Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Cat's Hill Crit Info

The Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club, recently named the number one cycling club in the US, has presented the Cat's Hill Classic bicycle race continuously since 1974. The Cat's Hill Criterium is one of the oldest grass roots cycling races in the US. The grueling Cat's Hill climb has challenged the likes of Greg LeMond (winner in 1978), Derek Bouchard-Hall, Karen Brems, Suzy Pride, Nicole Freedman, Eric Heiden, Davis Phinney, Bob Roll, Ted Huang, Eric Wohlberg, Trent Klasna, Antonio Cruz and Dylan Casey.

More than 700 amateur and professional riders are expected to compete on the demanding one-mile course that starts at the corner of Tait and Nicholson Avenues in Los Gatos. The route is a clockwise loop that includes the incredibly steep 23% climb and six  90-degree turns. Race lengths range from three to forty laps, depending on age and ability classifications. The Cat's Hill Classic is held under USA Cycling (USAC) permit and is part of both the prestigious Lance Armstrong Junior Olympic Race Series (LAJORS) and the Northern California Nevada Cycling Association (NCNCA) Prestige Series.

The Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club invites all cycling fans to attend this great event starting at 10 am on May 7, 2005. Join us for fun, excitement, famous faces and fabulous races. For directions and additional information, visit the race website at

For information contact:

Scott Barth
2005 Testarossa Vineyard Cat's Hill Classic Race Director


Barry Gordon, President
Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club
USA Cycling 2004 Club of the Year

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Whine and Dine Rides for 2005

Tyler and I have agreed that we are only going to start road rides in April. We will start Whine and Dine Road Rides for Wednesday starting April 6th.

Here is why:

  • Tyler and I are on the board and we have two Tuesdays a month committed to that.
  • Argonaught rides are Monday and Thursday and we don't want road rides to conflict with that.
  • Some folks don't want MTB rides on Mondays.
  • MTB ridership was way down anyway.
  • Being committed to three nights a week (including riding and ACTC service) on two weeks a month, plus the newsletter, would be too much for me.

Let us know what you think:

April story queue now open!

The story queue is now open for the Black and Blue Bottom. Please follow this link to see what is on-tap for the next edition. Potential contributors please let me know if you would like to add stories and photos and I will add you to the list.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Walk/Bike California 2005 Conference

Call for Presentations, Sponsors and Exhibitors

The second biennial Walk/Bike California Conference will be held on Wednesday, September 14 to Friday, September 16, 2005 in Ventura, California.

Please join us with your participation and respond to the Call for Presentations, Sponsors or Exhibits by Thursday, March 24. For information and submittal forms, refer to the conference web site:

Whether your interest is engineering, planning, public health, universal access, livable communities, safety, education, law, transportation reform or marketing, Walk/Bike California 2005 is an essential conference to share your work, network with colleagues, and meet those who are funding and creating an exciting movement that is changing the way Californians live. The conference will feature informational sessions, workshops and mobile tours on topics that are vital to all levels of staff in your organization.

Walk/Bike California 2005 is hosted by the California Bicycle Coalition and the City of Ventura in association with California Walks.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Final Version Posted!

It is a BBB like you have never seen before!
The Final Version of the newsletter is posted here. This is all pages and no missing content! This is how it went to the printer!

Friday, February 11, 2005

Blog Full Disclosure Statement

Dear Blogosphere:

One of the topics of conversation that came up in last night's great Geek Dinner with Robert Scoble is how a person presents his or herself and establishes a virtual identity with blogs. Should a person have one weblog where all thoughts, opinions, passions and ideas are presented? Or, should a person divide their blogs into categorys that can be viewed as a whole or by category? Or, should they have separate blogs for different parts of their lives?

I went the different blog route. I do not want folks to have to sift through what to them may seem like noise to get to the content (the signal) that they want. Also, I do not want folks to be turned off on what I present on one topic because they disagree with an unrelated opinion.

