Thursday, May 28, 2009

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Memorial Day = Summer

So of course the weather sucks.

But I still managed to get a good ride in. I went to the East Bay (where it promised to be warmer) and rode Diablo a couple times.

Cervelo blew it today in the Giro. They gave up an almost sure stage win, reportedly because Sastre wanted help to bring back and irrelevant break by Basso. This has the feel of something that is more than it seems. Maybe something will happen tomorrow to explain it better. Menchov is looking very strong, but the next two stages are going to be very telling. I'm guessing the standings on Thursday will look a bit different than they do today.

Colin Powell is trying to make sense. Fortunately he's already allowed his reputation to be damaged enough to be much of an influence. And he's black, so most of the people he's talking to, i.e. Repub's, won't listen to him anyway.

Benjamin Button is a very sad movie. It stops just short of the "Eternal Sunshine" problem- being too sad to be enjoyable. It does come close though. David Fincher is awesome... I need to watch Fight Club again.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The TT is done

After waiting for six months, the Stage 12 TT has come and gone. I guess, as is the case with most things you wait six months for, it wasn't all I hoped. Menchov and Levi both rode well, Lance rode well, there were surprises both good (Garzelli) and bad (Rogers), but all in all it held form and the guys that were supposed to rise to the top did.
I would have really liked to see what Fabian could have done on this course, but since he abandoned yesterday, it was not to be. I think there must be a story there, I hope it comes out. Why would the worlds best time trialist abandon the Giro on the day before the epic TT stage?


Meanwhile, back in the real world...
It's fun to talk about the mental challenges involved in a three week bike race, but seriously you want mental toughness? Go here. It will give you an entirely different perspective on life, health, and the fucked up system that is Health Care in America.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

What goes around

comes around

Limbaugh hasn't had a natural erection since the Nixon Administration; think he's compensating for something? Now, I wouldn't pick on him for any of this stuff, not his blubbiness, not his man-boobs, not his inability to have a natural erection -- none of that stuff -- to me, off limits until! until! -- Mr. Limbaugh, you turn that sort of gun on somebody else -- once you start doing that, you're fair game, fat boy. Absolutely, you jiggly pile of mess. You're just fair game, and you're going to get it, too. [Laughs] You'd better watch what you say, Limbaugh, because it can come back the other way.

This, I was not expecting.

Cancellara abandons

“It has been our plan all along for me, that I would be taking it day by day in the Giro. I'm very happy with the part of it that I have raced and the atmosphere here at the Giro is always really special. I'm very fond of this race and I've always felt extremely welcome here. I'd like to come back in one of the next seasons and if it fits in my program I would love to make a result here. I wish the rest of the team the best of luck for the rest of this great race”, says Fabian Cancellara who now looks forward to next goal up ahead.

This, on the other hand, I was expecting.

A perfect sprinters' stage, a perfect sprinter's lead-out, a perfect sprint - at least for one man and his team.

Damn. Just- Damn.

I've been looking forward to tommorows stage for months. Precisely to watch Fabian destroy it and leave others floundering in his wake. Now I'll have to try and find another reason to get excited about it. Maybe Lance will step up? After Levi's crash today, I'm not sure how well he'll do- and this really wasn't a course for him anyway.


Monday, May 18, 2009

Time for an Update

It's been almost a week, I better post something.

The Giro has been great to watch. Lot's of people upset by yesterday's protest. Lance posted his thoughts here. I thought this take was pretty much how I feel about it. I've read more than a few people who want to call the riders pussies for not riding because it was too dangerous. Whatever, sometimes it take more balls to stand up for what you think is right instead of just doing what you're told.

I haven't seen anything to make me change my pick of Levi winning it. Thursday's TT will be the key. Some of the TT monsters (Cancellara, Zabriskie) haven't done anything yet, so maybe they'll show up fresh and put on a show.

Lucero rocked Slim's on Saturday night. Probably as good a show as can be seen there. Maybe next time they can book the Independent.

I did the Modesto RR yesterday. I had to drag my ass out of bed at 5am to drive to Modesto. Glad I did to, it was a fun race. I gave it what I had, and I felt really good, which caused me to spend too much time on the front and do too much work for the shape I'm in. So I faded in the end, but it was still a good time. I found out today that they missed me crossing the line, so I officially got a DNP, but really I was the "Unidentified Rider" in 34th. I've sent an email to see if I can get it changed, we'll see.

