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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Cadel Wins Romandie!


Cadel
Originally uploaded by RideTrek.
As I alluded yesterday, Horner kept his team leader within 24 seconds heading into the final TT. Evans took it from there beating the riders ahead of him on GC by 50-60 seconds. Enough to pull out the Tour of Romandie win by 27 seconds over Contador and 44 seconds over Valverde and Jaschke. All in all, a good week for Davitamon-Lotto.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Horner SUCKS

So where did he go after Cadel helped him to a stage win? He's dropping like a rock, and can't hang to help Cadel, who at least has a shot at the overall.

I don't see what's so cool about him. He's not nearly as good as he thinks he is, and obviously is of no help to teammates.

Valverde, on the other hand, seems ready for the Tour, baby.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Jan Ullrich Von Fanny?


Von Fanny?
Originally uploaded by RideTrek.
Hope that doesn't mean Fat Ass in German. Jan rolled in with the peleton/grupetto today in the Tour of Romandie in 112th place and more than 10.01 behind Chris Horner.

I believe the translation is "I love you Jan Ullrich, from Fanny", but I could not resist posting this one.

Horner wins Tour of Romandie Stage 2


Horner
Originally uploaded by RideTrek.
What a great finish! I watched it live on cycling.tv. The peleton was shattered over a first category climb with a summit only 13km from the finish. A leading group of 14 riders made it over the summit, including Valverde, Salvodelli, Jaksche, Evans, etc. Tucked into this group was Chris Horner of Davitamon-Lotto. Horner and Evans played tactics perfectly, and Horner was able to attack in the last 5km and stay away. Horner beat the charging group to the line by four seconds, and took the yellow jersey with time bonuses. Salvodelli is in second, with another clibing stage tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Il Falco Takes the Prologue!


Il Falco
Originally uploaded by RideTrek.
Paolo Salvodelli wins the prologue of the Tour of Romandie today. He edged out the victory by 0.63 seconds over Alejandro Valverde, the ProTour points leader. Salvodelli won Romandie in 2000, and he has started off strong in the 2006 race. Salvodelli's winning time was 4 minutes 27.32 seconds. Only 653km to go....

Nice Gut


Fat Jan
Originally uploaded by RideTrek.
Ulrich finally makes his season debut at the Tour of Romandie. He finished 90th, 26 seconds off the pace of the stage winner over the 3.4km prologue course.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Kaiser roll over?

http://www.velonews.com/race/int/articles/9771.0.html

No Giro for Ullrich? He may well be done, period.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Still Cool?

How is it for Boogerd and Dekker to have the names Schleck, Wesemann, etc. in front of theirs? Same feeling as when it was LA? Rabobank worked like dogs yesterday. Boogerd waited too long to go. He's been studying too many Discovery tactics. Attack! Attack! Attack!

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Pre-heat = COLD

Started at 7AM, at 46 degrees. Chilly ride to the dam road, where sunshine started to warm it up. However, it never got over 55 until after I reached the top of Deer Creek. Rode it 37 seconds faster than last friday. Lots of guys in shorts, short sleeves must have frozen on the downhill, cause I had long sleeves and a vest and it was COLD.

Stood outside just now, boiling in the spring sun. Guess I'll enjoy a lazy day of food and beverages to celebrate another holiday.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

late notice, early ride

I just found out our schedule for tomorrow (Sunday) is not all that conducive to riding. Therefore, in order to ride more than the Tour de Cul-de-sac, I have to leave early.

I plan to leave my house at about 7AM, for a pre-heat ride up Deer Creek.

Any takers please meet in my cul-de-sac or anywhere along the ride. Dirt, I'm heading out to Broadway, Hammerson, I'll be at Lucent and Plaza around 7:15AM, Fabio, at Sylvestor around 7:05AM.

Yeah! for family affairs and duties...

Friday, April 14, 2006

Cyclists 1 - White Minivan 0

Check out this little news item that Deer Creek is going to become a safer ride for cyclists. Woohoo! Given the White Minivan the finger!

BICYCLE COLORADO - Deer Creek Canyon Road Getting Shoulders: "One of Colorado�s most popular roads for biking is about to get a little better. Tuesday, April 11, 2006 the Jefferson County Commissioners approved a project to add paved bicycle shoulders to Deer Creek Canyon Road between Owens Street and Philipsburg. This popular front range climb is located just southwest of Littleton"



PS - I have a line on my arm.....got to love the sun.

