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first_imgThere’s a professional road cycling team that lives and trains in my home town. We’ll see them out on the Blue Ridge Parkway and the steep mountain climbs that rise from the valley floor surrounding the city. They’re skinny, clad in blue and fast as hell. Having a pro cycling team in your town seems cool—and it is—it means your town has legitimate rides, worthy of the best in the business. Also, it means you’ll never get a significant KOM on Strava. It means on any given ride, no matter how good you’re feeling, you’re going to get passed by someone who’s probably just out for a casual recovery ride. It means there’s always gonna be someone faster that you living down the street. Always. I was on a lunch ride the other day and spotted one of the pros, looking like a blueberry in his blue kit, pedaling up a long, gradual hill. He was maybe 20 yards ahead of me and meandering at a casual clip. Naturally, I decided to race him, standing and hammering into a higher gear and blowing past him about three quarters of the way up the hill, delivering a light and pithy “on your left” as I pedaled to victory. It was the single most satisfying achievement in my cycling “career.” Now, you could argue that this pro didn’t know he was in a race with a weekend warrior desperately trying to fight off middle age. And you could argue that the pro was actually slowing down as I passed him because of the red light in front of us, a red light that I blew through in my blinded quest for victory. These are valid points to make, but I’d argue that since the dawn of Strava, we’re all racing. All the time. And maybe more to the point, in Trump’s America, winning is winning, right? No matter what the circumstances? I mean, to quote DJ Khaled, “all I do is win, win, win no matter what.” At least, that one time, against an opponent who didn’t know he was in a race, and was slowing down to obey traffic laws, all I did was win, win, win no matter what. Pretty much every other time, those lyrics don’t apply to me. Of course, on my ride today, I was put back in my place. I was in the midst of a brutal climb, suffering and sweating onto my handlebars and generally wondering why I don’t just play golf when another pro from the same team came breezing past me. She wasn’t working too hard. Wasn’t really sweating at all. I think she had a bagel in one hand, but I couldn’t be sure because she blew by me so fast. She may as well have tapped me on the ass and said, “good job, little buddy.” Order was restored. The speedy blueberries are back on top and I’m way, way down towards the bottom.last_img read more

first_imgLocated 90km north of Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast, construction has just kicked off at Caloundra Cay. When complete, the resort will comprise 270 single and double-storey homes, with 13 different home designs, all named after island locations. The first residents will be welcomed in September 2018.Ms Baldwin said tropical-themed resorts could be found everywhere but there was nothing quite like Caloundra Cay. CARIBBEAN DREAM: Located 90km north of Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast, construction has just kicked off at Caloundra Cay.Construction has started on the Sunshine Coast’s latest retirement living offering for the over 50s.Palm Lake Resort’s latest offering, Caloundra Cay, will be a high-end, Caribbean-themed resort. Think tropical island resort pools complete with swim-up cocktail bar and sunken fire pit.This is not the tropical experience you might think. Palm Lake Resort regional sales manager Brittany Baldwin said instead of Balinese and Asian influences, Palm Lake Resort looked further afield for unique inspiration – all the way to the cool Caribbean. “Think colonial plantation homes, British imperialism and island textures,” Ms Baldwin said. The proposed Caloundra Clay club house.“This is Hemingway meets Ralph Lauren and India Hicks.“Even the name is exotic.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago“Caloundra Cay (pronounced key) conjures visions of impossibly white coral reefs and sand islands of the Caribbean, speckled like jewels in the azure ocean, with palm-fronded interiors.” >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< center_img When complete, the resort will comprise 270 single- and double-storey homes, with 13 different home designs, all named after island locations.“Our combined design teams spent months researching and defining the right influences,” she said.“The heart of our resort will be our world-class country club, in the grand tradition of colonial West Indies architecture.“A mix of island stone, heavy timber, rich leather and rattan, this club will be unlike anything seen before in an over-50s resort.”As well as a swim-up pool bar and firepit, the resort would feature indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tenpin bowling alley, luxury cinema, tennis courts, Milon gym, an eight-rink undercover lawn bowls green, library, arts and craft room, dance floor, virtual golf simulator and woodworking room.last_img read more

first_imgLoves to face: Kyle Schwarber, 0 for 2, 2 KsCUBS RHP JOHN LACKEY (4-4, 4.82 ERA)Vs. Dodgers: 6-4, 1.73 ERAAt Dodger Stadium: 1-2, 2.57 ERAHates to face: Kike’ Hernandez, 1 for 2 (.500)Loves to face: Yasmani Grandal, 0 for 6, 3 Ks— Bill Plunkett Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error CUBS at DODGERSWhen: Saturday, 4:15 p.m.Where: Dodger StadiumTV: Fox/11center_img THE PITCHERSDODGERS RHP BRANDON McCARTHY (4-1, 3.76 ERA)Vs. Cubs: 1-1, 1.47 ERAAt Dodger Stadium: 6-1, 4.31 ERAHates to face: Jason Heyward, 3 for 5 (.600), 1 HRlast_img read more