Shaving my legs, so you don't have to!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

SuperFred Bay Area

IMG_3329 by tedketai
IMG_3329, a photo by tedketai on Flickr.

Ted Ketai captures me in full on poseur-face at the SSCXWC 2011 "gears are for losers" race!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Kitten of Flanders Collage

Kitten of Flanders Collage by Slonie
Kitten of Flanders Collage, a photo by Slonie on Flickr.

Stage 4 of final edition of AToC (2006-2011); photos of action from Tecate Neutral Service Area...

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Meet Alberto Contador's Lawyer

Andy Ramos Gil de la Haza (from
Just got a hint about Alberto Contador's lawyer's possible upcoming strategy thanks to a tip from @TdFLanterne :

Open Letters (St. Paddy's Day Hangover Special)

This little "nugget" of craziness dropped on the cycling world today and over the course of its audacious breadth I'm surprised the word "troll" wasn't utilized at least once by its author, UCI Supremo Pat McQuaid.  With tactics ripped directly from the pages of the Tiger's Blood Tactical Manual of PR Management, Mr. McQuaid wrote an "Open letter to the Riders," wherein he promptly stuck his virtual foot in his virtual mouth, placed his fingers in his ears, and started screaming, "I can't hear you! I'm not listening! I can't hear you!" over and over again.

Photo: © Sirotti
Pat McQuaid & his best friend, Johan Bruyneel 

This letter has gone viral in the cycling world like a bad rash irritates, or an equally well thought out ode regarding Friday as a day of the week infects.  Now don't get me wrong, personally I would like to see a reduction in the use of the radio as a tactical tool in the peloton:
  The safety argument is reasonable, especially when one considers a situation like Pedro Horrillo's at the Giro. What seems to be ignored by both sides of this argument is that these issues can be readily addressed with the use of different channels. Let riders have their earpieces and microphones so as to be able to speak with each-other and to their car, all the while listening to safety road condition updates from a neutral feed (could be provided by an ex-pro on a moto ahead of the race). Riders could notify car of a flat, an accident, need for bottles, food, etc. as they do now. They could communicate strategy amongst themselves, and they could warn of safety and/or unforeseen incidents. The riders on the road would be controlling their strategy and adjusting their team tactical situation (for good or bad) all by themselves on the road: Who follows which attack? Who's keeping track of the bib #s in a break? Are their interests threatened? Who should go on the attack? Who should protect who? And so on...
 All I want is to see is the immediate coaching from the car diminished... a well run team will know its roles and be prepared for many different scenarios on the fly, like a good jazz band with no need of a conductor. I'm interested to see how some teams respond to having their music notes taken away, because they haven't yet mastered all the tools of the trade. Take the microphone out of the team car...
 It's unfortunate that this issue has turned into the only FOR and only AGAINST rope on which the sport's politics currently choose to tug; a solution is readily available that would satisfy race organizers, fans, and TVs' concerns while equally allowing for the advancements in team communication (and safety) that have entered the peloton... 
-Me (commenting on Felix Hemsley's Blog "Cycling in the Crowd")

a "tactical tool"

Unfortunately McQuaid's letter most likely closes the door on compromise on this matter, and it seems to me, this is exactly what he wants, as his "Mirror Universe" counterpoint @UCI_Overlord (Not Pat McQuaid) so eloquently satirizes on

As others have pointed out, it takes a certain lack of insight to take on one of the fans' most beloved riders in such a pedantic and patronizing way, and I'll let Jens have his ear-piece because of it.  One tidbit McQuaid squeezes onto his steaming pile of sophistry warns of an equally dark future for fans of the sport:
UCI is aware of steps being taken to set up a private league, World Cycling Tour, outside UCI, by certain team managers. I wonder will the financial benefits they are chasing benefit you, the riders. Somehow I think not! I quote Johan Bruyneel “I've been laying the framework for something great… But you'll just have to wait and see…”
Open-wheeled car racing in the United States has yet to recover from the IRL vs. CART war (Car & Driver). If the UCI and a League of ExtraOrdinary Cyclists go head to head, Beljum Budder will have to formulate a special cream for the reaming us fans will be forced to take.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

"Professional" Cycling

Where to begin... as fans well know, the past few weeks of Pro-Cycling headlines have been dominated by everything (and almost anything) but actual racing action.

