Wednesday, September 17, 2014

#shutuphour

Oh yes!






Tomorrow Jens Voigt will attempt to set a new hour record. It's untouched for nine years set by Ondrej Sosenka, so a special moment awaits for the 'un-retired' Jensie and for his legions of fans. Go Jensie!


















Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Ryder Hesjedal: Stage 21 La Vuelta






Tim Lefebvre of Pedal Magazine catches up with Ryder Hesjedal on the final day of La Vuelta. The ever laid back Hesjedal talks about his stage win and plans for the rest of the season (you may be surprised of his plans for the World Championships) and next season.



Monday, September 15, 2014

Steve Bauer: GP Cycliste de Montréal, God Of Thunder For Paris-Roubaix?


In the breakaway for most of the race...
Canada's Ryan Roth flashes his brilliance.
via steephill.tv




Bauer Power.



All eyes were on the amazing and textbook performance by Orica-Greenedge delivering Simon Gerrans to a consecutive victory at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal on Sunday. I watched most of the exciting race online, enjoying the insightful commentary by ex-pro Gord Fraser. The sights and sounds of Montréal always has a warm spot in my heart, I lived there in the late 90s. The Québec races is the perfect world tour platform for our aspiring young homegrown cycling talent. Steve Bauer is the Canadian team coach and comments how well his young charges performed along with some of the top riders of the world. A very good performance by the team and with further nurturing... a better future awaits.


Top Canadian:

 26th: Michael Woods




Hell of the North for Thor tantalizingly close; 2009-3rd,
2012-3rd.
via BMCRacing





Word from Brian Smith of MTN-Qhubeka has it that they are trying to lure Thor Hushovd, planning to retire at the end of this season, to ride for them for Paris-Roubaix. Interestingly, MTN-Qhubeka has beefed up and internationalize their 2015 squad with Matt Goss, Edvard Boasson Hagen, Tyler Farrar, Theo Bos and possibly Stephen Cummings. We haven't heard much from The God of Thunder. He crashed during the Tour du Poitou-Charentes and will not ride the upcoming World Championships. 


“I’ve been talking to Thor Hushovd for the last couple of months and trying to get him to stop his retirement and go for Roubaix for the last time. He said to me that he wouldn’t, but I think that he might be in the car watching his Norwegian friend win a classic next year. Maybe not as a directeur, but more of a consultant.”
- GM, Brian Smith MTN-Qhubeka


 As for 'consultant' what better way than to encourage Alexander Kristoff to a pave victory?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday File: Going Out With A Bang Jensie Style, Aru Makes It Two, GP De Québec & Montréal & Tuft Words

Jens Voigt's very aptly named Trek Madone 7 used at the 
USA Pro Challenge. #shutuplegs, #shutuphour
photo: Logan VonBokel






Who: Jens Voigt
What: Hour Record Attempt. Current Record: 49.700 km 2005 Ondrej Sosenka
Where: Velodrome Suisse, Grenchen, Switzerland
When: Evening, September 18th.









La Vuelta:
Aru makes it two...

The talented Italian climber, Fabio Aru wins stage 18, La Vuelta. Chris Froome slots into second overall. I'm waiting for Saturday's final mountain stage ... promises to be full of fireworks!







A Gallery of excellent images from BrakeThroughMedia:



Gruppetto


















Ryder Hesjedal, going for the win stage 14.









Exciting racing from La Belle Province: GP Cyclistes De Québec and Montréal.





Live online streaming: 10:00 PDT















Wednesday, September 10, 2014

GP Cycliste de Montréal: Tinkov Saxo Hits The Road



Hit the road...Tinkov Saxo goes out for a training ride in Montréal in
preparation for Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal this Sunday.







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