This week has a lot of action packed into it from around the world and locally here in my roaming area of Northern Virginia. Leading off the little Hoyawolves are both playing soccer this weekend! Go Sharks and Mini-kickers!
The eyes of the sporting world (the interestings sports at least!) are on Italy and the Centennial of the Giro d'Italia. The return of Lance Armstrong to the grand tours, 11 North American riders, and two US teams all make this year's race for the Maglia Rosa very special and exciting. Definitely worth tuning in if you have the opportunity.
My favorite ultra-running blog is going bigtime - Hollywood style. Well maybe not Hollywood but just north of Yosemite National Park is close enough. Bryon Powell, a TransRockies and Marathon des Sables finisher, is going full-time into web based reporting on the ultra community. His site - IRunFar.com - is excellent and sets the standard for ultra-blogs. Although the local legal community is suffering a loss the national trail running scene is about to get richer!
Locally this weekend is the Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 - one of the fabled and hardest east coast races. In the past it has been the scene of many epic battles. If you have nothing to do this weekend make your way to the Shenandoah Valley to cheer on the runners and catch some of the action.
Looking at the climbing world check this story from SummitPost about a first-timers trip to Chamonix. I can attest that the Alps are special to mountaineers and Chamonix is like the Louvre of climbing. The giants and legends are all there, passed through, or are buried in its graveyards. Looks like North Carolina is getting some more national press - long a first-class climbing destination the state is a gem for its pristine trad ethics. Apparently the Old North State is pushing the envelope at the far end of the YDS.
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