Wednesday, August 31, 2011

David Moncoutié: Le Grimpeur

Fourth stage win for Moncoutié!






This is fantastic coverage of stage 11 as hard work from leader turned domestique, Chris Froome gave captain Bradley Wiggins the coveted Roja jersey.

The race was occurring behind David Moncoutie, with kilometers remaining, as Sky pushed the effort creating their chance for the race lead. 

David Moncoutie took his fourth stage win, on a course for him, and is only one second overall from this targeted KOMs jersey. What a fine grimpeur he is as the old fox is back in his element. He questioned whether to retire and I believe he has a high chance to win his fourth successive KOM title. At 36 years old  he's proven that the Vuelta is his type of Grand Tour to shine and winning the KOMs classification (2008-2010) is definitely within his grasp.

I hope he avoids retirement and keeps on riding for another season!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A New Wiggins in Town!

Riding hard to third.
(Fotoreporter Sirotti)



Eight weeks ago I was in a hospital bed, lying there having had an operation, to come back from that with no racing and getting better and more stronger in the bunch, feeling more confident... it's great.


Having your team-mate leading is almost a luxury position for me to be in because it deflects the pressure I'd have in those stages.


It's all to play for now in the next two weeks!



Bradley Wiggins. Third Overall, Vuelta




Monday, August 29, 2011

Rabbit Ears Summit



Now that the inaugural and exciting Pro Cycling Challenge is over, here's some beautiful race footage by Beauregard: Steamboat Aerials from velogogo.com

The fearless riders, spectacular Colorado scenery and enthusiastic fans were the stars of this stage. And Steamboat Aerials provided the fun with a unique way of looking at this bike race. This is the Rabbit Ears Summit on stage 5... enjoy the view!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Sean Kelly: Steamer Trunks

1988 Vuelta...
Steamer Trunks.
(Barry Sandland)



I recently talked to a middle age cyclist and he had the wonderful opportunity to ride with Sean Kelly in sportive ride. He described the great Kelly still has legs that look like ...steamer trunks.

Kelly was known as the Ironman, describe in good company with fellow Flandrian, Briek Schotte. Kelly is a Flandrian, the Flemish fans and media adopted him as one of their own.

He won many one day classics and he also won one grand tour: the 1988 Vuelta. Winning with his amazing will to win. He was probably the last rider using toe clips/pedal straps. Kelly won a stage and the final ITT beating out Alselmo Fuerte, probably one of his finest ITT rides... with those steamer trunks!



Thursday, August 25, 2011

Classy Tuft!

Making Canadian cycling history!



Here are some excellent images of Svein Tuft (SpiderTech) winning the GP Stad Zottegem becoming the first Canadian rider to win a European professional cycling road race wearing the National Champion jersey!

Images from one of my favorite blogs... http://cyclisme-cb.blogspot.com/



1. Svein Tuft
2. Willem Wauters
3. Adam Blythe




A Tuft moment!


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Purito Fires

BOOM!



Back to back rockets, fired by Katusha yesterday with Daniel Moreno (Sierra Nevada) and today with Purito Rodriguez means a 2-3 in GC.



The 27% hurt...
Valdepenas de Jaen


Katusha is named after the rocket built by the Soviets during World War Two known for their noisy howl when launched on the terrified German army.

Rodriguez miss the Tour and rested for the Vuelta. Last year, his nemesis, Igor Anton handed him a beating in Vadepenas de Jaen last year. Purito finished in fourth.

This time, Anton looks to be fading and soon out of contention and Purito is back in third overall nine seconds behind leader Sylvain Chavanel.

Katusha is a Russian cycling team but Joaquim Rodriguez is their man that can win a Grand Tour namely the Vuelta. What is that I hear? Katusha is getting ready loading another rocket!



Purito digests his stage win!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Svein Tuft: On The Edge

2008 World ITT Varese, Italy...
Tuft about to take an historical Canadian silver!


Svein Tuft made Canadian cycling history as the first Canadian rider to win a Professional cycling road race race in Europe while wearing National Champion jersey.

He won today's 76th Grand Prix Stad Zottegem in Belgium. With the help from his SpiderTech team he was in the right break in the race and with 18 kms left in this 181.7 km race, bolted away to win alone.

DS Kevin Field enthusiastically said, "The boys rode amazing today. Gripped it and ripped it. We had numbers in every move today. What an historic performance for Canadian cycling today."

