Whose Gloucester video is better?

Friday, October 31, 2008

Bahati vid and a Tim Johnson Question


Why does awesome Cyclocross Dude, Tim Johnson, always where a kit that has 9 balls all over it? I've been trying to figure this out for a while. Yes I have read some about the 9 ball diaries, but I still don't get the significance. Any help with this dilemma would be appreciated.

Here is my latest crappy youtube photo montage. I was going to use crosstown traffic by Hendrix, but it blocked it. Then I tried Jumpin Jack Flash- rejected again. Settled for Shocked.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Top 10 Rider Hairstyles

Pippo sporting Oakleys, a new dye job, and perhaps a bit of a straightener?

Sebastien Rosseler with what looks like a "high and tight."

According to Cycle Sport America, November, 2008; the following list is "bad biker hairdos." You can make of that title what you will. Are these bad boys? or boys with bad hair? Whatever you do- don't shoot the messenger.

  1. "Fabian Cancellara's Bouffant- How does the world's best TT rider get such volume? Can the rumors be true? Does fab Fab really wear his TT helmet indoors to prevent his hair from going flat?
  2. Dave Zabriskie's 'tache- DZ gets all the credit, but apparently inspiration came from his teammate, Cozza. No doubt he wants it to look porn star chic but we reckon it betrays a hitherto unseen sensible side to Mr. Z. Does he actually go home, pull on some ironed beige pants and slippers and read the newspaper of an evening?
  3. Stefan Schumacher's Dome- Just get a duster, a can of ordinary furniture polish, a quick bugg in front of the mirror and your Schumi look is complete. Other riders need sunglasses for the glare.
  4. Bradley Wiggins's Mod Look- There was almost no outrage in the British Cycling camp at the Olympics when Brad offered to trim his Paul Weller tribute barnet and sideburns because of fears it would cause his head to overheat in the pursuit. Now the games are over, the hair is growing again and Brad can break out his collection of nearly 1,000 pristine Fred Polly polo shirts ** this may not be true.
  5. Peter Wrolich's Bubble Perm- At the start of the Tour de France stages, even Frenchy yokels with missing teeth and wonky, hick-style hair stop and stare at Wrolich's afro.
  6. Fabian Wegmann's Bleached Spikes- What's the betting that when Fabian was 12, he begged to be allowed to spike and dye his hair, only to be told no, no, a thousand times no. Tortured by those mumsy words:"But you've got lovely hair, why do you want to ruin it?" he headed to the salon by himself and implored the stylists to do their worst. More than a decade later and he still looks the same.
  7. Vladimir Karpet's Mullet- It's just too easy to make fun of Vlad's mullet. A haircut that betrays the fact that he was 9 when the Berlin Wall came down. He was at a vulnerable age when he would have first been exposed to proper Heavy Metal. Perhaps we should be grateful he didn't opt for a poodle cut. Or go for the dreadful mullet and spiky hair combo that Erik Zabel was doing back in the mid '90s.
  8. Sebastien Rosseler's "Dolph Lundgren" Squaretop- When you've got a squarish head in the first place, you probably want to draw attention away from the fact. This makes Rosseler's blonde cube a very peculiar choice, unless he's trying to look like a Swedish action hero playing a Russian bloke in a Rocky film.
  9. Filippo Pozzato's Eurotrash Ringlets- Even when the sun is shining, Pozzato's hair makes it look like he just stepped out of a rain storm. The loose perm and highlights try to exude easy charm, but end up looking manufactured and sleazy. All he needs is a pale pink vest, a pair of Espadrilles and an eye for the ladies. Well he's certainly working on the last of these.
  10. Franco Pellizotti's Bird's Nest- Pellizotti's greatest achievements are finishing in the top 10 in the Giro and allowing a family of housemartins to take up residence in his hair."

The 2008 US Gran Prix of Cyclocross!


