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Well… I forgot about this guy.

douchery
Until getting a few emails this morning with this picture and some amusing captions.

I mostly want to say: fuck all those other dudes on Flaminia for even being able to stand next to Ricco, besides letting him be the center of attention. What a tool.

Complete douchery.

Roubaix and Dugast rot.

These videos are worth the twenty minutes of your life: (if you like cyclocross)


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I love the way Stybar races. Aggressive, punchy and fighty the whole way. When he is on, he just looks like he is having a blast on the course. And good ol skinny bones throwing down the late surge. When is Klass going to rise above the rest of the field and win something big?!

I’d love to go back and race Roubaix. It is sooo f’ing hard. They ran the course backwards to the way I have ridden it. Those videos show you some true cyclocross. A heavy course, lots of running. Sketch ball descents that the top riders have to jog down.

Local rider often ask me: “what are Euro courses like? what is different about them?”. Take a look at this course, only 2 top US riders finished on the same lap and one of them barely. Most Euro cx courses will have some features that all but the toppers can manage to ride. We just don’t have the fitness and skills to ride courses like this! US course designers and promoters cannot put on races that truly challenge the top riders because the rest of the categories would not be able to complete more than a lap or two.

And, that would not be very fun for the non-elite categories. As a rider, I would love to see more difficult courses but, as a lover of cx, I want to see it continue to grow and I know people would not keep racing if every course they did was so challenging that they had to run every section.

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Dugasts really do appear more delicate than some other brands available. Nothing personal, just an observation.

Greg points it out here.

I’ve had more than a few of them fall victim to water creeping in from the basetape. Anyone have any more pro-er than pro sealing techniques? Care to share? You don’t even need to “aquaseal” or coat FMB and Challenge tubulars and they rarely fall victim to the rot as commonly as the good ol Dugasts. I have seen a couple FMBs go but, never in the first month or two of race use… (assume here that cleaning and storage are similar, clean them, dry them and store them dry.)

Not keeping me from buying them though. I do wonder why they fail like that so often. I fancy myself as being a tubular tyre connoisseur but can’t find logic enough to make a hard judgment.

Anyone?

Not gang of four.

I’m in a fight with a pal this evening and here is my make-up attempt:

Wild Palms from felix buckley on Vimeo.

I don’t know, maybe this music may backfire and could very well break us up forever but, I don’t think so. It is hard to find solid bands. I really like a lot of electronic stuff out there these days but, this video from these British kids is pretty solid. I’m not sure I love the Joy Division-esque moaning but, it feels authentic to me.

Which I value.

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I kinda fantasized about my skiing experience being like this video. Without all the silly euro schenanigans.

Ok, maybe with all of the euro schenanigans.

This video is nuts. Soooo good! I don’t really know alot about skiing and this looks sooo intense! ps: mute the soundtrack on this video.

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mary iversonAnd, I have JD to thank for most of the great art I am exposed to these days. MY LOVE FOR YOU blog is good, subscribe to it.

Mary Iverson. Info on her current show and art here.

This lines and colors in this piece remind me of my old pal Kelly Martin. Who painted a mural in the mezzanine of the Veloshop in the very, very beginning of the shop. The very mural that a certain Paolo Pezzo poster is mounted onto.

All I want for christmas:

vinoIs one of these jerseys. In small, please. I would even take it sleeveless.

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What the hell?! British Cyclocross 2010 national championship postponed due to snow! I enjoyed this article. But, I’m not sure that Percy Stallard was ever a World Champion… of anything. Any Brits care to clarify?

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I am a fan of the childless “movement”.
This planet does not need more “little miracles”. Don’t get me wrong, I am not a kid-hater. I just really don’t want them for myself (or my partner).

Pete told me a statistic this morning: something like %90 of Willamette Week readers are childless. My response: “cause if you have kids you will be too busy to have time to read it!”

