Showing posts with label Eddy Merckx. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Eddy Merckx. Show all posts

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday File: E. Merckx Competition, Rocky Mountain High, Sagan, Vuelta & Coffee, Dual Seat Bag

Remembering Eddy
photo Cycling Art

Cleaning and discovered this old label from my first cycling shoe... Adidas Eddy Merckx Competition. I no longer have them but it's still a cool image of Eddy from his Fiat 1977 days.
I suppose it was my first attempt at emulating my cycling idol, buy the shoes that he endorses and 'be' like him. Although it was more in good fun than serious mimicry. I knew I wouldn't and couldn't ride like Eddy... but it sure made me feel damn good whenever I was out riding. 

 On his 1977 season...

"After six years Molteni, I moved to Fiat. It gave me extra motivation, and in the beginning things looked very promising, with overall victory in the Tour of Mediterranean. But then I had to pull out of Paris-Nice through illness. My body seemed to be able to offer less and less resistance to all the minor complaints. I also made the mistake of trying to do too much about it, with the result that I became increasingly susceptible to injuries and illness. In the Tour de France, it started getting better again. Together with some of my teammates, however, I was stuck down with food poisoning. In 1977, it had become fairly clear that I was not a robot but a human after all. For years I had been racing day in day out, summer and winter. With hindsight, I can say it was no more than was to be expected, I got what was coming to me."

- Eddy Merckx.

1977 Tour, sixth overall.

Sorry to see him go...

One more race to go.

The US Pro Challenge starts this Monday Aug. 18-24 and notably Jens Voigt will ride his last race before retiring. This romp around Colorado will be a high battleground for my top-3 picks for the overall: Rafal Majka, fresh from his Tour of Poland win, Tejay Van Garderen and Tom Danielson (Tour of Utah winner).

What does Peter Sagan do before a group training ride?


The Vuelta may well be the most anticipated grand tour this year...

"I've been riding my bike for the last ten days, and yesterday was the first day I could climb a mountain pass without knee pain, and that excites me, motivates me and led me to take the decision that I will ride the Tour of Spain."

- Alberto Contador

Robin Williams and his relationship with Dario Pegoretti.

Enjoy it here.

Good things do come in small packages...

The smart Dual seat bag from Arundel
photos Cycling Art

I'm getting ready for our upcoming Frfuggitivi 8-bridges ride (120kms) this August 24. To begin with  I just purchased the Dual saddle bag by Arundel. It's roomy and holds what I'll be packing;  two 700X25 tubes (thus the name Dual), levers and tools. Another well thought of feature is the leather patch to protect it from wear caused by rubbing the seat post. I like minimal things and the Dual is held by one velcro strap looping through the seat rails and around the bag. This tiny wonder measures 5"x3"x2" and is a worthy piece of kit in my arsenal. 

For the long ride ahead.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Friday File: Merckx's 69th, Tour de Suisse: LEFT! The Kamikaze Way, Costa & Loyal Watercarriers

1969... the start of the Cannibal.

To coincide with Eddy Merckx's 69th birthday, here's an excellent time capsule of his first Tour de France victory in 1969. I'm not sure when it was filmed, but it shows a happy Merckx alongside his original 1969 Tour winning Faema team mates... and the music ain't bad either!

The Tour de Suisse is full on and here's two videos that puts the thrills and chills in racing. You're in the organized, scary chaos of sprinting and Peter Sagan teaches everyone how to ride 'smoothly' downhill... the kamikaze way! Hang onto something!

World Champion, Rui Costa rode a great ITT for third place, stage 7

I'm loyal to domestiques. To become an essential team rider, water bottle carrying is essential...

Chapeau! to the domestiques...

Rene vanMeenen, 1963 TdF

Danny Pate

What I also think of this exciting Giro d'ltalia...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday File: Castelli USA Swag, Flanders Calling ...Merckxissimo!

Castelli photos: Cycling Art

Look what I got from Castelli USA today! A few weeks ago I won their online contest and I receive my calendar ...and more. The 2014 calendar is full of amazing images and will be a joy to have and look at throughout this year. I also love the stickers, winter gear catalogue and Ass Saver. I first saw it used by one of the Katusha riders during the rainy Milan San Remo. I always wanted one and look forward to testing it and hoping it will, one rainy day, save my ass!

Many Thanks to Castelli USA!

Just like home...
My new Ass Saver perched cozy under my Flite.

The Muur

Sunday is the second of five monuments and the biggest Flemish race of the year... the 98th Tour of Flanders. Whilst two kings of the classics are eager to win (Boonen and Cancellara), one would be king (Sagan) is determine to win his first monument. Here's the start list .

photo Sirotti

Back in 1969...

