1ucasvb:

Like the creaking of a crankset, the steam hammer of a flypast, the hands of a bedside alarm clock, a countdown of calories, the last straining turn of the pedal as the crest is reached in too high a gear; the ups and downs of life on the road are somehow captured by this humble pendulum. Don’t ask me why…

inrng:

L’Ardoisière sounds much better in French than English and translates as “Blackboard Woman”. For years time gaps in bike races have been communicated by the simple use of chalk on a blackboard held up to the riders from a motorbike.

In recent years the motorbike’s been less important with the use of radio radios but it’s remained a useful publicity vehicle.

Now the blackboard is going away and Paris-Nice this weekend will see an electronic display used on the back of a motorbike. It’s already been tested in the Tour of Portugal and the system is designed by Portuguese firm Full Sport.

*sigh*

Stuff Baroudeurs don’t say. Much.

Fixed to Box Hill.

Fixed to Box Hill.

The end of today’s giro stage, with Team Leopard Trek plus Wouter Weylandt’s close friend Tyler Farrer crossing the line together in memory of a fallen comrade. Very moving.
Clickpic for Italian TV footage

The end of today’s giro stage, with Team Leopard Trek plus Wouter Weylandt’s close friend Tyler Farrer crossing the line together in memory of a fallen comrade. Very moving.

Clickpic for Italian TV footage

“SRAM believes the bicycle is a pure, leg and lung-powered expression of utter simplicity and grace. And using a battery to power an essential part of the experience just isn’t right. Or necessary… …Furthermore, electronic shifting is so specialized and boutique that if you break it, you can’t always get service or replacement… …Instead of adding benefit, all it really adds is a layer between you and the bicycle. An insulated, muffling, experience-robbing layer of “Rolls-Royce automatic cushiness” – when the essence of cycling has always been about the “Culture of Mechanical” – AKA the raw, tactile connection of the human animal to a beautiful, efficient, analog machine”

SRAM, explaining why they’re not on the running to bring out an electronic groupset. Having said that, SRAM made it’s name with innovative shifting methods, introducing the Gripshift to the world in the ’90s, so it may not be long before we see a U turn on this one. I love the last sentence :)
“Aha, behold clearly dear excellent friend, girlfriend hopes in joining kisses, ladies marvel near our prized quintessential riding saddles toured upon Ventoux. Warning: xenophobia yields zero.”

Disco’s superb entry for the Brooks A to Z comp. His W X Y Z is matchless.
“Aha, behold clearly dear excellent friend, girlfriend hopes in joining kisses, ladies marvel near our prized quintessential riding saddles toured upon Ventoux. Warning: xenophobia yields zero.”

Disco’s superb entry for the Brooks A to Z comp

In French, for variety, watch the mighty Gilbert merckx the plucky (if strategically questionable) Schleck boys in the closing kms of the 2011 Liege Bastogne Liege. Truly formidable, bravo PG. 

Seeing as the only other rider to win all 3 of the Ardennes classics was later proved to be a low-down dirty dope cheat (Rebellin, ‘04), this is a momentous achievement - he only won FW on Wednesday… it takes me that long to get over a brisk 60 in the Surrey Hills!

“I am happy and thats true… Finishing still 3… There being to meany people riding against me and not thinking for the win…”

Fabu on Twitter last night. Those meanies :(

Good post-race interview, here: http://velonews.competitor.com/