Sunday, June 22, 2008

Tour De Nez - Drama.....

In the end of a great stage race it comes down to 1 sec! Aaron Olsen worked his ass off in the break and Baz just sat in in the chase - numbers were crunched and in the end it was Aaron by a second! Baz was so pissed he refused to get on the podium.... after some finger pointing and coxing, he climbed up and never broke a frown.

The masters race was frickin hard with a lot of shelled riders - Dan Martin and Phipps went 1 /2 and picked up big cash! The rest of us pack filled to 20th / where the $$$ ended.
Great course and good racing!!!

As for this Blog, I'm off to shoot the U23 Tour of PA - so no post for a week.

Ride safe-

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Stage one of TdN

The opening stage of the revitalized Tour de Nez was a bling-bling criterium held in the parking lot of the largest casino in the 'Biggest Little City in the World.' For most of the race it seemed the peloton was content to open-up their legs with a tough, 2.75km uphill time trial looming in front of them the next morning. But not for hometown hero Alex Candelario (Kelly Benefits Strategies-Medifast) who attacked out of the peloton as the 75 minute race went from time to seven laps to go. Candelario quickly built nearly 30 seconds by himself but a large Bissell train reeled him in on the final lap, setting up their neo-pro sprinter Steven Howard for his first ever professional win.
"Aaron [Olson] took over when we were still chasing Alex on the last lap," said Howard. "We caught him about halfway down the back side. Aaron then took me to the final corner and I went from there - it was a pretty long way!"
Coming in second just behind Howard was Successful Living's Argentinean speedster Ricardo Escuela, who unclipped from his pedal half-way down the finish stretch. Despite the unfortunate malfunction his momentum was so great that is still carried him up the false flat to the finish in second.
"I'm pretty excited about the win," Howard told Cyclingnews. "This is my first year as a pro and six years total riding. I just finished my junior year a month ago at Calvin College in Grand Rapids.
The Grand Rapids, Michigan native came to the Bissell team through their development system, which includes the Priority Health U23 squad. "I was on a couple of local teams and then the past few years the Priority Health U23 team. All the sponsors, like Bissell and Advantage Benefits, are pretty much local to Grand Rapids."
The attack by Candelario was an interesting move for the well-known field sprinter. "We wanted to smash in the last half of the race," he said. "It's a stage race and obviously I'm not going to do well in the uphill time trial. So I gave it a go to see if anyone would come with me, but no one came across. I just thought there would be more guys willing to race. But Bissell is just riding really strong and they have twice as many guys as anyone else."
Alex Candelario Storms off the front. Photo ©: Briggs Heaney

Candelario's uncharacteristic move did set off some alarm bells in the field, with many thinking of making the jump. But with only Bissell left as a major team, the rest of the teams and individual riders looked to them to chase. "I thought about going with him, but I had a brief hesitation," said race winner Howard. "With two laps to go I thought he was gone, but the team rode so well we were able to get him back."
A small bridge attempt did come from Garmin-Chipotle's Steven Cozza, riding on his own this week. "I just opened my legs up for tomorrow, for the time trial," he said. Cozza thinks that though Bissell and Kelly Benefits are strong in terms of numbers, the layout of the race does not necessarily favour them. It's a smaller field, about 75 guys, so I don't think team-mates are going to really help unless you want to win the sprints.
As for race strategy as a 'freelance' rider, Cozza said, "I'm just going to try to get into everything, and if anything has a Kelly Benefits or Bissell in it, get in it. They are the only teams here that can really control anything."
Conversely, for the two big teams, the usual GC guys are ready to go in the time trial tomorrow. One of them is Bissell's Burke Swindlehurst, who said the conditions are what he looks for in a stage race. "I'm one of them; I like the altitude and heat around here!"
Candelario said to look for his team-mate Andy Bajadali, who has ridden well in NRC stage races like Redlands. "Bajadali can drop pretty much everyone on the climb!"


Inside source FINALLY let me open my mouth an let da cat of da bag......
Slipstream is making a mid season change to.... drum roll.... ? Hummm, I don't know what they'll call it, but Garmin is in the house... Maybe Slipmin? Garstream?

