Sep 30, 2012

FRFuggitivi Escapes to Musette Cafe & Happy Birthday Pepe!

Thanks Guy for the Musette Cafe treat!

As I write it's approaching the end of a beautiful day...

This morning was our last formal ride of FRFuggitivi for this season. As the Winter soon brings the rain that we don't necessary embrace. My rides will be few but I always manage to get out. The group ride will find it's legs most likely in early Spring. Some of us has agreed to meet the odd day and to put in some winter mileage. Quality over quantity.

Fuggitivi's fueling up.

The squadra (Guy, John, Mario, Brian & yours truly) found quick tempo through UBC and proceeded to coffees at the welcoming, Musette Cafe. John posed for a picture with his newly altered Paris-Roubaix cycling cap by Red Dots Cycling. He's looking good and seriously styling. Conversation turned to topics of Phil Gilbert, the 2013 Giro route, while watching on the big screen of Team Sky 'carers' making sandwiches for their riders. Guy and I are ready with this Tuesday's bikesbooksbeers podcast. Mario paid me for a La Francaise cycling cap that I owe him. He's right when he says it's going to look great with his LaPierre. The weather turned from a very cool start to a, dawn the leg warmers off sunny kinda warm morning. This September has been a surprise for us, a pleasant sunny surprise. As October arrives, we can only hope for more sunshine.

r to l: Brians' Orbea, my Marinoni
& Marios' LaPierre...
The only cafe where you can park your bike, inside!

John styling his Paris-Roubaix cap.

Love this two-button classic jersey.

I'd like to mention today is the 75th birthday of Gisueppe 'Pepe' Marinoni! Many more to the father of my 1987 Marinoni!

Sep 29, 2012

Fifth Anniversary

Today is the fifth anniversary of my blog.

I never knew this blog would go so long and at times I wonder how much more I can say. Of course, I cannot guarantee how long it will go but, I can say it's not ending anytime soon. I'm having too much fun and it's a joy communing with the cycling blogosphere. A heartfelt thank you to all my readers, the emails and comments. So, to celebrate my five years in cycling blogosphere I'm having a giveaway through Red Dots Cycling!

Autumn is here and Winter is fast approaching and that means a cold and icy grip. And a winter cycling cap is a vital part of every cyclists kit. With that in mind, I'll be offering the very beautiful and talented...

Flemish 100% Wool Winter Cycling Cap by Red Dots Cycling!

To find out how to win this, visit Red Dots Cycling Blog for the contest details. Act now, the contest ends this Monday @ 6 PM PDT!

Have fun and good luck!

Sep 28, 2012

Friday File: Bicycling Magazine, Pain of Sormano, Monsieur Marchand & Looking Forward to the Weekend.

Brits Winter Cycling Cap...
on Bicycling Magazine's, 
The 12 Stylish Caps
courtesy Bicycling Magazine.

Friday File opens with wonderful news...

I'm very proud and extremely happy to announce our,

Brits 100% wool winter cycling cap is feature in Bicycling Magazine's, 'The 12 Stylish Caps'! I want to thank Jennifer Sherry, senior editor at Bicycling magazine, for selecting our humble winter cycling cap for their review. It's in the magazine, now available in the US. I can't wait for it to hit our news stands!

Available from Red Dots Cycling.

After 50 years, the Mur di Sormano cometh...

the Pain of Sormano.

Tomorrow is the day for the 106th edition of Il Lombardia, and will be the last dramatic Monument of this action packed cycling season. And, if you've been hiding under a rock, then I can say that this race should not be missed just because a certain ugly climb makes it's comeback... the Muro di Sormano!

1960-1962 was the only time this monster was used and with plenty of aid from the Tifosi. That was then, and even with today's compact drivetrains happily present, don't be surprised the Tifosi pushing their favorites in dramatic fashion. You can be sure the teams have done their recon and will use appropriate gearing ie 36x29.

The start will be in Bergamo in honor to two-time winner, the great Felice Gimondi. The Phoenix turns 70, and what a wonderful way to honor this champion.

My top five:

  1. Philippe Gilbert
  2. Vincenzo Nibali
  3. Ryder Hesjedal
  4. Joaquim Rodriguez
  5. Simon Gerrans

The journey will be steep...

Even climber, Raymond Poulidor 
needed a push up the Sormano.

Man of the day...
Felice Gimondi will turn 70!

