Nov 23, 2015

Maestro on the cobbles

King Kelly of the Kassien.

Sean Kelly was one of the greatest on the cobbles. Two wins at Paris-Roubaix, a victory in Ghent-Wevelgem and three times a runner-up at the Tour of Flanders, Kelly was one of the king of the Classics. When the roads turn to dangerous cobbles, the Irish legend knows a thing or two on how to ride les pave...

Nov 20, 2015

Friday File: Toiling through Hell

1969: Merckx toils through hell.

The church of les paves will be re-visited in five months...

"Better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven."

- Paradise Lost, John Milton (1608-1674).

"Today we are visiting a world that would have been forgotten if one day a bike race hadn't had this crazy idea, once a year, of turning left on the way out from Troisvilles, leaving the civilization of the car to plunge into the meandering history of the Nord. The names are devilishly evocative: Inchy, Verchain-Maugre, Querenaing. They are the first stations of the cross. You couldn't invent something like that."

- Philippe Bouvet, L'Equipe, 2006.

Paris-Roubaix: of biblical proportions.

Peter Sagan's Sportful factory tour...

If Peter Sagan gets tired of the road, I think he can (or will) shine here...

UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships review.

I returned from my successful doctor's visit with a new outlook and anticipation to getting back on my bike...

Nov 18, 2015

Francesco Moser: Hell on L'enfer du nord

"I saw a rider lying on the ground. It was a really bad day. I rode over his bike. I reckoned if I'd braked I'd have gone down anyway and landed on top of him, so I might as well go over."

- Francesco Moser, 3-time champion of L'enfer du Nord.

Nov 16, 2015

Food glorious drink

1966 Giro d'Italia...
(l to r): Motta, Andorni, Anquetil and Gimondi.

Food... I think of it often. More so before, during and after a ride. But what does a professional cyclist eat during a hard three week race?

Here's an article of what Trek Factory Racing riders typically pound down in just one day in the Tour de France - the calories per day are equally astounding.

Before today's high science diet of gels, power bars and electrolyte drinks, pro riders ate huge quantities of high protein, gluten rich, high carbohydrate meals...

Felice Gimondi digs in for a high protein meal, 1966 Giro d'ltalia.

Fruit stand raiding.

My favorite...

Cafe raid included whatever cool 'beverage' the rider could swipe.

Informative video on fueling like a pro. This is a good guideline for all cyclists...

Nov 13, 2015

Friday File: Friday the 13th, Wetcouver, Epic climbs - Mont Ventoux & King of the Mountains

A stunning image of the Stelvio
via Santini

Friday the 13th file today and I don't consider it unlucky. I have broken my record for days spent off the bike, now a month and ongoing. My old record was three weeks off the bike. All due to work and that I'm schedule for a doctor's visit next week to take care of a niggling issue. No nothing serious but enough to keep from riding. Friday the 13th conjures up the Jason slasher movies, you won't find any such images here so I present to you, the lighter side of cycling...

Santini is sponsoring the Granfondo Stelvio in 2016. One of the finest, vivid images ever of the iconic climb is my opening image.

Winter's around the corner (it already started here in wetcouver) that means plenty of days upon days of rain and temperatures in the single digits. Today's a respite no rain but I know it will return. It's cold and I have winterized my bike and have plans to winterize some of my old worn bike kit with practical new items (review upcoming).

This famous guy rode today to the summit of the epic Mont Ventoux...

The 2016 Tour de France is climb heavy featuring nine mountain stages and four mountain top finishes. Mont Ventoux is back to host a mountain - top finish that the French fans are keen to celebrate a home winner on Bastille Day - July 14. The legendary climb first hosted a finish in the 1958 Tour won by the Angel of the Mountains - Charly Gaul...

The Angel of the Mountains soaring up Mont Ventoux,
1958 Tour de France

King of the Mountains by Red Dots Cycling...

Our 20% off sale on every cap in the shop continues. For a limited time use coupon code: FALL20

One last image to go with the wetcouver theme...

2015 Giro d'Italia
via Giro d'Italia

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