What a gorgeous day. Not ideal for (road) cycling....unless you go one speed. S0, i unhooked the single speed today from its perch in the car hole and bombed for about 2.5 hours through some awesome scenery. Some road, but lots of through-the-woods that have been nicely matted by Nordic skiers. This route I go on is epic. You can literally do an almost 3 hour ride from the front door without touching pavement. Take this in context as it's not like living up in Breck or Santa Cruz when you can roll from your door and do 5 hour epics. This is the 'burbs baby and ya gots to do what you gots to do when the weather does not cooperate.
So I jammed this route which leads from Elk's Lodge in Boulder traversing due East towards Longmont almost 100% rad scenic dirt path (covered in snow now and matted by nordic track as I said). I hook this section up with some back ass trails in Longmont which start to lead South then over to Mesa in S. Boulder and on home back North traversing more dirt and bike paths, up Boulder Creek path then up Four Mile to Poormans. That last section on Poormans before it crests and you traverse back down to Sunshine lemme say is a beeatch. Dirk Friel I think has some stats on the elevation gain and grade. He does a lot with that fan dangle GPS stuff. Gotta ask him. It's especially hard when you run a retarded 36 x 16 like I do (gotta change this, this year...) on my single speed. I forgot that hill. I use it at the beginning of cross season traditionally. I start at the bottom of that beast and alternate riding-->dismount-->run 15 seconds uphill-->remount-->repeat. All the way up the mile or so. It make you strong like bull.
Anyhoo, great to get back on a bike again after taking time off. I've been pumping iron these days and allowing my wife to take me to her 'girly' weight class where it is anything but girly and am a certifiable wussy. The flogging is maddening. This little pint sized chick instructor has this cartoonish amount of weight on her bar and I have like two bagel sized weights. I'm weak.
I'm stoked on 07 already.
Nijs bagged 151 at the GvA in Baal where he is from. Unbelievable. Poor Wellens, man. I think his goal was to at least go for the GvA trophy considering Superprestige and the WC were already well nabbed by Sven. He got in a fender bender at the start with De Knegt. Beat. Nijs took that one too from everyone. Cannibal is the correct term. Oxygen tents are making the difference for Baal boy. Wellens and Vervecken need to get on that program or spend more time in their sponsor's hot tub.
The U-23's are showing their class though. Boom 2nd and Albert 3rd. Just imagine Troy Wells going for podium against Nijs and you can see how fast these U-23's are. Sick.
Happy New Year.
(photo courtesy of Cyclocrossonline.be)
Holy crow, maybe my posting below was a little prophetic! Reading Cyclocross Online today, Danny Summerhill apparently took 3rd at the Superprestige today! I battled against this kid in the 3's a season or so ago and knew he was going to be super. He was a fluid and very natural 'crosser. Never took chances and used his power smartly and had tons of finesse that only crossers truly know the nuances of in terms of technique. He's got it. This year he just literally grew up. Filled out, got bigger and stronger and the whole CO 'cross community saw this kid go from boy to young man. Unbelievable. He is laying wood over there and it is GREAT to see. He' sso young it's crazy.
Nice work Danny!
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.