Sunday, June 30, 2013

BMW M3 GTS

BMW announced the M3 GTS in November 2009. The car is powered by a 4.4-litre V8 based on the 4.0-litre engine found in the standard M3, which produces a maximum of 450 PS (444 hp). The car weighs 300 pounds less than the standard M3 due to various weight savings. A total of only 250 units were produced. The M3 GTS can accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 3.6 seconds and 0-100 mph in 7.8 seconds. In Germany deliveries began in May 2010 while other countries were scheduled for the summer of 2010. All E92 M3 GTS models have been sold. (Double click on videos for full screen.)

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Angels & Agony - Stronghold and Division

Based in the Netherlands Angels & Agony was forged in the fall of 1995 by Reinier Kahle. In contrast with many electro-industrial projects whose lyrics center on violence and provocation, Angels and Agony songs are philosophical and humanist in character. The lyrics of Angels & Agony deal with metaphysical, philosophical issues, visions distilled from Buddhism and Taoism, combined with intensely perceptive speculations on life and death. Although the music can be dark and melancholic, but still danceable with pumping beats and sequences, the songs have a very positive message. (Double click on videos for full screen.)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Team Get A Grip Cycles

2009 marked the final season for Team Get A Grip Cycles. As the sole remaining rider and former director of the team I continue my affiliation and positive relationship with what was the team's most dedicated sponsor, Get A Grip Cycles. As with the team, my own personal racing career mostly ended in 2009. I had sustained several severe injuries to my hip, ribs and back from a crash that took place while competing in the UW Whitewater Road Race in July of 2009. Although I would race again in 2009 with a season final top ten finish in the Cat 1/2/3 Ronald Reagan Criterium all further attempts at making a real comeback were cancelled out by chronic injuries and illness. Truthfully though, I had become mentally burned out with racing several years before the physical hindrances actually stopped my racing.
Meanwhile my leadership role on the team and strong relationship with many of the riders kept me going, experiencing happiness through the success of the team as a whole. Now a days with the Team and active racing career in the past I now only occasionally take part in a local race or hammer fest ride, the bike has become mostly my primarily form of transportation. As my cycling career wound down I began to more and more frequent a local boxing gym. So now as a mostly retired bicycle racer I’ve become an ever more dedicated amateur boxer and so my athletic adventure continues.