In October of last year, I was driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway, headed for a trailhead, windows down, bike on the roof. The leaves were starting to change; there was no one on the road and there would be no one else on the trail—a perfect day. I started thinking about the Parkway, how it tied the Blue Ridge together, and it occurred to me that it would be really amazing if I could take that perfect day and share it. I thought, “I like bikes, and beer, and playing music, and nice drives in the mountains…maybe other people would join me for this sort of thing.” A few days later I was playing music in Charlottesville, and I got to talking with some friends from Blue Ridge Outdoors about this plan I was hatching: 4 days, 4 breweries, 4 great small towns with world class single track.Fast forward to late March: the breweries committed, bike clubs engaged, sponsors acquired, and itinerary set. We were ready to roll on the inaugural Bluegrass, Beer & Bikes Tour—four straight days, moving from Brevard to Boone to back home in Nelson County and concluding in Roanoke. I would lead a group ride each day and play a solo show at a local brewery each night.Day 1I enlisted the help of fellow cyclist, logistical genius, and tour manager of my band The Infamous Stringdusters Katrina to come along and keep the train on the tracks. We left Nelson County on a warmWednesday night, arriving in Brevard around midnight. It had been raining, and I had doubts about the group ride the next day but the morning dawned with sunny skies and temps in the low 60’s. Spring had sprung and we were the beneficiaries as about 15 of us rolled out of Oskar Blues Brewery, onto the greenway and into the legendary Pisgah National Forest.We started making friends immediately, common experience is the ultimate bonding opportunity, and we were in it, stomping the pedals up steady climbs, whooping as we banked down newly tuned trails. After a couple hours we retreated to the brewery, dumped some water over our heads (turns out you can have a shower with just a quart of water) and got down to business. Reps from Keen and Farm to Feet socks were on hand, as well as a contingency from the Asheville Blue Ridge Outdoors offices. I played for about 3 hours; we raffled off some great prize packages; I grabbed a growler to go and headed for the hotel.Day 2The morning dawned cold and we knew it was only going to get colder as we drove north, into the mountains to Boone. There were only six hardy souls out for a mid-day, post-snow group ride at Rocky Knob Bike Park, but what we lacked in numbers we more than made up for in enthusiasm. We shot a bunch of footage for a video, lapped a section of kickers/table tops, then retreated to the warmth and safety of the car before catching a quick shower and heading to Appalachian Mountain Brewery. AMB’s business model is built around giving back to the community through fundraising, profit sharing, collaborations, and just good times. Our Yakima rep arrived after a non-stop drive from Texas and he jumped right in, pitching the raffle, talking shop and, most importantly, helping to drink a few beers.Day 3At 7 a.m. I opened the hotel window, two inches of snow on the car and piling up. Rapidly. We had to get to Devils Backbone Brewing Company in Nelson County by noon, so escaping the North Carolina High Country weather made for an early morning race to the gig! Upon arrival in Virginia, temps were in the low 40s, but the sun was shining so we stuck to the plan and threw the party outside. I needed hand warmers in my pockets to keep the fingers moving, but the crowd needed no help in raising almost $2,000 for CAMBC (Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club). They sold CAMBC branded Klean Kanteen pints that included beer, and needless to say it was a successful plan.After the music, about 20 of us got out on the trails around the brewery for a couple laps. Over the last three years, I’ve lived on the property at Devils Backbone (soon to be known as Devils Backbone Basecamp and Meadows) and in that time I’ve (almost) single handedly plotted, cleared, cut and maintained the three miles of beginner-friendly but fun-for-everyone singletrack. Initially commissioned by the brewery to be used as a 5K XC running course, I designed every section with mountain bikes in mind and it’s resulted in a fun and fast trail with some whoops and jumps, twists and turns that leads you on a complete tour of the property. It made me so happy to see so many riders out on the trails. Post ride we convened in the brewery for beers and dinner. It’s rare that a brewery has trails onsite that dump you out at the brewery so we took advantage.Day 4Early to bed, early to rise, and straight south to Roanoke, our final stop. I had a hunch that Sunday at Soaring Ridge Craft Brewery would be the biggest day of the tour and I was right. We had at least 