Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Kelly Catlin Wins Women's ITT Gold at the Pan-American Games

Kelly Catlin [P] Peter Kraiker

Kelly Catlin, a college sophomore from Mounds View, Minnesota, has won the gold medal in the junior women's individual time trial at the Pan-American Games outside Toronto, Ontario. Catlin recorded a time of 26:25.58 over the 19.5 km course, beating silver medalist Canadian Jasmin Glaesser, a member of the pro Optum/KBS team, by over 35 seconds.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Cover Girl

Margeaux Claude, current queen of the National Sports Center Velodrome boards in Blaine, Minnesota, has made the cover of the June edition of Bicycle Times magazine with this photo by local racer Brady Prenzlow. The speedy lady has made remarkable progress in only a couple of years of track racing.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Shark Attacks!

You must have heard about them. Sharks are rampaging in the waters off the Eastern seaboard. This article from the Richmond Times-Dispatch website has some interesting perspectives on the issue. The shark problem has a somewhat different dimension than the raccoons in Toronto and the coyotes in Anaheim that we've previously mentioned. First of all, sharks are unlikely to turn over your garbage can or snatch your Lhasa Apso off of the porch. In fact, if you don't enter the murky deep, you'll be totally unaware of any shark activity that isn't on TV or in the papers.

Actually, the shark danger is an asset to the coastal tourist trade. Chubby, untanned tourists can dip a toe in the shark-infested water and return to their land-locked homes and tell the neighbors about their risky excursion into Shark Territory. Chances are that very few would-be beach goers have cancelled their holiday trip in fear of sharks. Some are probably hoping to see a bleeding swimmer hauled into the beach for a helicopter ride to the hospital. Great cell phone pictures.