Aug 18, 2017

Friday File: Thereabouts, La Vuelta, Marinoni's Record Attempt

Gus and Lachlan Morton searching in the Outback






It's comforting feeling after watching Thereabouts. A unique movie on why to ride sort of metaphor for all riders to reach back for the reason we all ride. A back to basics road ride film by Gus and Lachlan Morton. Two Aussie professional riders and brothers who have a unique take on the beautiful art of riding. I admit this is my first watch of this doc and left wanting more. I found it inspirational and motivational and riding miles really clear your head. A therapeutic balm. 

I scoured online and discovered that the Lachlan brother's have two more Thereabouts adventure docs. The second in the US and third in Colombia. I could only find #2 and here is the link, worthy to watch. I hope to find Thereabouts 3 and will post it subsequently. 

Enjoy.



(co starring: Cameron Wurf and Taylor Phinney)














Special cheer for Lachlan Morton who will line up tomorrow in Nimes...


























Federico Bahamontes The Eagle of Toledo, circa 1962-65
KoMs 1957, 1958. 3 stages: 1955-1965







Tomorrow at 3 EDT, Mattamy National Cycling Center, Milton ON...

Forza Marinoni!






Aug 15, 2017

Forza Grizzly






Esteban Chaves calls Svein Tuft, 'Grizzly' from last year's Giro d'ltalia (see above) and for good reason. Svein Tuft ponies up and re-signs for Orica-Scott for 2018. He's a 10-time Canadian national time trial champion and is the oldest rider in the WorldTour. At 40 years old, he'll line up for the 72nd Vuelta to help the Australian team win the stage 1 the TT in Nimes, France. That will be his seventh season with Orica helping Esteban Chaves finished second in the 2016 Giro d'ltalia.





Sveino, 40 yrs young, 2017 Giro d'ltalia
photo: Tim De Waele





"Helping the young guys excel and learn gives me a great satisfaction. As the team has been changing, I've also been adapting and growing and I still have things to learn. I enjoy this process and it keeps you young as a rider."
- Svein Tuft



Orica Scott will bring along their big three for Saturday's Vuelta: The twins; Adam and Simon Yates and Esteban Chaves. If the stars line up right one of them or best all three can challenge for the podium. The two engines will help pull them Sam Bewley and Svein Tuft. Deeper still in the mountains the team will rely on Jack Haig and Carlos Verona. And puncheurs Chris Juul-Jensen and Magnus Cort (2 stage wins, 2016 Vuelta) will complete a powerful Orica-Scott squad. Could this be the year for Orica-Scott to pull off their first Grand Tour victory? It will be difficult but I wouldn't bet against them!




Aug 13, 2017

1983 Vuelta a Badger

The winning Badger and the soon to become Professor, 1983 Vuelta a Espana.




Bernard Hinault won the climb to Puerto de Serranillos that cemented his second Vuelta. It wasn't easy for the Badger for he had to battle against Spanish riders; Marino Lajarreta (2nd), Alberto Fernandez (3rd) and Alvaro Pino (4th). On the climb to Puerto de Serranillos he aggravated his knee developing tendinitis and unable to ride that year's Tour. His trusted teammate, the relatively unknown Laurent Fignon would go on and win the 1983 Tour de France.

Aug 11, 2017

Friday File: Sara Poidevin: Star Climber





Sara Poidevin of Canmore Alberta won today's stage 2 on Moonstone Road climb and the overall at the Colorado Classic Women's Race. A budding star at 21, she joined Rally in 2016 and has the making of a star climber. Rally has two Canadian champions; include Rob Britton who won the Tour of Utah!




"She's T-1000, because she's the robot from the future! If you've seen her ride she's probably just deadpan face, and robots don't feel pain so that's why she decided to put two minutes into the rest of the field today. We try to let her know how good she is and how much she rips our legs off. If she puts those two together I'm sure she has an inkling that she's a little bit of a terror in the peloton."
...Sara Bergen, teammate.








Aug 10, 2017

1953 Giro d'Italia: The Cafe Raiders

Just put it on their tab.



Back in the day, in the Giro d'ltalia, riders would stop (during a hot stage) at a bar and raid it of anything cold and refreshing. Good for the riders and greater still for the bar owner as he smiled and tagged the race organizers with a hefty bill. A wonderful image; looks like the bar owner reaching for cold drinks to give the riders complete with the photographer's flash.
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