Saturday, December 22, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Labels: blue music
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
ok, so i don't usually post about my personal life, cause my posts are boring enough for most, you don't need to be subjected to my even more boring life, design, ride, design, ride, eat, design, ride, you get the picture. but today there was an incredibly moving and momentous event, my little berlin [all killa non filla] walked on her own for the first time in 3 months, albeit like a tourist at oktoberfest. a little history on the situation, she had surgery for a spinal disk that was putting pressure on her spine, and thus her back half, including her back legs were paralyzed, all of this happened while i was on vacation with my beautiful fiancé in holland / sweden. josephine has been taking such good care of my lil' killa since our return, and today it paid off. it really brought me to tears, it was like a dream, as if i finally woke up from the nightmare of the past 3 months. it broke our hearts to see her paralyzed, as before she was a very active lean mean killing machine. she could catch birds in mid-flight, chase squirrels up trees, dismember mice in a split second and pounce on crickets and spiders as if they were standing still. i hope this is the big break through we have all been hoping for. i have spent my new record grouppo savings on her surgery [$$$] and acupuncture, and i would do it again at the drop of a dime. all i can say is that all of the squirrels that have been teasing her [not me, i only tease tim], better watch out, cause the killa from brandenburg is back and ready to rumble.
[some iPhone images as it was happening]
Saturday, December 08, 2007
[yea, baby more blue]
Campagnolo will offer its own 'blue' shifter for 2008, although these will officially only be available to team becher+. While Shimano continues to champion its 'Light Action' concept, Campagnolo insists that requests from its masters racers have dictated a harder shift effort and more tactile feedback. According to Campagnolo, this is more appropriate for when minds are more heavily focused on the throes of racing.
Those changes come about courtesy of "very extra extra stiff special springs", which will make it like riding a single speed, since the springs are so stiff you can't change gears. we can only assume will include both the lever return springs and the characteristic Ergopower 'g' springs that are so familiar to well-versed shop and team mechanics. Other than those springs and the shifters' telltale blue markings, though, Campagnolo says that consumer versions will be identical. What's the big deal, you ask? hello, did you see the image, the lettering is blue, duh.
Sunday, December 02, 2007
VIDEO TRACK SUNDAY
[boring track stand stuff]
[and now some kilo action of tim in majorca]
Saturday, December 01, 2007
NEVER GETS OLD
As part of our series on the Giro climbs, we asked Andy Hampsten to recount his epic day on the Passo Gavia in 1988. A day of unquestioned cycling history, Andy started the 17th stage of that Giro in second place, and despite the Italians pleading with him to ride “piano piano” over the last climb, he went on an epic attack that earned him the maglia rosa, and the only American win of Italy’s grand tour. Pull on your woolies – it’s gonna be a cold one…
Andy began the day in the blue “overall points” leaders jersey, a combined “best score” in all disciplines of the race, which was cool, because as Andy tells us “it was wool. All the leaders’ jerseys were wool in those days.” As Andy recounts the story, you can hear in his voice that he’s back in 1988, only this time feeling pride and joy – but also remembering the fear that gripped the peloton as they climbed into the unknown that gray, sleeting morning… June 5, 1988.
Andy begins the story…
We were about 400-500 meters above sea level, in this big valley in Lombardy… and it was snowing. Most of us on the 7-Eleven team were from Colorado, and were pretty good at math, and if it’s snowing and you go up… and it’s SNOWING… it’s slushy, it’s coming down and then melting, it’s belting in…
There’s no hint of anything changing, looking at the weather forecast. So the Giro organizers held an emergency meeting with all the team managers, telling them “hey, we’re doing the race, the roads open, snowplows are keeping it clear. It’s not icy on the Gavia, but it is snowing.”
When we left it was just raining… kind of sleet-rain, but bucketing down. We went over the Aprica pass, a category 2 with a pretty short descent, but even on that descent I was wearing ALL the warm clothes I could possibly put on. I was shaking uncontrollably on that silly little descent. Then we were up at about 800 meters (altitude) climbing on a long false flat. A break went away and my team was chasing it but we weren’t going too hard, there wasn’t anyone really dangerous up there.
[read the rest here]