Sunday, 31 January 2010

Hell of Ashdown done (110km). First step to La Marmotte.

First of all, I've been reading that lots of people didn't do the Ashdown today because of the weather. Well, sorry to say it but you missed a great sportive!

...and roads were much better than expected I must say. Also, superb hills there! The Wall is pure adrenaline(4th climb left to right).

Continental 4 Seasons fully tested in the worst conditions possible. Excellent winter tyres. Didn't let me down!

Saturday, 30 January 2010

Friday, 29 January 2010

Colombian Leonardo Duque in new Cofidis kit


by @BiciGogaESPN

Contador named to win 2010 Laureaus Price

http://www.laureus.com/press_releases?article_id=1738

Dragon Ride

A reminder not to delay in getting your accommodation booked. There is a Stereophonics concert in Cardiff City Stadium and rumours that there will be a rugby game between Wales and South Africa at the Millennium Stadium, both on Saturday 5th June.

Cleat Shims


Do you have any of the following?:
Knee pain?
Lower back pain and hip pain?
Leg length discrepancy?
Illiotibial band tightness and lateral knee pain?
Do you pronate?
Tightly clenched toes and/or aching on the outside of your feet during rides?
Feet hot spots?
Flat feet?
Lack of power?
Excessive movement of one or both legs while pedalling?
One foot that never feels quite right in the shoe/pedal?
One good leg, one not so good?

If yes, check this out http://www.cyclefit.co.uk/lemond.html

Contador and David Bisbal

David Bisbal is a very well known Spanish artist. He and AC prepared this video for a local TV show where AC shows some streets of his hometown: Pinto.

Samuel Sanchez 2010

Vuelta al Algarve, París-Niza, Criterium International, Vuelta al País Vasco, Dauphiné Liberé & Tour de France.

*Btw, I'm the proud owner of a Black Orbea Orca Evo just like Sammu's.

Thursday, 28 January 2010

AC bother/manager in twitter: @fjcontador

Juan Carlos Castaño, president of the Spanish Cycling Federation, says he is confident Velverde will win the appeal against CONI


He said also that Pat Mcquaid told him in private that he believes in Valverde's innocence. This was later rejected in CyclingNews

Contador in Madrid after training with friend Jesus Hernandez

Online Entry System for the Surrey Rumble Available from Friday 29th January. I'll be there!

Caisse d’Epargne new sponsor to be known before TDF


Eusebio Unzue

A clubmate filmed this excellent footage of a race at Hillingdon


Hillingdon Winter Imperial Series 2009/10 Cat 3 race 4 26.12.09 Last lap and a half with main group

Found the most moronic article in Cycling News. Someone please tell this guy that in 2009 Spain had the best three riders in UCI protuour

Opinion: Spanish cycling teetering once again
By: Peter CossinsPublished: January 26, 21:31, Updated: January 26, 21:35Edition:First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, January 27, 2010


The news that French savings bank Caisse d'Epargne is set to end its sponsorship of what has long been Spain's premier cycling team is only the latest of many blows the sport has suffered in what has always been one of its traditional strongholds.

A glance through this year's calendar reveals huge gaps between events in Spain, most notably in the very heart of the season when there will be nothing to get excited about between late May's Tour of Asturias and mid-July's Tour of Madrid. And, let's face it, those two are races that will get hardly anyone revved up beyond Spain's smaller teams.

Except there aren't any of these smaller teams either. As well as being hit at the top level, Spain is also struggling in the Pro Continental layer. There are now just two Spanish outfits at each of these levels when not too many years ago, there would probably have been eight or 10. Drop another level down to Continental status, and it's even worse, with just Orbea, located in Basque, flying the Spanish flag.

The reasons for this rapid demise are not too difficult to see. The scandals caused by the uncovering of two huge doping rings have played a huge part, wrecking the careers of several notable Spanish performers, leaving question marks hanging over many others and impacting massively on cycling’s traditional popularity. Add in the crushing dominance of football of the Spanish sporting scene and the rise of several other sports in Spanish sporting consciousness - including tennis, Formula 1, motor-racing and, increasingly, NBA basketball - and cycling is very much on the decline.