Tuft gave the Canadian SpiderTech team their first win in Europe.

With the historic win under his belt, Tuft has signed for the Australian GreenEdge cycling team. He cites that leaving the Continental SpiderTech team one of the most difficult decisions he ever made, but he wanted to test himself, in 2012, against the world's best. Steve Bauer's SpiderTech team is a season away from joining the ProTour.

The Canadian cycling team can only be happy to have Tuft shape it's foundation. It's a matter of time until SpiderTech matures and it's now going through the growing years.

For Svein Tuft, he'll be back to the UCI World Tour with a certain Edge... and certainly winning more races!


Here's a video from Belgian channel TV Oost's video from Team SpiderTech...

http://cyclesportmanagement.com/2011/08/24/tuft-wins-in-zottegem/

Val di Sole: Pendrel Power!

Congrats Catharine!



Last Saturday, Canada's Catharine Pendrel won her 7th World Cup win, third of the season, and won the UCI Mountain bike World Cup in Val di Sole, Italy. She is the defending World Cup Champion and was super strong soloing to victory. 

Drama unfolded on the last lap as World Champion Maja Wloszczowska overtook World Cup leader Julie Bresset and passing European Champion Gunn-Rita Dahle taking second place. Dahle took third.

For Pendrel, she finished a mere 40 points from Bresset for the World Cup Overall Standings. Canadian's Marie-Helene Premont finished 11th and Emily Batty finished in 12th. In the Overall Standings Premont finished a strong 4th and Batty in 8th.

Pendrel is a huge favorite leading up to the World Championships race in Champery, Switzerland on September 3rd. Five time Canadian Champion, Batty and 2009 World Champion, Premont will anchor a strong Canadian team that, I believe will have golden success!



Monday, August 22, 2011

Whistler Farmer's Market

Ready to ...Attack!


Yesterday was our first Whistler Farmer's Market and we were part of a very fun and lively artisan market in lovely Whistler BC.

Carolle and I made the drive along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway where we noticed many cyclists, most likely, practicing for next month's GranFondo Whistler. A perfect sunny day greeted us along with many interested folks discovering our unique Galstudio cycling caps and inner tube products.



Behind our tent was a spectacular view of Blackcomb mountain!



Initially, we thought Whistler would be a good market for our cycling accessories and it is! Most people looked to be involved in some outdoor activity. This is a mountain bike mecca.

I met Wayne, who turned out to be a kindred spirit for the road bike and Eddy Merckx. He rode the Axel Merckx GranFondo and had a marvelous experience that he told me with so much excitement. He had Eddy sign his Merckx bike! How cool is that! And he bought a Orangeman cycling cap to compliment his Molteni jersey.

I talked to the market organizer and he said, due to the popularity of the GranFondo, golf has taken a back seat (pardon the pun) to cycling.  It's very true, Whistler is a resort and I saw a luxury car with two shiny Cervelo's hanging off the back. Golf is far off on my radar and I'm very happy to hear that news.

Something cool about selling our unique products is the folks you attract. A young woman was so interested in my artwork for her cyclist husband she told me whether I would be back. In fact, she said to me that today was light in attendance and on most Sundays, the market is packed elbow to elbow. I found out many folks were out to Pemberton on a slow cooking cycling festival. I can only imagine when it's teeming with hungry shoppers.

We more than enjoyed our time selling our products and I can see us here next Spring on an ongoing basis. Carolle and I thoroughly enjoy being out amongst our customers talking about our handmade cycling accessories.

This rewarding day ended up perfectly in one of the pubs ...with a nice Heineken!


Not elbow to elbow, but plenty of people before 10 AM!
All images © 2011 Cyclingart

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Inside the Skil-Shimano team bus

Skil-Shimano riding to a very good 8th 
in the Vuelta TTT!
(Sirotti)





Pro-Contental Skil-Shimano has this luxury bus to shelter and take care the riders. Here's a look at a cool setup!



New Sprinter in the house...
Marcel Kittel will bring his definition of 'rush hour' to the Vuelta!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Upwards to the Vuelta

Basque pride...
Igor Anton going to his first stage victory 
Vuelta, 2006 stage 16.


The Vuelta a Espana starts tomorrow with an evening treat... the team time trail in Benidorm.

