The First Staging of the Tour de France

Tour de France

Daniel Sheflin enjoyed a successful career as an engineer and business leader, with positions including general manager of engineering at General Electric and vice president of technology automation control solutions at Honeywell. Since retiring in 2015, Daniel Sheflin has stayed active through competitive cycling. He also enjoys following the Tour de France.

The Tour de France was established in 1903 by Henri Desgrange, a cycling enthusiast who had recently been appointed director-editor of the newspaper L‘Auto. The first staging of the Tour was Desgrange’s attempt to raise interest and sales for the magazine, though the popularity of the inaugural event went on to exceed his wildest expectations. Long distance races were a common means of driving newspaper sales at the time, but none approached the scope of what would become the first staging of the Tour de France.

The five-stage race began in Paris and passed through Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux, and Nantes before circling back to Paris. Between 60 and 80 cyclists entered the race after Desgrange lowered admission fees and increased prizes, though only 21 remained by the end of the grueling race’s fourth stage. Maurice Garin became the Tour’s first winner, and in dominant fashion. He outpaced the last rider by nearly 65 hours.

The first Tour de France was an unqualified success as it doubled publication numbers for L’Auto. In recognition of the passionate fan response, Desgrange agreed to host a second tour in 1904, which he expected to be the last. However, the popularity of the race only continued to grow.


Looking Back on the 1998 Minnesota Vikings


Minnesota Vikings

Daniel Sheflin is an experienced engineer and business leader who spent nearly 14 years with Honeywell in Golden Valley, Minnesota, as vice president of technology automation control solutions before retiring in 2015. Daniel Sheflin is a fan of professional football and enjoys supporting the Minnesota Vikings.

The Vikings joined the National Football League (NFL) in 1961 and have played in four Super Bowls. The franchise enjoyed its most successful season in 1998, when it won 15 games and advanced to the NFC Conference Finals. The Vikings opened the season on a seven-game winning streak. Its offense, which was led by quarterback Randall Cunningham and running back Robert Smith, scored a league-leading average of 34.8 points per game. Its offense also featured rookie wide receiver Randy Moss, who caught 69 catches for 1,313 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Following a narrow three point defeat to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 9, Minnesota closed the regular season on an eight-game winning streak, which included a 50-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. With 15 regular season wins and a single three point loss, the Vikings rival the 2007 New England Patriots, which went 16-0, as one of the greatest regular season teams since the season was expanded to 16 games.

The Vikings carried its high-powered offense into the post-season and defeated the Arizona Cardinals by a score of 41-21. In the NFC Conference Finals, however, Minnesota suffered another nail-biting loss, falling 30-27 to the Atlanta Falcons in overtime.

Cycling Tips for Group Rides

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Daniel Sheflin is an accomplished engineer and business leader who spent 14 years as vice president of technology automation control solutions at Honeywell in Golden Valley, Minnesota, prior to his retirement in 2015. Daniel Sheflin enjoys staying active by exercising and cycling.

There are various aspects of cycling etiquette individuals must remember when sharing the road with other riders, pedestrians, and motorists, particularly when riding as part of a group. Large cycling groups cannot function without the proper use of hand signals, especially when it comes to pointing out obstacles and debris in the road to other riders. Potholes and open car doors are some of the most common obstacles encountered while riding in the city, while loose sand or gravel on the road also represent potential safety hazards.

Bike control is another key aspect of group riding. Cyclists should be smooth with their turns, stops, and accelerations, even if it means riding over minor holes that would be easily avoided during a solo ride. Groups should never leave behind slow riders, particularly if a cyclist has suffered an injury or has an issue with their bike. That said, it is considered an important element of cycling etiquette to never go out with a group riding at a higher skill level.

Additional elements of riding etiquette can be attributed to common sense and courtesy. Littering, for example, is frowned upon on the cycling path, as is the failure to observe stoplights and other traffic signs.

