2-Time New Zealand National Time Trail Champion
... frickin' hilarious.
Here is "Inside My Mind #7" July 14, 2006:
I was in a group with Tom Boonen and we saw some cows on the side of the road.
Tom said "Dave, you see those cows on the side of the road?"
I said "Yes, Tom."
Tom said "That's what happens when cyclists die, we become cows and eat dirt."
I said "Wow, I can't wait."
In fact, on July 13, 2006, the day before, Dave finished 117th and Tom finished 120th, in the same group of about 20 riders, 40 minutes behind the leaders (Menchov, Leipheimer and Landis) on Stage 11 of the Tour, one of the most difficult mountain stages of the 2006 Tour.
Boonen commented after the stage:
"I've been riding on my bike for seven hours, I've climbed five cols... tomorrow, there's a stage of 212 kilometres, and after that, a stage of 230 kilometres... I think that's just great," Boonen said sarcastically. "This is scandalous, it's over the top. I'm also supporting the battle against doping, but with these sorts of stages, the battle will never be won," he said. See cyclingnews.com.
After 7 hours and all that climbing, no wonder Tom and DZ were contemplating death and reincarnation.http://www.davezabriskie.missingsaddle.com/
Bill, Bill... oink, oink, oink... heh, heh, heh, that's one got a gun, I know it. Bill, I said you missed it. Ooohh, you're gonna get fired that one. She's got a knife. Whadda you think you're doing. Oink, oink... heh, heh, heh.
For four laps, I had mud and beer thrown at me. The fifth time it was just too much for me. I didn't really intend to hit him, and I regret what I've done, but I think that as a rider I don't have to put up with everything.
As I stepped up to the top of the podium, Bernard Hinault met me at the top of the steps and said 'perfect.' No gifts, no gifts this year. I've given gifts in the Tour de France and very rarely has it ever come back to help me. And this is the biggest bike race in the world and it means more than any bike race in the world and it means more to me than any bike race in the world. And I wanna win. No gifts.
Parker had her fifth career dunk and third this season with 12:56 left in the first half against West Virginia on Wednesday night. She stole the ball at one end and jammed it in with one hand at the end of a fast break. This time, Parker's dunk was more emphatic with the rim making a louder thud, and she finished by popping her jersey. The officials immediately conferred with each other and called a technical foul.
Photo: AP/Wideworld Photo
The referees should call the sport the same way whether men or women are playing. To do otherwise sends the wrong message.
VN: Do you see yourself still racing masters races in 10 years like Ned
Overend or Steve Tilford?
MM: I hope so. I admire guys like that. Paul Curley, the guy who taught me the sport of cyclo-cross back in 1985, here he is in the 50-plus race. I admire that. I've been in the sport for so long that it will always be a part of me. I live in a region where there is racing every weekend for road and mountain-bike and 'cross. If bike racing is still a sport in 20 years, I will be doing it. Go Here for full interview.
Tyler will have a good year. Look, it is clear he has served his time.
It is better 100 guilty Persons should escape than that one innocent Person should suffer.
I've never taken testosterone, I would have been stupid to because you just can't get away with it (in doping tests)," he said. "What it comes down to is that I'm being accused of stupidity more than doping.
To have a day without any worries. This whole affair has ruined my life. My father-in-law committed suicide. There must be a link to what happened. He was my best friend and my biggest supporter.
Predictor-Lotto just doesn't sound as good as Davitamon-Lotto. I think I'm just going to call them Lotto or better yet, P-Lotto as in P-Funk. As in Parliament- Funkadelic.
As in Parliament "I am George muther-f**kin' Clinton and you better get on the goddamn mothership and shake your ass" Funkadelic.
You gotta love a band whose every song is about one thing and one thing only: "the funk." Nothing else. All funk all the time.
Make my funk the P.Funk... I wants to get funked up... I want the bomb, (P.Funk) I want the Funk... I want my funk uncut. Make my funk the P.Funk.
With one kilometer to go, I went to the head of the peloton. Leading the group, I entered a tunnel with lots of speed and Zabel on my wheel but when we exited the tunnel I saw that I had a gap on the field which is when I decided to go for the win.”
Human rights, that's an invention of the Marxists.
Here's a shot from 2002, after repairs were made and it was widened.
Didn't really matter though, because in the 2006 edition, shown below, the group chasing the 3 leaders still had to stop and walk.
Go here for more photos on the Koppeneberg from 2006. Absolute chaos. Riders almost coming to a standstill and falling sideways, not even enough time to unclip. Less than 10 riders made it to the top on their bikes in the 2006 Tour of Flanders. The rest had to walk. These are the pros, right? The best of the best, the fastest of the fast. The Koppenberg humbles all, takes no prisoners and spits you out at the top, lungs gasping, legs quaking. The Koppenberg is out of this years edition of the Tour of Flanders because of serious degradation due to erosion. The organisers of the race stated:
As the organisers, we don't want to run the risk that the sporting development will be too heavily influenced by non-sporting factors. Despite the enormous effort of people and the means to marshal the section, we have to realise that we don't hold all the factors in our hand. In bad rain and with the current condition of the cobbles, we are asking for trouble." See procycling.com
Even without the Koppenberg, Flanders is a brutal race at over 250 km. The 2007 edition still has 18 climbs. See SETH's recent post for a complete list. Yes, the grand tours are hard, but races like Flanders are the guts of cycling. Flanders is hardcore. And the Koppenberg is one of the hardest.
All photos: Graham Watson
Commenting on road racing, Trebon said:
"I think it's awesome training for the 'cross, when you're out there racing for like five hours and you're really depleted and towards the end, you're just hanging on," Trebon said. "Those guys, they're pretty fast, and when they are going, you're just head down, suffering pretty good. That's all 'cross racing is, especially in Europe. You just have to learn to suffer through these fast laps. Everyone tells me I should race on the road, that it's a better fit for 'cross. I think you get those real hard accelerations, and it teaches you to suffer more. In mountain biking, you can only go as hard as you can. In road you have to go as hard as everyone else to keep up."
His blog is pretty funny too, check out the link at right.
Photo: Jonathan S. McElvery