Yes- If you are anywhere near the Eastern Seaboard of the United States on the weekend of November 14-16; you MUST go to this event. It is going to totally rock! All the big names will be there- including my husband...hee hee. He'll be competing in cat 4, but the elite men and women will be totally awesome. I've watched vids of the course and there are some gnarly technical sections. Cross Rocks!

I don't know why it's the "Gran" and not the Grand Prix.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Yes Helen won the poll.

Helen won the ugliest kit poll with her submission of Scary Zebra Boy. But I don't think she should get a water bottle because she is already getting one for submitting a blog entry to the VdV fan club site. Chico Velo and Castorama are tied at 23%. I submitted Castorama and I am already getting a water bottle too. So the winner is.......(drum roll please) Bridget! You have won an Argyle Onboard water bottle. If ya want it, just let me know where to ship. You can email me at maggie@christianvandeveldefanclub.com 

Congratulations to Bridget and thank you to all who participated. I'm still looking for more ugly sunglasses.

SVEN NYS IS ONZE KAMPIOEN

This is a must see video! FYI Sven Nys is the former world cyclocross champion.

Sing Along!     Sven Sven olay olay olay! Ve are de Champions Olay!

Merci Sven, Merci! Merci Sven, Merci!




Now check out Bart Wellens Karate kicking a fan- totally awesome. About a minute in and then replayed over and over. Cool!


Sunday, October 26, 2008

Mansfield Hollow Cross 10-18-08 -and hats




This is my husband's bud Dave H. at last week's Cross Race. Just thought it was a nice pic. He got some good air over that barrier. Next week North Hampton! Yay!

On a side note- rainy weekend- crocheted 3 hats. Very proud of my endeavors and Jon likes his new warm wooly. I don't like my first Garmin Colors cap (middle). The ear flaps are annoying. The second one (top) is nicer and warmer IMHO. 

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Bjarne Tells Frank to Believe in himself!

Thanks again to Anke. I believe this vid is after Stage 10 where "performance enhanced Peipoli" took the win and Frank was 3d overall- 1 second behind -he who shall remain nameless. Doesn't Frank look sad?

TdF '08 vid

Thanks to Anke for this snippet. Andy talks about his and Frank's performance 0n Bonette.

Friday, October 24, 2008

You gotta check out this slide show!


Slideshow that involves Sir Lancelot and other bicycle type riding errr.... leggos? The creator is Julie, and I think it is 
pretty darn amusing.

Sansen *HEARTS* Pippo!



After years of a turbulent, yet dysfunctional romantic relationship; Pippo Pozzato and Miss Sansen have decided to give it one more try. Say's Pippo "I just can't wash that girl outta my hair." He meant this literally, as one time Sansen actually got tangled up in Pippo's curly locks. She had to be surgically removed in order to preserve his "fresh cut." Says Sansen, "He's definitely worth two fingers!"


Above: Fabian Cancellara Congratulates Pippo on his new-found love. "When one finds that special someone, he .......goes out and gets a perm?" said Cancellara.


Pippo sent this shot to his latest flame. All of us in the fan girl blogging community wish the young couple well in all of their future endeavors!

disclaimer: sorry Sansen

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Rahsaan Bahati Rocks




Rahsaan Bahati Rocks because he just emailed me and said he was going to send my kids and me a signed poster to put up in our hallway! Awesome Dude!

Andy Interview after Yesterday's Tour Announcement


Rina Darling- could you give us a quick translation? :)


Documentation of Cadelio's Wheel Sucking Strategies

photo: EvansBrynLennonGetty

We all know that Cuddles is a wheel sucker, but Andrew Hood documents it for posterity in this month's VeloNews in a story about Robert Gesink and this year's Paris-Nice. 

Page 41 second column:

"A summit finish up the northern face to the Mont Serein ski station was to be Gesink's confirmation of his arrival to the elite of the sport. He did just about everything right, shedding GC rivals by the scores and only having the pesky Silence-Lotto tandem of Cadel Evans and Yaroslav Popovych on his wheel.

