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Friday, June 09, 2006

What's Going On At The Dauphine?

We all know that what happens at the Dauphine is not a direct indicator of performance at the Tour. You only have to recall Mayo crushing Armstrong up the Ventoux a few years ago and then dropping out of the Tour like a wuss to prove this corollary. Anyone remember how Inigo Landaluze did at the Tour last year?

BUT, I'm puzzled by some of the performances thus far. Vino and Landis are rolling in just ahead of the grupetto on the climbs? Thor Hushovd finishes only 1:26 down on today's climbing stage? However, Leipheimer, Hincapie, Valverde, Moreau, Menchov and Mancebo are all displaying expected form, but not killing themselves. No one seemed to really want to win yesterday's stage up the Ventoux. It was odd.

It appears that lots of individual mind games are being played, while a few teams are still trying to score victories and get publicity.

It will be interesting to see what happens in the final two stages. Also, the Tour de Suisse kicks off tomorrow as well. Anyone interested can come see stage 6 of the Dauphine and Stage 1 of the Tour de Suisse at mi casa tomorrow. Both kick off between 7:30 and 8:00 on cycling.tv. Mommy needs me home by 8:30 from my ride so she can go to an appointment, so I'll be catching the end of both stages on the computer.

Monday, June 05, 2006


Ahhh, the Elephant Rock ride. My last experience was the lovely five-flat affair in 2004. Skipped the 2005 ride due to the prior day's Death Ride that practically sucked the biking life out of Dirt forever (before his later recovery and subsequent relapse).

On to the 2006 edition of the E-Rock......

Redlight picked me up at the uncivilized time of 4:45 am to head to Castle Rock. Of course there was no ride related traffic at that hour, although the parking lot was surprisingly crowded. We pedaled away from the start/finish line at 5:40 am with quite a chill in the air and no sign of Q and his group.

I momentarily blew up on the first hill with no warm-up, but quickly recovered. We rolled smoothly to the turnaround, jumped on Rollercoaster Road fairly quickly, and then met a wall of headwind that stayed with us for the last 30+ miles to the finish. We were among the first riders to make it to the Palmer Lake aid station, chilled with the guys pimping Go Fast! beverages at the last aid station and then rolled the final twelve miles to the finish. We were DONE before 10:00 am. Three hours and forty minutes of ride time. We perused the booths, headed for the car and were back in HR by 11:00. A very successful trip.

I was glad we did the early ride. It was a scorcher later in the day, and I am certain that the headwind was even less pleasant with the temparature twenty degrees higher in the afternoon.

No funny stories to report on us, although there was a "reasonably urgent" moment just before we rolled past the start line. I think Redlight saw someone crash by the start as well.

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