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This Week in Sports and Outdoors: July 10, 2014

Lance-Esquire-Gear-Patrol Esquire Interviews Lance Armstrong
Lance Armstrong is down and out, but not out of the news. Esquire‘s feature finds him in a state of purgatory — albeit with a nice wine cellar and a taste for margaritas on crushed ice. Read More
Nike-Fitting-Gear-Patrol Scotland, Now Even Better
If Scotland didn’t already take the top spot for men’s recreation (the non-licentious kind), it edges closer with Nike’s new fitting facility in Edinburgh. The facility is based at Archerfield Links and provides everything from club fittings to lessons on courses designed by DJ Russell. Read More
Kayaking-Dirty-Gear-Patrol Kayaking Dirty in Texas
The cowboys at Field and Stream head out for a kayak- and UTV-powered adventure on Texas’s East Matagorda Island, returning with a good story, excellent photos and practical tips if you’re keen to do it yourself. Read More
NYT-Bats-Gear-Patrol Artisan Baseball Bats
You knew there were small-batch bitters, but aren’t all baseball bats the same? They aren’t; the The New York Times tells the story of Tucci Lumber Company, makers of bespoke bats. Read More
TDF-Tech-Gear-Patrol Bikes vs. Cobblestones
Stage five of the Tour de France saw sections of punishing cobblestones, which gave both the cyclists and their bikes a good rattling. Velo News takes a closer look at the bike tech the riders employed to keep their bikes from getting destroyed. (To see just what the cyclists went through on stage five, check out Cyclingtipsexcellent photos.) Read More
Oshkosh-Gear-Patrol Self-Driving Minesweepers
The physical dangers of sports are nothing compared to those of military operations. Wired takes a look at an unmanned minesweeper from Oshkosh Defense that attempts to move soldiers away from mines and IEDs. Read More
Climber-Gear-Patrol Solo Climbing Ama Dablam
A 21-year-old German became the youngest person to solo climb Nepal’s Ama Dablam. He recorded the 22,493 foot excursion and shared it with Gear Junkie. Read More
Winter-Surfers-Gear-Patrol Remember Winter?
If you need a break from the summer heat, blast the AC and take a trip back to winter in New England, when our correspondent documented a clan of surfers who brave the snow and freezing water to catch some waves. Read More