"When Evans' turns were putting Popovych into the red, forcing the Ukraine to yelp out for Evans to slow down, Gesink turned the screws with another searing acceleration. Popovych was popped, but Evans wheel-sucked his way to the finish line and then darted ahead to take the prestigious win."

Yet more evidence that Cadel Evans sucks (literally.)

My Boy (VdV) is Front Page- Cover Story in Latest VeloNews!!!!


The New Man: Vande Velde's Season of Revelation is the Cover Story for the latest edition of VeloNews! Go Christian!

You can also check out the article at the fan club site

Basically, Surfer dude Neal Rogers reports that racing becoming cleaner can only benefit riders like VdV who is now "performing up to the maximum of the physiological capabilities he was given."

Christian Rocks!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Family Resemblance?


Johny Schleck back in the day



Young Johny Schleck


Frank age ???


Young Anikin Schleck


Andy on his bitchin' Cervelo

Thanks to Rina for these pics. Which brother favors Johny most?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Ugliest Sunglasses in the Peloton Poll


One of my all time faves. Mario Punk Boy Cippolini sporting some
 seriously hideous shades.

photo: swiped it from one of your blogs

OK- submit your entries for the ugliest sunglasses in the Peloton. Once all of the entries are in I will open the poll. Don't let me down! I know there are some seriously ugly ones out there.

Young Anikin and Mullet Man Frank


Just how cute is Andy in this picture??? Too cute for human eyes- that's my opinion! How old was he here, Rina?


Frankie- Mullet-Man Schleck looking serious and pretty darn cute in this pic. Those of you who are leg and thigh specialists might want to examine this one in closer detail.

Thanks to Rina for these heretofore unbeknownst to me pics of our favorite brothers.

Blake Caldwell is a sweetheart!


Check out this nice email I received from Blake Caldwell today. What  nice kid!

"Hi Maggie,

Thanks so much for the note and what a wonderful group of kids! I received a picture from one wishing me well and it really made my day. I'm doing much better now and am looking forward to 2009 more than ever. Take care and thanks to everyone for the support.

Blake"

Apparently, he is well on the road to recovery and is working on his trainer every day. Speedy Recovery Blake!

On another note, I'm totally stoked to be going to the US Gran Prix of Cyclocross in Mercer, NJ in November. There are 17 Elite Men entries and I hope to tag a few with pics. The guys include: Cute Jesse Anthony, Solid Jeremy Powers, Giant Dude Ryan Trebon, and Tim Johnson just to name drop a few!

Yes I know it is another Gran[sic] Prix to confuse Sansen even more. Even so It's going to be great! 

I'm telling you guys/gals; if you haven't been to a cyclocross event- you HAVE TO GO! They are really fun! Bring noise-makers and warm clothes!

Did Bernie Do It? Poll and others Polls as well

I'm doing some blog cleaning and will be deleting some closed polls.

Well, Blogger doesn't seem to want to allow me to upload images right now, so here are the results of the "Did Bernhard Kohl do it?" Remember that I started the poll before all the facts were in and before he did his big crybaby confession. 

1. An overwhelming 84% of you said Yes
2. 16% needed more information
3. There were no "Hell Yes" or Hell No" responses.

Poll: "Should we exterminate all athletes in all sports and just start fresh?
1. 9% said yes
2. 54% said no
3. 36% said only competitive walkers

Poll: "Who is the bigger duffus? Thomas Bach or Pat McQuaid"
1.Thomas Bach won the dubious honor with 66% of the votes
2. Pat McQuaid is apparently only half the duffus than Bach is with 33% of the votes

YOU, THE READERS HAVE HAD YOUR SAY!


Monday, October 20, 2008

The Ugliest Kit in the Universe Contest


I had to add this one. It's actually entry #8. The reasons I added it are: Mario Cipollini is a punk, and because this kit makes me think of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. BTW it is one of Rock Racing's 5000 kits.