Driessens pisses off an angry Cannibal.

I'm enjoying rereading, Eddy Merckx by Daniel Friebe. The image above is from the 1969 Tour of Flanders where Merckx had an encounter of a Driessen kind. With 70 kilometers remaining the Cannibal really took over. After hammering, into submission, his opponents he had one final opponent to deal with... Lomme Driessens his DS...

"What do you think you're doing?! Committing suicide?! Are you crazy? There are 70 kilometers to go!!"

Dino Zandegu was right when he said that a hurting rider is a nasty rider, and there could be no more unwelcome intruder than Driessens into the privacy of Merckx's pain. "Go stuff yourself!" he told Driessens -  and went on to ride the last 70 kilometers as though an imaginary red rag hung from the peak of his Faema cap. His final victory margin was five minutes and 36 seconds over Gimondi, who had finished second to win the race of the mere mortals. Under the podium, 'Cycling's Napoleon' proceeded to hold forth about how Merckx's attack had been a tactical masterstroke, Driessens's very own Waterloo. When he read the quotes in the follow day's papers, Merckx was furious.

An angry Merckx refused to share the victory with Driessens. Merckx only acknowledged the hard work of his teammates.

Another look at the photo finish at Ghent Wevelgem..

A classic finish...
1. John Degenkolb 2. Arnaud Démarre 3. Peter Sagan.

Before next Sunday begins...

First, cleaning les pavé d'Arenberg.

A brilliant public bike wash... 

This image is from Facebook with no information as to where this is. By the word, 'Lavage' I'm guessing it's somewhere in France.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Eddy Merckx: His Tour of Flanders/ Peter Sagan: Looking Ahead to the Ronde

The Tour of Flanders is a Monument that Eddy The Cannibal Merckx has won twice. In 1969, Merckx won an incredible 43 victories. His classic wins: Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Milan-San Remo, Gent Welvegem and Liege Bastogne Liege. In 1975, as the world champion, he duly won: Tour of Flanders, Milan-San Remo, LBL and Amstel Gold Race. Oh, including 38 victories. Call him a superhero of the classics and here's a video, with excellent footage, with his insight of Flanders in '69 and '75.

Three Days of De Panne...

Classic King, leader after stage 1.

Today, Peter Sagan won stage 1 and he says he's here for Tour of Flanders training and just wants to avoid the crashes. Not bad becoming the leader of the race. He's on pace to add a Sunday Monument to his ever-growing palmares.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday File: Wildness On The E3, Belgian Cycling Gods, Café Roubaix Custom Cycling Cap & Marinoni 40th Anniversary-SL

When Belgian beer meets E3 Harelbeke winner, Peter Sagan.
via Cannondale Pro Cycling

The Terminator lived up to his nickname winning a tactical 4-man sprint. The WorldTour race was full of crashes, mechanicals and Flandrien riding. Many hardmen fell, notably Svein Tuft who crashed went to hospital and diagnosed with a concussion. 

Unfortunately, Tufts' day is over.
via Greenedge cycling

Today, the terminator proved to his adversaries that he's on form and as the northern classics continue another showdown next Sunday at the Ronde is due to erupt.

It's good for me to win, it has helped me bounce back after Milan-Sanremo.

World beater.

Wheelie Good.

Eddy And Friends...

I discovered this wonderful story from Peloton Magazine of Eddy Merckx and his band of brothers (former team mates) riding in Flanders. Read the interesting article here and check out the excellent images by Jeff Clark of the Belgian Gods of Cycling...

Eddy is easy to spot, can you name the other riders?
photo Jeff Clark

The new Café Roubaix custom caps...

photo Red Dots Cycling

You may know of Café Roubaix Bicycles story of their recent altercation and vindication vs Specialized. You may not know, Red Dots Cycling proudly makes their cycling caps! I showed my support by 'Liking' them on Facebook. Dan contacted me last month looking for caps and wanted them to be locally made and shortly afterwards, we became the chosen one. Dan operates a small independent cycling business that quickly grew in stature and notoriety and Red Dots Cycling is happily associated with them, that makes me glow. I want to thank Dan and Rita for choosing Red Dots Cycling as their cap maker. Their beautiful embroidered caps are now available exclusively at Café Roubaix... show your support and get yours now!

From the Apr/May, Canadian Cycling Magazine, a Marinoni bulletin...

For the steel is real crowd, which I am a life time supporter...

