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go to for the real stuff.

this was just water testing with wordpress.



f’ing show off

bennyjackmaynard.jpgyeah … you’ve probably already heard

BJM is on the cover of VsNewz.

whoever made the decision on this cover shot of the americans

deserves some ‘hey-hey …’
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ladies_indahouse.jpgso, send them word that you approve. and that they should give me an expense acct to write about women for them.

i mean, women cyclists.

the womens.

you want inspiration?

then … here you go. The trailer for a film … that must be seen.

From NorCal Mtb High School Racing Leage Director Matt Fritzinger ~

The League plans to partner with the Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (See and put on our biggest film screening tour yet (10 cities this fall).

just awesome. i now have morale.

thanks, bobby. (and thanks Matt).

check the NorCal HS graphic on the side of this site … clicky-click and buy some cool swag to support a program worth supporting.

the time is NOW.

when VeloNewz gets it right

will.jpgFrishkorn has a new piece out that is very much worth reading (clickthepic).

Do more than check it out … if you like how he taps it, send word to the VeloNerds that this is the type of stuff we like to see, like to read, like to support.

let them know what you think. they’ve got a “contact us” {{LINK}} form you can shoot a note through (can’t stand those forms, i must admit. makes me feel even less connected to the site … ah well).

I suppose i’m drawn to these types of articles because they’re 1) well written and engaging; and 2) they come from the racer’s perspective. I don’t want to say that some of the writers on the biking interwebs and print media have a bit of disconnect with the everyday bike racer ~ but, if the spandex fits

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wemustworkhard.jpgand Mionske’s article about the recent tragedy is worth a read, as well.

it hints at the idea that we need to bridge another disconnect … that between the motorist and the cyclist.

personally, i’m pretty appalled at some of the group riding i’ve been witness to in my day. and, i’ve been more than embarrassed to be of the same species to a few thousand drivers i’ve come across in my days of walkin’ the earth.

but i tell you … it’s not an US vs THEM mentality that will solve this seemingly growing antipathy betwixt and amongst us humans … biped, or bipedal, or buy’n a car to impress or just address the need for transpo.

no ~ it’s more of that bridging, that connecting, that … unifying spirit of … say, a certain presidential candidate.

yeah, we need more of that.

the value of the interwebs

i’m just gonna float a few notes sent in from the world wild webs … it’ll be long, but you can just wait ’till the next post pushes it down. It’s the stuff that makes some barf, but me breathe.

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Don’t get too down man. I know it’s hard sometimes, but every know and then a moment strikes you as beautiful and perfect, and life is good again. I sort of had one of those moments last night at the track.

It’s just such a cool vibe the past couple of Tuesdays. Lot’s of new riders, all happy and eager to learn. Larry, the excellent mentor teaching and spreading the track enthusiasm. It’s all so good. Shelley and I warmed up on our rollers in the parking lot (yes, we’re dorks, and the juniors were still on the track), saying hello to every unloading.

Moved from the parking lot to the track and saw a huge group of juniors finishing their workout and cooling down. Andrew Lanier was there, his usual cheerful self and we made some tentative plans for me to come down some Tuesday to help them with starts and things, very cool.

I got on the track and did some jumps and starts to warm up, so good to spin the legs.

Larry got us going with the first drill, doing some paceline work while Gio and I did Madison exchanges in the group to get people used to going over the exchange, and riders coming into and out of the group.

on_the_boards.jpgI was on the rail in turn 2 when that “perfect” moment hit. The sun was setting in a full on blaze of red, purple, pink, and orange clouds. That alone would have done it for me. But then I realized that there was a line of like 25 riders on the other side of the track, learning the basics of a Madison, and I was getting to do some exchanges and pedal my bike in good company. Life is good, that was the moment that solidified it for me. Just that fleeting 5-10 seconds that can do it, swing the pendulum, this time it was swinging up after having been so down last week.

The rest of the evening was fun, lots’ of going hard mixed in with infield joking and laughing and talk of the season to come. Everyone going home tired, and happy.

I know I did.


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dogs____ick.jpgCAT 3 BARIANI REPORT

The warm up for Bariani Cat 3 race was anything but warm. With day light savings, the sun was only just up, the temp was still well below 50 and the wind was already howling. Guys were pinning numbers on full
jackets and warming up in down vests. The dudes without leg warmers were hard men with hairy legs — the kind of guys who are still true to their mtb roots and scorn smooth skin and showing off muscle

The start was fairly punctual — masters rolled first and then the 3s. The start to the 3s race was bad ass: rolled down hill for a hundred yards with a tail wind, took a right and BAM the wind came on like a herd of rhinos from the right. Eschelons formed and guys were already crushing pedals to stay on. Another right, and the wind was straight in the teeth. For the first lap, the pace stayed high on this stretch, but people failed to inflict as much damage as they could bc they did not form echelons. Another right and more wind from the side and more high speeds. Guys are falling off the back the whole time. Things got really interesting again after the climb when an echelon formed at the front and a huge number of guys ended their race after less than a full lap.