Gotta be cool...

About the Amstel Gold:

Michael Boogerd (in a photo-finish sprint with Lance Armstrong) in 1999 and Erik Dekker (also over Armstrong) in 2001.

I don't care who you are, but being able to put that on your list of lifetime achievements beats "I did a rootcanal on #32" by a f#^%ing lot... (or I developed some dirt, or I opened a bank office, or I sold some software to a Chinaman...)

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

My Own Personal Col de Joux-Plane

You may remember this mountain stage from the 2000 TdF, where LA bonked on the ridiculous climb of the Col de Joux-Plane to lose the stage to Virenque (dopage), or the 2003 TT where LA didn't have water and came into the finish 1:36 slower than Ulrich with a salt circle around his mouth.

Well, I had a similar experience yesterday. I have been commuting to work occasionally in the past few weeks. Yesterday, I had the frequent front range experience of riding both to and from work with a head wind. Obviously, the ride home was much warmer than the morning ride in. To make matters worse, I realized a few minutes into dodging cars and pedestrians in LoDo that I had left my water bottle in the fridge at the office. I also forgot to have an afternoon snack before departing, and my rabbit lunch had long ago passed along all of the energy it had to offer. And lastly, I was carrying a 10 pound backpack full of dry cleaning, blackberry, etc.

So, I decide to slog on along the Platte River Trail anyway, assuming that I would pass a water fountain or could detour to a convenience store if things got bad. I took off hot and was soon passing cyclists at will. Then, roughly halfway home I hit the proverbial wall and a stronger wall of oncoming wind. That was it. The rest of the ride was pure hell. I could feel the circle of salt forming around my mouth, I was hot, my right foot went to sleep and I debated tossing the backpack in the weeds. I was not a pretty sight.

Well, like LA I survived. It wasn't my fastest commute ever. I almost pulled an Andreas Kloden (Hollentour - "F it, take it") in the front yard. I promptly chugged two bottled waters upon hitting the garage. I rarely left the couch until bedtime.

Important safety tip: bring water when you ride in warm weather and eat occasionally to stoke the furnace. Out!

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Jean-Marie Leblanc can kiss my ass

Once again, Paris-Roubaix proves to be the coolest, most exciting race of the year. Couple of thoughts though.

Georgie busting a steering tube? Memo to Trek, your bikes suck. I heard that Jib put his on ebay after watching the replay.

While we have our memo pads out, memo to Horner. Never, ever, ever give up. Gusev is a man, you my friend are a puss.

As for Jean-Marie: Dude get over the fact that America made a mockery of your little July ride. I will throw a party when your worthless reign as a race director is over. First, what kind of loser forgets to tell a railroad that there is a major, international, world-class race going on? Do you think maybe you could hold your trains for maybe 15 minutes on the afternoon of the 9th. Second, how could you possibly DQ the breakaway of three? Have you ever ridden a bike you fat chunk of ham? It was no different than the lights everyone blows when they ride. With any luck a piece of plaque in your clogged aorta will dislodge and jam in your heart so the world of cycling will become a better place.

Get well Georgie. And when you are on the podium in Paris, spit in your hand before you shake it with that pig JML.

out

P-R disaster?

See what happens when you trust a Trek on cobblestones? I'm guessing someone's getting an earful for a little while (and then he's getting sacked). What a shame for Hincapie, crashing because his steerer tube broke. He may need surgery, and that would mess up some plans. Nice ride by Cancellara, solo victory.

Sounds like you guys found a cool new route. I look forward to riding it someday.

Crossed Monarch Pass on Thursday night. Driving 10 mph in blowing snow with about 20 yard visibility. Awesome, what an adventure. The old sub plowed along as several cars ran off the road. We even had an 18-wheeler block our lane as it had crossed all the way over from going the other way. Scary, but it makes arriving in Telluride more rewarding.

