Feb 27, 2015

Friday File: It starts with Omloop

The Flying Milkman vs The Cannibal...
1970 Omloop Het Volk/Nieuwsblad

Friday File...

A certain Belgian 'Spring' is on it's way this weekend. Finally, the first cobbles of this new season will be fought in Flanders. Eddy Merckx wasn't the only favorite in the 1970 Omloop Het Volk/Nieuwsblad. The Belgium champion battled with Frans Verbeeck and lost. Verbeeck known as a great classic specialist was nicknamed, 'The Flying Milkman.' Earlier in his cycling career he had a tough time making a livable wage, so he returned back to his family milk delivery business. Thankfully, he returned back to cycling and became one of the few riders that could give the Cannibal a hard time in the Classics. Verbeeck took the Cannibal out to lunch and won the 1970 Omloop.

Outside favorites that could be on the inside tomorrow...

Looking for a Spring revival...

'We have a lot of different cards to play, and that's our strength. If it's not me, then it's Edvald (Boasson Hagen), or Matt (Goss), or Gerald (Ciolek). We want to win a big one this year, and it doesn't matter who it is, just so long as one of us wins."

- Tyler Farrar

Feb 25, 2015

The Belgian Classic double bill weekend

The ungodly cobbles await.

This weekend is a double bill of cobble frenzy classic racing...

Starting off with Omloop het Nieuwsblad (Saturday) and Kuurne Brussel Kuurne (Sunday). It's my favorite part of the cycling season - the one-day classics - slugfest on the cobbles. These two Belgian classics may not be in the same stratosphere as the Ronde but to win the rider is sure to be akin to Flandrian worship. Of course, add in the typical rain and cold weather for a true Belgian epic. 

The KBK poster (above) is my early hands-down favorite, and translated...

'This course has no mercy.'

My top-3s:

KBK start list. (200kms) 1. Moreno Hofland 2. Alexander Kristoff 3. Andre Greipel

OhN start list. (199kms) 1. Greg Van Avermaet 2. Edvald Boasson Hagen 3. Sep Vanmarcke 

It will be an early wake up call for me (5:30 AM), too early to enjoy frites and a Pils, at least... bring on the klasseien and hellingnen! 

Feb 23, 2015

Tour de France Legend: Keeping his captain rolling.

Ferdi Kubler (left) and his loyal domestique, Emilio Croci Torti.

Ferdi Kubler's victory in the 1950 Tour de France was the first ever by a Swiss rider. Along with his three stage wins he also had indispensable team support. Extra points go to the stressed Swiss tandem for changing a tire during very wet race conditions.

Feb 20, 2015

Friday File: Canadian Bronze: Womens Team Pursuit, Heroic Tuscan Classic & Marinoni Returns.

photo Dean Mouhtaropoulos.

February is everything but dreary. The UCI Track Cycling World Championships are on at National Velodrome in Paris. Great news for our Canadian Womens Team Pursuit bronze medal won by: Jasmin Glaesser, Stephanie Roorda, Kirsty Lay and Alison Beveridge!

You can catch all the action here.

My favorite Tuscan race is the Strade Bianche... March 7th! As cycling goes there's nothing more cool than a race on the ancient Tuscan narrow steep roads. Ten sections of bone shattering gravel roads of sterrati (white gravel roads) is epic. Only eight editions have past and it's already one of the most sought after wins among Classics riders.

Enjoy the stunning scenery and heroic racing...

If you missed the premiere showing of Marinoni: The Fire In The Frame, it will return in March...

Don't miss this fine film.

Feb 18, 2015

The Indispensable Support Vehicles

As the vehicles have changed, the role of the support vehicles remains the same. Here's a look of some of my  favorite support vehicles from the past...

1962 Paris-Roubaix - my favorite a VW Deluxe Microbus.

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