For the next few laps, the wind continued to carve the weak off the pack. At some point, one of the bright new lights of norcal cycling — Nate English — rolled off the front with one other rider. They built their lead up to 3 minutes after a lap, and as is often the case, people just were not riding like Belgian pros — the echelons were messy and short lived. They stayed away, with English taking 1st in what sounded like a hell of a close finish.

Last lap was fun. Guys continued to ride hard, and shortly before the last climb a webcore rider rolled off the front to nab the KOM points. At the foot of the hill, a fusion rider went hard and caught up with webcor at the top. They took the right hander into the wind and fought like dogs to stay away. A hundred or so yards from the left hander to the finish, wells fargo dragged a few riders up to fusion and webcore. Fusion jumped again, made the final turn alone, and stayed away until the final hundred meters. wells fargo and another came around for 3 and 4, fusion took 5, and olympic club took 6.

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snobby.jpgMFranklin tole’ me to head over to BIKESNOB {{LINK}} … which i don’t EVER do enough of.

East Coast Genius is quite palatable …

when you don’t have to actually meet them.

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lulu.jpgFrom the KINTZ

Better than kitties … kids on bikes?

Three 15 year olds who couldn’t ride 2 easy hours in September, are pushing their heart-rates up near the 190’s Wednesday’s in the dark with empty biketrail suffervals.

That should make you smile!
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and another Bariani report was sent through {{LINK}} Hardy ... thanks bud.
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What’s going on man? Life is good. Life is what you make of it, so make it good. Smile my friend.

You should have come out to the track last night. Tuesday nights have been awesome with lots of good people. Last night there was so much testosterone out there though, it was ridiculous. Larry is running a great session. One more training night and then the racing starts.

Seriously, you should go mountain biking. I have been going every weekend and loving it. It’s so refreshing. We did a huge ride in Marin last Sunday. Lloyd was dropping my ass on every downhill, although much of the ride was uphill.

This weekend is still in the works, but it looks like Sunday in Santa Cruz with Hutchinson, Rob, Reaney, and Jesse/Andy (who is a newbie to the mtb), and myself. I am working on Rachel, Josie, Melodie, and Niki.

You should come out and play with us.
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i think i just might


This is just a casual line tossed down from one of my favorites, the {{LINK}} Baldwin ~

Like the swallows returning to Capistrano, the baby-seal clubbers to the shores of Greenland, or the sleeping drunks to Moscow’s metro stations, spring is the season of return.

or another, just laying around like some luxuriously lost addict,

February is just terrible and ought to be banned, postponed or transplanted to the middle of July.

He’s in Russia, doing his reuters/ap/newsyflash thing. and i say right on, write on.

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nolie.jpgit’s gloomy out today, and i haven’t been on my bike in earnest since … Merco. yup, i’ve got injuries and work is SHIT and about now is when i decide whether i’m going to take up water ballet ~ because, somehow, nothing seems right in the world except my exceptional woman and the everything that she is to me.

so … somebody send me a link of something with kittens, or kids laughing, or flowers blooming, or some such fluff and nonsense.

or maybe, send me a race report about a bike event that DOESN’T bitch about who can hold a line, or who didn’t chase or who yell’d at whom at someother such silly race.

pick a brother up before weakness is succumbed to and the unrighteous smack the unthinking down.

it’s one of those weeks, folks.


Giant Strawberry Updates

calgiantnerdlys.jpgCan you believe it?

big Anthony at CalGiantStrawberries has been advertising through cycling for 7 years in a row now.

7 frickin’ years.

and, the brother is still going strong. talk about the love of suffering … who the hell wants to put up with spandex pretty-boys for that long?

Tour of Pennsylvanier

in case anyone hasn’t noticed, the TofPA is going to have something in the realm of $150K in prize monies available for the racins. And guess what kids ~ it’s a U25 event. That’s right … somebody over in HersheyAmish-ville has decided to put cycling yutes in za’ mamma-jamma spotlight by throwing big cash and big press at them.

hell yeah.

and, i just read on the veloSnewz live-wires that the TofPA organizers have announced a few international squads flying over to compete … check the list, and tell me what sticks out in yer mind:

Argentina (ARG) Esco-Telefonicos
Australia (AUS) Praties Cycling Team
Belgium (BEL) Johann Bruyneel Cycling Academy
Canada (CN) Team RACE
Ireland (IRE) Pezula Racing
Netherlands (NED) Global Cycling
South Africa (RSA) Konica Minolta Cycling Team

Bruyneel has a cycling academy? sheeeeeee-oooot, that’s gotta be killer to put on a resume, eh?

pennycalgianters.jpgWell, CalGiant is also one of the few, the mighty who have been accepted on the short list of entrants to the race. GAAAAWD, i’d love to go cover that thing ~ but that’s about as likely as me getting into the RockRacing after-party at next year’s interbike (hmmm, actually – i could prolly sneak in as a bus-boy now that i think on it …).

With U-23 Champ, Maximus Jenkins on the roster, and that boy firing bigger and bigger each week i see him pedaling, i think the TofPA might just be the launch pad needed for pushing the young BerryBoys into major league marketeers of CalGiant Starberries.

right on, right on.
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