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Friday, April 30, 2010
Today I took the pledge to not text while driving. I think you should too. Let's all pay attention to driving when driving.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
I've kept up with the Tour every year for about 20+ years. Now, I'm not fanatical, I don't know the winners of each one, who attacked when, or what non-racing drama happened in any particular race. But I enjoy each race for what it is.
I try not to let the doping scandals get me down too much. It's happened, it's going to happen, but it really hasn't taken away the amount of effort, drive, commitment and perseverance that I love about the race.
Gripped Films is currently working on a movie following team Columbia (currently the winningest team in pro cycling), set to release in May in time for the Tour of California and Almanzo100. Check out the latest trailer below.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Hm, I have nothing against Schwinn, other then that if you think you're buying a Schwinn from the same company that your parents got your old Apple Crate from, you are mistaken. But that's really no big deal. Lots of companies have come and gone, switched owners, filed bankruptcy and all the like. At least they still make bikes.
So below is an ad that supposedly is running on TV. The great thing about it is that they are doing it right. Yeah it's Schwinn branded and gives a retro vibe so we recall our childhood. But also it's selling us on the feelings of riding a bike. Spin those pedals and ring that bell. Who can not smile and feel good doing this?
Good job Schwinn. Originally found on Urban Velo.
Monday, April 26, 2010
The weekend was a cold, wet, rainy one, that also had some other commitments. So no ride then.
Then I missed the group ride today. It was my own fault. I reacted to a situation that didn't need to be and possibly missed a day to really build speed work and race intensity.
If I focus, and God willing, I can still make the best of this week. Anything I do after Sunday is to maintain fittness or taper to race day. So maybe I can pull off going on the Wednesday group ride to make up for today. But that still means a bit more hump bustin' this week. I'll try to get in a couple hour tomorrow with a couple intervals mixed in. May have to do the same on Thursday, active recovery on Friday, and an early morning long ride Saturday and Sunday. That should bring me into a week or so of maintenence, and then a mini taper to race day.
That's sorta the plan anyway. Remember, gotta go with the flow. Loosey-goosey!
While reading the press comments regarding my last victory in Liege-Bastogne-Liege I was deeply saddened. I don’t understand this persecution against me.This was taken from Velonation. Make what you want of it. I still don't know what to think.
I can’t do anything against the doubts hanging over me since the 2007 case, but I reject all the accusations brought against me today, without any evidence. Since my return in August, I have always been honest with the press, I responded to all requests for interviews, I have hidden nothing.
Ironically, my victory in Liège seems to revive old jealousies for which I am not responsible. The media comments contrast with the hundreds of congratulatory messages from fans that I keep getting on my website and my Facebook page. I don’t understand this discrepancy.
As if I had to be forbidden of success on my bike to leave everyone with a clear conscience. In which sport are we allowed to be at the start of a competition without the right to win?
I love cycling, it gave me everything and I want to give it good things in return. I paid two years on suspension for the dark years of my career. If I repeated that I didn’t want to talk about it, it’s only for the sake of my sport. I don’t think cycling needs to reconsider all these dirty stories to move forward. This is my personal vision of this problem, everybody is not obliged to share it. Obviously my attitude that I consider the most correct and most respectful way possible is one more time misinterpreted. I'm sorry.
Again, I have nothing to hide. Since my come back I have been the subject of more than 30 doping tests, all negatives, including 21 in the context of the Adams. This allows me to validate my biological passport and therefore to run. In Tenerife, where I had my recent training before the Tour of Trentino that arose the indignation of some journalists, I was subject to two unannounced blood and urine tests in two weeks. I can’t do more than what the sport regulations ask me, to prove my honesty.
Today, I only wish to be respected as I respect everyone, my colleagues in the peloton as the journalists. I don’t want to be the only and too easy target for all the ills of cycling. Alexandre Vinokourov
|Photo from CyclingNews.com|
Regardless, he won. And it seems that it is causing some distress with fans of bike racing around the world.
Vino, served a 2 year suspension from pro racing for failing a doping control test following a win in the first time trial in the 2007 Tour de France, suggesting that he received blood transfusions for performance gain.
Now, he never admitted wrong doing, but he also didn't seem to fight the claims. He served his suspension.
He is considered a doper. And I don't doubt that he cheated. So when people see his win on Sunday, they see a cheat winning. But here's the thing, is he still a cheat because he cheated in the past? I'm not saying to not question his cleanliness, but I am wondering if we should be so focused and upset because a rider who served a suspension won.
It seems almost every week there is news of another rider testing postive for some sort of cheating. I don't think that that is going away soon. And just like fines for unsportsmanlike behavior, once the punishment is paid, shuldn't the rider be able to continue to race if he chooses to? (Considering he can get on a team)
If the punishment isn't strong enough, then maybe the rules need to be changed to reflect that, but untill they are, he's not breaking any rule by racing.
On the other hand, I want to know the riders that are winning, are real champions. I don't want to think a rider may be on the podium because he has chemicals in, or is using someone elses blood.
