Showing posts with label fun. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fun. Show all posts

Monday, July 7, 2014

Stage 3: Kittel The King Of London

Vive Red Dots Cycling: 1 Free 100th TdF Inner Tube Wallet with every purchase.

100th TdF Inner Tube Wallet
photo Red Dots Cycling

It's Tour de France time and Red Dots Cycling has a special offer...

We have a small amount (a dozen) of 100th TdF inner tube wallets remaining from last year. This is a special limited edition and made to commemorate the 100th Tour de France. This wonderful wallet is amazingly light and the recycled rubber will look even better with age. These wallets are handy and practical; designed to hold securely some bill notes and some cards. Each unique wallet measures approximately 4 1/2” X 6” open and  4 1/2” X 3" folded and includes unique embroidery and French ribbon.

As a special limited time offer, while quantities last...

with every order we will include... (1) bonus 100th TdF inner tube wallet at no extra cost!

Note: We use recycled bicycle inner tubes - thus all wallets will be slightly different (some may include markings and tire company logos. Not exactly as shown.

Handy to hold some bills and cards
Handmade in our Vancouver studio.

Go ahead and make your purchase and we will be happy to include one handy 100th TdF inner tube wallet with your order. Once they're gone they're gone.

Vive le Tour de France!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Le Tour: Shark Takes A Bite & Water Bottles - Past, Present & Future?

BAR jersey
image Oleg Tinkov Twitter

You may have seen this during the Tour de France, a water-bottle vest!

I haven't seen it during the online feeds, yet. Not that I don't believe this but I hope to see it during the next 3 weeks. Interestingly, invented by Michael Rogers made by Sportful for Tinkoff Saxo. It looks more like something for the paramilitary.

Here is the BAR jersey in action on stage 2, holds 5 bottles neatly and securely. Is this going to catch on?

The conventional method: stuff as much as you can in your jersey, not pretty but it works...

Two examples of the traditional way...

Raiding method...

Chugalug method

The Shark takes a yellow bite in Sheffield...

Just one more...

Friday, July 4, 2014

Friday File: Le Big Show

The excitement is building and the Tour is ready to roll tomorrow with the grand départ in Leeds.  Here's an interesting tally of numbers...

a. Twenty-two teams. 18 WorldTour & 4 wild card teams. 9 riders per team, total: 198. I wonder where they will put them all on those narrow roads.

b. Two rest days. 21 Stages. Total: 3,664km

c. There will be 4 countries this year: England, France, Belgium, Spain.

d. 6.8 kg is the minimum weight of a bike. Introduced in 2000 by the UCI to 'guarantee that bikes are robust and safe enough to withstand the rigors of the race.

e. Record stage wins: The Cannibal - 34.

f. Calories burned by a rider per day - 6000. In the mountains - 8000.

g. The winner will have a huge payday: 450,000 Euros. Stage winners receive: 22,500 Euros

h. About 12 million spectators. 3.5 billion viewers and 190 countries world wide will watch.

If there's one commercial I don't mind seeing for the next 3-weeks...

Skoda: Simply well done ad!

via castelli-cycling

It seems all or most bets are on the Froome vs Contador upcoming confrontation. I'd like to step away from the obvious 1-2 and look seriously at my pick for podium... Andrew Talansky. They don't call him the pit bull for nothing as he took a bite and won the Criterium du Dauphine. He has a very good supporting team and he's in super form to take the next step towards grand tour success. I believe he'll improve from his 10th from last year.

"In the years past we have approached the Tour with multiple leaders, and multiple goals. This year, we approach it with one clear leader, Andrew Talansky, and our roster is designed to give him the best support possible. We are sorry to leave David Millar home due to illness. His experience is unparalleled and his contributions to the sport and our team are undeniable."

- Jonathan Vaughters.

My friend, Hans is over in Yorkshire to watch the grand départ (what a lucky guy!). I remember him telling me that he's looking forward to standing outside, cheering on the riders and drinking beer. Here's some fun images he sent me.... thanks Hans and enjoy the beer and race!

All photos courtesy Hans Sipma Photography...

Marcel Kittel and his lead out train...

Rui Costa is a genuine contender...

Good luck to Christian Meier!

Christian Meier will ride his first Tour de France. He is a last-minute addition to replace injured Michael Matthews. He'll join fellow Canadian teammate Svein Tuft, recently won the Canadian national championships - ITT & road race. I'll be looking forward to the Backstage Pass!

"It hasn't really sunk in yet, it has been a little bit of a whirlwind 24 hours. It's not the way you want to start a Tour just because a guy is injured, but I have to say, as my first Tour I am extremely excited to start. It's every bike rider's dream to do the Tour de France one day and it's unbelievable it is happening."

