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Me I teach english as a foreign language in Barranquilla, Colombia. In my previous life, as I call it, I was an IT guy, systems administrator, computer tech, as well as a shipping/receiving guy and also worked as a merchandising guy for a year for a camping/RV accessories store.
Me

Chip Wiegand

I teach english as a foreign language in Barranquilla, Colombia. In my previous life, as I call it, I was an IT guy, systems administrator, computer tech, as well as a shipping/receiving guy and also worked as a merchandising guy for a year for a camping/RV accessories store.

Bicycle Racing News

BBC Sport | Other Sports | Cycling | UK Edition

The latest BBC Cycling news plus comment, analysis, results, cycling tips and tactics along with video and audio.

04/17/2012 10:35 AM
GB success will continue - Clancy
Ed Clancy believes GB cyclists will deliver Olympic success even if performance director Dave Brailsford leaves his role.
04/17/2012 10:52 AM
Chris Hoy learned on girl's bike
Cyclist Sir Chris Hoy's first bicycle was a girl's bike the Olympic gold medallist's mother reveals.
04/12/2012 04:41 AM
Brailsford ponders sprint options
British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford refuses to reveal his sprint selection strategy for Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny.
04/12/2012 05:14 AM
Hoy takes audacious keirin gold
Sir Chris Hoy concludes the World Track Cycling in Melbourne with a stunning ride to win the men's keirin gold medal.
04/08/2012 07:32 AM
Thomas should snub Games - coach
British Cycling head coach Shane Sutton says Geraint Thomas should race in the Tour de France instead of going for a second Olympic gold.
04/10/2012 06:15 AM
Boonen wins Paris-Roubaix classic
Belgian Tom Boonen becomes only the second rider to win the Paris-Roubaix classic for the fourth time.
04/07/2012 03:36 PM
Bemused Hoy admits lack of desire
Sir Chris Hoy tells BBC Sport he "wasn't as up for it" as much as earlier in the year after finishing behind Jason Kenny in the World Track Cycling sprint in Melbourne.
04/07/2012 09:13 AM
Trott wins gold as Kenny pips Hoy
Laura Trott wins omnium gold for Britain as Jason Kenny beats Sir Chris Hoy on his way to sprint silver at the World Track Cycling.
04/06/2012 11:51 AM
Wounded Pendleton wins world gold
Track cyclist Victoria Pendleton overcomes a bruising collision with Australia's Anna Meares to win world sprint gold in Melbourne.
04/08/2012 04:13 AM
Year ban hurt me - champion Bauge
Gregory Bauge, who beat Jason Kenny to track cycling's sprint world title in Melbourne, says the fallout from his year-long ban still 'hurts'.

News – VeloNews.com

Competitive Cycling News, Race Results and Bike Reviews

08/23/2017 10:40 AM
Van Garderen confirms contract with BMC for 2018

Tejay van Garderen said he has a contract to ride with BMC Racing for 2018.

The post Van Garderen confirms contract with BMC for 2018 appeared first on VeloNews.com.


08/23/2017 10:39 AM
GC battle taking shape at Vuelta

After five stages the GC battle for this year's Vuelta a España is beginning to take shape

The post GC battle taking shape at Vuelta appeared first on VeloNews.com.


08/23/2017 04:13 AM
VN podcast, episode 47: Nibali’s shark fin; spicy transfer market

Just half a week into the the Vuelta and the GC battle is on. Chris Froome and Esteban Chavez fire warning shots; Nibali wins.

The post VN podcast, episode 47: Nibali’s shark fin; spicy transfer market appeared first on VeloNews.com.


08/23/2017 04:00 AM
Technical FAQ: Who’s studying women’s-specific design?

Does women's-specific bike geometry make sense? Lennard Zinn talks to major manufacturers about their approaches to bike fit.

The post Technical FAQ: Who’s studying women’s-specific design? appeared first on VeloNews.com.


08/22/2017 11:17 AM
Warbasse: Just call him ‘Capitán América’

Larry Warbasse is a fan favorite at the Vuelta, wearing the national champion's Stars and Stripes for debut team Aqua Blue Sport.

The post Warbasse: Just call him ‘Capitán América’ appeared first on VeloNews.com.


08/22/2017 10:35 AM
Video: Col Collective climbs Col du Sanetsch

Col Collective climbs Col du Sanetsch, one of Switzerland's best-kept secrets climbing 1,745 meters over 33km.

The post Video: Col Collective climbs Col du Sanetsch appeared first on VeloNews.com.


08/22/2017 10:19 AM
Contador on Vuelta stage 3: ‘I felt super, super weak’

Alberto Contador admits he was in a bad way in stage 3. He isn't alone. Kruijswijk, Zakarin, and Barguil all lose time.

The post Contador on Vuelta stage 3: ‘I felt super, super weak’ appeared first on VeloNews.com.


08/21/2017 03:07 PM
Nibali vows to fight for Vuelta overall

PRADES, France (VN) — When VeloNews polled sport directors ahead of this Vuelta a España, two names popped up: Chris Froome for the win.