Marinoni is producing Columbus SL lugged steel frames, to celebrate their 40th anniversary. I proudly have one but notably all the frames will be welded by Giuseppe Marinoni himself!

Another reason to get your hands on one.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday File: Cobbles, Beer & Frites, Winning Rides, Badger & Cannibal Go Tandem

The legendary classics start tomorrow, technically called the semi-classics; Omloop het Nieuwsblad and Sunday's, Kuurne Brussels Kuurne. Now, that the warmth of Qatar, Oman and Dubai are over the stars go to battle in northern Belgium of mud, rain & wind. There is a stack list of hopefuls to become the season's first Flandriens - the supermen of the cobbles. There is pressure for sure to perform well and to show who's in shape for the main course to come; Milan Sanremo, Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.

My favorites: 

Three riders that have promised much and delivered equally so are the Norsemen; Edvald Boasson Hagen, Alexander Kristoff and not to be counted out - Thor Hushovd. Belgian fans will want one of their own to win and I'll go for the consistent Greg Van Avermaet. 2014 World CX champ; Zdenek Stybar is my dark-horse and yeah add Sylvain Chavanel and Gerald Ciolek - too!

I already cleared my busy calendar and will awake early to watch both races (live streaming starts at around 5AM)... have coffee ready, anticipate some exciting cobble action and think of a trappist beer & frites.

4 Godfather's of Flanders that won their share:
Merckx, Schotte, DeVlaeminck & Van Looy.

Some winning rides this weekend...

Thor Hushovd's BMC Impec...
a hot number. Will this be the winning ride for the 
God of Thunder?
via BMC Racing

Will the Giant Defy the cobbles?

In December 1980, the Badger invited the Cannibal to his house and they went for a tandem ride together...

Here's the fun Video

Friday's Cycling Nirvana...

Not a racer in sight, this pictures tells it all with the caption...

'In cycling we wait and we suffer together. Have you?

No matter how you do it...

Have a good riding weekend!
photo Yuzuru Sunada

Friday, January 24, 2014

Friday File: Early Season Racing: Turning The Screw on Corkscrew Hill, Katusha Showers, Sagan, POC Helmets, Flashback: Gord Fraser, Pineau Attacks & Bomber Brewing

Turning the screw on Corkscrew Hill
via Lachlan Learg

Friday File...

Early season racing has instilled my 'inner cycling fan' to root, holler and cheer for the performances of Cadel Evans and Nairo Quintana. Watching Evans battle Porte on Corkscrew Hill at the Tour Down Under was eye-popping amazing. This may be the prelude showdown at the Giro in May. That is the race Evans wants and if he stays healthy, he can win it. And Quintana along with country man, Julian Arredondo winning stages at the Tour de San Luis is good kick-starter for the fortunes of the Colombian mountain climbers.

Quintana winning Stage 4 video.

Evans' Up & Away moment.

The Tour Down Under started with the bang of a sprint finish on stage one, Simon Gerrans blasting to his first win of the season...

The Tour de San Luis has hot and humid (40C), almost inhuman, conditions. Here's the Katusha team including world number one Purito, cooling off...

Peter Sagan is riding the Tour de San Luis and is well known for his lengthy palmares, how about winning a race backwards? He can probably do it.

Lookout Milan SanRemo!

Last season, Swedish POC introduced their glasses via Ryder Hesjedal with more backlash than fanfare.  They are back with helmets on the Garmin team, my verdict; not bad looking...

Thomas Dekker with POC helmet at TdU
via Team Garmin Sharp Barracuda

Flashback! Twenty years ago...

Flash Gordon
via Cycling Canada

Great photo of Gord Fraser climbing Mt. Tolmie during the 1994 Commonwealth Games road race in Victoria, BC. Fraser wasn't in the medals but he sure looked damn fine on the Eddy Merckx bike, Fraser was riding for Motorola in 1994. He had a winning career including more than 200 professional victories - including the Canadian road title in 2004. His devastating sprint earned him the nickname "Flash Gordon." He lives in Tucson, Arizona and works part-time as elite men's road coach for Cycling Canada.

I really like the new Team IAM Cycling kit and also the new team with cagey veterans; Jerome Pineau, Sylvain Chavanel, Heinrich Haussler and Thomas Lofkvist. Here's the attacking Jerome Pineau doing what he does well (ok it's training)...

via Team IAM Cycling

Cycling Nirvana today comes from Vancouver...

Conveniently located on the Adanac bike way... the new Bomber brewing at 1488 Adanac St. Vancouver - It's beer o'clock!

photo Cycling Art

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