Monday, July 28, 2008

The new phone books are here, the new phone books are here...

Wait a minute, strike that... my new bike is here, my new bike is here! Yes! The new cross bike is here. I ended up getting a whole bike instead of just a frame because I could get the whole bike sooner. So, we will take the parts off of the Redline and put them on the Cannondale, then I'll sell the Redline with all new everything except for the frame.

I felt really "big" on the Redline. Maybe its doing so many miles on the road, but I like to be a little more stretched out, so I started looking at the #s. I ride a 54cm Cannondale road frame. The 52cm Redline is almost exactly like a 50cm Cannondale; too small. The 52cm Cannodale cross frame has the same to tube length as the 54cm road frame, so I'll get the length I want there.

Can you believe cross season starts in 8 weeks??!!
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2 Judsons this weekend, as hard as I could go. The SRM is finally working correctly again. The sensor was not picking up all of the outputs, so my readings for the last 3 weeks have been about 20% low. I think this was my last double Judson week as I need to get on the mtb and polish up my tech skills.

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The Tour. I didn't watch all of it, in fact not alot of it. But I did watch the Alpe stage live. 6 hours of coverage, all three climbs. CSC was pretty awesome; Sastre only had his nose in the wind for the Alpe itself. All of them looked rather human. That is, after Sastre went, the rest of the best looked like they were struggling. Even Sastre looked ragged at the end.

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The doping stories continue. Now its a mountain biker. The Danish Olympic committee has already performed 163 tests so far on a total of 83 athletes. That's about 2 apiece so far.

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You think your tires wear out fast... NASCAR had to have its drivers pit every 10-12 laps because of tire wear on Sunday!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Random

Back to work this week. Being off was great, but didn't really feel like I was off, since I ended up answering e-mail and returning some calls anyway.

I rode alot, at least when it wasn't raining. I finished Tammi's Bontrager and must say the build is very PRO. Thanks to John and Lou for their help.

Watched most of the Evanston crit races cheering for anyone we recognized as they sped by.

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This photo is of a recently converted to condos building a block from us. 3 units are now for sale and there are only 12 untis total. What the hell were these people thinking?


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So the search of Frank and Andy Schleck's Dad's car during the tour was random. Sure... That's why the only 2 cars searched the whole day happened to be licensed in Luxembourg.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Stay-cation

I'm off this week on a "staycation." That's right, no cash and too high gas prices means no trip out west to mountain bike. It will be nly the second year in the last 10 that I haven't made such a trip. The only other was the year Elora was born.

Monday we took Elora to Millenium park. She loves it there. She likes to run on the big grassy filed and around and under the bean, but her favorite is the water thingy. Actually, its called the "Crown Fountain." She can't et enough of it.

Tuesday, I was at the Pony Shop early pulling the parts off of Tammi's Bontrager. The new SRAM kit came, so have to take everything off. Its the first time I've pulled a set of cranks and bottom bracket, so it was a great learning experience.

Today, we took Elora to the Lincoln Park zoo. I have a hard time with zoos because I think they are cruel. But, Elora is 3 and has no concept of that. Where I see a Rhinoceros in a 20 by 30 area, cooped up, she just sees an animal that she has only seen in photos or youtube.

Tomorrow, its back to the Pony Shop to put the new parts on.

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Since when were alleged doping offences i.e. a "non-negative" result on an A sample announced to the press. Whether Beltran or DueƱas took EPO or not, nothing, nothing, nothing should be said until after the B sample is tested. In fact, I am pretty sure that the WADA codes says that if the A sample is positive but the B is negative, it is a negative result. Union goddamnit, union!

Everyone else, ASO and now the teams that want to be so Pro anymore, seems to be flexing their muscle. Who gets squeezed? The riders. I'm not saying that there isn't doping going on, but the ends never justify the means.

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Cross is around the corner... I started some higher intensity stuff this week like 8 x 3 efforts etc. Much harder than I thought, much.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Well.. that didn't take long

Manuel Beltran tests positive for EPO from the 1st stage.

cyclingnews, velonews.

Did he dope or was it the test?

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Tour

Anyone else miss the DR Chipper?

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Overheard

Jens Voight on his not being "too active to date in the Tour de France."

I am being saved for something special. I am like a tightly coiled spring and I'm just waiting for Bjarne to pull the trigger and release me and then - bam, I will explode into the race.


He is one of my favorite riders. Attack, attack, attack!


http://www.cyclingnews.com/news.php?id=news/2008/jul08/jul08news3

Monday, July 7, 2008

Things

Thanks to my favorite Dr., the sinus infection is almost gone. It did cost me a whole week of training though. Better now in June, then in October.

Yesterday was one of the best Judson's ever, at least the first half. Solid paceline from Rt. 43 through the end of St. Mary's. Tail wind, we were moving at about 28 mph solid. 10-12 guys pulling through. Then we decided to go long and do the Sisters (a series of rollers.) The only rule that I know of on Judson is: you stop at the end of the Sisters before turning onto 120. Why? Because 120 is basically a 4 lane divided highway. We only have to be on it for a short time, but the cars are moving and there's really no shoulder, safety in numbers. When we got to the end of the rollers, I was at the back of the group. I had passed 2 guys, 1 dropped on the last climb and the other just gapped. I stopped, well... because we're supposed to. I yelled out to the other guys in the group "STOP, we've got one back." Brian, who was behind me was the only one who stopped, he yelled out too. I heard the guys at the back of the group yell forward, but no one else stopped. Brian and I figured that since they had heard us, they would soft pedal and wait. But, they didn't. So once Ted caught up the three of us set out for the trip home.

Frame is ordered. Hopefully it will be here so I can build it up, then after a crash course in gluing tubulars from Lou, I'll start on the wheels.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Oh yeah!

Looks like the Chicago Cross Cup 2008 schedule has emerged:

2008 CHICAGO CYCLOCROSS CUP SCHEDULE
Sat September 13-CX Clinic (TBD)
Sun September 21-Jackson Park
Sun October 5- DeKalb
Sun October 12-Hawthorn Woods
Sun October 19-Carpentersville
Sun October 26-Bartlett
Sun November 2-St. Charles
Sat November 8-TBD
Sun November 9-Northbrook
Sun November 16-Lansing
Sun November 23-Woodstock
Sun December 7-Montrose-IL State Cyclocross Championships

11 races!!

Start times have changed a little bit, with all of the Masters fields on course at the same time. That's alot of riders on the course at the same time, at least 50-60.

10:00 Masters 30+ (60 min)
10:02 Masters 40+ (all 45)
10:02 Masters 50+
11:00 Cat. 3 (All 45 min)
11:02 Women 1/2/3
12:00 Women 4 (all 30 min)
12:02 Juniors
1:00 Men 1/2/3 (60 min)
2:15 Men 4a (30 min)
3:00 Men 4b (30 min)