Wednesday, April 30, 2008
AND THE LINK FROM COURTNEY GREGORY
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
this thing is gonna make you all blog stars...coming to a theatre near you, the SQUIRT LUBE GO PRO HELMET CAM. How low can Addicted to Bicycles go? Only you will find out.
And dont mind the typo during the credits.....I'm just a crappy typer.
CASEY GIBSON PHOTO
CRUSHING THE SPRINT OF THE FINAL STAGE
HENDERSON (HIGH ROAD)
CASEY GIBSON PHOTO
CRAZY PODGE CELEBRATION, PIC BY KYLE VIA UMA K.
somehow to me the name "Tour De Georgia" just does not fit a stage race in the hell bent south...how's about "Tour of Gall Dang Georgia Boy". I like that better. I mean honestly, the last time I ever heard of any thing FRENCH in Georgia was when I ate at the Varsity on the campus of Georgia Tech in 1979 and I got a two pound basket of FRENCH Fries with my disgusting chili dog. I also think the winner should get the coveted "Rebel Flag" jersey....how sweet would that be? Paleeease.
1 1777 Larry Grossman 210455 Eagle, CO
2 1792 Lou Supino 34670 Boulder, CO
3 1820 Eric Houck 276298 Loveland, CO
4 1847 Stephen Autry 172808 Durango, CO
5 1852 Michael Starita 264122 Parker, CO
6 1886 Richard Kihnley 194872 Carbondale, CO
7 1933 Scott Hendricks 55246 Lakewood, CO
8 1945 Bruce Rabun 266582 Lone Tree, CO
9 1982 David Curry 248031 Crested Butte, CO
Sunday, April 27, 2008
When Mike Janelle unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack in his sleep this past Thanksgiving, the cycling community lost one of its most revered professional riders.
Saturday morning in downtown Prescott, organizers of the fifth-annual Whiskey Off-Road dedicated the endurance mountain biking event to the memory of the 40-year-old Janelle - the local race's 2007 Men's Open class champion who hailed from Avon, Colo., outside Vail.
About 600 riders, primarily from the Southwest, came together for the race, which started at the corner of Goodwin and Montezuma streets and wound through Prescott National Forest trails before wrapping up downtown.
The event's 50-mile flagship race climbs a total of 6,800 feet in elevation, from Prescott to Skull Valley and back.
Janelle, a top-notch endurance racer and ski instructor, was a three-time Race Across America team champion and a two-time U.S. World Championship Marathon Team member.
He also was a three-time U.S. National Championship podium finisher who won the "24 Hours of Moab" in Utah on a trio of occasions.
At the time of his death, Janelle's wife, Maribel, was expecting the couple's first child. She delivered a baby boy, also named Michael, just a few weeks ago, on April 7.
"Mike embodied everything that was good about mountain biking," said Todd Sadow, president of Tucson-based Epic Rides Inc., which puts on the Whiskey Off-Road. "In addition to being a tremendous athlete, he was a friendly, compassionate person."
Friday night on the south side of the courthouse square's steps, Janelle's father, Jack, and former teammate Jay Henry spoke about their memories of Janelle, a 13-year pro, at the race's pre-ride meeting.
"Most of all, it was fun riding with Mike," said Henry, a training partner with Janelle since 1992. "He was friendly to anybody, whether you were a professional or a first-time racer. He had a magnetic, larger-than-life personality."
For the past five years Janelle's parents have lived in Peeples Valley, a small ranching community in southern Yavapai County. On Friday, Jack brought Mike's first bike with him to show to the courthouse crowd.
"Michael loved it here - that's why he came down from Colorado to ride in this race," said Jack, a former racer who rode non-competitively in Saturday's event in memory of his son. "He came down here to visit and train to get out of the snow."
Lynne Janelle, Mike's mother, said her son started walking at 8 months and riding a bicycle when he was 3 years old - without training wheels. At age 5, Mike took his first Century Bike Ride, a 100-miler.
"He always loved cycling and had incredible endurance," she said. "We supported him and never pushed him. It was totally his own idea."
Janelle's Gary Fisher/Tokyo Joe's teammates, Gretchen Reeves and Henry; Subaru-Gary Fisher's Nat Ross; and longtime friend and mechanic Myron Billy also rode in honor of Janelle Saturday.
Janelle was the driving force behind the highly successful Colorado-based Team Beaver Creek-Catlin, riding alongside buddies Jimi Mortenson, Zach Bingham and Ross.
In June the team won the four-person team category at the 2007 Race Across America, their third straight victory in the five-day cross country road-relay race. (They rode as Team Beaver Creek-Vail in 2005 and 2006.)
This past July, Janelle placed fifth at the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Marathon National Championships. Later that month, he was runner-up in the Breckenridge 100, the fourth event in the National Ultra-Endurance Series.
"His willingness to go out and share the experience with everybody made him special," said Ross, a Race Across America teammate of Janelle's who is a 10-year pro. "It didn't matter that he won. He wanted to challenge himself."
