Saturday, October 31, 2009

225 Magazine

Below is a link that will take you to an article, the cover story, published in THE Baton Rouge Magazine, 225, this month. As you know, I'm passionate about cycling and safe cycling advocacy so reading this article was like reading the last chapter of all of my favorite books put together!

I want to thank Jeff Roedel, copied on this e-mail, for the fine job he did in writing this article. It is a splendid representation of the variety and growth of this popular recreational activity in our area. Jeff, we are so fortunate that you were inspired enough by us to write this story. We are most gracious.

Also, I want to thank Nicette Goodier of New Orleans. Because she believed so passionately that something great could come of something so tragic, this has been the most outstanding year for cycling awareness in Baton Rouge and in our entire state. Here's to you, Colin!

Taylor Alexander

Friday, October 30, 2009

Beast Master mountain bike race

The West Feliciana Parish Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the inaugural Beast Master mountain bike race on Saturday, November 7, 2009. This time trial format race takes place on the challenging Beast trail located at the West Feliciana Sports Park on Hwy 61. Race registration starts at 7 am with the Beginner race starting at 9 am. Remaining racers start at 10:15 and thereafter. Entry fee is $10. Visit or email for more information or to volunteer to help.

Wheels to Succeed Ride!!!

Dear Riders,

I wanted to invite you all to the Second Annual ‘No Such Thing As Impossible’ Bike Ride being held January 16, 2010 in St. Francisville, LA. The ride will include 10mile, 45mile/72km, and 72mile routes for riders of all skill levels and is open for online registration to any and all interested participants. Please visit or for online registration through Day of registration will be available for $5 extra.

All proceeds go directly towards Wheels to Succeed purchasing adapted three wheeled bikes for children with physical disabilities through out South Louisiana.

Those who would like to volunteer please contact Ashley at

Hope to see you all there,
Ashley Leach

225 magazine's November issue...

225 magazine's November issue has a very well done cover story on bicycling in Baton Rouge. Jeff Roedel, the author, spoke to a wide spectrum of local bicyclists and city officials to get this story. David Gallent, the photographer, did a great job capturing many aspects of biking in Baton Rouge. If you get a chance to pick up a copy, take it; it's a good read and very hopeful.

Mark E. Martin
Baton Rouge Advocates for Safe Streets

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pennington Biomedical Research Center is conducting a study

Good Afternoon,

Pennington Biomedical Research Center is conducting a study on the behalf of Gatorade Sports Science Institute to examine the effectiveness of a dietary supplement on cycling performance.

Goals of the study

One: To determine whether a new dietary ingredient will increase the use of body fat during exercise.

Two: To examine whether those using the supplement will increase 20 km time trial (TT) performance after a period of strenuous exercise.

Who is eligible?

• Men between 18 and 35 years of age

• Capable of attaining a V02 max: 50 ml/kglmin. This would be equivalent to a good Category IV or Category III+ rider.

• Must be willing to commit to a testing protocol that will last -40-days.

What the test entails

The following tests will be performed before and after four (4) weeks of supplementation:

• A V02max test with the determination of VO2max, lactate thresholds and the corresponding power output associated with each.

• A two (2) hour ride at an established percentage of your lactate threshold. Several blood samples will be taken during this portion of the test; however, we will take no muscle

• A 20 km TT to see how fast you can complete the TT.

Upon completion of the study you will receive:

• $200

• A full report detailing your V02max, lactate threshold, heart rates, and power outputs associated with your test.

• A report detailing your time to complete each time trial along with your average heart rate and average power output during each test.

• Various schwag courtesy of Gatorade

Because of the upcoming holidays we will enroll participants until approximately the 15 of November. Following the Christmas break we will start enrollment again after about 10 January.

If you know of someone who might be interested in the trial, please forward this to them.

Thanks so much for your time and consideration,

Conrad Earnest, PhD
Division of Preventive Medicine
Director of the Exercise Biology
Pennington Biomedical Research Center
6400 Perkins Road Baton Rouge, LA 70808-4124
Tel. (225) 763-2923
Fax: (225) 763-0905

If you are interested in participating in our study please contact me for a more detailed study timeline.

