Saturday, September 22, 2007

Cycling Odds and Ends

1.Congratulations to Sammy Sanchez!!! He strikes at the Vuelta and pulls within 11 seconds of Cadel. That should keep it interesting. Menchov looks ready to win this one again, but this time get to celebrate. He is not the most exciting rider to watch, but then again neither are his competition. Sastre and Evans have always been in the top, but seemed to lack that defining attack.

2. Wheel Prices???? Improvements in frames trickle down and prices drop over time, but if you look at wheel prices they stay frustratingly high. Where is the trickle down effect? Most prebuilt sets can't competed dollar for dollar against hand built, but the median price seems to be trending towards $1500. Rotational weight or not that is a lot of loot.

3.Landis. Shut up already, you only make cycling look more crooked and stupid to boot.
It pisses me off that off all the 2007 cycling highlights (Ballan at Flandes for instance) Landis and Sinkewitz getting hit by a dog are what 99.9% of the world will remember and ask me about. Same thing with skateboarding. Off all the unreal action, all you hear about is Jake Brown's slam. I would rather people knew nothing than just these things.

4. De Peet. Peter Van Petegam retired last week. Hats off to the "black man of brakel" being a hairy fellow, I can feel some sympathy for this classics killer. The changing of the guard is almost done-hardly any pros that were around when I started riding are still in the game.

5. If Hincapie wins a stage race does anyone care?? I realize this is a little old, but I was on vacation. Tour of Missouri-not so much in the excitement dept.

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