- Christian Meier.

3 Cheers to the guys in the Caboose...

Friday, June 6, 2014

Friday File: Handoff, Hampsten's Gavia & Zonked Over The Zoncolan

Adam 'Handsome Adam' Hansen swaps water bottle for ... on Twitpic

Friday file opens with the dexterity of Adam Hansen (nicknamed; Crocman) performing an incredible maneuver passing a water bottle and simultaneously grabbing a tall can of beer. He's had previous experience; you may remember his high level antics in the Alpe d'Huez stage of last year.

Il Giorno Della Neve.

Twenty six years and a day ago: Andy Hampsten took over the GC after the infamous 14th stage. The riders tackled the Passo di Gavia during a snowstorm of the ages. The tifosi refer to it as 'Il Giorno Della Neve' - The Day of the Snow. It's also known as, 'The Day the Big Men Cried.' 

Not fit for even motorcycles.

Most cycling fans have a fairly good idea how dizzyingly steep the Zoncolan is. The steep sections are insane, 22 percent and has a long sustained 14 percent average. During the Eurosport coverage, Sean Kelly was asked, "Would he ride the Zoncolan?" He flatly and wisely answered, "No, I wouldn't ride that!"

Sunday, June 1, 2014

FRFuggitivi: More Miles More Beer

Honoring the last stage of the Giro with an 
all Italian look.
Photo Cycling Art

Perhaps I did underestimate our Sunday FRFuggitivi ride out to Ft. Langley. The natural beauty of the area with many parks border the village community. It's indeed scenic. The 80km total distance was unexpected, for me, especially after my last ride a week ago. No miles in the legs. So, I cramped on the way back. Thanks go out to Guy for riding with me and, sporadically with Brian, pacing me back. On the return we 'bumped' into a huge group out training for an upcoming Ride To Conquer Cancer event and I was more than happy to ease off from the pain and talk with them.

More Miles More Beer.
photo by Mario

Truth is I had to finish and continue on, only to happily see Mario waving at us into Central City Brewing in Surrey. Time for a beer taster. I believe it was the bacon maple pilsner - that I sampled. It was tasty and so easy to sit in the comfy chairs and continue drinking. Sadly, we had to leave our new oasis and that one taster of beer made me forget the cramp as we made our way back to New Westminster. I could be wrong here but I'm a firm believer that beer is an electrolyte. Ok, minus the alcohol - according to our mantra, 'More Miles More Beer' was embraced and ...certainly quenched!

damn nice view!
photo Cycling Art

Monday, May 19, 2014

Giro Rest Day and The Merits Of The Flea

Second rest day at the Giro today, and high praise goes to the riders, organization and fans for putting on an exciting race. Notably, Orica GreenEdge stands out winning 3 stages and giving riders the coveted maglia rosa: Svein Tuft and Michael Matthews.

There's a good atmosphere in the team, anything we do now is something extra it seems. We had a perfect Giro so far, when you have a good start in a stage race like this, there's not pressure anymore and it works out perfectly.

- Peter Weening

The Flea bounding in the Giro di Trentino.

According to Robert Millar, the Italian press love to give riders' nicknames and gave one to Domenico Pozzovivio . The climber is baptized 'il lupo dei Jonio' - the wolf of the Ionian Sea and 'Pulce di Policoro' the flea from Policoro. I like the Flea nickname. Apparently, Pozzovivo doesn't and made it cleared to Gazzetta dello Sport that he prefers a different nickname. 

Here's the original rider that was nicknamed, 'The Torrelavega Flea'... Vicente Trueba - adept at bounding up mountain cols like a flea - exactly like Pozzovivio.

Vincente Trueba was sixth overall in the 1933 Tour de France and ...first winner of the grand prix de la montagne!

In good company...

Vincente Trueba... the original.

Cadel in pink.

What does The Gorilla do to relax?

Super sprinter Andre Greipel

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Bravo Marinoni: The Fire In The Frame - It's All About The Bike

I want to thank @midweekcycling for keeping me updated and sending me this cool shot of Signore Marinoni at Friday's Toronto Hot Docs Festival. That's Pepe holding a beloved steel frame dressed handsomely in the Italian tricolore for a frame giveaway! Thanks for the tease. If Toronto has the honor of showing this film, I know of plenty of Marinoni-istas here in Vancouver, that would love to see it. I took the liberty to make a request...

Good on Toronto for showing it. Now, l'm hoping it comes our way ...soon! 

All I have is this trailer...


Thursday, April 17, 2014


The official song of the 2014 Giro...

Follow the ups and downs of this middle age cyclist.

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.

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.

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