The 2013 Giro will have what they call the  "King stage", a first in the race's history finishing atop the Col du Galibier in honor of Marco Pantani. His stirring winning attack on the Galibier to win at Deux Alpes, in 1988, was legendary. He went onto win that memorable Tour. The full route won't be revealed until September 30th, it promises to be an all exciting route!

Pantani Forever!

Philippe Gilbert will have a new world champion bike for Il Lombardia.

Frenchman, Robert Marchand set a huge record, folks the man is 100, of riding 23 km/h for the distance of 100 kilometres in 4 hours 17 minutes 27 seconds. He set this remarkable achievement in the Lyon Velodrome. He is an inspiration.

Robert Marchand time.

Sunday will be our last Autumn ride of FRFuggitivi and I'm looking forward to a fun one.

And, tomorrow I'm celebrating a milestone... tune in Saturday for all the details!

the importance of transport!

In the meantime, enjoy Il Lombardia everyone and have a happy riding weekend!

Sep 27, 2012

King Of The Ardennes

The new, King of the Ardennes
by Red Dots Cycling

Philippe Gilbert is the current King of the Ardennes.

The Belgian handsomely won the Ardennes classics, the 'triple' in 2011. The Cauberg, The Mur de Huy, the Cote de la Redoute. These are some of the climbs that are the soul of The Amstel Gold Race, La Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The dizzying drive towards the cobbles begins in earnest in April with the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix. Then the adventure continues through the Ardennes with the start of the Amstel Gold Race over the Limburg's hills included more than once and ending on the famous Cauberg. That's the famous hill that Gilbert decisively attacked and won in last Sunday's world road race. Now, the 2013 Amstel Gold organizers are planning to move the finish further away, some 1800 metres from the Cauberg for a dramatic ending.

The 2011 season was Gilbert's landmark season. The Cauberg was his sweet spot where he broke free to win Amstel Gold. Three days later, on home soil he dropped his rivals on the climb of the Mur de Huy to win La Flèche. The ball was rolling, he beat the Schleck brothers to win LBL. Thus, he stepped into an exclusive circle becoming the second rider, after Davide Rebellin in 2004, to win the three Ardennes classics in a single year.

I am happy to present our newest ...inspired by Phil Gil's exploits; The King of the Ardennes cycling cap by Red Dots Cycling!

Sep 25, 2012

Philippe Gilbert: Over the Rainbow.

The Belgian posse that performed outstandingly!

When I watched the King of the Ardennes, Philippe Gilbert launched that  brilliant attack on the last climb up the Cauberg to win the world road race... I had a good feeling there was no way anyone could go with him.

Mojo back!

The bookmakers pegged him as the pre-race favorite, and after coming back to form winning two stages in the Vuelta a Espana, he's found his mojo. The former two-time winner of the Amstel Gold Race proved patience is a valuable ally. He turned the tables on a dismal season into a winning one and now directs his attention to, avec Le maillot arc-en-ciel, to Saturday's Il Lombardia. He will sidestep the Giro del Piemonte, a race he's won twice (2009, 2010), a race that he use as a warm up for the last monument of the season.

For me, just to see Gilbert in the rainbow stripes will appease me but to win a third IL Lombardia... I'll be 'over the proverbial rainbow'.


Sep 23, 2012

Q & A: Dave Yee's Marinoni Special

Dave's 1985 Marinoni Special...
a steel lugged beauty!
All photos courtesy: Dave Yee

One of the fun aspects that I enjoy is the email’s I receive from time to time about Marinoni bicycles. If you have been following my humble blog, you know I have happily restored my 1987 Marinoni. I call it my 25-year old present to my faithful two-wheel companion. Yes, I’ll go as far as saying a bicycle has a soul, mine certainly does.

Last month, Dave Yee from Richmond Hill, Ontario sent me interesting info of his cycling love, a 1985 Marinoni Special. I don’t know why Marinoni called some of their frames Special. I mean, I know all their frames are pretty special. But, after scouring the vast Internet I discovered that the Special covers steel frames of the eighties into the nineties. 

Far be it, that I'm an expert on Marinoni bikes. Yet, interviewing Dave on his Marinoni love affair places it all in perspective that there is something intrinsic and timeless owning one of Gisueppe's brilliant steel masterpieces. 

Dave acquired his Marinoni recently from his Uncle Jeff who lives in Montréal and used to work in bike shops when he was younger. It’s quite unique, one that I haven’t seen before.

