06 April 2006

Mmmmm ... bike porn

Even Gary says he'll switch to STI-style shifters by next year, thanks to this:

http://www.cyclingnews.com/tech.php?id=tech/2006/features/sram_road_launch

We're just over 48 hours from Hillsboro, and the nerves/adrenaline are starting to kick in. I'm excited, but even Bill pointed out last night that I'm much more relaxed than he's ever heard me at this time of year before. I guess I figure I've got nothing to lose -- we're looking at a stacked field (ABD, Mesa, Turin, Indy Velo and all the St. Louis teams are bringing full squads), cooler weather than ever before (mid-50s instead of mid-80s), and I still consider this "base" phase for the real season in October ...

That said, I've been watching DVDs of old Ghent-Wevelgems and Het Volks (courtesy of Andy), preparing myself to fight to the death to make it into the front group, even if I do end up outnumbered and outgunned. Another exciting development is that Andy is flying right now, and if his antics off the front of the Judson ride last weekend haven't taken too much out of him, he may have a good shot at being up there as well. He doesn't have experience in races like these, so it may be a tall order, but he definitely has the power right now ... without a big Mack presence this year, maybe they'll let us stay?

(Last year, several Mesa riders were assigned to specifically tag Mack riders to ensure they didn't make it in the break. How sad is that?)

So I say bring it on! Let the road season begin!

On a not so happy note, up-and-coming American Saul Raisin has experienced some pretty dire consequences from a crash the other day in Europe. The full story is available via VeloNews ... lets keep our fingers crossed that things begin to improve ...

ONLY 255 DAYS TO NATZ!!

2 comments:

Steve Driscoll said...

I heard through the "grapevine" that there may be some jelly-belly and target training boyz showing up at hillsboro as well. Just a rumor though...............

Chris said...

That would definitely make things interesting, but until I see it in person, I would say that's in the realm of the "Lance on the Judson Ride" rumor that goes around about once a year ...