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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Monarch Revival

I found out a trick to making Monarch more fun... Ride it LESS.

I hadn't been out on Monarch in forever. Rode it last night, and really enjoyed it despite 91 degree temps and a reasonably strong head wind (all the way around, ofcourse). Extra motivation came from Hammerson, who was in my head all the way knowing he's putting in the miles here lately. Gotta stay in shape to keep up for the LAF ride in October.

Anyone up for a ride this weekend, I'm OK to go anytime Saturday, early Sunday and early Monday.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Wrong Way Redlight

Up in Winterpark this weekend. Camping in Fish's pop-up, quite nice compared to puppy tents and air mattresses.

Anyway, I took off for a mountainbike ride on Saturday. Up one and down another familiar trail I ended up at a T-crossing. I chose to turn left and head back to the campsite. The first few didn't bother me, but then the "peloton" came by. I was in the middle of a freaking MTB race, going the opposite way on a singletrack.

I learned some new swear words and terms I can't repeat. Hey, if they don't close the trail, they can't complain...

Chose a better path this morning, grinding 50 minutes uphill on rocks and gravel in the granny gear. Glorious downhill with some creekcrossings and catching some air. No wonder the paved road downhills are easy to me. Spent 2.5 hours sweating and regaining the edge for the final push of the year. Managed to outrace two younger dudes up the last, paved hill towards my family-in-law's condo, so I was feeling pretty good today.

Dik of snel (or a little of both).

Road Ramble


Road Ramble
Originally uploaded by RideTrek.
Some beautiful scenery and beautiful weather for the Road Ramble today. Finished the century in 5:39. Averaged 17.5 mph. Rode with Jen and Jim on the century, while Barry and Carol did the 65 mile course.

The organizers took out the Air Force Academy and most of Rollercoaster Road, but there were still plenty of hills.

I felt great at the end and sprinted up to the finish.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Tommy D

The Vuelta got rolling this morning with the Prologue where Tommy D. threw down a nice #5. "Floor Boy" Beloki decked to finish near the bottom; I can't believe he is back racing after the '04 wreck. And what the hell is Floyd/Phonak thinking? Dude is racing the Vuelta? Sicko.

Menchov takes Vuelta opener: "Results - Granada-Granada Prologue time trial
1. Denis Menchov (Rus), Rabobank, 7km in 9:45
2. Rik Verbrugghe (B), Quickstep, at 0:01
3. Bradley Mcgee (Aus), Francaise des Jeux, at 0:03
4. Carlos Sastre (Sp), CSC, at 0:07
5. Tom Danielson (USA), Discovery Channel , at 0:12
6. Ruben Plaza (Sp), ECV, at 0:13
7. Roberto Heras (Sp), Liberty Seguros, at 0:15
8. David Bernabeu (Sp), ECV, at 0:15
9. Santiago Botero (Col), Phonak, at 0:18
10. Gilberto Simoni (I), Lampre, at 0:20"

Tommy D 5th

Tommy D pulled out a top five finish in the Vuelta Prologue over a difficult course. I hope he brought his climbing legs.

Results - Granada-Granada Prologue time trial
1. Denis Menchov (Rus), Rabobank, 7km in 9:45
2. Rik Verbrugghe (B), Quickstep, at 0:01
3. Bradley Mcgee (Aus), Francaise des Jeux, at 0:03
4. Carlos Sastre (Sp), CSC, at 0:07
5. Tom Danielson (USA), Discovery Channel , at 0:12
6. Ruben Plaza (Sp), ECV, at 0:13
7. Roberto Heras (Sp), Liberty Seguros, at 0:15
8. David Bernabeu (Sp), ECV, at 0:15
9. Santiago Botero (Col), Phonak, at 0:18
10. Gilberto Simoni (I), Lampre, at 0:20

Friday, August 26, 2005

How About the Vuelta?

Tired of hearing about doping, piss, L'Equipe, JML, etc. I am excited that another Grand Tour is starting. May even call Comcast tonight to see if I can get a Euro channel so I can watch some stages. Viva la Vuelta!

Off to the Road Ramble on Sunday. Ride on!

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Clean as a whistle

Our boy LA was on Larry King Live tonight to address the new doping allegations from the fat piece of trash, Jean Marie LeCrap. I watched the whole thing, tivoed and rewatched certain responses. Bottom line is that Big Tex did not dope. The allegations are bunk. One of his greatest points is that he has consistently gotten better and faster since '99. So then, how would he have gotten better if he was a doper in '99 and had to quit? He also said that he has never used performance enhancing drugs and that the only time that he used EPO was in 96 when fighting cancer.

I believe him to be telling the truth.

LeBlanc is a spineless wuss

If you were in charge of one the world's great events, would you want this kind of controversy? I guess that I can only come to the conclusion that LeBlanc was born yellow.....and not the Malliot Jeane kind of yellow.