First race in the new kit, it's mighty fine looking if you ask me.

I never saw any of the Eurovision 2009 Song Contest. I'm sure if I did, I would have voted for Ukraine.

Resistance is Futile.

Restistance is Futile.

Resistance is Futile

And something good to end with.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Mother of The Year

A Maryland woman involved with a group described as a religious cult pleaded guilty in the starvation death of her son, but insisted that the charges be dropped when he is resurrected.

There's so much funny stuff out there about the whole Miss California thing. I was going to link to some funny videos about it, but it's just not that important to me. Buy if you want to laugh, Olberman and Jon Stewart are the ones to look at.

The Giro is playing out according to script so far. Lance lost 3 minutes today, Levi and Horner still look good. I don't expect much to happen til the big TT next Thursday.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Too Funny not to share


Go Time!

The Giro starts tomorrow.
I'm pretty sure I've never been this excited about the Giro before, but this edition has a lot going for it. It's the Centennial addition, which makes it kind of special. There is no clear favorite, though my money is on Levi. It seems, from what people are saying anyway, that a lot of the favorites are racing to win instead of using it as a tune-up for France.
I'm also pretty excited to see Lance return. I have no idea what to expect from him, but nothing would surprise me.

It's going to be shown live on the web, and delayed on tv. Thank You Universal Sports!

The Team Time Trial tomorrow should be telling. I think there will be teams (Liquigas) that find themselves in a bit of a hole.

Other big stages are Stage 12 and Stage 17. I think those two stages will decide the race.

Following up on the last post, the Project Rwanda site has lots of opportunities to do some good.

Nice Liz Hatch video. Always nice to see locals doing well.

Alexander Vinokourov is trying to get back in the game. I have mixed feelings on this. He was one of my favorite riders, and there isn't anyone else like him in the peloton. But he cheated, more than that, he cheated at a time when cycling really needed a clean race and, to me, he did more damage than any of the other idiots that got caught.

Outside of Cycling Universe....

Really Texas? Really?

This morning I woke up not knowing this existed, and now my life is better for knowing it's out there.

Brings a tear to my eye and makes me proud to be an American.

At least more than this does.

The Obama administration will retain a Bush-era rule for polar bears, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Friday, in a move that angered activists who noted the rule limits what can be done to protect the species from global warming.

Just another reason in a very long list of why Dem's aren't really any better than Republicans

It's just so much easier to blame people for doing bad, than it is to do good.

Newly released CIA documents revealed that the Speaker of the House of Representatives was aware of the methods' deployment and not just their existence, as she had earlier claimed.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A Little Balance

This story is just bad ass. No better way to descibe it.

One of the cyclists they passed was called Leonard, 6ft 6in tall and carrying 150lbs of potatoes. A couple of minutes after Boyer and the team passed him, Leonard reappeared at their side, keeping pace, "cranking away", as Boyer put it. The coach found Leonard the next day and invited him to a trial.

Jesus Christ on a Bike

Not a good day for news. Especially in the bike world (the regular world has it's share of bad news every day, but I like my diversions to, well, divert me from the regular world).

The Tour of California is moving to May. So it will be running against the Giro. So long ToC, it was fun while it lasted. I'm really glad I got to go to some stages this year and see Lance, Thor, Boonen, et al. Probably won't happen again.

Christian Pfannberger withdraws from Giro for a positive test. Nice job asshole. I guess it's time to work on your communication skills (as in "Do you want fries with that?")

But in the regular world.

This crap in Egypt is simultaneously sad and infuriating. It doesn't even make bad sense. If H1N1 was called the "Camel Flu" would they round up and kill all the camels? Without question, Humans do some inanely stupid things, but this is a drunk fat naked guy jumping up and down in the snow with "Stupid" painted on his chest with roofing tar.

Maybe it's just to keep people from noticing that they're building Nukes.

Obama v Putin; round 1

Fuck it, I'm going to get a haircut (just as soon as I grow it out).

Thank you Maine, and well done. Maybe Cali will be joining you in the 21st century sometime soon.