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Cycling tips for the uninitiated

I have been riding my bike to work for about 15 years and, in doing this, have learned a thing or two and formed some opinions of the crusty ol’ guy variety on the subject of bicycling in Portland, Maine. As we find ourselves in another cycling season, I am rolling them out: Portland is not an especially easy place to ride a bicycle.   Mind you, it’s not terrible, but it’s not as great…

HUD Gaming Lounge a clique-free experience

While most of his classmates were applying to college or frittering away their summer days, Gabe Letourneau was turning his love for gaming into a profitable enterprise. Two years ago, Letourneau opened HUD Gaming Lounge in Biddeford, and last month, he made the move to Congress Street, Portland, to offer something distinctly different to the Arts District. One of only 40 or so such bastions in the United States, gaming lounges are all the rage…

Upcoming Maine triathlons: A chance to test your limits

Those who have done it will tell you, on the day of a triathlon, the race usually isn’t the easiest part of your day. However, the challenge is what drives us to do it in the first place. Sitting around binge-watching Netflix can come later. Right now, it’s time to cut through the water like a porpoise, pump the gears like a dope-free Lance Armstrong, and hit that sweet spot during the run where you…

Four great rides in Maine this summer

“It’s like riding a bicycle.” It means you never forget how to do it. But it also refers to the sensation of freedom, control and just plain speed that riding a bike gives you. You never forget that, either. And if you’re lucky, you continue to have the opportunity throughout your lifetime to get on top of that frame, going longer distances, learning your own maintenance, and getting to know others who share the enthusiasm,…

In the driver's seat: Deering High teen pursues racing ambition

Kyia Roussel plans to attend college in a couple of years, like several of her Deering High School classmates, but this 16-year-old is taking a more circuitous route. She spends her Saturday nights racing her No. 42 car at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, pitting her skills against older, more experienced drivers in the Sports Series, the middle of three divisions that includes Wildcat and Pro. “There are a few teenagers in Wildcat,” she…

Ten tips for your first sprint triathlon

We at the Phoenix dipped a toe, literally and figuratively, into the mini-triathlon world, starting with the Sebago Lake Triathlon earlier this month, where we met  other newbies who can run, bike and swim, and who think a Spint Triathlon — typically .3 miles in the water, 13 to 15 miles on a bike and a 5K run — might be fun. Here are some hard-won pearls of wisdom:  1. The wet suit's zipper goes…
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