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Late but still going: The strangest Tour de France sets off

NICE, France – Delayed but alive again and out on French roads, the strangest Tour de France set off Saturday in a bubble of anti-COVID-19 protocols to try to keep the 176 riders virus-free for three weeks of racing through the country’s worsening epidemic.

Pedaling safer paths for kids

Cycling safety is something parents can model and teach kids starting at around age 5, said Bill Bender, SpokeFest president and recently retired neurologist. The group promotes cycling and safety year-round, offering activities beyond its annual Spokane ride this Sunday.

Retiree Eileen Dugger, 65, has cross-country grit

Eileen Dugger, 65, lives near Diamond Lake and dreamed of cycling a popular coast-to-coast trek. Now retired, she completed the trip Aug. 11 assisted by husband Cliff Dugger, truck and trailer driver.

A star is born at the Tour: 22-year-old champion Egan Bernal

The skies over Paris were yellow, ignited by a glorious golden sunset. The partying fans’ shirts were yellow, Colombians making themselves at home on the Champs-Elysees. But the yellow that counted most was the iconic jersey that fit so snugly on the slim shoulders of Egan Bernal.

Taste of the Tour: Fine wooden toys and fruit pie in Queyras

At the foothills of the Col d’Izoard, the scene of some Tour de France memorable feats, the small village of Arvieux is home to a children’s paradise. The wooden toys’ cooperative “L’Alpin chez Lui” was created in 1920 and roughly translates as the “Mountain Man’s Home.” It has been entertaining generations of young boys and girls with its finely crafted toys.

At 60, Spokane resident completes grueling 2,745-mile bike-packing race

Some winds were so strong that Craig Schwyn wanted to curl up on the ground and cry. Mud so thick the wheels of his carbon fiber Salsa Cutthroat bike balled up and he couldn’t ride. Snow. Ice. Trails so rocky and steep he had to get off and push 50 pounds of bike and gear for miles.

Daring Julian Alaphilippe ‘unplugged brain’ to cling to Tour yellow

One big Alpine stage completed, just two more to go, and Julian Alaphilippe is still in yellow with France one step closer to having a first Tour winner since 1985. The French rider continues to contribute more than anyone to making this the most exciting Tour de France in decades. Alaphilippe recovered from a moment of weakness on the Galibier pass and sped down treacherous hairpin bends on the other side to preserve his race lead Thursday.