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this issue (only two in this "starter edition." Look for much
more in two weeks.):
ARCNews to Resume
Mexico City Commentator Says "Crush
Skull Valley Loop Challenge --
Road Cyclist News is starting back with a modest first
issue. I will be back in Phoenix on August 30, a month ahead of my
planned return. (I cut my trip short due to a sciatic nerve enjury.) I plan to get out a full issue a week after
my return. I'm sitting in Luxembourg City at the moment using a free WiFi connection, so I thought I'd get out a limited
edition to try to get back into the grove. Send me your news about
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Mexico City Commentator
Says "Crush Cyclists"
I travel abroad and reada few overseas news sources even when I'm in
Phoenix. Sometimes I think that the USA is the only country with
rabble-rousing radio and TV commentators who appeal to the worst
instincts of people of limited intelligence, but then my faith in the
universal presence of scumbag commentators is restored when I encounter
hate-mongering equivalents of Rush Limbaugh in countries such as
Germany. My latest contact with a
commentator who appeals to the baser instincts of the intellectually
challenged comes indirectly through the August 23 online edition of the
Mexican newspaper El Universal.
The newspaper reports
that a Mexico City radio commentator named Angel Verdugo
(perhaps it is not a coincidence that his last name means
"executioner" or "hangman") has appealed to his
listeners to use their motor vehicles to "crush" cyclists. Mr. Verdrugo is a commentator for the Mexico City radio
station Reporte 98.5. The following
translations of his remarks from Spanish to English are mine.
Mexico City has been
trying to encourage cycling as one means of reducing the number of
automobiles choking its streets including a program called Ecobici that enables
persons to cheaply rent a bike at one location and leave it at another.
The program is similar to those operated in many European cities.
far from approving of the city's Ecobici
program, has called its users "the new plague that is on the verge
of causing severe damage in the
Federal District" because many of them don't respect traffic laws.
(Never mind the fact that almost no driver in Mexico City respects the
traffic laws.) He adds that in the week he made his comments, "I was
twice on the point of slamming into cyclists with my modest
He continued, "I
order you, when you see this cloud of locusts, aim your vehicle at them
immediately, don't give them a second chance, crush them so that they
learn their lesson."
"It seems that
because they are using this 'instrument' [a bicycle] that belongs to
Mexico City, these gentleman feel free to do anything they want."
Skull Valley Loop
Challenge – September 11
The following is a press
release put out by the organizers of Prescott's Skull Valley Loop Challenge.
Those of you who have ridden or raced the Skull Valley Loop know that it
is one of the greatest rides that Arizona has to offer.
area cyclists are invited to participate in Prescott’s “home
grown road ride” on Sunday September 11th. The first “Jerry Doss
Memorial Skull Valley Loop Challenge” was held in 2007. Last year over
200 bicyclists registered for the event, which attracted participants
from all over Arizona, and neighboring states.
ride is a 54 mile “loop” that starts and ends at City Hall in
Prescott. The circuit takes in Skull Valley, Kirkland, and Wilhoit
before returning on White Spar Rd., and it includes some 3,850 feet of
elevation change. Start time is 7:30 AM sharp. There will be two
support stations along the route, as well as “sag wagons” staffed by
local bike shops. The event is billed as a “fun ride” and it is not a
race, but time will be kept so riders can challenge their personal
Doss was the main instigator of the first event, but he died
before it happened, and the Prescott Cycling Club (PCC) held the first
ride in his memory. Now, PCC is also a memory, and the ride is
organized by Prescott Alternative Transportation, a non-profit
organization working towards a bicycle and pedestrian friendly central
Yavapai community. Registration fees are $35.00 before August 19th and
$45.00 after. More ride details and online registration information is
available at http://www.PrescottCycling.net.
more information, please contact the ride committee at
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