60: SoCal Bicyclists in Japan & Cuba, and Issue 138 is Hot off the Press

Much of our conversation is spent on the topic of the newly released issue #138, but we also briefly mention UPS e-bikes, the mountain bike race through Cuba, Stig Brockx wakes up from a coma, and Colnago helps China get to the WorldTour.

Topics

Big Brown on Bikes – UPS launches e-bike delivery service in Portland! UPS employees are delivering packages to residents in Portland by a steel electric bike, built by local Portland company Truck Trikes, that can support up to 600 pounds. This program is still in testing phase but could be the new delivery method for UPS nationally if all goes well.
UPS Launches E-Bike Delivery Service in Portland (Of Course)

Victor goes to Cuba – Victor just got back from his coverage of Titan Tropic, a 5 day mountain bike race in Cuba. Victor will soon be bringing you all the details of the SoCal Bicyclist adventure from Cuba, the race through paradise.
The Race Through Paradise Concludes with the Final Stage
Titan Tropic

Stig Broeckx Wakes Up – Good news of the Lotto Soudal rider who was in a coma after he was involved in the crash of two medic motorcycles during the Tour of Belgium in February; he was in coma due to head injuries until finally waking on December 13th. According to Road.cc, Broeckx is no longer in a vegetative state and is beginning to talk.
Stig Broeckx emerges from coma six months after Tour of Belgium moto crash
(May 2016) Stig Broeckx in coma after crash involving motorbikes at Tour of Belgium

Colnago helps to ensure China gets in World Tour – In November, the UCI announced it awarded WorldTour licenses to 17 teams for the 2017 and 2018 seasons, with only the Chinese-backed TJ Sports team that took over from Lampre-Merida missing out, according to Cycling News. On December 13th, it was reported by Stephen Farrand of Cycling News that a new sponsor would save the TJ Sport team after problems with Chinese backers. “Cyclingnews understands that bike sponsor Colnago has played a key role in finding new sponsors to keep the team alive.”
New sponsor set to save TJ Sport team after problems with Chinese backers

SoCal Bicyclist Goes to Japan – We love to go to places touched by the bicycle (the worldwide symbol) and for this issue, we’re going beyond Southern California, to the Japanese peninsula, Notojima. There are many bike opportunities in Notojima (west of Tokyo, on the Sea of Japan coast), such as the one we participated in. We spent several days riding around the Peninsula, with the hot spring, Wakura Onsen, as our home base.
In International Cycling Destination in Japan
Issue #138 of Bicyclist Magazine SoCal & Beyond

Issue 138 –  In issue 138, you can rest assured we made sure to cover SoCal topics such as local advocacy news and information, as well as our regular column Destinations Within Reach, featuring The Monkey Tree Hotel in Palm Springs.
The SoCal Athlete Recovery Getaway
Real Time Advocacy: Bicycles May Use Full Lane

The Bicyclist Provisions Matrix, Holiday Edition – We talk about our new feature, the Bicyclist Provision Matrix, and why we included some of the recommendations for this year’s gift guide. Some of our favorites include; Thousand helmets, Osprey’s Bike Commute backpack, Portland Design Works Rack, and more.
Bicyclist Provision Matrix
Thousand Helmets
Osprey Packs
Portland Design Works

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