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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

06/27/2017 01:54 PM
André Cardoso out of Tour after failed anti-doping test

Trek-Segafredo's André Cardoso fails an out-of-competition doping control. He was expected to start the Tour de France.

The post André Cardoso out of Tour after failed anti-doping test appeared first on VeloNews.com.


06/27/2017 01:25 PM
VN podcast, ep. 34: Tour de France preview; Warbasse interview

We analyze the Tour de France route, argue about the teams, and predict the podium. Plus, an interview with USPro champ Larry Warbasse.

The post VN podcast, ep. 34: Tour de France preview; Warbasse interview appeared first on VeloNews.com.


06/27/2017 12:15 PM
How the Tour’s leader gets a yellow bike (or not)

The leader of the Tour de France often rides a commemorative yellow bike. Simple, right? Not exactly.

The post How the Tour’s leader gets a yellow bike (or not) appeared first on VeloNews.com.


06/27/2017 10:37 AM
Quick-Step brings five stage winners to Tour de France

The Belgian squad will launch a multi-pronged attack starting with Saturday's opening stage in Germany.

The post Quick-Step brings five stage winners to Tour de France appeared first on VeloNews.com.


06/27/2017 10:16 AM
Key climbs of the 2017 Tour de France, by the numbers

Here's a look at the 2017 Tour de France's eight key stages and their climbs. The race will be decided in the Pyrénées and the Alps.

The post Key climbs of the 2017 Tour de France, by the numbers appeared first on VeloNews.com.


06/27/2017 08:33 AM
Report: Sponsors back Quick-Step for 4 more years

A Belgian newspaper reports that the squad has long-term commitments from three major sponsors, along with the team's owner.

The post Report: Sponsors back Quick-Step for 4 more years appeared first on VeloNews.com.


06/26/2017 04:41 PM
U.S. Pro Gallery: Neben doubles-up in Knoxville

Amber Neben attacks with over two laps to race and holds off a hard-chasing peloton to win the Stars and Stripes.

The post U.S. Pro Gallery: Neben doubles-up in Knoxville appeared first on VeloNews.com.


06/26/2017 04:17 PM
Big names left out of Tour: Coquard, Gerrans, Poels

As teams ramp up for the Tour de France, a few prominent riders, like Simon Gerrans and Bryan Coquard, will be left home in July.

The post Big names left out of Tour: Coquard, Gerrans, Poels appeared first on VeloNews.com.


06/26/2017 02:59 PM
Cannondale-Drapac TDF team: Phinney’s debut, Talansky’s return

Cannondale-Drapac's team features GC dark horse Andrew Talansky as well as Taylor Phinney making his Tour de France debut.

The post Cannondale-Drapac TDF team: Phinney’s debut, Talansky’s return appeared first on VeloNews.com.


06/26/2017 12:40 PM
2017 road national championships round-up

National champions were crowned in road races throughout Europe and beyond. Here's the list of winners.

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Cycling Weekly

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

06/27/2017 02:12 PM
Trek-Segafredo rider André Cardoso tests positive for EPO

The Portuguese rider failed a dope test out of competition on June 18 with Haimar Zubeldia drafted in as a replacement

19 April 2017 81st La Fleche Wallonne CARDOSO Andre (POR) Trek - Segafredo, at Mur de Huy Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA
Portuguese rider André Cardoso failed a dope test out of competition on June 18
06/27/2017 12:00 PM
Luke Rowe column: You can get too cooped up in a cycling bubble

“Watching ice hockey is 
something I enjoy doing 
completely away from cycling”

“Watching ice hockey is 
something I enjoy doing 
completely away from cycling”
06/27/2017 11:49 AM
American cyclist dies after losing control and riding off cliff

Local residents say it's not the first time that someone's fallen off the cliff

A cyclist in America has died after falling off a cliff while out on a bike ride with his brother. …Continue reading »
06/27/2017 11:23 AM
Canadian pro rider posts photo of impressive ‘Tour de France legs’ – but misses out on selection

Antoine Duchesne‏ evidently put in a lot of effort to physically prepare for potential ride in the Tour de France, but was not selected by his Direct Energie team

Antoine Duchesne
Antoine Duchesne‏ evidently put in a lot of effort to physically prepare for the Tour de France, but was not selected by his Direct Energie team
06/27/2017 11:09 AM
Nine Tour de France riders that you should follow on Strava