Elite cycling squad officially renamed Team Garmin-Chipotle Presented by H30
OLATHE, Kan./June 18, 2008/PR Newswire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, announced today its title sponsorship of Slipstream Sports, an elite cycling team that will be showcasing its dedication to clean competition in one of the biggest events in professional sports: the Tour de France. In tackling the daunting stages of the Tour — and redefining the face of cycling — Team Garmin will train and race with the Edge 705 GPS-enabled cycling computer and travel with nüvi 770 personal navigation devices. The sponsorship will extend through 2010 and the entire team – from kits to cars, will be re-branded for the Tour de France.
Garmin and Slipstream officials and athletes will hold a Webcast press conference on June 18, 2008, at Noon Eastern Daylight Time. All interested parties are welcome to attend. Additional information on Garmin’s title sponsorship, including the new team logo and visuals, will be revealed on July 3 in Brest, France, in the press room at Penfeld Parc des Expositions de Brest.
“Slipstream cyclists are setting the standard for success through integrity and sportsmanship,” said Jon Cassat, Garmin’s vice president of communications, “and this fresh perspective on work ethic and accountability is in keeping with Garmin’s worldwide reputation for accomplishing great things through teamwork.”
Packed with detailed maps of North America and Europe — and several million preloaded points of interest — the widely acclaimed nüvi 770 will help Team Garmin’s tour bus and support vehicles travel with speed and ease across two continents. Barely bigger than a deck of cards, the nüvi 770 features traffic alerts, Bluetooth compatibility, route-planning capabilities for multi-stop trips and instant answers to the questions: “Where am I?” and “Where’s my car?”
The Edge 705 represents several breakthroughs in cycling technology, including power compatibility, wireless unit-to-unit connectivity and the ability to monitor GPS position, heart rate, speed, cadence, altitude and gradient on the same display. And Team Garmin will be able to share data – including saved rides, waypoints and workouts –through ANT+Sport™ wireless technology.
Team Garmin cyclists and coaches can track their progress, share workouts and participate in an online community – even sharing recent rides with fans around the world. Garmin Connect calculates measurements such as time, distance, speed, elevation and heart rate. This information is displayed through charts, illustrations, reports and a variety of map representations including street, photo, topographic, and elevation maps as well as the popular Google Earth application.
Garmin and Slipstream Sports share similar success stories rooted in hard work, innovation and an unwavering insistence on quality results. Just as Garmin is a global leader with facilities in North America, Europe, and Asia, the Slipstream squad assembled elite athletes from around the world. Team Garmin features several Tour de France stage winners and five National Champions from the USA, Sweden, UK, New Zealand and Canada. At this summer’s Olympics in Beijing, 17-year-old phenom Taylor Phinney will be among the members of Team Garmin competing for gold at the Games.
“We are thrilled to partner with Garmin and believe that establishing this title sponsorship is further evidence that a new era of cycling is upon us,” said Jonathan Vaughters, CEO of Slipstream Sports, LLC, the sports management company that runs the team. “Garmin’s commitment to innovation and integrity mirrors our own.”
Slipstream Sports is dedicated to promoting ethical competition and developing the next generation of cycling champions. In 2007, Slipstream partnered with the independent Agency for Cycling Ethics (ACE), to create the most progressive anti-doping system in the professional sports world. The team of 25 riders undergoes combined voluntary testing at least 700 times throughout the cycling season. Team director Jonathan Vaughters’ staunch “ride clean or go home” philosophy earned him a nomination by Sports Illustrated for the prestigious Sportsman of the Year award.
During the season, television coverage of professional cycling reaches 4 billion people, a number that is sure to grow as the sport emerges as an easy and enjoyable solution to global challenges associated with the environment and health issues. All around the world, riders of all ages, abilities and demographics are getting back on their bikes. And few competitive teams travel as far and as often as an elite cycling squad — the sport itself rewards getting from Point A to Point B the most efficiently — and Garmin’s wide range of products offer assistance every step of the way.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Is This A Good Thing? Tour De Caliance...

The Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) and Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), owners respectively of the Tour de France and the Tour of California, have formed a multi-dimensional marketing partnership to grow and develop each other's events.
Beginning with the upcoming 2008 Tour de France and 2009 Tour of California, the multi-year agreement calls for the organisations to develop and initiate comprehensive cross promotional platforms for each other's races, as well as providing assistance with media and sponsorship sales for the races in their respective regions.
Yann Le Moenner, Deputy Director of ASO, said that "AEG's success in developing and promoting properties like the Los Angeles Galaxy [football] team with David Beckham as well as, among others, the NHL's Los Angeles Kings [ice hockey team], will greatly benefit the Tour de France in the United States."
Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme added, "The Tour of California, which will celebrate its fourth anniversary in February 2009, is still a brand new event on the cycling calendar, but one with a promising future ahead of it." Prudhomme emphasised the fact that ASO can help with "our support ... and know-how established through the organisation of centenary events, such as the Tour de France, Paris-Roubaix, Liège-Bastogne-Liège." He also saw it as the organisation's duty to expand the sport of cycling worldwide.
Among the key components of the agreement, ASO will assist AEG with the international distribution of the Tour of California television and digital media rights. ASO will develop, produce and distribute a portfolio of programming formats, including live coverage of the race. Additionally, AEG will be assisting ASO with the sales of specific sponsorship packages.
Andrew Messick, President of AEG Sports, revealed, "AEG is delighted to be able to partner with the Amaury Sport Organization, who is without doubt the world's most experienced and successful organiser of bicycle races. With their help, we hope to be able to help to grow the sport of cycling, the Tour de France, and of course our Amgen Tour of California."