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08/20/2017 02:24 PM
Quick-Step logjam: Why the rider market is so active this year

The 2017 transfer season has been one fore the ages, with riders swapping teams at a remarkable rate.

The post Quick-Step logjam: Why the rider market is so active this year appeared first on VeloNews.com.


08/20/2017 03:53 AM
VN pod, Haute Route Pyrenees special: Stage 7

Are you considering riding a Haute Route event or another multi-day sportive? We talk to a veteran rider to learn some tips.

The post VN pod, Haute Route Pyrenees special: Stage 7 appeared first on VeloNews.com.


Cycling Weekly

Daily cycling news and bike reviews from the UK's best-selling cycling magazine.

08/23/2017 04:28 PM
We knew Vincenzo Nibali would lose time on ‘short and violent’ Vuelta summit finish, says Bahrain director

Nibali lost valuable seconds on the first summit finish of the Vuelta a España

Vincenzo Nibali on stage five of the Vuelta a España (Sunada)
Nibali lost valuable seconds on the first summit finish of the Vuelta a España
08/23/2017 03:01 PM
‘This is more like it’: Alberto Contador happy to show signs of form on Vuelta summit finish

The Spaniard put in a markedly improved performance on the short summit finish of the Vuelta a España stage five

Alberto Contador rides in ahead of Chris Froome on stage five of the 2017 Vuelta a España (Sunada)
Alberto Contador put in a markedly improved performance on the short summit finish of the Vuelta a España stage five
08/23/2017 02:06 PM
‘We were always in control’: Chris Froome comfortable in first mountain defence of Vuelta lead

The Brit looked strong as he extended his lead in the overall standings on the short hill-top finish of Vuelta a España stage five

23 August 2017 72nd Vuelta a Espana Stage 05 : Benicassim - Alcossebre FROOME Christopher (GBR) Sky, Maillot Rojo Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA
Chris Froome looked strong as he extended his lead in the overall standings on the short hill-top finish of Vuelta a España stage five
08/23/2017 01:39 PM
Five talking points from stage five of the Vuelta a España 2017

Lutsenko's maiden Grand Tour win, Froome attacks again, and Nibali fades

Alexey Lutsenko wins stage five of the Vuelta a España (Sunada)
Alexey Lutsenko's maiden Grand Tour win, Chris Froome attacks again, and Vincenzo Nibali fades: our analysis of the fifth stage of the Vuelta a España 2017.
08/23/2017 12:27 PM
Chris Froome retains overall lead as Alexey Lutsenko wins Vuelta a España stage five

Lutsenko takes victory from the breakaway as the Vuelta returns to the mountains

23 August 2017 72nd Vuelta a Espana Stage 05 : Benicassim - Alcossebre CONTADOR Alberto (ESP) Trek - Segafredo FROOME Christopher (GBR) Sky, Maillot Rojo Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA
Lutsenko takes victory from the breakaway and Froome retains lead as the Vuelta returns to the mountains
08/23/2017 11:23 AM
Fixie rider faces up to two years in prison after being convicted over death of mother-of-two

Charlie Alliston not guilty of manslaughter, but faces time in prison for "wanton and furious driving"

Charlie Alliston faces up to two years in prison
A cyclist faces up to two years in prison after being convicted over the death of a pedestrian who he collided with while riding an illegal fixed gear bike.
08/23/2017 11:07 AM
‘Sprinters are being forced into extinction’: Riders and directors have their say on lack of Vuelta sprint stages

The 2017 Vuelta a España featured only four real chances for the the sprinters through the three weeks

Matteo Trentin wins the sprint finish on stage four of the Vuelta a España (Luis Angel Gomez/PHOTOGOMEZSPORT)
The 2017 Vuelta a España featured only four real chances for the the sprinters through the three weeks
08/23/2017 10:28 AM
25-mile TT in 43 minutes: Strava reveals the amazing stats behind Marcin Bialoblocki’s disqualified ride

Just steadily tapping out 425 watts

Marcin Bialoblocki posted his 43-minute 25-mile time trial on Strava
Marcin Bialoblocki may not have been allowed to keep his competition record, but still posted his amazing 43-minute 25-mile time trial on Strava.
08/23/2017 09:35 AM
Strava calls for the rejection of curation and negativity found on other social media sites

Strava has called for a rejection of the negativity that manifests itself on other social media platforms

Harry George Hall/Strava
Strava has called for a rejection of the negativity that manifests itself on other social media platforms
08/23/2017 08:43 AM
Marcin Bialoblocki disqualified after smashing 25-mile time trial record with 43-00

Polish rider's time is wiped off after he rode down centre of dual carriageway.

Marcin Bialoblocki riding for Poland at the 2015 World Championships
Marcin Bialoblocki has been disqualified from Sunday's Realteam.co.uk 25-mile time trial after setting what would have been a new competition record.
Me

Chip Wiegand

I teach english as a foreign language in Barranquilla, Colombia. In my previous life, as I call it, I was an IT guy, systems administrator, computer tech, as well as a shipping/receiving guy and also worked as a merchandising guy for a year for a camping/RV accessories store.


