OK, maybe not in the analog world (read: really on the bike), but we're beating their waffle eating arses in the digital world via cyclocross search queries! Ha! Sorry I am geeking out here. If you have never used this, this is a pretty rad feature of Google called "Trends". At work, our marketing gurus use it for pattern searches for various things to help target customers and interested parties in specific regions. I banged in the word "cyclocross" and the good old Republic of Boulder took the top step on the podium followed by our Oregonians for the cities most issuing the string. Belgium kicked our asses regionally.
Ha, kidding (but not about the doping). Not sure if you've ever seen this guy race. His neon orange helmet and totally strange tights (seen here) he'd always seem to wear could always be seen in the top 15 in the GVA's and World Cups a couple of season ago then he went underground.
This season I started to see is name in the results, never really factoring but still present (sans orange helmet this year thank God). Then this report. Roughly translated form Cyclocross info:
MIDDELKERKE - It does not look good for Maxime Lefèbvre. The Frenchman gained a nice sixth place today n the Noordzeecross at Middelkerke but forgot afterwards his responsibilities. The Flemish community sent the dope control to for the top ten racers. The list with the riders numbers was published and the racers by means of the speaker were informed to come and get tested but Lefèbvre apparently heard nothing. So, due to past 'issues', this appears to be the end of his career. In April 2004 he got a one year suspension for the use of Heptaminol, a stimulate, during a cyclocross in Raismes. A year after, he had not still presented to the UCI an account for his participation to another cross in Belgium. The Frenchman took part there during his suspension and did so illegitimately with a Belgian license. In spring of this year the Frenchman ended up again in competition. His absence on the medical control in Middelkerke will likely be expensive for him. 300 Euro fine plus a suspension are the useful tariff for that offense. So, if you look at his past, the future of this racer does not see already too rosy.
So I say give this freak show the boot. It's a shame for France who pride themselves on clean riders. Mourey will have to handle the load for teh French although Lefèbvre was like the Page of France focusing on cross and combating the Belgians. Guess he cracked, or his tights constricted the blood flow to his brain.
I do consider this a pretty huge day for US 'cross.
Results from CyclingNews:
1 Bart Wellens (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team 57.15
2 Jonathan Page (USA) Cervélo 0.12
3 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Lampre - Caffita
4 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita)
5 Marco Bianco (Ita)
6 Maxime Lefebre (Fra) 0.56
7 Alexander Moos (Swi) 1.03
8 Davy Commeyne (Bel) Palmans-Sapim-Collstrop 1.05
9 David Willemsens (Bel) Sunweb-Projobcyclingteam 1.26
10 Cyrille Bonnand (Fra) 1.49
11 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) 1.58
12 Ryan Trebon (USA) 2.06
13 Roger Hammond (GBr) Discovery Channel 2.14
14 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Rabobank
15 Peter Van Santvliet (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team 2.31
16 Pedro Baelen (Bel) 2.38
17 Rafael Visinelli (Ita) V.C. Bologna 2.44
18 Stijn Penne (Bel) 2.53
19 Bjorn Rondelez (Bel) 3.03
20 Jean-pierre Leijten (Ned) 3.20
21 Unai Yus (Spa) 4.01
22 Andreas Moser (Swi) 4.25
23 Nico Clarysse (Bel) Saey Deschacht 4.41
24 Erik Tonkin (USA) 4.48
25 Christophe Le Bouedec (Fra) 5.12
26 David Boucher (Fra) 5.18
27 Gianni Denolf (Bel) 5.31
28 Daniel Alexander (GBr) 6.34
29 Kris Lapere (Bel)
30 Régis Flohimont (Bel)
31 Philippe Gilbert (Bel)
32 Jo Naert (Bel)
33 Cyrille Prise (Fra)
34 Valentijn Ponseele (Bel)
35 Mark Cotton (GBr)
36 Robin Seymour (Ire)
37 Sven Reners (Bel)
38 Henrik Quillien (Fra)
39 Brian Zengeni (Zim) 4 ronden (Bel)
40 Sjef De Wilde (Bel)
41 Martin Gorden (Zim)
42 Yannick Laurent (Fra)
43 Nqozibitha Tshabalala (Zim)
