Head of the Charles Regatta 2015

Fall in Boston – colorful foliage, apple picking, seasonal beer, and the Head of the Charles Regatta.

Rowing runs deep in our family – living close to the Charles River and being vaguely athletically inclined makes a combination of the two logical. Obviously I’m more into road cycling but my weight is at the upper end of the ‘lightweight’ category so it would be a good idea to try rowing at some point. In the absence of personal involvement, my inclination towards photography leads me to document some races my family are in. Typically photo duties fall to my dad, as I do not attend many of my sisters’ regattas. However, this is THE regatta to spectate and record for posterity.

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Why I love F1 (and you can too)

Grand Prix of the Automobile Club of France (1912), Jacques-Henri Lartigue http://www.nyklewicz.com/273/time/
Grand Prix of the Automobile Club of France (1912), Jacques-Henri Lartigue
http://www.nyklewicz.com/273/time/

Formula One racing (F1) is the pinnacle of motorsports.  Various Grands Prix (GP) took place beginning in 1906, before in 1950 a few of those annual events were organized by the Fédération Internationale de l‘Automobile (FIA) into the first World Driver’s Championship (WDC) season.  A World Constructor’s Championship (WCC) for the teams that race the cars was inaugurated in 1958.  At first the rulebook was rather short – build your engine under a certain displacement, depending on whether or not it is naturally aspirated.  Since then the FIA regulations have expanded to cover everything from the weight of the car to how many engines can be used over the course of a season and the calendar has grown to include roughly 20 races.  There is still the financial reward of winning a Grand Prix but the money is assigned on the basis of WCC ranking, which itself is derived from the sum of WDC points scored by a team’s drivers.

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Shut up legs! An evening with Jens Voigt

Food art by Kaiko Shimura for Bicycling.com http://tour.bicycling.com/tour-de-france/tour-features/jens-voigt-trek-factory-racing
Food art by Kaiko Shimura from Bicycling.com
http://tour.bicycling.com/tour-de-france/tour-features/jens-voigt-trek-factory-racing

For the uninitiated, Jensie is a rider whom cycling commentators Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen would describe as “a strongman of the peloton.”  As such, it is unsurprising that he braved the freezing temperatures, gale-force winds, and mountains of snow to reach Landry’s Bicycles in Boston on Sunday Feb. 15 and be interviewed by Richard Fries in front of a full house.  Bike store.  Whatever.  In fact, Jens was spotted on twitter visiting the local zoo and gleefully doing Boston things while most of us were huddled at home riding out the snow.

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