So Jens crashes, and crashes hard. I think I read that he was knocked unconscious. Here's an image of him laying on the ground.
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010
So Jens crashes, and crashes hard. I think I read that he was knocked unconscious. Here's an image of him laying on the ground.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
"It's not up to me to decide if it was fair or not, but I wouldn't have raced like that," said a seething Schleck after the finish, having already surrendered his yellow jersey. "My belly is so full of anger right now ... I'm going to want to get my revenge."Holy cow. But in some ways, I agree with the thought that Andy's attack in some way caused the mechanical, so Contador may not have HAD to wait. It's not like some outside circumstance like a puncture or getting caught in a fans musette.
Then again, if you're going for the yellow jersey, don't you want it to be because you are the strongest, and not because of someone else's mechanical?
Either way, it's making an already exciting tour, even more so. Schleck is now forced to be really aggressive. I'm afraid it's gonna be another tour win for Contador.
This time, they will still allow you to try the software for as long as you want, but there are some limitations on it versus the full paid version. Will it be worth it to purchase the software? That's hard to say, but I will say for sure that if you use more then 2 plugins (extra functionality added via 3rd party developers) you will need to upgrade.
To see the real differences, visit this link. http://www.zonefivesoftware.com/sporttracks/3.0-product-comparison.php
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
I swear Cosmo must have read my mind with this edition of how the race was won. I wish I could say it better, but I can't. And I totally agree with him.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
So when I got home from work, I got a package. In it was a new jersey and cycling cap. Awesomeness.
|pretty sharp duds | Team TOMS Shoes p/b KindHuman Sports|
|sideview of the cap | Team TOMS Shoes p/b KindHuman Sports|
|check out how my gigantor upperbody fills that baby out. | Team TOMS Shoes p/b KindHuman Sports|
So I now officially represent Toms Shoes when I ride now. And I'm pretty happy I didn't do the group ride. Oh, and it's pouring while the sky is green as I type this.
This is a PG13 video with some risqué inuendos and booty. But it's pretty funny. Yup MC SpandeX from "Performance" (Posted here)
UpdateFound the video on PinkBike.com Enjoy!
|image:JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images|
I was pleasantly surprised that Cadel Evans got into the yellow jersey. While he wasn't in my picks for placing in this years tour, I had picked him in the past and am a fan of his. He seemed to finally get a team to support him in the race.
I watched him really suffer on the climb yesterday, and while I knew he wasn't a climber, I figured something must have been wrong.
|image:Bryn Lennon/Getty Images|
While Contador and Schleck were battling it out on the Col de la Madeleine, Evans was doing all he could to just stay with a chase group, getting dropped, and struggling.
At the finish, we knew that Andy would be getting the jersey. But while the they were celebrating a great finish, Cadel was fighting to at least gain back a bit of time on the flats. It looked like if he was going to lose it, he was still gonna fight and give it his all. When he finally rolled in 8 minutes later, he was very emotional about losing the jersey, letting the team and the fans down.
|image:PASCAL PAVANI/AFP/Getty Images|
I really hope the pain subsides and he can get a stage win and at least finish the tour. It would be a shame if he had to abandon. Fight on Cadel! Fight on!
Monday, July 12, 2010
I came upon this video from the Almanzo100 site. I laughed, I cried, I felt emotions I didn't know I had. I even saw myself in it. Literally, I saw me, riding in a couple of the clips used. So now I'm more famous then you. Want my autograph?
Friday, July 9, 2010
It must be so amazing to win a stage of the tour. I couldn't imagine how this feels like.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
So yesterday, I was all jacked about the exciting cobbled stage 3 of le Tour de France and Saxo Banks great ride. There are some great (hi-res) pictures posted on the CyclingFans.com website. I grabbed one, cropped it, added a credit line, posted it as a header, then wrote this post, with a link to both CyclingFans.com, and the photographers purchase page for the image. I then emailed the photographer to let him know that I used his image with links to both sites, and if he wanted, I would remove the image at his request. In fact here is what I wrote:
Hi,My thoughts here are that I am not laying claim to/or owning the image. I am providing a link back to both the photographers site and where I initially found the image (where anyone can download an un-watermarked hi-resolution version of it) so that the four or five readers to this blog can view and/or purchase the image, or others in his collection.
I hope it is ok with you that I used your image from cyclingfans.com as a header for my personal blog. If it is a problem I can remove it. You can view it here. http://anello-grande.blogspot.com/ I have provided it with a link to cyclingfans.com and your purchase site. Thank you.
To my surprise, I received this message in my inbox this morning:
You pay 100 euros for each image you have used.I commend the guy for wanting to protect his copyright. That's all good and fine, but I think it's pretty harsh to demand 100 euros (or $126 dollars) for posting it. And then threatening to close my blog. What?!?
If not i start procedure for close your blog
Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device
Like I said, protect your copyright and deny the use of the image is cool with me. A note saying that it's not cool, could you remove it, would have been enough. Especially since I was giving you notice of what I was doing. I wasn't attempting to steal the image, in fact quite the opposite, I enjoyed the photo so much that I wanted you readers to know who took it.