1. Bert's ban/Bert's *un* ban (de-ban?)
2. Matt White/Trent Lowe
3. Ummm, Floyd retires
4. Floyd, "J'accuse!"
5. UCI shenanigans: pay to play stickers, radios, Pat McQuaid's pub band, "the Cronies"
6. Underwhelming TdU
7. Sastre/Menchov out of Tour
8. Is it delivery? No, it's Di Luca...Vino, Vidi, Vici, Sella, and so on.
9. ASO vs. UCI
10. J. Fuglsang and A.Schleck are now neighbors! (two wild and crazy guys)
11. Ricco takes idolization of Pantani too literally
12. Lance retires (again)
13. Spanish Cycling Federation (Bert's fan club)
14. Grand Juries
15. And whatever's happened since I started typing away...

It's enough to make a fan all go all "Cat Deeley" on the sport's rowdy ass

I'm exhausted...

Saturday, January 8, 2011

2011 Season Preview (Nick of Time Edition)

Team LEOPARD TREK finally unveiled its remarkably "meh" kit in the most overblown and underachieving press conference since this on January 6th, 2011. The Tour Down under starts January 18th.  Here, cycling fans, is my rundown of the major teams that will factor in the upcoming campaigns:

All photos/graphics/logos relating to The Warriors courtesy The Warriors Movie Site

                         These are the Armies of the Peloton
                                                   Garmin Cervelo
SOMMELIER: Johnathon Vaughters (Ajax)
WEAPONS:  Everyone... but who's Michel Kreder?


THE BOSS: Bob Stapleton
PHAROAH: Mark "I'm not a fookin' animal, you know..." Cavendish


                                                 Team LEOPARD TREK
TEAM MANAGER: Brian Nygaard
WEAPONS: Scarves (thanks to The Pit Walk), Fabian CancellaraJens Voigt, Andy Schleck's stomach, hair-gel.


WEAPONS: These (from


                                              Omega Pharma-Lotto
WEAPONS: their websitethe Pride of Wallonia (thanks to The Service Course)


                                               Saxo Bank Sungard
CAPTAIN of SHIP: Bjarne "everything is fine" Riis


                                                   Sky Procycling
WEAPONS: Team bus, doing what every other team does with more pretension , free television


                                                     Katusha Team
BOSS: Andre Tchmil 


                                           Quickstep Cycling Team
WEAPONS: Tommeke and his his song (via Cycling Fans Anonymous)


                                                  Movistar Team
WEAPONS: This dude (who's featured on their their 2011 kit)


                                            Rabobank Cycling Team
ALL THEIR HOPES REST UPON: Robert Gesink, oops, I mean Robert Gesink

12.                                       the Baseball Furies:

                                                 Team Radioshack
BOSS:Johan BrunyeelLance "On your LEFT!" Armstrong, this guy
FUTURE DEPENDS ON: Jeff Novitzky, battery sales, who am I kidding?
WEAPONS: Snicker Bars, In & Out Burger, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie, Chevrolet, Tiago Machado


                                                 BMC Racing Team
BOSS: Jim Ochowicz 
WEAPONS: Cadel "Cuddles" Evans"Big" George "I had good legs on the Molenberg..." HincapieTaylor "not so mini" PhinneyBrent Bookwalter


TEAM LEADER: Igor Anton (image from Anne Cubberly)


                                                 AG2R La Mondiale
WEAPONS: Pantone #19-0192 "Tawny Ultressa"Nicholas Roche
MISSING: Sebastian "Bernard's not related to" Hinault 

16.                                             the Gladiators:

                                Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
WEAPONS: Johnny HoogerlandStijn Devolder

17.                                       Satan's Mothers MC:

                                                Pro Team Astana
LEADER: Alexander "blood in my thighs" Vinokourov


WEAPONS: Alessandro Petacchi, Damiano Cunego, Michele Scarpone


            HTC-Highroad/Garmin-Cervelo/womens' pro-cycling
WEAPONS: Tough, Mara Abbott, Emma PooleyKristen ArmstrongJeannie "Betty Norris" Longo-Ciprelli, and many, many, many more!


                          Team Pegasus/Fly V Australia/Geox-TMC

               Androni Giocattoli-Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni/
                                                  Acqua & Sapone