So, dear readers, this is my first question and answer interview with Dave Yee and his very interesting Marinoni Special…

That’s quite the catch. How long have you had your eyes on this?

I’ve had my eyes on this ever since I saw it at my uncle’s. It has spent quite a while in the laundry room, out of the sun and garage where his many bikes go. My uncle used to be involved in the cycling scene in the early to mid 80s. When he worked at a bike shop in Montreal, he had a chance to order a custom one at a great price. My family used to make the trek from Toronto to Montreal yearly to pay respects to my late grandmother, so when we went to visit, without fail I would always make sure I went down and saw the Marinoni in the laundry room. So as far as an actual number, let’s say about 20 years?  That’s a while!

I’m in love with my Marinoni, what is it that turns you on to Marinoni?

It wasn’t until later that I came to learn of the real mystique of Marinoni. At the time as I was growing up, my uncle would explain to me a little bit about Giuseppe and his operation. My uncle did a good job with using period-appropriate components, which I will talk about later. So before I acquired the bike, whenever I looked up bikes/racers from the mid 80s, I would see bikes that closely resembled the Marinoni – the Cinelli stem and bars, along with the shiny Benotto tape gave away its age! 

Maple Leaf... forever!

I like the detail that went into this frame, notably the special fork crown with the maple leaf and Marinoni script, as well as the maple leaf cutout in the lower head tube lug. As with many Marinoni’s, this one also has a big “M” cutout at the bottom of the Italian-threaded bottom bracket lug.
To me, what makes this frameset more special than what I’ve mentioned is the fact that when this frameset was produced, steel was essentially the only material around with a proven track record. Titanium was in its infancy, Cannondale was just beginning their beer can aluminum frames, and Alan was just starting their aluminum lug, carbon tubed frames which looked ohhhh so sexy in those old issues of Bicycle Guide that we hid under our pillows at night. Did I just say that?
So at the time, steel was not the romanticized, nostalgic material some people regale today. It was the proven, dependable and best material to use at the time. I have 2 other steel bikes so I am not hanging onto the material for sentimental value. I think this Marinoni is a great example of how performance steel is supposed to be made, given the available knowledge and technology at the time.

You had this recently re-built, what kind of components did it originally come with?

Good thing I have a decent memory! The bike, as I received it, had a Mavic gruppo, which I still have, and which I brought home from my parents’ house after receiving Richard’s questions! Some of the parts from Mavic at the time were just rebadged components from other companies; the brakes and horrible pads were from Modolo, for example. So it had Mavic front and rear derailleurs, Simplex shifters, Mavic 501 hubs with Ambrosio tubular, a Campy Record seatpost, a white perforated Selle Italia Turbo saddle (that I am still using), a Mavic threaded headset that uses those special funky wrenches, and Mavic-branded (but probably Modolo) brake levers.  Cinelli quill stem with matching deep drop handlebar with blue Benotto tape. I took off the entire handlebar assembly and never disassembled the individual components off of it.

Did that cover everything?  I think at this point, the only things I am using off the entire bike are the frame, fork, and seatpost binder bolt. The rear spacing for this frame was the old standard of 126mm, so I had Noah Rosen of Velocolour (NAHBS Award Winner) spread out the frame at the back to 130mm – to me it seems perfect – modern wheels slide in with no effort. Switched the headset to a Chris King, using a Zipp stem and handlebar, Cane Creek brake levers, Tektro 530 brakes, fizik seatpost, Dura Ace hubs, Alex rims (tied and soldered), Suntour Sprint front derailleur and Microshift rear, coupled with 9 speed Dura Ace down tube shifters to operate the Ultegra 9 speed rear cassette. Crankset is Shimano 105 Hollowtech II with FSA big chainring, pedals are Shimano Dura Ace alloy SPD-SLs. Right now the bike is used as an occasional commuting bike (used in conjunction with my Extrawheel trailer), plus as an aggressive-riding ‘training’ bike (whatever that means since I’m a teacher). My goal essentially was to get this frameset going with fairly modern components on a decent budget. Hope that explains why it looks the way it does.

The 'beta' test...
for Jeff Yee. 

Your Uncle Jeff is in a ‘special’ world and this is the first I’ve seen a name on the seat stay caps. How did he come to that?

