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In case you haven t heard, May is National Bike Month. The League of American Bicyclists sponsors yearly events each May1 to raise awareness for the environmental and fitness conscious mode of transportation.
In honor of the v lo-friendly month, we ve come up with a list of bicycle-related apps. Whether you are a road cyclist, a back roads trailblazer, or just taking off the training wheels, we have a list of apps we think you ll enjoy
Hit the road and keep track of your progress with this handy GPS tracking app.
It is specifically designed to make the most use of cycling information. You can track your speed, distance, and route. Gather data on intake and output of calories by adding your food and nutrition information.
Share your daily activities with friends and family. Log your workout to view your progress. This is a great app for anyone looking to start a new exercise routine.
This app also features a huge database of routes for cycling, walking, and running. You can also upgrade to MVP for additional training help, like an internal coach, interval training, and live friend tracking. This app is available for $2.992.
When you are blazing down the hot asphalt as fast as your bike will take you, you may want to track just how fast you are going. If you like to know your speed, distance, and direction and want to be able to check it with a quick glance, this app features a simple, easy-to-read interface with big bold numbers.
You can mount your iPhone to your handlebars and use this app to keep track of your current progress. It can run in the foreground, which means your iPhone won t automatically switch to lock screen while you are riding. It will stay on the entire time, so you can always see your speed. This app is available for $1.993.
If you are an avid cyclist you may need something a bit more feature rich than the average GPS tracker.
Road bike owners are a different breed. This app features live GPS tracking as well as archiving of trips. It comes with voice feedback of trek metrics and includes motivational messages.
Find the nearest bike route from a list of thousands. Check your current rate-of-climb, track weather and wind data, and measure your cadence. You can also track cycle pace, speed, grade, elevation, and heart rate using color traces.
Anyone who rides a bike on a regular basis will know that, inevitably, you will need to fix something. Maybe your chain has broken off, or maybe you just ran over a nasty sticker that has popped your tire. Whatever the issue, this app probably has the solution.
Start a list of all of your bike s parts and keep a maintenance history. Find out about the best way to outfit yourself for the safest, most comfortable ride. Read step-by-step instructions on how to repair your bike with pictures and annotations to help you visualize your operation.
If you are in the market to buy or sell a bike, you should be able to determine its market value. Some bikes are more expensive than a car and you wouldn t want to be taken advantage of if your fixed-gear sells for less than it is worth. This app features an algorithm created by industry specialist and technology experts that evaluates and assesses your bike s value.
The app is made up of information based on millions of transactions for bike purchases, repairs, and parts sales. When you enter your criteria, you will receive an estimated value of your bicycle. This is also great for finding out if your getting a great deal on a used bike or if someone thinks they can pull one over on you. This app is available for free6.
I have to admit that when I first saw this app, I thought, There is no way I m clipping my iPhone to my back seat.
However, it didn t take long to realize how convenient an app like this is. Not only does it display a full screen of bright, red, flashing lights, you can also program it to read text. You can change colors between red, blue, and green, and adjust the intervals between flashing.
If, for some reason, you are unable to get out and ride this month, you can still participate in National Bike Month with this epic BMX game.
Ride, slide, and glide your way through awesome obstacles and sweet jumps. Preform two-finger tricks to earn points and win tournaments. Unlock new bikes, create videos of your stunts, and have fun grinding though the biggest cities in the world.
It doesn t matter if the weather is too hot or you don t even own a bike, you can still claim that you joined in on the festivities by competing for the BMX championship. This game is available for $4.99.8
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Tuesday 21st May 2013 12:04 by John Howard
Stadium hosts annual Everton Schools Partnership Finals.
Budding football stars of the future took to the Goodison Park turf last week as the Everton Schools Partnership Finals took place. Organised by the Club’s Academy Recruitment department, the annual event offers primary school students the chance to grace the famous stadium and play in front of watching Blues scouts. Starting last September, 6,500 children participated in this season s tournament as teams in various age groups played off to reach the Goodison showpiece.
In the year five final, St. Paul s defeated Plantation 2-0, while Our Lady of Compassion hardly lived up to their sympathetic name, storming to a 6-3 win over Matthew Arnold in the year two clash. A young goalscorer wheels away in celebration. Our Lady of Compassion who appeared in an impressive three finals on the day then racked up another 6-3 victory in the year one match up but fell short of an impressive hat-trick after going down 4-2 to the year threes of St Paul s.
