Chalk Crack was more exciting than I would imagine an out-and-back, and out-and-back race to be.  I felt awesome for the first 70 miles and thought I would win, and then ran out of calories and sucked.  We still had good numbers in the final group of 8 and tried to hit ’em, but I just didn’t have it.  Probably a little over my distance at the moment, and the disappearing neutral feed didn’t help either, but it was the same for everybody!!  Nate Page took it to everybody.  Normy was the other big story as he held 5-7 guys rolling pretty good at 2 minutes for an eternity.  He was last seen doubled over at the side of the road at about 4 miles from the line.  Anyway, new guy Ira continues to prove his worth coming up 3rd behind Nate and Johnny Euro Tyson Apostle in his 2nd Pro 1/2 race.  I am joking about Tyson… Apparently, he quit Volksbank and is looking for a team in the states.  It is good to have some new blood around.

Big sis did her first triathlon and finished 57th out of over 2000 starters for the chicks field.  Yeah, on her hybrid.  She was 14th in her age group.  By my estimations, she’d have been top 3 in her age group on any road bike with clip-ons.  She beat her coach.  You gotta love that!!

She is pretty competitive.  If you meet her, ask about the time she beat me at arm-wrasslin’!!

The Sport Just Keeps Getting Weirder…

From Boonen:

“Alexandre Vinokourov is an asshole, I hope he serves a life-long suspension. I don’t get it, everybody knew he was one of the ‘men in black’! I saw him train in an anonymous team kit a few times myself, and so did Steegmans. So test those guys every day, dammit!”

“I can only hope that Vino’s handiwork won’t make the people think we’re all the same. The worst part is that he doesn’t only endanger the sportive side of things, but also a lot of jobs. You try to find a new sponsor in a situation like this.”

On Rasmussen, Contador and Evans:

“It would probably be better for everybody if Rasmussen doesn’t win the Tour. If he’s smart he loses a few minutes on the last mountain stage. I don’t know if Alberto Contador is clean or not, but I absolutely don’t trust Rasmussen. But I still think it is possible to win the Tour without doping. Take Cadel Evans: a hell of a rider, and clean.”

“The cheaters are relatively easy to find: the ones who play hide and seek. Guys that don’t do anything for months and then start flying all of a sudden. That’s impossible.”

I agree, but it’s kind of a funny opinion for Museeuw’s buddy. 

Read “From Lance to Landis”

Mostly all stuff I’ve read before, but it is interesting to see it all put together in a continuous timeline.  Fairly remarkable.  I probably would’ve read it in one sitting if I didn’t have kids jumping all over me.

Not quite as good as “Rough Ride”, which I think I preferred because it’s a personal narrative, but still really, really, ridiculously well done.

One for the Working Man…


Pro men  
1 Adam Craig (Giant)
2.16.31 2 Jeremiah Bishop (Trek/Vw)                            4.26
3 Michael Broderick (Kenda/Seven Cycles)               6.36
4 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru-Gary Fisher)          8.52
5 Todd Wells (GT Bikes)                                9.12
6 Barry Wicks (Kona)                                  10.54
7 Bart Gillespie (Mona Vie/Cannondale)                12.45