I wonder, was I wrong in my approach? To be honest, I could have not emailed the guy, used the image for a week or so until I found a new image I liked and replaced it then, without him prolly even knowing. And the threat of closing my blog? What's up with that? I'm not paying the 100 euros, and if he closes the blog, not sweat off my back. I can start another blog. It's not like I have a bunch of readers that count on the blog for daily news. It's just a platform for me to spout my mouth off. Well, if the blog goes down, you know why.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Image available for purchase here- http://www.sirotti.it/acquista_foto.asp?id=123423
Sunday, July 4, 2010
I vaguely remember when I was small and experiencing the freedom that came with the mobility of getting on a bike and riding. Exploring some of the other neighborhoods and just riding around. As I got older, trips took me out of the neighborhoods and into other towns, or out of towns and into countryside.
Some kids first experience this kind of freedom when they get a drivers license. But to me, that was different. Driving to me was that I was (incorrect thinking here) grown-up. To me, to be able to experience the country by using my own effort is more freeing then to just get from point A to point B like we do with the car.
I was able to get out and put in a couple hours in this morning. I could have been longer, but, while I still enjoyed it today, I don't really care to ride in the rain much. But even with the wet, for a couple hours I was free, in a way that I can-not explain.
We celebrate this day, as the birthday of our country. That we live in the United Sates of America. And that we are free. I hope that I really understand what the really means, to be free. I hope you all have a happy and safe Independence Day. And if you get a chance, get out on your bike and experience that type of freedom.
Friday, July 2, 2010
My favorite for this year’s Tour is Alberto Contador. Last year, he not only had to beat all of his competitors, but he also had to race against his own team, for which he deserves another yellow jersey.
My Lance Armstrong prediction? Either he will not start or he will pull out just before the race enters France. I have a feeling that the world of cycling is about to change for the better.
I guess we'll see.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
SportTracks 3.0 includes a ton of small bug fixes and enhancements as well as a handful of brand new features. Major sections of the software have been rewritten and a new API for our plugin developer community will make possible exciting and innovative new plugins not possible in 2.1.
Waiting patiently. Visit this link for more info: http://www.zonefivesoftware.com/sporttracks/3.0-is-coming.php.
All kidding aside, I know I'm no pro (or PRO as some bloggers say). In fact I wouldn't even consider myself an amateur. I'm just a rider who identifies himself as a racer. Even so, I just train. Train-train-train. Train for the one event I do each year. Then train to not get dropped on group rides. And finally train to do well at the club time trials and CX 'practice' races in the fall.
Because I train, I take myself way too serious. And when I miss days of riding, I feel my 'form' rolling away from me. Form is the combination of fitness (strength and endurance), skills and psychological attitude needed to perform at my best. Of those things I think that attitude is the first to go, and it effects me the most.
Physically, a couple days off the bike isn't gonna alter a training plan much, but in my head, I see the strength and endurance leaving me, causing a downward spiraling effect where I then figure I'm losing 'form,' so why bother getting up early.
Or, as was the case yesterday, the smallest hiccup in the plan to ride, keeps me from rolling. I had everything set, the alarm woke me up without me fighting too much with the snooze button, I got dressed and rolled my bike out the door, ready to battle the climbs. I climbed on and went to turn on the Edge 305, and nothing. Even resetting it didn't work. Realized I must have left it on when I put it away last time, so the battery must have been dead.
Instead of continuing on my way (I was already up and dressed and ready to go), I went back in my house, got into my bed, and went back to sleep. That is for sure, not a 'PRO' thing to do.
But today... today was redemption for me. I made sure the battery was charged, got up at the right time, did the routine again, and was able to get 2 hours of a spinning workout in before work. Watched the sun come up, even. It was great.
In a lot of ways I now feel renewed. Like I have a fresh start again. I realize I just need to keep the wheels rolling, and I can still get some form back for fall. Right now the plan is to finish this week with some climbing work on the fixedgear tomorrow, and a longer endurance ride on both Saturday and Sunday.
That'll set me up for a couple more endurance and intensity days next week before the fam and I go camping for a few days. No, I'm not taking the bike. But I am gonna have to get back into the groove pretty quickly when we get back.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
And just so you don't freak out, you can't make picks yet, because not all the real teams have made a final selection of riders they are sending. So it could be down to the wire for picking your team.
update 6/29/2010Site is open to rooster creation. Get going. Who you gonna pick?
This is a pretty cool video of some dirtjumping. Then again the jumping isn't anything you haven't seen before. In fact, I have almost the same jump set-up in my backyard. I was bustin' moves like that just this morning before breakfast. (just kidding)
What makes the video cool, is that it's shot using a new technology. See, high quality HD video can now be shot using remarkably small cameras like the Canon 7D and Canon 5D, allowing you to mount them on a small, electric powered, radio controlled, helicopter. So no need to set up a crane, truck, or skycam to get some amazing shots. Some more info after the jump.
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.