Thursday, April 17, 2014


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
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 - 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,  - 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!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Enjoy The Legend

Paris-Roubaix is on tomorrow - get set, get ready ... and love the Legend!

To be honest, I think if you want to go and race there, you have to be pretty stupid. Your hands are shaking, your wrists are throbbing, your shoulders are stiff, your back is aching, your neck is pounding.... It's like a war zone in there.

- Henrich Haussler, IAM Cycling

There are two categories of riders with Paris-Roubaix: those who love it and those who hate it. The ones who hate it are the small ones who are good at hills. The ones who love it are the warriors, the tall ones. 
Maybe they are the crazy ones, too.

- Thierry Gouvenou, Technical Director of ASO

The five-stars are basically just ridiculous. You look at it, and it's not even a road. It's just a collection of pointy stones.

- Tyler Farrar, Garmin-Sharp. Trouée d'Arenberg is one of just three sections to earn the coveted five-star designation.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday File: Marinoni Time, 112th Time In Hell & Bauer's 1993 Stealth Bike - Redux

 Master frame builder,  50 year old Giuseppi Marinoni.
via Bicycle Guide, 1987.

Friday File starts off with a step back in Marinoni time...

I want to thank Curtis for sending me this 1987 Bicycle Guide article on Giuseppi Marinoni. This is extra fun for me because I haven't seen this before. After reading this, I'm very proud to own one of his creations; 1987 Columbus SL/SP double butted chrome-moly frame. Kudos for this throwback look; an insightful and revealing look of an old world frame builder prospering in the new world.

For Curtis, recent recipient of a stunning re-painted frame (my post here), it was this article that sparked him to Marinoni. Read further and you will see a fine photo of a Columbus steel frame - the same paint scheme Curtis opted for.

The Queen of the Classics, 112th edition of Paris-Roubaix is Sunday. The toughest 6 hr + , 257km cobbled classic on the planet and, perhaps, the most anticipated. Many have touted a duel between Boonen and Spartacus. Cancellara being the heavy weight favorite after his stellar win in the Ronde. What a colossal ride he did. It really all comes down to surviving over the 51km of cobbles and trying to avoid the punctures, mechanicals and accidents that are common place. The weather forecast calls for sunny skies. No rain, not since the last mud bowl in 2002, but there will be plenty of pain.

My pick to upset the cobbles cart...

The last time it was a muddy battlefield...

Johan Museeuw winning the foul 2002 race.

Monsieur Paris Roubaix, 1972

Recon today...

The great Ferdy Kubler honored...

Ferdy Kubler, now 95 years old, was honored with an Oak tree planted in his name.
via Tour of Suisse

The Ronde...

The most popular Flemish race.

Svein Tuft cam at the Ronde


Bauer power in the 1993 Gent Welvegem.

I don't know whether it's the anticipation for the upcoming race or the peculiarity of Steve Bauer's 'funny bike' designed for the cobbles. I notice a huge spike on my post of Bauer's stealth bike. I'm in wonderment, truly amazed, and interested where all my readers come from. It's fun to check that the readers come from all over the world. So, I'm back with some interesting facts on Steve Bauer's 1993 stealth bike ...

This bike was designed by Richard Dejonkeheere (brother of Motorola mechanic Noel). A 60 degree seat angle and 42/43" wheelbase. Bauer was out of contract by this time and agreed to try it and got a special contract with Motorola just to ride the bike. He trained on it for five months before trying it for Gent Wevelgem and Paris-Roubaix. For the 1993 Hell of the North, Rockshocks and a 185mm crank were used - Bauer finished in 23rd.

Here's to a Flandrien Sunday!

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