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  • Daily Herald column rekindles long-lost friendship; now they're married Nov 16, 2014 6:57 PM
    A widow in Mount Prospect reached out to an old aquaintance after seeing his name pop up in a Daily Herald column about the 80-year-old bicyclist. They rekindled the friendship and got married earlier this year. They leave soon for Florida, where the now 87-year-old still participates in bike races. “I had no intention of ever getting married again,” she says. Then came that day in 2007.

     
  • Wayne Township, biking enthusiasts finishing blueprint to ‘bike culture’ Oct 23, 2014 6:24 PM
    A public-private group working to transform Wayne Township into a safe destination for bicyclists will complete their blueprint by the end of the year before campaigning suburban leaders to open their purse strings. “It's going to be a very doable plan," said Terry Witt, the owner of a Bartlett bike shop.

     
  • Czechs clear Kreuziger of doping charges Sep 22, 2014 4:32 PM
    The Czech Olympic Committee ruled Monday that cyclist Roman Kreuziger did not violate doping rules. Kreuziger was provisionally suspended by the International Cycling Union, but the committee’s arbitration board said anomalies in his biological passport did not break any limits and the rider explained them during a hearing on Sept. 11.

     
  • Third Des Plaines River Trail Bike Ride returns Saturday Sep 18, 2014 5:38 PM
    A community bike ride this weekend will take cyclists not quite over the river — but next to it — and through the woods in Des Plaines. The 9-mile, family-friendly Des Plaines River Trail Bike Ride is back Saturday after a one-year absence, starting and ending at the Historic Methodist CampGround .

     
  • Bike Palatine family Octoberfest ride Sept. 20 Sep 16, 2014 1:41 PM
    Get ready for another fun bicycle ride in Palatine as the Bike Palatine Club hosts a free Octoberfest ride on Saturday, Sept. 20, part of the Palatine Rotary Club’s Octoberfest weekend, Sept. 19-21.

     
  • Contador beats Froome to win Vuelta’s 20th stage Sep 13, 2014 1:56 PM
    Alberto Contador surged past Chris Froome to win the mountainous 20th stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Saturday and increase his lead of the grand tour heading into its final day. Contador stayed close to Froome as the former Tour de France winners shed the rest of the field on the special-category ascent to the Puerto de Ancares summit.

     
  • First Rotary Tour d’Arlington held Saturday Sep 6, 2014 6:49 PM
    on Crawford, heading up this year’s first Rotary Tour d’Arlington, said he was a “little disapointed with the turnout” of less than 50 people. Their mission statement for the day was to End Polio Now, a longtime Rotary crusade that is nearing success. Taking the blame was Mother Nature, with Friday night’s storm and downed trees putting a damper on the event.

     
  • Matthews wins 3rd Vuelta stage, takes lead Aug 25, 2014 4:26 PM
    Michael Matthews of Australia sprinted to victory on a hot and sunny third stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Monday to take the overall lead of the three-week grand tour.

     
  • Movistar wins team time trial to start Vuelta Aug 23, 2014 5:34 PM
    Movistar won the team time trial to start the Spanish Vuelta on Saturday, giving Nairo Quintana an early edge over the other candidates to win the three-week grand tour.

     
  • Sweet Ride Sunday in Palatine raises money for dog rescue Aug 13, 2014 3:13 PM
    Families, join Young at Heart senior dog rescue and Morkes Chocolates for chocolate and a scenic bike ride through Palatine at 8:30 a.m. to noon Sunday, Aug. 17.

     
  • Kreuziger’s doping ban appeal on fast track Aug 5, 2014 5:31 PM
    The International Cycling Union has agreed to a fast-track appeal at sport’s highest court for Roman Kreuziger, who wants his provisional ban for suspected doping lifted before the Spanish Vuelta. The Tinkoff-Saxo rider seeks a Court of Arbitration for Sport verdict before the three-week race starts Aug. 23.

