May 4, 2015

A Kinder, Gentler Bridge - FRFuggitivi Donut Ride

Deep Cove Donut Ride.
photo Cycling Art

We were a group of nine. Yesterday, the FRFuggitivi group rolled on under brilliant sunshine towards Deep Cove. I haven't been in over a year and one obstacle always stands in the way. The Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows bridge is always a harbinger of dangerous riding over the Marquis de Sade sidewalk. For those unfamiliar- the east sidewalk was narrow, bumpy and led to frequent close calls between cyclists and pedestrians. In fact, this bridge is a vital link that spans Vancouver and the North Shore. As I rolled over it I was amazed of the new construction - wider, comfortable sidewalk along with a new safety fence. It's like night and day. Fit for heavy bicycle usage. Now, a phase two is on and the west sidewalk is closed off for it's renovation. Our ride was dubbed the Donut Ride (no joking). Mine was chocolate (image above) and well worth it. 

Deep Cove:
great riding, great scenery and delicious donuts!
photo Cycling Art

I didn't have the time to take a photo so here's an excellent image of the new bicycle/pedestrian friendly east sidewalk...


Quick facts: 

Closed Fall, 2013 for widening and safety improvements. Re-opened in February, 2015.
Crews removed the old 1.2 metre sidewalk, installed 2.5 metre one with safety fence and LED lighting. Cost: $20 million. West sidewalk is expected to re-open Fall, 2015.

May 1, 2015

Friday File: Nineties Profile: Scott Moninger, Love the Tro Bro Leon, 1975 Tour, Giro, Romandie Roar

Friday File opens with nineties hair profile of Scott Moninger who rode for the Coors Light Team. That's where I'll stop about his hair, one of the by-products of that time. Not that I ever had a doo like that. Scott Moninger racked up a prolific career winning over 275 races. Why the nickname, Iceman? For his poker-face demeanor on the bike.

Here's an excellent profile on Scott Moninger and his striking neon yellow (one of the other by-products of the time) Coor's Light Serotta Colorado.

Fight for pink!

The Tro Bro Leon race is one of my all time favorites. It's not in the same rank as Paris-Roubaix, but to me it is. First run in 1984, held in Finistere and dubbed, Breton Paris-Roubaix or the Hell of the West. Raced on the rural back roads of western France. The best placed Breton rider gets a piglet. And, this video shows second place, Benoit Jarrier happily receiving the piglet. Also, you will see extraordinare commentator, Daniel Mangeas (formerly the distinct voice of the Tour de France) interviewing the winners...

40 years ago, innovation...

The 1975 Tour was the year of innovation...

1. Creation of the polka dot jersey; won by Lucien Van Impe
2. Creation of the white jersey; won by Francesco Moser
3. 1st finish on the Champs-Elysees; won by Walter Godefroot

Merckx gave Thevenet a ride... 
via Quercus

... only to finish in second on the podium.
via Michel Ginfray

Just one more...

One question needs to be addressed... Why the stuffed polar bear?

Apr 25, 2015

La Doyenne: open the door and let the lady in

Roller Coaster Sunday awaits!

Can't get more low key than,
 Laurens Ten Dam goes for a coffee at a convenience store.

Apr 24, 2015

Friday File: Legend: Tro Bro Leon giving it's due credit, Stop in a Belgian gas station, La Doyenne, Basque Cycling & Shred the monster

Love the artwork, love this race...
My favorite poster design of defending champion Adrien Petit, 
drawn by Jean-Paul Mellouet, a graphic designer, who organized all 31 editions since creating the race in 1984.

Jeremy Roy cam.

Friday File opens with the cobbled, off road rural tracks of the 200km French race, Tro Bro Leon. I didn't know much of this race until I did some research. This crazy, zany race - well, the best placed Breton rider wins a prized piglet. How cool is that? Held in Finistere and dubbed, 'Breton Paris-Roubaix or the 'Hell of the West.' This race is a test on the rural farmlands of the far west of France. It was held April 19th and won by Alex Geniez (FDJ) and note that second placed Benoit Jarrier was the best placed Breton and won the piglet. Sorry no image of the winner and piglet. I've also included the exciting 2012 edition - the amazing victory by Spidertech's Ryan Roth and teammate, Guillaume Boivin (3rd)... a Canadian moment for sure!

This race doesn't get the notoriety like the other big races 
so I'm placing this race amongst my favorites.

Sunday LBL; La Doyenne visits...

My prediction:
1. Dan Martin
2. Purito Rodriguez
3. Rui Costa

You'll never know who you'll see at a Belgian service station...

The rich history and future of bike racing in the Basque Country...

Having a bad day? Hop on your bike and shed the monster...

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