Tour de Nez $5000 purse Masters Race

The Northstar at Tahoe Tour de Nez changes venues for ’08. After 15 years of the focus of racing being in downtown Reno, the Tour de Nez has reached a 3 year agreement with Northstar at Tahoe to have the final days and main focus of the now 6 day event at Northstar at Tahoe.

We’ve created a really great 2 mile circuit that utilizes the immediate area of the village and actually goes right through the middle of the village each lap.

The masters race is approximately one hour and has a prize list of $5000.00 for the top 20 finishers.

Hope you can make the 16th addition of the Tour de Nez.

For more information about all the recreational events, the first ever womens race at Nez or the party and presentation schedule, go to

For lodging issues, please consider staying at;
Northstar at Tahoe Resort; -We are pleased to offer a 30% lodging discount for Tour de Nez (LUX, family, friends, whoever) guests and event attendees.
Guests can book by calling 1-800-GO-NORTH and referencing group code TO0618
Cedar House Sports Hotel; they are offering discounted rates for teams and athletes.
Best Western – Truckee Tahoe Hotel; They are not only offering special discounts for riders but are offering; First place, team wins a free night for the night they won, Second place, team gets 50% off the night they placed, Third place, team gets 1/3 off the night they placed
Truckee – Tahoe Hampton Inn and Suites; they have deals for riders and teams as well.

For lodging questions and assistance; contact Kelly Bertelson;

For expo assistance, please contact John Armbruster;

I’ve attached the schedule of events over the 6 days. Please check out for other information.

Please contact me with other needs and concerns and I’ll be able to help you or direct you to where you’ll need to be.

Thanks for your consideration and participation in the 2008 Northstar at Tahoe Tour de Nez.

Tim Healion
Executive Director
Tour de Nez Outreach
+1 775 348 6673 p
+1 775 287 3599 c

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Password: NoTourTom, Get's you in the backdoor for the Best Blow in the Pro Tour! Just slow down....

Belgium's Tom Boonen, who has tested positive for cocaine, will not be starting next month's Tour de France, race director Christian Prudhomme told AFP on Wednesday.
The news came shortly after Boonen issued an apology, saying he was sorry for the pain his recent behavior has caused his team and his family. Boonen read a prepared statement at a press conference at his Quick Step team’s headquarters in Wielsbeke, Belgium, adding that he plans to take a break from the sport for a short time.
While not directly admitting use of cocaine, Boonen appeared contrite; the 27-year-old, who is something of a superstar in his native Belgium, conceded he is “not perfect.”
Boonen has been the subject of two investigations regarding alleged cocaine use after cyclocrosser Tom Vanoppen tested positive for the drug in January and told police he had received it from the Quick Step sprinter. He also recently lost his driver’s license after two separate traffic stops for speeding, the most recent of which also showed a blood alcohol level beyond the legal limit.
"I'm not going to defend myself here today, but I hurt my family, my friends and my team and I apologize," said Boonen, who also has been barred from competing in the Tour of Switzerland starting on Saturday.
"I've been in the news recently in a negative way. I'm not perfect and I'll accept the consequences. I am now going to get some rest and I can count on the confidence of my team. I hope that the fans will continue to support me. They will soon be able to count on my unreserved commitment."

Boonen shared the spotlight with team manager Patrick Lefevere, who said the team "maintains its confidence" in Boonen.
"It wouldn't be intelligent to act hastily," he added.
Race director Prudhomme was unmoved, however.
"As far as we are concerned, Tom Boonen is automatically ruled out of the Tour de France as soon as the information concerning his case has been confirmed,” he said, adding that he had spoken to Boonen and Lefevere to inform them of his decision.
Lefevere made an effort to distinguish his star rider’s behavior from the "real doping problems," which have occurred in the Tour in recent years, noting that Boonen’s difficulties were of a "private" nature.
And then he tried to miss a cat and smashed his $500,000 Euro-Lambo... How's that song go? Things Can Only Get Better, or On The Sunny Side Of The Street?
One of those - Anyway, Tom I'll see ya tonight - wink (;{0>

Back from Philly..... just in time?

