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Men in Spandex

There's something about a man in form-fitting cycling shorts

Date: 08/09/2015 | Sports

Britain's Froome wins second Tour de France

PARIS — All for one, one for all, and all bathed in yellow.

Date: 07/26/2015 | Sports

Froome all but locks up Tour de France victory

ALPE D'HUEZ, France — Feeling like he was "dying a thousand deaths," Chris Froome started to think that a second Tour de France victory might be melting away like the patches of snow on surrounding Alpine peaks.

Date: 07/25/2015 | Sports

Fireworks on Tour as Nibali, Froome exchange words

LA TOUSSUIRE, France — Chris Froome always expected his rivals to throw everything at him and his Tour de France race lead. He just didn’t expect that it would happen when he was stopped by the side of the road.

Date: 07/24/2015 | Sports

Froome maintains his lead halfway through Alps

SAINT-JEAN-DE-MAURIENNE, France — Chris Froome is halfway through the Alps, the last obstacle to his second Tour de France victory, after comfortably maintaining his race lead on a Stage 18 won by Romain Bardet on Thursday.

Date: 07/23/2015 | Sports

Geschke wins, Froome stays safe on Stage 17 in Alps

BARCELONNETTE, France — Simon Geschke of the Giant-Alpecin team won a tough and dangerous Stage 17 of the Tour de France in the Alps on Wednesday with a brave solo ride, while former champion Alberto Contador fell during a high-speed descent.

Date: 07/22/2015 | Sports

Tour leader Froome's team bows to pressure, releases cycling data

SISTERON, France — The team of Tour de France leader Chris Froome bowed to pressure Tuesday and released data about his riding power, heart rate and pedaling rhythm, hoping to quell speculation about doping ahead of an increasingly likely victory in Paris.

Date: 07/21/2015 | Sports

Froome’s Sky Team releases his physiological data

SISTERON, France — The team of Tour de France leader Chris Froome has released new information about his riding power, pedaling rhythm and maximum heart rate, hoping to dispel what his coach calls “wildly wrong” figures floated on French television.

Date: 07/21/2015 | Sports

Thrills, spills as Plaza wins 16th stage of Tour

GAP, France — Two bright-yellow Tour de France arrows attached to a telephone pole were telling Geraint Thomas to veer sharp right.He rode straight into them.

Date: 07/20/2015 | Sports

Inaugural Snohomish County Bike Bash is July 25

It's not that Dorothé Reijnders didn't bike before. "I'm from the Netherlands. Over there, we bike because we need to go from A to B," she said.But it wasn't until she bought a road bike and then started training two years ago for a 200-plus...

Date: 07/20/2015 | Street Smarts

Biking in Snohomish County

For more information on free group bike rides in Snohomish County, click on the calendar links for these groups:BIKES Club of Snohomish County,

Date: 07/20/2015 | Street Smarts

Despite big lead, Froome on defensive at Tour

VALENCE, France — Despite his comfortable lead in the Tour de France, Chris Froome heads into the Alps — the last big hurdle between him and victory in Paris — on the defensive.

Date: 07/19/2015 | Sports

Pedal-power for your gadget

Anyone who drives a car has access to charging power through either the traditional power socket or a USB port, which most new cars have these days. But what about those who embrace a greener, more active lifestyle and use a bicycle to commute, tour or get around in general?

Date: 07/19/2015 | Life

Fan yelling 'Doper!' hurls urine at Tour leader Froome

 MENDE, France — Being doused in liquids by roadside fans goes with the terrain of being a Tour de France rider. But this spectator was yelling "doper!" at Chris Froome and the liquid couldn't have been more unwelcome.

Date: 07/18/2015 | Sports

Unlucky Sagan finishes second again at Tour de France

RODEZ, France — Peter Sagan might be the unluckiest rider at the Tour de France. “So close yet so far” could be his nickname.With a few more pumps on his pedals, a few more ounces of speed and power, the spunky Slovakian could have won four stages by now.Instead, he has four second places.

Date: 07/17/2015 | Sports

Alps last major obstacle for Froome on Tour de France

PLATEAU DE BEILLE, France — One mountain range completed, one more to go.Only the Alps loom as the last major obstacle between Chris Froome and a second Tour de France victory in Paris.

Date: 07/16/2015 | Sports

When it’s OK for motorcycles, bikes to run red light

Floyd Ply rides a motorcycle. Every once in awhile, he hits a light that doesn’t know he’s there.

Date: 07/16/2015 | Street Smarts

Team Sky protects Froome’s Tour lead as Majka wins Stage 11

CAUTERETS, France — Rafal Majka led a solo breakaway to win the 11th stage of the Tour de France under a scorching sun on Wednesday, leaving behind a small group of rivals on the hardest climb of Day 2 in the Pyrenees mountains as Chris Froome retained the yellow jersey.

Date: 07/15/2015 | Sports

Froome wins first high-mountain stage at Tour de France

LA PIERRE-SAINT-MARTIN, France  — Over the earpiece tucked below his helmet, Chris Froome’s team sent word that his panting Tour de France rivals were struggling in the thinning air of the high Pyrenees, on the first skyward climb of this year’s race.

Date: 07/14/2015 | Sports

Bicycling becoming more popular

It’s not just a hunch. There really is more spandex on the road.And I’m not just talking about the recent Group Health STP (Seattle to Portland) Bicycle Classic, in which my husband was one of 10,000 cyclists. (I drove a car. I was very comfortable.)

