Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

first_imgWhere to RideJAM Fund Grand Fundo tomorrow! – Saturday, July 16, five hundred cyclists are expected to turn out for the one-day bike ride through the scenic Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts. The event is a fundraiser for the JAM Fund cycling development program. Four-time and current U.S. National Cyclocross Champion Jeremy Powers will lead the ride, which starts at 9:30 a.m. from Black Birch Vineyard in Southampton. Participants will have the option to ride one of three distances: 39, 65 or 85-miles. The long loop should take about four hours, and after the ride, participants will be treated to a delicious barbecue where all the food is locally harvested and cooked on site. JamCycling.orgAdvocacyLegislative updates from MassBike & Outside of the Box Festival this weekend – The bike advocacy group for Massachusetts has been working hard over the year on laws in the works to protect vulnerable road users, and specifically to protect bicyclists in bike lanes. They are also working to improve distracted driving laws and to protect riders throughout their region. Fin out more about their work and progress, plus their Outside the Box Festival going on now over at: Massbike.org Gear & DealsFree K-edge mount with Wahoo ELEMNT purchase – It’s as simple as that. Buy a Wahoo Elemnt this weekend and get a free K-Edge mount, a $50 value. Used code: TDFELEMNT at checkout through Monday at WahooFitness.comBonk Breaker goes Non-GMO – The maker of sports nutrition with a focus on freshly baked products and real food ingredients has announced a pledge to make the entire Bonk Breaker line up free of ingredients with any genetically modified elements. The No-GMO policy will cover their energy and protein bars, gluten-free energy chews, and organic real fruit drink mixes. They’ll phase in Non-GMO labeling over the next several months as they go through the verification and certification for each of their products. BonkBreaker.comNew South Carolina Performance Bike offers Grand Opening deals this weekend – If you’re in Greenville, head over to the new Performance this weekend for a bunch of sweet deals. Get an extra 20% off the lowest marked prices and earn double Buyer’s Club member points on all bikes. Each day they’ll give away free t-shirts to the first 50 customers, and one a day will win a $100 gift card. They’ll even have a prize wheel to spin with shop service coupons, gift cards, and other prizes to win. PerformanceBike.com Just an easy Afternoon Ride at the Tour with Michael Valgren et al. – Some of our friends over at Strava sent us over a whole slew of pro rider links from this year’s Tour de France. A lot of pro riders are on Strava for some of the same reasons as you or I. But looking at some of their efforts can put racing into perspective for those who might appreciate the numbers. They singled out Danish Tinkoff rider Michael Valgren as he was working hard to  protect his team’s Green Jersey holder Sagan. Over the fast-moving day Valgren averaged 243W out put and was joined by many riders like: Adrien Petit, Andreas Schillinger, Cyril Lemoine, Damiano Caruso, Eduardo Sepulveda, Fabrice Jeandesboz, Geoffrey Soupe, Greg Van Avermaet, Gregy Rast, Iljo Keisse, Jasper Stuyven, Jerome Cousin, Kristijan Koren, Laurens ten Dam, Luis Ángel Maté Mardones, Maarten Wynants, Marco Haller, Oliver Naesen, Patrick Konrad, Paul Martens, Paul Voss, Peter Stetina, Petr Vakoc, Robert Wagner,  Romain Bardet, Roy Jérémy, Simon Geschke, Steve Morabito, Sébastien Reichenbach, Thibaut Pinot, Timo Roosen, and Winner Anacona. Follow along with them or try to beat some of their KOMs over at Strava.comlast_img read more

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It is possible to register “weekenders” in the eVisitor system without coming to the Tourist Board in person

first_imgGiven the increased tourist traffic in the category of taxpayers of owners of holiday homes or apartments (weekenders) and the frequent inquiries of tourist boards as well as weekenders themselves, the General Office of the Croatian Tourist Board has prepared additional clarifications that will help in the coming months. all with the aim of reducing the workload of tourist offices, staff of tourist boards and weekenders themselves. The instructions were published on the eVisitor website and were also submitted to the tourist board system.It is possible to register weekenders in the eVisitor system without a personal visit to the tourist board in such a way that taxpayers can submit to the tourist board all the necessary documents by mail, email or fax. We repeat, for the registration of the taxpayer in the system, an OIB and an identification document are required, and for the registration of the associated facility, the taxpayer is obliged to enclose one of the following documents: purchase contract, excerpt from the land register, decision on inheritance, decision on determining special tax on houses for a holiday, decision on legalization of an illegally constructed building, excerpt from the cadastre, proof that a request for legalization of an illegally constructed building has been submitted, collective records of competent authorities (eg records of taxpayers, records of taxpayers on holiday homes and apartments, etc. .).In addition to the mentioned possibility of submitting data by mail, email or fax, weekenders can register in person at the tourist board or they can do it for family members, friends, etc., with a certified power of attorney signed by the owner and notarized. Please note that the certification of the power of attorney is required solely to prevent misuse of access to personal data of taxpayers, or to prevent possible theft of personal identities of taxpayers by third parties.It is also possible to create user sub-accounts within the eVisitor system, so we recommend that weekenders, instead of handing over their access data for use to other persons, open sub-accounts for such persons. In this case, the person who has an open sub-account receives his access data that are different from the access data of the taxpayer, and it can be determined at any time who has undertaken what activity in the system.Additionally, all users of the eVisitor system are enabled to log in via the e-Citizens system (ie NIAS). The advantages of applying through the e-Citizens system are that the taxpayer does not need to come to the tourist board in person or use a username, password and TAN list, but accesses the system in the same way as the e-Citizens system.The instructions are published on the eVisitor website and are also submitted to the system of tourist boards, and are available at linklast_img read more