Of course it comes down to the fact that, if a rider wins by artificial means, it not only takes away from his win, it takes away from my own (rather small) accomplishments. Doesn't it? Cycling isn't that hard, just take some EPO. Training and commitment isn't important. Just purchase a victory.
Really I don't know where this little rant is going, or what point I'm making, but it's a tough nut to crack when you think about it. Should I be happy that a doper won? Should I not care? Should I be happy that a rider served his suspension and is now clean, as he claims? What other riders are cheats?
I really don't know. I do know that I want the sport to be clean, and that I want the winners of every race to win honestly.
Because of this I support Bike Pure, and Dopers Suck. I know for myself, at my level, I am racing as ethically as possible. Does that make sense? What about you? Are you racing clean?
I know I can be just as guilty. "10,000 Days" Album by Tool
I'm at awe of the brotherhood and mentorship these guys have for each other.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Looks like some Hollywood types are going forward with producing a major motion picture (no pun intended) on the life of Marshall 'Major' Taylor.
The movie will be based on the book by Andrew Ritchie, "Major Taylor: The Fastest Bicycle Rider in the World." I haven't read the book (yet) so I have no idea of how good it is. I have however, read the Major Taylor autobiography "The Fastest Bicycle Rider in the World" which I was able to find at the library. That was a very good read, I'm a slow reader and ended up finishing it up over a weekend.
Major Taylor was a World Champion cyclist who needed to overcome intense racial discrimination in order to compete. In fact he was banned from racing in Indiana (same state that Breaking Away was based in) when he began winning races.
Major enjoyed more freedoms overseas taking part in races all over the world. He named his daughter Sydney, after the city in Australia in which he particularly enjoyed.
The tag line for the movie "The greatest hero America ever forgot..." is fitting. If you take a look at todays american sports hero's, Armstrong, Woods, Jordan and the like, everyone knows who they are. Their images and likeness are recognizable by almost everyone in the country. And yet a majority of Americans have never heard of Major Taylor.
Below is the YouTube preview:
And here's some links to the movie and other resources to learn about Marshall 'Major' Taylor.
Friday, April 23, 2010
gsoroos Amstel Gold
Team manager: gsoroos
65th place with 117 points (7 + 13 + 14 + 18 + 65 = 117)
Oscar FREIRE GOMEZ - Rabobank (14th)
Cadel EVANS - BMC Racing Team (13th)
Andy SCHLECK - Team Saxo Bank (18th)
Steven COZZA - Garmin-Transitions
Frank SCHLECK - Team Saxo Bank (7th)
Danny PATE - Garmin-Transitions
Jens VOIGT - Team Saxo Bank
Sandy CASAR - FranÇaise Des Jeux (65th)
Martijn MAASKANT - Garmin-Transitions
So here's my picks for Liège-Bastogne-Liège:
Team manager: gsoroos
Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO - Astana
Philippe GILBERT - Omega Pharma-Lotto
Christopher HORNER - Team RadioShack
Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE - Caisse D'Epargne
Stijn DEVOLDER - Quick Step
Frank SCHLECK - Team Saxo Bank
Andy SCHLECK - Team Saxo Bank
Andreas KLÖDEN - Team RadioShack
Oscar PEREIRO SIO - Astana
Bradley WIGGINS - Team Sky
Valverde is a backup and I still may switch him out for Gilbert. I think Devolder is really gonna put his mark on the race since he hasn't had very good races so far. Klodi proved at La Flèche Wallonne, that he's still a threat. That was a great attack at the base of the Mur de Huy.
Go to VeloFight and make your picks, and don't forget to join the group 'FAKAWOT!' to play against my friends and I.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Looks like spring really is here. Days are stretching out longer, and the sun is raising a bit earlier. Can't wait till I don't have to lug the headlight around for morning or evening rides.
I also can't wait to not have to wear tights or warmers. In fact I think I'm gonna have to invest in a new pair of bib tights before next winter. I seem to have worn a hole in the sitbone of mine. Oh well.
So Charly is heading to Trans-Iowa. I've prolly said it before, but I'll say it again. One of these years I'll give it a shot. But I think I def need a more dirt worthy machine. Anyway, I hope all your dreams and wishes for Trans-Iowa come true Charly. Have a good ride.
Hope everyone is enjoying their spring.Go outside and ride your bike.
Monday, April 19, 2010
I even thought to have some variety of potential rides to do, depending on what I felt like in the morning. Hill-repeats for about an hour, sprint intervals for about an hour, or a 30 mile endurance ride with some sprint and/or muscle tension intervals thrown in.
So bike was prepped, clothes set out so I'm not diggin' in the dark to find stuff. The weather was checked and looked to be perfect at low/mid 40's and virtually no wind to wake up to. Didn't stay up too late past bedtime... But yet when the alarm went off in the morning, my brain said snooze button.
After the second snooze button press, I reset the alarm to just wake me up at a "normal time" to get ready for work.
Of course then I feel the guilties for not getting out to ride. I had a brief conversation with mio bellissimo moglie about why I do that to myself.