I'm glad the organizers will start, like last year, with a night time trial. It definitely makes this exciting Grand Tour unique. And, HTC is favored to take it from the rest of the teams. This is the last season, and final grand tour as a team, so look to the Cavendish led HTC train to arrive on good time. However, don't count off Sky with Bradley Wiggins (overall contender) back from his Tour crash, he'll look to start the Vuelta with a statement. In fact, he's so ready, he vowed in the French ambulance to race the Vuelta.

Not since 1978, the race will visit the cycling mad Basque region. Huge favorite, Igor Anton of Euskaltel-Euskadi will lead with a certain Basque pride motivated for stage wins and most importantly the overall. Last year, he fell on stage 14 and lost his chances of victory and now the gifted climber gets set to challenge for the overall in a very mountainous race, suited to him.


Remembering 2002...
A soggy Roberto Heras climbs the Angliru towards victory!
(Tim de Waele)



Enter the legendary Angliru...

The mountains start early on stage 4 to Sierra Nevada. Kudos to the organizers for the summit finish on the punisher... the Alto de l'Anglirú. Last time was 2008, and we're all glad it's invited back. I really hope that the climbers will be ready for this steep baby, this monster pitches up to 23% at it's steepest part and towers 1573 m (5161 ft) above sea level.

In 2002, it rained on the Angliru causing cars to stall on the steepest section trying hard to find enough grip while slipping on the slippery painted messages by fans. David Millar crashed three times, hit by a car and dismounted a metre before the finish line and handed in his bib number. A soggy and upset Millar said, "We're not animals, and this is inhuman!"


Stage 15 Avilés to Alto de l'Anglirú


Vincenzo Nibali the defending champion is back and the Shark has the advantage, like Wiggins, at riding a smoking fast time trial. If he can keep it all together in the mountains, ride a fast TT a second victory is on his radar.

Vuelta newbies to look for; Peter Sagan (Liquigas winner Tour of Poland), Taylor Phinney (BMC, prologue winner Eneco Tour), Steven Kruijswik (Rabobank climber: 9th Giro, 3rd Tour de Suisse) and sprinting sensation Marcel Kittel (Skil Shimano, 4 stages Tof Poland).

An exciting 66th Vuelta awaits!



Another Shark attack?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Tour of Utah: Wacky Food Hand Ups

How about a nice pickle?


During the Queen stage at this years Tour of Utah, the fans are also the stars! Thanks to Roots Culture Connect for this ... time for powdered doughnuts!

Tour du Limousin




The Tour du Limousin is underway.

This four-day Tour is held in France and promises to be competitive. Organizers have excluded the time trial  this year. Normally, this race is treated like a series of one-day races so it goes to the truly aggressive riders.

SpiderTech is here, captained by Svein Tuft and this mini Tour should bring out his trademark aggression for a chance at a stage victory.


Go SpiderTech!
National Road/TT champion, Svein Tuft with his Spiders at
the start of stage 1.


Stage 1 Results:
1. Bjorn Leukmans (Vacansoleil)  3:59:46
2. Florian Guilou (Bretagne)  5secs
3. Thomas Degard (Veranda)  14secs
4. Romain Hardy (Bretagne)  21secs
5. Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar)  st
31st Svein Tuft  st

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Sneak Peek: The Hilversum from Road Holland

Wearable art!



I'm excited and floored!

Jonathan from Road Holland sent me the new full zipped jersey called The Hilversum. I can only tell you, without revealing too much, this jersey is eye-catching. I chose the Carolina-Blue to closely match my Marinoni Blue and it's stunning.

Stay tune for a closer look in our upcoming bikesbooksbeers podcast due out early next week and I'll also have a test ride.

Again, many thanks to Jonathan & the Road Holland crew!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Zappi Happy!

Classic Italian...
Grazie Flavio!


I left for a ride today and most often than not, I carry or wear a cycling cap.

The cycling cap is one item that I wouldn't be caught without, on a ride... except for today.

Depending upon the weather conditions I usually wear a trusty cycling cap. Today's ride was full on sun and very warm. A good reason to wear one, to deflect the sun and to soak up the sweat. I'm  halfway through my ride and I occasionally have a feel in my jersey pocket (just to assure me everything that I'm carrying is safely back there).

Well, I'm thinking that I lost one of my favorite caps, Team Zappi from Flavio Zappi. So, I call home to ask Carolle if, by any chance, I've left it on the working table. At this point, I'm hoping I did forget it. It's one of those twilight zone moments, for me, whether I've packed or lost it. She tells me it's all good and sitting on the table... safe.

