Monday, December 31, 2007
2007's Best and Worst Moments
Best Proud Pappa Moment:
Laundry's win in the 4's at Barriani Road Race-- while the race lacked the devastating put-you-out-the-back-before-you-know-it wind of previous years, Laundry rode sensibly in the group, springing a little fast twitch in the finale that was enough to make a father's chest swell with pride.
The 3's Challenge Challenge-- Micah Herman comes of age, besting the "grown-ups" and filling his pops to the brim with that pride stuff.
Golden at Golden State-- AWfoSho, with a little help from his friends, showed the pro/1/2 boys how to win a local crit. First-ever DBCJRT pro/1/2 win didn't just bust my chest open spilling pride all over the place as a pappa, but also as a director... the kidlets rode like a team, not just against other kidlets, but against the big dogs.
Worst We Really Tried Moment:
Merco Credit Union Grand Prix-- Plan A didn't work, Plan B didn't work either and DBCJRT ended up out of the top ten in a race where we should have been on the podium for sure... El Gigante saved a little face with his second place finish in the 15/16 category, but we still didn't count on that SoCal kid winding it up the way he did to take the top spot.
17/18 Nationals Road Race-- We tried to have everybody up front for the descent, we really did...
Mr. Basso's attempt at doping. He really tried, but couldn't even get that right.
Best Pavement Toucher:
The Tapinator definitely made a run at this one with consecutive crashes, but without a doubt, this one goes to a kid who managed to break his wrist while blowing his nose!
Worst Pavement Toucher:
TK couldn't keep the rubber on the road and ended up in the ditch... really far down in the ditch... on a little old training ride.
Best Fit in the Airport:
Let's just say it had been a long week and leave it at that...
Luckiest TK Moment:
Sure was lucky that Jan's camera and all those expensive bikes were still in the hotel room when we got back from dinner...
Unluckiest Staz moment:
Bummer that you let you dad fill your car up with gas... oops, don't think you heard about that one yet...
Best I Can Act Like a Two-Year-Old Moment:
Matt Theisen's exit after the officials declared a four way tie for eighth place in the 3's at Land Park.
Tricky Ticky putting on a show after the crit at VOS...
No moto with the 17/18's at VOS during the RR...
"I bet you $50 I'm gonna win the TT at Nationals."
Best Stage Race:
The votes are in for Gold Nugget, but because it was so small I just can't give the nod to it... instead, I'm gonna say Madera simply because the results were up before we left the parking lot. And, I had a blast in the feed zone.
Best Stage Race Moment:
"How 'bout, Who's got the biggest dangles?"
Best Crit Team:
2007 DBCJRT without a doubt...
Best Hill Climbers:
Without a doubt... not 2007 DBCJRT
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
In the most current issue of Time the editors pose the question, "Why do we go list-crazy at the end of every year?" They then procede to give their top ten reasons why. I've been toying with the idea of another top ten list... the top ten best DBCJRT moments of 2007 or My ten favorite memories of 2007 cycling or... you get what I'm after. But, I've already used top ten lists at least twice on this blog. Remember Madera or more recently, The top ten things I learned on the Jesse Ride... I'm hesitant to use another top ten list because using the same format too many times is a sure way to bore the three of you that actually read this thing...
So, instead, why don't y'all comment with you favorite and/or least favorite moments from 2007 cycling and I'll do my creative best to compile them into some semblence of interesting before we turn the page on the calendar.
The rules are simple: if it is remotely related to cycling-- DBCJRT, NorCal Juniors, NorCal Elites, Prosies, etc, etc, etc-- comment on it.
This may be a cheap and easy way to fill content, but more likely, I've forgotten many of the best/worst moments of 07... They say that the first thing to go when you get old is your memory. I forget what the second, third, and fourth things to go are, but I do look for other things to do while I'm bent down after tying my shoes...
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
All I want for Christmas is two good knees... instead got this... I'm not at liberty to say to whom the knees belong, but the boy does need to clean his room... could be worse after going under the knife.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
El Gigante and I rode the wind back from Lake Solano today just in front of the rain. Half hour behind us, on his way back from Napa, AWfoSho got wet... At least he remembered his rain jacket, even if Paul gave him grief about his lack of stylish sensibility...