The down side is I may not be presenting an honest digital identity of who I am. So, for the sake of honesty and full disclosure, here it all is:

My Family Weblog
This where I chronicle my family and personal life. This is a digital journal of the folks who are nearest and dearest to me.
My Geek Blog
This is where I write about my work and passion for emerging technology in higher education.
The Edupodder Blog
This is where is host content specific to podcasting in higher education and content related to the sessions I teach in the Center for Faculty Development and Support at SJSU. This often crosses over with my Geek Blog. I am concerned that dual posting between this and my Geek Blog may happen too often and may dilute the topic conversations on each.
The Black and Blue Blog
This is where you can read bicycle news and information related to the bike club I am active in, the Almaden Cycle Touring Club. I am the publisher of their monthly newsletter and I use this blog as a club news source and a place to coordinate production of that newsletter.
My Opinion Blog
This is where I hide my opinions of everything from movies and wine to politics, religion and relationships. If you disagree, I respect your opinion.

So, there it is Blogosphere, that is who I am. For the sake of full disclosure, I am posting this to all my blogs!


Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Fifth and final alpha version of March BBB posted

It is a BBB like you have never seen before!
The Fifth "alpha version [ definition here ]" of the newsletter is posted here. This is all pages and no missing content! The TOC remains to be done, but that is it.

This is for final copy editing, please send any copy edits that may have crept in to me for correction. There is no changes for major revision as I will be out of town. But, I will bring this with me on my laptop and will check E-mail when I can.

Fourth alpha version of March BBB posted

The Fourth "alpha version [ definition here ]" of the newsletter is posted here. This is all pages and has a lot of missing content! More will be posted as it becomes available.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Third Alpha Version of BBB posted (pages 1-15)

The third "alpha version [ definition here ]" of the newsletter is posted here. Again, it is the first 15 pages and has missing content! More will be posted as it becomes available.

Second alpha of March BBB Posted (Pages 1-15)

The second "alpha version [ definition here ]" of the newsletter is posted here. It is just the first 15 pages and has a lot of missing content! More will be posted as it becomes available. This is going to be a 24 page issue.

Monday, February 07, 2005

First alpha of March BBB Posted

The first "alpha version [ definition here ]" of the newsletter is posted here. It is just the first three pages and may have missing content! More will be posted as it becomes available.

Queue closed, pages now coming!

The March Queue is closed! All stories are now done and posted here. Please stand by for pages to be posted.


3-State 3-Mountain Challenge

This is not an endorsement of this event!

Dear bicycle club or shop representative,

The Chattanooga Bicycle Club is announcing the 2005 3-State 3-Mountain Challenge.  The Mayor of Chattanooga has chosen this event as one of three events to showcase Chattanooga and what it has to offer. We would really appreciate your sharing the following information with your members and customers and including us on your ride calendar. More detail is on our web site -

The 3-State 3-Mountain Challenge - May 7, 2005 - is one of the southeast's most scenic and challenging centuries.  The rigorous 100-mile option will take you through 3 states (Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia) and over 3 mountains (Suck Creek, Sand and Lookout).  62-mile and 25-mile options are available also.

Hailed by cyclists as the most unique century they've ever ridden, this year's promises to be the best ever! Great ride support, t-shirt, pizza party at the finish, top quality event jersey available, packet pickup and cycling & other outdoor adventure related booths at the stadium on Friday night, nationally acclaimed 4 Bridges Art Festival across the street at the pavilion, opening celebrations of the new waterfront development, all the extras for a great event! Several convenient downtown hotels are serving as host hotels with a limited number of rooms reserved for the event at a special rate. Teams of five or more and tandem pairs are encouraged with a $5 discount per person. Funds raised will benefit the Bethel Children's Village and other local Charities.

More detailed information and applications are available on our website -- -- and online registration is available from our web site or from  Contact for the event is Daisy Blanton, 706/820-1157 or  Please contact me for flyers for this event.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

March BBB Story Queue Posted

March newsletter queue is posted here. Please stay tuned for postings of newsletter pages.