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By VeloNews Interactive, with wire services
Five-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and his new companion, nine-time Grammy Award winning Sheryl Crow, have recorded a duet at Armstrong’s home in Girona, Spain, and will release the single in conjunction with this year’s Tour. The song, titled “Love and Life,” features both lead and backing vocals from U.S. Postal Service-Berry Floor rider. “I’ll probably catch a little flak about this from the guys on the team,” Armstrong said, “but it won’t be the first time. Besides, you only live once, right?” As reported in the Spanish newspaper AS, the song was recorded over the March 20-21 weekend utilizing Apple’s GarageBand® recording software as a makeshift recording studio. While staying with Armstrong in Girona, Crow has been using an extra room as a workplace, and said she had written four new songs this winter in addition to “Love and Life.” “It was kind of a spring solstice sort of thing,” Crow said, “The song is a celebration of life, and rebirth, really.” What had apparently started as a demo track took on a life of its own, Armstrong explained. “We were playing around with her recording equipment,” he said, “throwing back a few beers and strumming the guitar. Next thing you now, we were composing lyrics. When we listened to it the next day, we both agreed it wasn’t bad. Not bad at all.”
Tech Brief: Mavic reveals breakthrough, makes rounder wheels
Engineers at Mavic have announced a significant breakthrough in the science of wheel design with the solving of Pi, the mathematical formula for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, 3.141592+. This watershed moment in mathematics was achieved by a team of Mavic wheel engineers and a battery of students from the University de Lyon in Lyon, France and allows Mavic to produce the industry’s roundest wheels.Pi is the equation that prescribes that the circumference of any circle is 3.141592+ times its diameter. The equation was formerly thought to result in an indefinable product or answer. The University/Mavic team announced they have calculated pi to 1,240,000,000,000 (1.24 trillion) places and have resolved the equation. Engineers immediately applied the answer to the proprietary machinery responsible for bending Mavic’s rim extrusions into hoops before welding. “The results are amazing. We now can boast the world’s roundest wheels. This will provide an absolute advantage for the brand, and in the end, our consumer. Who wouldn’t want a rounder wheel?” boasted marketing director Christopher Zigmont.”C’est super! Dor’navant, les roues Mavic seront incontestablement les meilleures au monde!” exalted lead engineer Jean-Pierre Cercle.