At the same time, it does seem there's something else more fundamental going on in cycling, as was suggested by UCI president Pat McQuaid during last week's Tour Down Under. The "mondialisation" of the sport that was the goal of McQuaid's predecessor, Hein Verbruggen, is now very much under way. ProTour races are not only taking place outside Europe, but are thriving. Teams from outside cycling's heartlands are thriving, too.

Katusha and Sky are the most obvious examples, an Australian ProTour outfit could be the next as the pro peloton becomes more international season by season. For the first time ever, Spanish riders are being drawn to these teams in very significant numbers as opportunities dwindle at home.

The good news for riders, race organisers and fans in Spain is that Caisse d'Epargne team manager Eusebio Unzué had known about its sponsor's end-of-2010 departure for some weeks and has already been talking to prospective new backers. According to reports in Spain, these include a major company in the team's home region of Navarra. Unzué will surely have contact too with Spain's F1 superstar, Fernando Alonso, who talked about starting an Alberto Contador-led team, but will surely have plenty on his plate with Ferrari now expecting him to deliver the F1 drivers' world championship.

Spanish commentators are already suggesting that the best outcome to the current crisis in the country would be the formation of an Unzué-Contador-Alonso troika that would unite Spain's top management team, rider and, arguably, sporting star.

This may not signal a return to the good old days of several Spanish teams taking each other on at decent races week after week, but it would establish a squad that could compete with the likes of Sky, RadioShack, HTC-Columbia, Katusha and others that are rapidly moving cycling to a new and more international era where the traditional cycling nations no longer dominate the team list and racing calendar as they once did.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

This has to be the funniest TDF video

125 years of Bianchi



Colombian "Cochise" Rodríguez is part of its history

List of Spanish cyclists becoming proffesional in 2010

Footon-Servetto: David Gutiérrez Gutiérrez (Camargo), David Gutiérrez Palacios (Camargo), Pedro Merino (Trasmiera-Fuji).

Andalucía-CajaSur: José Vicente Toribio, Sergio Carrasco, Antonio Cabello y Pablo Lechuga (Andalucía-CajaSur amateur)

Xacobeo-Galicia: Gustavo Rodríguez (Cidade Lugo) y José Antonio de Segovia (Supermercados Froiz).

Burgos Monumental: Pascual Orengo (UPV-Bancaja), Francisco Manuel Antón (CCN-Valencia Terra i Mar), José Carlos Lara (Cueva El Soplao) y Oscar Grau (Camargo)

Caja Rural: Higinio Fernández y Arturo Mora (Cueva El Soplao), Gari Bravo, Guillermo Lana, Rubén Martínez y Rubén García (Caja Rural), Egoitz García y David de la Cruz (ECP).

Orbea: Mikel Landa, Noel Martín, Xabier Zabalo y Jon Aberasturi (Naturgas), Ion Izagirre (Seguros Bilbao), Adrián Sáez de Arregi (Caja Rural) y Aritz Etxebarria (Bidelan-Kirolgi).

Barbot: Ximo Ortega (CCN-Valencia Terra i Mar).

Madeinox: Alberto Morrás (Seguros Bilbao)

Le Tua: David Cornejo (Diputación León), Rubén Jiménez (ex Viña Magna), Edgar Nohales (Cidade Lugo)

PSK Whirpool: Marc Reynés (Hotel Ciudad de Burgos)

Rock Racing: Florentino Márquez (Caja Rural).

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Levi

Levi Leipheimer Time Trial Training (mobile version) from Roger Bartels on Vimeo.

Life after Caisse d'Epargne


*Luis Leon Sanchez, 2nd at TDU.
It's funny that the most important team of the pro tour doesn't have a sponsor at this moment. It ended up 1st in the UCI classification, just finished second in the TDU and has so much talent. The manager and owner of the team, Eusebio Unzue, has been Tour de France winner with Oscar Pereiro, Muguel Indurain, and Pedro Delgado. So one thing is for sure, if he can't find a new sponsor no one can.

