Category Archives: Exercise

2023 Road Cycling Season Starts Here!

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Road racing is back with a bang as the Australian National Championships start the season in style & Zonohoven cements itself as one of the most exciting cyclocross races on the calendar! Dan is here to round up the last week of action and look ahead to more exciting racing in the weeks ahead!

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Juno Beach camera at Jupiter Reef Club

Updates to the Surf Webcams Page

Weather is changing as a cold front passed. Getting colder in S. Florida. Will there be #surf?

Check out my live #SurfReport webpage for the E coast of #Florida. All free, no ads #surfing webcams all in one place.

I’ve added a Jupiter (Juno Beach) camera and a Daytona and Ormond Beach camera.

See them on BrownieBytes:

#surfer #waves

Many of these cameras go up and down all the time. I try and keep up with it but clients come first!

The Ponce Inlet cams in south Daytona, across the inlet from north New Smyrna, took a beating and are still down after Hurricane Ian from two months ago. The beaches in that area are still blasted and heavy construction is ongoing to the north.

Sebastian Inlet cam is up but the north jetty is still hammered.

The Cocoa Beach Pier webcam has been down for a couple of weeks. I check it everyday to see if it’s back up.

If you know of other helpful live or daily updated camera shots on the east coast of Florida, let me know at Mike@rmichaelbrown.com.

The Manufacturing Process For How Balls Are Made Is Eye-Opening | Digg

Science Channel’s How It’s Made went behind the scenes of a ball factory to demonstrate what goes into making the spherical balls we take for granted.

— Read on digg.com/video/the-manufacturing-process-for-how-balls-are-made-is-eye-opening

CyclingDiet Product Review

By: R. Michael Brown, Freelance Writer [Follow on Facebook: @RMichaelBrownLLC]
📸: Let Ideas Compete is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

After joining a bunch of Facebook cycling groups I started to receive ads for CyclingDiet. You may be getting them too because you are part of the Facebook groups or post about cycling.

As a former US Olympic Cycling Coach and professional freelance writer, I thought I would take a look at their plan and write a review to be helpful to other cyclists.

The bottom line, BUYER BEWARE!

According to their Facebook ads and their Facebook page [@cyclingdietforweightloss] they say, “Fun, easy, and safe way to lose weight! Find what will work for you with 60-sec quiz approved by cycling coaches and experts and get your personalized plan & diet!”

So I purchased the program to check it out and it cost $66… not including the international charges because the company is based in Lithuania (Didn’t know that when I registered).

In addition I paid an extra, $4.99, to get the “rush” evaluation on the quiz I took. They say the personal evaluation is done by cycling coaches and experts.

I signed up as a beginner to see what they were teaching new cyclists. When I received my plan it included some generic daily workouts for before and after stretching, calisthenics, and bicycle training. You could easily come up with these on your own via the web for free.

But when I got to the diet part, and you are led to believe with a name like CyclingDiet this is the robust part of their offering, all it had was a Cycling Recipe book in a PDF showing calorie amounts for the few dozen recipes they provided. No daily plan, no meals to sync with the daily cycling and off-day workouts, no technology to track your calories… Just two mentions above the recipe “book” that showed total daily calories you should stay within to maintain weight and total calories you should target to lose weight.

Honestly, you could buy a paperback weight loss cookbook for under $10 and get more information.

What they sent me is what their “cycling coaches and experts” came up with?

After working with Olympic cycling sports nutritionists and many nutritionists over the years on my own diet and my daughter’s because she has Type 1 Diabetes, the CyclingDiet isn’t a diet or diet plan by any stretch of the imagination.

The whole plan is basically – stay under 1,500 calories a day and you add it up on your own. Oh, and exercise a lot. Not worth $5 let alone $66.

If you’re used to MyFitnessPal, Fitbit, WeightWatchers, or the many other online programs, CyclingDiet looks like a bad joke.

Plus, when I attempted to get a refund after telling them the deficiencies in their product, they gave me some back and forth customer support static and said they would refund only half ($33) and it may take 2 weeks to process.

So just to check on them by doing a Google search, turns out the company for CyclingDiet, UAB Kilo Grupė, in the first few Google results, are about “unauthorized charges” and scam alerts.

