Monday, May 07, 2007

Reality is Cruel

He was one of the people that I thought brought true class to the peleton. Now he has shown me that there truly are no more heroes in this world.

Thanks Ivan.

I ended up riding the Spin Bike at Gold's on Saturday because I just ran out of daylight. I wanted to spend some time with the family and we had lots of running around to do. The weather was kind of a windy misty nastiness anyway so I don't think I missed much. On Sunday I did a short 30 miler with Sunflower. It was good to ride with here again. I forgot to bring my camera so there aren't any pictures to post. We did get chased by a Chihuahua that I clocked at a smokin' 14 mph. He wanted a piece of my ass. HA! Sunflower was laughing so hard she almost couldn't pedal.

Tomorrow I am off to Stevenson, WA for my meeting, and a little golf too. Sadly it doesn't look like I will have time to go rent a bike, but the resort is supposed to have an awesome fitness center, so I think I will make it through a few days there. Have a good week.


Blogger Pete Basso said...

What's up with Ivan? Did I miss something in the news as of late?

5/7/07, 8:01 PM  
Blogger Mallie said...

As much as athletes can be inspirations, I think we have to remember that they can all fall prey to the ills of society and a "must win" mentality, just like us regular human beings.

Have a good meeting and golf outing.

5/8/07, 2:52 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Mallie - for me the disappointment has as much to do with the year long denial than the actual act.

5/8/07, 4:03 AM  
Blogger bluecolnago said...

dachshunds can be brutal too....


be safe!

peace out, yo!

5/8/07, 5:03 AM  
Blogger CyclistRick said...

Much better a chihuahua than a pit bull .. like the one that wanted a piece of us an the San Ardo race course pre-ride last year.

Seriously disappointed on the Ivan Basso front. Bad enough he felt he had to cheat, worse that he lied about it as the evidence mounted. Sad. Now I will go back to honoring that past Giro champ, Andy H., whom still seems to be a standup guy.

5/8/07, 9:33 AM  
Blogger oldmanandhisbike said...

Dude, a chi-wah-wah? That is just a speed bump with legs! :^) Just kidding.
Have fun in WA and get some wind surfing in if you can.

I'm with cyclistrick: All hail Andy Hampsten! Hopefully, we won't hear some day that he was on the juice then too! And I'm thinking of changing my opinion of LeMond; maybe he isn't as nutty about this issue as I previously thought.

5/8/07, 9:59 AM  
Blogger bluecolnago said...

i agree with you, oldman, on hampsten. he was a class act. lemond? he wrote the book on whining.

where will it all end?

5/8/07, 10:54 AM  
Blogger bryan said...

no, no. LeMond is still a total kook.

I'm just going to put all my eggs in Leipheimer and Hincapie's baskets and hope they don't get tipped over. Or mashed to tiny bits.

5/8/07, 10:56 AM  
Blogger oldmanandhisbike said...

Blue/Bryan: I think your both right; Lemond is still a goof ball. Can't wait to hear his opinion on this!

5/8/07, 11:05 AM  
Blogger CyclistRick said...

Blue/Oldman - if you know someone who gets the Rivendell Reader there is a nice interview with Andy H. in the most recent edition.

5/8/07, 12:51 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I agree with you all that Hampsten is a cool cat. He did an interview a few months back with Tom Danielson that was pretty cool. He still maintains his riding weight of 143 (I think it was).

As for G.L, he may have been a kook, but he was a tough competitor. He also seems to be pretty good at selling bikes.

Rick - I guarantee a Pit Bull would not have been something I laughed at as it chased me. And instead of 14mph you may have gotten 44mph out of me.

5/8/07, 3:26 PM  
Blogger Eclectchick said...

You're just lucky one of my vicious (not) greyhounds wasn't chasing you!!

As for Ivan . . . yeah.

5/8/07, 4:47 PM  
Blogger bluecolnago said...

bob roll is still the king. or clown? yeah, that's it. the clown prince of professional cycling! he definitely be 'da man!

peace out, yo!

5/8/07, 7:47 PM  
Blogger oldmanandhisbike said...

Blue: Bob Roll is the Man! He was the guy who helped Andy H. win the Giro and a tough all around rider. One of the few who really could MTB and road race with the best. Anyone who loves cycling and humor has to read his book "A ride on the wild side of cycling". The story of him getting lost on a solo "training" ride in New Mexico is worth the cost of the book alone!

5/9/07, 5:14 AM  
Blogger CyclistRick said...

Chris, GL is not the one selling all those Lemond bikes, it is the Trek marketing machine. 6-7 years ago Trek seemed happy to have GL running around pimping the bikes, now they seem to keep him at a distance and under wraps, too much of a wacko.

Bobke is interesting. But as to AH's Giro win part of the props has to go to team management. According to AH, on that brutal Gavia stage the team management went so far as to run out that morning and buy all the old weather gear available locally - wool caps, Gore-Tex outer wear, etc., and were passing it to the riders as they rode into the blizzard while the competition was freezing in standard team kits. And they had the soigniers on the course handing out cups of hot tea to the riders. That is good management!

5/9/07, 7:05 AM  
Blogger Kimberly (aka. DrKim) said...

A chihuahua! That's funny. Wish you had a video...I can hear the yapping now...

5/9/07, 9:15 PM  

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