44 David Chemille (Fra)
45 Nico Mattan (Bel)
46 Munyoro Byron (Zim)
1 Kaell Pizzy (Bel) 37.48
2 Kevin Van Synghel (Bel) 0.06
3 Nick De Proost (Bel) 0.20
4 Dimitri Stevens (Bel)
5 Jens Gys (Bel) 0.54
6 Kim Goethals (Bel) 1.01
7 Stijn Mortelmans (Bel) 1.18
8 Matthias Onghena (Bel) 1.40
9 Pascal Colaert (Bel) 2.10
10 Vincent Van Hooste (Bel) 2.17
11 Bart Maas (Ned) 2.20
12 Sylvester Sioen (Bel) 2.24
13 Kevin Callens (Bel) 2.45
14 Marco Minnaard (Ned) 3.25
15 Robin Vandaele (Bel) 3.54
16 Jeffrey Depuydt (Bel) 4.19
17 Dany Lacroix (Bel) 4.48
18 Benito Victoor (Bel) 5.10
19 Nick Vermunicht (Bel) 5.30
20 Kevin Clemme (Bel) 5.54
21 Fransesca Cucciniello (Ita) 6.16
22 Stijn Vangeyte (Bel) 6.31
23 Mathijs Bekaert (Bel) 6.54
24 Pierre Marien (Bel)
25 Gertie Willems (Bel) 7.12
26 Pieter Beauprez (Bel) 7.40
27 Sam Van Uytvange (Bel)
28 Jimmy Van Overbeke (Bel)
29 Tommy Baeyens (Bel)
30 Tom Huyvaert (Bel)
31 Michaël De Meyer (Bel)
32 Elisabetta Borgia (Ita)
33 Sil Debert (Bel)
Check this out. Someone is getting fired from Sven's pit crew. This is not how you exchange the bike of the UCI World Cup leader/Belgian Champ/Former World's Champ. Albert had no chain on the day but Sven is clearly pissed when the bike exchanged get's humped:
Got my first 6 2006/2007 DVD's from Joe! SWEET! Already checked our De Knegt's win in Hasselt last night. Nice mindless stuff for the rollers!
OK, borderline ridiculousness: Another 10"!! Crazy. After my hyperactive kids woke me up (like they do every single morning) at 5:40AM, I got out the shovel and unburied us yet again. I don't know why I shovel as our friggin neighborhood does not plow. I have to 4 x 4 the Volvo redlining the thing to make it to the main roads which are pathetically plowed but alt least can get us to civilization.
Even while not feeling well these days, I am too type A to just sit around. I've been having fun alternating rollers and gym stuff. My wife has been dragging me to Rally Sport and had me go through this military like workout for an hour with weights and nearly all core stuff. Holy crap. Tough but was so good to feel other muscles hurt rather than the normal leg pain from racing and training on bikes.
Speaking of sickness, the flu is getting under control. Went to the doc yesterday as a follow up appointment to get help for this chronic sinusitis thing I've had for time ad infinitum. Good news is my blood pressure was 102 over 61 and my HR sitting there in the office was 64. Ha!
I got some HORSE pills to take after realizing that I will not be able to get rid of this thing by wishing it away and taking more C. Next step is to ensure I do not have Hodgkins or lymphoma as my armit lymph is perennially swollen.
Even while racing I felt it in my armpit and it was annoying as all get up. Recent CT scans, blood tests and FNA's have indicated nothing at all serious but I am going to have this surgeon carve that puppy out in a week or two and probe it to make sure daddy doesn't have the big C. I don't need to 'come back' like Lance. I just need to get up on Mondays to go to work, be a daddy, husband and pay the mortgage to keep livin' the dream.
Life is not a dress rehearsal. Too many things to see and do and accomplish.
Check this frame out. This is my old custom made Ahrens Design Group/Rock Lobster DS bike aptly named the "Duaal Slalaam" (now the Gate Slamer) by its creator Mike Ahrens. This was the bike which led to a lot of mike's now insane designs he's working hard on these days back in Cali.
The picture here looks nothing like how I had it set up but the frame is still the Newcastle Broiwn Ale Yellow I asked it to be painted! Imagine a White Brothers DC110, MRP Chain Guide, Syncros short stem, deep bend Azonic Rizers, low SDG saddle (like this guy has on...maybe that's the orginal), 8 speed XTR set up.
I had the bike built in 99, raced it for a couple of DS seasons then I sold the bike it to Vision Cyclery in SF (not sure if they exist but here's the way back machine to the rescue...)and they sold it on. Anyways, this who took the pic guy bought the bike and now uses it as an urban bomber as you can see.
