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Project Zero

by frank / Jul 30 2009 / 21 posts

When I was growing up, my family and I did a lot of mountain biking.  It was really just a matter of training; we were nordic ski racers and the heart-rate patterns in both sports seemed to be more similar than between road biking and skiing and the intense efforts to ride up steep, technical hills was better interval training than anything you c...

Next Year

by brett / Jul 28 2009 / 6 posts

The scorching sprint-dust and verbal detritus emanating from the Manx Mouth hasn’t even settled on the Champs Elysees, and already talk has turned to next year’s Tour.Not surprising, as most of the armchair (and ‘expert’) assessment of this year’s race has been less than complimentary, to say the least.  So already w...
The Tour has wrapped up for 2009 and it fulfilled it’s usual place in the calendar as the biggest – but not greatest – cycling event of the year.  It was strange getting up this morning and not having the Tour blasting on Versus while we got ready for work; I miss Phil and Paul already.The organizers gambled everything on making...
Well, it’s time for predictions using my carbon ball, which is lighter if less effective for peering into than your typical crystal ball commonly used for these types of activities.Status Check: Condator has pulled off the impossible duality of being both the best climber in the world and the best time-trialist.   Some people have done the m...
For those cyclists who might shop at the Big and Tall shop, we are a minority, we stand out in a pace line, we don’t go up steep hills well but we all should worship at the altar of Eros Poli.Eros Poli! When one is named John, Poli is already deserving of idolatry. A name like this only fans the flames of my italianophile fever… Eros Po...

A Day to Remember

by frank / Jul 22 2009 / 2 posts

Today was perhaps one of the best days of bike racing of the season – brought on by my trusty favorite pair, the Schleck Brothers.  As promised by the organizers, the last week of the race is shaping up to be a nail-biter, despite two incredibly boring weeks of racing.On paper at least, today was the most difficult stage of the tour.  They...
Danilo Di Luca is the next in a long line of my favorite riders who have tested positive for banned substances.  While some are more surprising than others, I have to say that at this point, I am a little surprised that the riders are still trying to get away with using drugs they know can be tested for.Di Luca had already narrowly escaped the han...
This Tour seems to have been dominated more by gossip than by racing, contributed to in no small part by a rotten route.  The press seems to have whipped up more interest in who is leading Astana or Saxo-Bank than in the race itself.  But some riders seem to love nothing more than complaining to anyone who will listen, especially if that person i...

Spartacus

by Gianni / Jul 17 2009 / 9 posts

About 30km into the stage today, Fabian Cancellera (aka: Swiss Bear, Spartacus, Big Baby, Freak…) pulled up beside me, sat up and reached inside the front of his jersey while shouting in his loud cheery way, ‘Millar! I have a present for you!’ -David Millar, Stage 12It turns out David Millar had lost his Garmin GPS/watt meter when it came off...