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Saturday, July 30, 2005

5900 - "Sally"


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Here she is boys. Roodlicht has already christened her "Sally". She is a 2001 Trek 5900 Superlight - USPS edition. the first climbing bike built for LA, Roberto (tranquilo) and Vaughters for the 2000 TdF. The frame, fork and headset are original. Everything else on her is an aftermarket accessory.

So far so good. She survived the 74 km ride with Redlight yesterday and another 54 km with the Bicycle Pedal'r crew this morning. You'll be seeing more of this lovely young lady in the near future (if you come out to ride that is).

5500 - "Carla"


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So she won't feel neglected and overly jealous, I am first sharing a picture of Carla in her current form. I might have to buy her a new component or something to keep her happy. She has handled the arrival of "Sally" as good as one could expect. Isn't she beautiful?

Friday, July 29, 2005

Ride, Sally, Ride

Ditching Carla for Sally, Hammerson is getting into shape and building early form for the Ride for the Roses.

6:30 AM departure, up to Deer Creek. A steady, strong pace put us at the top in 1:11. After a short break, we rode down the back side and over to Pinedale Hills. By the time we got there, it was already hot. Upto the top of High Grade, where the wonderful people leave cold water, gatorade, powerbars and bananas. Just in time, too. I needed a break and a cold drink.

Back home by 10:00AM. Sweating like you wouldn't believe.

Anyway, Hammerson's SL (Sally) looks sweet and seems to ride nicely. Even the upto 13% grades of Pinedale Hills got ground down steadily. Needless to say, H will be set for October.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Mashed on Monarch

Rain in the AM kept me from riding early, so I rolled over and went back to bed. An earlier than expected finish and nice, cool temps in the afternoon made it a simple choice: Monarch

I rode off, and was at a reasonable pace until just past the Daniels Gate top. I spotted a yellow jersey and decided to chase. I caught him just after we turned onto Castle Pines. I rode past him and climbed hard to the golf course, maintaining 14 mph. He stayed on my wheel. We rode together to where the road meets Monarch again, and turned left. He crushed me up the back side of Daniels Gate, and then turned around when he saw a buddy of his. I was doing about 13 mph up there, and he pulled away easily. I nearly fell off my bike at the top.

OH, DID I MENTION HE DID ALL OF THIS IN THE BIG RING???

If anyone knows Tim, who lives by Wildcat and McArthur Ranch, and rides a Torelli, keep him away from our training rides...

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Mt. Evans hill climb

4:45 AM saturday: wake up, breakfast and drive by Fabio's. Pick up his bike, and drive two cars to Echo Lake (Squaw pass is 18 miles long, I had no idea). Park a car at Echo Lake at about 6:30, and drive down to Idaho Springs in the other. We had very little time to get ready, use the facilities, eat something and hop on.

7:30 AM: And we're off. As opposed to last year, we started way back in the group due to early startline crowding. After a short split due to slower riders, I caught up with Fabio. "Right with you, Fabs" I said. That was the last I saw of him. He took off and flat outrode me.

From there on, it was a "sit down, shut up and climb" day. I ate and drank like I've never done, and it helped. I didn't bonk and managed to ride a steady pace to the top. I finished only 4 minutes faster than last year, surprisingly since I bonked last year, and the weather was outstanding. About 60 degrees at the top, so shorts and short sleeves all the way. Looks like I need to work on my climbing on longer hills than Monarch.

Fabio rode a strong ride, finishing 7 minutes faster than last year, insided 2:45. The pro winner, Scott Moninger, rode about 1:52. Tom Danielson definitely crushed it last year.

The downhill was fun, too. I happened to ride with 6 TIAA-CREF guys. I managed to hang with them through the first slight uphill. On the second one, I got dropped like a brick. However, I cruised down the relatively hairy downhill quickly and had time to take a short breather before Fabio made it to Echo Lake.

