Wednesday, October 31, 2007
TROPICAL STORM NOEL IS CENTERED NEAR 22.3N 78.2W AT 31/1200 IT HAD NOT BEEN ON COURSE TO HIT FLORIDA BEFORE THE ARRIVAL OF BBI.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Oh, not the one he broke his arm on!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
SIXTH ANNUAL TOUR DE GEORGIA
America’s Premier Cycling Event Continues With Renewed Enthusiasm for 2008
ATLANTA, Ga. (October 25, 2007) – The annual Tour de Georgia cycling event and rolling festival will continue for a sixth season, April 21-27, 2008 and will be reorganized under new leadership, it was announced today by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. Owned by the not-for-profit Georgia Partnership for Economic Development (GPED), the event will now be governed by a reconstituted Board of Directors with the Lt. Governor serving as Chairman. Medalist Sports will continue as the logistics and operations management company for the Tour, led by Chris Aronhalt and Jim Birrell. Elizabeth Dewberry, who has worked with Cagle for five years, will be named as Executive Director of the Tour de Georgia and will manage the marketing, business operations and strategic partnerships. The current GPED Board is taking action to ratify these changes.
“The Tour de Georgia is an internationally known sporting event. It is the largest cycling race in the U.S. occurring just before the Tour de France. The Tour represents an excellent opportunity to bring the world to our state – and that is what we intend to do. Through aggressive marketing and strategic partnerships, we will add this event to the ranks of historic Georgia sporting events like The Masters and the Peachtree Road Race,” said Cagle, who was elected as Lt. Governor in 2006. “The cities we will select this year will exemplify all the special qualities and Southern hospitality that make Georgia the greatest state in America. The race and activities focused around it in every community will encourage others to visit our state again and again - having a strong impact on our state’s tourism development and overall economy.”
The Tour de Georgia has enjoyed great success since its inception in 2003, attracting 2.8 million spectators to communities across the state and generating $148 million in economic impact in those five years. Last year the Tour expanded from six to seven days, allowing more communities to take part in the festivities. The week-long event will maintain its traditional “Tour de France tune-up” slot on the UCI international cycling calendar as a 2. HC (Hors Categorie) professional event during the third week of April. It is also part of the USA Cycling Professional Tour. The event has gained international acclaim for the strong field of cyclists who compete each spring, includingseven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong who competed in Georgia twice, and winning the overall title in 2004.
"The Tour de Georgia has established itself as one of the premier events for professional cyclists and for cycling fans in North America”, stated Levi Leipheimer, current National Road Race Champion (USA Cycling Professional Championships) and 3rd Overall in the 2007 Tour de France. “Personally, I enjoy participating in the Tour de Georgia as it is perfectly placed in the world cycling calendar in terms of preparation for the Tour de France. The challenging courses, enthusiastic crowds and southern hospitality are the best of any North American race."
The Tour de Georgia, owned by GPED, a 501c6 organization developed by the state’s sales and marketing division, Georgia Department of Economic Development. In 2006 the Tour faced financial challenges that were resolved only weeks before the race commenced. Recognizing that this event was indeed a strong driver for economic impact and tourism, the office of the Lt. Governor is taking initiative to support the Tour de Georgia as a valued sports property for the state. The reorganization will focus on increasing multi-year business partnerships with the event and creating year-round publicity.
The challenging route for the sixth annual Tour de Georgia is expected to again cover over 650 miles of scenic roadways and communities across Georgia. Lt. Governor Cagle, in partnership with Medalist Sports, will announce the official route and Host Venues on November 14.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
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Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
1 Avoid the former team. Yes, avoid. No, this isn’t being immature. Seeing your former team can bring out emotions and may cause you do to or say something you will regret.
2 Talk out your feelings with new teammates. Get everything out so that you won’t hold it inside. Your friends may get sick of hearing you talk about the situation but you need to let out all your feelings and thoughts or they may come back to bite you later.