Thank you,
Melissa Lupo
Exercise Testing Core - Research Associate
Gatorade Performance Study - Coordinator
Pennington Biomedical Research Center
6400 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Direct: (225) 763-2924
Fax: (225) 763-0905

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

LAB "Bronze" to be presented at 4PM Wed at Metro Council Meeting (28 Oct, 3rd floor of EBR Government Building)

Gil Morin of City Parish Planning will be presenting Mayor-President Holden the "Bronze" Bicycle Friendly Community award from the League of American Bicyclists. This will occur as part of the Presentations and Special Recognitions section on the Metro Council Agenda. (5th of on the agenda, and will occur shortly after 4PM start of the meeting)

The Bronze status is a result of bicycle friendly progress (including plans) by DPW, Mayors Office, BREC, BRASS, and CRPC. If the commitment continues, there are Silver, Gold, and Platinum bike friendly awards to aspire to.

I hope to see you there, but if not, tune in METRO 21 (Cable) for a replay.


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Chris Lemoine wins bronze in S. Olympics!!!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

BRBC is partnering with Louisana State Parks for the Fall Century

BRBC is partnering with Louisana State Parks for the Fall Century, Sunday 11 October from Centenary College in Jackson (4 blocks north of LA-10 on LA-952).

We have rest stops at Audubon State Park (Oakley) and Rosedown which have tours availalbe (and are included with the ride), plus two more traditional SAGS's and a roving SAG.

Port Hudson will have a Civil War cannon demonstration at 12:00 after the ride. Quarter, Half and Metric century routes have time to tour each of the parks, and still make it back to Centenary for a the traditional BRBC post ride meal. (Pastalaya, Taco Soup, Black Beans and Rice, Drinks and Dessert)

Site opens at 7 AM, and enter by the north gate. Preregister on line at or at the event. (save $5 by registering on line)

Please visit website for links.

Maps provided at registration, and available on the club website for the curious.

Directions from Baton Rouge:
1. Take I-110 North to Hwy 61 (Scenic Hwy) At the intersection of Hwy 61 and I-110 take a right on Hwy 61 (north) towards St. Francisville/Natchez, MS.
2. Continue on Hwy 61 to LA-68. Turn right onto LA 68 (LA 68 is south of St. Francisville).
3. Continue on LA-68 until it intersects with Hwy 10 at the red light. Turn left onto LA-10
4. Watch your speed through Jackson, then at the hill after the "bottom" turn right on College Street LA-952. Centenary College will be 4 blocks past the turn on the right.
5. Pass the college, and enter via the north gate. (Watch for BRBC Century banner)

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Rocktoberfest Criterium on Sunday, October 11, 2009

Come join us for the 10th annual Rocktoberfest Criterium on Sunday, October 11. This year we return to Lakeshore Drive for the first time since 2004. We'll be using the same course we used for the Tour de Louisiane. You can pre-register online at This will be the last race of the 2009 LAMBRA road racing season and rumor has it that everyone will be meeting at the Kona Cafe' (7306 Lakeshore Drive between Robt. E. Lee and the lake) afterwards for a little end-of-season gathering. Please come out and support the race and celebrate another successful road season with us.

Pre-register online at (online registration closes at midnight on Friday, Oct. 9). Race day registration opens at 7:00 a.m. and closes 15 minutes before each race. Race day entries are $5 additional. Entry fees include USCF insurance surcharge. Riders without USCF licenses purchase 1-day licenses ($10 additional) at registration.

Coming from the West on I-10, continue east 1.8 mi. past Causeway Blvd. in the CENTER LANE to I-610 (I-10 curves right here, so just continue straight). Take the first I-610 exit, Exit 1A, to West End Blvd. Go North on West End Blvd. and across Robert E. Lee Blvd. 2 miles until you hit the lake and park in the parking area to the right. Coming from the East on I-10, take I-610 to Exit 1A, to West End Blvd. Go North on West End Blvd. and across Robert E. Lee Blvd. 2 miles until you hit the lake and park in the parking area to the right. [See Map to Criterium.]
The 10th annual Lakeshore Rocktoberfest has developed into the area's classic end-of-season road event. This year we will be racing on Lakeshore Drive, using the same course as this year's Tour de Louisiane. This is a challenging 0.9 mi. L-shaped circuit that crosses the levee twice each lap. [See the course map].

Event Website:
Randall Legeai
New Orleans Bicycle Club
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
"If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough."
Mario Andretti