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Monday, June 19, 2006
 Philadelphia photos 
Here are some photos from our trip to Philadelphia to view the Philadelphia International Championship races
Saturday amateur time trialView from the Philladelphia Art MuseumMechanic washing bikes outside our window
Mechanics area in Best Western parking lotPre-race rideKerie atop the Manayunk Wall

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 Ullrich wins Tour of Switzerland 
Jan Ullrich appears to be ready for the Tour de France with his victory in the Tour of Switzerland. He won the final time trial by 23 seconds, a huge margin. Ivan Basso will be hard to defeat, especially with his strong U.S. contigent on the CSC team.

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Monday, June 12, 2006
 Philadelphia International Championship 
The Philadelphia International Championship race was held over the past weekend. It is no longer called the US Pro Championship race. That race was moved to Greenville, SC, to be held on Sept. 2, 2006. Left without the national championship race, Philadelphia was able to raise the money to hold a first-class pro race again this year, knowing the economic impact of the race on the city. The crowds seemed to be a bit smaller this year, and there were fewer recognizable big names among the racers. Most of the good U.S. racers are in Europe. New Zealander Greg Henderson won this year's event.

We drove up on Friday and spent a couple of hours at the Brandywine River Museum to see Andrew Wyeth: Master Drawings from the Artist's Collection. It was an excellent show of mostly pencil studies that were used for creating Wyeth's watercolor and tempera paintings. We joined a tour being given by Wyeth's granddaughter Victoria. She conducted a lively tour and answered questions about Wyeth's drawing techniques, subject matter, and working habits. He uses no. 2 (HB) and ebony pencils.

Victoria mentioned that she would also be conducting a tour of the show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and when I asked her about the tour she invited me to attend the next day at 9:30 a.m. We were staying a couple of blocks from the museum, and we walked over on Saturday morning to enjoy another excellent guided tour and free viewing of the popular show.

It's great to see Wyeth finally getting the attention he deserves, and some critical acclaim, although the N.Y. Times article on the Philadelphia exhibit was rather dismissive. Give them time, like 50-100 years.

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 Levi Leipheimer wins the Dauphiné Libéré 
Levi Leipheimer realized a childhood dream Sunday, winning the Dauphiné Libéré after finishing safely in the lead bunch of 55 riders in the wild and woolly 131km finale over four short but steep climbs into Grenoble.

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