Oh, and my time put me at 47th of about 80 guys in the 30-39 age group. Right around some names that look familiar to timetrial guys. Maybe CCTT isn't the right setup for Mt. Evans.

Gotta Love Vino

First, take on the entire Gerolsteiner team and take the bonus sprint. Then, take on the entire peloton and every single sprinter. Ride along in a stupid looking outfit and win the final stage of the Tour de France, taking 5th place from Levi Loseheimer. Awesome. What a fight in the final stage and what a way for Gerolsteiner mineral water to fizzle...

Bruyneel says he can't win the Tour. I think he's with a bad team and doesn't have the tactical part figured out. If only he were with CSC, or Disco. If Popo, Danielson or Il Falco aren't ready next year, it would be fun to see Vino kick Ulrich's butt (and Basso's), to take the tour in a Disco outfit. Let's hope he won't go for the national championship again.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Where in the world is Dirt???

Hammerson and I crested Daniels Gate at the same time, opposite directions (did you recognize me?). Looks like he was splitting a gang of 4. Then on the way down I saw Fabio just starting his ascent.

Guess Dirt's on a recovery week...

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Hoarse

I am fairly certain that George could here me from all the way over in France. I am also certain that I played no small part in his glorious victory today. By screaming like a mad man at the images on my TV, Hincapie was bouyed up the mountains. What a totally kick ass win!! I would venture to say that I am more excited about the stage win today than about LA scoring number 6 or 7 for that matter.

ALLEZ HINCAPIE!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Go Postal!!!


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Originally uploaded by RideTrek.
Guess who got a new frame?

Yes boys, it is a 2000 Trek 5900 Superlight with USPS paint scheme. The first frame made especially for Lance Armstrong and the US Postal Service team to attack the cols and mountains of the Alps and Pyrenees. Long before the Madone SSL, there was the Superlight.

Made from OCLV 110 carbon, the frame alone weighs just 2.2 lbs. (I crap bigger than that). The fork is also OCLV 110. Very light.

This is my new project. The frame has an integrated fork and headset, but that is all that I bought. Now it needs some wheels, components and all of the other pieces. Come back later for progress reports.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Put it all Down on the Road

When I roll out of bed tomorrow morning, I think I might repeat the phrase, "Put it all on the road." According to Carmichael, this is what Big Tex said to Popo when he launched on the climb to Courchevel. Popo was totally spent, hears these words and stands for one last attack; WOW.

And today we have Vino showing why he is the MAN that the fat pink german girly girl will never be. Vino launching an attack after being left for dead. Allez Vino! Roodlicht thinks that Big Tex calls fat jan his biggest rival to mentally crush him rather than really meaning it; Roodlicht may just ber right.

Oh yeah, Roodlicht and I rode Monarch at sunrise this morning. It was so hot I had my jersey open half way through the ride. If you remember last year, there was only one or two rides without arm warmers! I hate the heat.

Dik of Snel

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Hohoho Baby!!!!!


You wanna know why I love the Tour?

Rabobank Peeing Pants

After his monster solo before the rest day, Rasmussen managed to hold on quite nicely with Lance today. He's got a strong hold on the polka dots, his main goal. Besides, if he can hang in the time trial (don't count on it), he may have a shot at the podium.

Either way, Rabobank must be peeing their pants with excitement. I know they didn't have lofty goals for the tour.

Oh, and is it boring yet that no one can match/attack/follow Lance? It's amazing to see what he can do, but can't someone at least challenge????

PS- I'm not posting about the Triple due to my wonderful efforts to make it no further than Frisco. I am going to ride the final section on July 30, early AM. We'll see how much I can embarrass myself on the Mt. Evans climb on the 23rd.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Missed It By That Much

Holy Cats Batman, Weening won by a reported 2 millimeters. How on earth can you tell when it is that close. I heard that they are using the Russian ice skating judges to make the close calls. Here is the AP photo that I found on Velonews. You tell me that Weening was the stage winner.... Truth be told I'm glad he beat Kloden.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

180, Physiology and the total disconnect

Fabio, Redlight and Q are traversing the rockies as I write this. Depending on when they started, they could actually be done by now. In honor of their efforts, I took a spin around Chatfield in the blazing sun. Man is it hot. So hot in fact that I was running low on water and rationed the back half of the ride. As a result, I kept a steady 180 plus on the HRM. The weird thing is that I could have gone all day at the rate. Makes you wonder if physiology rather than heart rate ratios determine your lactic threshold and your aerobic zone. Either way, it was a nice ride that I tried to ride casually.