     
  • Schar holds on to win stage 2 at Tour of Utah Aug 5, 2014 5:31 PM
    Michael Schar of BMC Racing Team survived a six-man breakaway over Boulder Mountain and then time-trialed to victory Tuesday in the second stage of the Tour of Utah.

     
  • Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali wins Tour de France Jul 27, 2014 6:21 PM
    Vincenzo Nibali won the Tour de France on Sunday, becoming the first Italian in 16 years to triumph in cycling’s greatest race by chiseling a lead over his main rivals a few seconds at a time and dominating them in the mountains. The 29-year-old Sicilian, who called himself “a flag-bearer of anti-doping” during the race, finished in a bunch behind Marcel Kittel, who won the 21st stage in a sprint finish.

     
  • Nibali set to win Tour, with 2 Frenchmen on podium Jul 26, 2014 6:12 PM
    Finally cracking broad smiles after weeks of no-nonsense racing, Vincenzo Nibali confirmed he will win the Tour de France after another impressive ride in a dramatic penultimate stage on Saturday. Nibali all but ensured he will be crowned Tour champion for the first time thanks to winning the last mountain stage on Thursday.

     
  • With Nibali in command, Tour is about 2nd place Jul 25, 2014 5:31 PM
    Ramunas Navardauskas gave Lithuania and his American team a stage victory Friday at the Tour de France. Now cycling’s great showcase is reduced to this — the race for second place behind Vincenzo Nibali. The Italian, who has all but won the yellow jersey, cruised to the finish in Stage 19 in the rain-splattered pack behind the Lithuanian’s breakaway. Only a mishap of the highest order during Saturday’s time trial would deny Nibali victory in Paris on Sunday.

     
  • Nibali wins Stage 18 of Tour de France Jul 24, 2014 3:10 PM
    Vincenzo Nibali crushed everyone on the last mountain leg of the Tour de France on Thursday, all but ensuring he will be crowned champion when the race ends in Paris in three days.

     
  • Playful Pole wins Tour stage, as Nibali marches on Jul 23, 2014 5:43 PM
    On the last of four Pyrenees ascents, Rafal Majka winked at a French TV camera and tugged playfully at a motorcycle’s antenna. Even this late in the Tour de France, the Polish rider made winning look easy as he took Stage 17 on Wednesday. For Vincenzo Nibali, the second ride in the mountains on France’s border with Spain was more serious. “The Shark” nibbled yet more seconds away from several of his closest challengers, and the yellow jersey that he’s worn for all but two days of this race seemed to fit just a little more tightly ahead of Sunday’s race finish in Paris.

     
  • Kristoff wins stage, Nibali keeps Tour de France lead Jul 20, 2014 6:21 PM
    Almost at the line, Jack Bauer and Martin Elmiger were exhausted but could see it coming — their first Tour de France stage victory. Those last 50 meters, however, got in the way. A bunch of sprinters leading the pack came speeding like a runaway train and plowed past the huffing breakaway duo in the final milliseconds. Stage 15 belonged to Norwegian speedster Alexander Kristoff, his second stage victory in this Tour.

     
  • Tour de France leaves Alps: Pole wins day, Italian well in lead Jul 19, 2014 6:04 PM
    Panting hard with his jersey unzipped and wide open in the heat, Polish rider Rafal Majka sped to a solo breakaway victory on Stage 14 as the Tour de France wrapped up its foray in the Alps on Saturday. The two stages were expected to shake up the standings, but Vincenzo Nibali was not only still wearing the yellow jersey, he was farther out front.

     
  • Cyclists race along Waukegan streets in first criterium event Jul 18, 2014 4:30 PM
    The streets of downtown Waukegan were transformed into a Tour de France-type raceway as the inaugural Vista Health System Waukegan Criterium took place Friday. “The City of Waukegan was ready to embrace this race,” race co-coordinator Tom Schuler said.

     
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