These cogs go to 11

June 18, 2008

Thanks to SpokeHead for forwarding me the story and Spinal Tap reference for the above story.  How many blogs can quote Shakespeare and Spinal Tap?

Campanolo announced an 11 speed drivetrain reigniting the depate “How thin can you go?”  Well Campy’s answer is we go to 11!


Matti Breschel takes Philadelphia

June 8, 2008

Once again, I had a fantasy weekend with Riis cycling aka Team CSC.  Lars Michaelsen, in his new director’s role hosted a few people for a ride with the team yesterday.  Lars is the thin one on the right.  The one on the left is John Axel-Hansen who handles all the “extra curricular” activities of the team. You will not meet a better person.  Or one with a great sense of humor. I’m the large out-of-shape one in the middle.

Yes, I get to keep the kit!

I could have predicted the outcome when Matti stayed out on course a little longer than prescribed to take us up the famed Manayunk Wall.  For those who don’t know, it is only 1K long but with an average gradient of 17%. To make matters worse, today’s 10 trips up the wall came when the thermostat kissed 100 degrees

A break formed early which included Tyler Hamilton of Rock Racing.  Given the heat and the distance the break needed to last, no one believed it would stay.  So the process of watching these men wilt in the coming hours was tough. 

The best part of the weekend was the relaxed atmosphere surrounding the team.  Given this is the last year CSC is sponsoring cycling, I didn’t know what to expect.  But the team feels confident they will secure a new sponsor soon enough.

What does ASO do with Astana now?

June 3, 2008

You have to think that ASO president Patrice Clerk and his lieutenant Christian Prudhomme are wringing their hands after the defending Tour de France Champion Alberto Contador won the Giro D’Italia.

I figured I would take a look at the reasons given for excluding Astana from this year’s tour. In order to do that, I’ll pull some Shakespearean quotes. Why Shakespeare? Well, as my high school English teacher said. “Shakespeare loves a bloodbath.”

Back on February 13th, Christian Prudhomme announced that Astana and Contador would stay home this July. His reason?

“The damage caused by this team to the Tour de France and cycling in general, both in 2006 and 2007 led to their exclusion.”

Hmm. So T-Mobile who had two past winners involved in doping will also be excluded?

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”

T-Mobile first cleaned house. But, so did Astana. Ah, T-Mobile changed it’s name. That must be it. Teams that keep their name are excluded.

Truly, my name is Cinna.

First Citizen
Tear him to pieces; he’s a conspirator.

I am Cinna the poet, I am Cinna the poet.

Fourth Citizen
Tear him for his bad verses, tear him for his bad verses.

I am not Cinna the conspirator.

Fourth Citizen
It is no matter, his name’s Cinna; pluck but his
name out of his heart, and turn him going.

I guess, just like the play Julius Caesar Astana is being killed only for their name. But wait, What about Cofidis? This group did not change their name?

I’ll end with a quote from The Taming of the Shrew.

“Asses are made to bear, and so are you”