A penalty shootout was required to split eventual winners Long View and Leamington in the year six final, before the year fours of St Peters and Paul completed the afternoon with a comprehensive 4-1 success against Holy Rosary. Today has been a victory for football in general, the standard of play was excellent and the respect shown for each other and the match officials was first class, said Everton s Academy Recruitment Officer Ray Redmond. To even get the chance to play at Goodison is a massive achievement.
We as a Club are all really impressed with all their efforts and I am sure all the family and friends who saw them today are too.
They have done themselves and the schools they represent proud.
Britain’s Cal Crutchlow, who broke a shin in practice, finished second in a very wet French MotoGP, the best result by a Briton since Ron Haslam at Assen in 1985.
Dani Pedrosa heads the MotoGP World Championship standings after a well judged win.
Repsol Honda rider Pedrosa only started the race from sixth on the grid, but made a good start to get away cleanly with the front runners in the tricky conditions.
Two wheels or four? Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton chats with Cal Crutchlow before the French MotoGP The Spaniard worked his way up to second and enjoyed a good battle with the Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso, eventually making a decisive move to pull away for his second victory of 2013, which moves him six points clear of team-mate Marc Marquez.
Crutchlow, meanwhile, produced a mature ride at the end of a week which has seen his future at the Tech 3 Yamaha team thrown into doubt.
The Coventry-rider, who enjoyed a brief chat with Lewis Hamilton, was also racing with a fracture to his shin following a big fall in Saturday practice, but he bided his time to climb his way up from fifth in the early stages and work his way past Jorge Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi and Dovizioso to claim second place.
Second spot: Crutchlow raced to second despite a broken bone in his shin Marquez, enjoying a sensational rookie season, finished third after a superb recovery from a woeful start.
Marquez started on pole but had dropped to eighth by the end of lap one as he struggled badly with the wet conditions.
The youngster survived two scary moments during the opening laps but as the track dried his pace improved, and he eventually took third from Dovizioso on the penultimate lap.
But it was a miserable day for Lorenzo, the reigning world champion could not run with Dovizioso and Pedrosa early on and slowly dropped back to an eventual seventh.
Team-mate Rossi was only 12th after crashing out of fourth position.
Celebration: Crutchlow celebrates his second place Leader: Dani Pedrosa won the race and is in front in the championship standings Nicky Hayden was fifth on the second factory Ducati, with Alvaro Bautista sixth.
Michele Pirro was eighth, with Bradley Smith claiming his best result so far in ninth and Stefan Bradl, another to recover from a fall, rounding out the top 10.
There was also good news for Britain in the Moto2 race as Scott Redding produced an assured ride to take his first win in the class.
Why are car-loads of gal pals barrelling down Henderson Highway to Lockport? They’re not looking for fish, you can bet on that.
But their wheels are smokin’ and — here’s a hot clue — so are their credit cards.
They have two secret spots for big catches in mind — Eveline Street and Madison Lane boutiques — and they’ll spend hours at each of these places full of fashionista clothes, shoes and accessories “for real women.” Translation: “All sizes from small to multiple X.”
Who knew Lockport was a fashion mecca?
Eveline Street boutique
THE easiest spot to find is Eveline Street boutique, because you’ll practically run right into it when Henderson Highway ends. That’s address 23031 on No.
44 Hwy., which goes left over the bridge and the famous locks. Beside the huge Lockport Convenience and General Store, clinging to the right side is an old-fashioned white house with a veranda and weathered stick furniture. That’s the place.
Screech to a halt any day, noon to 5 p.m.
The main attraction at Eveline Street, aside from the colourful floor-to-ceiling stock, is a force of nature called Huda Haddad. She’s a dark-eyed, blond-haired fashion-forward kind of woman. She bounces around the shop, running back and forth throwing fun/glam clothing into cubicles for people, exhorting them to try things on — so un-Canadian-like.
Haddad quickly reveals she’s from the Middle East and immigrated to Canada when she was one-and-a-half. With six older siblings, little Huda soon learned how to survive in the pack — and how to get noticed.
“Everybody needs a passion. Every single day, everybody needs to find a reason to wag their tail,” says the 43-year-old entrepreneur.
Her passion is her clothing, shoes and accessories store. It’s famous for one-size-fits-all clothing — tons of it. And no, they’re not shapeless mumus.
