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Skiing and Snowboarding : Jun 2012

Bike Press Camp 2012: Best in Show, Episode 2

Last week in Park City, Utah, two dozen bike manufacturers rolled out their 2013 product lines to a handful of journalists. We already showed you a smattering of the coolest bikes, but there were even more interesting accessories. There were no quantifiable trends—sure, lighter, faster, and stronger, but would you buy that bike gear continues to get wickeder? One thing we do like is that our industry is accessible enough that small players willing to experiment can get a toehold based on their innovation. From the quirky and design-driven to the seriously performance-enhancing, here are five (okay, eight counting Knog’s haul and the two sets of wheels) pieces of gear we can’t wait to get our hands on.

Knog Milkman Lock

1. KNOG MILKMAN, KRANSKY, AND BLINDER 1
Knog is making so many whimsical, highly designed cycling accessories that we couldn’t decide which one we liked best. The Milkman, a PDA-sized bike lock gets the Duh, Why Didn’t We Think Of That award. Toss this spiffy retractable cable lock in your jersey pocket as quick protection during those impromptu grocery stops or post-ride café refreshments. It’s not high security, but it’s enough to deter opportunists. The Kransky, the largest in the Sausage line of locks, brings style to the stodgy old cable by way of a rubberized exterior, a completely concealed lock core, and a rainbow of colors. Patterned after the Blinder 4s only with a single LED rather than a host of them, the Blinder 1s are dapper little patterned blinky lights that are as high quality as they are eccentric.

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A Human-Powered Helicopter Closes in on a Big Prize

If the team from the University of Maryland can get, and hold on to, just a bit more air, their Gamera II craft will win $250,000. To claim the AHS Sikorsky Prize, the pedal-powered helicopter needs to hover in the air for a minute, reach a height above three meters, and stay within a 10-square-meter area. No one has come as close as the Maryland team since the prize was established in 1980.

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This Week's Missing Links, June 23

The best videos, photos, and stories I didn't post this week—until now.

Adventure

The Case Against the Case Against Lance Armstrong, Outside 

Toenails Are For Sissies, The New York Times

Hans Florine Talks About the New Speed Record on the Nose, Planet Mountain

In Country of Runners, Kenyan Cycling Team Faces Uphill Climb, The New York Times

Pushing the Limits Without Legs, Explorer’s Web

The Longest Trail Running Race, the Oldest Trail Runner, Adventure Journal

A Black Eye at The Top of the World, Outside

Killian Jornet’s Climbing Partner Dies, The Adventure Blog

Legendary Surf: On Photographer Art Brewer, PDN

The Most Dangerous Moments From the Volvo Ocean Race, Pete Thomas Outdoors

Family of Cylclist Sues Strava, Cyclelicious

Why Did Four Cyclists Just Opt Out of the Olympics? Business Insider

More Friction Between the FIS and Ted Ligety, Skinet

Billabong to Sell New Stock to Repay Debt, Bloomberg via Adventure Journal

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Giro Donne Day 5: Cerro al Volturno to Santa Elena Sannita

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We spent last night at an ancient stone farmhouse. It was technically a hotel, but it felt like we were staying in someone's home. The family served all the meals, and entertained us with stories translated through the daughter. The food was exceptional: cheese from the family's flock and herd and homemade bread, cake and jam at breakfast.

Il Casale de San Lorenzo mostly caters to pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. We lucked out: they only have three rooms and they were all available, providing us with the best rest of the entire trip. We're in farm country, and this place is every delightful cliche of rural Italy.

Cerro al Volturno to Santa Elena Sannita was the sixth stage of the Giro Donne in 2009.

The route climbs and dips, climbs and dips, then climbs for about 12 miles through a national park that seems to be on either the Camino or some other pilgrimage route. There are white stone markers along the road for most of its length. It's broiling hot. A roadside fountain provides instant relief—and an ice cream-style headache.

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