Bicycle thief suspect lassoed by cowboy from Oregon

A quick-thinking Oregon rancher saved the day on Friday when he stopped an alleged bike thief by jumping on his horse and lassoing the man with a rope.

Robert Borba was loading his truck in a Walmart parking lot in Eagle Point, Oregon, when he heard a woman yell that her bike was being stolen, according to the Associated Press.

The 28-year-old was able to get his horse Long John out of his trailer, and ride down to the man who attempting to run from the scene after ditching the bike. The man was reportedly having trouble operating the bike’s gears and decided running was a better option.

Cowboy lasso bicycle thief

“I seen this fella trying to get up to speed on a bicycle,” Borba told the Medford Mail Tribune. “I wasn’t going to catch him on foot. I just don’t run very fast.”

After lassoing the man, Borba dragged the man to one side of the parking lot and waited for police to arrive. Borba says that the man attempted to grab a tree and get away, but his lassoing skills were up to snuff.

“I use a rope every day, that’s how I make my living,” Borba said. “If it catches cattle pretty good, it catches a bandit pretty good.”

When the cops arrived they arrested Victorino Arellano-Sanchez for theft.

“It’s not every day you rope somebody that did something bad,” Borba told the Tribune.

Martyn Ashton – Down Not Out, Mountain Bike Party

Down but not out. That phrase is important to remember for any of us after suffering an injury. Fortunately, most injuries are less serious and require less time off the bike, but every once in a while there are those that aren’t so quick and easy to come back from. Martyn Ashton knows that better than most. After establishing himself as a world trials champion, a crash left him paralyzed from the waist down.

Fortunately for Ashton, his friends made sure he was only down, but not out. While he still doesn’t have full use of his legs, the ability to ride a lap down the Fort William Downhill World Cup course was made possible thanks so some special equipment…

 

Novice cyclist becomes triathlon star by accident

Alison Carrick accidental triathlete

Alison Carrick of Haslingden, Lancashire, England, hadn’t ridden a bike in years, but got back in the saddle last month. She took a leisurely ride on May 29th and was surprised to be overtaken by riders in the Rossendale Triathlon! But she kept going.

She said: “I didn’t have a clue what was happening at the start.

“I realised it was a triathlon when I saw wet cyclists with numbers on their backs. I thought ‘Oh my goodness’, what does this mean for me. I just didn’t realise we were taking the same route.

“I should have stopped and made my way back but I just felt like I had to keep going.

“I kept thinking it can’t be that much further. I don’t think I realised how far the cycling part of it actually was.”

Spectators noticed the 55-year-old novice rider with distinctly different gear and started cheering her on. They even encouraged Carrick to continue when she saw the opportunity to stop. Other times, she couldn’t stop because of all the bikes racing past her. Carrick ended up staying the course for most of the race. Race organizer Graeme Courtney said he doesn’t know how she managed to do it, but he is encouraging her to enter the race officially next year.

Designer turns bike parts into new Type-Cycle 3D font

Computer graphics and motion designer Marcel Piekarski has created this bicycle themed 3D font, complete with animations for some letters. Check out his personal site for more, including a full alphabet photo:

type-cycle-bike-part-inspired-font-3D-typeface

Check out the full gallery with closeups on his Bechance page.