Lance did have better wheels than AC for Monaco. And AC did decide to buy a pair similar to Lance's from his own pocket: €5000

Fact: Contador's mechanic weighted both wheels and Lance's were 150 grams lighter.
Fact: AC was 22 seconds faster than LA in Monaco.
Fact: Team Astana had wheels Leightweight 240, while LA had 190, 15% lighter and 30% more rigid.
Fact: In the Annecy TT, AC beat LA for 1min 30sec.

Monday, 25 January 2010

Teams using SRAM

AG2R La Mondiale (FRA): Cuadro: Kuota - Grupo: SRAM Red

Cervelo Test Team (SUI): Cuadro: Cervelo - Grupo: SRAM Red - Ruedas: Zipp

Astana (KAZ): Cuadro: Specialized - Grupo: SRAM Red - Ruedas: Zipp

Team Milram (GER): Cuadro: Focus - Grupo: SRAM Red

Radio Shack (EE.UU.): Cuadro: Trek - Grupo: SRAM Red

Saxo Bank (DEN): Cuadro: Specialized - Grupo: SRAM Red - Ruedas: Zipp

My favorite 2010 bikes

Caisse D'Epargne

Euskaltel Euskadi

Sky Professional Cycling Team

Cervelo Test Team

And least favorite: Garmin Transitions

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Did 80km ride this morning. Very windy and cold in London troday. Now having a big mug of Juan Valdez coffee.

Contador's power

Luis Leon Sanchez wins in TDU




Nothing like waking up to find out there was a Murcia 1-3 in the TDU (Sanchez-Valverde)
1. 112 ESP19831124SANCHEZ Luis Leon GCE 3.29'39" 10"
2. 96 AUS19770125ROBERTS Luke MRM 3.29'41" 2" 6"
3. 111 ESP19800425VALVERDE Alejandro GCE 3.29'43" 4" 4"

Friday, 22 January 2010

Andy Schleck & Burry Stander in Navacerrada Spain

Andy Schleck y Burry Stander en Navacerrada - Ciclismo
Desafío en el puerto de Navacerrada entre Andy Schleck, segundo en el Tour de Francia de 2009 y Burry Stander, Campeón del Mundo sub-23 de Mountain Bike.

TDU

Nibali leader at Tour de San Luis


Also Colombians Botero and Peña

Caisse d´Epargne bank out of cycling after 2010


Manager Eusebio Unzue is already looking for a new sponsor. There is a rumor that it could be Santander bank o even Banesto might want to be involve in cycling again.
Before Caisse d´Epargne: Reynolds (1990–2000), iBanesto.com (2001-2003) & Illes Balears Banesto (2004–2005).

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Just registered for The Southern Sportive 2010



The Southern Sportive is a fantastic 155k road challenge event that takes in the best road climbs the South Downs has to offer. And with 112k mid and 71k short options, the event is open to a wide range of riders and abilities.

The hardened Sportive or first time charity rider will find the Southernsportive a great challenge, the classic course takes in some serious hills complimented by rolling back roads and views out along the south coast. All set in one of the prettiest parts of the UK.

The location for the event was carefully chosen to provide one of the best sportive routes in the country. In cycling terms, the South Downs are famous for the epic 100 mile South Downs Way off road ride along its length, while on the road, the best known feature is probably the Ditchling Beacon hill climb on the London to Brighton. But at it's eastern end, the southerly drops from the downs deliver you straight into coastal towns. The best road riding on the South Downs is to be found at the Western end where a wealth of superb riding exists both north and south of the ridge, allowing for a route that bisects the massive rolling chalk downs several times, travelling over the tops on it's way to and from the coast. The result is a flowing route that combines challenges and rewards in equal measure, with a stunning landscape backdrop throughout.

The event base is at Churchers College in Petersfield, which sits right under the northern edge of the Downs and makes a memorable start and finish to the ride. Great road and rail connections to both London and the rest of the UK also help to make this a classic south of England event.

