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Thursday, May 20, 2010
Seems funny, I'm still in the middle of reading his book, and now I'm not sure what parts to really believe about any of it. I never doubted that he doped, but now his allegations about others, and how he got his drugs sounds like when I was a kid on the playground and someone was caught for doing something and they trying to bring everyone else into it.
I'm not surprised by his allegations against Mr. Fancypants, but I am surprised by the allegations against Captain America who it seems (at least in the book) he was pretty close to.
I do hope that this will help with investigations and cleans up the sport.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
But then I read this article that raises the point that it may be sending the wrong message. The positive vs. negative and what will encourage more people to ride. It's almost the same argument for and against bike paths, lanes and trails vs. better roads for all users. (ahem: rumble strips?)
I don't really know what the answers to these are, what do you think?
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Almanzo 100 Finishers:
1 - 5:56:30 Rettig Dirk 1st Male
2 - 5:56:40 Koeneman Brian 2nd Male
3 - 5:56:42 Wentz Steve 3rd Male
4 - 5:58:05 Stanford Ian
5 - 5:59:00 Oien Peter
6 - 5:59:20 Gillihan Todd
7 - 5:59:25 Bell Jim
8 - 5:59:40 Keys Brad
9 - 6:04:15 Bianchi Keith
10 - 6:05:05 Krumrich Paul
11 - 6:05:35 Horkey Ryan
12 - 6:10:00 O'Brien Devin
13 - 6:13:15 Rinkleff Franz
14 - 6:13:30 Ziemer Dave
15 - 6:17:35 Krobakken Taylor
16 - 6:27:05 Johnson Mike
17 - 6:27:15 Thompson John
18 - 6:30:55 Tweed Evan
19 - 6:31:25 Lindberg Andy
20 - 6:32:15 Beveridge Sam
21 - 6:40:35 Fuhrmann Brian
22 - 6:40:40 Schad Charlie
23 - 6:40:45 Olson Trevor
24 - 6:40:55 Zabrowski Jack
25 - 6:42:00 Hippen Scott
Monday, May 17, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
It would save a bunch of time. But I suppose I have nothing better to do. Right? I mean other then attempt being even more awesomer. Not that it's even possible.
Anyhow, there's this event on Saturday that I'm attending. It should be a good time. 400 or so bicycle riders hoping to roll over 100 or so miles of southeast Minnesotas gravel roads.
Some people will ride it. I hope to race it. My tactics are… … … Don't get - Mmm… Dropped! [in case you didn't realize, you're supposed to read/hear that the way the Beastie Boys rap it]
But seriously, I'm gonna toe the line up front and ride with the lead group for as long as I can. Simple as pie.
Bike still needs to be set up though. I need to swap pedals with the SPD-like ones I use on the fixed gear, as well as mount the 700x30c Kenda Kwick cyclo-cross tires I got early in the spring. They are a pretty tight fit, so it's a good thing it looks like dry weather. Other then that I gotta pack water, food, tools then lube my chain and I'm ready.
Team Toms Shoes - represent! It's too bad the jerseys aren't ready for this race. Looks like I'll have to find another way to represent for them.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
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Saturday, May 8, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
enjoying a day at the beach with my fam and friends. Even better was when I packed the car with the cooler and stuff, headed out on the bike, and met mio bellissimo moglie and i miei bambini at the beach. Those were great.
Anyway, great new Jack Johnson video.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
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
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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.
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.