Sunday, December 16, 2007
9) Sometimes, no matter how hard he pushes himself, a kid can't get his HR to climb above 160 BPM... momma said there would be days like this, there'd be days like this, my momma said... time for a few recovery rides...
8) It is possible to bonk Caren, but only after she has run 20+ miles the day before...
7) It is a good bet that Jesse not only knows every road in Placer County but has ridden on them... even if they are dirt...
6) Green Valley Road to Missouri Flat Road is a terrible route to take if Jesse is no longer available to route find...
5) Mother Lode Road is even worse than Green Valley/Missouri Flat...
4) Being on the front for three hours isn't that bad if you are riding at your own pace...
3) The Bakery next to Bicycles Plus is not open on Sundays... even if you have been on the front for three hours...
2) The Mexican Restaurant next to Bicycles Plus is really expensive. Spandex is not appropriate dress either...
1a) food poisoning is not conducive to finishing with the hardmen on a Jesse ride...
1b) vomiting is a really good way to induce bonking...
1c) newspaper is a good substitute for toilette paper when you are suffering from food poisoning on a Jesse ride... *editors note: DBCJRT does not condone stealing at anytime, even newspapers from somebody's newspaper tube, but will make exceptions in the case of explosive diarrhea...
Saturday, December 15, 2007
AWfoSho returning home via Putah Creek Road after logging some base miles... somewhere just east of Highway 505 a car pulls up behind him occupied by two late teen or early twenties types. All masculine and MOPAR like they rev the engine a few times in an attempt to intimidate a lone rider spinning on the fog line. Bravado being what it is, a few engine revs simply aren't enough so they step up their game. Tires smokin', rubber squealin' our friendly auto occupants leave a trail of rubber-wreaking smoke as they pass...
The smokin' and squealin' continue out of sight around the corner only to be followed by the emphatic bang of a tire blowing out.
Our two friendly, former auto occupants are now standing on the side of the road with perplexed expressions on their faces, wondering just what the heck happened to their tire. As AWfoSho spins by he can't hold back a comment...
Something along the lines of, "Sucks for you" slips out to be followed by more bravado from the two now-afoot former auto occupants. In the blink of an eye one of them slips off his shoe and turns it into a projectile. Quick thinking!
The shoe sails harmlessly over AWfoSho's shoulder and lands conveniently on the road in front of him. Without stopping AWfoSho bends down and scoops up the errant projectile. Glancing back over his shoulder with an equally perplexing look, probably more accurately interpreted as 'WTF', the shoe is hurled over the embankment and lost forever to the creek bottom and its varmints while AWfoSho continues along his merry way.
Don't know what happened to deedle-deedle-dumplin' and his companion. Not sure if they were quick-witted enough to change the tire on the car. Perhaps they found a way to share three shoes between four feet as they hoofed it back to Winters...
Thursday, December 13, 2007
primero: don't know if you read VN or not, but Rock is making noise again. And I like it... Michael Ball has got a way with words, ya know what I mean. He don't beat 'round no bushes. He's standing behind his riders despite many a flying rumor.
El Gigante and AWfoSho hooked up for a ride with that Switters kid today and the chit chat inevitably turned towards the above referenced interview. I'm getting this second hand, but seems Adam was Leogrande's roommate at Superweek '07. He's vouching for Kayle, saying that there was no monkey business with needles or pills going on at all. I, for one, am glad to get confirmation that KL was riding clean. God save our sport!!!
segundo: got confirmation from Voler today that the proofs are in the mail... in a day or two I should get those full size pieces-o-paper. And I'm not kidding... to view them in their entirety one needs to lay them out on a queen size bed. I don't even have enough contiguous floor space in my humble abode to lay them down without folding 'em.
Anyways, I'll be pouring over the logos for spelling and location, checking colors, etc... all the while admiring the new white shorts... if all goes as planned, we'll have new kits the second week of January... coolio...
tercer: This may be more of a rumor than confirmation, but take it for what it is worth... Finally something useful from MySpace... Rock's Justin Williams sent out a little tid bit to all his buddies... El Gigante happens to be one of them.
You should all know Jr. National Championships are in California!!! and that all ready makes it the best nationals ever but there so much more. Im helping with the event and i want everyone to spread the word....The TT completey flat the road race made for REAL! racers not climbers and The Crit DisneyLand Baby!