A 'love-hate relationship,' Armstrong says - Other Sports - MSNBC.com: "But in one sense, Armstrong felt the same way, saying he talked to Leblanc on the telephone after the tour director spoke to L�Equipe, but before those remarks were published.
�I actually spoke to him for about 30 minutes and he didn�t say any of that stuff to me personally,� Armstrong said. "

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

T-Oldbile

What the heck are the pinkies thinking? They have signed some fossils to replace Zabel and Vino. This is the dumbest team management in sports. They couldn't get Fat Jan to stay in shape, the had no support for Vino. What a total joke.

Tuesday's EuroFile: Danielson, Barry ready for Vuelta; No world's for Jan: "The team announced it has signed contracts with Ukraine rider Sergei Honchar and Italian Eddy Mazzoleni. Honchar, 35, is a time trial specialist and won the world time trial title in 2000, but finished second in the 2004 Giro d'Italia. Mazzoleni, 32, rode well as co-captain to Gilberto Simoni this season at Lampre-Caffita. "

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Late Season Ramp Up

Hopefully most of you boys are still riding. We may have to plan an intervention for Dirt.

I had a great weekend on the bike. After riding Monarch in the dark a few times during the week, I branched out a bit on the weekend. Had a Saturday ride planned with the neighbors through Chatfield at 6:45. Knocked out a Monarch in the dark prior to meeting up with them, and finished with 46 miles for the day. Had a Sunday ride up and over High Grade planned at 7:00. Put in a quick 12 miles or so before meeting up with the neighbors again. After cruising up and over High Grade, to the back side of Deer Creek and then home, finished with 96.5 km (60 miles).

I have put over 400 miles on the new bike since my first ride on her with Redlight on 7/29. The plan is to do the century at the Road Ramble this weekend and continue to build for the RFTR.

I can't wait for 10/23. I'm a bit dsappointed that it has begun to get dark in the morning so early this year. This means I have to do Monarch in the dark for more than two months.

Dirt, where are you?

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Fabio's man Levi on a tear?

Levi took the yellow jersey at the German Tour today, putting 14 seconds into team mate Totschnig and 48 seconds into perennial loser Ulrich. Just yesterday Levi was saying he'd see how it goes, work for his teammate and maybe have good legs. I was about to blast him for being a bum for not being more cocky and attacking. Hopefully, he'll keep rolling.

By the way, there's an article about Lance in the business section of the Post.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Cucharas Pass Rocks

Drove down last night. Spent the night in Walsenburg (actually in a highway motel) and got up at 5AM. I left the bustling downtown area of La Veta at 6:10AM, at a BALMY 44 degrees. The sun soon came out, and stayed out for most of the day. Besides, the first 17 miles are uphill, so I was warm soon enough. I covered the first 50 miles in 2:55, finished the entire ride in 6:07 (for 100.56 miles).

As was the case last year, the 1/2 mile hill after 83 miles was the worst. 16% grade after all those miles, my legs were on fire. 3 of the 6 that passed me took me on this hill, going by like they were Tom Danielson on Mt. Evans... I enjoyed that hill on the way out, though, hitting a max speed of 56mph (close to 90 kph for you Euros...)

On the way up, I managed to maintain 4mph this year, 1 mile more than last year. Also, I had some juice left to enjoy the last mostly downhill 17 miles. By the time I finished, heavy clouds were in town, and the temp was dropping from its high of 71. I was home before 5PM.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Snel, Zeer Snel

Where are all of the cyclists? Rode Monarch again this morning with very few riders out and about. Just me and the iPod shuffle loaded with metal, rap and mashups. A glorious morning! All the fair weather cyclists were home getting fat and slow.

Sandwiched three Monarch rides around a trip to Minneapolis this week. Planning a Deer Creek ride in the morning for any of you not partaking in the Stonewall Century. Call me if you want to come along.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Monarch Update


hands_with_spike
Originally uploaded by Hammerson.
Rode Monarch yesterday and today in the semi-dark. Jim and Carol joined me both days, with Jen also coming along for the ride today. Yesterday was quite interesting as Jim had a loud blowout on Wildcat at about 30 mph. He had one of the larger nails I have ever seen in a bike tire through the sidewall and out the tread of his rear tire (see picture). Today was less eventful, but I hit 78.3 on the downhill...... (yes kph). On to Minneapolis for a few days, but back tomorrow night. See you out there on Friday. Out.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Have a laugh...

http://www.blennus.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=443&Itemid=

Sorry Dude

Looks like if you want to ride with Redlight its gonna be a short ride. The following is from today's Denver post.

DenverPost.com - LOCAL NEWS: "Centennial - Vowing not to let the city become the 'red- light district' of the south metro area, Centennial leaders are crafting an ordinance to restrict how and where strip clubs and adult bookstores could operate. "

Monday, August 01, 2005

Spotting LA

Armstrong's upcoming media appearances include: "Late Show with David Letterman" (August 1); "The Charlie Rose Show" (August 1); and OLN (August 2) with "Lance Armstrong: The Ride of a Lifetime"

Guess I know what Hammerson is doing tonight... Oh, and me too, actually.

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