Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
It looks like El Pistolero has taken a step back, breathed in deeply, and realized that Mellow Johnny is going to sink or swim by himself...and that he better take care of his own business.
Contador has decided to skip his defense of the Giro and concentrate on his preparations for the '09 Tour. It just so happens that MJ will be competing in the Giro for the first time "ever", and it'll be his first major stage race of the year. Armstrong also hasn't committed yet on his intentions on racing in the Tour.
For a man who made his legacy through the TDF not to set his sights specifically on that race may at first seem odd, but I'm sure behind the scenes Bruyneel was working hard to cover his own, and MJ's, ass.
If Armstrong goes to the Giro and sucks, then LBM or AK47 can bail out Astana. The end result being that MJ won't participate in the Tour and Contador has the show all to himself...and hopefully MJ goes away again. But what happens if he kicks ass, or actually wins?
This scenario would be great for cycling, but bad for Astana. The potential soap opera of egos throughout the whole team would probably have self-destructive effects. Mongo can't wait!
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
It's almost time to put Ol' Lightnin' in the barn for the Winter, only to be brought out for special smackdowns, and turn my attention to my sturdier, more forgiving, and slightly heavier girlfriend...Li'l Pony Express.
She's like the "chunky" girl on the cross country team...at first you can't believe your eyes and kind of chuckle, but then you notice she's kicking every one's ass.
Today, Mongo and LPE took down a "Livestrong Edition" Madone, and then tracked and defeated a Cervelo P3. There is no better look than a poseur realizing that he was just passed by a dude on a mountain bike going 24 mph.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Mongo is not a big fan of Winter. As far as seasons go, it has a lock on fourth place...missing a spot on the all important seasonal podium.
The days are shorter, the skies are bleaker...it's cold. It just doesn't jibe with what makes Mongo tick.
Oh, I've lived up north and I love to snow ski...and I played hockey, but there's something much more appealing to me about heat and sustained sunlight.
As Fall creeps toward Winter and the layers pile on, I'll be kept warm with the memories of the Summer gone by...and the anticipation of the Spring to come.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
With sunlight at a premium these days, the regular S.B.A.D.M.V.V.L. Hammerfest has been changed. With months of climbing behind us, the focus has switched to speed work.
Of course, the first thing you need when working on speed is a new name for the ride...The Monday ride will now be called the Smyrna Bicycles Silver Comet Trail Hold Your Line Hammerfest.
On the inaugural run yesterday, Boonen nipped Mongo at the line after a spirited final five miles of tight paceline action.
Monday, October 13, 2008
The latest, and possibly ugliest, rider to get busted for CERA is the recently mentioned Bernard Kohl. Sorry Cadel...one less wheel to suck.
"If it looks like a duck and acts like a duck, and comes out of nowhere to podium at the Tour...chances are it's a duck".
Cadel told his bosses that if we was going to win the Tour in 2009, he couldn't do it by wheelsucking the top riders on other teams.
The team listened, heard, and obliged. They brought in Bernard Kohl, Phillipe Gilbert, and Thomas Dekker.
Happily now for Evans, he won't have to go outside his own team to get his wheelsuck on.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Mongo was officially draggin' ass today. An excessive amount of work and riding over the past week and a half are the culprits.
Thanks to some early morning rain, I was sure that there was no riding in store for me today...which was fine...because of the aforementioned ass draggin'. I was thinking maybe a little Home Depot, then some Publix, then some laundry, then a nap. It was going to be great. Then the sun came out...It shouldn't have mattered, but it did.
There's nothing worse than cycling guilt...Okay, maybe it's not as bad as drug/alcohol/where am I?/who are you?/ guilt...but it's pretty close. If it's sunny and nice outside and you have the time, if you're a true cyclist, you're going riding...it's an unwritten rule.
So, I ended up doing a fast 30 with the living legend herself...Diane. We put the smackdown on several racers as well as a fixed gear poseur. It was an enjoyable ride.
I really should have taken a nap though!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
In what will probably be my last post this year concerning Levi Leipheimer, I felt it necessary to trumpet his plight as a cyclist before he resumes his off season job as the vocalist for Mongo's favorite band...Tool.
LBM is getting the shaft with Astana. (Don't even get me started about my boy, AK47) Anyway...with Contador, Kloden, Mellow Johnny, and maybe Vinokourov on the team, the only race Levi's going to win in the future is the Tour of California.
Leipheimer's been a great team player for many years, but his days on a bike at the highest level are numbered. He is at the top of his game and deserves the opportunity to see if he has a Grand Tour win left in him. An American team like Garmin or Columbia would be perfect.
Mongo is announcing today a new campaign that will hopefully allow this to happen. Ladies and gentlemen..."LET LEVI GO"
All correspondence in this matter can be addressed to...Team Astana c/o "The Weasel & The Russkies"