for studies and get some end-of-season performance data: Brett Peterson of UIC is looking for cyclists to be tested in LaGrange, as is the Gatorade Sports Science Institute in Barrington. Scott Van Maldegiam (Spin Doctor Cyclewerks) blogs about the Gatorade experience at his new blog.
» One of the riders in this week’s VeloNews photo contest winner is a certain member of XXX Racing-AthletiCo. Not to be braggy, but within six months the same person has been both the winning photographer and part of the winning subject. (The Snake Alley photo was taken about 30 seconds before I crashed and broke my clavicle. I did not have a good day.)
» Cyclists have it bad around Chicago, but at least we don’t live in L.A. or Beverly Hills. (Thanks, Matt.)
» “Train and race so hard you sweat, vomit and bleed lactic acid.” Chicago’s loss will be Des Moines’ gain and Iowa’s bane. Good luck, Jen. In other transfer news, I understand that two of the most coveted Cat 4 sandbaggers have made arrangements with Flatlandia and Team Clif Bar Midwest, but I’ll leave it to them to make official announcements.
» A grand tour passing through Indianapolis and Carbondale? I’ll believe it when I see it.
» I just about melted when I saw this video of a busy Dutch intersection that gets along fine without traffic lights. So many bike commuters! Cars and bikes getting along! The world as it ought to be! (Thanks, Payton.)
» Somewhat related: Copenhagen Girls on Bikes.