3 Cry if you want to. It’s OK to cry over a loss. Don’t hold back, let the tears roll just do it in a safe and private place where it is unlikely to get back to your ex-teammates. You don’t want your tears to be used as a guilt trip. Their purpose is to cleanse you of any pain not make your team come back.
4 Let go of mementos. Put away or give away anything and everything that reminds you of the relationship - like the frickin kit?!
5 Focus on all the things about your ex-team that drove you crazy, turned you off, or that you just plain found annoying. Think about these things often and replay them in your mind over and over.
6 Think about the mean, cruel or rude things your ex-team may have done in your relationship
7 Maintain a strict no contact policy and stick with it. Don’t pass notes through friends. Don’t make any calls. Stay away from instant messaging or texting on your cell. Just don’t contact your ex-team until you are totally and completely sure you're ready to drill them into the ground!
Sunday, October 21, 2007
The first 30 are flat and we did a 2-up pace line with the same people pulling which included the aforementioned fools - ah, but only the Dumber get stronger! This time of the season is so fun cuz none of it means anything!
The rollers start with a hit of about 5 which catch the back of the pack by surprise and causes the first "break" it flattens out for a few miles and let's the game face re-emerge on those not so practiced in lying on the bike... Re-group. Once we get into the 3%~5% grade that leads to all the climbing. My fear of getting dropped keeps me at the front and I get waved around and do a big pull only to see my wheel must not be good enough to follow... re-group, 7 min later the same thing again... Chicken, Frickin, Shit riders! - I look at this situation the same way every time, and in the future I'll figure to be joined by some friends dressed in black grey n red... and make that point stick.
I wait. Rev. Angerman & his followers come by and I put a donation in the cup and recite the AMD mantra fro the next 15 min. Being Oct, its Halloween season and the guy driving the climb is on some old Canondale with a floppy hat bleeding out from under his helmet of which has a mirror glued to it. After 10 min of him pulling I realize it must be a "racing mirror".
Ya never know, but it was funny to have the Rev. and myself on his wheel lookin all "Versus" and cool - or as cool as one can in the current kit... he peals, Mike from Reno / Spine (now MS) also with a big Bear on his back - comes around and takes over but not for long, then the Rev. hits it on a steep pitch and drops then I carry it over the top and its time to butter me cuz I'm toast and poof, we're at the lunch stop for water. End of segment #1, 65mi. Wilson and Paco hung on to that group which got reduced to 15 or so with Roy leading the chase of group 2.
Roy is coming out of self imposed exile with strength and speed - I think he WILL race next year! He did today- We did a quick turn around and the 4 of us rolled out slow to keep the legs moving and let the others catch us. I'm not really sure if people kept going past that water stop or what, but we never saw anyone else for the rest of the ride.
So now our little group turns on each other... imagine that! Paco starts pushing the pace on the hills. Wilson's pushing Paco, I don't want Wilson past me cuz I don't understand that tattoo on the back of his right thigh -however cool it is. So it's a shuffle over the hills. Wilson is a great guy and strong climber - glad he came. After the hills We gathered up ol Roy and hooked up with some guys from the earlier set and had a hard 20mi back in the wind. I still don't know how Alan got around us, but once we caught him, he was a big help bringing us home!
Great training ride and good to see some of the boys before winter- and no Hottalk!
Friday, October 19, 2007
This was taken during the Tour of Missouri By John Pierce (Photographer Cyclisme)
PhotoSport International. Click it- its big and you can pick out a ton of familiar faces and a new Nat. Champ!
That's us on the moto shootin - This tour had so many spectators it was unbelievable!
Ahh... 85 degrees!
Quite the hecklefest as my teammies were giving me shit about how my wattage was super low going over the hill, to stay hydrated, that I was secretly homo and just wanted all their hands on my ass etc, and if I "needed anything else," that Lance never had it so good etc etc....it was friggin hilarious.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
"The doctor that had been commissioned by the AFLD [the French Anti-Doping Agency] was late," explained ASO press officer Mathieu Desplats to Cyclingnews. "He arrived only 15 minutes after the riders. Normally, this person needs to be at the finish two hours before in order to prepare everything."