30 riders join us at noon for our group ride, which consisted of a complete tour of Mill Mountain, accessible from downtown. When I planned the tour I’d assumed we’d ride at Carvins Cove, a legendary riding spot west of town, but I also inquired about riding from the brewery. Craig from RIMBA (Roanoke chapter of IMBA) had literally pointed out the window of the brewery toward the giant M and said, “We’re building trails on Mill Mountain as we speak. Let’s earmark the funding for that project and do a tour of those trails.” Perfect.I’d come to realize that one of the major obstacles or barriers to entry that mountain biking faces is accessibility. When I was growing up, before I had a car, I had a bike and I rode it. Everywhere. 15 miles roundtrip to school then straight out my backdoor into the Pike National Forest. If I had to put a bike in a car and get a ride to and from the trailhead, mountain biking wouldn’t have played the pivotal role in my youth that it did. For mountain biking to continue to grow and reach new participants, it needs trails near population centers, like Mill Mountain. It needs trails near landmarks and in multi-use parks like Devils Backbone. It needs parks specifically built and maintained to bring new mountain bikers into the sport and challenge them as they progress, like at Rocky Knob, and it needs entire communities committed to increasing access to the woods and cultivating a cycling culture, like in Brevard.The ride in Roanoke ended late. The expert group I was in couldn’t get enough, so I had about 30 minutes to dump some water over my head, eat a grilled cheese, and get to making music. Soaring Ridge has a beautiful tasting room with tall ceilings, floor-to-ceiling glass, and plenty of room. We wedged at least 200 people in there Sunday afternoon and raised nearly $500, entirely donations, for the ongoing work RIMBA is doing in the community. By 7 p.m. there was nothing left to do but finish my last pint, pack up the banners and the sound system, toss them in the completely disorganized rear half of the 4Runner and head for home. As Katrina and I drove north, with the sun setting on our whirlwind tour, content, happy, and reflective, we both agreed, next year cannot come fast enough.Huge thanks to Blue Ridge Outdoors. Without your enthusiasm and support, this tour wouldn’t have reached a critical mass. Thanks also to the breweries: Oskar Blues in Brevard, Appalachian Mountain Brewery in Boone, Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers in Roanoke, and Devils Backbone Brewing Company in Roseland. They provided the location and context and put up a substantial part of the sponsorship that made this tour possible. We had 5 great sponsors on board who made product available, sent representatives, and helped spread the word. Yakima, Keen, Klean Kanteen, Farm to Feet, and Ride Solutions were all fantastic partners. Special thanks to Jonny at Yakima who joined us for three dates, took two rides, and stayed at my house one night. Finally, everyone who came out to ride, came out to listen, or just helped spread the word about this tour, without you, it’s all meaningless.In 2016, we’re putting the bikes first; Bikes, Bluegrass & Beer. Website coming soon!Check out this Travis Book original preformed for Gondala Sessions in Aspen, CO.
THE Guyana Chess Federation (GCF) hopes to establish a chess and scholastic centre as well as to implement programmes to increase female participation in the game. They shared these plans and more with the Minister of Sport Nicolette Henry, when they paid her a courtesy call last Tuesday.Representing the GCF were the president, Attorney at Law James Bond along with businessman Frankie Farley; Vice-president of Development, Attorney-at-Law Yolander Persaud; Vice-president of Sponsorship and Finance, and committee member Anthony Drayton.Top of the executives’ plans that they shared was their hopes of seeing the game more integrated in schools. For the Chess and Scholastic Centre, the GCF hopes to name this facility after former national and Caribbean chess champion Maurice Broomes.Naturally, Henry pledged her full support for the work of the Federation, noting that her Ministry has an open door for the GCF and any other sport discipline.She took particular interest on the Federation’s plans to focus on increasing female participation by hosting women’s tournaments and whipping up the interest of young girls across Guyana.Henry vowed her support to assist the Federation in acquiring a home for its activities and also making provision for other board games such as scrabble to have a permanent and conducive space.Expressing her vision for the modern and well-equipped facility, Minister Henry indicated that her ministry is in the process of building capacity amongst her staff to better manage such facilities. This will guarantee optimum involvement and use of such facilities.
