Wednesday, July 30, 2014

King Nibali In Yellow

via Campagnolo Srl

The iconic La Gazzetta dello Sport did a double-take issuing a special edition with a yellow cover of, 'Roi Nibali.'

Quelle bonne idée!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

1-2 For Catharine Pendrel and Emily Batty, Commonwealth Games

O Canada!
Catharine Pendrel (gold medalist) & Emily Batty (silver medalist) celebrate.
photo CP

A fantastic ride today for world champion, Catharine Pendrel winning the women's MTB event at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. She crossed the finish line in 1hr 39mins 29 secs, 1min 10secs in front of amazing silver medallist Emily Batty. Extra credit goes to Pendrel. I remember watching her at the 2012 London Olympics, and as the favorite faded to ninth. The Commonwealth Games are not on the same level as the Olympics but still a valid triumph and indication Pendrel is on the right track for her goals of 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto and the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Post Tour de France Thoughts & Enjoying My Birthday

King of the Champs-Élysées: Marcel Kittel

Plenty to celebrate today as it's my birthday! As I enjoy my morning coffee and decide how to spend my day, I'm also in Tour de France withdraw. This morning, I found myself looking for an online feed, by reflex by the way, and found nothing - so I'll have to wait until next year. So, it's time to have a look at stage 21 to Paris...

-Marcel Kittel

Vincenzo Nibali joins an elite club: 6th rider to win all 3 Grand Tours. First Italian in 16 years
to win the Tour. Marco Pantani last won in 1998.

Chapeau to our Canadians: Svein Tuft (131st) & Christian Meier (121st, riding his first Tour)!
via Orica GreenEdge

New: The Grand Départ cycling cap by Red Dots Cycling...

Two handmade versions to honor le Tour: Yellow and Vintage white ribbon including
the French tricolor.
photo Red Dots Cycling

I'll be enjoying a dram or two today...

photo Cycling Art

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Honey Badger Nails It, Tuft Day In The Saddle & Pinot's Celebratory Soak

Chapeau to Ramunas Navarduauskas!

Sweet redemption for Garmin Sharp after the near-miss from Jack Bauer and Andrew Talansky's early exit.

Backstage Pass looks at Svein Tuft's TT. It wasn't to be but a very good effort all the same...

Tony Martin blasted a huge TT - but he wasn't the only gladiator riding a 
58 X 11!

After today's TT, Thibaut Pinot takes a well-deserved celebratory soak.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday File: French Revolution, Mountain High, Shark Bites, A Likely Story & Café Roubaix Custom Cycling Caps

French Revolution...
The ageless, Péraud & young, Pinot.

Stage 18 was the final day in the Pyrenees ending on top of the Hautacom. Vincenzo the Shark Nibali looks set to become the overall winner after sealing it attacking on the final mountain winning in spectacular fashion. The race is still undecided for second and third. Pinot (2nd), Péraud (3rd) and Valverde (4th) is too close to call. Only 15secs are separating these guys as it goes right down to Saturday's TT. Of the three, the ageless Péraud (37yrs) is the strongest time trialist and the scale tips in his favor to ride a scorcher of a TT.

Romain Bardet, stage 14.
Currently 5th overall, 9:27.

Stage 1 KoMs for Jensie.
photo Graham Watson

The ever-popular Jens Voigt is glad that his last day of racing in the Pyrenees is over. He's due to retire at the end of this season. I'll remember him for his tireless attacking efforts, on numerous occasions telling his legs to Shut Up! He wrote an article for Bicycling, 'My Last Mountain Stage' that's worth reading. After stage 18s hellish stage he said, " Fuck I'm happy this shit is over!"

However, Friday is a flat stage - a welcome relief for him (and for the rest of the riders). So, will he be in the breakaway?  Oh yeah he will!

In the Pyrenees...

Avoiding a possible accident,  Nibali strong arms a fan attempting a selfie. When will folks learn to stay attention?

Fan favorite, Jack Bauer pulls a wheelie on today's stage 18...

Via Castelli

Stage 17

Didi, stage 17
Cors Vos

Majka and Purito, stage 17
Cors Vos

Stage 17
Cors Vos

A likely story.
photo Graham Watson

You all remember Luca Paolini was caught using his cell phone on stage 8 by Graham Watson on twitter. Paolini responded with an apology for breaking the race rules, explaining he wasn't texting and emailing but accidentally left the phone in his jersey pocket and was merely turning it off before handing it to the team car. Initially, he was given a warning, but the organizers later charged him a fine of 50 Swiss Francs.

New custom Café Roubaix cycling caps made by Red Dots Cycling...

photo Red Dots Cycling

May I direct your attention that a new batch of Café Roubaix custom embroidered cycling caps are now available to purchase here.


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