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Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Get Started

My first race of the year is a technical crit run by my new team. Am I ready? Hm, well, it's a flat 45-minute crit, so what's the worst that can happen??

Tuesday Open Thread

Yankees are now in last place in all of baseball. And I have OLN, at long last. When is the Ronde von (shut up) Vlaanderen on this weekend? Do they repeat the classics broadcasts, for those of us who are nine hours behind?

Monday, March 29, 2004

Monday Monday

Anybody know if the Tour of (shut up) Flanders is televised next week? How's Van Petegem's form? Paul, what's the weather like in the north?

Have you been following Jesus Manzano's doping stories on CyclingNews? Sounds like the team used him as a pin cushion against his wishes. I wonder if the doping stories are more about the watercarriers than the stars? After all, they get tested less....

Friday, March 26, 2004

Open Thread

Continue all south park humor, weekend discussions, and generally tasteless humor here.

As for oversized saddles, there's only so much ass you can fit on an Aspide.

Sunday, March 21, 2004

Milan - San Remo Wrapup

Oscar Freire, back from palookaville! It's shocking that Zabel threw up his arms... not that he's a fool, rather the opposite. Zabel is the last guy you'd think would make such a rookie mistake. Maybe it speaks to the shocking turn of events. How did Freire close that gap?

It's actually nice to see Freire on form. The guy is a 2-time world champ, and as overblown as that seems, it's still nice to think that those titles aren't won by complete fluke. Freire is an actual asset, it appears this spring, and good for Rabo, they need a winner on their roster. And as cool as Petacchi is, I suppose it's good for cycling to have a few potential winners in a sprint. Also, Petacchi says he felt spent after the Poggio. I guess those climbs matter after all.

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

[us] Spring Training

So how was the camp? What was the mileage breakdown? How'd the weather comply?

Not much to report on this end. I have had very little time on the weekends, but am doing 15 a day with the commute, which has now jumped the rails to trails path and is proceeding straight across Seattle on surface roads. The profile of my commute now looks like a miniature Pyrenean stage. It's a bit of a slog, and yesterday I had to walk one block... down. Trust me. Would you descend the Angliru wearing a messenger bag? But with hills you can at least measure your progress, and there's been some.

BTW, Kraftwerk has a new album called Tour de France. Something only a techie would love... or a vitamin E-munching East German party boy cyclist. Seriously, it's worth a listen if only to put yourself in big Jan's shoes.

Wednesday, March 10, 2004


Already beat out Zabel head to head, yesterday in Tirreno-Adriatico. Is this the season where a sprinter reels off 126 straight victories? Seriously, can anybody take him? I know, it's early...

Anybody notice Bobby Julich in third in Paris-Nice?

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