Well I just got back from Philly - great race in 98 degrees and 100,000,000,000,000 % humidity! No really, 100,000,000,000,000 % . I don't know how these guys do it. Well, it is better when you're moving... but when you stop, look out! Funny to see CSC win it as they are loosing their sponsor - See:

This photo ran in Velonews - Casey Gibson shot it and they printed "Dave and Scott work hard to get a great shot".... Well Scott was directing in the AIR CONDITIONED truck - Hmmmm, yup, that's me busting my back to get the great shot for Scott, who.... IS IN THE AIR CONDITIONED TRUCK! I did mention the truck was air conditioned? Oh and, Scott was cool? Good - Now I need to add "Gladly" as in, I would gladly bust my back for a great shot for Scott "who" is a great director in the AIR CONDITIONED truck - truth is we have headsets built into our helmets and from what I could hear thru mine was Scott was the only one in the truck who was absorbing the cool provided.... and that's all I have to say about that. Good job Scotty, and now let me take a break and whip all this brown stuff from my nose.

The race has been going on for 25 yrs and is the site of Lance (I've never failed a drug test) Armstrong wining the Triple Crown and receiving One-million-dol-ars... bet he went out n bought Euros - smart! the conversation on "personal enhancements" from Europe are a killer...

The crowd is all-time and when you get to the wall its soooooo loud its insane!

Now, the following leads me to believe after the race is when things really heat up: (taken from a Philly blog).

West Philly is effectively challenging Fishtown to a battle of body order, bad facial hair, and all around bike riding mastery. To be honest I don't know who will really win. I mean this is some shit right. How the fuck are the hippyhipsters of West Philly gonna make a bike race, give away some dope bags and pretty much give a big finger to the fuckers in Fishtown like yeah bitch we got better all you can drink after parties for $5. You will not catch me at this event since I am gonna get my ass down to SXSW but actually the after party sounds interesting to me. Well kinda only because I really like short, frumpy girls, with bad tattoos, bad attitudes and who treat you like shit the whole night cause you don’t dress like them or there current boy friend but can drink as much you and then wanna fuck you in random places and then in the morning sneak out your apartment.

Good time - Philly style! Just don't know what the, gulp, "participants" of the fore mentioned post smelled like in those random places after a day of drinking in 98 degrees and 100,000,000,000,000 %..... at that point I was on a plane asleep.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Hey!, Crackhead, Nice Sprint!

All that and he has a 16 year old girlfriend! - Celebrity has its privileges, for everything else there's Boonen....

Oh, and he has a boot too!

aaah, the trappings!

READERS WRITE... and in the end it all boils down to this-

Grasshopper, the truth lies in the "Comments" section......

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Hmmmm, Racing Lady-Crank?":

Duh, uh, like for thos of uss who never tok physicks and mathematecs, as the auther certainly did do by this serperb reasonin proces and diatribe, I used to thunk it wass ultimatlly about gear inches.(???) Howw i could of missed the facts by so much, gosh darn. The 50/11 combi is supose to beh even biggger, full of mor viagro than a 53/12. And a34/21 is the same lowe gear as a 39/25 (giving the tough guys in the hells a sweet and tite-as-a 16 year old 11-12-13-14-15-16-17-18-19-21 offerin in the proces)...Well i will be dammed. Glad I stil run a good ole 52/42 with a 13-23 sixth sped cause in my day that is what all the pros ran. Also this Reynalds 6969 tubing steal frame, with down tube fiction shifting is how Copi did it. Good enuff then then goood enuff now. Screw change.

Tanks for the truxth and insite.

Damn, change is a bitch for some of us.
Thank YOU for your comments and, ummm, your support?

Monday, June 2, 2008

Hmmmm, Racing Lady-Crank?

Well well, they've gone n done it! A Racing Lady-Crank! Till now all the BBI's n the like have been defending their "Lady-Cranks" - you know, the ones with the picture of Dora the Explorer on em, all Hollow tech n carbon - filled one side with estrogen and the other with Vagisil - however it does stop the itching n burning.... But a Dura-Ace Lady-Crank? Ca-mon! How can Shimano validate this pussification of cycling?