JUNE 18TH, 2008
Please attend the Mike Janelle Memorial Fund fundraising event at
E-Town in Edwards following the Berry Creek Bash Vail Mountain Bike Series Race to support Maribel and MJ's son Michael.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Doctors in Palo Alto, Calif., activated a pacemaker that was embedded earlier this month into Phinney’s brain, and after several hours of adjusting the settings of the device, the 48-year-old former stage winner of the Tour de France had no detectable tremor on the left side of his body and was walking with far more ease than usual.
The series of surgeries—deep brain stimulation, the process is called, where the pacemaker essentially works to trick the brain into ignoring symptoms of Parkinson’s—began April 3 at Stanford University, and soon, Phinney will be able to head to his Boulder, Colo. home.
“It was a very tiring morning for us, harder work than a Tour de France stage,” Phinney’s wife, 1984 Olympic cycling gold medalist Connie Carpenter-Phinney, told The Associated Press in a phone interview. “It’s looking really good. We’re super optimistic. It’s nothing short of a miracle.”
Friday, April 25, 2008
JUST SOME MORE CRAZY OTTER SHIT
HERE IT IS, THE "CORKSCREW", THE CIRUIT RACE RIPPED DOWN THIS SECTION
SEA OTTER CITY, MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Kona rider Ryan Trebon was off the front at the start of the Men's pro XC race at the Otter, he was still at the front of a six man break at the end of lap one...then the bonk, reports came in that he was bumming food from families along the way in on lap two as he lost an astonishing 22 minutes on the last lap and barely made it home. It's comforting to know this shit happens to the best as well as the rest of us...Trebon ended up 44th while Miguel Martinez took the victory by almost three and a half minutes.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
WAS A PRETTY CRAZY SCENE ON STAURDAY EVE. THE BAND WAS ROCKIN AND THEN THERE WAS THIS, MY FAVORITE BIKE OF THE ENTIRE WEEK. TAKE A SEAT AND SPIN UP SOME MARGARITAS..THE BOYS AT PEDROS WERE KIND OF BUMMED WHEN THE GRIEBSTER STARTING STICKING SQUIRT LUBE STICKERS ALL OVER THIS THING WHILE THE GUY WAS SPINNING UP MARGARITAS FOR EVERYONE. IT WAS A CLASSIC.
INTRODUCING THE BIKE BLENDER
AND OH THE CHARACTERS, THEY WERE EVERYWHERE, INCLUDING THIS DUDE (COOPER) FROM MTBR. ALSO FROM MTBR, JOE STEEL AND "YETIFIED" PROVIDED GREAT COMPANY AND BIKE CONVORTSATION...VERY COOLIO DUDES AT A VERY COOLIO SCENE.
The Sea Otter Classic is a celebration of sport and a great industry, it's pretty much Interbike with racing going on for four days in all disciplines. If you are very lucky, you may get hooked up on a trip like I did, get to work the actual "show" part of the festival while at the same time enjoy some riding and racing. I've got piles to blog from Otter including these vijeos from race day that Dave Griebling of SQUIRT managed to get while sitting in for me behind the Addicted to Bicycles cam...and he scored a soon to be used Helmet Cam which I'm gonna blog the living crap out of as soon as I get to that point. The race course was tailor made for my riding abilities, fast, nothing crazy technical all though there were definitely some attention getting sections and six or seven climbs with only two of them being fairly steep. The start on the race tarmac was outstanding. For a change I had a race strategy that worked almost to perfection and I believe the fact that the 70 California dudes in my race that had never seen me before was a big help as it may have let me slip away early. This is a big event, with big production....so cool to have the podium chika kissin on me like it was the freekin tour or something, and captured on Vij to boot.
The race start was fast and furious with four guys on the same team leading us out around the Laguna Seca Speedway, We ran the course backwards until we hit the lower half of the Corkscrew then it was onto the dirt for 18 miles of really fun terrain, especially on the Superfly from Gary Fisher I had the opportunity to demo and race. 70 sets of nobbies on the race track was a sound I'll never forget, my goal was to hit the dirt in the top ten, and when the pace softened just before we approached the dirt, feeling well rested due to drafting the entire way out there, I jumped the pack and took 4 guys with me. The ensuing 18 mile battle was hard fought as our positions changed, the last lead I saw was about a third of the way through. It was blow for blow with the remaining three and I managed to get two of them and end up with third, just a great day of great racing against great guys. A steady 50 mph headwind the last 4 miles on a high ridge became a war of attrition for everyone...
