Win Jens Voigt’s 2014 Tour de France Bike!

Jens Voigt’s 2014 Tour de France Bike to be Given Away through USA Pro Challenge Tour Tracker Sweepstakes

Fan Favorite Giving Bike to Fans During Final Professional Race

Woodland Park, Colo. (Aug. 22, 2014) –Trek Factory Racing’s Jens Voigt (GER) will be giving away the bike he rode during the 2014 Tour de France through a sweepstakes on the 2014 USA Pro Challenge Tour Tracker mobile app. Fans will have a chance to collect a piece of professional cycling history as Voigt hangs up his jersey and retires from the sport following the Pro Challenge.

“Yep, the Pro Challenge is my last race. I still can’t believe it myself,” said Voigt. “I’ve been a cyclist for 33 years…that’s been the most constant part of my life. It’s going to be a big chunk that’s closing. There are going to be a lot of challenges coming my way. It was a good career. I had some great moments. I met some of the greatest people in the world. I am thankful for the sport of cycling and what it gave to me.”

To enter to win the Trek Madone Team Edition bike Voigt rode in the 2014 Tour de France, fans can download the free USA Pro Challenge Tour Tracker mobile app on iTunes and Google Play. Then, click on the “more” button at the bottom of the screen and complete the entry form.

 

 

 

Entries will be accepted starting today (Friday, Aug. 22) through Sunday, Aug. 24 at 11:59 p.m. MT. Applicants must be over 18 years of age and a legal resident of the U.S. to win. The winner will be selected and notified on September 2. For full rules and details, please log on to prochallenge.com/Jens.

“I think I have a pretty good fan base in the U.S. and it just felt right to end my career here in Colorado,” added Voigt. “I am a big fan of the idea that you are the master of your destiny. I want to stop in good condition and put on a show one more time…finish feeling good and strong, knowing that I squeezed every little bit out of me.

About the USA Pro Challenge

Referred to as “America’s Race,” the USA Pro Challenge will take place August 18-24, 2014. For seven consecutive days, the world’s top athletes race through the majestic Colorado Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure. One of the largest cycling events in U.S. history and the largest spectator event in the history of the state, the USA Pro Challenge continues to set records in professional cycling by taking the riders to unprecedented elevations. Featuring a challenging course, the fourth annual race will spotlight the best of the best in professional cycling and some of America’s most beautiful scenery. More information can be found online at www.USAProChallenge.com and on Twitter at @USAProChallenge.

 


Enjoy Bicycle Racing? Enjoy photos of races from the 20’s & 30’s? Want to see new bicycle racing photographs from 100 years ago?

Goggles & Dust: Images from Cycling’s Glory Days, Velo Press

Velo Press will publish early this fall a new book for photographs of cycle racing from the early 1900’s that you have not seen before. Goggles & Dust: Images from Cycling’s Glory Days, has 101 photographs from the turn of the century of bicycle racing in France.

We’ve seen the suffering photos before; these cover all aspects of the race from the start to the finish, crashes and repairs to victories. The photographs bring back those great days in ways you’ve never seen before.

The greatest kick I got was seeing what has not changed in 100 years of racing the Tour de France. Cars still follow the riders, and based on the 2014 tour; riding conditions still suck, spectators still run alongside races as they struggle up hill.

At the same time, the photographs show you bicycle racing has come a long way. No longer do riders carry spare tires; water bottles are plastic and on the seat and down tubes and bikes are more than a single speed.

If you enjoy old cycling or new racing, you’ll love this book.

Goggles & Dust: Images from Cycling’s Glory Days, Velo Press, Hardcover September 2014, ISBN 978-1-937715-29-8

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Litigation v. Jail Time

Many times I hear the argument that we need to adopt the European legal system. The belief is that the Europeans don’t sue, make it very hard to sue and that is a better system for defendants. That is correct; however the European system also has a little twist we don’t have in the US: Jail Time.

In Europe the requirements to start a lawsuit are very high and the types of things you can sue over are limited. However the requirements to be arrested and charged with a crime are low, are much broader and the level of proof to convict someone are much lower. Example of this is playing out in the US and France this week.

On July 25, 2000 a Concorde jet crashed in France killing all on board. On July 3, 2008 Continental Airlines and two Continental employees were charged in a French court with manslaughter. The crash was attributed to a piece of a Continental jet falling off as the jet was taking off. That piece of metal was run over by the Concorde jet causing a tire to blow out and the parts going into the engine causing the crash.

Here in the US, Continental might be sued for this type of thing. Maybe money would be exchanged, maybe. No crime would be charged because there was no scienter or “criminal mind.” No one was attempting or thinking about a crime, there was no criminal intent.

That is not required in Europe or France, where by the way you are guilty until proven innocent to some extent.

In most European countries there is a very different way of approaching problems. There the government is in charge of making the public safe. In realty, in our “Laissez-faire” business environment most businesses are kept in line by the threat of litigation. In Europe businesses are kept in line by the government who puts you in jail if you are not doing a good job, if you fall out of line.

For information on the charges against continental airlines see: Airline to be tried for Concorde crash and French court to try US airline over Concorde crash.

Laissez-faire by the way is a French term.

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