Can you say, "Easy on the budget?" if it's all true and no bs... 'bout time they brought the dang thing back to the Left Coast. Not that I haven't had fun trapsing around the rural PA countryside and ER's the last two years...
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
There's always a puddle of sweat on the hardwood floor and the faint aroma of teenage boy hanging in the air...
I'd offer to stay and clean up but figure I better skatdaddle before his better half gets home and sees what he's been up to. Kinda one of those oops your mom's gonna kill us when she sees this mess. Did you hear that? I think my mom is calling. Gotta run moments.
Despite the I-should-stay-and-help-clean-up feelings, there is something I love about watching the kids test... It might be seeing the improvements as they "grow up" and get faster, but more than likely it's the childish giddy feeling that I get watching them suffer... There is something about suffering on the trainer... it so visible... not like watching suffering on the road. I can stand next to them glancing at the HRM, listening to the breathing, watching the drops of sweat bead up and roll off... Oh, and there is the funny little face a big tough teenager makes when the skin-fold-o-meter pinches them.
Suffering... it's worth risking your buddies mom (or in this case, wife) coming home to discover what you've been doing in her living room.
BTW the kids numbers look good... better december numbers than we were seeing in june last year. and does it mean anything if TK set a pr for max hr???
Monday, December 10, 2007
Junior Boys 15/16
Cody Tapley--- third full season with DBCJRT and improving rapidly. Striving towards the Junior Point Series in 08
Andreas Freund--- been with us since he burst onto the scene as a 13 year old. Multi-time state champion. Working towards being even faster when the road tips skyward
Torey Philipp--- comes to DBCJRT from Body Concepts. Big engine, lots-o-potential. And yes I spelled his name wrong in a previous post
Zachary Sawchuck--- Another transfer from Body Concepts
Zachary Wick--- back for his 6th season in 08. Former state champion, looking to crack the mystery of a 3's field sprint
Peter Aumann--- first year racer with cycling in his blood
AJ Snovel--- lots of talent, looking to break into racing in a big way in 08
Junior Boys 13/14
Kyle Blyth--- another new racer with competitive cycling in his blood
Kelby Spore--- who needs to train when you come from a gene pool like this one? Undefeated in his age group in 07 (except for a missed start time at Dunlap). Gotta get him off the motorcycle and onto the bicycle more often in 08
Alexander Freund--- another former state champion back for another go in 08. Odds on favorite for the junior 13/14 ncnca point series championship
Junior Boys 17/18
David Vuilleumier--- back for his third season in the blue and orange. the consummate teammate and a big talent
Chris Stastny--- son of a former Czech national champion on the road, looking towards following in pop's footsteps
Parker Childress--- a big-hearted kid with a large side order of perseverance. Looking to step up his game with some out-of-district racing in 08
Brian Frink--- new to racing for 08. Looking to cut his teeth with the big boys in the upcoming season
Alex Wick--- four time state champion, twice on the podium at nationals, a self-professed crit slut looking to make the jump to 1's in 08
Taylor Kuphaldt--- a state champion and one of the top TT specialists in the country. Looking to cat-up to 1 in 08 if he's not spending too much time with the national team
Junior Boys 10-12
Karch Miller--- one of the top dawgs on the bmx circuit, this kid can spin like you can't believe. Should be lots-o-wins in 08
Ryan Gomez--- ready and rarin' to race in 08. If the kidlet has as much speed as enthusiasm he will be unstoppable
Sunday, December 9, 2007
One of the things I have a hard time balancing as director of DBCJRT is a non-DBCJRT specific ride. If I set up a ride and invite the juniors to come I know I am responsible for them. I know that I will leave nobody behind. With other rides, like the Jesse ride, the Wheelworks ride, or Tues/Thurs rides the line is not so clear. If a DBCJRT athlete is there I feel responsible for them because they are a part of our team even if it is not a DBCJRT ride. If/when they start going off the back I'm torn... stay with them, or continue my ride... one of the limited times I have to ride.
I had some trepidation about having Torrey on the ride because I knew I would go off the back with him if he got dropped. But then what about the other DBCJRT kids who might get dropped later in the ride, farther from home?