My twilight zone moment is over and I happily finish my ride. I get back home and some of my Galstudio cycling caps need a hand wash. A nice warm day to put out my freshly washed caps to dry!


Just some of my trusty Galstudio cycling caps...
(l to r top row): Ventoux, Pyrenees, Bobet.
(l to r bottom row): Custom Capello, Rigolo, Gruppetto.


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Tour of Excitement!




One of the most thrilling Tour editions that I've ever followed. Here's a wonderful summary of the 2011 Tour of Excitement... Cadel style!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Svein Tuft: Moving on!



Svein Tuft finished very well in 12th on the hilly stage 3 of the Tour de l'Ain between Nantua and Lelex Monts-Jura. The SpiderTech captain vaults to 6th overall, only 49 seconds behind.

Today's winner was Wouter Poels darting away from Tour Alpe d'Huez star, Pierre Rolland (2nd) and David Moncoutie (3rd). Poels wears the yellow jersey, 22 seconds in front of Pierre Rolland in the overall GC.


Stage 3 winner...
Wouter Poels.


Tuft, known as a TT specialist, turned into a mountain specialist. His DS, Kevin Field said, "Svein Tuft had perhaps the best day in the mountains of his entire career. He simply put his head down and went on the attack all day consistently riding in front and finishing with Tour and Giro standouts in 12th place on the stage." Tomorrow's final stage will be a corker with the summit finish on top of the feared Col du Colombière. I'd like to believe he has a good chance to podium.

A surprise announcement: Svein Tuft will leave SpiderTech next season and will be moving to a World Tour team. Steve Bauer said, "We are grateful for what Svein brought to the team...as an athlete in his thirties, has a limited window of opportunity and hence felt that he needed to rejoin the World Tour now."

As of yet, no team has been named. I wouldn't be surprised that he's already signed a new contract. His first and only season with SpiderTech has been very successful and I was hoping he would stay to help shape the team for their objective to be on the World Tour in 2013.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Le Tour de l'Ain





The Tour de l’Ain is rolling and this five-stage race is challenging, set in the Jura mountains, it’s queen stage is Saturday to the top of the monster… Le Grand Colombier (1490m).

Stage 4


Three stages are over; the prologue won by Wilco Kelderman (Rabobank), stage 1 won by Jimmy Casper (Saur Sojasun), & stage 2 by Thibaut Pinot. Frenchman Pinot is wearing the leader’s jersey as the race changes terrain and goes uphill.


Stage 5... the cruncher!


There’s plenty of French stars involved including; John Gadret (2007 winner), Jean Christophe Peraud, Pierre Rolland (Tour star),  & Cyril Dessel (2006 winner).


John Gadret awaits the mountains!


I’ll also be watching and cheering for SpiderTech who will be gunning for a stage win. Svein Tuft is 12th overall leading a strong team; Ryan Anderson, Zach Bell, Guillaume Boivin, Hugo Houle & Martin Gilbert. And, Tour de France fan favorite Johnny Hoogerland is 28th overall and his mountains are awaiting.


Svein Tuft captains SpiderTech



This race is just beginning to sizzle… bring on the mountains!



Official website:
http://www.tourdelain.com


The jersey's....


Leaders

Points

Mountains

Best Young Rider

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Le Chasseur, Classic Racer & Major Tom Cycling Caps.

Le Chasseur cycling cap is here!



Part of the fun of our little business is to come up with new cycling caps. It's really a labour of love for us. Designing and naming them is always a delight. Here's two new cycling caps to our ever growing collection. Introducing Galstudio's newest handmade cycling caps... Le Chasseur and Classic Racer.

Le Chasseur is the riders in pursuit of a breakaway. It literally means, hunter. And, what better way to pursue that elusive breakaway wearing this light linen cotton cycling cap. We also made a version without a stripe (here). My original cycling art watercolour, 'Les Chasseurs, 1983" is the title for the new cap. These art cards are on sale only (for the time being) around the different craft shows Galstudio goes to.

'les chasseurs, 1983'


Classic Racer is all about tweed (made from cotton/spandex) a simple but bold statement on your next ride. We will add (coming very soon) a sportier version with a black stripe... either way Classic Racer is bound to become a true classic! 



Classic Racer cycling cap
with my Mavic Open Sport wheel (sorry not for sale).