From Shimano:

What are the symptoms of vaginal pain? Vaginal pain can take many forms, caused by long rides uphill or following your stronger buddies using 39x53 cranks. An intermittent, dull ache to a cramping sensation to a chronic burning or sharp, knifelike pain that occurs in the absence of your cycling self worth. Unexplained pain may result in the inability to exercise, have sexual intercourse and, in extreme cases, can cause riders to be bedridden. Additional symptoms may include a vaginal discharge known as chamois cream, itching and burning of the vagina and vulva.
Conventional medical treatments may help relieve the symptoms of vaginal pain, but they do not address the root of the problem. Man-up! By strengthening structural weaknesses in the body, as natural medicine treatments like EPO do, and riding a "Man-Crank, vaginal pain may be alleviated permanently.

Mex...... nuf said.

In English:
It attacks drunk cyclists in Matamoros The cyclists were attacked by an drunk conductor who remained slept. Photo: Special The person in charge indicated that she did not notice of the accident because she was drunk and during several hours she had inhaled cocaine Mauro Of the Source Matamoros, Mexico (2 June 2008). - A dead cyclist and 14 wounded, four of them of gravity, were the balance that left an accident brought about by an drunk and drugged conductor that did not respect the security that stayed in a race realised yesterday in the highway Matamoros-Beach Baghdad. Enrique Ibarra, organizer of the Third Tour Matamoros-Beach Baghdad 2008, hardly informed that the fact registered to the 8:30 hours of yesterday, 15 minutes after initiate the race, when the first cyclists came near to kilometer 12,5 of that route. He indicated that to the front of the contingent were units of the Preventive Federal Police, but the driver of a vehicle Great Marquis model 1989, with plates of circulation of Texas, remained slept due to the intoxication state in which he was and he invaded the opposite track, hitting the cyclists. Elements of the PFP stopped in the place to Juan Fields, of 29 years, that said to live in Brownsville, Texas. The person in charge indicated that she did not notice of the accident because she was drunk and during several hours she had inhaled cocaine. Guadalupe Sustaita, from 18 years, that accompanied Fields, was injured, reason why it had to be transferred to the general hospital " Alfredo Pumarejo". The woman, who also was under the influences of the alcohol, declared before the Public Ministry that minutes before had asked to him to the subject lowered that it, because it was quite drunk. On the asphalt tape it was the body of the cyclist Alexander Alvarez, of 34 years, that presented/displayed fracture of skull and blows in all the body. The authorities informed that Miguel González, of 32 years; Alexander Martinez, of 37; Rolando Lorigut, of 37; and Edgar Omar Castro, of 14, is in the intensive care unit of Valley Medical Baptist Center de Brownsville. Also they were injured to Julio Garci'a, of 37 years; Luis Fernando the Perez, of 31, who are boarding schools in center Doctor the International, as well as Juan Marchant, who was committed in the general hospital " Alfredo Pumarejo". Fields, that were stopped in the place of the accident by elements of the Preventive and transferred Federal Police to the cells of the Police Railing, it was briefed to the agency number 5 of the Public Ministry, by the crime of guilty homicide. The race, in that 452 cyclists participated, who are realised by third consecutive year in Matamoros had as she puts to cross a distance of 34 kilometers, from kilometer 6 of the highway Matamoros-Beach Baghdad to arriving at the spa, but due to the incident this one was cancelled.

Howdy Neighbor..... That Was Right Friendly of Ya!

This appeared in our local newspaper - why would any editor print this kind of thing?

Bicycle Threat Attention Truckee Drivers.

In the past few decades, we in Truckee have had to be very careful of wild animals on the local highways and roads. In recent years, we are faced with new threat, the bicycle.These creatures demand to be treated equally, they are required by law to obey the same motor vehicle laws as the automobile driver. They don't. They run red lights, for fear of having to take their shoes out of their pedal clips, they don't signal for turns, they don't ride in their lanes, they speed down hills and they all use the mid­dle finger gesture. Be very careful they are back for the summer.

Terry Erhardt

...And now for the real story - This fat fuck who lives in Truckee only in the summer to extract high dollars building the mini lodges for the rich from the west, was last seen in court attempting to line his pockets with the cash of a couple riding a tandem that he passed and then hit his brakes and turned in front of them causing them to crash into the Porsche he was driving - "they made me late to 7-11 for me booze!" He jumped out and went nutz on the couple and took them to court for the damages HE caused! A real class act.......

Drop him a line-

Terry Erhardt

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