It’s clothing made from merino wool that breathes and stretches to fit any size from zero to 4X.
Haddad says you can kiss goodbye to needing a set of fat clothes and skinny clothes, or different summer and winter clothes, as it’s porous and feels like soft, stretch cotton, not wool. The material wicks away perspiration. You stay cool in summer and warm in winter.
Best of all, you can trade clothes with any of your girlfriends — they will all fit.
“I have a customer who is a vet, and she was so excited we had clothing made from merino sheep wool.”
“I used to be a bra model,” Haddad bursts out, while pulling a sexy stretchable dress on for a photo shoot.
“I love my body at any size. I think I’m hot, and you should think you’re hot, too,” she yells out the neck-hole. “Of course, I come from a different culture where women are supposed to be curvy.”
Haddad says she only buys clothing that is manufactured in First-World collieries because she doesn’t want people labouring in sweatshops to make her clothes. “It costs me more, but for God’s sake it’s really better to know where things are being made.”
Some of her favourite brands for the store are April Cornell and Cut-Loose; she also has a big bookcase artfully packed with Crabtree and Evelyn products.
Her Fluevog display of shoes and boots hits you right in the face as you enter the store; some of the sexy heels look like ornate Victorian chair legs.
“My motto is ‘Come play dress-up.’ I never want anybody to feel pressure. I want them to feel comfortable in the store and in what they wear.
People drive out here and stay for hours. I just keep throwing stuff at them I think they’ll like in the change room. We have lots of fun.”
Madison Lane Boutique
LOOK to the right of the Half Moon hotdog emporium at 6860 Henderson Hwy., just before Lockport.
You’ll see racks of clothing blowing in the breeze. On inspection, they’re definitely not fishing clothes. This is a funky, high-quality fashion boutique that would put any city store to shame.
Why so close to the hotdogs? Owner Charlene McIntosh confesses, “That Half Moon guy next door is my husband, Wayne McIntosh.” She explains Madison Lane is a seasonal business, meaning she closes in the dead of winter and she and Wayne go gallivanting to warmer climes.
But, from March to Dec.
1, it’s going full throttle, seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. “or later if there are are still customers in the store.” They have to make hay while the sun shines, she explains, and it’s been cold this year.
The first thing you notice is a sea of colours and sensual materials and a wall of to-die-for coloured purses, not to mention sparkling bling-bling up at the front counter.
And here’s the deal: “We don’t advertise much because we have so much word of mouth.” People come to the little shop from all over, and visitors to the Half Moon often wander in. The wives take one look and stage whisper across the shop: “I’ll be back when I don’t have my husband with me!”
The concept is people can shop there and look unique. “I only buy one piece in each size for each item. I have people who come here all the way from Brandon because they go to a lot of functions and don’t want to run into someone wearing the same thing.” Sizes are “for real women,” and are from small to 3X.”
“I opened this store out of a love for fashion.
I’m a chronic shopper by nature.” She encourages everyone working in the shop to model the clothes in the store when they’re working.
“I never sell anything I wouldn’t wear myself.”
That can sometimes mean staff are selling the clothes off their backs and the accessories off their necks, arms and feet! “Every day we’re walking billboards. I’ve had people buy my whole outfit and have had to transfer the stuff out of my purse to sell it.”
Jennifer Faubert, who works evenings at the store, says they sell brands such as Simon Chang, Alison Sheri, IDO, Hill Tribe and Piccadilly, which people love to see.
One of the biggest draws are shoes she buys exclusively from a man who brings them in from India.
“When I saw them, I said, ‘Oh my God, I have to have these!’ ” They are heels of only 1.5 to two inches, glitzy on top — often beaded — with a padded sole and rubber treads on the bottom.
This is hardly a backwoods business, though it’s surrounded by nature. McIntosh attends buying shows Toronto, Edmonton, Phoenix and Las Vegas for her shop in Lockport to make it world-class.
Lockport Convenience and General Store
DON’T leave town without stopping in at the giant Lockport Convenience and General Store.
Roxy and Mike Faires gave me the royal tour.
Half the store is a liquor mart, with giant bottles guarding the entrance to the department.
“This is the biggest liquor vendor in Manitoba — my father, Wayne Faires, spearheaded everything,” says Mike.