It's been a little while, since Major Tom has graced our collection so we decided to re-introduce the popular Major Tom Cycling Cap. We tweaked it just a little with the brim and the stripe to give Major Tom a gentlemanly look. It's made from a light linen that makes it probably one of the lightest cycling caps in our ever growing collection. With the black/white houndstooth plaid ... it's pure class. And, of course, we will add a sportier version with stripe... coming soon!

The new Major Tom cycling cap.


Major Tom...
 first version.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Thor Hushovd: BMC Bound

Goal #1...
A Paris-Roubaix for BMC?


News Flash!

Thor Hushovd has signed for three years with BMC Racing Team, a rumor, now a reality.

It's no surprise that the God of Thunder wants a team solely to work for him in the Classics. With Garmin-Cervelo his role was perhaps unclear thus increasing the frustration for him during key races. He signs for three years and this may be a sign of his confidence with his new BMC squad. Rumors are Philippe Gilbert is the next huge name to move to the Cadel Evan's led BMC. Can one super team... share, be happy and win?

Stay tune!


Monday, August 8, 2011

Beachcombing the Sunshine Coast.

Getting a jump start at Hackett Park, Sechelt BC



Carolle and I enjoyed a working weekend in Sechelt, BC at the Hackett Park Art Festival.

The weather was all we could ask for; sunny, warm with plenty of interest in our products. It marked our first show in picturesque Sechelt. It's in conjunction with the annual writer's festival. Our Galstudio cycling caps and accessories were a hit and folks truly appreciated the fact that we recycle bike inner tubes into practical and fun products. In fact, I sold my very first key chain ring. So, with that in mind, I'm busy with another new product for an upcoming show in two weeks.



Reaching for the Cafe Racer Cozy...


What is also fun about these shows is the folks you meet. I met people as far as Calgary and Saskatchewan. Many of the vendors are old pros, on their ninth year and going strong. One fellow is around 80 years old and makes his own andirondack chairs out of beautiful wood. One of the vendors rode the Axel Meckx Gran Fondo, a glass artist producing some beautiful craft. And being an avid cyclist she bought pouches and a key chain from us. As in all first time shows we're finding it a learning curve and discovering ways to further improve. Interesting people, the quirky vendors and the salty fresh air make the decision to return very easy!


New... Keychains!

On Saturday night, we strolled with Helene over to Molly's to have dinner and it's an landmark and tourist trap because of the hit tv show the Beachcombers. Although it's changed since the seventies (the interior, that is) there are relics from the show on display; pictures of the cast especially of Nick (Bruno Gerussi) remind you of simpler times. I had the wild sockeye salmon burger and in a way conversed with Nick, Relic & Molly!


Within, Molly's Reach...

Nick's Persephone in...

Beautiful Gibsons, BC.
Molly's in the background.
All images © 2011 Cyclingart

Friday, August 5, 2011

Dan the Man!

EPIC!
(Riccardo Scanferia)


Dan Martin (Garmin-Cervelo) rode a fantastic race to win stage 6 of the the Tour of Poland.

During the last few kilometers, the Irishman shook off a stubborn Peter Sagan and moved past Wout Poels, in the rain, for victory. Martin showed his class and climbing strength on the 207km hilly course. Throw in gloomy, rainy weather it made for an epic finish. Martin made 13 seconds on Sagan and stands as the new leader with a three seconds advantage. Tomorrow's stage will be the deciding one to cap off this exciting Tour of Poland.

The Irishman is the leader by only three seconds from Sagan and Marco Marcato. Three seconds? Will Peter Sagan will be looking to take the time bonuses for a come from behind victory?...  not if defending champion Dan Martin can help it!





Thursday, August 4, 2011

Purito Rocket Launch

Successful launch!


It was a spectacular Katusha 1,2 rocket blast as Joaquim Rodriguez got the better of Sammy Sanchez to win stage 2 in the city of Burgos.

His teammate, Daniel Moreno finished second and yesterdays winner, Sanchez was third. This mini Spanish battle is on. And, the standings are now reverse as Purito is in the leaders' purple jersey over Samu by only 7 seconds. David Lopez (Movistar) is in third, 17 seconds back.

The powerful Katusha squad pushed the pace in the last 10 kms and on the final climb Rodriquez and Moreno escaped for the 1, 2 finish. My reference of rocket is from Katusha meaning a Soviet rocket launcher of World War ll.


Katusha launched their two rockets...


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