The weekend was epic. No Deer Trail for me as I am now in the bloody UK on business and my kinders and lady needed my participation way more than my homies at Deer Trail. Talked to Lauren C (friend from SF and new to Boulder) and she says "...I'm going on a business strip too! Where are you going? I need to go to Provence and I packed my bike so I could try the Vontoux." You can take your Vontoux...Whatever.
Saturday was sweet. 4 hours of pure bliss and solo tempo, smiling in the sun. It felt good to just roll and not have to attack, be attacked or generally get myself into a state of bother...a.s Liggett says. The steady tempo over 70 miles did just a s much.
Gonna work like a dog all week from morning to midnight here. Gonna sneak in runs when I can but the schedule is mad. Beautiful weather here too. Global warming? It's supposed to be pissing rain over here at this time.
Yeti is releasing their production CX frame this July. My team mate Boups has the original pre-production version of this bike that I believe FTW created. Honestly thugh, it may be another one of their stellar welders.
The specs on this are interesting. The CX-specific details 'appear' to be there in terms of top mounted cables, ample clearance on the chain stays to balance large (e.g. 34) sized tires and a single chain ring application with dual guards. This is the bane of many a frame builder's existence. For my tastes, the effective top tube length is too small. I am not a person in the camp of CX bikes being a 1/2 cm or so smaller than your road bike frame. Geometry aside, I do not want to be crawling all over my CX bike nor do I want my stem too long to compensate and totally tweak with the steering. I experienced this with my Felt and my Scott production frames and why I needed to dip outside of the production world to have mine custom manufactured to my road bike effective specs.
They have some interesting bellowing/curving of the top tube for what they say is shouldering comfort. I hope, based upon the various frame sizes, that they had small medium and large people actually port the bike in traditional/dutch (arm UNDER the down tube) and 'Belgian' style (arm AROUND the head tube) and ensure that the bevel in the tube rests comfortably in all positions.
The frame looks hot as all Yeti's do. Glad to see a great American producer adding a CX frame to their production line.
Go HERE for the deets.
Monday and I'm feeling slightly better. The house has turned back into the 'Hot Zone'. Again, the TTT effort essentially was like battery acid to my immune system. I clearly was not ready to go at that level of depth after being sick the way I was two weeks before. I've GOT to accept that being a young family with kids who are dragging things home and getting their little immunities sured up is just what it is. Or, I can order a boy in the bubble outfit from eBay and wear that around the house.
Anywhoo, Saturday was awesome! The Haystack TTT (they wrongly put in my team mate G Pent in the results in lieu of me...) was great as well as witnessing my wife in her first race in the SW4's. She rocked it. I was so proud.
We drilled it well and flowed very nicely Saturday. Early season rides out to Carter Lake were essentially like training grounds for the TTT. We go out essentially for 70 mile TTT's (sans all that time trail crap on the bikes) and beat the crap out of each other. On Saturday, Couch and I floored it extremely hard on the first 1/2 of the 13.6 mile course to shield our 3 ringers we needed to get to the line but Neal H was on fire the whole way. His strength and that of Boup's is crazy. They pulled fiercely the whole way. Boups will (no kidding) go from Cat 4 to 2 this year. His power output needed to be checked in order to not imbalance the rest of us. All that HP. Nuts.
Longman put his head down in the remaining k's and got it done with Neal and Boups at the line to ensure the first 5 wheels across were right there with each other. Amazing digging into the suitcase of courage for that Englishman.
My lady as mentioned above went out and threw down on Saturday as well in the ITT. She did so GREAT! No TT bars, Zipp wheels, aero helmets. Just her IF and some Gu. She came across the line like she could have gone another 20K. Amazing. I will look at this picture above often to remind me of why I bike let alone race. Her entry form in hand, just amped to go mix it up. That is what it is all about.
Whoever you are, I think you are my long lost sibling. Or, at a minimum, you enjoy potty humor as much as I do. Check out this Google query this guy (unless you're a rad chick who is searching for Boonen crapping his pants). There is hope on t his earth and people like us will join hands, talk poop, and laugh until we heal.
Awesome photo sequence from that Tour de GA.
This Sven Nijs move reminds me of that bunny hop that Euskatel rider did in the 2003 tour...in the major crash that Levi broke his pelvis in on Stage 1. Can't find any pics of that but the vid is insane.
We've got a TT coming up this weekend. My lady's doing this as well....her first real road event! She did a triathlon last year and took like 8th out of like six hundred plus people. Ridiculous. She has no idea how strong...
I have zero TT equipment save a huge engine and my CX skin suit. We have 5 strong guys so should favor well. We'll see. I'll have to hang on for deal life with these guys and their Zipp discs, aero helmets and antler bars.
What ever happened to TT-ing like this?Elegance. If you can see video of Jacques, you'll be drop jawed. The guy never fought the bike. Totally fluid. Sick. I'm a helmet promotion freak, but man there is something about the photo above that makes you want to go and fly old school like that.