I need to start somewhere! …I start with a review, en français, of one of my current favorite sci-fi writer’s books. Take note, this is such a painfully euro kitchen. Dude probably does not even have a refrigerator… as he also probably does not have any heat in his flat as everything stays at a constant 5 degrees.
You probably don’t want to listen to this review video out loud or, maybe you do… it will make you seem mysterious and intelligent to your office mates! So start the video and take the next few minutes to skim this quick update.
Click on the image for a view of my mechanic Jake’s life last fall. Take a quick read, and tell him to keep writing! I love the wet NW imagery.
And the North American Handbuilt Bicycle Show… you would think that I have some amazing frame builder gossip from the NAHBS. Well I do! And it is… that frame builders are complete curmudgeons. All of them. And I love it. They are all such quirky, eccentric people. I could have spent weeks just hanging out with each of them, swapping stories and listening to them all trash talk each other.
They are dear precious gems. The custom frame builders.
I’ve got some photos I need to edit and post to my Flickr site.
And, when I got back I went directly into the Portland Bicycle Studio in-studio event. Which was a smashing success! We showed off some Lazer helmets and Ridley bicycles. I had Judi’s Crumpton in there too. Which is completely bad-ass!
I’ll say it again, I am so excited to be working with Nick Crumpton. His bikes are flawless. He won best Carbon bicycle at the NAHBS this year. Which makes him the winning-est builder in NAHBS history!
I’ve been working on a story about times and places, periods of my life and how experience is about savoring the moment, or moments, in which they exist. NAHBS plays a large part in that. It is a recent experience. And one that everyone interested in cycling should experience for themselves. I’m not in love (at ALL) with how the NAHBS is put on and most agree it is a poorly planned and run event. (don’t hate the messenger) I appreciate how all of these frame builders come together and show off their products. The grumpy steel builders can openly appreciate the beautiful carbon work before retreating to their workshops to file away their insecurities. The meticulous painters and carbon component companies can see their collaborations and handicraft on beautiful display bicycles. Take Zanconato: lugged steel bikes + carbon fibre tubular wheels. WTF?! Brilliant! Additional Zank video HERE.
We have to embrace the moments we can share something beautiful together. Because they do not last forever.
As dorky as this is, I like it:
60 and sunny here in Portland. And I am forcing my self to stay inside of Sweetpea Bakery, NOT eat any doughnut and commit to working on my computer till I get a LOT of business caught up on.
Answering emails and taking care of PBS clients is the first priority.
Then a creative and witty journal update is in order. A few videos in this update:
My newest team mate AO and superstar team mate
Steven Hunter (edited because he is giving me tons of shit right now) got 2nd and 3rd last weekend at the season opening Cherry Pie road race. Damn good finishers those two. And, they be needing those upgrade points.
This is what I imagine the first race of the year being like. And what I really mean is; the first race of the year ANYWHERE in the world. Windy, sketchy, riders bouncing off of each other. Enjoy watching the PROs bouncing off of each other. Big crash in there somewhere.
Jesus I miss cyclocross. And Peter Tachelet.
I’m sorry dear friends. Europe was NOT in the cards this year. But, I will find a way to make it happen this season! My mediocrity MUST be shared with the world!
This is a classic beat down. Or, it will be classic if we give it a few years. When Stybar is on a roll, it is a beautiful thing. I like to think the Wallonian grandmothers and their half-Flemish children will reminisce about my riding: “Que Molly … pas le coureur le plus rapide cyclocross. Mais damn! Qu’est-ce l’agression, ce que d’un chargeur!”
Thanks to Breezy for the heads up on that finish. SO GOOD! And then we get to see Neils complaining about the Lion of Flanders flags. (because that is clearly why you lost…) Anyone else think that guy turns into a big baby when things are not going his way?
And, like a phoenix rising from the ashes. (or at least peeking its head out for a minute) Radio Freddy presents a thoughtful and insightful homage to Franco Ballerini.
One could believe that Belgium Knee Warmers is down for the count. I do not. There is a part to all of this bloggy blogging and writing good stories and living the dream that is… wait for it… …REAL LIFE. It happens to some people, most of us actually. Whether it is raising a family or working a job, sometimes one needs (or is forced) to take a break from contributing to the greater good of the world.
If Radio Freddy disappears from us. I will not mourn. I’ll cherish the times we had together and wish him “bon chance” !
And if Alex’s beard gets any crazier, I’m going to marry it. It is like it has a mind of it’s own.
Its not a choice! Its a beard!!
March 24th – 27th.
My pal (though NOT my coach, he still gets the MC stamp of approval) Adnan Kadir is hosting an excellent training camp next month.
