Monday, July 21, 2014

Le Tour de France & Bicyclegifts

Tour de France
by
Michael Valenti





I'd like to thank bicyclegifts.com for their ongoing sponsorship to my blog. And, yes I would also like to direct you to their website for an amazing array of gifts for every cycling fan. The biggest cycling race of all time is entering it's last week and will be exciting to the end. Have a look at artist, Michael Valenti and his unique way of interpreting La Grand Boucle. He has a fine selection for sale. For more incentive the Tdf poster prints are on sale - save 20%, use checkout code TDF2014. 

Enjoy Le Tour!



Saturday, July 19, 2014

In The Alps With Purito & Majka






Joaquim Rodriguez is a man on a mission. No not to win the Tour, he's not back in form to do that. Since May, when he abandoned the Giro due to crashes he's back and earning the right to wear the polka dot jersey. Today, he grappled the coveted dotted jersey back from Nibali winning the Souvenir Henri Desgrange, first up the epic Col d'lzoard. On this hot day in the Alps, he pocketed a cool 5000 euros to share with his Katusha team and gained 35 points. Purito is in 55th place overall, more than 1 hr 40min behind Nibali. Crucially, he'll have to gain more points in the Pyrennees to win the KoMs.


"I know it will be tough but I'm happy because for me the Pyrenees are easier and I'll feel better there."

- Purito Rodriguez



KoMs Classification:

1.RODRIGUEZ J.KAT88 pts
2.MAJKA R.TCS88 pts
3.NIBALI V.AST86 pts
4.PINOT T.FDJ49 pts
5.VALVERDE BELMONTE A.MOV40 pts





Champion ride...

Chapeau to Rafal Majka.



"This is my first pro victory. I was always coming second, third, etc. I needed to win some big stage at the Tour de France."

- Rafal Majka, winner of stage 14 the hardest stage in the Alps.





The riders were not the only ones climbing in the Alps.





Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday File: Hot Weather Riding, Allez Les Francaises, Chef Tom, Vader Loves Le Tour, Sean Kelly Knows How Sagan Feels & The Road Holland Way

Hot atrocious weather? Use the 
'Team umbrella'.






Hot, brutal, high mountains summed up stage 13 finishing up to Chamrousse (Cat HC). Whilst The Shark took a bite out of everyone, he didn't looked too faze by the heat. It was so hot the tarmac was reportedly reaching 50C. Now, I can't find that video of a worker driving a special water truck spraying the roads to cool the tarmac from sticking so here's an post-stage image of Laurens Ten Dam trying to cool off ...



Laurens Ten Dam mercifully dons an ice vest.
photo Tim De Waele




I don't wish to spoil the French applecart but it's good news that Romain Bardet (3rd), Thibaut Pinot (4th) & Jean-Christophe Péraud (6th) are in sitting well on GC. The mountains are welcome territory for these guys and I like the long attack from Pinot with 12kms remaining. Let's hope these guys hang in there and come up with the goods in Paris. Allez les Francaises!




Madiot praise for Pinot power.





Chef Tom





It's ok, Vader loves Le Tour.





I suppose Peter Sagan can find some solace in the fact that he may not win a stage but know he will secure the green jersey. Sean Kelly, during the 1989 Tour, won the green jersey and no stage wins...








Finding time to ride and relax...

photo Mario Bartel



Yes it's true. I'm finding time to ride - in between creating custom cycling caps and watching Le Tour. Last Tuesday, on a hot (30C) ride with Mario and Brian -we rode over to scenic Stanley Park, UBC and to a pleasant, covered outdoor cafe outside of Chinatown. No, it's not beer that I'm cooling off with but a root beer and showing off my cool Ultrecht jersey from Road Holland. And to complete the ensemble,  I'm wearing the custom cap we made exclusively for Road Holland (you can read the story here).  



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Playing Against Sagan & Talansky The Pit Bull Refuses To Quit.

Gallant ride today, with my respect to Andrew Talansky finishing last
4 minutes inside the cut-off time.





Tough day for Peter Sagan just being Peter Sagan! No one wanted to help him in the end to the rampaging finish to Oyonnax. Just behind winner Tony Gallopin (Chapeau by the way) holding off a chasing peloton, his was a superb day. But, Peter Sagan was to be denied once again of stage victory. Kwiatkowski and Rogers stopped working just because he was in the leading group. But, damn it was so close -  what must he do? 

Sounding resign to his fate Sagan said, "I think I did well today to be in the move and up front but it's a very difficult situation for me to be with the other riders. All I can do is keep trying."



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