Date: 07/14/2015 | Street Smarts

Basso’s withdrawal with tumor hits Contador’s hopes at Tour

PAU, France — Stunning the Tour de France on its first rest day, doctors diagnosed a tumor in the left testicle of two-time Giro d’Italia winner Ivan Basso on Monday, forcing him out of the showcase race.

Date: 07/13/2015 | Sports

Froome has 12-second lead on American Van Garderen in Tour de France

PLUMELEC, France — Race leader Chris Froome heads to the first mountain stages of the Tour de France in confident mood — and with an unexpected main rival.

Date: 07/12/2015 | Sports

Defending Tour champ Nibali loses ground to Froome

MUR DE BRETAGNE, France — Vincenzo Nibali is making a patchy start to the defense of his Tour de France title, and if Saturday's eighth stage is anything to go by it may not get much better in the mountains.

Date: 07/11/2015 | Sports

Paolini tests positive for cocaine at Tour de France

Associated PressFOUGERES, France — Italian rider Luca Paolini from Russian team Katusha was thrown out of the Tour de France on Friday after testing positive for cocaine during the race.

Date: 07/10/2015 | Sports

Cavendish wins 7th stage of tour; Froome keeps overall lead

FOUGERES, France— British rider Mark Cavendish won a sprint finish Friday for the 26th Tour de France stage victory of his career, while countryman Chris Froome retained the overall lead as he bids to win the race for a second time.

Date: 07/10/2015 | Sports

Greipel wins fifth stage of Tour de France

AMIENS, France — Andre Greipel won a rain-drenched fifth stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish on Wednesday, while fellow German Tony Martin kept the yellow jersey and the main Tour contenders stayed safe as others tumbled around them.

Date: 07/08/2015 | Sports

Martin wins 4th stage of Tour and takes overall lead

CAMBRAI, France — Having stayed safe on the treacherous cobblestones, Chris Froome cared little about conceding the race leader's yellow jersey to Tony Martin on Tuesday's fourth stage of an action-packed Tour de France.

Date: 07/07/2015 | Sports

Froome takes Tour lead; crash knocks out Cancellara

HUY, Belgium — British rider Chris Froome took the Tour de France leader's yellow jersey after finishing second behind Spanish veteran Joacquim Rodriguez in Monday's crash-marred third stage, as a second straight day of chaos caused around 20 riders to fall and several to quit.

Date: 07/06/2015 | Sports

Froome and Contador in good positions in Tour de France

NEELTJE JANS, Netherlands — In ferocious winds and thunderous rain, Chris Froome and Alberto Contador managed to use the conditions to their advantage on the second stage of the Tour de France.

Date: 07/05/2015 | Sports

Dennis wins 1st stage of Tour de France in record time

UTRECHT, Netherlands — Rohan Dennis won the first stage of the Tour de France in record speed in the individual time trial on Saturday.The Australian completed the 14-kilometer (8.6-mile) flat and windy urban circuit through cycling-mad Utrecht in 14 minutes, 56 seconds.

Date: 07/04/2015 | Sports

Marysville bicyclist dies of injuries from collision with car

MARYSVILLE — A bicyclist has died after being struck by a car in Marysville on June 17.He was identified Tuesday as Joseph R. Misiuda, 60, of Marysville.

Date: 06/30/2015 | Sirens

English cyclist Armitstead crashes while celebrating victory

ALDEBURGH, England — English rider Lizzie Armitstead crashed while celebrating winning the first stage of the Women’s Tour of Britain on Wednesday and will miss the rest of the event.

Date: 06/17/2015 | Sports

Cycling head urges Lance Armstrong not to pursue France ride

LONDON — The head of world cycling urged Lance Armstrong on Tuesday to abandon “disrespectful” plans to ride part of the Tour de France route for charity a day before the professional peloton.

Date: 03/17/2015 | Sports

Review finds Armstrong was protected by cycling’s ruling body

MADRID — Cycling’s ruling body let Lance Armstrong’s associates draft a report into whether he took banned drugs in 1999 to protect its star athlete, according to an investigation published Monday.

Date: 03/09/2015 | Sports

Lance Armstrong loses $10 million arbitration ruling

AUSTIN, Texas — An arbitration panel ordered Lance Armstrong and Tailwind Sports Corp. to pay $10 million in a fraud dispute with a promotions company for what it called an "unparalleled pageant of international perjury, fraud and conspiracy" that covered up his use of...

Date: 02/16/2015 | Sports

Police: Lance Armstrong hit parked cars, blamed girlfriend

DENVER — Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong hit two parked cars after a night of partying in Aspen, Colorado, but agreed to let his longtime girlfriend take the blame to avoid national attention, police reports show.

Date: 02/03/2015 | Sports

Bono injures arm in N.Y. cycling accident

NEW YORK — U2 frontman Bono has injured his arm while riding a bicycle in New York City.A posting on the band’s website Sunday says Bono “injured his arm in a cycling spill in Central Park” and will require surgery to repair it.

Date: 11/16/2014 | Nation & World

Mountain bike races for all levels this weekend at Stevens Pass

Stevens Pass Bike Park's Turn N' Berm summer bike festival is Friday to Sunday. Sounds like it's going to be a ton of fun.

Date: 09/17/2014 | Explore NW

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