Archive for March, 2009

30
Mar
09

Your Guide to the Spring Classics

Spring is a fairly exciting time for most, because it represents the beginning of another cycle of life — the renewal that comes after desolate, lonely Midwestern winters turn to rain and 60-degree days. You can try that garden again; you can get outside more. You can give losing those beach pounds another try. And perhaps, most importantly, you can start the process of fooling yourself into thinking the Cubs will win it all this year. I mean, really believing it — really believing it in your subconcious to the point where you avoid saying things to jinx it, because this could really be it, and you could be the asshole to ruin it all by saying something as innocuous as, “Those bats are looking pretty hot right now,” over dollar PBRs, when you should have been drinking Old Style.

Well, I’m not going to do it this year — do you hear me, Lou? — I’m not going to do it, goddammit. I’m not going to memorize the game schedule in 2-week increments, and listen to the official podcast like it holds the secret to immortality. I’m not going to sing “Go Cubs Go,” no matter how many times Reed Johnson hits a walkoff pinch hit homerun to win the game and the ravenous fans tear Wrigleyville apart (even though most of the people at the game don’t even know who’s playing). Sure, you’ll probably win the division, but you’ll just get into the playoffs and mess it up. Do something like ringing up 4 errors in one inning — four fucking errors, one after another! My little league team never even did that.

So… spring. A wonderful time to be alive. Oh yeah, it’s also the start of cycling’s Spring Classics, a handful of races that will help you forget all about a particular team that shall not be named again.

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30
Mar
09

A Belated Congrats, Levi (we didn’t forget about you)

Amgen Tour of California Stage 8

I’m sorry I forgot to Twitter you on Friday after you won the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon. That’s really awesome, and I as I pointed out earlier, would make a great name for an indie rock band. We were all just so occupied with Lance’s collarbone — I even saw a clip about it on CNN, no joke — and simply forgot to say good job. Don’t worry, Levi, we still love you.

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27
Mar
09

Bike Dreams: Bianchi Vigorelli

2009 Bianchi Vigorelli

2009 Bianchi Vigorelli

Don’t misundertand me — the newest crop of carbon racing bikes are drool-worthy machines that showcase just what bike builders are capable of doing these days. I would love to fly down the road on a featherlight carbon frame and look back at all the suckers behind me, trying to keep up. But to be honest, I still have this secret love inside my soul for steel-framed bikes.

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26
Mar
09

On Going Fast

As I was combing through some of biking-related headlines the other day, I happened across Levi Leipheimer’s victory (over Astana teammate Alberto Contador) in the time trial stage of the Castilla y Leon. The course was a flat but windy 28.2 km (about 17.5 miles) stretch of road. Levi won the stage in 33:17, giving him an average speed of 50.8 kph — that’s 31.5 miles per hour.

Sweet Jesus that’s fast.

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24
Mar
09

Link Rodeo: Don’t Die Edition

A small collection of links dedicated to not getting killed while prolonging your life through exercise.

  • An Iowa lawmaker has said that the Senate-approved Bike Safety bill is unlikely to become law this year, which included more protections for bikers and harsher penalties for hitting cyclists. “Some Iowans have told lawmakers they’re not enthusiastic about cyclists having more freedoms,” said Rep. Doris Kelly, referring to the state’s powerful redneck lobby, which actually pushed for a $100 bounty on each cyclist killed (no limit in season). [via DSM]
  • It’s springtime, which means shaking off the rust and getting back on those roads. More importantly, it means drivers have to remember how to act around us. “How Not to Get Hit by Cars” provides us ten common scenarios and ten easy ways (with diagrams!) to avoid becoming part of the next Red Asphalt installment. [via BicycleSafe.com]
  • America’s favorite morning host, Matt Lauer was raped brutally assaulted by a rogue deer while cycling in Long Island over the weekend. Despite separating his shoulder and requiring surgery, Lauer should be back to the Today show by the end of the week; coincidentally, Al Roker was reportedly overheard yelling “You told me it would look like an accident!” into his cellphone. [via Newsday.com]
23
Mar
09

For Lance, Love Britt

So, I was telling my insensitive wonderful girlfriend Britt about Lance’s crash in Spain when she started cracking up.

“What’s so funny about that?” I asked incredulously.

“I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” she said inbetween gasps for air. “It just reminds me; have you seen the kid on the bigwheel video?”

Before we go any further, I should note that Britt is one of the most avid YouTubers I have ever met. She discovered the talking goat and Daft Hands long before they went viral (even though she claims she’s only been surfing it for a year — yeah, right). So even though I wasn’t quite ready to laugh about bike crashes yet, I had to take her word for it.

Without further ado:

23
Mar
09

Armstrong Out of Castilla y Leon

What a Monday: Lance Armstrong has crashed out of Spain’s 5-stage Castilla y Leon on the first day, after getting tangled up in the peloton with only 20km to go. Team doctors have confirmed that Armstrong has a broken right collarbone.

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