Aeolus Endurance Sport Marin Camp 2010 is in in its 4th year. This year, the camp will feature Jeb Stewart as the primary presenter. Jeb is the man behind Endurofit – an amazing cycling coach and Strength and Conditioning specialist. He will add an excellent new dimension to camp his presentations are first class. Also, we will have two sessions with our nutritionist – a lecture targeted towards eating for success for endurance athletes and a thorough Q&A session the next day. The camp will also feature daily yoga and available massage by the ex-masseuse from the BMC pro team.
There will also be a few additions this year: Cyfac will be supplying demo bikes, and Training F/X will be offering bike fitting and Blood Lactate Testing services. Once again, Quarq will be on hand with demo units for everyone to try and purchase at a special camp rate if they choose.
The camp price of $2399 includes all lodging and amazing customized meals at the Ralston White Retreat as well as full tuition and your first massage. It also includes full mechanical support during and after our training days as well as full on-road vehicle support. All of the rides take place in beautiful Marin County, California.
For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Adnan Kadir @ 503.516.1943
Ignoring the beer hand up to keep his eyes on his line.
You know you are doing something right with your life.
This is brilliant. Sent to me from Al in Illinois, that is his kid.
Al loves cyclocross. Brilliant.
(photo credit: Luke Seeman)
52cm size. Max saddle height range: 75cm (center of bb to top of saddle) or lower (you can re-cut the seat mast).
Custom paint: Matte carbon finish with sky blue and white accents.
In excellent condition, limited paint dings, no cracks or damage.
$3000.00 for both frame sets and extras. Price is non-negotiable.
Email me directly or give me a call: 503.841.8006
I don’t have a lot of history with Tom Jones. But the man has a decent pair of pipes. “She’s a lady” is more my style but I could not find a decent video of it. Enjoy this and avoid the Lolitas and Delilahs.
This is straight out of a bad episode of the Prisoner. I cannot understand a word the announcer is saying. (“the legend of EX-ana-doo”) And the fake whip!? I must admit, I love-hate this stuff. Not going on the ipod interval mix anytime soon.
Finally; this is too good for words. How have I not heard of the Equals before?! WTF WTF WTF! I’ve replayed this video over and over again. I can’t even handle it! They are just bouncing up and down and I can barely understand the sing-mumbling. Soooo good.
Portland does not need anymore help. (CrusadePDX infers to me: lapped riders, orange cones and Why not a more thoughtful name? And, I hope the Crusaders don’t sober up anytime soon to sue Clement. We already lost the World Championships to Louisville.
I will also say this: if they make a tubular version and can keep it from rotting out in one season, THEN you can speculate it as a “rhino-killer”. I keep getting more and more emails about repairing rotted out Dugast Rhinos.
Though I still love them and will keep buying them.
I went up to Seattle for a couple days to help a pal last Wednesday. I met up with old pals and new, then spent Thursday evening playing video games with my little brothers and dad. I dialed in their bicycles and went for a little shred around the neighborhood with them. The trip was brilliant and now I am rolling hard into a new week.
I drove through Olympia and thought about this video. Though, this may actually be Portland. And, yes I’ve been to a Hazel show. Shit was crazy times.
Women’s cycling! PRO women’s bicycle racing!
I was a fan of PROMAN. And I was a fan of Peanut Butter and Co. Now I can enjoy both flavors at the same time!
First: you should know that Dolphins are just about as smart as you. Well, smarter than most bike racers really. This video is evidence.
Circle your prey, cause it to freak out, and jump into your trap. Pretty much my racing style.
We all know Jens is hard. So hard that he needs to use a gameboy or a book to relax. Handheld gaming will now become hotter than compression garments. heh heh. My boner for Jens just got a little bit bigger. Wait! did I just say I had a boner for Jens?! geez. Enjoy this video interview:
Dave Moulton keeps the good posts coming. Always, always a good read. I fancied myself a madison specialist for a couple years. And always dreamed of going to Europe to ride the sixes.
Combine that with Dean Tracy’s 6-day euro life update. Dean Tracy is the real deal folks. And, rumor has it he will be back in Portland for a season of road racing.
I’m calling him out as the only real threat to Steven Beardsley’s Oregon sprinting dominance. If Dean can find his road legs in the next few months Steven will have his hands full. I’ll gladly be observing it all go down from my position in the rear of the field.
What else do I have? An article declaring that the US will have both a World Cup and the World Championships in Kentucky in a few years. Fuck yeah!! Well, we have heard all of this before. Remember the one about Sven Nys chartering an airplane to fly all of the Euro-pros over to the states for the World Cup that was supposed to happen?
Yeah. About that…
Portland has been exceptionally nice this time of year. It is mostly dry and beautiful. And I am still just not really finding the time to get on the bike. So damn busy with work in Portland Bicycle Studio and keeping the Veloshop rolling smooth.
I need to get everything sorted so I can start riding regularly again.