As for the TdF, awesome finish. Hats off to the boys from Holland for making an impressive show and this year's tour. I am so glad that Kloden got edged out. Kind of like stage 17 last year!!!

Snail Dik

Friday, July 08, 2005

Very funny article

This guy writes for espn and is hilarious. You gotta read this.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=caple/europe/050708

bk

Thursday, July 07, 2005

BREAKING NEWS - Ligget Fired by OLN!

News Flash: OLN Fires Phil Liggett
He failed to Meet Contractual Obligation to Mention Lance Armstrong Three Times Per Minute, Sources Say
Paris, July 5 (Fat Cyclist News Service) - Outdoor Life Network today severed its contract with Phil Liggett, a perennial favorite cycling announcer both in England and in the United States. A spokesperson for Outdoor Life Network said, "We regret having to let Phil go, but he knew the terms of our agreement when he signed on. Namely, he is required to allude to Lance Armstrong three times per minute, with at least one of those mentions being by name.
Most importantly, at no point in time shall forty seconds ever elapse without a mention of Lance Armstrong.""

Today, sadly, Mr. Liggett broke the terms of that agreement. When David Zabriskie had his unfortunate accident today, Phil failed for 40 seconds to put it in the context of whether this would impact Lance Armstrong or whether Lance Armstrong would would have fallen, or asking what Lance Armstrong must be thinking about this accident right that moment."When reached for comment, co-commentator Paul Sherwin said, "I had my 'Lance Stopwatch' going -- it's what we use to help remind us when it's time to mention Lance again." Continued Sherwin, "When Zabriskie fell, Liggett started actually talking about how disastrous it was for the rider, instead of -- as is proper -- talking about this would affect Lance and how he would no doubt have words of advice on the proper way to ride a bicycle for young Zabriskie.

When twenty seconds elapsed, I signaled to the timer. Then thirty seconds elapsed -- still no mention, so I made the sign of the Texas Longhorn, the code we use to signal that we need to immediately divert the conversation toward Armstrong. Still nothing."

Visibly shaken, Sherwin finished, "After forty-five seconds, Phil managed to bring the conversation back round to Armstrong, but by then it was too late. OLN Security was knocking at the door, ready to escort Phil from the premises."

Interviewed in his hotel room in Paris, Liggett looked like a man who has lost his best friend. "I'm a huge fan of Armstrong," said Liggett. "I haven't pretended to be impartial for years. But between Bob Roll and that marionette Al Trautwig, our Armstrong-centricism seemed pretty well covered, and I suppose I briefly let my guard down. I wonder what Lance Armstrong thinks about that?" Then, realizing the habit of mentioning Armstrong even when completely irrelevant was still with him, Liggett briefly looked melancholy -- which is the British equivalent of an American having a complete nervous breakdown.

OLN has moved swiftly to replace Liggett, putting former color-commentator Al Trautwig in his spot. Said Trautwig regarding his promotion, "Lance Armstrong. Lance Lance Lance Armstrong. Armstrong Armstrong Lance Lance Lance Lance. Six-time Tour de France winner. Lance Armstrong Lance Armstrong, Lance Armstrong.""This is going to work out just fine," said the OLN spokesperson.

LA enjoys going to the dentist?

From an article I read today about LA.

