Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Having A Laugh On The Huy

Was Kolobnev doing a selfie at the famous 19% corner?



A relaxed recon for Alexandr Kolobnev up the Mur de Huy. We can all but compliment him and the riders on the eve before the Fléche Wallonne. Here's the stats of the insane Huy, it will climbed 3 (tortuous) times which is enough to make anyone wince...

1.3 km long, 9.3%, max 19%.

I like the Katusha team but I don't think a questionable Purito (crashed in Amstel) will do it. Dani Moreno is the type of rider that excels on this steep climb especially with that amazing ride, last year, to surprise everyone to win. If he does win, it won't be a surprise.

The heavy favorite is the experienced Philippe Gilbert. Along with Sanchez and co, the Boar of the Ardennes wants to continue his winning run. I'm going for Gilbert.






Going way up.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Amstel Gold Treble: Trademark Attack On The Gil-berg

'Winners' Trophy.




Philippe Gilbert, along with his red machine, took his biggest win of this early season. Reminiscent of his 2012 World Championship win on the 'Gil-berg', a brilliant win - a trademark attack for his third Amstel Gold Race. Next up; La Fléche Wallonne is this Wednesday ...a good bet for a double.








Unsung hero...
Sammy 'Golden Shoes' Sanchez piles the pressure on the Gil-berg



Throne King...
The ladies look like mannequins.



Rather unlucky for Purito...



Update: “It seems that there is nothing broken. Thank goodness, it will possibly be difficult these next few days in the Classics but I’ll definitely start the Giro!”

- Joaquim Rodriquez









Saturday, April 19, 2014

Now On: Red Dots Cycling Easter Sale

Vai!
The Tifosi cycling cap with me
 on my first century ride.
photo Cycling Art





It's Easter Spring weekend, and for most of us, a brand new cycling season. I kicked it off, two weeks ago, by riding and finishing my first 100km of the season. Importantly, I wore my new Tifosi-FRFuggitivi cycling cap that looked and functioned well. It didn't rain but it was very cool and the cap provided that much needed warmth. The image (above) is my selfie during the Pacific Populaire 100km ride. It was a cool day - I mean, just look at the rider behind me wrapped up in that scarf.

Red Dots Cycling is glad to announce an Easter Sale - 20% off everything in the shop until April 22.

At the checkout use coupon code: EASTER20

Time for the new cycling season... start it off with a Red Dots Cycling handmade cap(s)!


Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday File: Grazie Cafe Divano, Marinoni's 40th, Time For An Amstel Gold, Paris-Roubaix & The Voice of Le Tour

Marinoni 40th Anniversary SL





I want to thank Flowizm (above) for sending me this excellent visual imagery of Marinoni's gorgeous 40th Anniversary SL lugged frame The details are amazing. Now, there is another model - made from Columbus Zona. And, Pepe Marinoni, himself, welds them.



Nine good reasons for Espresso





 I enjoyed the morning with Guy, John and Patrick as we rolled into Port Moody and stopped over at the fine Cafe Divano. I believe it was my very first triple espresso - ever. And, yes it was thumping delicious. Huge thanks to the FRFuggitivi's for the Easter ride and to Cafe Divano for the perfect offer.




A matter of confidence.



You gotta love Philippe Gilbert for his brilliant win in Brabantse Pijl. His first win of the season is what the doctor ordered and to put the rider nicknamed, The Boar of the Ardennes is back on the winning track. Getting down to business and his goal is to win one of the upcoming Ardennes classics. His last win was 2011 - his dream season that included the Ardennes treble. Amstel Gold is this Sunday...  The Boar of the Ardennes is sharpening his fangs.



Phil Gil scores in 2010.




Time for an Amstel Gold...

A stellar cast will ride but the Cauberg awaits.



Time for the Puncheur...




Back in 1989...

Steve Bauer (second from left) rode an amazingly race to finish 3rd overall.




A look back on Paris-Roubaix...

A revealing before and after photos of Lars Bak and Vegard Breen by Debby Termonia




A few more of my favorite images from BrakeThrough Media...





John Degenkolb



Jose Ivan Rutierrez





And finally...

Daniel Mangeas at PR.



Sadly, the voice of the Tour de France and other great races, Daniel Mangeas is set to retire at the end of this season. The former baker turned commentator is the main speaker at most major races since 1974. Mangeas is so knowledgeable of cycling and it's riders, he is described as a talking cycling encyclopedia. I'll be listening for his distinct voice, one last time, at the Tour. 




I call him, a living legend.





Thursday, April 17, 2014

Pedala




The official song of the 2014 Giro...




Follow the ups and downs of this middle age cyclist.


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