‘Pro Sports’ Articles
Lance Comes Clean
From Cycling News: Lance Armstrong exclusive interview: Part 1
A year on from USADA’s Reasoned Decision, Lance Armstrong swivels in his desk chair as he talks at length about the last 12 months and many aspects of his career starting from when he turned professional back in 1992. The now disgraced Texan has agreed to sit down with Cyclingnews Editor Daniel Benson for a face-to-face interview in his new temporary home in a sleepy suburban district of Austin. Read the rest of this entry »
Bauer Hockey is looking to improve the performance of hockey sticks by going straight to the core. The new line of sticks feature a ROHACELL polymethacry limide (PMI) foam as a structural core in the blade that makes it extremely rigid yet good at withstanding extreme temperatures.
The trade magazine Reinforced Plastics noted, “To produce the Bauer ice hockey sticks, carbon fibre impregnated with epoxy resin is wrapped around the pre-formed rigid foam core. High temperatures are applied during the subsequent curing of the resin, yet ROHACELL remains stable and provides counter pressure. The small, uniform pores in the foam structure ensure that very little resin escapes into the foam cells of the core surface.”
The result is a stick that offers a uniform blade structure that won’t change even after taking many hits!
Bauer Hockey Official Website
[Via Reinforced Plastics: Bauer ice hockey sticks employ ROHACELL core material]
The Colorado-based USA Pro Challenge remains one of the most prestigious races in the professional cycling season, which is impressive given that it only launched three years ago. This week the organizers announced that there will be several new additions including the first-ever mountaintop finish.
What else marks the race for 2014 is that the organizers are asking fans to vote on the final stage!
After overwhelming support in 2013, the race is heading back to Aspen for the overall start of the 2014 edition, where elite professional cyclists from around the world will be put to the ultimate test in America’s most difficult cycling race. The host cities and stages of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge include:
• Stage 1: Monday, Aug. 18 – Aspen Circuit Race
• Stage 2: Tuesday, Aug. 19 – Aspen to Mt. Crested Butte
• Stage 3: Wednesday, Aug. 20 – Gunnison to Monarch Mountain (mountaintop finish)
• Stage 4: Thursday, Aug. 21 – Colorado Springs Circuit Race
• Stage 5: Friday, Aug. 22 – Woodland Park to Breckenridge
• Stage 6: Saturday, Aug. 23 – Vail Individual Time Trial
• Stage 7: Sunday, Aug. 24 – ???
Fans will be able to help shape the race by logging on to www.prochallenge.com/PickStage7 and giving their opinion on four options for Stage 7, including:
1. Denver Circuit Race similar to the final stage of the 2013 race
2. Start in Golden (2012 Stage 6 start city) and finish in Denver
3. Start in Boulder (2012 Stage 6 finish city) and finish in Denver
4. Start in Boulder and end in Golden
What’s Your Vote For Stage 7 Official Website
Press Release: Host Cities Announced for 2014 USA Pro Challenge
Easton knows a thing or two about baseball bats, and it recently looks to make a bit of a change with the Mako, a bat that features Thermo Composite Technology (TCT). This reduces vibration in the handle while distributing power into the ball upon impact.
While not legal for use in Major League Baseball, or for that matter Minor League Baseball, it does sound like this bat could have you feeling you’re in the majors when you take a swing with thee Mako! Video after the jump
From Gear Junkie: Man Rides Unicycle On 525-Mile Bike Tour
Riding 525 miles on a bicycle is a solid physical challenge. Grandfather of five Mark Massie made it tougher, opting to ride the entire California Coast Classic Bike Tour on a unicycle. Read the rest of this entry »
Interbike 2013 is now in our rear view mirror but here are more sights from the show floor in Las Vegas. From bikes to pro bike riders this was the show to beat! Read the rest of this entry »
From Sport Techie: The NFL Should Adopt This NeuroTracking Technology Immediately to Help Solve the Concussion Crisis
In the NFL, the risk of concussion is far greater than for almost any other sport. While continued improvements to helmet design and stronger regulations against dangerous play may help limit such risk, one serious issue has yet to be resolved—the return to play. Read the rest of this entry »
Interbike 2013 started off with a bang as we took in the sights of the show floor. We chatted with 2006 Tour de France winner Oscar Pereito. Read the rest of this entry »
Fall is in the air and soon the colors will change, but first you can change up and show your team spirit as well with Nike’s new limited-edition NFL jersey. These are available exclusively at Champs Sports.
Nike Drench Pack at Champs Sports
From BikeRadar: $50,000 Fairwheel Bikes travel case
Say you’re a wealthy Swiss cycling enthusiast who just bought an incredible custom Crumpton road bike – you would, of course, want to take it with you on business trips. When just such a customer approached Arizona retailer Fairwheel Bikes for a custom travel case, they developed one in carbon fibre. For $50,000. Read the rest of this entry »
Even though he was banned from the game following the Black Sox Scandal in 1920, “Shoeless” Joe Jackson is still a real legend in baseball. So it is fitting that the Handmade Baseball Gloves offers the 1937 Fielder’s Glove by Shoeless Joe Gloves, a retro looking glove is custom-made by hand from high quality materials, specially aged, hand oiled and even professionally broken-in.
It looks like something that would come straight out of the cornfields and from a time before million dollar salaries.
Handmade Baseball Gloves: 1937 Fielder’s Glove by Shoeless Joe Gloves
From The Chronicle of Higher Education: A Brain Gone Bad
Researchers clear the fog of chronic head trauma
The first thing Patient 53 saw as he walked in was a red football helmet. A groan rattled through his vending-machine-sized frame. “The last thing I want to see,” he said, “is a football helmet..” Read the rest of this entry »
While it might be hard to reinvent the wheel, Nike continues to look to refine the soccer ball. Its new Incyte was designed with Nike RaDaR technology and micro-textured casing to provide for high visibility and consistent touch on the field. This pattern reportedly allows players to see the ball and react faster, while the five-layer construction provides for better control at first touch.
The design also promises faster, farther and more accurate ball flight. Nike might just “incite” a revolution on the soccer pitch with the Incyte.
Nike Incyte Official Website