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Monday, May 22, 2006

monday ramblings

well ... you know

  1. if you want to read an article that says nothing new but needs to be read more.

  2. Sunday = wake up at 5am ... gently nudge the woman up out of bed for her final stage at Kernal. The daily units were thusly run:

    1.5 hours drive time.

    30 minutes damage control with Rancher Matron who allows bike racers to park in front of the "family cemetary." Apparently some spandex dipshit chastised her for parking her truck in the way of her own cemetary as she was doing her morning weeding of the graves.

    oy. Liebold totally owes me for that one.

    45 minutes of biker mechanic, number pinner, bottle n' goo stuffer, and race photocrapper.

    2.5 hours drive time as follow vehicle for 35 women.

    1 hour of feeder for women's 3 and p1/2 for their final laps of the final (thank buddha) stage.

    1.5 hour of clappy-skippy cheer-boy as Liebold hands out goofball awards and winnings for the ladies.

    30 minutes of breakdown of food, tent, chairs, n' clean up.

    3 hours of drive to Fresno using Liebold "short cut." I'm soooo kickin' his ass.

    2.5 hours more driving until home.

    30 minutes of nerding out with pics of day and bloggage before passing out while spooned with the woman.

  3. women racing bikes is hot. damn hot.

  4. Stage Racing is such a soap opera. Emotions pinwheel all over the spectrum and those who are up will be down, down will be sideways, and sideways will be me most the time after watching it all.

    Examples? Seeing a racer melting on a hillclimb ... i mean, just melting. Her morale was bootbottom, her body drenched dry of sweat and puddled in pain. No energy, no motivation to continue, no confidence that she belonged there.

    And then the next day. She is afraid, but ready to try. Confidence has been solidified, but it is a small concentrated kernal deep inside ... needing to be watered, nurtured ... wanting to blossom.

    Sprints for the win.

    Soap Opera.

    Mo' examples? Secret alliances, desperate attacks and feints, and ferocious drives to move up, win, consolidate, survive. Everyone has a story. Every single one of the ... RACERS.

  5. Bakersfield ... jaysus.

  6. Starbucks ... those bastards do a ton of business. But you know, sometimes you just need a cup o' joe and they are the only ones you can find while driving through some butt-backwater town.

  7. i cracked.

25 comments:

bbElf (a.k.a. panda) said...

Mmmmm. It may not have been my weekend for the racing, but at In-N-Out on the drive home I was #1.

Dan Cleary said...

Damn you OV. Damn you. You take me through events, I click the last pic and you show me a double-double (animal style?)

AND I'M IN MN!!!

I need a an order FedEx'd, ramming speed.

alicat said...

What a weekend!
You Velo Bellos are truly amazing along with your Bellas (whose racing skills and spirits are an inspiration).

I'm already recruiting Merkeley Bike for next year's saga.

And after sitting pretty on the last sprint yesterday and dropping my chain in quite the rookie move, I'm ready to kiss the 105 goodbye as my new bike is built and ready to ride. Stay tuned.

Dr. X said...

1. bye bye 105!

2. OV - I gave permission for RIBS, not IN-n-OUT... and yet, I approve post hoc. I await the next 'report'...

Velo Bella said...

poor sputnik

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

nice ridin' out there bbelf. i know you had to dig deep to finish that bugger, but it will make you a better rider ... fo' sho.

cleary ~ ya'll are too busy with your 4 months of uber-racing to think about anything but sprints n' recovery drinks.

now ... when cross season comes around ...

aliK ~ hell yeah, can't wait to see that beast unfurled. you gonna maiden that at Hamilton? oy ... more climbing.

X ~ soooo good.

VB ~ sputnik strong like bull!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank so much for coming out and supporting ALL of is in the race this weekend. It was great to meet some of the bella's and their fella's! Man that thing was CARZY hard.

Cat 4 SoCal Racer, Heather R.

Chico Cyclist said...

Hey, at least you cracked with good stuff!!

Nome Agusta said...

Diggin deep is what cycling is all about for some of us.
Some just use a bigger shovel.

alicat said...

Maiden voyage of my campy dreamsicle is going to be delayed due to this weekend's big move out of my apartment and into Merkeley B's pad.

And you gotta hate to find that your dream-mobile was built over the weekend but shop is closed on Monday. Curses!

OV--I'm waiting to hear your chapter of 1001 uses for Metromint.

X Bunny said...

heather
nice to meet you this weekend
and good racing!

does this mean you're sucked into the blogs now...

...

and that drive coulda cracked anyone

alicat said...

heather, it was you who got 2nd in the race yesterday, right?

Well done on the leadout teamwork facing up to the Simple Green Train.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

too tired last night to experiment with the MintyFresh.

maybe tonite.

and i should have some pictures up at some point on pbase.com/vanderpoop

hopefully soon.

simple green = mutants. the lot of them.

good racing all!

Velo Bella said...

Can I give you the super secret password to the bella pbase for the pics?

I didn't take a single pic this weekend. Not even one.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

you sure you want my wierdness spread all over that thing?

Velo Bella said...

so tempted to reply inappropriately...

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

when have we ever been appropriate?

Little_Jewford said...

resist coporate coffee ... but it can be hard

Velo Bella said...

mmmm...sexy

michael...not starbucks

Velo Bella said...

speaking of corporate...
and I can't believe I am saying this...

but the Olive Garden rocks.

bbElf (a.k.a. panda) said...

Black Angus on the other hand, not so much.

Next year I might need a bigger shovel.

Aliiiiii -- can't wait to see the new machine. Hott.

Velojuice said...

OV, starbucks and in and out, in one weekend. I am not sure what the hell happened out there, but Bakersfield should be thought of as far west Texas, and too be avoided at all costs. I hope the intervention works out. Nice job Bella's way to rock!

VJ

Lothar Glerbny said...

mmmmmmmmmm.....

diskzero said...

Looking forward to seeing the "Reserved for OV" porta-pottie at the next VP event as payment for your hard work.

Hick said...

HOly Crap!

I looked at this post about 742 go-zillion times today and just now clicked on #7

Wow, I am at a loss.

But if your gonna break that was a good choice.