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08/24/2017
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08/24/2017
Canadian authorities are scrambling to manage the exponential surge of asylum seekers flooding into Quebec province border. So many people have been fleeing in the past few months that Canadian police have set up tents for processing and background checks.
08/24/2017
Read Fast Facts from CNN about Leopoldo López, a Venezuelan opposition leader who was imprisoned on charges of inciting anti-government protests.
08/24/2017
Canadian officials stress that the influx can be handled and at no time has the security of the country been compromised.
08/24/2017
Carolina Wong never thought she would leave Venezuela. But when protests came to her door, it was time to find a way to get her family out.
08/24/2017
Hurricane Franklin struck the eastern coast of Mexico early Thursday, threatening torrential rains, mudslides and flash floods.
08/24/2017
Venezuelan security forces have used excessive force and arbitrarily detained thousands of people over months of sometimes deadly anti-regime protests, the UN's human rights office said Tuesday, citing interviews with demonstrators and witnesses.
08/24/2017
Tropical Storm Franklin is strengthening over the Caribbean Sea, menacing Mexico with storm warnings and a hurricane watch issued for the Yucatan peninsula.
08/24/2017
A manhunt is underway in Venezuela Monday after two people were killed in an anti-government paramilitary attack at a military barracks in the northwestern city of Valencia.
08/24/2017
Venezuela remained a powder keg on Sunday as authorities said they had quelled an anti-government paramilitary attack at a military base that led to the deaths of two people, and the country's attorney general defied her ouster by the newly elected National Constituent Assembly.


Barranquilla Life

08/16/2017

R/C On Road Barranquilla, a local organization of RC racers, brings officially remote control car racing to the city by hosting the very first national tournament of the discipline this weekend. The event which has 22 confirmed drivers from Medellin, Bogota, and Miami, will kick off this Thursday and Friday with the free and timed

The post National RC Cars competition starts Friday in Barranquilla appeared first on Barranquilla Life.

06/28/2017

Six thousand million pesos (close to $2 million USD) were granted to thirty-nine sports leagues of the district, to be invested in preparatory events in local and national competitions. The resources and equipment were given to the 35 associations of various disciplines that make up the Association of Atlantic Sports Leagues, ALDA in Spanish, and

The post Mayor Char Increases Local Sports Leagues Budget appeared first on Barranquilla Life.

06/13/2017
05/18/2017

Winners of FICICA 2017 were announced this week. On Saturday, April 13th, the Cine de la Calle’s FICICA (International Short Film Fest) gave its last showcase of shorts in the acoustic conch of the Sagrado Corazón Park. During the six days, they had workshops, conferences, and of course short film presentations. This event brought together

The post Winners of FICICA 2017 Short Film International Festival appeared first on Barranquilla Life.

05/17/2017

To come up with a cool, innovative present for my mom each year is not an easy task for me. I mean, there is her birthday in February, Christmas in December and Mother’s Day in May… plus any old day, I-was-thinking-of-you present, but those are easy because they don’t require planning for a specific day.

The post GUIDE: Bowling for Mother’s Day at The Fun Zone appeared first on Barranquilla Life.

05/05/2017

It’s been a long year since I enjoyed a December-night of dancing to North and Latin American retro music with friends, who are now spread out across the globe. It was at the Oro Puro bar. I remember the lights around us; the menu full of cocktails and food; retro movie and series posters with

The post When was the last time you enjoyed dancing to Disco and 80’s retro music? appeared first on Barranquilla Life.

05/03/2017

On Sunday, April 30th Children’s Day was celebrated on the streets Barrio Abajo with a series of ludic activities. Fabila Acosta and Faleimy Delgado from Fundación Casa de Hierro got together teachers who volunteered to give back some of their know-how to the children. The kids from the neighborhood had fun painting murals with artist

The post Photos: Children’s Day in Barrio Abajo appeared first on Barranquilla Life.

05/03/2017

A cyclist controversy occurred last month. While the two biggest Colombian representatives of the sport that have given more glories to our country (Nairo Quintana and Mariana Pajon) heated the debate on the administration of the Colombian Cycling Federation, Sofia Arrieta and Gabriela Bolle stand out winning races at the United States Cycling Elite National

The post In the middle of the national cyclist controversy, two local riders excel in international events. appeared first on Barranquilla Life.

05/02/2017

Outdated stereotypes and age-old mottos, unions and left-wing student movements amassed on the streets; a now established repertoire for international workers’ day demonstrators who are ironically there precisely to march against the establishment. Walking in complete calm and civility under the scorching sun and punished by the relentless heat, Barranquilla’s demonstrators completed the traditional march

The post May Day: International Worker’s Day March in Barranquilla appeared first on Barranquilla Life.

04/30/2017

DJs Mr. Bignayo and Hoyo Negro brought down the house at the presentation night of the 17th edition of FICICA, the City’s Short Film Festival. The event that took place last Friday night at the Alianza Francesa started with a press conference at the AF Library, lead by the director of FICICA, Harold Ospina, and

The post FICICA, Barranquilla´s Street Film Festival opens on high note with an opening party and press conference at Alianza Francesa. appeared first on Barranquilla Life.