Anyways, an old friend found.
So I want to do a year end review of all the various products I tried this year and provide some feedback. I am insane about my equipment (should probably devote more time to the engine but I digress) and want to share with you some of the observations I have had with stuff that I pay my hard earned money for. Nothing I review is given to me.
First up: SwissStop brake pads.
From the land of financial obfuscation and bank account trickery comes this wonderful pad from SwissStop.
So this season, I rolled on some fast FSA 488 full carbon wheels. (I’ll do a review of these later but net:net…TOTALLY AWESOME WHEELS!). I picked them up dirt cheap during the summer and when it came time to build up my Rock Lobster Scandium Team, the issue I had was the brake pad issue against these full carbon wheels. I have run Empella FroggLegs for years and refuse to run anything else. Unbelievable power and clearance with my Dura Ace levers. The set up is a wee bit tough but once dialed, nothing beats them and all others (Spooky, Pauls, etc) try to emulate this design. So the dilemma was finding post-style brake pads meant for carbon rims to slip into the Empellas as they require post mount pads. I had been told by many many people not to run traditional pads, even if new, as the compound would be horrific if the weather turned sour (read: absolutely no braking power) let alone the squealing and stuttering issues experienced by using pads with compounds meant for aluminum or ceramic coated rims.
My first stop was to talk to my guru in Brandon D at Boulder Cycle Sport. I know he’s tried lots of combinations of equipment before and he faced the same dilemma with a new set of full carbon Zipps he was running for them this year. He located a company BBB Parts who ’sell’ something called the CrossStop from BBB. This product is a post style cartridge system which in theory would be perfect as I could swap out carbon fiber compound pads for aluminum ones (e.g. like you have on your Dura Ace road brakes more or less) if I want to train on the same bike with shitty old wheels. The issue was one of delivery. These guys at BBB could never come through for Brandon and deliver product. The unthinkable alternative was to lose the FroggLeggs and use Avid Shorty's or some like system which you can find carbon pads for. So back to my search...
Days passed and literally I’m thinking I need to sell these FSA wheels as it’s too much hassle. After a long search (and I should have started here!) our peeps at Cyclocrossworld just sourced these pads this year and were exactly what I was looking for. Stu at Cyclocrossworld walked me through the SwissStop Yellow Rat’s for Carbon Rims.
Cost was $50.99 for a set of 4.
Simple. It’s a post mount. But, note on the pads that there are small indicators in English for Front/Right, Front/Left, Rear/Right, and Rear/Left. This I assume does some level of toeing in so to speak. The distance from the post to the front of the pad and the post to the rear of the pad is asymmetrical and thus need to be used differently on the front or rear.
How did they Work?
Delicious. Here are my observations:
1) They modulate beautifully. When the heat up, they feel just like my normal pads on aluminum or ceramic rims.
2) Little chop: After a few rides, the pads and front fork (an 06 Alpha Q) would chop under heavy power-braking. I started to get a bit peeved but literally washed the rim and the pads with soap and water and it re-set them back to their original state. No chop.
3) No build up: I experienced virtually no build up on the rim of pad residue. A barely noticeable trace of yellow streaking.
4) Dry Performance: Excellent.
5) Wet Performance: Excellent. Nearly identical feel to dry in wet conditions.
6) Mud Performance: Excellent: a bit slippery but would hook up fairly nicely once heated.
7) Cold/Snow conditions: I raced these extensively in 45 degree and below weather and met with perfect results. The cold carbon and cold compound did not seem to adversely affect performance. I did not race these in snow unfortunately because I blew a tubular at the 2nd to last race (the last two races were in snow/mud) and was not going to go and repair them for two races left in the season.
8) Use on aluminum rims: I never used this pad or compound on aluminum rims. I decided to preserve the pads for exclusive use on those carbon wheels. Last time I checked, I do not have a contract with Fidea and need to buy these things myself! I don’t need aluminum shavings in my bling carbon fiber, yo!
I hope this helps anyone in search of solving this problem next year. More reviews to come…
Totally picturesque here. White Christmas for sure. My wife is totally rad and filled my stocking with all the goodies to replensih what I burned through during CX season: Degreaser, lube, brushes...all kinds of goodies.
Well back to the boys and building pirate ships and powerranger toys. All teh best and Marry Christmas!