Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Don't get me wrong, Mongo loves him some Jens Voigt. He is everything I aspire to be as a cyclist. Tough minded, always attacking, never outclassed, and one of the most respected members of the Pro peleton.
That being said...The Criterium International ain't what it used to be!
Not many top riders show up after Castilla y Leon and before Flanders...and the ones that are there use it as training for their real efforts down the road. Winning anything five times as a professional cyclist is a great achievement, but this is the only GC podium Jens is going to see in a stage race.
Mongo is happy, however, to see another homie (Danny Pate) on the podium. 2009 has been, and will continue to be, a very strong year for American cycling.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Up until a couple of days ago, the weather in Mongo's neck of the woods has been rainy, cold, and crappy. I've only been able to ride once since the inaugural 23/2300 Hammerfest on March 9th.
This past Monday's ride was rained out, so my second ride in ten days was yesterday. It also happened to be a very serious shop ride in enemy territory. Mongo was one of five Smyrna Bicycles riders to go across town and crash the party. The peleton was made up of a diverse group of talent numbering between forty and fifty riders.
Knowing my current level of fitness was key for me in preparing for the ride. I realized that I was completely overmatched...but instead of worrying about it, I just started doping heavily 24 hours prior to the event. Hey, it worked for "The Pirate".
Let's just say I ended up doing my part for the team during the first 15 miles. I was always around the top five, driving the peleton, breaking the wind for my team, and as it turned out later, everyone else. I was a regular Yaroslav Popovych.
Unfortunately, after one too many climbs, I was dropped by the lead group with about five miles to go. Fortunately, the rest of the guys picked up the slack and took it to the "Hizzy". Had it not been for a badly timed red light, the SBCT would have swept the podium...Mongo limped home a minute or two behind the action.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
After some well deserved juice from Mongo himself, AK47 goes out and lays a "whuppin'" on the field in the 30k TT. He wins by 20 seconds over Stijn Devolder (Who I like), and leads on GC by six seconds with two stages to go. He won this puppy back in 2007, so there's no reason to believe he can't do it again. Tomorrow's penultimate, long, mountain stage will decide the race.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
After proclaiming yesterday that El Bandito had essentially wrapped up Paris-Nice, though there were two stages left, it turns out I may have spoken too soon.
Spanish cycling star on the rise and burgeoning rapper, L.L. Cool 'Chez, "puts his hands in the air like he just don't care", wins Stage 7, and leads Paris-Nice by over a minute. Contador is now in fourth. He has to pass Fleck and Sylvania, and then make up almost two minutes on Sanchez in the final stage if he hopes to win.
Let's see what happens...I'm not betting against him.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
The inaugural 23/2300 Hammerfest (Miles/Feet Climbed) was a lot of fun. Though Mongo was near the back on all climbs, I rode fairly aggressively all day and did my share up front...I feel pretty good about where I'm at right now.
Mongo is motivated by personal improvement. The reality is that I ride with some super-strong dudes who demonstrate a great deal more self discipline in their training than I do. I punish my body with counterproductive substances and hope for a zero sum with all my riding. If I eliminated the anchors, who knows what might happen? This is my own personal cycling Albatross.
My point is this...I tried the product pictured above for the first time today...and the sh*t works! Check it out at your local bike shop.