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Thursday, February 22, 2007

you know what i'm talkin' about

hill'ervals ... sneaking out while there's a patch of sunlight through the storm clouds.

a few into ... and visions overcome of the pack fighting tooth and nail against the crosswinds, puking guts to keep your GC man out of the wind and up front. Shoulders slamming, watts hitting 4 digits over and over again to keep your rider in the race. The beautiful sting of wet sandy bits peppering your face as grime soaks through kit and paints lines down teeth like fresh dark blood from cycling's road kill.

silly dreams.


and then you look down and see you forgot to shift out of the big ring.


... might as well keep it there.

105 comments:

PAB said...

incurable show-off...

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

ok, who else is freaked out by the ToC commentators as they keep rubbing their thighs over and over again.

Ventura and Silva? jayzus, they both look like a coupla' frickin' meth-heads squeezin' for another hit.


... just show a blank screen for chrysake.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

and in the span of 1 minute looking at the vid, i saw ..

Basso wave all cutey-like to the cam.

Levi look pouty because the cam focused on Basso in front of him longer than Levi got.

Danielson look like shit on a bike 'cause he still rides like a damn mountain biker.

Jens adjust his peepee and grin about it.

Julich look ... boring.

Ippoc Amic said...

he said "Jens and peepee"

trac said...

i can't watch the video at work because that would be too obvious, so I'm stuck with CN coverage.

The question is BURNING - is he wearing those black socks again???

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

thankfully, his "long" knee warmers and "high" booties leave only a smidge of pasty white 'tween.


but there's still his forehead to laugh at.



poor little gollum.

McSassy said...

Its more like a Fivehead if you ask me........

MS

lauren said...

i can't see the feed either today. work pc sucks arse.

Chris said...

"It's obvious that he's obviously in phenomenal shape. Obviously, it's going according to plan. The riders are eating salt licks that are obviously made of salt, and used for deer. So there's obviously a lot of salt out there, but they need to drink a lot. Obviously. To get rid of that phenomenal thirst. So it's a perfect way to eat and drink."

X Bunny said...

it had to be a dream if you were unaware of what gear you were in

captain sassy pants said...

1:23 "and to the left is bobby julich, mastering a technique used on the down hill, going to the bathroom."

Chris said...

Jettison your booties

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

damn you Baldwin ...

made go look and see the frickin' socks again.

- - -

prediction:

flailing crash with 8K to go ... Levi makes it through and no neutralization this time.

TMobile's Henderson wins the stage as JJ H loses nerve and can't hold the wheels in the soaked street approach.

McSassy said...

Horner will attack with a K to go and take the win.

Or not.

ms

Chris said...

The right hander into the SLO loop is off-camber, turns left again, then right-left befpre heading straight into town. So you are going upslope, curving leftish, then have to swing down right, back over the top tube left, then repeat again, all boom-boom-boom. Very hard in a big pack to do at speed. If a small, motivated group gets there first, they might-could hold them off.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

i just can't believe how lucky Disco was with this break. Gone in the first half hour and no threat whatsoever.

I'm pretty damn impressed that Slipstream's Lucas Euser bridged up to that break though.

Find it frustrating that no Priority Health rider made the same sweet move. Disco wouldn't have let BJM go, but PH has King, Sheedy and Peltonen who had a chance.

easier said than done, though. BMC missed it to. As did 4 other ProTour teams.

Still, Disco has a "soft" ride for 200k as the big hitters prep for the TT.

We'll see if they all survive the inevitable crash in the final K's.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

oop, Disco makin' friends by doing a little gutter eschelon work.

always turn the screws ... any time you can.

Anonymous said...

the thinking man's way....

"always turn the screws ... any time you can"

If you are suffer'n, try to make them at the least, uncomfortable

PAB said...

a buddy of mine is marshalling that off camber right/left as they hit town...

Anonymous said...

HA! now the CN is getting their info from Hernando's blog!

"14:39 PST
The riders will definitely want the roads in San Luis Obispo to dry up before they arrive, because the last turn is a hard left on a slight downhill that's off camber, and it could be pretty dicey on wet pavement.

Current situation"

maybe....

