Monday, September 1, 2014

Red Dots Cycling Labour Day Sale

Reason to celebrate!
photo Mario Bartel



I want to celebrate Labour Day with a one day sale on everything in  the Red Dots Cycling shop.
Its the 24/24 Sale - take 24% everything use code: LABOUR24


Enjoy your shopping!



photo Cycling Art




Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday File: Breaking Away, Alfredo Martini - Signor Squadra Azzurra, Red Dots Cycling 24/24 Labour Day Sale & Tour of Alberta Bound!

Breaking Away.
photo Prensa Vuelta





Watching Ryder Hesjedal on today's breakaway reminds me how good the Canadian can be. Going for the stage win seemed to be in today's cards but it was suddenly dashed as he slid on a corner and had a race motorcycle drive over his bike. With his GC hopes gone a shake up with a stage win was a Ryder goal. The heat is a major dilemma for the riders and also, the southern Spanish roads are apparently dangerous to ride on. Dust, grime, and oil baking under the sun is a recipe for cycling disaster.

"I was on De Marchi's wheel, and my bike just went out from underneath me. It's pretty frustrating. The roads were pretty treacherous out there. We were managing it pretty well, but my bike just slipped out from underneath me."

- Ryder Hesjedal.





 





Stage 7
1. Alessandro De Marchi 4:01:52
2. Ryder Hesjedal @1:35
3. Hubert Dupont s.t.

GC
1. Alejandro Valverde 26:52:20
2. Nairo Quintana 0:15
3. Alberto Contador 0:18
36. Ryder Hesjedal 6:54

Combativity Award: Ryder Hesjedal







Italy's famed national coach (1975 to 1997), Alfredo Martini passed away on August 25th. His coaching achievements are amazing guiding the Squadra Azzurra taking the rainbow jersey:

Francesco Moser (1977), Giuseppe Saronni (1982), Moreno Argentin (1986), Maurizio Fondriest (1988), Gianni Bugno (1991, 1992).

"I couldn't pick one as my favorite over the other; I'd like trying to name your favorite child. They all put on the blue national jersey and gave it their all. It was a pleasure to have such great champions to fight for the wins. People celebrate me as if I've won the races. I've had the luck to work with great cyclists who knew how to apply themselves."

- Alfredo Martini.





Classic wool Squadra Azzurra jersey.





Giuseppi Saronni, 1982 Goodwill.




Francesco Moser, 1977 San Cristobal.





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This Monday September 1, Red Dots Cycling is holding a 24/24 Sale!






Labour Day is September 1, and for 24 hrs take 24% off everything in the Red Dots Cycling shop

Don't miss out on this sale... all you have to do is, at the checkout, use coupon code: LABOUR24

Starts: Aug. 31 Midnight PDT- Sept. 1 Midnight PDT


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Alberta Bound!




The second annual Tour of Alberta will begin Sept. 2 in Calgary - Sept. 7 Edmonton. 700 ams, 120 cyclists, 6 stages. Team rosters here.





Chapeau to DHL...
Bike messengers already provide this sustainable service. Now, a great idea about to turn into reality on the delivery roads!



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

It's 40C - No Rain In Spain & Stage 5 Aftermath

via IAM Cycling



Temperatures hit 40C today in the Vuelta. Little comfort for the riders and Fabian Cancellara wasn't shy on twitter - to speak his mind...








Teams are using up to 250 bidons per stage. That's a lot of water for drinking and dousing. What seems to be the popular choice is the new Sportsvest used by Tinkoff Saxo. In my opinion, it makes the riders look a little like commandos, but if it works...















It's only just begun.



Which begs the question, "When is it too hot to race?"



Stage 5s hectic finish...





the aftermath...





Tuesday, August 26, 2014

In The Fridge: Sound Advice & FRFuggitivi Huit Ponts Post Ride BBQ

In the fridge: my therapeutic elixir courtesy from Dr. FRFuggitivi
photo Cycling Art





Although I'm convalescing from my injured achilles tendon, I'm happy to have sound advice from my 'doctors' of FRFuggitivi. I was pretty gung-ho and over trained for last Sunday's Eight Bridges Ride... and I payed for it injuring myself. Two furious back to back rides of 65 kms did me in. But the comforting support was very much appreciated...










On Sunday, I missed the Eight Bridges 145km Ride but afterwards we all got together and enjoyed the post-ride BBQ chez Curtis. Guy gifted me with the proper elixir (see above) and since then I have enjoyed it and believe it's working on helping my injured tendon. I'm also taking the sound advice to heart from John (he's a ER nurse) to rest it as it may take another week or so to shrink back the tendon. That means no riding... curses. 










It was a fun BBQ as we all got to meet the spouses, enjoy therapeutic beverages and to see everyone in non-cycling attire - a rare moment. Notably, Ross' Belgian Treple (10%) quenched my taste buds. Curtis won the KOB prize of a cycling cap and inner tube wallet courtesy from Red Dots Cycling. He also won the 'cheesecake award' for having ridden over an amazing 6000 kilometers, so far, this season. 


Carolle and I had a great time and we hope it will be the start to many more FRFuggitivi BBQ's!





A wishful Brian (right) missed out on the cheesecake award...
maybe next season?
photo Cycling Art




FRFuggitivi group shot. 
Curtis (far right) proudly wearing the Nueva Vuelta cap 
by Red Dots Cycling and holding his cheesecake award.
Chapeau to all for finishing for conquering the huit ponts!
photo Cycling Art


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