Not to worry... our newest kidlet rode strong. He ate when I told him to eat, listened as Jim, Alex, and I gave him pointers about saving energy in the group, etc. Granted Jesse is recovering from a rough week, and the ride was considerably easier and shorter than previous weeks, but Torrey was there right up to the end.
I'm looking forward to watching him develop as a bike racer... he's got the engine. It'll be fun to teach him how to race. Another project for 08!!!
Keep up the good work, Torrey!
Thursday, November 29, 2007
The deals are too smokin' hot to post specifics here. might fry the interwebs... but, if you are privy, check out your email for all the details.
I love this time of year when all the schmoozing, chasing, back-slapping, and brown-nosing comes to fruition!!!
Friday, November 23, 2007
Check out that beard... now you know why we call him Thor...
Just riding MTB doesn't eliminate you from being a community-minded individual, but hanging out with guys like this might...
Hey Blake... crack kills!!!
Thursday, November 22, 2007
I haven't heard officially from Slipstream yet, but one of our enterprising young'ns sniffed out a little tidbit on the Slipstream/Chipotle Website... seems that DBCJRT has earned the Polka-Dot KOM in their "Causing the Slipstream" development program. Which means that in exchange for jersey space we get, among other things, free burritos... settle down TK, they all aren't for you, but you will get your fare share.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Next Saturday, 11/16: We'd like to make this a team ride, and want as many of you as possible to come. We will be riding to Winters at an easy pace, nobody will be dropped. After we get to Winters you have two options. 1) Alex and Zach will continue on for an additional 2.5 to 3 hours with hills. This portion of the ride will be faster and they can't guarantee that you will not get dropped. 2)I will be returning to Davis at an easy pace, as slow as the slowest rider, nobody gets dropped. This is a perfect chance for you to come out and meet your teammates, ride with them, get to know them. Come out and ride. Again, 9:00 am sharp at 1959 Lake Blvd #157. Parents are welcome to come also. RSVP to this email address.
Looking forward to seeing all of you on the bike.
Finally: 5:01:37... ride time, 85.4 miles... ride distance, elevation gain... you tell me. How much climbing is there if you ride from Folsom to Placerville, down Chili Bar and up the other side, over to Greenwood, back to Cool, over Salmon Falls cut-off back to Folsom. That's what Jesse did to us today. We started out with a group somewhere between 20 and 30, including riders from the Cal-Giant, Seirra Nevada/Specialized, Webcor/Alto Velo, and, I think, Eric Saunders was there along with TK, AWfoSho, the Staz and me. By the time we hit Chili Bar we were down to 10 0r 12 because of flats, mechanicals and plain old droppage. My legs yelled quit somewhere around Cool (really they were yelling it long before, but that is when I finally succumbed to their insistence). The Staz and I pedalled the final hour and a half all lonely like, but it's all good because Staz got to learn about old-man toughness. "We're still an hour plus from the car. There is nothing for it but to git'er done, so keep pedalling."
Looking forward to seeing you all on the bike!
Thursday, November 8, 2007
James Childress, DDS has been a practicing dentist in Davis for many years. He is a five time recipient of the Yolo County Dentist of the Year Award. DBCJRT is pleased to have formalized a relationship with Dr Childress for 2008. Dr Childress' comittment to the team for the 2008 season follows an informal relationship in 2007 when he first expressed interest in supporting the team.
e-Motion Video is a video production company based in Davis. DBCJRT is happy to have them onboard. From their website:
e-Motion Video is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2003 Videographer Award of Distinction.
e-Motion Video was born from a passion and talent for shooting
and editing subjects near and dear to our hearts -- mainly cycling,
skiing, or any other adrenalin-based or human-powered
It soon became apparent, however, that our top-quality
production services were in high demand in a business and broadcast environment
Hal Sloane, company founder and president, came to the
production world from a successful TV news career. The driving force of e-Motion
Video, Hal possesses the unique ability to create
captivating video quickly
and efficiently. His innovative style and editing tempo have produced
compelling, award-winning work for 16 years
Benton Runquist, DDS, MS is a multi-year sponsor of DBCJRT. 2008 will be the third consecutive season he has supported the team. Dr Runquist practices orthodontia in Davis and has straightened the teeth of several DBCJRT athletes.
