Saturday, April 19, 2014

Now On: Red Dots Cycling Easter Sale

Vai!
The Tifosi cycling cap with me
 on my first century ride.
photo Cycling Art





It's Easter Spring weekend, and for most of us, a brand new cycling season. I kicked it off, two weeks ago, by riding and finishing my first 100km of the season. Importantly, I wore my new Tifosi-FRFuggitivi cycling cap that looked and functioned well. It didn't rain but it was very cool and the cap provided that much needed warmth. The image (above) is my selfie during the Pacific Populaire 100km ride. It was cool day - I mean, just look at the rider behind me in the scarf.
Red Dots Cycling is glad to announce an Easter Sale - 20% off everything in the shop until April 22.

At the checkout use coupon code: EASTER20

Time for the new cycling season... start it off with a Red Dots Cycling handmade cap(s)!


Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday File: Grazie Cafe Divano, Marinoni's 40th, Time For An Amstel Gold, Paris-Roubaix & The Voice of Le Tour

Marinoni 40th Anniversary SL





I want to thank Flowizm (above) for sending me this excellent visual imagery of Marinoni's gorgeous 40th Anniversary SL lugged frame The details are amazing. Now, there is another model - made from Columbus Zona. And, Pepe Marinoni, himself, welds them.



Nine good reasons for Espresso





 I enjoyed the morning with Guy, John and Patrick as we rolled into Port Moody and stopped over at the fine Cafe Divano. I believe it was my very first triple espresso - ever. And, yes it was thumping delicious. Huge thanks to the FRFuggitivi's for the Easter ride and to Cafe Divano for the perfect offer.




A matter of confidence.



You gotta love Philippe Gilbert for his brilliant win in Brabantse Pijl. His first win of the season is what the doctor ordered and to put the rider nicknamed, The Boar of the Ardennes is back on the winning track. Getting down to business and his goal is to win one of the upcoming Ardennes classics. His last win was 2011 - his dream season that included the Ardennes treble. Amstel Gold is this Sunday...  The Boar of the Ardennes is sharpening his fangs.



Phil Gil scores in 2010.




Time for an Amstel Gold...

A stellar cast will ride but the Cauberg awaits.



Time for the Puncheur...




Back in 1989...

Steve Bauer (second from left) rode an amazingly race to finish 3rd overall.




A look back on Paris-Roubaix...

A revealing before and after photos of Lars Bak and Vegard Breen by Debby Termonia




A few more of my favorite images from BrakeThrough Media...





John Degenkolb



Jose Ivan Rutierrez





And finally...

Daniel Mangeas at PR.



Sadly, the voice of the Tour de France and other great races, Daniel Mangeas is set to retire at the end of this season. The former baker turned commentator is the main speaker at most major races since 1974. Mangeas is so knowledgeable of cycling and it's riders, he is described as a talking cycling encyclopedia. I'll be listening for his distinct voice, one last time, at the Tour. 




I call him, a living legend.





Thursday, April 17, 2014

Pedala




The official song of the 2014 Giro...




Follow the ups and downs of this middle age cyclist.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bicycle Gifts: A Perfect Memento

Tuscany: Per Il Vino, Per Amore, Per Andare In Bicicletta
 by
Michael Valenti





Imagine, rolling along the scenic, tranquil hills of Tuscany enjoying the gorgeous Italian views on a bicycle. If you have, you're fortunate. If you're like me, haven't done so but highly think about it, there's a second option. Why not enjoy one of the many outstanding posters, notably by Michael Valenti called, 'Tuscany.' Check out BicycleGifts.com - the premiere site for unique gifts and merchandise for bicycle enthusiasts. My favorite is the cycling artwork and there is an excellent selection to purchase.

Thanks to my sponsor, BicycleGifts.com  - and even if you are lucky to have enjoyed a bicycle trip through Tuscany... then, this fine piece of artwork would be a perfect memento.



Monday, April 14, 2014

Niki Tersptra: A Hell Of A Win

AFP/Yuzuru Sunada



It's been a while for the Dutch people. Servais was a teammate of mine in Milram. I learnt a lot from him when we rode Paris-Roubaix together five years ago. I'm happy to close this gap of Dutch wins, it's (been) too long. Since I was a little child and I started cycling, Paris-Roubaix was the most special race for me. Now I've won it, it's a dream come true.

I attacked at the right moment. The whole group was strong, every rider who was there had good legs. It's a stupid race, it's too old fashioned, but that's what makes Roubaix so special, and why I love it so much.

I didn't have one puncture. For the first time in Roubaix, I didn't have any problems at all. I was very lucky. Maybe I should go play the lottery now.

- Niki Terpstra




The 112th Paris-Roubaix is now done and dusted. The final 15km looked like a classic western with gunslingers ready for a dramatic finale. Whilst the big names were marking each other, with 6km remaining, Niki Terpstra floored it and rode to a hellish victory. The promise of the duel between Boonen and Cancellara was set. It never materialize. But, the strongest team had the cards in the deck, Omega Pharma had 3 riders in the top 10. A great victory. 

The seeds are sowing for John Degenkolb taking a sweet second place to go along with his Gent Wevelgem win. 

I love this monument, I love Milano-San Remo and I love Flanders. It has been a big dream of myself to win one of these big Classics and I was close today.

- John Degenkolb





photo: bettini




Trench warfare..
Arenberg Forest




The OPQS's used a winning combination...
28mm front and 30mm rear.











The exciting final 10kms...





Great race, fine finish - I can't wait until next year!


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