Want to know how Durango earned the right to host the Singlespeed World Championships?
It's all because of bowling.
Bowling and Ms. Pacman.
In the other worldly world of singlespeed bicycling, the site of the
next year's world championship event is decided by two "competitions"
at the current world championship
Last year, that site was Napa, Calif.
With an eye on winning the bid to host the 2009 singlespeed worlds, the
Durango singlespeed contingent went to Napa loaded with talent and
As it turned out, the Napa organizers opted for the
unusual combination of bowling and Ms. Pacman to select the 2009 site
for the worlds.
A stunning 196 game from Durango biker/bowler Chad
Cheeney helped advance the locals into the final showdown at the Ms.
Pacman video game. "I don't know what I did, but I beat their score by
... double," Cheeney said.
The Ms. Pacman triumph put the 2009 Singlespeed World Championships into Durango's hands (see related story on this page).
And when the singlespeed worlds come to Durango, the local organizers will set out a two-stage competition to determine
the site of the next
worlds - 2010.
Those contests are closely guarded secrets, at least right now.
What two competitions will the Durango organizers use?
And where will the 2010 Singlespeed World Championships
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Speaking of striking a nerve, last week's Outdoors package about
anglers hooked (literally) on their own sport certainly brought out a
plethora of similar (and painful) fish-hook tales.Who knew so many Four
Corners fishing fans had managed to hook themselves. In all sorts of
One caller explained, in colorful and painful detail, how a fish-hook incident led to an accidental ear piercing.
Another e-mailer wrote, simply, that there is no pain like the pain of a fish hook stuck in the back of the scalp.
Other anglers detailed damaged waders and deflated floats. Or worse.
But the hooky grip of fish hooks is not confined to mere humans. One
office pal last week had to take his kitten to a veterinarian's
emergency room. Kittens and tackle boxes definitely
do not mix.
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The Hardrock 100 Endurance Run picked up more national exposure in the past two weeks.
Just last week,
Sports Illustrated featured women's
Hardrock 100 winner Diana Finkel in the magazine's Faces in the Crowd
section. The South Fork teacher won the Hardrock women's division in
2008 and 2009.
One week earlier, the Hardrock 100 got a mention on the National Public Radio Saturday morning program "Only a Game."
The program previously had done a feature on the Vermont 100, a rugged 100-mile trail run in its own right.
But a KSUT listener sent a nice note to "Only a Game" that mentioned the Hardrock 100 as perhaps the most challenging
of all of the 100-mile
endurance trail races.