Armstrong learned early on that he was always willing to endure whatever it took to win. "It didn't seem to matter what the sport was … if it was a suffer-fest, I was good at it."
And this: "Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. That surrender, even the smallest act of giving up, stays with me. So when I feel like quitting, I ask myself, which would I rather live with?"
Another time, he told a reporter, "I would really be upset if I didn't have the opportunity to suffer."
He's the sort of person who probably enjoys going to the dentist.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

I'm the Man?????

I really hope that Robbie McEwen was quoting the Anthrax song when he stated that "I'm the man." Give me a break. Dude had his lunch handed to him by Petacchi, Cipo and Boonen for as long as I can remember. To be sure, he is a great sprinter. But to throw down a line like that?

VeloNews: 2005 Tour de France Special Coverage: "McEwen came over the finish line defiantly pointing both his fingers at his chest - and for anyone who didn't get the message, he was only too happy to elaborate afterwards, saying: 'I'm the man. I'm the fastest here.' "

I was a little confused to LA's decision to ride without the Mellow Johnny this morning until I realized that Zabriske's fall was the cause of CSC's shortfall in the TTT. I'm guessing the Big Tex didn't feel comfortable wearing yellow until he earns it on his terms. Just one more nuance of pro cycling.........

Snail Dik

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

TTT....TT Terrific

The TdF is amazing in how much better it is than any other race, or televised sporting event for that matter. What other sport can you follow on your computer, read the results all day long and still be on the edge of your seat watching a replay? Notice that they don't sell too many 12 hour DVDs of the Superbowl while billions of the 12 Tour coverage DVDs are sold every year.

Today was no exception. What is cooler than watching the teams roll through the chicanes in unison? How about George pulling on the front with LA right on his wheel? Or Floyd hammering down the final straight? Or Boonen sprinting against his team? Should I go on?

The TTT is a thing of beauty. I like everything about it.

Tour de Lance...

Bummer for Zabriskie, crashing near the finish and losing the jersey.

Disco team rides tough, kills everyone, and is the tour now over? Nearest is Vino at 1:21, Leipo is 2:20 back already.

It's complete domination so far. Don't you think next year is going to be boring to watch????

Monday, July 04, 2005

The Sky's Gone Out

It is no secret that my riding these past two months has resembled a Bauhaus lyric; "The Sky's Gone Out". Today, thanks to a little Fourth of July bike parade, I saddled up the Donk for the first time in more than a month. Pulling on the Stars and Stripes jersey and the skull socks put the idea in my mind that it was time to ride again. Oh yeah, and McEwen’s head shove to O’Grady while BlueMan was scoring an impressive win fired me up some too.

As an added bonus, Redlight said he’d join a Monarch ride and hang back with my “un-fit” legs. This didn’t quite work out in that New Tri Guy joined us for the ride (dude’s on a sweet Cervelo P2K and was in mid season form). As a testament to either poor fitness or Redlight’s form, I hit and held 194 bpm up the Monarch double hill. It was to the point where I was going dizzy.

The ride was beautiful and enjoyable, other than being punished by the pace. We finished with a nice down hill sprint from the top of the Warm up hill to Broadway. No doubt about it, sprints are fun.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

No gloating????

So, Lance kills/embarrasses/annoys/finishes Jan, and no one is posting? Where is everyone? Jan builds in an excuse by taking out his team car, and no one is laughing? Mayo, well we know what that is short for. Zabriskie, give him a couple of years, he may be the next US big man, and he's got a funny sense of humor, too.

Was that a historic moment, or what, when Lance blew by Jan? Vino is at least for now the main challenger. Jan said no one makes up more than 45 seconds on Lance, ever. Guess the tour is over.

Anyway, Fabio and I rode the ride we were supposed to ride for training camp. 6:30 AM saturday, as cold as 37 and as hot as 64 for about 60 miles. Nice climb to the continental divide, with a killer uphill back to his condo. Definitely a beautiful ride, and I got to enjoy it plenty riding well behind Fabio on the hills.

Some hill repeat training on Sunday and now some rest before the big Triple. I'm looking for a fast time to get in before the thunderstorms.

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