Erik Zabel won yesterday’s stage of the Vuelta España beating Tom Boonen by a whisker. Isidro Nozal has the leader’s golden jersey for the eighth consecutive day, while third placed Manuel Beltrán (USPS-Berry Floor) lost over a minute after being caught in the wrong half of the peloton when it split in the final kilometres. Full report over at cyclingnews.

Preparation for this weekend’s race down in Thetford is in it’s final stages. Chilly and I are up for a good placing.

In the US, a road rage incident has led to a cyclist being shot by a motorist. I hope they send him down for a long stretch.

Did you know there’s a Blackbox Rock Shox Duke fork on the market? I didn’t until I took a look at the new Blackbox site. SIDs make a usual appearance, but what’s happened to the Boxxers? On the topic of product information, there’s a whole page from WTB about their rider Mark Weir, right here.

Downieville is reasonably well known over here because so many went over there to ride the World Single Speed Champs not so long ago. There’s a big old set of photos from the place and the recent US Classic race there up on mtbr.

The students are returning and it’s getting a bit frantic around here.

Author: Cris Bloomfield

Usually mountain biking in the North.

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