This video made my day:
The odds on Niels Albert are not so good on the road but, he is still winning races. And finding his way sheepishly to dopingcontrole. VDB is up in there too, looking like a regional masters racer!
(Photos: Roland Desmet)
Summer is popping off in Portland. 100 degrees today. holy crap. My girl friend is taking me to a casino/resort/waterslide/hot spring/tee pee/indian reservation tomorrow as a summer present for hanging in there through a couple epic months of work and training. oh hell yes! Record temps tomorrow 110. one hundred ten! That is 40 degress for the euros.
2 days off, no computer, no phone, no intervals.
Cyclocross you ask?
cyclocross is in full god damn effect. I just got a confirmation from a very, very, V E R Y amazing sponsor for this season. I am stoked. Thrilled. Thrilled beyond belief. And still top secret. heh heh.
Still waiting to finalize the rest of the sponsors. It is a tough business wrapping this stuff up. You don’t really hear so much from other riders about their sponsors. Who knows what other teams have going on. You get to piece together the stuff throughout the season or if their equipment sponsor is their title sponsor… for instance Kona. What are Ryan and Barry riding this season? Kona cross bikes.
At any rate, it does not matter a whole lot what they are riding, they will certainly be winning more races than myself, and garnering more attention to whatever they are winning on. That must be one of the nice parts of being a PRO, you don’t have to hustle for all your gear yourself! There are others managing that shit for you. But man. I geek out on my gear! I hand pick everything and build relationships with the companies I work with.
And I am stoked about what I’ve got going on this fall.
Rumors abound, BMC? Steven’s? Leopard? Zanconato? Scott? I don’t know nothing about nothing. My lips are sealed. Word has it a local small builder has a small inheritance they are interested in putting into a certain cyclocross racer. I’ll let you ponder that one. I’m going to be very picky about what bikes I ride this season. I’ve been on the best bicycles in the world for the last four years.
How do you progress from there?
I’ve been getting the Ridley cyclocross bikes in Portland Bicycle Studio, they are pretty bad ass. The full carbon X-Fire has proven to be very popular. I took a complete bike off the floor on a spin the other day, it was pretty nice. Felt great. Natural handling. Quick. There is a reason that every body is making bicycles out of carbon fiber, when done right, they are damn nice.
I’m not sure that BMC is going to be bringing in a cx bike this season and frankly, it is a little late in the game to do it. Sean Chaney’s Vertigo cx bike is hanging out in the studio too. It is so insane. Gets so much attention!
I did get to write the swiss a note: “dear BMC, your cx bike is a joke. it is not up to the level on the ProMachine. you can make a better one. let’s do this.” They were responsive but, I don’t think anything will happen this season.
ok, it is too hot to keep writing.