Ok Gunnar, keep it in check, you ride and race your bike for fun. Maybe you can ride later today, maybe not. Whatever it is, it's not that big a deal. A day or two is not gonna affect the training plan.
|Current training load, click for biggy.|
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
I was able to go with a couple coworkers this morning and get my travel cup filled with cafe Estima for free! Good deal to me.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Pretty good production, but not enough race footage.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Stole this video clip from PinkBike.
Massive props to this kid! He's legit and hopefully will continue to shred. But someone get him a small wheel bike. No not because I think mountain bikes suck for jumping. But because I think you need the right tool for the job, and the 26 inch wheels have got to be a bit hard to flick around. Imagine the height he could get on a bike with smaller wheels! That would allow him more airtime to really pull off some moves.
Okay! Still, on 26 inch wheels he's pulling off stunts I wouldn't dare.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Again Cancellara attacks Boonen! Boonen seemed to hesitate to long to counter. I attempted to DVR the race from Versus, but couldn't wait to see what the interwebs had to say (and show) about the race. Now I'm wondering if it's even worth it to watch?
Friday, April 9, 2010
Now he's in the USA with a show on ABC attempting to educate people on making better choices when it comes to our food, as well as trying to get better (REAL) food into our school lunch program.
I agree with Jamie, that we need a food revolution in our country. As well as increasing our own activity levels so that we can lead the lives we are meant to live. If you agree follow the link to the site and sign the petition.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Whatever you think, head over to VeloFight and join the FAKAWOT! group and make your pics. Do it now!
Oh, and just so you know, for last weeks Tour of Flanders, I placed 50 out of 70, with 50 points (lower is better). I did pick Cancellara, Boonen and Gilbert. But my next two highest placed riders were placed 20th (Berghardt) and 24th (Chavanel). I was really hoping Devolder would have placed higher. But that's how it goes sometimes.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Here's the video of the Tour of Flanders winner doing the big drop on Boonen. And here's the thing, Boonen was moving along, riding strong. I mean really strong. Just not as strong as Fabian Cancellara. Holy cow, Cancellara dropped Boonen as if he was riding away from a stop,and Boonen didn't realize the light changed.
I very much enjoyed your article about Lesley George, the avid cyclist who rides her bike to work nearly every day. Ms. George reminds me of my mother, Carol Hupp, pictured at right, who is also an avid cyclist.
As a child, Carol longed for a bicycle. She pored over the Montgomery Ward and Sears Christmas catalogs when they arrived, admiring the shiny bicycles shown in them. But bicycles cost $25, an unaffordable luxury to a family on a limited income.
Carol earned her first bicycle when she was 13, selling 10 two-year subscriptions to "The Saturday Evening Post," "Ladies Home Journal," and "Country Gentleman."
When she earned her teaching degree, she took that bicycle to Tucson and rode it to school. She brought the bike to Denver and rode it to Steck Elementary School — at a time when teachers did not ride bicycles. As she chained up her bike one morning, an awed first-grader asked, "Are you a teacher?"
"Yes," Carol replied.
"You don't look like a teacher," said the student. "Teachers don't ride bikes!"
Carol soon had an entourage as she rode to school. Students waited in front of their houses until Carol came along and then joined the line of children all pedaling behind Carol, following her to school.
Carol rode her bike to the hospital for a hernia operation — and she was not happy when the doctors refused to let her ride home. When she had breast cancer, she rode her bicycle to the radiation treatments.
She still rides her bike — a 21-speed touring bike — to run errands, go to doctor appointments, and just for pleasure.
Last Friday, I took her to lunch at the Buckhorn Exchange to celebrate her birthday. She rode her bike, of course — 13 miles round trip. It was her 87th birthday.
Original source - Denver Post.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Prior to each race, you choose 3 stars and 6 watercarriers for your team. After the race is done, you are scored. In this game the scores are like golf, in that you want a lower score. You get 1 point for a rider in 1st place, 2 points for 2nd, 3 for 3rd, etc.
Another interesting aspect to the game is groups. You can create and/or join a group with your friends, to be able to go head to head against your training buddies for bragging rights.
If you're looking for an interesting way to enjoy following the professional cycling schedule, join Velofight, and if you do and want to join a group, I joined a group named FAKAWOT! It's a public group, and anyone is free to join in.
Newton's Third Law is wrong: Although it states that for each action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, there is no force equal in reaction to an attack by Gunnar Soroos. Gunnar Soroos rides for Toms Shoes Cycling Team. Gunnar Soroos is so crazy and awesome that he flips out ALL the time. I heard that Gunnar was eating at a diner. And when some dude dropped a spoon Gunnar Soroos killed the whole town. My friend Oprah Winfrey said that she saw Gunnar Soroos totally uppercut some jerkface just because they opened a window. Gunnar Soroos doesn't shop at Costco!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Gunnar Soroos has two speeds. Fast, and Kill! The main export of a Gunnar Soroos attack is pain. You can control how people can interact with you and your friends. Choose who can see you, who can speak to you, who can hurt you, and who can be ignored.