The organiser of the event, in this case ASO, is not involved in the process of doping controls at the finish. "We only provide the equipment and materials for the doping control to take place," continued Desplats. "The van in which it will be carried out for example, and the water for the riders - things like that. But we are not in charge of the actual taking of the urine sample."
It is the UCI that delegates this responsibility to the national anti-doping agencies, in this case the AFLD. No explanation for this disaster has yet been given, as the persons in charge could not be reached.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
1. Bicycles don't get pregnant.
2. You can ride your bicycle any time of the month.
3. Bicycles don't have parents.
4. Bicycles don't whine unless something is really wrong.
5. You can share your bicycles with your friends.
6. Bicycles don't care how many other bicycles you've ridden.
7. When riding, you and your bicycle can arrive at the same time.
8. Bicycles don't care how many other bicycles you have now.
9. Bicycles don't care if you look at other bicycles.
10. Bicycles don't care if you buy bicycle magazines.
11. You'll never hear, "Suprise, you're goning to own a new bicycle"unless you go out and buy one yourself.
12. If your bicycle goes flat, you can fix it.
13. If your bicycle is too loose, you can tighten it.
14. If your bicycle gets misaligned, you don't have to discuss politics with it.
15. You can have a black bicycle and bring it home to your parents.
16. You don't have to be jealous of the guy who works on your bicycle.
17. If you say bad things to your bicycle, you don't have to apologize before you ride it again.
18. You can ride your bicycle as long as you want and it wont get sore.
19. You can stop riding your bicycle as soon as you want and it wont get frustrated.
20. Your parents wont remain in touch with your old bicycle after you dump it.
21. Bicycles don't get headaches.
22. Bicycles don't insult you if you're a bad rider.
23. Your bicyle never wants a night out with other bicycles.
24. Bicycles don't care if you're late.
25. You don't have to take a shower before you ride your bicycle.
26. If your bicycle doesn't look good, you can paint it or get better parts.
27. You can ride your bicycle the first time you meet it without having to take it to dinner, see a movie, or meet its mother.
28. The only protection you need to wear when riding your bicycle is adecent helment.
29. When in mixed company, you can talk about what a great ride youhad the last time you were on your bicycle.
Monday, October 8, 2007
The cat scan is performed
This thing is crazy! They shoot it, and it fly's around the world and is read in Australia and sent back! No shit!
We get the news, and just as Cathy thought, broken Transverse Possess, 3 of them L-2,3,4 broken with the T-4 Body fractured and some involved nerve pressure.
- T-4: you rock! You da MAN! Don't let that prick get away from you-
- L-3: ya, ca-mon pussy
- L-2: He's right, Faster, FASTER!
- L-4: I'm not so sure this is such a good idea.... We need to pick up the kids, and do laundry, and tomorrow we need to go get the new shocks on the truck, oh, and the tires as well, and all that paperwork, and the 7:45am meeting. Maybe we should just head in now...
- T-4: Shut the hell up! You're gonna break his concentration!
- L-3: Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
- L-2: Hey man is that a... shit shit SHIT!
- T-4: HIT THE BREAKS JACKASS.... PULL UP! PULL UP!
- L-4: Oh NO! ohnoohnoohnoohnoohnoohnoohno - this is not happening (closing his nerves)..
3 sec. during & after impact audio files:
- T-4: SHIT HE'S GONNA LAND RIGHT ON US!
- L-4: No, it looks as if we are going to hit on the head first... Have any of you guys talked to those guys up there - do they know what's going on?
- L-2: Dudes, this is not cool.... so not-cool....
- L-3: Well, I'm out - I think I'll come back as a penis.
- L-2: You idiot! Your a bone - there is no bone in Boner...
- Herrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeee we GO!
- L-4: Guys, guys, is everyone OK? Speak to me...
- L-2: woahhhhhhhhhhhhh, dudes, I think I'm broken..
- L-3: me too.... shit...arrrrrrrrrr
- T-4: ditto.
- L-3: OK he should just lay here and wait for help,
- L-2: ya, that's what he'll do, just lay here..
- L-4: FUCK, he's getting up, somebody stop him...
- T-4: quick call in a favor from the lower extremities, fold this shit up, we're hurt up here!
- L-3: Everyone!, spasms NOW!
- T-4: IT'S NOT WORKING! HE'S MOVING, HE'S WALKING!.... click, dial-tone................
So there ya have it - right from the source. We spent 3hrs in the Hos-ta-poll (as Taylor puts it). He's home now, running around town doing everything that was planned, as if nothing happened.
And all I can say is Wellllllllllllllllllllllll................. Could have been worse.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Masters 45+ open and 35+1/2/3's
This race was a big crit in downtown Lafayette, ca. They did a great job and had good prizes! Peets coffee cards to mention one and cold hard cash.
La Reno Wheelmen arrived with two, count em, -2- hitters from east of the border! Sr. Paul Gossi and the Marshal himself! GONDA! chose to stay home and rest as he has just been diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome due to overtraining.
We showed up with JLane, Sven and I, making 5 in the 45+ race!!
The crowd went wild - never have they seen such an assembly of TRW in one race riding together!
..and it was hot.
The course is super fun. Slight uphill start / finish straight about 300 yards with a headwind, left turn downhill of 40 yards, left turn another 300 yards flat to a super fast uphill U-turn - repeat.
The 45+ race had large teams from Morgan Stanley, VOS, Webcor etc... It was fast and the announcer went crazy when he credited me with the course record for the fastest lap - TRW!
We had a plan and stuck to it - mark um all and in the end drill it to the finish. Attacks came n went and John M. was on it! JLaine was out there from time to time (but he had other plans for later in the day) Sr. Paul knew he could hold for two laps, so at 4 to go he came up beside me as I was in about 3rd position and I head a little voice - piss... gregg... game on!
Sr. Paul drills it and we string it out. Caldwell crashes in on me in the ft straight between the barriers and my bars and try's to take Sr.'s wheel - BULLLLLL-SHIT! He got the shutdown hard and never tried that again. We get a little gap but have Kevin Metcalf w/ us - At two to go, Metcalf attacks and Sr. Paul's job is done (perfect timing Kevin!)
I went after him and did a slow close over half the course of a lap - we trade pulls thru the next lap -
In back of us John slows the pack - pissing off Caldwell (good job on 2 fronts John)!
Kevin jumps at the U-turn, and I was able to drop him in the sprint-
The boys worked hard and we all won it together!
And then........ Gather round children and you will hear the story of the little doctor who could. Could what you ask...? Win? Well we'll see. This really is a story of how a bike rider becomes a racer, loosing his racing virginity in front of his friends, children, even his Mother!
35+3/4 JLaine listens carefully as we talk about how to win this race alone - no teammates. No sirens. No Sven (who was entered, but disappeared). We hung on the fences...
He lined up to start
He thought motley a few
I'll race n I'll race and attack at the queue
As the gun had gone off
He drilled it a bit
but thought to himself
By the end I'll be shit
Then he slid thru the pack. Not much of a pain.But if Gregg could do it, then so could J-Laine.He got stuck only once, for a moment or two.Then he stuck his head out of the peloton flueWhere the little VOS racers all hung in a row."These VOS guys," he grinned, "are the first things to go!"
And what happened then...?Well...in San Fran they sayThat JLaine's little lungs
Grew 6 sizes that day!And the minute his lungs didn't feel quite so tight,He whizzed through the pack in the bright morning lightAnd he brought back the break, and attacked all the while
as he won the damn race with that slight JLaine smile!
Great job buddy!