The way he explained it to me was, his frame was to use as a ‘beta’ test to see if it would work. Because the frame is custom, doing the seat stay caps was just another part of the customization. Not even sure how they would do that?  Some special engraver or funky pantographing?  Whatever the case, I think it looks really nice and I haven’t seen it on any other bike so far either. Certainly takes ‘special’ to a higher level, and I bet Richard would have loved that option when he got his!

Wonderful Maple Leaf details.
The eighties was my era that I got the cycling bug, seems that you caught the eighties Marinoni bug. There’s something mystique about Marinoni …do you feel that you have a ‘special’ bike?

Of course I feel that I have a ‘special’ bike! Not because it specifically won a major Tour, not because it was ridden by a World Champion, and not because it was the lightest or stiffest in its time. I am sure that had Richard or I lived in Quebec for any length of time, you would hear the locals go on and on about Marinoni, as it deserves to be. I mostly appreciate the fact that after all this time (frame is circa 1985 approx.), with just a little bit of work, the frame can be ridden and enjoyed today. This frame certainly won’t win any beauty contests – the way it is built now, it can be ridden day after day without too much trouble. My uncle has asked – ‘Why didn’t you just ride it the way it was built?’  To that I would reply that I realize today’s components are lighter, stiffer and more reliable than components of the past. I think it would almost be scary riding it the way it was. Sean Kelly probably rode those noodly Vitus frames and flexy components within an inch of their lives, but I am NO Sean Kelly. 
There is enough attention to detail in the frame that I smile a little every time I work on it, details that get lost when you buy an off-the-shelf frame. I think it takes a different person to appreciate such small details, like the maple leafs or the engraving. Whether or not such attention to detail is still a trademark of Marinoni steel, I do not know. I think it would be almost silly to get a new frame built exactly like this one, knowing what we know about the new steels out there as well as oversized tubing. My next frame is likely to be steel but will definitely look a lot different than this Special, but that doesn’t diminish anything about this frame. 
I plan on riding and enjoying it for as long as I can. I love this frame, and I love the story of Marinoni, but I don’t intend to baby it – it was meant to be ridden! I think Giuseppe would approve. I’ve never met the man behind the frame, but if I ever get the chance, I might say, ‘thanks for making something I am able to use, and use well, after all these years’.

That’s real Marinoni love. Thank you Dave!

Original Marinoni script, remarkably showing no signs of wear, with superb cross-hatching.

Sep 21, 2012

Friday File: PhilGil, Vos, Steel Fondriest & Toast with Lucien Buysse

Will Gilbert have the 2011 fighting form for Sunday?
photo: Bettini

Friday File time...

This world championship weekend closes with the much anticipated road races.

You almost have to believe in Dutch super woman, Marianne Vos to win it on home soil. She's incredible and was the 2006 World Road Champion and collected silver the last 5 world championships. Her rivals know how to get the better of her but Saturday's home course favors her. It's on familiar soil, ie Cauberg the climb that she knows very well. And, she's already drawn comparison to Eddy Merckx, the finest cyclist of her generation. I believe the Olympic champion will do it!

Will we see Marianne Vos break the five-year jinx on Sunday?
photo Christophe Ena

Ten ascents of the punishing Cauberg is what the men will be scaling on Sunday. The short and steep climbs will be for riders of specific talent. Philippe Gilbert a return to form, with his two stage wins in the Vuelta, has a course tailored made for the  2011 King of the Classics. If he does win, he would vindicate himself from a tough season. But, El Purito will stand in his way. 

Spain brings a heavy squad and can Rodriguez climb to rainbow glory? Don't forget his fantastic win at La Fleche Wallonne in a sprint to the top of the Mur de Huy. Could a surprise winner come from Ryder Hesjedal and the underdog Canadians? Second in the 2010 Amstel Gold Race, the Giro hero likes the classic hills and with help from Tuft, Parisien and Veilleux...

Among the oodles of bike porn from Interbike, here's a classic steel retro beauty by Fondriest. Chromed lugs, flat fork crowns and straight road geometry harkens back the good old days. Ok I've got over the toe clips!

Steel is in the eye of the beholder...
photo: Lennard Zinn

Allez les Francais!
The Voeckler led French team are ready!

Here's to a great weekend!
1926 Tour champion,
Lucien Buysse

Sep 20, 2012

Steve Bauer: Bronze in the 1984 World Road Race

Canadian cycling was changed for good when 
Steve Bauer won the silver in the
1984 Olympics!

