So, every day I wake up and I say to myself: "You will be in Belgium in 2008. You will be in Belgium in 2008." No joke. I have this goal to go and mix it up and experience the scene. One year from now. My wife is so rad and reminds me of this too almost every day.
How this goal came to be is through stories I've heard from my buds in CA, namely Evan, of guys from Black Market Racing (long time partners of Paul and Rock Lobster) and Cal Giant going for a number of years now to mix it up in local and Master's Worlds races in Belgium. Living here in Boulder, more stories from new friends here having done the same and dialing me into who I need to contact, etc, are getting me even further exited.
So to add more color to this story, Henry Kramer, a well known masters animal from the left coast just pulled off his first masters win over there this weekend. So rad! I would love to see him lay wood on these guys this Saturday at the Master's Worlds. GO BIG HENRY!
Some vids my team-mate Chris V took on his fan-dangled device of the woods section at Xilinx. Super muddy that day so you had to tread gingerly through these sections even with spikes.
Is it me, or is Niels Albert Sven's mini-me? This kid is going to shred the elites in the coming years and the guy, err boy, is only 20 friggin years old! Boom will be the Wellens of teh Sven generation. None of the U-23's can come within a minute of this guy and Niels continues to lay wood in the Elites. Funny thing is though, this guy has yet to pull on a set of stripes. Kevin babyface Pauwels and The Fidea Czech kid have nipped good o' Niels the last few years. Niels has got to chill out if he wants to be like his Maxi-me Sven though. If you get the chance, watch the U-23 races that usually preface the Elite races on your DVD's. Study this kid. He is a cry baby extraordinarie. I can barely watch him because he's too dramatic with "come on help me work up here" please and constant pushes to guys to clean his line. I'm an aggressive rider but the shit he pulls is horse cocky. Sven is like a machine. No emotion, just getting teh job done. take a page out of that Niels.
This cartoon of Richard G is perfect. It show's Ree-chard's fairly common portrait of mud splatter and sagging bottom lip. Grooven-dahl's tell tale sign when he starts to suffer is his lip sagging, mouth open and this AWESOME trail of snot, saliva that drips onto his Rabo skin suit. Suffering. I love this guy: Behold exhibit A:
Now he's all bad ass with jail house tatt's. Ben B's drug suspension is officially over and is free and clear to race. Don't know what to think. I used to LOVE to watch this guy race. Hands always on the hoods or in the drops always with heel scraping pedal action powering through the mud. But he doped and I just can't look at him in the same light. The same way I can't look at Philip M.
So this is probably old news to you voracious cyclingnews.com readers but I noticed that Joachim Parbo pulled out the "W" at his national champs. Why is this meaningful? 'Cause he is bar none one on the nicest guys I've ever met. Sincerely. He came to the Republic this season and stayed with Chris G to get immersed in the scene here and trained with us on the Wed AM workouts until he left to go back to the mother land and race the GvA's, SP's and WK's. Indeed he's a fast mo fo but super fun to dice it up with (when I could stay with him before exploding violently). His battles at the Rez with Wells, Baker et al were rad. Check 'em here:
(Can't access the exact album at the moment so search...).
In any event, "good on ya, Joachim!" Glad to see you'll be in the flag kit this year. Come back to Boulder!
Whoa. Anyone reading this blog certainly has hit the daily news digest on www.cyclingnews.com already and seen this. Ho-lee sheeit. This would be insane. Logistically it would be relatively harmless for the Eauros to come over as it would be early in the season but ripe for the US season. I would certainly go and race Masters events in RI if a true WC is to materialize in RI. Would you?
That's the sound Cccccccccherben De Ge Knecccccccccccccccchet made when he imploded on the super muddy NL champs today to allow Lars "I'm a stud 'cause I run a 42t single ring like my main man Greg from mudandcowbells" Boom to kill it and take the red white an blue tricolor. Reeechard could've pulled it off I feel all 99 Worlds style like when he last took the stripes. Anyhoo, here's a YouTube to distract you from work tomorrow you cross sluts: