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UW student Colin Tucker balances snowboards and books

Balance. This is the key to Colin Tucker's pursuit of a pro snowboarding career while working toward an undergraduate degree in legal studies from UW-Madison. Balance is essential to his competition results but also to chasing twin ambitions -- one academic, the other sporting -- at the same time. >More
 Skate with the Badger women's hockey team at Vilas Park on Sunday

Both the US College Hockey Online and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls rank the University of Wisconsin women's hockey team first in the nation this week, with 18 wins and two losses overall. The Badger women also lead the WCHA with 36 points at 12-2. They are, in short, the hottest team on campus. Care to skate with them? >More
 Madison Bike Winter plans city's first Santa Cycle Rampage

Aaron Crandall, the principal organizer, admits the inaugural edition may prove a modest debut thanks to a late start in pulling things together and getting the word out. But if he would be happy with a turnout of 15 riders for this year's Madison debut, he notes that similar events in Chicago and Milwaukee have grown to include hundreds of cyclists dressed as Santa. >More
 Get your sled on! Madison's hills officially open for winter

Laura Whitmore, the community-relations coordinator for Madison Parks, notes the city has already started making snow to help cover the sledding hill at Elver Park -- both the gold standard and the ne plus ultra among sledding hills in city parks. >More
 The Arboretum's new I-Map is a customizable guide

Its capacity, potential and versatility are evident from the moment you log on to the UW Arboretum's new interactive map. Still in its infancy following its November debut, it is already loaded with so many features that even the most jaded Arboretum visitor may discover something new. >More
 Madison Bike Winter invites cyclists to come out into the cold

Bike Winter was conceived in Chicago circa 1999, as a grass-roots means to build a network for winter bicyclists. The initiative was built on ideas and events that might help Windy City cyclists develop an esprit de corps. It has since spread to Milwaukee and now to Madison, explains Aaron Crandall, one of the driving forces behind the nascent colony here. >More
 Don't Kill the Messenger 2 alley cat bike race brings 'All Out Warfare' to Madison

The alley cat is back. No, not that stray tabby that's been hanging around your garbage can, but one of the best ways to spend a night on a bike. The organizers behind the Don't Kill the Messenger alley cat race this past April have put together another event for the Madison bicycling community in November. >More
 All the way to Merrimac

In general, the footing is good in a new mile-long section of the Ice Age Trail north of Lodi. But there are stretches where you need to watch your step. Doing so directs your attention to all the effort that has gone into establishing this extension of the trail's Gibraltar segment. You can see the work underfoot. One month after its establishment, the tamped-down soil still emits the faint aroma of fresh earthworks, as if to beckon more hikers whose boots will season this path into greater permanence. >More
 Colorful announcer Phil Liggett headlines Saris benefit

"He's in a spot of bother now!" "He's wearing the mask of pain!" "He's riding like he has four legs!" "He's reaching deep into his suitcase of courage!" Phil Liggett is known for exclamations like these. They are Liggettisms, uttered by the veteran British cycling commentator across decades of Tour de France broadcasts. They have inspired a Facebook page, been collected in the book Dancing on the Pedals: The Found Poetry of Phil Liggett, the Voice of Cycling, and earned him a vast, devoted following. He continues to mint fresh Liggettisms almost every time he is near a microphone. >More
 Madison landmarks inspire bike names at Trek and Schwinn

After the precise and intricate task of engineering a brand-new bicycle is finished, manufacturers are faced with a task that could be more daunting: naming it. And in an industry where marketing and identity can mean the difference between success and failure, a name, although not the only factor, can play a big part. >More
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