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

Slipstream ... what a ToC they are having.

always in the action.

Girl Ryan and Tyler W have a house down in SLO that Lucas Euser stays at when he's not racing. They gave many a comment about the utter insanity that Vaughters gave the Slipstream guys in their training camp a few weeks back.

i guess johnyV knows how to get his troops ready for prime time.

no stage win ... but, they're all over this race. Quickstep who? Liquigas who?

If TMobile weren't in pink, we'd not even know they were in the race. Until that TT, that is. Then the ProTour riders will shine.

Chris said...

...I say it here, it comes out there....

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

gawdamn that's some lonely suffering out there on hwy 1.

hope nobody's off the back o' the pack.


cuz time cuts, they won't make.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

when Baldwin speaks ...

Anonymous said...

like an echo

Anonymous said...

or a loud fart that shakes the earth

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

Who will Brown crash out today?

i think Steels has a hit out on that lil' Aussie.

Chris said...

Crash for sure today...money!

jeninsb said...

dude's a menace

brown, i mean

thought the stage would be long done by now

that's what i get for thinkin'

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

regrettably, i think it's gonna be one of those same Slippers that i just gave kudos to that will prolly cause today's spill.

The fatige will finally hit and when CVC is notching it firmly in the 11t ... a young boy in white riding with more balls than head will fall all over himself and take out 20 riders.

bummer.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

pretty impressive how much work H.Clark is doing in that break.

haven't heard peep about how the Navs are sitting 2nd in Team GC.


ah well.

casey said...

prediction:

flailing crash with 8K to go ... Levi makes it through and no neutralization this time.

Naw Levi already got his protection from the officials today since no time bonuses are being awarded in any of the sprints. Guess the promoters and officials didn't want riders killing themselves for a few seconds on wet streets.

jeninsb said...

still rainin' in slo

could be wacky

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

poor Lucas is done. As is Acton of Colavita.

the miles are saying hello to the legs for those boys.


shouldn't be surprised that kObee is in the break for 2 days straight.

him and his familiarity with "recovery products"

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

"Guess the promoters and officials didn't want riders killing themselves for a few seconds on wet streets."

too late.

that mad scramble into town, when the gaps open up ... it's gonna be mayhem baby.

i just hope the vid stays live.


... can't ... turn .. head .. away

jeninsb said...

he's lookin' at his legs every time he's on the front

ouch

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

that's how big of a nutsack kObee has ... he just moved the TMobile car into the dirt.

"f-you ... i'm riding here"

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

shame for A.Olson to have this break be so doomed.

he'd have been the pick for the win. boy's got game.

McSassy said...

Doomed!

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

just frickin unbelievable how strong these riders are.


what a race.


this is the stage for the afficianados, though.

i can hear "bobby come lately" ... it's sooo boring. they're just riding along!

Chris said...

Grueling to ride 213k slow anyway, might as well go fast. Get it over with.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

Euser hasn't missed one pull.


what heart.


and, i hear he cooks like a euro-stallion.

stand in line, ladies.

McSassy said...

"this stage has not been that challenging"

He's not in the break is he :)

ms

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

oh god, 213k ... thanks for reminding me, Chris.


now i'll rethink the power of my 45 minute hill'ervals today.



jayzus ... what i'd give.

jeninsb said...

gap must be coming down

k obee is taking the monster pull

where'd that come from?

jeninsb said...

oops, my bad, it was hilton clarke

dude's an animal

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

there are going to be about six thousand attacks coming into town. i don't think there's enough horsepower to control the field today.

... but, tired is as tired does.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

Levi looks tired.

jeninsb said...

so doomed

pack looks hungry

wouldn't be surprised to see csc drill it into town

they're kinda good at that

not so organized at the moment though

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

bwaaahahaaa ... Sayers up there crowding Levi.


precious.

McSassy said...

Hey Olaf!!!!!

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

pea green is not the color for a sprinter's jersey.


chryst, sponsored by PSAndersons...

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

did i miss lucas coming off the break?

jeninsb said...

Jens is badass

even in pea green

yuck

Chris said...