Very relaxing weekend. We did nothing. Walked a little, got a massage, watched a couple of movies, drank lots of coffee, drove to Ouray for lunch and basically just totally turned everything off. Perfect. Rode Monarch this afternoon to see if the bike still worked. It does, I don't.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Da Buzz

Rode a new route with Hammerson and Johnny Bank. We left the ranch around 7:30 to hook up with Hammerson then rode across Chatfield to pick up Craig and two of his neighbors in Ken Caryl. From there, we trucked across the Ken Caryl Valley on the inside of the Hog Back, dropped like a stone to 285 then up the hill to Morrison. From Morrison, we entered Red Rocks at the north entrance and climbed to the top of the amphitheater. Man what a cool section of mountains to climb through. After a pit stop at the top, we dropped down to 470 and rolled home. 50 miles in about 3:15. Not a blistering pace but awesome none the less.

I realized after the fact that I forgot to call Fabs to tell him about the ride; sorry dude.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Training Tool

If you ride with this on your back, you can afford to drink its contents.

or

Altitude Training Part Deaux

Thursday, April 06, 2006

PHONAK = DOPE IN SWISS

Second test positive for Urweider

A counter-analysis for Swiss rider Sascha Urweider confirmed the presence of testosterone, according to reports on the French wires. Traces of the banned performance-enhancing drug turned up in private controls conducted by the Swiss team.
The 25-year-old Urweider, who turned pro in 2003, was immediately sacked by the Phonak team when he failed the test in mid-March.

That and I wanted to get my picture off the top of the listing...

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

The Dentist I Have Always Wanted

In deference to Euro Riders, I think Redlight should sell ad space on his dental jersey.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Horner or Vino...

Jib dropped an interesting email regarding Horner and his tactics. To wit:

Interesting strategy from the Tour of the Basque Country.

Horner's finish-line stand
Chris Horner (Davitamon-Lotto) couldn't believe his bad luck. The plucky American made the selection of the elite group up the final climb when he punctured with about 7km to go. He knew that was no-man's land despite a fast wheel change.
When he rolled up to the finish line, he stopped just short of the tape and just idled there before slipping across 50th at 3:28 back.
"I got the flat, so there goes the GC. I knew there was no way I was chasing back, so that's why I wanted to lose as much time as possible," Horner said. "I just sat there two minutes. Maybe that's enough time that they'll let me go in a break and not worry about me."
Horner was poised for a solid result in the demanding Pais Vasco race. In Monday's opener, he finished a solid sixth against the likes of three-time world champion Oscar Freire and Valverde.
"The legs aren't super, but they are good enough to be in that lead group," Horner lamented. "I came here to win something. So the GC's gone, so maybe I can get a stage."


Now, while I like Horner thinking in the long term about the race, lets contemplate a longer horizon, like say a career. Ask yourself, do you admire Horner’s tactics more than say Vino who, in the face of certain loss, will kill himself to simply go faster? I side with Vino. In its essence, racing a bike is really all about going fast. Notice how Jib will launch a hopeless attack, simply to goad everyone on.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Ronde Van Vlaanderen

Boonen wins again. Obviously, this guy is good. IMHO, Hoste blew the tactics. Yes he attacked and only Boonen came along for the ride, but he should have known that he would never beat Boonen head to head in a sprint. Also, Hincapie was the designated leader and was in great form. Hoste attacked on his own without direction from Hincapie or the team car.

His brilliant quote, "I've been saying for a while now that you should attack if you want to win. The ones who wait are not right - OK, I didn't win, but still..."

Hoste should have waited for the Muur or Bosberg, and tried to make a move WITH Hincapie (or set him up). Hoste got cocky after winning the 3 Days of De Panne and sold out his team leader for personal glory. Unfortunately, he didn't have the legs to go with his ego.

Hey Hoste, get back to work for your team leader and the folks that pay your salary and quit thinking of only yourself. Second and third is nice, but next year people will only remember that Boonen won. It would have been nice to see what you and Hincapie could do against Boonen and Bettini after shedding a few more guys on the last climbs. We'll never know.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Caslte Pains

Schweet ride today. Hooked up with the Pedla'r dudes and rolled out for a 7:30 ride. They did the Monarch ride in which there were many, many attacks. This is a sweet way to ride if you are not really racing the next day or two. At the back of Monarch, Redlight, Jib and I peeled off to add the Castle Pains extention whereby we met a few 20%+ grades. Love it.

Legs are toast.

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