May 26, 2015

Mortirolo & moving on up to 13-29T

Aggressive and fearless is what Ryder Hesjedal's attack was before the steep Mortirolo climb limiting his losses to finish sixth 2:10 behind winner Mikel Landa and tenth overall 12:49 behind the untouchable Contador. True to form, Hesjedal has shown panache and more of his mountain prowess is upcoming. Forza Hesjedal!

Here in the lower mainland, we may not have the steep climbs like the Morirolo beast but we do have ridiculous short climbs like Indian Arm (at times 24%). This season, our FRFuggitivi squad will tackle some local mountain climbs (Cypress/Seymour) along with re-visiting the infamous Indian Arm. And this time, I want to suffer a little less. Timing couldn't be better. My old Veloce 11-25T is due for a change and I just installed a new Veloce 13-29T mated to a lighter chain. I decided on the Record Ultra narrow chain for key reasons; light weight (255g), strength, quietness and plus I got it for a better price than the heavier Veloce chain (272 g). It may be marginal gains but it will be fun to find out. The 29T should improve my sufferfest giving me a welcome low gear of 36 oppose to 41 (on my 25T). Details upcoming on a future post of my new climbing mis-adventures.

Here's GCN as they compare standard vs compact on the Mortirolo with exhaustive results...

Welcoming my new Campagnolo Veloce 13-29T and Record Ultra narrow chain and yes
I'm stubbornly sticking with my standard crank. 
photo Cycling Art

May 24, 2015

Madonna Di Campiglio & Lapierre Bicycles Factory.

PhilGil Clowning around with Marcus Burghardt, stage 15.
all photos TDWSport

The first mountain stage ending on top of the Madonna Di Campiglio was all serious business with plenty of drama. Contador repelled Astana attacks and sits in the drivers seat 2:35 minutes over Aru. Astana climber Mikel Landa won the stage but Contador is set for the big prize. At this point, Aru doesn't seem to have enough to overhaul Contador but with the strongest team - is he saving it for the final week of mountains?

Riche Porte lost big time 27:04 in arrears and already has mentioned to leave the race to get set to help Froome at the Tour. Sky's new captain is Leopold Konig just 6:36 behind Contador. Ryder Hesjedal keeps chipping away, and rides in solo 13th overall 11:17 back. One things for sure and this is a positive, he says, "We'll see at the end of the race, but I already know I feel good and consolation is I've won this race before." A top 5? Plenty of action to come.

Rydering solo...
getting better for the third week.

Alexandre Geniez is FDJ's best placed rider; 10th overall 10:03. French iconic frame builder, Lapierre has sponsored FDJ for many years. The Xelius EFI and the Aircode are the two bikes used in this Giro. Here's Pedal Mag on a visit to the Lapierre factory in Dijon...

May 22, 2015

Friday File: John: Eternal Breakaway, PhilGil & Storm upcoming

John Lee: 
February 29, 1968 - May 14, 2015
photo Cycling Art

Our FRFuggitivi rides will never be the same again as we lost our cycling brother, technical guru and the man that launched #moremilesmorebeer.
John's on his eternal breakaway... happily with his toe clips.

Keep on riding John!

Yesterday's stage 12 to Vincenza was a soggy affair, have a look at the fancy on board camera work...

resulting with a superb uphill attack by Philippe Gilbert...

The race is anything but quiet but the storm is coming on stage 20...

Gravel road up the Colle delle Finestre (Cima Coppi).

John: this ones for you!

My friend, John was a big fan of old school racing. He stubbornly rode with toe clips so here's a photo for him...

Le Badger claws his way to world glory, 1980 Sallanches.

May 19, 2015

Mate-gate: Rules can change?

I'm a little shocked that Richie Porte was penalized for two-minutes for a sportsmanship/mateship assistance from fellow Aussie bud, Simon Clarke. Today's stage was frantic and in the heat of the moment Clarke gave Porte his front wheel to replace his flat front tyre. Two minute penalty puts Porte in 12th overall, 3min 9sec behind Contador.  Here's the rule...

Rules can be changed or in this case ruled out by a act of friendship/mateship. Isn't cycling and other sports also embody fairness and friendship? In this instance... with rule attached. 

May 18, 2015

Tour of California: Winning by 4 seconds

Mr. Sagan in third to win by 4 second time bonus.

I usually watch the Tour of Cali live, but yesterday was an exception. Our jolly FRFuggitivi group 'enjoyed' the hill climbs of Anmore (outside Pt. Moody) and on my way back I called Carolle to ask her who had won. She just watched the thrilling final but held off telling me. I rushed back and discovered...

Hey Oleg are you now watching?

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