I missed it too, sheesh...and then there were six

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

kObee and HClarke jawing at each other ...


now you're just letting the 'roids talk.

jeninsb said...

darnit lost the local boy

i didn't see him go off either

hc really going at it

Chris said...

Fuck yea! Clarke attacks!

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

Clarke attacks, kObee chases him down.


what a pissing match.

jeninsb said...

lucas is back

for now

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

Euser back on ... at the car, or a flat.


what a stylish little piece of meat.


somebody wrap him up in a tortilla and bring him to me.

jeninsb said...

sorry, delivery service not available

good ridin'

Chris said...

Slipstream resurfaced

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

that aerial shot was so Flanders in late spring.

Chris said...

Catch before the hard left

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

it's all about face time now ...


show some spank and throw one down, lucas!

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

bad kObee ... just broke the boy.

jeninsb said...

voila

watch out for the ditch, hinky

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

acton ... bwwaahahahaaa

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

that break was so playing last dick standing

silly

McSassy said...

Just for the record..........

I have ice cold Hefeweizen in hand for the finish of this game........

Hope all of you at work are having as much fun. :)

MS

Chris said...

made it past the turn...I was wrong.

jeninsb said...

time for a little sufferin'

dayum

looks like they lost a few along the way

shrinkage

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

that pack is not going fast enough in these final K.

oy.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

Horner's got his men to the front.


so f'ing smart.

now CVC .. oop, CSC

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

you're right Jen, that field is small.

Chris said...

Jens going for gold? Hmmmm..The Power!

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

jens just blew his out the field ...

save it for the TT JENS!

Nick said...

Go Freddie!

Velo Bella said...

How can you guys call all this? My coverage is so choppy it just looks like a bunch of colorful rectangles skipping across my screen.

Oh look the green rectangle jumped

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

bettini wins this stage

jeninsb said...

think he was just trying to get it movin'

looks like they got it in hand now

dayum that team is strong - csc, i mean

Chris said...

Lagutin is in there! Lagu-Lagu-Lagu!

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

who's your daddy?

Velo Bella said...

sexeee

McSassy said...

Dayum lil cricket!

Velo Bella said...

Beteeny

I like that he respected the Tee Oh Ce with going for a win like that.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

that was one hell of a try by Brown's leadout man.

i thought for sure there was going to be a 40mph spill in that corner.

Bettini ... balls of steel. (teeny they may be)

Ippoc Amic said...

what's up with that end of the race cars crossing and the teeny barricade...scary

jeninsb said...

dayum, that was some silly corner action

yay for be teeny

too much fun

Ippoc Amic said...

I'm glad beteeny won-not a fan of rabobrown at all...

Velo Bella said...

Was one of those bobbing green rectangles Thor?

jeninsb said...

eeew.

no brown for me either

be teeny much mo bettah

Ippoc Amic said...

yes, green was thor, they think he might have been third

jeninsb said...

heh, heh.

she said thor

think he was fourth

Chris said...

Beautiful day. Epic-long. Hard, hard, hard.

trac said...

AAAGH can you IMAGINE being 5K away from the town where you live, getting a flat, chasing back onto the break only to have the world freaking champion snatch the glory away from you?

Poor little Leuser.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

Leuser ... damn you Trac for using that before me.

banks said...

"Bettini is such a great little guy."

--Robbie Ventura, amgen broadcaster

Ouch.

ginmtb said...

my freakin' video crapped out just after they got into Cuesta College (my old Juco). Sons a biches... :(

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

crickey ... only Vogels is in the top 25 not on a ProTour team.


mileage wore 'em down.

wow.

Anonymous said...

OV, you should do your own race commentary via streaming audio. Your blog commentary is much much better than anything else available!

BTW, "and a love of Thor" is an anagram for "Olaf Vanderhoot"... Hmm.

Chris said...

You could set up a skype chat room with broadcast capacity...I'll look in to it tonight and see if I can't start up a play-by-play room for the TT. Might be scary to hear all the voices inside my head (from reading all these comments) brought to life.

Velo Bella said...

for those of us at work...typing is quieter and looks like work

jeninsb said...

sitting at my lappytop typing, that is working, right?

mmmm, time trial.

men in funny hats.