Like Dr Runquist, Tandem Properties has pledged its support to DBCJRT for a third consecutive year. From Tandem's website:
Tandem Properties was founded in 1965 as a sole proprietorship by John Whitcombe. John graduated from UC Davis and then from the Harvard Business School. The original company began by designing and building custom homes. In 1969, Bill Roe and Paul Makley both graduates from the Stanford Business School, joined the company to help manage it's growth. For over 30 years, Tandem Properties has maintained its tradition of quality housing and fair business practices which the community has come to expect year after year. Today, the company continues this reputation of service to the community. Tandem Proeprties is an official corporate sponsor of UC Davis Athletics and the AGGIE PACK, the largest student booster organization in the country. The company has also benefitted local organizations such as Families First, Yolo County Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center, International House, Head Start and more. As Tandem Properties grows, so will it's capacity to provide more quality rental housing, excellent customer service and outstanding stewardship of the community.
We are a lumber remanufacture plant & sawmill located on 22 acres in Yuba City, CA. U.S.A. We are a group of people coming together with a common goal. That goal is customer satisfaction, reliable service and quality products. In this day and age, it is equally important to find products that fulfill specific niches in the market. We strive to achieve these goals at our mill.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
A Rising Star...
Now the Tapinator is training religiously with long rides, building a base for 2008.
When he's not on his bike training, Tapley is working on bikes at his part time job at Davis Wheelworks. A neo-mechanic, Cody describes his job as, "the Walmart bike mechanic." Wheelworks is the premier Northern California bike shop where it is routine to see $5,000 $6,000 even $10,000 bikes come and go through the doors. Cody is cutting his teeth on the inexpensive stuff first, and that is fine with him. "[It] is okay because I learn new things everyday."
Cutting his teeth in the bike shop, cutting his teeth on the race course. Full of heart, the Tapinator is going to make his dreams come true...
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
- Clothing orders for the 2008 season are due this Saturday, 11/10... I have to have it to Voler by the 12th and need the weekend to compile it.
- If you want long sleeve items like wind jackets, thermals, or armwarmers you need to order those with the adult team clothing order... that order form can be found here. Make sure you follow all of the instructions.
- Race reimbursement requests for 2007 are due to me by 11/14. That way, if you completed all your volunteer hours, you can have a nice check to spend on new bike equipment for 2008...
- Speaking of 2008 equipment... I met with the man earlier today. Looks like we should know in two weeks who our bike sponsor will be, what new helmets we will be sporting, and what optics we will be wearing.
- And finally, to close out 2007... the team party is scheduled for November 14th at Steve's Pizza on F Street in Davis. Mark your calendar!
Now, because business is so boring...
Ran into the Tapinator today at Wheelworks... the kid has a job! Can you believe it? Anyways, Cody has been burning up the pavement with Dishes and Laundry this Fall. Putting in some time in the hills... If we can keep him motivated over the winter, when the cold north wind creeps into your bones like slow death, when the pavement's wet and the air is wetter, when the fog is thick enough you can cut it with a knife (couldn't resist the cliche'), watch out world...
we are looking for somebody to retain that 15/16 Junior Point Series Trophy... Tapinator, we've had it ever since Thor was a youngen', four straight years as far as I can tell. Ya'up for it?
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Online Registration ClosesFriday, November 09, 2007 at 8:00 AM
Monday, October 22, 2007
While AWfoSho spent four hours in his ME heart rate zone, those that I persuaded to go with me did our own three hour excursion, finding as many hills as we could manage. When the pavement petered out into gravel we continued on the gravel, passing mountain bikers while repeating the mantra, "Mountain bikes? we don't need no stinking mountain bikes!" And somewhere on that dirt road, while concentrating on weighting the front wheel properly in the corners, I realized that I was having fun.
That got me thinking... It's Fall, the off season, and this is what cycling is supposed to be about... boys, and girls, on their bikes having fun! We churned up gravel steep enough that you had to stay seated to keep the back tire from spinning, spun downhill and around corners that threatened to wash the skinny front tires out, and when the gravel roads ran out, we traded graded road for a little cyclocross on the dry lake bed around Folsom Lake.
All good fun... it brought out the kidlet in me...