In Canada, during the eighties, our collective cycling butts were shaken and moved to a point of no return.

Steve Bauer, and his silver medal 'win' (it may be silver but it was a huge silver) in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics road race galvanized our young cycling nation and turned in 360 degrees. It was a marvelous achievement that a Canadian rider could ever and can achieve monumental success in world cycling. It gave a promise that Canada can challenge the very best cycling nations... successfully. Bauer already won a handful of races in North America and was Canadian National Track and Road Champion. 

The bike shops in Edmonton were few, I believe two or maybe three, but the excitement started to grow with Bauer Power. I got so excited by it all and went out and bought my first road bike, a navy blue Cambio Rino. I didn't really know a thing about racing but I joined Velo City and perhaps, more importantly, belonged to a unique world.

After his historical feat, Bauer was the first Canadian to medal in the Olympic cycling road race, he set his sights on the World Championship Road Race in Barcelona. Bauer showed more and went on to a historical bronze finish. Again, a first for a Canadian rider to medal in the World Championships. Surprisingly, I never seen the race and most likely never broadcast in Canada. No surprise there. I think the only media report was a very small print in the back of the local daily. 

To my pleasant surprise I discover this YouTube video of the race. It's in Spanish and a wonderful testament to Steve Bauer and his amazing sprint to win the bronze in what looked like a very long, hot day in Barcelona. It covers the last 30 minutes but it rekindled that excitement once again. As I watched this video, I can't help but think how Ryder Hesjedal's Giro victory is positively impacting Canadian cycling!

Enjoy the 1984 World Championship Road Race, Barcelona... here.

Sep 19, 2012

A Solid Cycling Love Triangle.

Barry wearing...
Lion custom cap by Red Dots Cycling,
Autodrop custom jersey by Road Holland
courtesy by Autodrop Ltd.

Here's the except from Road Holland's blog on our three-way collaboration with Autodrop Ltd. When Jonathan contacted me about designing a cap for Autodrop, well it was a YES! That's how Operation Lion came to be. 

Red Dots Cycling complimented their jersey with a custom lion cycling cap. And, it was seamless, everything worked so well from start to finish. Also, a joy to work with Erich and Barry on Operation Lion. And, really it's all about the people you work with. I'd like to thank Jonathan, Richard of Road Holland and Erich, Barry of Autodrop Ltd. for a successful and fun collaboration!

Jonathan Schneider - September 16, 2012

I vividly recall the first day I ever used the Internet. It was December 2, 1994 and I was working at an ad agency in Richmond, VA. I had convinced the bosses that I needed a modem connection in my cube to experiment with this new thing called the Net. The installation occurred on a Friday afternoon and by the time it was done, it was time to hit the office's favorite watering hole for some holiday drinks. I paid my dues at the bar but then went back to the office around 9pm and stayed until 2am surfing the web with Mosaic. It was slow going - I must have only visited 10 sites at the max and don't even recall how I found them. But it was remarkable. Mind blowing.

Fast forward 17 years to 2011 and the Internet remains a source of wonder for me and what it can do. Two simple email requests to us - one from two Canadians and one from two North Carolinians - have resulted in a cycling love triangle.

Richard and Guy at Bikes, Books, and Beers ( in Vancouver emailed us in February 2011 about trying out some of our jerseys. They wanted to look serious and stylish while vlogging and thought we could help. We obliged and soon realized we had similar tastes in many things bikes, books, and beer related. I was fortunate to also be able to meet the duo in Vancouver back in May. Richard had dabbled in sewing cycling caps and recycled inner tube bags for a while but had recently made the venture a full time gig and I was thrilled to see his wares first-hand with Red Dots Cycling (

Erich and Barry, from Winston-Salem NC, emailed us in November 2011 about creating some custom jerseys for their fledgling Autodrop ( venture. One look at their website and we knew we liked them - a novel approach to riding events with no pretentious and "epic" attitudes. Fortunately, they hit us at exactly the right time and we were able to produce some custom color and embroidered Utrechts. When it came time to make our long sleeve Arnhems this summer, we did a run for them and amped up the design a bit with their custom lion graphic inside the collar.

We had a bit of fabric left over and Erich and Barry wanted to use it for some caps. We don't make caps so the natural next step was to connect them Richard. A few weeks later, a matching Autodrop cap was in our mailboxes.