DETROIT — Shohei Ohtani will return to the mound on Wednesday, with nine days rest since his last start.“Body-wise, I can’t really tell at this point if I needed those two or three days, but I was able to hit an extra couple games because of those two or three days, so in that way it worked out,” Ohtani said through his interpreter on Tuesday, after the Angels officially announced his return to the rotation.Ohtani pitched against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 20, his third straight outing on a Sunday. Instead of having him pitch last Sunday in New York, the Angels pushed him back a couple days, citing “workload management.”Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.The Angels are trying to manage a player who is playing a virtually unprecedented role, as a hitter and pitcher. Although they have his history in Japan for a roadmap as to how to handle him, in some ways this is all an experiment. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Albert Pujols had his 1,945th RBI in Monday’s game, which passed Ty Cobb for eighth on the all-time list.UP NEXTAngels (Shohei Ohtani, 4-1, 3.35) at Tigers (Mike Fiers, 4-3, 4.78), Wednesday, 4 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM)Related Articles Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros “This whole program, we won’t have a report card until the season is over,” Manager Mike Scioscia said.With the season at its one-third point, Ohtani is hitting .291 with six homers and 20 RBIs. He has a .929 OPS. As a pitcher, he is 4-1 with a 3.35 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 40-1/3 innings.Ohtani is on a pace to reach double figures in victories and homers, a feat not achieved since Babe Ruth did it in 1918.“I think everything is going well so far,” Ohtani said. “No injuries at all. The body feels great. The performance is somewhat there, so I’m satisfied so far. … Everything has been really tough so far. I still have a lot of hurdles to overcome. I just need to work hard every day to be able to overcome those hurdles, so I’ll keep going forward.”ALSOJustin Upton was presented with an award from the Detroit media as the Tigers player of the year for 2017. Upton hit .279 with 28 homers in five months with the Tigers before they traded him to the Angels on Aug. 31. … Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
By FUFA co ugFUFA BIG LEAGUE 2015/16:Promotional Play-Off: Proline 4-1 Sporting UnitedMain Final: Kirinya-Jinja S,S 2-0 OnduparakaProline Soccer Club became the third club to join the Azam Uganda Premier league after winning the promotional play-off 4-1 against Lira’s Sporting United at Nakivubo Stadium on Sunday, 22nd May 2016.Baker Mbowa’s coached side joined Onduparaka (from Arua) and Kirinya-Jinja S.S as the three sides promoted to the Azam Uganda Premier league starting with the season of 2016/17.BIG LEAGUE AwardsFair-play Award: Bukedea Town CouncilBest Coach: Allan Kabonge Kivewala (Onduparaka)Most Valuable Player: Muhammed Shaban (Onduparaka) Top Scorer: Edris Lubega (Proline) – 19 Goals (Regular Season)Best Goalkeeper: Ikara Latom (Kirinya-Jinja S.S)Media:Best On-line: Chimp ReportsBest T.V: Top TelevisionBest Print: Red PepperBest Radio: Bukedde F.MREAD FULL STORY (CLICK HERE)Share on: WhatsApp
31382Paul Kipkemoi CHELIMOUSA13:33.30 POSBIBATHLETEMARK 1402Ryan HILLUSADNS 12734Birhanu BALEWBRN13:43.25 5893Selemon BAREGAETH13:35.34 7852Aron KIFLEERI13:36.91 8950Andrew BUTCHARTGBR13:38.73 2954Mohamed FARAHGBR13:33.22 11655Patrick TIERNANAUS13:40.01 Athletics: Farah denied final gold by Ethiopian EdrisLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | British athletics legend Mo Farah narrowly failed to complete a fifth successive global double on Saturday when he finished second behind Ethiopian Muktar Edris in a thrilling 5,000 metres world final.The 34-year-old, whose winning run in the 5,000m at Olympics and world finals stretched back to 2011, fought desperately to claw back the deficit in the finishing straight but Edris held on to win in 13min 32.79sec.Farah, a two-time double world champion and two time double Olympic champion, finished in 13:33.22.Farah, who had won the 10,000m last Friday to open the championships with a bang, said he couldn’t have given it more but added he had proved that it was possible to break up the Ethiopian and Kenya hegemony over the distance races.“I gave it my all, 110 percent,” said Farah.“I don’t think there was any more I could have done. They (the Ethiopians) run as a team.“Never feel like you can’t beat the Kenyans and Ethiopians — anything is possible.”American Paul Chelimo added world bronze to his Olympic silver, timing 13.33.30. 4899Yomif KEJELCHAETH13:33.51 RACE PREVIEWLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | British track legend Mo Farah sauntered into the 5,000 metres world final early in the week looking good to sign off his brilliant track championship career with a fifth successive global title double.The 34-year-old — who has two Olympic and two world championship doubles to his credit — showed no sign of a hangover from the 10,000m victory last Friday, which saw him emerge with a badly cut calf, as he finished second in his semi-final at a rain-sodden London Stadium.Farah, who is unbeaten in 5,000m global finals since winning the 2011 world crown, admitted to being tired but said he took his lead off a Kenyan catchphrase.“Anything is possible — train hard and win easy, that is what the Kenyans say,” said Farah.