I'll talk about my Boulder Roubaix debacle at some other point. Net:net: Ka-boom! and it's glaringly obviouls that one should not race and expect to be competitive after being sick for two weeks. It was a beautiful day though!
So my inside-the-peleton sources tell me some juicy tidbits. Look at these bikes (Hoste and Boonen's Paris Roubaix bikes). See any similarities?
My rumor mongers are indicating to me that Tommeke's Specialized is actually a custom Ridley. Truth? Dunno, but Mr. Boonen has been public about his dissatisfaction with the fit and they were scrambling with custom carbon molds for him (and Bettini) specifically. Who knows, but it makes for good Monday bike geek drama.
Mother nature does not know what she wants. Snow, no snow, rain, no rain. Peeks of sun...then overcast. We headed up to Beaver Creek and stayed at the posh Park Hyatt. Freebie from work. I had to talk the company's best sales guys through what kind of products my team and I are building from now through 09. They chose BC to throw down. Sort of a rah rah session. I like makin' the stuff sell itself but these big guns have this selling stuff down to a science. All the while threatening to snow 12" and trap us away from our kids at altitude.
Tomorrow is Boulder Roubaix. I'm not in race shape but I am going to go and race for some of my 'mates who are flying. Provide wheels, string out the peleton and then sit in and protect them. It'll be fun and the weather will not play a factor. The dirt will be fast. The breakup will come 2nd lap and not at the Kemmel, but rather at the climb before start finish. Trust me. It's more deceptive than people realize.
Today was a dramatic difference from yesterday. Snow and piss-ice rain to 60 degrees in sunny. I rolled so nice and easy today to get the legs turning a bit after the viral debacle of the last week or more. It brought smiles. Going to ease the throttle up and end the week with a race and use it for some intensity and see if I can help out a couple-a team mates who are flying these days. Tim'll be comin' down the mountain and we'll roll the B/R.
Finally feeling more like a human this evening. The fever hath broken. No Boulder Roubaix tomorrow which is a good thing. It is gonna be messy.
Good Friday. We're feeling in the spirit even though the spirits are down with bugs. Trying to assimilate the kids into something beyond themselves. So what to do but do the commercial thing and dye eggs! I made me a Sean Kelly Irish commemorative edition egg.
The number of degrees my body is at at this moment. Flu. Body aches like bone cancer and dizziness like you wouldn't believe. Maybe someone slipped me a mickey. Seamus had it like the dickens earlier this week ,the poor little guy. Wasted. No B/R on saturday. Whatever. I'm sick of everything at the moment. The last thing I need is a bike race.
BCS had a team night for us as well tonight. All kinds of great deals to ensure we are well equipped for the season. Taro and Brandon rip. I wasn't able to go obvioulsy but I'm hooking up the following cross wheel set for next year.
Mavic CD Reflex:
Hubs: Hugi 240's of course. Bomber.
Here's the news though. I was going to source some A-D Rhinos. 34 (I think) for my FSA-488's and 32's for these Reflex CD's. But Brandon mentioned there is a NEW player in the hand sewn tubular world. I have no details but ex-Dugast dude(s). We'll see. Stay tuned.
Off to bed to stop the ache.
I spoke yesterday of a warrier/angel. Today, I speak of a wanker/coward/p.o.s. who ran our hombre Chris Zito down and took off. Watch video of him explaning what happened here.
Read more on the Swobo site. People who witnessed him geeting whacked drove away. Drove AWAY.
Unbelievable photo caught by Rupert Berrington. Please visit his gallery and I thank him in advance for using this photo here with his copyright info.
Why is the photo meaningful. If you know this team mate of mine, you'd be smiling. This is a microcosm of Couch in action. Selfless.
1) He organizes the races RM puts on and has dedicated himself to the ACA for years.
2) He wholly manages the RM-Izze Womans team, growing it into a group of talented ladies who embody team spirit. He'll say adios to the guys on his well earned Saturday ride as they go off on their ride so he can stay with and mentor/clinic/coach the women on skills.
3) He works for his teammates continually. And it's here in this shot that it became obvious to me...having just given the wheel off his brand new Specialized to a team mate at the Kopp.
Rock on Couch. We need to bottle you up somehow. This is the shit that should make people get up in the morning to try and emulate.
Joe P from PelotonPhoto has posted some great images from the Kopp. I am bummed I missed it! This pic is insane knowing what it is like scrambling up that hill on the first lap. It quickly strings out after.