Caring for a Bike When Riding on the Beach

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A leader in the wireless and automation technology industry, Daniel Sheflin most recently served as the vice president of automation control solutions at Honeywell in Minnesota. Now retired, Daniel Sheflin fills his time with various hobbies, such as biking on the beach. He is particularly fond of fat biking and is very attentive to bike maintenance after each ride.

Regardless of whether you enjoy riding a beach cruiser or fat bike along the shoreline, you must follow good maintenance to keep your bike in good shape. To do this, always inspect your bike before every ride. This pre-ride inspection should include checking the tire air, brakes, and chain to ensure you are safe.

You should also clean your bike after every ride on the beach. When doing this, begin with the bike frame. This is usually the easiest component to clean since all you need is some soapy water and a gentle brush. From the top down, gently scrub every part of your bike, including the handlebars, top tube, front fork, and brakes.

After you complete a basic rinse of your bike, return to the chain for a deeper clean. If there is no grime on the chain, add a few drops of lubrication after each ride. This lubricant keeps sand from accumulating on the chain and reduces the rate of chain wear. However, you should wipe off excess lubricant since it can cause more damage if left behind. When the chain does have grime on it, use a degreaser and rag to remove the build-up and add lubrication afterwards.

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NIST Promotes Performance Excellence Through Baldrige Program

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Baldrige Program

A former vice president of automation control solutions at Honeywell, Daniel Sheflin recently retired after more than two decades holding executive roles in the engineering sector. During his career, Daniel Sheflin was active in the professional community and was the chairman of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

A part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, NIST is one of the oldest physical science labs in the country. As part of its efforts to promote performance excellence among U.S. organizations, NIST maintains the Baldrige Program, a public-private partnership designed for leaders in business, health care, nonprofit, government, and educational roles.

Through the Baldrige Program, NIST develops and releases evaluation criteria, promotes excellence, and provides leadership learning opportunities. Beyond that, the program manages the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, a recognition that goes to organizations that demonstrate outstanding customer, workforce, financial, and product outcomes.

The Baldrige Program has achieved a ratio of 820 to 1 in terms of the benefits provided by the program compared to the cost. On average, two-time award winners enjoy an 85 percent increase in revenue and 55.5 percent increase in job growth. Further, award applicants between 2010 and 2017 have represented more than $153 billion in revenue and budgets and 450 million customers served.

Three Top Minnesota Vikings Players

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Randy Moss

Daniel Sheflin, a retired executive with experience in the engineering field, most recently served at the vice president and chief technology officer of Honeywell’s automation and control solutions division. An avid sports fan, Daniel Sheflin supports the Minnesota Vikings football team.

Since 1960, the Minnesota Vikings franchise has seen plenty of players don its purple and gold uniforms. Below are some of the best players who have graced the team’s ranks:

Randy Moss: As soon as he joined the Viking, Moss began making his talent on the field known. He finished with rookie year with more than 1,300 yards, 69 catches, and 17 touchdowns. This streak continued through 2004, when he ended his time with the team. During those six years, he was among the top 10 offensive players in the league for score and yards five times, and has the second-most receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, and catches in team history.

Cris Carter: In 1990, Carter was cut from the Philadelphia Eagles due to problems off the field. Despite these issues, Minnesota gave him a chance and benefited from his talent for more than a decade. He started for the team in 1991 and achieved 72 catches and 962 yards. During each subsequent year, he reached at least 75 catches and 1,000 receiving yards. The Pro Football Hall of Fame inducted him as a member in 2013 and he holds the team’s career record for touchdowns, catches, and receiving yards.

Fran Tarkenton: Picked up in 1961 as the team’s third draft pick ever, Tarkenton was one of the Vikings’ greatest quarterbacks. He was on the roster when the Vikings won their first-ever game and once held every major passing mark in the NFL despite playing at a time when passing was minimal in football games. Although the Vikings traded him in 1967, he found his way back to the team in 1973 and appeared in three Super Bowls between then and his retirement in 1979.