Wednesday, May 30, 2007
BACK IN THE SADDLE, AGAIN
do i look fat in this kit? or is that the baddest masi to never hit the market?
[greg, the baddest mojo that side of 49]
[i don't know how that paper bike got in front, sorry]
monday was memorial day, and unlike nicole ritchie, i know what the day is for. with the flag waving, john and i headed down to marina del rey and back, another great ride and good vibes all day [whistling again as i BBG steaks later]. God bless our fallen troops and those brave enough to serve today, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you have given us. i know that unfortunately freedom is earned at the end of a rifle, not the end of a pen.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
this saturday some teammates, civilians, and a few fellow ol' guys, etc. will be taking me out on my first actual ride on the road, albeit flat and probably confined to the river bike lane. so if you are in the hollywood area, let me know and come join us.
[not very pretty, but i am back on the horse]
ALL KILLER NON FILLER
well, things are heating up in the giro and the action is getting good. today the killer took the win before a stubborn il'gibo. di luca showed some real skill today, but simoni has started his methodical pursuit of number 3. my underdog heart goes to di luca, but i still think in the end it will be simoni on the top spot. the real surprise was a few riders down in the form of garzelli. he really is the underdog, as he does not have the team that di luca has.
good read of the day:
belgain knee warmers
and in case you are lazy, the following is my comment to his post today:
- well done entry on the case at hand.
p.s. i am amazed by those that don't know that riders have been using some form of doping since 1900. i think it is time to have a serious debate as to what really is doping, what is harmful to the PRO riders [long term health issues] and what benefits the riders health. some would even go so far as to say that the electrolytes in our drinks or that flat coke in the last 30 mins of a race constitutes doping. doctors may even say that PRO cycling by its nature, is bad for a persons health. the other issue is what constitutes cheating, is it cheating cause you or your team doesn't have access / afford the latest enhancement technology or is it cheating because you HAVE to take a substance to go faster than what you can obtain from solid training? before i get too far down this road, let me say that i think the olympics should be contested by only amateurs and without any enhancements [zero doping products or procedures], true sport. i would like to end this comment by saying that i have lived my life drug free, but that is not entirely true per DICKWADA standards, as i race a bike [guilty in its self], drink espresso like a PRO and have a beer now and then [it is still a drug, even though most of what i drink has been brewed / blessed by a monk].
Monday, May 21, 2007
more completely different
Sunday, May 20, 2007
AND NOW FOR
[an ode to all those bike mechanic daydreams]
Sotheby's All Important 20th Century Design, June 19, 2007 Jasper Morrison Handlebar Table, 1983. Chromium-plated steel, beechwood, rubber and glass. 25 3/8 inches (64.5 cm) high, 23 inches (58.4 cm) diameter. Estimated value $10,000-15,000.
Friday, May 18, 2007
other post of the day:
bikes you're sure to like
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE / NO DOPING
it is now official, this blog will no longer report on doping in cycling. we find it all too pervasive and counter productive to the spirit of cycling. 100% of the time, the practice of doping [in cycling, sport, or recreational use] never makes dreams come true. so we wish all those falsely accused, quick justice. to those doping, we wish you a strong knot and a quick drop. the problem with doping in cycling [sports in general and in the public realm] is simple, DOPING SUCKS.
racer blue squirrel editorial staff
[rbs is not associated w/ this site nor receives funds from the sales]
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
what floyd did on stage 17 is not a result of the positive effects of taking synthetic testosterone. he won because he was the bigger man, the braver man. no drug known to science will make you stronger, braver and with out pain, over night. you have to work hard and suffer better than everyone else.
so during these proceedings, i hope we will find out why it was or was not in his blood taken at the controls after stage 17. if he is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, he should do his time. if his innocence is upheld, than he should get paid in full. those UCI, WADA, and USADA officials that stated his guilt prior to the full evidence heard and the case processed should be relieved of their positions. the system should be overhauled and changed to truly combat drug use in all of cycling, cause we have all raced against the juiced, dopers suck.
floyd's expert cycling witness is none other than:
- Eddy Merckx, World-class cyclist and expert in cycling tactics [thats an understatement]
- Greg LeMond, Three-time Tour de France winner [greg was my hero growing up, but not so much anymore]
- Joseph Papp, Professional Cyclist [not at the protour level, i do hope he was able to reunite with his cuban wife]
for great coverage during the day check out:
for great reads check out:
belgium knee warmers
2 & 3
flat, fast, hot and won by a sprinter.....