Duo dinamico


Contador-Vino

Colombians at Tour de Sanluis


GC:

1 VALLS, Rafael ESP FOOTON-SERVETTO 12 h 54 m 26 s
2 ALCOLEA, Arnols CUB SELECCION CUBA a 8 s
3 RODRIGUEZ, Jackson VEN ANDRONI-GIOCATTOLI a 16 s
4 SERPA, José COL ANDRONI-GIOCATTOLI a 20 s
5 NIBALI, Vincenzo ITA LIQUIGAS-DOIMO a 20 s
22 BOTERO, Santiago COL SELECCION COLOMBIA a 1 m 1 s
30 ARANGO, Juan COL SELECCION COLOMBIA a 1 m 50 s
36 OSPINA, Carlos COL SELECCION COLOMBIA a 2 m 16 s
37 ROLDAN, Wéimar COL SELECCION COLOMBIA a 2 m 21 s
70 CASTRO, Arles COL SELECCION COLOMBIA a 4 m 17 s
71 PEREZ, Jairo COL SELECCION COLOMBIA a 4 m 19 s
76 AVILA, Edwin COL SELECCION COLOMBIA a 4 m 53 s
98 ALZATE, Carlos COL SELECCION COLOMBIA a 7 m 17 s
107 PEÑA, Víctor Hugo COL SELECCION COLOMBIA a 7 m 42 s

Pedalier


My wife brought me this magazine from Spain and I'm totally into it. Great articles on Sportives like La Marmotte and Quebrantahuesos. Highly recommended.

Fran Ventoso's De Rosa King 3

Go Portugal!

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Today's stage at TDU

A day with Contador

Una mañana con Alberto Contador - Ciclismo
Una mañana con Alberto Contador pedaleando por su zona habitual de entrenamientos
Palabras clave:bicicleta alberto contador

Cool!

Train for bikes in Denmark: Great!

Alejandro Valverde


Let’s the new season start!
The start of the new season will be given in a few hours. More than a road race it looks like a criterium considering it is a only 51 kilometers race on a closed circuit in the streets of Adelaide.

This event is organized to promote a phone line people who suffer from cancer can call each time they need assistance. My opinion is that it is something great and that the riders have to support an initiative which goal is to try to relieve people suffering from that disease. We will do our very best to have a good race so that the public is enthusiast.

“Holidays” are finished but it is in fact a real pleasure to start competing again.

Compared with the first days we spent in Australia, it is no longer so hot and training was very nice the last days.

As I told you, all the teams are lodged in the same hotel and on the square in front of the hotel a large tent was assembled to store all the bikes. It is a very good idea because during the day the public has the possibility to come and see how the mechanics works. We also go there now and then to meet the fans.

Yesterday very special fans came to say hello: several kangaroos and koalas came indeed to greet us. They are very cute animals. I found it really nice to take a baby kangaroo in my arms. As for the koalas I did nothing more than caressing them from a certain distance because their claws are really impressive.
AV.

Team-cipollini-bike

Spaniard Rafael Valls (FOOTON-SERVETTO) wins in Argentina


Tour de San Luis GC
1º 76 VALLS, Rafael ESP FOOTON-SERVETTO 08:19:34
2º 171 ALCOLEA, Arnols CUB SELECCION CUBA a 08
3º 146 RODRIGUEZ, Jackson VEN ANDRONI-GIOCATTOLI a 16
4º 141 SERPA, Jose COL ANDRONI-GIOCATTOLI a 20
5º 51 NIBALI, Vincenzo ITA LIQUIGAS-DOIMO a 20
6º 7 PEREYRA, Ignacio ARG SELECCION ARGENTINA a 26
7º 65 MAZZANTI, Luca ITA KATUSHA a 28
8º 83 MORENO, Javier ESP ANDALUCIA-CAJASUR a 28
9º 131 RASMUSSEN, Michael DEN MICHE a 29
10º 172 GRANJEL, Raul CUB SELECCION CUBA a 34

That is a tough one

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Sunday, 17 January 2010