Sunday, August 31, 2008
Mongo believes that this logo is one of the best in all of sports. Simple, red, white, and blue, and it shows the golfer in the athletic move of the swing itself. Anyone who has ever played golf decently can look at the image and their mind takes them away to memories of rounds both watched and played. It is said that the image of the golfer on the logo is based on Australian, Steve Elkington, who had a very classy game back in the 80's and early 90's.
On to my point...
I also believe that pro cycling needs to clean up it's image. Nothin' says under new management better than a fancy new sign out front. Pro cycling needs a good logo.
How can they capture the effort, the suffering, the exuberance, and the joy, all in one image?
The only time during a race when this all comes together is when the winner crosses the finish line. At that one moment, we as fans understand the journey. Who or what then should exemplify this moment as a representation of all that is good in pro cycling?
After thinking long and hard about this, Mongo has come up with the perfect image. The Sammy Sosa, Rock the baby, and Count from Sesame Street poses were all considered, but there is only one perfect celebration. Ladies and gentlemen...The Valverde
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
What was lost on the journey is deafening in the silence
Sentimentality in a documentary world
A secular mind versus a spiritual heart
The transformation in shape manipulated on a spectrum
A process driven purpose in the evolution of time”
Monday, August 25, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Childhood dreams with boundless enthusiasm, deflected or displaced
What might have been had the beginning stayed the course
The reflection of my soul is clouded by the indulgences of my spirit
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
As a nation allergic to sunshine and good oral hygiene, Great Britain has found it's niche in indoor, fluorescently lit cycling.
The aero properties of pigmentless skin, along with limitless grams in weight savings of the orthodontically challenged, have propelled this proud nation to multiple Gold Medals in the Olympics.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
The fog in my brain has cleared
Buried memories burst to life
No longer the little child scared
Ignorant bliss hides the weakness of abuse
Wisdom suffers no fools
Contradict what once was true
My soul has changed the rules”
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
I don't know about you, but Mongo's ready for some Olympic Cycling. I'll be following the road racing and TT and even the mountain biking, but what I'm really looking forward to are the variety of events taking place in the velodrome.
Sprint...Keirin...Madison...Pursuit...these are the races of the track.
Mongo doesn't get a chance to compete in these disciplines anymore...not since the Miyagi Incident when I was riding as a privateer in Sapporo back in '83...but watching these great athletes do their thing from 0-50+ mph is truly exciting.
Just as Mongo speculated on this very blog back on June 1st, Emanuele Sella is a doper.
His two mountain stage wins in the Giro along with his strong TT performance just didn't add up. He was a marginal rider on a crappy team, and now we know his secret.
The fact that he was busted for EPO in a non-event test weeks after the Giro, along with Ricardo Ricco's claims that he'd been doping solidly prior to being caught at the Tour, leads me to believe that drug testing still has a long way to go before the cheaters stop trying to beat the system.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
One of the coolest dudes in skateboarding just passed away after a battle with brain cancer. Ray Underhill was a second generation member of the Bones Brigade who had skills and style to spare.
A well respected gentleman of the industry, all who came across his path were better for it. The next time I get a good "ska dack", I'll think of Ray and smile.
Friday, August 1, 2008
Its been a couple of months since Mongo unceremoniously snapped his Specialized Pave CF seatpost. I've been making due with a Ritchey WCS aluminum replacement, but that choice has been fraught with problems from the get-go.