Today, I tested my sore body riding to the University of BC then to Simon Fraser University. The result: a nice relatively pain free ride. My body seems to be finally healing since my accident last Thursday. On my way home, an older woman on a commuter bike stopped me on Adanac Street & Boundary Rd asking for air for her tyres. I came to the rescue and I couldn't believe how low both were. Almost flat. She was complaining how difficult it was to ride on them. I took the opportunity to show her how to loosen the locknut on the presta valve before attaching the pump on. In fact, she didn't even know what a presta valve was. I'm always surprised how many people don't know the basic fundamentals of their bike. She called me a good samaritan and happily rode away on properly inflated tyres.
Euskaltel-Euskadi: Call 911!
My body may have endured a few knocks but not as hard as how Igor Anton lost control of his bike today in the Vuelta stage 14, 10kms before the finish line into Pena Cabarga. The race leader crashed hard bloodied, jersey shredded looking like a rag doll thrown out from a moving car. His Vuelta dream gone with a broken elbow. Anton's teammate, Egoi Martinez went down also and left the race due to a broken clavicle. And, bad luck keeps coming for the Basque team as Marzio Bruseghin and Rigoberto Uran went down hard in the same crash, both leaving the race. Before, the start of the stage the Euskaltel squad looked formidable protecting leader Anton. Now, the Basque team's misfortunes are Vincenzo Nibaldi's fortunes as he claimed the roja jersey as the new leader.