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Jackson’s development headlines pronounced transition for Ravens

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — With former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco practicing for the first time as a Denver Bronco more than 1,600 miles away this week, Lamar Jackson and the Ravens are in a much different place than they were a year ago.Before taking over as the starting quarterback in the middle of the season and helping lead Baltimore to its first AFC North championship in six years, Jackson was just winding down the pre-draft process at this time last year, still unsure where his NFL journey would begin. The 22-year-old sighed in relief and laughed Tuesday as he was reminded of that “exhausting” time before former general manager Ozzie Newsome made him the 32nd overall pick of the 2018 draft.Of course, Flacco’s departure is far from the only notable change for the Ravens, who have a new general manager in Eric DeCosta and bid farewell to former Pro Bowl selections C.J. Mosley, Eric Weddle, and Terrell Suggs as well as 2018 sack leader Za’Darius Smith and two starting wide receivers this offseason. For an idea of just how stark the transition is, five of the six players made available to media for the start of the offseason program last year are no longer with the organization.But all eyes are on Jackson, in terms of his development entering his second season and how that impacts the revamped Ravens’ chances of repeating as division champions after so many roster changes.“If you were to study how [players] walk into the building as a rookie and then how they walk into the building as a second-year player, you’ll see a huge difference,” safety Tony Jefferson said. “I know it was for me [in Arizona], and I know it was for a lot of the rookies last year.“Lamar is our quarterback. It’s his team. We’re following his lead. We know how big of a leader he can be and how special he can be on the football field. We’re dependent on him, and we know he’s putting in the work that’s needed.”There was much intrigue about Jackson’s offseason as he worked with personal quarterback coach Joshua Harris in Florida for the second straight offseason. The 6-foot-2, 212-pound quaterback said he worked five days per week and threw to a group of wide receivers that included Ravens teammate and 2018 fifth-round pick Jordan Lasley and former Louisville teammate Jaylen Smith, who projects as a late-round pick in this year’s draft.It’s no secret Jackson needs to improve his accuracy after completing just 58.2 percent of his passes as a rookie and 57 percent over his three seasons at Louisville. His offseason focus has been on maintaining a wide base in his legs — a point of emphasis with Ravens quarterbacks coach James Urban — and throwing more out-breaking routes after he showed much more accuracy with passes over the middle of the field to his tight ends and slot receiver Willie Snead.Asked to play meaningful games for a contending team and operating out of an offense that wasn’t fully built around him, Jackson acknowledged the breakdown of his passing mechanics and footwork that would lead to off-target throws during his rookie season. Refining those mechanics will be key in maximizing the special speed and athleticism he displays at the quarterback position.“It had a lot to do with it,” said Jackson of his fundamentals. “I would probably get lazy, try to make things happen with just my arm, not following through with my leg, and it showed a lot. I would throw an inaccurate ball.”With the Ravens still a few weeks away from beginning organized team activities, it’s difficult to gauge how much progress Jackson has made as a passer from last year. After saying he was throwing “a lot better” this offseason, even Jackson acknowledged the test won’t begin until OTAs and beyond. He and his teammates will also be learning a new offense as coordinator Greg Roman has rebuilt the system “from the ground up” to best suit the young quarterback.Still, teammates have observed a more confident Jackson seemingly at ease with the great responsibility of knowing he’s the starting quarterback from the first day of voluntary workouts. Perhaps the best indicator of that demeanor is the impression he’s made with new Ravens running back Mark Ingram, who played eight seasons with Drew Brees. Ingram said Jackson has already picked his brain about the future Hall of Fame quarterback as the two shared the same flight to Baltimore this week.“He wants to get here early, get in the film room, study,” Ingram said. “He’s a hard worker, and he’s just a good dude. He’s fun to be around. He’s one of the guys. That’s very refreshing to be able to see that from him — that he’s young, but he still is mature. He’s mature, has his mind right, wants to study film, wants to be the best quarterback he can be and the best player he can be.“I think the sky is the limit for him.”last_img read more

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