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Speaking of Brits. If you don’t already read WashingMachinePost, you really should. I mean, he gets a Cielo before I get a Cielo. That means something. Sidenote: I decided to give Chain Lube Number Five a call to check it out. And I got an awesome rambling message from one of the guys in New York! I love small businesses! I appreciate it when someone gives me a personal call back. (and the same day.) I’ll check the lube out and let you know!

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And… speaking of more Brits. I have mentioned that I am a Sci-fi nerd. Well, it turns out an author I have ben reading has a blog, that he actually updates (more often than I do mine). This lead me to his Facebook page. This is pretty awesome. I mean, the future is now. Why the hell should not fans have a little access to our online personalities? Neal Asher writes good Sci-Fi. I have a policy of not keeping a book library and passing books on to those who need them so, if you want to check him out, give me a holler.

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Finally: (this is old news) CyclingDirt did a profile video on both of my businesses. It is pretty cool.

And yes, I finally cut all that damn hair off.

Cycling Videos on CyclingDirt

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Imma let you get back to work, but I just want to say: molly cameron will be updating this blog on a more regular basis! A REGULAR BASIS! (PS: I still think what Kanye did was brilliant!)

New Years media dump!

Everything in this BUILD LLC post is brilliant. I was going to write up something about the favela and slum photos but, you should just follow the links to the original source.

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Memorials. This is the memorial to fallen cyclists.

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This is cute. Ah, I remember the days of steel. And being like, the only shop in Portland who knew what the hell “rolling a dent out” meant…

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professionalismI love working at Portland Bicycle Studio. This is what I get to look forward to on a daily basis:

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So, I have a lot to write about. I’ve taken a solid break since CX Nationals.

I went for a jog a couple days ago. That was a bad idea…

I appreciate the photographers!

mollycGot these in my inbox last week:

The one on the right from Chris Milliman. He sure knows how to capture the Embrocation sheen.

And, a few from Joe Sales, future fan cards here?_G5Y0232

Going into tomorrow like it is my last.

I’m starting the 30+ age group category tomorrow. This represents my attitude, guns blazing, no prisoners.

The age group race was not a priority this season and I was not planning on entering it until I realized I did not have enough $ to head over to Belgium this December. There are a lot of fast guys in the race, it should (yet again) be a good battle.

I’ll be pumped to win it. And it will be a great warm up for the Elite race on Sunday.

I’m loving the snowy conditions. LOVING them!

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I am a SF (science fiction) nerd. And this (not yet a real show) looks amazing. Soooooo amazing. Thanks to Neal Asher for posting about it.

What to do in Bend during Cyclocross Nationals?

Lots to do.

Check out the Visit Bend website: HERE.

Wednesday night – Trebon vs. Craig
Thursday night – Marcel Russenberger, Bart Bowen and Molly Cameron at Jackson’s corner @ 7pm.

This is assuming you are doing an easy spin with some openers like your coach told you to in the morning before putting the compression socks on and taking in the Bend scene.

And, if you know me. We will be rocking at my vacation crib over the weekend! Lots of rock stars in the house for our stay, it is going to be media-central and, as we all know the “toppers” don’t party as hard as the pack-fill like myself. You know it will be a legit throwdown.

A raging party if I win, a somber pout session if I lose.

LGDB says: this is the picture of the year.

I don’t agree but, ADORE the front brake cable routing!!

I think the latest catch phrase is:

GET FAMILIAR!

Join us for a spin tomorrow in Portland:

A bunch of us cx racers are getting together tomorrow morning for an easy hour or so spin.

Mo Bruno Roy, Barb Howe and Ben Popper are just a few of my super star cx racer pals who are in town for the USGP finals and CX nationals in Bend this weekend.

Come join us for coffee and snacks, road or cx tyres OK. We will hit up a little climb and spin back into town.

WHERE?

Sweetpea bakery
1205 SE Stark
Portland, Oregon
97214

A nice central location for all the out of towners staying at various hotels and houses. Good coffee and snacks.

WHEN?

Ordering coffee at 10am rolling out before 11am. Easy spin.

Feel free to invite others, see you there!

December first. Culture dump:
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