Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Congratulations to Tanya for taking third place out of thirteen solo female riders at the Opus 8 Hr race yesterday at the Mansfield Outdoor Centre.
Tanya really needs some make-up help ladies. Anyone with some tips??
Actually this is a post-race photo - a very dry and dusty course.
12 laps with an average speed of 40 min 18 sec a lap
and a fastest lap of 36 min 12 sec.
Results here (clicky, clicky)
Thursday, May 22, 2008
I was originally going to display them in action with my new travel-friendly IRO singlespeed rig I recently built-up, but the socks go so well with my black & silver Niner EMD color scheme that I decided I should profile them with it instead.
These socks fit like a dream. Seriously, they are really comfortable. The ankle area has a fairly thick material and snug fit, yet the foot area has a thinner more breathable material.
So enough with the typical modelling pictures, it's time to take these socks outside and see them in action. Yes... that's right, I said outdoors. None of this indoor/concealed stuff for this fine sponsor!
With a refreshing 10 degrees Celsius outside, I was sure happy to find good use for the 3rd sock.
Here's another fine profile action shot. See what I mean how nice they go with the Niner?
After just a few outings I can see why these socks are so popular. It's a well engineered product. I give it a three thumbs up!
PS: Big Ring, I hope to get a solid mark on this review. Since the shaving I've been experiencing some rather uncomfortable itchiness...
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
We had an absolutely perfect day for the ride - sunshine, blue skies, temps around 18C. Playing hookie from work were Big Ringers Tobin (Coco), Dr Peter, and myself and we were joined by friends Martin and Joe. The ride took us from Relais Plein Air in Hull, up the 15 to Kingsmere and onto the #1 to the Champlain Lookout where we did another loop through Western and #26 and made out way back - it was just over 4okms, I think.
We did not take a lot of pics as the mosquitoes and black flies were in abundance. Although, no one lost a body part to the bugs!
In 13 years I have only missed one Inaugural ride. I believe Tobin has made all of them.
This is the second time in 8 months I've had the pleasure of riding in France, the last time being in the Nice area last September.
I'm riding a bike I rented from a fellow in the nearby town of Crest. Found him on the internet of course. He's got a small bike shop where he rents cheap bikes to tourists. Fortunately, he's about my size and I persuaded him, through the magical act of handing him a mittful of cash, that he should give me his personal all-carbon, dura-ace road bike for the week. I believe he was holding back tears when he passed it to me. If anyone is wondering, nice bikes ride better than bikes they are nicer than. I can tell. It's like having an extra gear.
I was a bit concerned about having a 12-25 in the rear after struggling up some of the climbs around Nice using my 12-27, but even the 3km long climbs at 7.5% have gone okay. The 15km at 5% wasn't too bad though I was a bit concerned when the snow started appearing and the fog rolled in. Good thing I have a lot of experience freezing to death on bicycles.
Today's 70k "recovery ride" took me to the tiny town of Bourdeaux (not Bordeaux) which has the remains of some Roman walls running across the knolls around the town. The wind funnelling through the gap at one of the mountain passes hit me so hard today that I almost went over the edge. I can think of worse ways to go.
Tomorrow I will tackle the Col de Chaudiere which locals tell me is a bit of a challenge. Thursday is a day off (going to Grenoble) and Friday will be another six hour day, mixing road and mtb rides together.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
A 6:30 am start from Tobins, weather looks great, maybe we'll miss that rain they called for.
Can you see the tailwind?
Alas but just after 13km of riding together on day 2 the riding partners head off on there own adventures riddled with starvation, gluttony, and headwinds.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
It was love at first sight when I saw the Mamasita; it had to be mine!!
To get the bike build underway, I took the frame back to Phat Moose for the installation of the fork/headset and the BB and crankset, I didn't want to screw that up!
Note the concentration! Pretty cool device he had there.
The next part was now up to me and my mechanic; it took us a couple of days to complete because the mechanic has the attention span of a 2 yr old...
colour coordinated with the frame colours!!
The Test Ride