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for all my friends · March 2012

March 2012

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Pro legs.

Blast off in 3…2…1.  Exergy is the epitome of pro – fast no matter what.  Even with MicroShift componentry.  It’s all in the legs.

Originally on Manual for Speed.

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Domane.

Trek Domane – IsoSpeed flex at the seat collar cluster, asymmetric everything, bb90 bottom bracket cluster, DuoTap speed/cadence sensors, tapered head tube and more tricks than the average modern frameset.  Fabian Cancellara won Strade Bianche on it, and with Paris-Roubaix looming, Trek is probably excited to see more podium results.

More on BikeRadar.

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Daniel Moreno (Katusha) took the uphill finish in Basilica del Puy, winning ahead of Mikel Landa (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Angel Madrazo (Movistar).  The day was marked by a 4-man break including Julien Sanchez Pimienta (Caja Rural), Haritz Urrutia (Orbea), Jose Luis Cano (Andalucia) and David Belda Garcia (Burgos-BH).  They reached a maximum gap of 8 minutes during their stint, but were caught with 40km remaining out of the 179km race.  3km from the line, 12 riders rode off the front of the peloton with a gap approaching El Puy, the day’s last climb before the line.  Moreno was able to bridge up to the riders, countering their attack for a win at the line.

Photo from Cycling News.

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Pavel Brutt (Katusha) won the 196km one day race ahead of Simon Geschke (Project 1T4i) and Daniel Schorn (Team Netapp).  Brutt broke away in the first kilometer of the race with Bert-Jan Lindeman (Vacansoleil-DCM).  Simon Geschke (Argos-Oil Shimano), Daniel Schorn (NetApp), Pieter Serry (Topsport Vlaanderen) and Marc De Maar (UnitedHealthCare) attacked from the peloton, and joined Brutt at the head of the race.  Brutt launched his sprint to the line with 600m left to race – his breakaway companions were unable to close the attack down before the line.

13:03 – Geschke is probably a tad frustrated he didn’t anticipate the early sprint.

Photo from Cycling News.

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1 lap.

Bell lap with Chad Beyer (Competitive Cyclist) at the Redlands Classic – this is what it looks like to be a continental rider in a sea of equally as fast riders.  It’s frighteningly fast.  And pro.

Tipped from Flwrider.

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Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) won the 14.7km individual time trial on the last stage of the Driedaagse De Panne, rounding the course in 17:49.  Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM) finished 4 seconds down, and Svein Tuft (GreenEdge) was 17 seconds down.  Chavanel was also able to take the overall victory for the race – Westra took 2nd overall, and Maciej Bodnar (Liquigas-Cannondale) took 3rd.

Photos from SteepHill.

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G+B.

Erinne Willock (TIBCO) racing last season.

Originally on Podium Insight.

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Quintuple.  I had to Google it to be sure, but that’s how many times I rode around Paradise loop today.  I figured I would have to make my day off from work worth it – remember a month or so back when I mentioned I was working a lot more, and on weekends?  It was comp time for those over 40 hour weeks.  So I left the house with my pockets stashed with “food” and a willingness to spend some quality time with the road bike.  30% chance of rain?  I bet it won’t.

But as I rode, the heavy drizzle came, and I was soon rethinking my loops.  Descending in the wet is more nerve-racking than anything, but I’m happy to report that there were no close calls on any of the 5 descents.  Though my feet did get quite soaked the first and second time around.  That is, until the weather warmed up, which dried my feet after a couple hours.  Maybe bringing a rain shell might’ve come in handy, but it was way too late for that.  Luckily, the weather became less misty – the lack of drizzle gave way to a bit of wind, which was almost worse than the drizzle.  Tough call: wet with a hair of wind, or dry with lots of wind?  I still don’t know.

It might’ve been the final loop around, but I forget…anyway, I heard my front tire hiss around and around.  A flat tire to really make the day stick.  Luckily, it was a small puncture, which I remedied with a new tube, stashing the old one (just in case).  I couldn’t quite get the psi high enough, and rode the rest of the final 30 miles with it probably hovering in the 60 range.  I’m mostly glad that it was fixable on the fly, and that it didn’t gash the tire.

I’m going to eat some food, and then wash the bike.  It looks like it rolled into a sand pit, geez.

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Pro legs.

Not just any legs.  Continental legs.

Originally on Manual for Speed.

 

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Slammed CAAD10.

2012 CAAD10.  Stellar colorway, though I have yet to see anyone with the raw frameset.  Looking forward to seeing one built up, one day.

Tipped from Slam That Stem.

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