“I’ve been given a chance in life. For all the young kids out there, you should believe that you can do it as well.”However, he may need to be on his guard as at the opposite end of the age spectrum 17-year-old Ethiopian Selemon Barega caught the eye in winning his semi-final.Farah was content to hang out the back in the early stages but moved onto the fastest man in the world this year Muktar Edris’s shoulder with 10 laps remaining.Up front was Spain’s Morocco-born Illias Fifa ahead of 16-year-old Ugandan Jacob Kiplimo who then took on the pace with seven laps to the tape — Farah moving up to second behind the youngster.A welcome sudden injection of pace came from Tanzania’s Emmanuel Gisamoda with Farah looking relaxed in fourth alongside Hayle Ibrahimov of Azerbaijan.However, they bunched up again and a fair few elbows came to the fore as runners tried to hold their position.As they took the bell there were a dozen runners in contention for the five automatic places but Farah was never in danger of missing out and content to finish second.However, the biggest cheer of all came for Mauritania’s Mohamed Sambe who valiantly battled on despite being tailed off from early on and being lapped twice.The 34-year-old had his own ‘lap of honour’ on the final circuit of the track being cheered to the rafters and raised his arms as he crossed the line in celebrating having completed the course in his own time.The second semi-final saw Ethiopian tyro Barega take on the pace setting duties after a very pedestrian opening four laps swapping the lead with Ugandan Stephen Kissa.There were casualties though as the pace slowed and they bunched up with Kenyan-born American Olympic silver medalist Paul Chelimo going down after being clipped by Kenya’s Cyrus Rutto, who also came to grief.Chelimo recovered quicker regaining his place in the main pack whilst Rutto took his time but with two laps to run he too was back in contention.However, Chelimo ran out of puff when the final sprint took place with Barega coming home first and his former compatriot now running for Bahrain Birhanu Balew was second with Rutto doing brilliantly to take third.There was a happy ending for Chelimo though as he made the final as one of the five fastest losers. 101076Kemoy CAMPBELLJAM13:39.74 6749Mohammed AHMEDCAN13:35.43 Farah and his team-mate Andrew Butchart had tried to break up the field with 600 metres to go in a race that had been run at generally a very slow pace.However, Edris and team-mate Yomif Kejelcha seized the initiative as the bell went and Farah struggled to go with them.He fell several metres behind them going down the back straight.Edris led round the final bend with Farah under pressure from Kenyan-born Chelimo as they hit the straight.Edris gritted his teeth and set sail for home with Farah moving down the inside to try and engineer a remarkable final burst but the gas just wasn’t there. 1896Muktar EDRISETH13:32.79 Share on: WhatsApp 131147Cyrus RUTTOKEN13:48.64 ***** 14850Awet HABTEERI13:58.68 9758Justyn KNIGHTCAN13:39.15
The 29th annual Susan G. Komen South Florida Race for the Cure® will take place on Saturday, January 25 along Downtown West Palm Beach’s waterfront.Runners, walkers, corporate, school, and community teams and individuals of all ages are welcome to join the event that puts dollars to work and helps to make an impact on those touched by breast cancer.Raise funds to find a cure and help save lives right here in our own communities of Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties.Click here to register yourself & your team for Race for the Cure!
Police have arrested a man for allegedly attacking a mail carrier in northwest Miami-Dade County on Christmas Eve.Miami-Dade Police detectives say the victim was in her postal truck preparing for her next stop just before noon on Tuesday.At that point, 45-year-old Sosthene Louis jumped through the open driver’s door. The incident was captured on a nearby surveillance camera.A witness says Louis had been sitting down in the middle of a nearby intersection before the attack.The judge asked Louis in bond court on Wednesday, “You don’t think that’s unlawful touching?”A public defender replied, “Now, remember that it must with the intent to commit an unlawful touching. I don’t know if that’s his intent,” which led the judge responding, “I think I can infer it certainly from the facts of lying his body across the victim against her will.”The surveillance video shows the postal worker leaving the vehicle to deliver mail. A few moments later, she is seen returning to the truck.After Louis jumps through the door, the victim is seen pushing him off of her using her right arm. She also appears to say something as she repeatedly motions with her hand.The video shows the postal worker closing the vehicle’s door. Louis then jumps on the hood and yanks a windshield wiper, before going into a store. He was arrested when he returned to the area later in the day.Louis’ attorney says his client was not trying to attack the mail carrier.According to the judge, “He laid on top of her in a mail truck — certainly against her will — OK, so I am finding probable cause. The issue with him is that he’s a walk-away from a program. He clearly suffers from mental health issues, so it needs to be flagged or alerted to your felony counterpart to see if this is something that — I really don’t know on this charge what the state attorney’s position is going to be. I don’t know.”The U.S. Postal Inspector released a statement about the incident, which reads in part, “The safety of our employees has always been our main priority and we are very appreciative of MDPD’s quick response and apprehension of this individual. Once we were made aware of this incident our Postal Police officers responded and assisted MDPD with their investigation. We will be following this matter closely to determine what actions need to be taken to ensure that this does not occur again.”Louis is charged with burglary with assault or battery and criminal mischief.A judge ordered him to stay away from the victim and denied bond.