Monday, April 21, 2008
YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS KID TO BELIEVE THIS KID, ONE OF THE BEST IN THE WORLD, PERIOD. RYAN LEECH STAR OF THE "THE CACKLE FACTOR". THE MOVIE IS CRAZY SICK AND PREMIERED AT THE HYATT IN MONTEREY SATURDAY NIGHT FOR THE SEA OTTER INDUSTRY FOLKS...WE DRANK LOTS OF BEER THERE.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
AND GET THIS, THANKS TO DAVE G. (SQUIRT AND ROOLY OPTICS) BLOGGING WILL NOW STEP UP TO AN ENTIRE NEW LEVEL WITH THE ADDITION OF A HELMET CAM, IT'S GONNA BE SICK. MORE ON THAT LATER.
Friday, April 18, 2008
IT GOT COLD AS DOG BALLS HERE TODAY, WHEN WE LEFT THE VENUE AFTER THE BICYCLING MAGAZINE BBQ BLOWOUT PARTY, IT WAS 48 DEGREES AND WINDY AS EAGLE IN SPRING....I'VE GOT TO LINE UP AT 8:20AM IN THE MORNING TO RACE. IT'S GONNA BE A COLD M'FER BUT I FIGURE THE CALI BOYS WILL SUFFER MUCH MORE THAN MYSELF AS MY DICK IS STILL PRETTY MUCH HALF FROZEN OFF FROM THE WINTER BACK HOME. AT LEAST MENTALLY I'LL FEEL WARMER.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
SQUIRT lube gang...ready for pre-ride
"girls squirt too" chainstay guards...everybody wants one.
the dudes looked at me like they wanted to kill me when I asked them if these cars had pedals in them....guess not.
dirt bike demo gals...
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
FINALLY, THE SUN COMES OUT, THE TEMPS RISE, AND WE CAN GET OUT FOR A GLORIOUS ROAD RIDE...WITH A COUPLE OF ISSUES.
I AM ADDICTED TO BICYCLES. AND TODAY WAS THE REASON WHY. THE PACK, JONO, CHARLIE B., BRENNAN STEGE AND MYSLEF DECIDED TO CELEBRATE THE PARIS-ROUBAIX LOCALLY BY RIDING THE 80 PLUS MILES OF DIRT AND ASPHALT ON THE BURNS-ROUBAIX LOOP. NOT A CLOUD IN THE SKY ALL DAY, AND DESPITE AN ISSUE OR TWO, WE HAD A PERF DAY BACK ON THE BIKES AS THE WINTER FROM HELL TRIED TO SHOW HINTS OF WEAKNESS IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS OF COLORADO.
TODAY WAS THE FIRST MOUNTAIN STATES CUP MTB RACE IN FRUITA...A SERIES WHICH I DEDICATED MYSELF TO LAST SUMMER, BUT YOU KNOW, INSTEAD OF DRIVING THE HUNDREDS OF MILES, PAYING WAY HIGH ENTRY FEES, MAKING MANY PODIUMS AND GETTING NOTHING FOR IT, I DECIDED THIS YEAR WOULD BE BETTER SPENT RIDING WITH THE HOMIES AND LEAVING THE RACING TO THE PEOPLE WHO FEEL THERE IS SOME VALUE IN THOSE OVER PRICED NO PRIZE GIVING RACES.
TODAY WAS A GEM WE DUBBED THE "JAWS OF LIFE II" RIDE. YOU HAD TO BE THERE.
A LESSON LEARNED ON HIS FIRST LOOOONG RIDE. EAT MORE, DRINK MORE, EAT A BIG BREAKFAST, AND GET RID OF THE SPACE SHIP DEBRIS SADDLE THAT WILL NOT ALLOW YOU SIT DOWN FOR A WEEK.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
The Astana ace, who has dominated the week since taking the first stage, beat Australian Cadel Evans by 20 seconds in the 20km individual time trial to wrap up the ProTour event.
Evans (Silence-Lotto) finished second too in the overall standings, 30sec adrift.
Friday, April 11, 2008
A SIMPLY GLORIOUS MOMENT PRIOR TO PARTYING WITH COLLEGE PALS. NICE TIGHTY WHITIES
OUR INTRAMURAL SOCCER TEAM THE "CONE KICKERS" PRIOR TO PARTYING WITH MY COLLEGE BUDDIES. GUESS WHICH ONE IS ME
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
WITH THE NEAR ARRIVAL OF SPRING, IT WILL NOT BE LONG BEFORE THE LITTLE DARLINGS ARE OUT RIPPIN IT UP AT THE JUMP AND SKATE PARKS.
Monday, April 7, 2008
All the joking officially ended this morning with the arrival of winter/2009 in Eagle. I guess the 55 degree day we had two weeks ago was spring, summer and fall all wrapped into one glorious day. The enitre Valley is on suicide watch as the snow just keeps on coming. Personally, I'm going to hit up Yeti's grind for a cup of coffee then spend the rest of the day drinking frozen Pina Coladas to celebrate the arrival of next winter, then I'll wake up tomorrow with a hangover and get my taxes done so I can pay Uncle Sam the $$$$ I owe him.
LETS WAX EM UP...IT'S A POWDER DAY!