Feb 22, 2017

Still the Greatest

Jocelyn Lovell

I recently discovered this short documentary - high on thrills and excitement. It rings close to me, growing up in Edmonton and remembering the 1978 Commonwealth Games. I was a young guy not into cycling but caught up in the games and fondly remembered watching on tv, the great Jocelyn Lovell win gold on the track. The velodrome was newly built without a roof an impressive outdoor velodrome. I think it really got my cycling juices flowing and captivated me. Jocelyn Lovell was amazing. On a side note; I have learned that Edmonton will build a new indoor velodrome part of an athletic facility scheduled for construction in 2018.  

This National Film Board doc also highlights the 1976 Olympics following the mighty German track team. This doc is a good mix of athletes and coaches. For me, The 1978 Commonwealth Games road race is featured with vintage looks of Phil Anderson and Pierre Harvey, two riders that will go on to much success. Enjoy Cycling: Still the Greatest

Feb 20, 2017

Family Day: Enjoy Free Shipping at Red Dots Cycling

Clearance Sale: Cappello Nero Rosso
photo: Red Dots Cycling

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Feb 17, 2017

Friday File: Farewell to Tornado Tom Ride and more pave

Can this year's Paris-Roubaix get any tougher?

The 115th edition will be the farewell to Tom Boonen ride and the organizers announced an added 2.2 km of pave. Eddy Merckx says Tornado Tom can win, "I think he will also show himself in races before that. And yes, Boonen can win Roubaix. If you see that last year he was second after a difficult preparation, this year he can definitely win." I agree he has a chance to win, but he'll have to be in great form to beat the likes of Peter Sagan, Sep Vanmarcke, Alexander Kristoff and Edvard Boasson Hagen.

For now, the organizers have simmered the pot with extra pave and on April 9th... it will be ready to serve. A tougher day on les pave, to be sure.

256km, 29 sectors - 2 more than last year, 55km of pave.

29. Troisvilles (km 97 - 2200 m) +++
28. Viesly à Quiévy (km 103,5 - 1800 m) +++
27. Quievy à Saint-Python (km 106 - 3700 m) ++++
26. Viesly à Briastre (km 112,5 - 3000 m) - NEW
25. Briastre à Solesmes (km 116 - 800 m) - NEW
24. Vertain à St-Martin-sur-Ecaillon (124,5 km - 2300 m) +++
23. Verchain-Maugré à Quérénaing (km 134,5 - 1600 m) - terug opgevist
22. Quérénaing à Maing (km 137,5 - 2500 m) +++
21. Maing à Monchaux-sur-Ecaillon (km 140,5 - 1600 m) +++
20. Haveluy à Wallers (km 153 - 2500 m) ++++
19. Trouée d’Arenberg (km 161,5 - 2400 m) +++++ 
18. Wallers - Hélesmes (km 168 - 1600 m) +++ 
17. Hornaing à Wandignies (km 174,5 - 3700 m) ++++ 
16. Warlaing - Brillon (km 182 - 2400 m) +++ 
15. Tilloy - Sars-et-Rosières (km 185,5 - 2400 m) ++++ 
14. Beuvry-la-Forêt - Orchies (km 189- 1400m) +++ 
13. Orchies (km 197 - 1700 m) +++ 
12. Auchy-lez-Orchies - Bersée (km 203 - 2700 m) ++++
11. Mons-en-Pévèle (km 208,5 - 3000 m) +++++
10. Mérignies à Avelin (km 214,5 - 700 m) ++
9. Pont-Thibaut à Ennevelin (km 218 - 1400 m) +++
8. Templeuve - Moulin de Vertain (km 224,5 - 500 m) ++
7. Cysoing à Bourghelles (km 230,5 - 1300 m) +++
6. Bourghelles à Wannehain (km 233 - 1100 m) +++ 
5. Camphin-en-Pévèle (km 237,5 - 1800 m) ++++ 
4. Le Carrefour de l’Arbre (km 240 - 2100 m) +++++ 
3. Gruson (km 242,5 - 1100 m) ++ 
2. Hem (km 249 - 1400 m) ++ 
1. Roubaix (km 256,5 - 300 m) +

Feb 13, 2017

Bauer Power: 1984 World Championship Road Race, Barcelona

Bauer Power in Spain:
After his superb silver medal in the Los Angeles Olympic road race, 
Steve Bauer took a brilliant bronze in the 1984 world road championship in Barcelona!
photo: Cor Vos

Feb 10, 2017

Friday File: Bring on the cobbles! The ascension of Hugh Carthy

A Flanders Classic is coming soon.

I'm looking forward to the first big Belgian cobble classic of the season: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad! It will be held on February 25, the 72nd edition and the first time the race is included in the UCI World Tour calendar. Here's the provisional start list here. And I have included last year's exciting race for all to enjoy because Flandrien time is cobble classics time!

Hugh Carthy... never heard of him? Well you will soon. He's the young and talented British rider (22 yrs old) moved to northern Spain on his own, two years ago, to ride for second tier team Caja Rural Seguros RGA. Learned Spanish and made a mark in the Basque country. Last year the little known British climber mixed it up with some of the best riders in the world in the Volta a Catalunya. Finishing a superb ninth overall behind Froome and ahead of Uran, Aru and scooping up the best young rider award. At the Route du Sud he scrapped against Quintana on the fourth stage. Only to be mugged by Movistar duo Quintana and Soler taking the stage. Carthy finished behind Quintana in third. His two year contract with Caja Rural expired and was feted by teams. He was bold and brave to decline the British behemoth Team SKY for the smaller squad, Cannondale Drapac. 

Cannondale Drapac DS, Charly Wegelius said, "Beyond his results, the thing that really impresses me about Hugh is the way he's gone about achieving what he's achieved. He's done it the hard way. In a world where riders from Great Britain are wrapped up in the bubble of British Cycling, he went out and made a go of it in Pamplona and raced with a small team."

"I'd say my ambition for the future is to feature in grand tours. That's my long-term objective. And to be a good domestique for someone to go for the general classification. But I see my career in grand tours. Stage races. Hard, long stage races," Carthy said. 

Cannondale Drapac CEO Jonathan Vaughters said, "In my opinion probably the best young stage racing talent out of the UK, if not period."

I already have been following talented Hugh Carthy's exploits and admire this young man's accension in cycling. Now I look forward to his next exploits in the World Tour level. I think it will be fun to watch his ever rise to the top!

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