because, amigos, i burned half a workday drooling over that gawdamn ToC coverage and i need to keep this job until that pole-dancing gig starts paying big:
- Michael Barry ... i know, he's kinda got that nerdy, nice canuck thing goin' on ~ but, hell ... i think he's pretty damn cool about bike racing. Check his scribbles on the dreaded VsNooze.
- BJM made it over Sierra close ... Brenty was up there and said our boy gave him the "oh shit" face but still looked strong cresting the beast. And, he was with some of the best. I mean, when Basso is making the "oh face" at the front ... you know that meter is pegged, yo.
But that f'ing 1 minute chase group POUNDED it, man. They just pounded it. CVC, TMobile, Leekygas ... those fukkers were drilling it and the BJM group never made the gap.
ah well ... this is the show. ToC has arrived. And Ben's team has a taste of the limelight and something to toss at the sponsors with that Prologue. But, you get hungry when that shit wets your tongue.
go get it, brudda.
- Rain and muck and wind for todays long slog. Disco lost Davis to the time cut yesterday. Honestly, I don't think they'll have the horsepower to hold it together today. But, they'll have Credit Agricole and TMobile looking for field sprints (as well as CVC) ... so, they'll get help.
And it seems you can't keep that bloody Slipstream team off the front. Stupid, but strong. And they are getting TV time. So ... stupid like the fox, eh eggbert Vaughters?
- Williams Wheels ... holey crap. Last week they sent me a set of wheels to test. They are the fancy-as-shit 19's and ... I'm gonna gush all over them in a later, more thorough review. What a bloody difference a 1405g set of wheels makes. And, hope they don't read this part, but I bashed the crap out of those things last weekend. I abused them like you wouldn't believe in that Dinbua crit ... carving hard through every rutted corner, pushing the wheels' lateral stiffness and durability to the limit.
I was very, very impressed. Didn't touch them out of the box, and straight as an arrow after all that poundage.
As some of you might know, I'm a locals only kinda guy. I ride local frame builders stuff, support local race scenes, highlight the locals as much as i can on ncncaracing.com, etc. Well, what I'm impressed with in Williams Cycling is that they are huge supporters of the local racing/riding scene. They provide neutral wheel support at races and really reach out to provide excellent customer service to folks who buy their stuff.
mas later as I see how the wheels perform during Smelling.
- Dinuba/Cantua/Pine Flat race reports going up (and all the smack talk relevant to each) as soon as I clean some work of the desk.
I promise, promise that i won't be looking at that live coverage today.
... yeah, right.