Sounds like a simple chain of events right, and certainly nothing to blog home about. Maybe, maybe not. But I have to think that without the Internet that it might not have happened at all.

Sep 18, 2012

Svein Tuft: Ready to Pounce

Silver in 2008.

It was four years ago, that Svein Tuft stunned the world to take the silver in the 2008 world's time trial in Varese, Italy. With his Orica-GreenEdge teammates hung on to win the bronze in the inaugural team trial will put him as a strong contender for tomorrow's 47.5km individual time trial.

On a difficult parcours like this, I will have to wait and see. The team time trial was a perfect warm up. I got rid of all my nervous energy and really blew out the legs. Also, riding similar climbs and weather conditions gets me mentally prepared.

We've had a lot of focus on the team trial, and I believe these efforts really have prepared me for what the individual time trial offers. I'm pretty happy with my form and have pretty good aspirations for Wednesday.

Tuft, the Canadian TT champ will start seventh from last and and has a very good chance for a podium finish. 

Start list.

Sep 17, 2012

Spidertech Tape

Today in the mail...
I have the Spiders.

I received a special package in the mail today...

A week or so ago, I took advantage of Spidertech's offering of free kineslogy sports tape and emailed them for a sample. I've never used the sports tape before and it's used of both pro and amateur pelotons. And virtually every sports person in the world. A few years ago, I fell on my hip, during a ride, and also pulled some muscle. I could've used it. In fact, this tape provides enough compression to support your muscles and connective tissues without restricting your movement. It actually enhances your movement.

Thanks Spidertech... I can't wait to use it!

Brian Vandborg riding with a little help  
at the GP Montréal

Sep 16, 2012

Omega Glory

Solid, unwavering... & fun!

Riding together in a steady powerful paceline and finishing as a six-man unit, Omega Pharma Quick Step took the 53.2km TTT World Title. In hindsight, BMCs struggle up the Cauberg was their demise losing crucial time (3:23) and quite possibly the gold medal. My pick was the TT favorite Orica-GreenEDGE taking the bronze (47:06). Nothing stopping the consistency of the Martin Der Panzerwagen TTT machine. He now looks confidently for Wednesday's individual TT... where he just may nail it!

1. Omega Pharma Quick Step        1:03:17.17

2. BMC                                              0:03.23

3. Orica GreenEdge                             0:47.06

Sep 14, 2012

Friday File: Canadian Limburg, Madame Marinoni and 1953 TdF

It's Go Time for Friday File!

15 days before the final Monument of the season, Il Lombardia! That's on September 29th and promises to be epic! The UCI renamed this great race to Il Lombardia, nicknamed for the Race of the Falling Leaves, has traditionally marked the end of the racing season. No longer. It moves from traditional October to September and makes way for the new Tour of Beijing.  More competitive riders will take part with World Championship form.

It's looking very competitive as the first Men's & Women's TTT is this Sunday. A strong Orica-GreenEDGE team is ready and Svein Tuft is in for the 53.2km TTT. First time since 1994 that there has been a team time trial at the worlds. The Cauberg climb with 2km before the finish will be a stinger for all the riders. Only six-riders per team allowed and Team Director Matt White said,

Will the Orica-GreenEDGE TT machine hit Limburg gold?

We are going there to win. If all the boys deliver on the day, it is going to take a very, very good team to beat us.

The winning team gets the gold and the entire team receives a special distinctive jersey for the following year. Too bad no rainbow jersey.

Orica-GreenEDGE TTT: Svein Tuft, Sam Bewley, Sebastian Langeveld, Jens Mouris, Luke Durbridge & Cameron Meyer.

In keeping with the World's theme, Canada will be well represented in the men's road race, Sept. 23. Ryder Hesjedal and Svein Tuft will lead the team joined by Francois Parisien and David Veilleux. Perhaps this is what Hesjedal was missing in the London Olympics for success. Fastman, Svein Tuft will also compete in the individual time trial. Also, Dominique Rollin will ride the TTT for FDJ-BigMat.

Simone Marinoni

I'm honored that my 1987 Marinoni was included on the Cycles Marinoni Facebook page. And, it's  good to see a picture of sixty-year old Simone Marinoni, wife of Giuseppe, who probably painted my original frame. The company started in 1974 and she painted frames for 15 years. She has been with the company since it began. The 16 employees are involved during the production phase of all the 1000 bikes per year. Thats their yearly output. The majority of their customers are men but in the last 3 years a steady female clientele has emerged. I know that she applied the decals along with my name on my restored frame... Merci Madame Marinoni!

