May 5, 2016

Giro: Show the Pink in Apeldoorn

Eugenio Alafaci & Ryder Hesjedal




The opening presentation in Apeldoorn was a sea of pink, my favorite color in May for my favorite Grand Tour.

This may be Ryder Hesjedal's final Grand Tour, at least that's what he's hinted. He has a one year contract with Trek-Segafredo with the goal of a podium placing. Of course, if he does podium or better yet win what would be his second Giro title he can possible return for another season. Until three weeks from now, I'll be cheering on for Ryder!

"If you really look at it, it could be my last Grand Tour."

- Ryder Hesjedal.















Didi the Devil is back.









My prediction: Tom Dumoulin will win stage 1 and put on the Maglia Rosa.


May 3, 2016

The Lucky 13

It couldn't be better...
On the quiet, backroads around Ft. Langley. 
photo: Cycling Art





On last Sunday's FRFuggitivi ride I headed over to Guy's in New Westminster to start what would be an epic ride to Ft. Langley. Leader of the day was Curtis who drafted the route consisting of 100km and 80km bail-out option for those that didn't want to go the full distance to meet at the coffee stop. Thirteen of us met for the early start of 8AM. I awoke at 4:45AM thereby having enough time for a hearty breakfast of porridge and pancakes, then I was ready to go. At the start it was all good banter sprinkled with  anticipation for the ride. It's good to see newbies; Matt and Jos joining us and I'm often reminded how our little riding group has grown (initially with Guy and I) to this full fledged team that is a registered association. Cue in smile.




The lucky 13.
(l to r): Jos, me, Charlie, Dean, Brian, Curtis, Patrick, Mario, Guy, Matt L., Scott, Ross & Matt C.
Note: a nice biker lady took this image.
photo: Jos




I along with Patrick and Matt L opted for the shorten less hilly 80km route. After all we wanted first dibs of the espresso and chocolate cookies. At the coffee stop we remain rested and happy as the rest of the group swooped in around 10 minutes later. After a much needed rest it was time for the return leg. On two separate occasions the inevitable happened - rear flats claimed two victims - Dean and Ross. But, we continue to roll on with the prize on the distant horizon, Red Racer Brewery. Because as our late brother, John coined the famous hashtag, and we forever support....#moremilesmorebeer.




At Red Racer Brewery and duly supporting
#moremilesmorebeer
photo: Cycling Art


Apr 30, 2016

FRFuggitivi team caps in production mode

photo: Red Dots Cycling




Update: 

Our Fraser River Fuggitivi Cycling Club is eagerly awaiting shipment of the new kit, meanwhile, 
Red Dots Cycling  has begun production - embroidering the official team caps.




Apr 29, 2016

Friday File: The Giro rules the month of May





I've been following the steady rise of the talented climber, Michael 'Rusty' Woods since turning Pro with Cannondale. The Canadian was slated to debut at the Giro d'ltalia but that'll have to wait another year, he's sidelined with a broken hand from a crash in Liege. Here's hopping he recovers quickly and returns back to the peloton soon. I agree with the above tweet... #bummer.

Vincenzo Nibali, the 2013 winner, is back to win but he'll have a battle between his old teammate, Mikel Landa and Alejandro Valverde. These three may have the strongest teams on paper but watch for Ryder Hesjedal (2012 winner), Rigoberto Uran (2013-2nd, 2014-2nd), Esteban Chaves, Steven Kruijswijk (2015-7th) & Rafal Majka (2014-6th) to contend for the Maglia Rosa.

There's going to be some exciting racing upcoming.


Canadians in the 99th Giro d'ltalia: Ryder Hesjedal (Trek-Segafredo), Svein Tuft (Orica GreenEDGE), Hugo Houle (AG2R La Mondiale).


- 3,463 km, 21 stages, May 6 - May 29.
- 3 TT - 61kms including 1 mountain TT. Stage 1. ITT Alpeldoorn, Netherlands.
- 6 stages 200km+
- 7 mountain stages including 5 summit finishes.




















The 1964 Giro d'ltalia poster is striking.




Legendary...

1964 was doubly good for Maitre Jacques.



Jacques Anquetil (Monsieur Chrono) won his first Giro in 1960 and returned in 1964 to win again thus achieving the rare Giro/Tour double with the legend, Fausto Coppi. 



On the topic of legends...

One of my all-time favorite sports cars is the fabulous Jaguar D-Type XKSS (produced 1957) - with Steve McQueen at the helm...







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