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Veek-toire!

We took the SM3 TTT today at Haystack. More later as I am shattered, back in the sick hole, and waiting for pics.

The people you meet....

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.

That boy's got skeeewz

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.

Chrono

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.

Boulder Roubaix pics


Local photographer D Moynihan has some phenomenal shots of the day. Please visit.

Rumor mill

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.

Feigning weather

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.

Daily Camera Audio Slide Show of Kopp

This is our home town newspaper's report of the Kopp race. Very nicely done. Photos really capture the essence of the race and the racer's sound bytes are spot on.

See the audio slide show HERE.

JJ's afterburners

Photo ©: Elmar Krings

Ali-jet? Poor bastard is getting smoked after his knee cap crackage in last yours Giro. Getting the royal beat down from Tommeke and just about anyone else who can throw 14 hundy watts for 500 meters. But holy crap in the pants: Herr JJ war wunderbar im Rund um Köln !! JJ is obviously going to land a bigger contract for next year and will have his own JJ-train for sure. Maybe an action figure too. My team mate was the T/U soigneur last year and spoke super highly of this prodigy. I'm stoked to see what unfolds with JJ overseas.

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.

Feevah be gone

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.

Happy Easter, peeps. Bock, bock.