I discovered this wonderful video from our friends at of a home movie of the 1953 Tour. I know that Jonathan is a film buff and I can understand his excitement for this footage of the Tour. Classic in every sense starting with the publicity caravan, fans and the peloton. Love the bikes with the bidons on the handlebars, tires over the jerseys and riders wearing ...cycling caps! Note: Can you spot 1952 World Road Race Champion Heinz Muller in the pack?

And, as we quickly approach the weekend, I'll spend it watching the world championships, riding with the FRFuggitivi squadra and wish you all a fun riding weekend!

 A message to the angry drivers out there!

You never have enough...
have a good weekend!

Sep 12, 2012

Push Yourself to the Limit: Sean Kelly

King Kelly, points classification winner
1989 Tour.

Sean Kelly, known as The King of the Classics, has the champions palmares...

7-time winner Paris-Nice (1982-88), 4-time Tour de France points leader ( 1982-83, 1985, 1989), Tour of Switzerland (1983), Tour of Lombardy (1983, 1985, 1991), Paris-Roubaix (1984, 1986), Liege-Bastogne-Liege (1984, 1989), Milan-San Remo (1986, 1992), Grand Prix des Nations (1986), Ghent-Wevelgem (1988), Nissan Classic (1985-87, 1991), Vuelta a Espana (1988)...

193 career wins.

When you train better, you become a better rider. You have to push yourself to the limit - that's what makes the top riders. Some people can't do it, but that's what makes the good ones and the great ones.

-Sean Kelly

Sep 11, 2012

Having Fun Hunting For The Perfect Fabric.

The all new 100% Wool Red Hunting winter cycling cap by
Red Dots Cycling.

We had fun naming/designing our new winter cycling cap...

It's called the Red Hunting Winter Cycling Cap from Red Dots Cycling. As we are serious in design and making our cycling caps we are also into having some fun. Being serious all the time is sometimes boring. So, on our trip to our fabric supplier we went 'hunting' for that certain color/fabric combination and this one stood out ...strikingly.

First thing I thought was hunting, the typical red lumberjack jacket from the 70s. Carolle agreed. She grew up in a family of hunters from northern Québec, embracing the red lumberjack jacket is the norm.

So, as the weather Falls colder, our 100% Wool Red Hunting cap will sure enough inspire you in pursuit of your next breakaway and also look fittingly as you chopped wood!

Sep 10, 2012

GP Cycliste du Montréal Canadiens

David Veilleux put in a good attack and 
came away with a strong 24th overall.

Canadians rode well at the GP Cycliste de Montréal on Sunday.

Steve Bauer's SpiderTech Pro Continental team, wanting to prove their invite was worthy. And, notably three Canadians were hungry and ready for action; David Veilleux, Ryder Hesjedal & Michael Barry.

Norway calling...
Nordhaug powers for his biggest win!
photo: Dario Ayala

Thirty-six year old, Michael Barry, Canadian fan favorite and 14 year veteran rode his last home race before calling it a career after the Tour of Beijing.

The fireworks went off with one-lap to go of a 17-lap 205.7-kilometer course over and around famed Mont Royal. Inside the last 7km to go mark, an early attack by Greg Van Avermaet (no doubt thinking of erasing his frustrating 2nd place in Québec) was reeled in by an aggressive Hesjedal. But a group of about 20 riders formed, then Lars Petter Nordhaug bounded away with 4km remaining. His yeoman duties done he was told by captain Boasson Hagen to just GO! He blasted past an excellent Moreno Moser (2nd) and Alexandr Kolobnev (3rd) to score a decisive win.

How about valiant Canadiens?

Ryder Hesjedal in 23rd (0:11), David Veilleux-Europcar 24th (0:22), Francois Parisien-SpiderTech 25th (0:22), Martin Gilbert-SpiderTech 49th (0:28) & Michael Barry-Sky 57th (0:28).

Hesjedal wins the best Canadian rider. Michael Barry bows out with the satisfaction of helping his team Sky win, a role he cherishes.

Ryder is back on-form ...will he go to the Worlds?
photo: Casey B Gibson

Mission Accomplished! 
photo: Hugo Sebastien Aubert

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