It's my blog, so I get to go first!
Submission#1 by Maggie the 1994 Castorama kit as worn by mullet man 
Laurent Brochard


Submission#2 by Maggie No idea of the team, but the sponsor according to this dude's leg is braveheartfund.com

Submission #3 by Bridget Lovely on the eyes, this one. Ragbrai kit



Submission #4 by Helen-- ZOMG! Helen submitted the zebra boy kit, but look at the dude on the right. It's Bridget's submission below! 


Submission #5 by Bridget Kelme Costa Blanca

Submission #6 by Bridget Ouch Chico Velo Wildflower



And last, but definitely not least- Here is Submission #7 by Sansen The always ugly Maipei Quickstep Kit. 

Does anyone know what years these monstrosities were from? Let us know if you do.

Please vote in the poll to the right. The person who submitted the winning (or losing- depends how you look at it) kit will receive a Garmin Chipotle Clean Bottle

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Cycling World Rocked With Yet Another Doping Scandal


Paul Sherwen (above) is a former pro cyclist turned cycling commentator. The UCI has just discovered through new testing techniques that he was doping in 1979 while riding for Team Fiat. Says a UCI spokesperson who wishes to remain anonymous, "We always wondered how he could ride those grueling mountain stages so easily, while other riders suffered tremendously. Gripper told us to look into it and we did. Our findings speak for themselves."

Samples of Sherwen's blood and urine that have been saved in a closet (referred to as the "stinky closet" by UCI staff) at UCI since 1979 conclusively indicative a positive for the use of bovine growth hormone. Says Sherwen, "I wanted to ensure my own supply of fresh milk. They always gave us this junk from a box that tasted like shit."

Sherwen has been banned for life from commentating, riding, or even looking at a bicycle. In a statement from his lawyers, the appeal process has already begun.

Where will that leave Versus, and other mediums where Sherwen has become an institution with regard to commentating?




Versus says that it will move on, and it will be business as usual. A spokesperson said at a press conference yesterday, "Phil Liggett (above) has a life time appointment with us; kinda like a Supreme Court Justice, but we would like to bring in a fresh new face. We want to keep the English theme going because those Brits just sound so intelligent."


After a passionate debate between the three final choices, Ryan Seacrest, the late Howard Cosell (they would have had to use a spiritual medium and that would have upped the pricetag) and Helen, Ms. Helen has been signed for a 5 year contract with Versus and will be Phil Liggett's new side-kick. "Her accent is just what we are looking for, and she seems to know what she is talking about when it comes to cycling," says Versus, "So out with the old and in with the new!"

disclaimer: Nothing in this post is in any way, shape or form true. I actually like Paul Sherwen quite a bit. However, I think Helen would make a good commentator too.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

To Helen RE: My Oakleys


Crappy picture I know. I really need to throw out those dead flowers. My walls are also not baby puke yellow as this photo suggests.

Anywho, my Oakleys are the Flak Jacket XLJ Shiny Black/Black Iridium lenses.

To a certain angsty young woman (you know I'm talking to you)


AWWWW! Wook at the cute widdle puggy with the snazzy wooking coat!

Check this cool portrait of Andy


Rob does painting of all of our favorite riders; above is Andy Schleck. Check out his website at:
Painting le Tour. If you are a fine art/cyclist buff you might want to consider adding one of his beautiful paintings to your collection.

The Mullet Makes the Kit (or vice versa)


Check out the 1994 Kit for Team Castorama. I think this is possibly the most horrifying kit I have ever seen. Luckily, Laurent Brochard is sporting a mullet which allows him to pull it off.

Take a closer look though. Is the top supposed to look like some kind of Frankenstein bib overalls or something?

Submit me pics of what you consider to be the most horrifying kit you have ever seen and I might just throw a Garmin Chipotle pb H30 water bottle at you (literally.)