[i sucked wheel all day and than in the last 300m i tried really hard and i won]
in other news, my friend, hard man first, sprinter second [in other words he is not a whinny sprinter, as whinny sprinters don't do paris roubaix] thor h. took a spill along with the little boy prince cunego. both are fine and will be back to ride in the first real stage of the giro, stage 4.
[the pace was so slow during stage 3, thor had time to get some new tat's]
for some more good reading check out:
Saturday, May 12, 2007
"I was not upset, it is important that we win. We have great team. It is truly beautiful," said Di Luca after crossing the line. "It was great test for the team. ... I am not upset."
my italian lip reading is a bit slow right now, but i don't think he was saying your buying the pizza tonight.
on to stage 1.
1 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Liquigas
Discovery Channel 34.27
Acqua & Sapone-Caffè 34.38
Tinkoff Credit Systems 34.42
Crédit Agricole 34.51
Caisse d'Epargne 35.01
Saunier Duval-Prodir 35.03
Ceramica Panaria-Navigare 35.39
Bouygues Telecom 35.45
Ag2r Prévoyance 35.55
Française Des Jeux 36.28
Friday, May 11, 2007
EVERYONE KNOWS THAT PINK IS THE REAL YELLOW
as much as i hate to admit it, i think that the cry baby simoni is going to win or die fighting. sure the other favorites will probably do better than expected and an unknown italian rider could step it up as usual during 'his tour to snatch gilberto's truly last chance to take '3 top podium finishes. but i have a feeling that saunier duval's got the strongest team, even if this was based solely on the fact that leonardo piepoli will be setting the climbs on fire as he always does. over the past couple of years i have regarded him as one of my favorites, the most underrated of the seasoned pros. not to mention that he got 2 stage wins last year, remember the year of the alien basso [truly an alien, he went from high on my list, to, 'huh where is his name?', unfortunately he does not need to dope and will return to reek havoc on the peloton in 2 years]. did i forget to mention that piepoli is italian. last but not least, some of the other SD boys simoni will have at his side, the new young gun ricco, the could be a star again mayo, and little known italian [italian + giro = ride like the wind, or else] manuele mori.
it would also be great to see di luca pull off a podium finish, along with stefano garzelli, emanuele sella, dario cioni [rides powercranks], and a super long shot who is not italian and rides for a french team [corfidis, yikes] ivan parra [not likely, but i am feeling giro right now].
oh this is going to be a great giro, full of surprises, full of great racing, full of macho italian men beaming with pride at the thought of wearing pink [everyone knows that pink is the true yellow] huh, the humanity. there is nothing like 3 weeks of italians riding through their pain cave to see the other side, a spot on the podium in the giro d'italia.
[simoni sticking to basso like a x-file to an alien]
[piepoli, the italian king of the mountains]
[NO!, i'm not in this years giro..]
[ahhh, good times]
hi ya'll, recovery is going well and i am now in my 2nd week of physical therapy [a part of your pain cave you probably didn't even know was there]. with each visit i get a little more movement in the arm and shoulder. the collarbone is theoretically 100% with the plate, but i did severe damage to my shoulder and neck, mainly the muscles are sprained and preventing me from moving my arm and shoulder correctly. so everyother day i go to the house of pain and have my excelent physical therapist [let me know if you ever need one and i will give you his info] do his thing on my arm and neck, while i curse and sweat like a weekend warrior on mulholland. but my reward, now that i am mostly off of the pain meds, is a cool frosty belgian brew.
- check out the cool masiguy shirts.