Sometimes, in the midst of all this training to be better, stronger, faster, we forget why we race bikes... In its distilled essence, bike racing is all about boys and girls having fun...
Friday, October 19, 2007
Hey ya'll... Foxy's Fall century is this Saturday, as in tomorrow. It is the last chance to finish those last few volunteer hours that you need in order to receive your race reimbursements. Hopefully you've contacted a rest stop captain, corner marshal, etc and made arrangements to volunteer. BTW... if you are applying for a reimbursement of your race entry fees this year, the request is due by November 14th.
Sheesh, I hate passing along boring logistics... simply nothing entertaining about it.
On a more interesting note...
A hat trick for the 2006 Grand Tours... In 2007 they go 2 for 3???
- Ivan Basso, 2006 Giro Winner: busted for "trying to dope." I don't know... maybe he should have admitted to doping instead of looking so foolish as to be someone who tried to cheat, but couldn't even get that right.
- Floyd Landis, 2006 Tour Winner (at least he used to be): keep appealling Floyd... there is always a higher authority. Either that, or man up and cop to it the way Millar and Hamilton did. Oh wait... I mean Millar. Hamilton is still trying to make us believe he has an unborn twin somewhere. At least Tyler expanded my vocabulary ----> chimera... Floyd can only provide soap opera style entertainment. And that is a waste of my time.
- Alexander Vinokourov: 2006 Vuelta Winner: and I liked this guy right up until the time that I realized his sporadic greatness may have been a sign of, hmmm, doping...
- Danillo DiLuca, 2007 Giro Winner: busted for hanging out with doper enablers... This guy, I really did like him but never thought he could climb well enough to win a major tour. Thought he proved me wrong, but I should have been suspicious.
- Alberto Contador, 2007 Tour Gift Receiver, oops I mean winner: In the spirit of being fair, Alberto has never been caught, umm, I mean doped. He has been chummy with another one of those doper enablers though. I've heard it said that, "He is gonna be great... until they catch him." Not my words... just passing along things I've heard.
- Dennis Menchov, 2007 Vuelta Winner: Squeaky clean, but boring as hell...
------------------------------------------------------------------------On a more somber note...
A cyclist was killed the other day while commuting between Davis and Woodland... Unfortunately, this is not the first time, nor will it be the last, that we've heard news like this. This one hit home though...
The accident occurred on road 99 between roads 27 and 29... this is my commute to work. I've passed the victim countless times as he was heading south and I was heading north. I've sold tires and tubes to the victim when I worked at Ken's Bike and Ski. AWfoSho and El Gigante have hit golf balls with him at the local golf course. He was no more than an aquaintance, but it was too close... It made me think twice about turning the kidlets loose on the road. It sounds like the victim was doing everything right... on or near the fog line, rear blinky, headlight... and the accident still happened. To the family of Francisco Lopez, our thoughts and prayers are with you. To the rest of you... be careful out there.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
- no houseplants in the bedroom. they suck oxygen out of the air at night. Give me a break. Don't plants suck co2 out of the air and respire 02? Perhaps the superstition should say: no houseplants in the altitude tent, where we are actually trying to decrease the o2 concentration
- no showering after a race. the parched body will absorb unwanted water weight through the pores. so much for climbing fast in the rain. perhaps I should dehydrate myself before racing. that should increase my strength to weight ratio right... the magic number?
- no warm bread. causes stomach problems
- no cold water. see warm bread
- no tomato sauces or onions. same as OJ as it pertains to lactic acid
You can find many similar superstitions in Lance's War and other cycling books. In fact, sport is filled with them... When I was playing high school baseball we never shaved before games (maybe because we didn't need to) and always dressed in the same sequence... right sock first, etc... In the movie Bull Durham you can see just how far baseball players will go with superstition.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Not such a big deal if you just scribble on the Internet for fun or what not... But if you earn your living at it, times can be tough.
Perhaps that is why we see the bane of periodical writing showing up on Pez and VN. Pez interviewed Bobke. VN interviewed Georgie. It's not the interviews that I hate, it's the format they use to publish them...
VN: What is your name?
VN: What is your favorite color?
Boring, but I guess if you don't have anything else to write about... or can't think of a more creative way to publish the answers to questions you asked in an interview...
I don't know, maybe one of these days I'll send out a questionnaire to one of the kidlets and publish it in question and answer format... just for fun!