The rest of the store tells the story of Lockport and the needs of the fishermen who drive and/or fly in from all over Canada and the United States to fish for more than 20 species in the rushing river.
You can buy live bait and tackle right next door to swimming pool supplies for the pools at mansions on either side of the river.
Maureen Scurfield drove to Lockport twice in two days for no reason than she liked it so much the first time.
Rugby may finally be coming to the United States, thanks to the country’s most powerful sporting league.
The National Football League is the most popular and powerful sports league in America, and it could be using its muscle to bring another sport stateside. The NFL has partnered up with the Premier Rugby League and intends to create a professional rugby league in the United States, according to Forbes1.
The two leagues have already made strides towards expanding rugby in America. There will be an exhibition game played at Gillette Stadium between the London Irish and a “US Barbarians” team made up of international stars.
The game will be played in August and televised on the NFL Network.
Rugby is massively popular overseas, but it’s never been more than a niche sport in America despite sharing many similarities to American football. The NFL has the resources and connections to change that, though. If the August exhibition game is a success, look for the wheels to start turning on an official American league.
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Nahki Wells: Bradford forward scores the third goal against Northampton Sky Bet Football Betting Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds Football Betting 10 Free Bet Nahki Wells has vowed to stay with Bradford after helping them secure promotion to League One with victory over Northampton in the play-off final.
Three months after suffering an unhappy 5-0 Capital One Cup final defeat to Swansea, Bradford returned to Wembley to banish those demons with a committed display to blow Northampton away.
James Hanson, Rory McArdle and Wells were all on target in a devastating first-half display as Phil Parkinson’s men cruised to a 3-0 victory.
Wells has been linked with a move away from Valley Parade in the summer following a series of sparkling displays, but the talented striker has pledged his future to the Bantams.
He told Sky Sports: “When you are doing well you grab the attention, but without the likes of these players keeping me going it wouldn’t be possible.
“I’m contracted at Bradford and I’ll be playing in League One next season.
“Dreams come true.
We worked so hard to get here.
To come this far and finish it off in this fashion is unbelievable.
“It’s a big game, we wanted to come in confident but not arrogant.
We went out there and did what we had to do and to win it comfortably like that is unbelievable.” Bradford skipper Gary Jones admitted it was a sweet moment to set aside the misery of their defeat by Swansea and secure promotion to League One.
Jones added: “It’s unbelievable, it’s probably the best moment of my life – apart from the kids being born, obviously.
“We thought we had unfinished business from the Swansea game.
We came out with a game-plan.
We knew Northampton were direct, we knew we had to get the ball down and play and the three goals were fantastic.
“Moments like this don’t come around too often.
We’re just delighted today for everyone involved with Bradford City, the supporters have been unbelievable all season.
“Look at the fan-base we’ve got, we’re geared up for League One, there’s no reason why we can’t do it.”
Reckless Abandon: Reappears in Temple Stakes next weekend Reckless Abandon will make his seasonal return next weekend in the Betfred Temple Stakes at Haydock next weekend.
Trainer Clive Cox has been pleased with the unbeaten colt over the winter after he won twice at Group Two level and two Group Ones, including the Middle Park Stakes, as a juvenile.
With no programme for three-year-old sprinters, Cox has been forced to take on his elders before potentially heading to Royal Ascot.
“He’ll run in the Temple at Haydock next week.
That is very much the plan,” said Cox.
“I’ve been delighted with him over the winter and he’s just coming to himself now.
He’s got options over five and six furlongs going forward and it will be nice to get his wheels turning.
“There is just nothing for three-year-old sprinters in the early part of the season so there was no need to get him ready early.
After Haydock we’ll move on to Ascot and take it from there.”
| Wigan’s eight-year stay in the Barclays Premier League is over after they were beaten by Arsenal at a rain-soaked Emirates Stadium tonight.
The 4-1 victory moves Arsenal ahead of rivals Tottenham in the race for the final Champions League spot with just one game of the season remaining.
Following their FA Cup heroics at the weekend, Wigan got off to the worst possible start as Per Mertesacker headed the hosts into the lead with just 11 minutes gone.
But Arsene Wenger’s side failed to find another goal, despite dominating the early stages, and the Latics left the Emirates stunned when Shaun Maloney hauled them level on the stroke of half-time with a supreme free-kick.
Arsenal still appeared in a state of shock after the interval as Wigan had a goal disallowed for offside.