Get ready to be inspired by the pro cyclists recording their rides on Strava

Strava gives a great insight into the effort needed to compete in the Tour de France, and we've rounded up a few of the riders who you should follow.
06/27/2017 10:06 AM
Simon Yates admits his time trialling may always be a weakness as he heads to the Tour de France

The British rider will benefit from such few time trial kilometres in this year's Tour, but says there isn't much he can do to improve his ability against the clock

Simon Yates time trials at the 2016 Vuelta a España (Sunada)
British rider Simon Yates will benefit from such few time trial kilometres in this year's Tour, but says there isn't much he can do to improve his ability against the clock
06/27/2017 10:00 AM
The nine British riders taking part in the 2017 Tour de France

Meet the nine Brits who will be on the start line in Düsseldorf for the 2017 Tour de France

British riders selection for the 2017 Tour de France
Meet the nine Brits who will be on the start line in Düsseldorf for the 2017 Tour de France
06/27/2017 08:57 AM
Belgian newspaper reports that Quick-Step’s future is safe, but team boss isn’t happy

Patrick Lefevere isn't too pleased about report

Quick-Step Floors 2017.
Quick-Step Floors general manager Patrick Lefevere has reacted with annoyance to a Belgian newspaper's splash that the team's future is secure.
06/27/2017 07:17 AM
Seven things to look out for at the 2017 Tour de France

We take a look ahead to the 2017 Tour de France and mark out seven things to watch out for during the race

We take a look ahead to the 2017 Tour de France and mark out seven things to watch out for during the race
06/27/2017 06:50 AM
Tour de France 2017 start list

Confirmed list of teams/riders taking part in the 2017 Tour de France (July 1-23)

The peloton on stage 13 of the 2015 Tour de France
Provisional list of teams/riders taking part in the 2017 Tour de France (July 1-23)
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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06/26/2017
Human remains found in the western Mexican state of Michoacán have been identified as journalist Salvador Adame, who was missing for more than a month, a state prosecutor said Monday.
06/26/2017
Efforts to find 31 people still missing after a tourist boat capsized in northwest Colombia have been suspended overnight due to thunderstorms.
06/26/2017
A 22-year-old protester died after being shot three times in the chest by a national guard at point blank range in Caracas, Venezuela.
06/24/2017
While politicians in Washington debate building a wall between the United States and Mexico, Americans who've moved south of the border have a different perspective on the country they've come to call home.
06/22/2017
A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck off of Guatemala's Pacific coast Thursday, the US Geological Survey reports. The quake was recorded at about 24 miles (38 km) from the city of Puerto San Jose, according to the USGS.
06/21/2017
President Trump said designs for his proposed US-Mexico border wall are already in the works, telling an Iowa crowd the wall may be a solar panel energy saving wall.
06/25/2017
Secretary General António Guterres' announcement that he would pull the $400 million plan designed to help Haiti's cholera outbreak, which the UN played a role in bringing to the island, is a huge betrayal, writes Stephen Lewis.
06/24/2017
President Donald Trump rankled Mexico again, this time calling it the second deadliest country in the world. Mexico quickly countered, saying Trump's claim is wrong. So who's right?
06/23/2017
Bruised, battered and facing financial ruin after the 2013 America's Cup defeat, the Kiwis have transformed themselves into the team to beat four years on.
06/20/2017
Behind a bookshelf and through a hidden door in a Buenos Aires, Argentina, suburb, police have discovered a dusty, secret room holding a massive trove of Nazi-era artifacts.


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

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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.

04/19/2017

Santo Tomás, a town on the bank of the Magdalena river, neighboring Barranquilla keeps alive one of Holy Week’s most controversial and remarkable traditions.  Photos by: Pacho Manrique “The discipline” soars, drawing a semicircle through the air, before cracking as its’ beads find their fleshy mark. An aching body, swollen from physical punishment, is about

The post Culture: Peculiar Penance in Santo Tomás appeared first on Barranquilla Life.

04/14/2017

Holy Sweet Season During Lent and the Easter season, Barranquilleros enjoy the most delicious sweets. These candies and treats are home-made, and have become a popular tradition in the city during this special time of year. Enjoy the combination of the sweets and the breeze while taking a walk around the city this Holy season.

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