Feb 28, 2017

GP Le Samyn: Rue de Belle Vue

From the above tweet, tomorrow's mid week cobble race the 49th GP Le Samyn will be spectacular. Last year, Niki Terpstra won after an epic edition in Hainaut. The weather forecast is for cold and rain... perfect conditions. The image is sector 4, Rue de Belle Vue - indeed a beautiful view of  les paves!

Start list.

Cobbled sectors...

No winter blues

via Cycling Art

I'm very happy with my new turbo trainer. The initial thought of fighting through the endless boredom of spinning inside, I was hard pressed to think it would only be a slog. But actually it's not boring for me. It sure has positives; my winter fitness has improved, I get to ride as often as I want (happily indoors) and I get to test out my new dhb shoes (above). The real test will be an actual road test with these but for now I've fine tuned the cleat positioning and first take with these new shoes are awesome.

Feb 27, 2017

The classic winner: Peter Sagan

Peter Sagan's successful and flamboyant opening weekend on (1st in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, 2nd in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad) and off the bike was especially memorable. A couple of firsts; his 90th race victory winning KBK and first win for his new team, Bora Hansgrohe. He may have lost Saturday's OHN to a wittier Greg Van Avermaet but he was all dominate making his move with 200m to go for his first victory of the season. The joy is twofold watching him assert his ability in a race and watching his off the bike panache. Cycling is better for it.

Who is Peter Sagan? An excellent article here.

Feb 24, 2017

Friday File: Belgian success for a 56th win?

One day before the opening cobbled classic of the season, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, followed next day by it's sprinter's twin, Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. It is a Belgian affair. The home country has won 55 out of 71 editions but only won three of the last ten editions. Greg Van Avermaet will defend his title and will be accompany by a cool cast of cobbled countrymen that are just as eager to win on home cobbled soil. Here's my Belgian list of favorites: Tom Boonen, Phil Gilbert, Tiesj Benoot, Sep Vanmarcke, Edward Theuns and Oli Naesen. Peter Sagan, just because its Peter Sagan, he's my heavy favorite to upset the Belgian stranglehold. Who will outfox one another? I'll be watching for sure!


Joseph Bruyere is one of three Belgians to hold the record for three wins.

Fons De Wolf won two editions; 1982 and 1983.

David Millar's classy 2014 fizik shoes.

Extra motivated to win his third...
National champ and new member on the power house Quick Step Floors team is Phil Gilbert. 
The two time winner has something to prove and he wants to get back on the winning classic side.

Feb 22, 2017

Still the Greatest

Jocelyn Lovell

I recently discovered this short documentary - high on thrills and excitement. It rings close to me, growing up in Edmonton and remembering the 1978 Commonwealth Games. I was a young guy not into cycling but caught up in the games and fondly remembered watching on tv, the great Jocelyn Lovell win gold on the track. The velodrome was newly built without a roof an impressive outdoor velodrome. I think it really got my cycling juices flowing and captivated me. Jocelyn Lovell was amazing. On a side note; I have learned that Edmonton will build a new indoor velodrome part of an athletic facility scheduled for construction in 2018.  

This National Film Board doc also highlights the 1976 Olympics following the mighty German track team. This doc is a good mix of athletes and coaches. For me, The 1978 Commonwealth Games road race is featured with vintage looks of Phil Anderson and Pierre Harvey, two riders that will go on to much success. Enjoy Cycling: Still the Greatest

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