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