stupid work ...
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It turns out the enigmatic vego-matic Christina Vardaros has been called up to perform in la Grande Dame of cycling races, le Boucle.
what a huge experience. i hope she has time, interweb connections, and a few spare calories of energy to keep us posted of the dramas.
what an event. i'm so jealous.
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Hunter Gone Wild
holee-shyte ... Hunter is doing that crazy-ass Great Divide Race that rides the spine of the Americas for about 2500 miles. Mary-Anne sent him out the door with a train ticket and a bag of beef jerkey - "you go have fun, honey!"
are you frickin' kidding me?
for those who don't know ... it's COMPLETELY self-supported on dirty trails through bear infested highlands with only your growing madness to keep you company.
check out the updates.
"Mike Curiak called in today at around 9:15 to comment on the race so far. As he says about Jay Petervary, Pete Basinger, and Matthew Lee: "those guys are smoking it." All three are well ahead of record pace, and Rick Hunter is "knocking on the door." Definitely an impressive field." (6/20)
Go Rick Go!
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i mean ... come'on ~ the only way kids racing track could be any more adorable is if you poured a box of kittens all over them.
I love bike riding.
I love that cycling allows us to freaks and nerdlings to show up and act sassy.
it's true ... there's a small amount of local's only ice that you've got to break through on the slopes of the velodrome. But ~ once you crack it with an open smile and willingness to be dorky... the hipness seeps out and treasures are to be found.
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Nature Valley GP
It's set to begin today. This will be a ballbuster of a race this year. I've always wanted to try that Stillwater Crit and see if it's as hard as they say. 20% grade near the top? bring it.
The Women's field looks to be the best and most competitive of the year since the California spring classics. All the heavies will be in Minnesota to arm-wrestle eachother into submission.
VAC has Mactier with them again. She won the race a couple years ago ... wonder if she's gonna put those girls in the protector's train again like at Hood. Good experience for them chickas if she do. I see they've got hit-n-run Sato back on the roster - that's good news to hear. She was in too good of form this year before she got nailed by that jackass motorist. Hopefully, the rest of '07 will treat her well. They've also got the big engine McLaughlin guest-riding for them over there ... now that's a rider you can stick on the front for a few dozen K's to keep the peace.
TIBCO's Miller had a bit of breakthrough at this race last year. This year she's on better form and looks to have re-focused for this second half of the year after a stormer of a spring. I think she's going to win a stage.
But, the breakout rider this year is going to be Olds. Just nobody tell her. Shelley is still young and new enough to the sport that she doesn't need a ton of pressure put on her. But since she probably won't see internet during the race, i'm going to go ahead and call out that Olds will be getting big national press with this race.
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FRIDAY NITE RACING
the new and improved Hellyer'drome officially kicks off the year in a short 64 hours. oh, daddy ... i can't wait.
I'm pretty sure Giovanni is gonna bust out the fancy equipment and not play nice with me n' jeffe anymore. Him and the real trackies are gonna smack us around something pleasurable, but i don't mind.
The real racing has finally started and I want to soak it all up. I love learning new dance steps.
... and is it really fair that a cyclist has the name of Giovanni Rey? i mean ... how can you compete with that shit?