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Der Governator on the ARBT

Old 02-04-09, 01:07 PM
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Der Governator on the ARBT

From this morning's Bee:

Schwarzenegger pumps iron again -- a bicycle
tbizjak@sacbee.com
Published Wednesday, Feb. 04, 2009


Yes, that was Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger cruising along the American River bike and recreation trail Tuesday morning with a coterie of security guys in his wake. But aides say there is no truth to the rumor the governor is gearing up for this month's Tour of California bike race.

"He was just out exercising," spokesman Aaron McLear said, adding, tongue in cheek: "As far as I know, he does not plan to compete in the Tour of California."

The governor, who often returns to his Los Angeles home in the evening, had stayed overnight in Sacramento on Monday after budget negotiations went late.

The governor's spin, about an hour long, was noteworthy in one sense, said one cycling commuter who saw the group near the Capital City Freeway overpass.

"No spandex, and he wasn't wearing a helmet," commuter Chip Powell reported.

The Governor's Office couldn't confirm whether he was wearing a helmet, which cycling safety experts advocate.

Unlike motorcycles, the law doesn't require adults to wearing a bicycle helmet.

Schwarzenegger has had his share of sporting accidents, including breaking his leg in a ski accident in December 2006, and getting a fat lip and stitches earlier that year in a motorcycle crash, when he was wearing a helmet. In 2001, he broke six ribs in a motorcycle crash.

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Old 02-04-09, 01:16 PM
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Oh no! He's not competing in the ToC charity bicycle race?

Do they seriosuly think that anyone can enter that? I'd imagine that they think that there is online registation for only 200 some riders for the TdF, too.
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Originally Posted by CrimsonKarter21 View Post
Oh no! He's not competing in the ToC charity bicycle race?

Do they seriosuly think that anyone can enter that? I'd imagine that they think that there is online registation for only 200 some riders for the TdF, too.
Probably quite a few think that. Last year I emailed my receptionist to let her know I'd be taking the day off for the ToC and she emailed back "Good luck! I hope you win!"

Duh.
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It's amazing how many people have asked me if I plan on racing in the TdF. Yeah, and right after that I plan on winning the Super Bowl, World Cup, and Stanley Cup.

That's like asking a high school basketball player if they plan on winning the NBA Championship.
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Any other state, and I'd probably think that this was a good indicator that things were looking up for cycling/cyclist in the area. But this is California. You d-bags post pics of beautiful riding weather all year long, and I don't believe I've heard or read too much in the way of you guys wanting for better road conditions, better trail conditions.... obviously, things can always be better, but comparatively, you have it made.

For instance, in DC, when the Mayor was discovered to be a cyclist, or at least a sympathizer to the cause, there was some buzz about what this might mean in terms of more bike lanes or the like. Our SmartBike program seems to be doing well, though I wouldn't know from experience because it seems to only really make sense for people that actually live here.
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Originally Posted by gurana View Post
But this is California. You d-bags post pics of beautiful riding weather all year long, and I don't believe I've heard or read too much in the way of you guys wanting for better road conditions, better trail conditions.... obviously, things can always be better, but comparatively, you have it made.
Except for when the roads are shaking & breaking from quakes, covered with mud, obscured with smoke, melted from flames, or sliding into the ocean . . . . other than that it's nice.
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Originally Posted by BillyD View Post
Except for when the roads are shaking & breaking from quakes, covered with mud, obscured with smoke, melted from flames, or sliding into the ocean . . . . other than that it's nice.

You hit the nail on the head there!
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Except for when the roads are shaking & breaking from quakes, covered with mud, obscured with smoke, melted from flames, or sliding into the ocean . . . . other than that it's nice.
jeesch. nobody said it was perfect. Besides, I'm not sure there's much the gov could do about the quakes. Perhaps if Chuck Norris was governor, you'd see some results in that dept. (oh yea... 5 year old meme reference. Totally still relavant.)
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My grandmother asked me if I'd ridden in the Tour de France.
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Originally Posted by rydaddy View Post
You hit the nail on the head there!
eh. I've got hundreds of miles of low traffic, smooth pavement that rolls up and down hills out my front door, and I can ride any time of year. There aren't real earthquakes on the day to day (like there is snow), the fires are real, but pretty localized, and wtf actually falls into the ocean?
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My grandmother asked me if I'd ridden in the Tour de France.
You told her, "yes", right?
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Originally Posted by kudude View Post
eh. I've got hundreds of miles of low traffic, smooth pavement that rolls up and down hills out my front door, and I can ride any time of year. There aren't real earthquakes on the day to day (like there is snow), the fires are real, but pretty localized, and wtf actually falls into the ocean?


Sorry, forgot to add the sarcasm A simple understanding of earthquake faults would debunk his myth that we're sinking into the pacific.

We can go 30+ years without a big one. I'll take that over freezing temps, hurricanes, tornadoes... etc
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Back on topic. I'd love a chance to drop the governator and call him a girly man... especially now that he's f'ing with my paycheck.
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I thought it was just innocent ignorance when my middle school students asked me if I was a pro or if I was going to the Olympics, now I see it carries right on through adulthood.
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
Probably quite a few think that. Last year I emailed my receptionist to let her know I'd be taking the day off for the ToC and she emailed back "Good luck! I hope you win!"

Duh.


I get similar comments from my colleagues at work...and they're shocked when I tell them I'm not fast enough to do the Women's Crit in Santa Rosa.

The non-cycling public is so amusing.
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Originally Posted by rydaddy View Post
Back on topic. I'd love a chance to drop the governator and call him a girly man... especially now that he's f'ing with my paycheck.
He couldn't have been that fast--not if a group of CHP bike cops were able to keep up. They all ride heavy mountain bikes.
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He couldn't have been that fast--not if a group of CHP bike cops were able to keep up. They all ride heavy mountain bikes.
Yeah, I figured that. Not much satisfaction dropping a slow, fat guy...
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