Frank and Kim Kimmy Kim Kim Kimmy Kim Kirchen



I thought those leather helmets the kid on the right is wearing were outlawed in like 1890.

The Painmaker


Yes, they actually call this "The Painmaker" in Cross. Cyclocross organizers could have the guys and gals ride over some nicely packed sand, BUT NO the sand is roto-tilled between each race (and sometimes they get a quick till in between laps!)

Notice the evil smile on the sadist operating the painmaker in the picture above. 

Off to a Cross race today. We'll see what kind of torture devices Mansfield Hollow has in store for the riders. My goal is to run from one torture device to another to get some good pictures of riders in agony. hahahahahaha.

My Guess for new Garmin rider 2009


I could be wrong here, but for some reason I believe that one of the 2-3 new riders/signings that Jonathan Vaughters says will "turn some heads" might be Nathan O'Neill.

Now I know I've been on a bit of a doper rampage for a few posts, but I honestly don't think Nathan deserves to be stoned to death.

Yes he's a bit of an old codger- kinda like me- however, I think he might be a good addition to the team. Moreover, I think he got a raw deal.

Nathan received a 15 month suspension after testing positive for the appetitite supressant/stimulant phentaramine during the 2007 Tour of Elk Grove in the USA. He openly admitted using the substance PRIOR to the competition- WHICH IS COMPLETELY LEGAL- yet TRACES of the substance remained in his system. Thus a 23 month ban which was commuted to 15 months.

Well, Nathan's suspension ends on November 12 of this year. And I believe that Garmin Chipotle will be signing him. I just sensed some camaraderie between Nate and my boys as hedid the online commentating for several races this year. Like Millar, I believe that Vaughters will sign him to bring some more experience to the team.

I like Nathan O'Neill and feel he was badly served by the UCI. I hope that he goes on and continues to fight the good fight-specifically as a Chipotle rider.

I'd be interested to know what the Aussie contingent of readers think about Nate.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Thursday, October 16, 2008

One Option for Your Perusal and Feedback

By no means is this a fully comprehensive crappy photo montage. Some of you may find that I have missed some cyclists, or that I included certain riders that you may or may not agree with.

The proposal is this:

Allow cycling fans to stone to death all of the doping cyclists who are ruining the sport. With economic times coming to apocalyptic badness; (at least according to my portfolio) We need to give the credibility back to the sport. By a show of unity in stoning the dopers I believe we could send a powerful message.

disclaimer: I don't really support stoning the dopers, I just want to slap them around a little and maybe make some phone calls to their moms.

I'm Sorry- This Article is just Awesome! In a pathetic kind of way



August 30, 2007 Non-Doping Cyclists Finish the Tour de France

Thanks Anke!





Too Little, Too Late


"I want to come clean,"..."I fell to temptation. The pressure was incredibly strong. I'm only human and in this exceptional situation I showed weakness." Bernhard Kohl

YA THINK??!!

Just want to thank Bernie et al for all they have done for the sport! Complete and total nimrods, all!

  1. Tour of Germany organizers are scrapping the race due to a lack of interest and a lack of sponsors. Thanks guys!
  2. Public Broadcasters ARD and ZDF said they would not show live pics of the TdF because of cycling's doping problems. Way to go, dudes!
  3. Cycling has less value. Sponsors do not flock to a sport that is always in the headlines for doping scandals. No duh! The sporting value of cycling has been greatly reduced and its credibility is in the trash can. Again, a hearty thanks to Bernie, Ricco, Schumacher et al.
  4. Sponsors are deserting the sport because it is becoming unpopular. Geez Louise! Just when I thought we had turned a corner. I really would like to get my trusty ruler and give these schmucks a few whacks on the palms of their hands! Or, at least give them a healthy bonk upside their heads. 
Mood: annoyed, disappointed, disgusted, pissed, and all kinds of mean nasty ugly things.

I know this article is from Al Jazeera and probably wants to poke at and inflame my Western values. Well it worked :(