SW: Hello, what is your name?
Junior Kidlet: What do you care?
SW: I don't, but I gotta fill 750 words.
JK: Call me Bill.
SW: I'm sure it's not Bill. Can I call you William?
SW: blah, blah, blah...
JK: Yakity Yak...
See what I mean? It's not literature... it's a copout.
But... I got you to read it! :) Happy Tuesday!
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Speaking of Hours of Power... push this into a headwind for a few miles
And of interest in the signing department... TeJay is stepping it up. Rabobank... not bad for a kid from Montana, even if it is their continental team. It's fun watching kids take the next step that I watched cut their teeth... From TeJay's floppy cowboy hat to....Holloway's curly locks to Switters' boyish grin (tried to dig up some pics of Mad Max Jenkins and Eric Riggs, but they must have been too fast even as kidlets for my old camera)
It's fun to see just how far the boys will go... Rumor has it that DHolla will announce a prosey contract pretty soon. I have it from inside sources that Mad Max is in negotions with a few teams that will pay you to ride, and, of course, Adam is already making bank when he turns the pedals.
Monday, October 1, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
I did, however, get a chance to watch the World Championships unfold on wcsn.com so you'll have to indulge me with a little armchair quaterbacking of my own... Other than having different riders on the US squad there are a few things I would've done differently.
Early in the race the group split and about 50 riders went clear. Hincappie was in the group with one teammate, Bobby J. The Itallians were well represented, albeit without Bettini, the Germans had good numbers as did the Spanish. The only strong team not represented was the Dutch, and they were chasing. Bobby J was working, but not very hard. Hincappie was sitting on as he should have been. The Itallians were not chasing for Bettini. Had I been in the car I would have had Bobby bury himself. It would have been a long shot, but perhaps if he could have held off the Dutch long enough he could have made believers out of others in the group and found some allies to help with the work, thus eliminating some of the big names and springing George... but it wasn't to be and it all came back together.
A few laps later Julich goes clear again with about 25 riders. He is isolated, no teammates in the group yet he is the work horse, spending an inordinate amount of time on the front. Why? I would have had him covering the move but sitting in, especially since there were no big names in the group and no squad had numbers... the move wasn't going anywhere. Alas, the group gets caught and Bobby J is done... DNF
Would have been nice to have Julich on the last lap when the decisive move went clear on the first climb. Hincappie was caught out of position when Bettini dragged a select group clear. Every big squad is represented by their respective leaders except the US. And Hincappie only has Vandevelde to support him. Immdediately both US riders should have been on the front. Nobody else is going to put their heart into the chase except maybe Hushovd and a few other isolated riders. Instead, from what I could glean from the brief camera shots of the chase, both Hincappie and Vandevelde were sitting in... maybe they were cooked, but at least make a go of it...
Just my thoughts, and I didn't have the inside knowledge about how riders were feeling, etc, so it's just armchair quarterbacking. And, the squadra azzura played the race perfectly. Bettini couldn't have asked for better support. They were probably unbeatable on the day.
While I was grading papers and watching football on TV, AWfoSho was working on his homework. A little video that goes along with a paper he'd written for English class... you might want to check it out.
The things they teach kids these days!
Friday, September 28, 2007
don't get me wrong, if one has the dough, spend it. Support the bike industry, but don't think you are going to be faster because you spent an extra $760 to save 23.6 grams in lieu of spending a few extra hours on the 23.6 gram overweight bike.
But, enough of that rant...
What I do follow coming out of Innerbike is all the gossip, news and press releases.
Today, a big'n from the bad boys of the domestic pro peloton... Rock announces some new signings. I love the way those cats play. 'Gonna do it our way and the rest of you be damned.' Rumors swirled throughout the summer about Rock's aspirations for the Pro Tour. Most in the know chuckled and said, "Yea, sure..." Today Michael Ball put his money where his mouth is. Freddie, Hugo Pena, Grajales... the 07 crit scum are transforming themselves into a force to be dealt with... Rodriguez for the flat fast stuff, Grajales when the road tips upward, and they are courting Horner as a field general. They'll definitely make a splash on the NRC next year.
