Apr 25, 2017

Paris-Roubaix: Shake on the cobbles

Apr 23, 2017

My 1987 Marinoni; 30 years of love

Overlooking the Rideau River, Burritts Rapid
 photo Cycling Art

I fondly remember picking up my new 1987 Marinoni at Velocity in Edmonton. At the time, I was working out of town and drove back to the city a few times a month to visit family and to pay off the final installment for my new bike. My final payment was $780 and I most likely had on my silly grin as I eagerly picked up my new steel gem. That was thirty years ago. In 2011, I had my old steel friend properly repainted by Cycles Marinoni because a steel frame rusts (thru time) and it was showing it's age. Today is special and marks the 30th anniversary of the day I picked up my Marinoni. I celebrated and duly went for a morning ride on one of my favorite routes to Burritts Rapids. A testament to the fine Italian craftsmanship from Giuseppi Marinoni, this frame is made from Columbus SL/SP and after thirty years is timeless and rides to perfection.

I couldn't be happier.

Apr 22, 2017

La Doyenne

Recon for Cannondale Drapac.

Eddy Merckx holds the record for wins with five.

My pick:

"Winning Liege Bastogne Liege is one of my dreams. I come here every year because I know that the door may open one day, it will not be easy, but I hope it will happen, I am beginning to apprehend it, to know it. The good instinct at the right time because I will have to face riders faster than me, Valverde and Martin for example, I will have to play it finely."
- Romain Bardet

My dark horse:

Michael Woods finished 11th in the Flèche Wallonne and looks to do much better Sunday.

Mourning Michele Scarponi

This morning I had coffee and as I always do open the cycling news website to catch up. I was shocked with the terrible news of the death of Michele Scarponi struck by a van while training. He just returned home overnight from the Tour of the Alps, where he won the opening stage and finished fourth overall.  Scarponi was to lead Astana at the Giro. I remember him as a tireless worker and more so, for his fun video clips with his feathered friend, Frankje the macaw. I'll miss his exploits on and off the bike. My condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

"Our athlete Michele Scarponi died this morning while he was training on his bike close to his home in Filottrano. We left a great champion and a special guy, always smiling in every situation. He was a real milestone and a landmark for everyone in the Astana Pro Team."
- Astana Proteam

Apr 21, 2017

Friday File: The rise of Egan Bernal, Tro Bro Leon Panache


Egan Bernal is the next climbing talent to come out of Colombia. He won the white jersey off Hugh Carthy (Cannondale Drapac) in the final stage of the Tour of the Alps. Bernal is only 20 years old and eagerly feted by WorldTour teams; Sky, Movistar and Bahrain Merida. Rightly so, he won the bronze medal in the 2015 Junior World MTB Championships and the canny Gianni Savio signed him for his Androni Giocattoli team. The mustached manager knew of the emerging climbing talent and in the contract signed with Bernal, included a premio di valorizzazione, a bonus for development.

"That is in recognition of the work we have done. I contracted Bernal when he was still very unknown and almost rushed on the road. We helped him to develop slowly last year, this year we do the same. I think it's only good that our hard work is financially recognized. For Bernal, I'm glad he gets the chance to move to a big team. We are considering winning a series of bonuses for winning certain matches, but I will be especially happy and proud to win a big round."

- Gianni Savio

Daredevil descending...

Damien Gaudin (Armee de Terre) won the petit Paris-Roubaix and one of my favorite races, Tro Bro Leon. Here's the incredible race and his emotional finish, the best cycling victory celebration ever.

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