But Theo Walcott soon put the hosts ahead once more, striking after the hour, before another Podolski goal and Aaron Ramsey strike condemned Wigan to the npower Championship.
Pure ecstasy: Theo Walcott celebrates after scoring for the Gunners (below) with 63 minutes gone On target: Shaun Maloney equalised for the away side on the stroke of half-time with this free-kick All smiles: Maloney wheels away to the away section at the Emirates Stadium after his superb leveller Pole-axed: Wojciech Szczesny winces after he is unable to prevent Maloney’s free-kick from sneaking in .
Head boy: Lukas Podolski gives Arsenal an early lead at the Emirates Stadium Perfect start: The Germany international is mobbed after scoring the opener for Arsenal
‘There is no reason why the existing South Bank undercroft cannot be accommodated into plans by developers with vision and a sense of continuity.’ Photograph: Felix Clay The first time I went to the undercroft at South Bank, the spiritual home of UK skateboarding, I was 11 years old.
I had a little blue plastic Rolling Star board.
It was 1977, the height of the skate craze.
The place was bedlam, with kids flying in every direction, 70s shaggy blond hair alongside unpicked afros.
The energy was electric.
I tried to ride one of the smaller banks but my skateboard was so crap the nose made contact with the bank before the wheels did and I flew to the floor.
It hurt, but I was hooked.
The spot is now set to be demolished as part of a 120m revamp unless campaigners succeed in having it declared a village green and it is saved.
Images of South Bank dominated the main UK magazine Skateboard.
Bonafide US skate superstars passed through.
In an era largely devoid of purpose-built skate spots, it was our home, our mecca.
By the time some good commercial spots had been built, the bubble had burst, the money went elsewhere, and one by one they closed down until we were back where we started.
Five years later, South Bank was a ghost town.
Middle-class arts patrons would scurry quickly across the desolate space between the Royal Festival Hall and the National Theatre and avert their gaze from the gathered homeless seeking rudimentary shelter and a little company.
If they had looked a little closer they would have seen us too.
A handful of diehards, we were pretty much all that remained of skateboarding in London.
There were other skaters around, true, but South Bank belonged to everyone.
Like a unit of forgotten troops left behind after the action had moved on, we were our own dedicated urban ronin, masterless samurai drawn together by our love and devotion to this thing, this simple rolling piece of wood that delivered such joy, valour and freedom.
Several weeknights and every Sunday, rain or shine, we would gather there and share jokes, talk shit, and skate until the last tube home.
All of UK skating passed through, as well as various Europeans, visiting US pro legends, plus the occasional Antipodean.
Passersby would stop and gawp at our diverse and mysterious tribe.
Our fashion sense was sufficiently confusing that one was overhead remarking, “Why are all the tramps skateboarding?” Despite the banks and legendary wall being closed off some years ago, the undercroft remains an icon of global skateboard culture a culture that still inspires talent and creativity across the arts, in film, TV, visual culture, sound culture and alternative spaces.
The visionless proposals to replace the undercroft with yet more soulless glass-fronted corporate retail units is an attack on our communal spaces and ability to lead creative lives with spontaneity and a measure of freedom.
These qualities are the bedrock of creative possibility.
Our culture industry is envied around the world.
The people currently making all those ‘cool’ adverts, innovative designs, original music the kinds of creative arts and theatre that makes the chattering classes feel so smug and excited are mostly of the generation that was inspired by pirate radio, warehouse parties, street skating, graffiti: all those urban activities that are necessarily messy and unstructured and that allow playfulness and creative exploration room to flower and blossom.
There is no reason why the existing site cannot be accommodated into plans by developers with vision and a sense of continuity.
By doing so the South Bank complex would remain an exciting, multidimensional urban space that includes all aspects of culture, high and low, street and salon, loose and structured.
This is the sort of public space we need, not another glut of privately owned, heavily regulated opportunities to spend what little money we have left.
Moving the skaters to a purpose-built spot along the river misses the point.
Reclaimed urban spaces are more than just bits of forgotten concrete.
They have memories.
They resonate with ghosts of the past.
They contribute to the richness and diversity of our lives.
Their value cannot be measured in material terms.
We need South Bank.
Crispin Robinson is a skater who was sponsored by Madrid and Santa Cruz Skateboards from 1986 to 1990