Now I’m going to have to watch my PayPal and bank accounts to see what happens.

They buy a lot of online ads. They’re everywhere. I blocked them.

As you can imagine, I won’t recommend this product. Far from it.

In fact this is the best $33, hopefully, I’ve ever spent if it helps you not fall for this waste of your time and money.

If you need a diet, talk to your medical doctor or a licensed nutritionist. They work with you and legitimate online programs for you to evaluate, plan, and track your diet. That’s the safest and will get you the best results.

Happy cycling!

For more free reviews and stories go to BrownieBytes.net

Finally Got Back on the Road Bike Today after Years of Riding the Fat Tire Bike

Freelance writer R. Michael Brown started riding his road bicycle again.

By R. Michael Brown, Marketing Consultant & Freelance Writer

Even though I have over 150,000 miles riding a road bike. my Specialized was like riding a foreign ice skate. Took over 30 minutes before I got comfortable on it again.

Had it refurbished with new wheels and tires, new handlebar tape and tuned up by Bicycle World Lake Worth.

Freelance writer R. Michael Brown's Fat Tire bicycle.
Retiring the Fat Tire for now. Back on the road.

They did a great job and ran info a familiar face, Jeffrey Langlois, a former photojournalist at the Palm Beach Daily News. We covered a lot of the same stories in the Town of Palm Beach. Small world.

So I’ll be riding that road bike again, hopefully a lot. Need the exercise.

Giro d’Italia stage 19 shortened after rider protest

Stage 19 of the Giro d’Italia, the longest stage of the race set to run 258km (160 miles) from Morbegno to Asti, has been shortened after a rider protest at the stage start on Friday morning.
— Read on www.cyclingnews.com/news/giro-ditalia-stage-19-shortened-to-150km-after-rider-protest/

Giro d’Italia stage 15: Tao Geoghegan Hart wins as João Almedia limits losses to hold pink jersey

British rider Tao Geoghegan Hart kept Team Ineos Grenadiers’ success rolling at this 2020 Giro d’Italia, winning stage 15 from an elite group atop the climb to Piancavallo.

Geoghegan Hart was one of three riders to survive the relentless pace on the category 1 climb, and he sprinted past Sunweb duo Jai Hindley and Wilco Kelderman to take the stage victory, bringing Ineos Grenadiers its sixth stage win at this year’s Giro.

“I’ve only won a few races in my career so this is something incredible to me,” Geoghegan Hart said. “For me, crossing the line first is something truly incredible.”

The British rider dedicated the victory — his first in a grand tour — to the team’s late sport director Nicolas Portal, who died earlier this year at the age of 40.

— Read on www.velonews.com/events/giro-ditalia/giro-ditalia-stage-15-tao-geoghegan-hart-wins-as-joao-almedia-limits-losses-to-hold-pink/

#GirodItalia: Filippo Ganna wins stage 14 time trial in Valdobbiadene

Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) destroyed the competition to take his third victory at the Giro d’Italia, winning the stage 14 time trial in a blistering time of 42:40. The world champion was 26 seconds quicker than his teammate Rohan Dennis in second place.

Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates) was by far the best performer of the GC contenders, finishing in third at 43 seconds behind Dennis and rocketing himself into fourth place overall. Having started the day in 11th place, McNulty is now just 12 seconds off a podium position after Pello Bilbao gave away more than a minute to the top GC riders.

Aside from McNulty’s ride, there was no huge shake-up in the overall standings.
— Read on www.cyclingnews.com/races/giro-d-italia-2020/stage-14/results/

Giro d’Italia 2020 – ‘Will this race even get to Milan?’ – Yates Covid test

The news that Simon Yates had to withdraw from the Giro d’Italia after testing positive for Covid-19 will have sent shockwaves through the peloton, according to Brian Smith.

Mitchelton-Scott announced that team leader Yates would not start Stage 8 of the Giro after he returned a positive test for coronavirus having developed symptoms after Stage 7. No other members of staff tested positive but Yates was forced to withdraw from the race.

— Read on www.eurosport.com/cycling/giro-d-italia/2020/giro-d-italia-2020-will-this-race-even-get-to-milan-wiggins-podcast-on-yates-covid-test_sto7942443/story.shtml