Mar 27, 2015

Friday File: More Cobbles, More Wind, More Heroes, More Belgium Classics, More Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame

Spartacus' pain is evident after fracturing 2 vertebrae
photo Tim De Waele






Todays' E3 had it's share of crashes and spoiled the race for some of the favored riders; Lars Boom, Greg Van Avermaet, John Degenkolb and Fabian Cancellara. Notorious as this race is, Spartacus' Classic season seems over as he joins Tom Boonen on the sidelines. Fortunes for Geraint Thomas as he took the wind out of the sails of the breakaway group to win his biggest single day race of the season. It wasn't Peter Sagan's day for a repeat but I'll give him another chance for redemption in Sunday's Gent Wevelgem.

When there's wind there's Gent Wevelgem...





Survival.




The Cannibal survives to win the 1970 Gent Wevelgem





Dwars door Vlaanderen produced many heroes...






Jelle Wallays of the well drilled team; Topsport Vlaanderen Baloise
photo Tim De Waele










Another stunning finish in MSR, John Degenkolb rides into history...



photo Luca Zennaro





Marinoni, the film returns to Vancouver...

Time to see it again!
March 27- April 13.
Vancity Theatre





Thanks to Joey for sending me this,

From the Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver - Cultural Office...


The charismatic Giuseppe Marinoni has been making some of the most desirable bicycle frames in Canada for decades. Although his enterprise has grown over the years, he still seems happiest when welding a handmade frame. (The enduring joy this brings him is particularly impressive when you consider that he’s made 20 or 30 thousand of them in his lifetime.) Since leaving his native Italy, he’s made a home in Montréal and established a fairly routine life centred on his wife, his bicycles and the tomatoes in his garden.

A competitive cyclist in his youth, he decides, at age 75, to attempt a World Record for distance cycled in one hour for his age group. Giuseppe’s determination and perseverance lead him back to Italy for his training and, ultimately, his attempt at the record. His perfectionism, combined with a curmudgeonly nature, makes him impatient with first-time director Tony Girardin, adding much humour to this inspiring film. One of the most moving scenes involves Marinoni catching up with his dear friend Jocelyn Lovell, one of Canada’s greatest cyclists during the 60s and 70s, whose storied career was sadly ended by a famous and fateful accident that left him a quadriplegic. This is a film not only for the spandex-and-helmet crowd but for anyone who believes that a man’s reach should exceed his grasp.


For more information, the complete schedule of screenings and to buy tickets, please visit http://www.viff.org/festival/films/f12263-marinoni


Mar 23, 2015

Red Dots Cycling: The Heroic Cycling Cap Collection

Orange and Aqua
photo Red Dots Cycling





Chapeau to the Italian classic race L'Eroica for celebrating and upholding the Heroic era of cycling. It is that particular period when riders wore woolen jerseys on vintage steel bikes riding in leather shoes on miles of un-paved roads with short brimmed caps. I'm a ongoing disciple, holding dearly to the vintage steel bike norm as one to have yet to cross over to the aluminum/carbon bike side. As I peer ever so closely into that rich cycling world, it's more than attractive riding on scenic Tuscan roads and resting when tired and enjoying earthly pleasures of brandy, stew, figs and salami. I may be getting ahead of myself but there always is a jovial correlation between cycling and food/drink. 

Red Dots Cycling has embraced the Heroic Era and introduces the new Heroic Cycling Cap Collection. A series of three cycling caps with emphasis on two-tone colors depicting the richness, color and vibrancy of the Heroic Era! 


Available here.


Black and Grey
photo Red Dots Cycling




Blue and Red
photo Red Dots Cycling



Fausto Coppi exemplify the Heroic Era,
style and substance winning the 1948 Tour of Lombardy.

Mar 20, 2015

Friday File: Spring is Sprung, Legend: Milan-San Remo - My Predictions & Red Dots Cycling Celebrates Spring

A world champion ride...
After three 2nd-place finishes, Giuseppe Saronni
goes solo to win in 1983.





Today is the first day of Spring ...and it's sprung.

The biggest race of the season, so far, starts Sunday. Milan-San Remo (la Primavera) is the first of five prestigious Monuments and, in my opinion, the symbolic start to the cycling season. The weather will most likely play a key role. Rain is in the forecast, and after 293km, could and probably will wear and tear the riders for the final crucial kms. Also, the Via Roma has returned and this classic finish line comes 2km earlier this year, good advantage for any surviving attackers looking to foil the sprinters.

I'm rarely spot on with my picks but here are my predictions of what will be an exciting finish on the Via Roma this Sunday...

I always like an underdog to win and I can see an attacker/puncheur like Philippe Gilbert to sustain his patented quick getaway and hold it for victory. If it comes to an traditional field sprint I'll go for  Nacer Bouhanni. This man is one of the top favorites, so if it comes down to a sprint with a small field, Peter 'The Terminator' Sagan will finally appease his Tinkoff-Saxo boss Oleg Tinkov with the first big win of the season. There's a star studded field and only one will win so expect the unexpected on Sunday. It will be fun to watch.


Start List here.




Nacer Bouhanni is still looking for a win with his new Cofidis team. 
Will his search end Sunday?










'I would like to do well in Sanremo, now they've 
'fixed' the parcours to the one I like the most.'






Dark horses with a good pedigree...












Red Dots Cycling celebrates Spring with Free Shipping on everything in our shop!
Starting today until Monday March 23...

Use coupon code: SHIPFREE


Our newest classic: Primavera cycling cap...


photo: Red Dots Cycling






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