Gotta admit, I was a little bummed when I read through the first couple of paragraphs... what's gonna happen to local boy, Switters? But hope springs eternal... Ball added, "that the additions to the team are just that, with almost all of the current riders staying with the team." Fingers crossed that Adam falls into the 'most of the guys' category.
I like Ball's style. From his team vehicles to his shots at Slipstream, this guy is ragged at the edges and doesn't care what everybody else is doing, saying, or thinking. Style!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Take for example their Worlds Team. The only thing I can think of is that they are building for the future??? I mean, come on, you have a course that actually suits Big George... one that he has a fighting chance on, being a relatively fast finisher/former sprinter who can get over moderate hills. The course has enough climbing that it should eliminate the pure sprinters, but not enough to favor a pure climber. So, according to all predictions, it should favor a punchy rider, a strong man, someone like Georgie.
Gotta decent shot at bringing the rainbow jersey back to the good old US of A, maybe the best we've had in years, and what does USAC do? They load up the roster with youngens Tyler Farrar and John Devine. Farrar, maybe... the course does suit him, but IMOP he doesn't have the experience necessary. Devine... the guy's strong, but really, how much experience does he have in the European peloton? Next to none and you are gonna throw him in with the biggest of the big dogs... Hence my thoughts about building for the future.
But, the future is now and it is Hincappies course. Why isn't USAC supporting him with the best team they can? Where is Freddy? He's a proven leadout guy and can get over the hills. Where is Horner? Arguably the most tactically astute rider in the European peloton and don't even question his commitment to the whole team work thing. Where is Lippyheimer? Come on... he's our reigning National Champion, owes George a little sumpin' sumpin' after that race in SC, and is a better time trialist than McCartney (two birds with one stone)...
I don't know...
maybe... for sure... I don't know all the ins and outs that go on behind the scenes, but unless Horner and Rodriguez turned down spots, are injured, or otherwise are inelligible they should be there. Liepheimer should be there without question. Come-on, at least honor his jersey.
maybe I'm an idiot, but at least when I smell a possible win, I'm gonna field the best team possible.
Sorry George, I'd have supported you better... maybe in a few years we'll see Devine leading out Farrar for the jersey, but it ain't gonna happen this year.
Monday, September 24, 2007
DBCJRT goes 1/2 at Cal Aggie
and Kelbster and Karch race for the very first time
- AWfoSho earns his final upgrade points at Earlybird Criterium #5
- TK wins the 2/3's at Apple Pie in a sideways rainstorm
- Kelbster wins his first race at Cherry Pie
- Davitamon earns his final upgrade points at Snelling making DBCJRT the only junior team on the west coast with three cat-2's
And the boys rally behind TK at Valley of the Sun
- Laundry wins the Bariani RR in the 4's
- TK and AWfoSho go 1/3 at Land Park giving DBCJRT the perpetual trophy for the third straight year
- And crashes come in three's... El Gigante at the Merco Downtown Crit, Davitamon at Merco RR, and TK at the Central Valley Classic... taking toll on the equipment
- The hilly road races start and the flat landers of Davis have to take a back seat to the climbers from the Bay Area...
- TK jumps the pond to race the big boys in Europe
- Garden sneaks in a win on the Cat against the climbers
- Staz grabs a podium spot at the State Championship Crit
And AWfoSho gets DBCJRT's first ever Pro/1/2 win at Golden State
- Garden wins the Junior Point Series making four straight years that DBCJRT has won at least one of the age groups
- Laundry wins a nail biter at Gold Nugget Junior Stage Race
- And TK finish 14th on the GC at Elkhorn Stage Race as the boys cut their teeth on Pro/1/2 stage racing
- AWfoSho shows his form with a win in the juniors at 4th of July and an impressive bridge in the Pro/1/2 race along with a strong ride a Vacaville
while AWfoSho sucks it and rides despite a
first, off the front...
and, finally when the body said no more,
off the back
- TK takes his second trip across the pond with the US National Team
- Laundry launches his own bloggity-blog where you can read all about his latest escapades
- Davitamon, AWfoSho, and El Gigante try to heal up from their various injuries
- The search for 2008 sponsorship begins
- Garden makes public his defection to Discovery... hope he has a ride next year with the fall of the pro tour team
- The search for sponsorship intensifies
- The leaves start to change color
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