May 22, 2015

Friday File: John: Eternal Breakaway, PhilGil & Storm upcoming

John Lee: 
February 29, 1968 - May 14, 2015
photo Cycling Art

Our FRFuggitivi rides will never be the same again as we lost our cycling brother, technical guru and the man that launched #moremilesmorebeer.
He's on an eternal breakaway... happily with his toe clips.


Yesterday's stage 12 to Vincenza was a soggy affair, have a look at the fancy on board camera work...

resulting with a superb uphill attack by Philippe Gilbert...

The race is anything but quiet but the storm is coming on stage 20...

Gravel road up the Colle delle Finestre (Cima Coppi).

John: this ones for you!

My friend, John was a big fan of old school racing. He stubbornly rode with toe clips so here's a photo for him...

Le Badger claws his way to world glory, 1980 Sallanches.

May 19, 2015

Mate-gate: Rules can change?

I'm a little shocked that Richie Porte was penalized for two-minutes for a sportsmanship/mateship assistance from fellow Aussie bud, Simon Clarke. Today's stage was frantic and in the heat of the moment Clarke gave Porte his front wheel to replace his flat front tyre. Two minute penalty puts Porte in 12th overall, 3min 9sec behind Contador.  Here's the rule...

Rules can be changed or in this case ruled out by a act of friendship/mateship. Isn't cycling and other sports also embody fairness and friendship? In this instance... with rule attached. 

May 18, 2015

Tour of California: Winning by 4 seconds

Mr. Sagan in third to win by 4 second time bonus.

I usually watch the Tour of Cali live, but yesterday was an exception. Our jolly FRFuggitivi group 'enjoyed' the hill climbs of Anmore (outside Pt. Moody) and on my way back I called Carolle to ask her who had won. She just watched the thrilling final but held off telling me. I rushed back and discovered...

Hey Oleg are you now watching?

May 16, 2015

Tour of California & Giro d'ltalia: Admiration

Glad that Domenico Pozzovivio returned to the Giro today, this time, as the center of media interest since his near fatal fall on stage 3. 

Here's the thrilling final kilometers of the queen stage to Mt. Baldy. Julian Alaphippe is the next big French hope winning the stage. Peter Sagan rode out of his skin to lose only two seconds for a gutsy ride. Again, I hope Oleg is watching. With crucial time bonuses up for grabs, Peter Sagan is damn close to be crowned King of California.

May 15, 2015

Friday File: Sagan's 'Shooting' Spree, More drama to come, Steel is real and back plus more


Friday File...

Is Oleg Tinkov listening? His young charge, Peter The Terminator Sagan answer his pressure tactics duly winning the TT. That's his second stage and now is the leader of the Tour of California. The queen stage is tomorrow and the daunting task is Mt. Baldy. During the post stage interview, Sagan was asked if he was motivated with the shortened TT stage. He jokingly replied he hoped the Mt. Baldy stage would also be changed. You know he's more relaxed when he's joking... and that's bad news for the competition.

more drama to come.

Even dislocating his shoulder, Alberto Contador is riding worthy of a hero. Today's long stage was 'easy' compare to tomorrow's first mountain stage finishing on top of the Campitello Matese. Dancing on the pedals is his comfortable riding style and the pressure that climbing exerts on his arms/shoulders will be the real challenge. 

Steel is real and back...
not in the peloton but back in the marketplace.

Steel is back...

Stage 2 winner, Elia Viviani shows off the new Pinarello Veneto Rosso 748. CroMo, down tube shifters, exposed brake cables, a beautiful retro bike from the golden past. Reminds me of the 1984 Pinarello Super Record SLX and my visit to meet the gracious Giovanni Pinarello in Treviso (article here). For a period time their steel frames disappeared, due to the rise of aluminum and carbon, but special thanks go to Cycles Pinarello for their return. Many frame builders are offering steel frames - and to passionate riders, like myself, I couldn't be happier!

Note: I've been riding my 1987 Marinoni SL exclusively and can't get my head around the phrase, steel is back. Steel frames have always been around and will continue to be popular.

My new Campagnolo 10mm seat binder bolt.
photo Cycling Art

My snapped Campy seat binder bolt search has ended and now, I happily have a new one. I over torqued it and it snapped, my 28 year old seat binder bolt gave up the ghost. It had a great life of service. Thanks to John for turning my attention to Dream Cycle in Vancouver. I'm still somewhat surprise they sell this particular piece. Well they do. Many riders with the older steel frames ask for them. My pro bike shop no longer carries it, special order only requiring 2 weeks wait time. I don't have the time to wait. So, I payed more than what I could find online, but I wasn't worry, supporting local is the best way to go... and also having it straightaway. Thanks Dream Cycle!

Everything in one bottle. Perfect on those one water 
bottle rides.
photos Cycling Art

I don't know what took me so long to decide to have a proper storage tool bottle. Today's ride was the last time I rode with my old version (two old plastic bottles cut in half and bottoms force together version). My new storage bottle, I received today, is the perfect size for; tire levers, spare tube, hex keys, and most importantly my hand pump. I think I can throw in a gel, too. I was getting tired of schlepping my hand pump in my jersey pockets - a cumbersome and weighty ordeal. No more!

Lifeline Storage Tool Bottle.
At just under 8 inches, lid on. And I'm liking
the low key look.

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