Oct 9, 2015

Friday File: Muck n' Roll, morning cyclocross, John Lennon & the new Flahute cycling cap

Just follow the muddy trail.

Road season ends, for me, Sunday with Paris Tours. I do plan to watch the 109th edition with the prospect of a final gallop for the sprinters. Can the French  re-capture past glory? I'm picking Nacer Bouhanni along with his sprinting talent to uphold French honor and take it.

As road season ends cyclocross is on with various events of the muddy kind. I'm planning to spend this Saturday with my FRFuggitivi brethren in New Westminster...

Weather report calls for rain so a muddy good time will be had by fans and riders alike.

Ride Hard!

The new Flahute cycling cap.
photo Red Dots Cycling

Welcome to Hell...

The northern classics are some of the toughest if not THE toughest races. Belgian tough inspired from the riders who thrive on the worst weather and roads imaginable in bike racing. Red Dots Cycling introduces the new Flahute Cycling Cap

As the northern hemisphere will turn towards winter...

Too hot to race? I think so.
Reportedly it reached an unreal 45C on stage 1, Abu Dhabi Tour. 

John Lennon would be 75 years old today...

Waiting for their cue:
For the iconic Abbey Road cover shoot, August 8, 1969.
via kottke.org

Oct 7, 2015

Hans' 1982 Colnago Nuovo Mexico Profil

All photos courtesy: Hans Sipma Photography

Time for steel bike love...

My friend Hans has created a small photo studio in his garage and he is in ready mode to shoot a friends restored 1947 Rene Herse bike for Bicycle Quarterly. Recently, he sent me tests of his 1982 Colnago Nuovo Mexico Profil. My post here. A beauty to behold from the iconic stable of Colnago. The connection is purely Italian. Giuseppe Saronni rode on a similar Colnago to his incredible 1982 World Road Championship win notably nicknamed, 'Goodwood Rifle Shot,'

Hans beautifully photographed 1982 Colnago Nuovo Mexico Profil 
w/ Campagnolo Super Record groupset .

A Colnago day...
Saronni's Goodwood Rifle Shot world win.

Oct 5, 2015

On top of the Muro di Sormano & Daredevil descending

On the Sormano: Thibaut Pinot and Dan Moreno proved to everyone that they had a little something left in the tank.
photo Yuzuru Sunada

Il Lombardia had spectacular views, good weather and amateur footage on the crazy steep Muro di Sormano. They also had good coverage from the host broadcaster but I like the fan's footage at least to give a real perspective of the rider's exertion. 

The Civiglio: Daredevil descending skills.

"I tried to invent something on the descent that would win me the race. Am I better than Peter Sagan? I  don't know, but I can tell you that he's crazier."

- Vincenzo Nibali

Sagan's daredevil descending skills.

Oct 3, 2015

Team Marinoni in Steveston

Team Marinoni at rest.
photo Cycling Art

Enjoyable Autumn Saturday ride to Steveston, coffee at Rocanini with Team Marinoni.

Oct 2, 2015

Friday File: I'm convinced that I still have a lot to give, Richmond & Muro di Sormano: A painful odyssey

Christian Meier
Photo Tim De Waele

Good news from Orica GreenEDGE has confirmed the Canuck dynamic duo of Christian Meier and Svein Tuft will continue to flash their brilliance and 'fly' the Maple Leaf for a further two years. I'm pleased and excited by the news and hopefully they will give the Aussie team more winning success along the way.

"Going forward, I hope to continue supporting our Ardennes riders and sprinters, but I'm excited to see how I can help support our future general classification ambitions too. Personally, I would like to seek out some races too and especially, I would love to qualify for the Olympics in Rio next year."

- Christian Meier

"As I'm getting older, the races get harder, but I'm still very motivated and I'm convinced that I still have a lot to give. I love racing and I think my role going onwards will also be to help the younger guys - both in and outside races. My program will probably remain the same with the Classics and the Giro and then I'll reassess with the sports directors to see for the rest of the year. I think we'll have a great season."

- Svein Tuft

"We certainly want Svein to finish his career with us - where and when that is will be up to him."

"We know what we get with Christian and we need guys like him to win the big races that we do."

- Matt White, DS.

Svein Tuft
Photo Graham Watson

An excellent and amazing aerial highlight reel of the Richmond world championships...

Enjoy the bike throw from the classy Terminator.

(Uphill) Race of the Falling Leaves...


It's difficult to predict the winner of Il Lombardia. No doubt it will favor the riders with the climbing legs to be in contention over the crazy steep Muro di Sormano (55km from the finish)...

The punchy climbers will then contend the ascent up the Civiglio and the final assault up and down the San Fermo della Battaglia before the finish to Como. Most likely disadvantage to some of the jet lag riders back from the world championships. And more advantage to the ones who skipped Richmond. Winning the final Monument of the season is the utmost importance and will cap off a riders season. So who has the mental strength and the superior legs for Sunday?

Here's my predictions...

Start List.

My top 3 picks: 1. Adam Yates 2. Tim Wellens 3. Romain Bardet

These guys are next: Philippe Gilbert, Rafal Makja, Dan Martin, Tony Gallopin, Purito Rodriguez, Damino Cunego, Thibalt Pinot.

Classic Cool starring the Badger...

The Badger winning the 1984 Giro di Lombardia. 

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