January 2012

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albert.

First of all, this is a course and a Championships on Belgian soil so it’s a bit of a home match.  Secondly from when we started racing, we were taught to race in sand.  So when this trail comes with sand, it’s something that we’ve been doing since when we were small.  Third, there were seven Belgians in the first seven places, that’s not our fault that’s the competition’s fault.

neils albert, the newly crowned cyclocross world champion, speaking about the 2012 course in koksijde, belgium – podium insight.  photo also from podium insight.

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speedvagen sscx.

quite nice, don’t you think?  it looks very fast.  I’m still somewhat concerned about the drilled out enve stem.

tipped from flwrider, originally on flickr.

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we’ll soon see if philippe gilbert can mirror last year’s dream season for himself.

photo from red kite prayer.

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tuesday’s ride.

the knee pain subsided a bit overnight after a couple long stretching sessions so I opted for half paradise.  I rode down the embarcadero with a fresh new gatorskin on the front and the gp4000s on the back – both at 105psi.  I don’t expect any more sidewall blowouts, but I had my fingers crossed the entire ride.  it was significantly warmer out, to my surprise.  it seems as if we’re coming out of our cold spell, and possibly into more springtime weather.  maybe it’ll bring more rain, too…hopefully not though.

with the sun rising earlier every day, it’s becoming much easier to maneuver out into marin.  people are dimming down their high intensities and riding a bit smarter now they can see more with the natural light.  half paradise hasn’t changed at all, as you’d expect.  the knee was holding up, surprisingly.  a bit sore, but not too bad.  unfortunately, I still had to pass a school bus, which made for an awkward couple minutes.  I would ride ahead as it would slow down to pick up a bunch of kids – then the bus would pass, but stop to pick up more kids, and then eventually pull off towards the waterfront.  at least the driver was courteous, I had a couple drivers cut inches away from my elbow.  just one of those mornings, I presume.

I’m glad the knee is feeling better, and that I had no flats.  simple pleasures of riding pre-dawn.  oh, I spotted maurice (+a guy in a britesport kit) and percy while out today – hope you guys had good rides.  it feels good to be out there again.

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g+b.

daphne van brand at the worlds.

originally on podium insight.

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slammed caad9.

stoked on seeing a caad9.  those were the golden years…

originally on slam that stem.

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low track.

flawless.  look at the bottom bracket gusset – enough said.

originally on low, support your local.

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ritte.

second shot is definitely in san francisco – cykel sf!

tipped from flwrider, read more on wired.

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tom boonen (omega pharma-quickstep) took the sprint victory on the final stage of the tour de san luis.  his teammate, levi leipheimer, also secured the overall victory for the race.  omega pharma-quickstep is off to a great season – they took the first two stages and levi took the individual time trial.

the 167km stage comprised of a 50km circuit looped 3 times.  edwin avila (columbia) took the first intermediate sprint ahead of daniel diaz (san luis somos todos) and stefan schumacher (christina watches-onfone).  jesus rosendo (andalucia) attacked off the front mid-lap – renato seabra (brazil) and douglas moy (funvic) bridged.  the trio gained 2 minutes over the peloton, but were reeled in afterwards.  avila ended up taking the last intermediate sprint, sealing the sprint classification in his name.  omega pharma-quickstep and saxo bank set up the peloton for a fast downhill finish.

photo from cycling news.

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g+b.

sophie de boer racing the cyclocross world championships this last weekend.

originally on podium insight.

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