It's cold here today, I mean really, really cold. Like burns your cheeks cold.
Christmas is hurtling towards us like a freight train and I feel totally unprepared. Got the Christmas cards done last night and out into the mail. Still no tree or decorations up in the house though and only a few presents taken care of. I can't believe it's only two weeks away.
In the world of cycling I see the forums and message boards lighting up with fury over Basso's comments to the Belgium press that he views Pereiro as the "moral victor" of the 2006 Tour Day France. Lots of people getting their feathers ruffled over this one. The brilliant Cathy Mehl posted a response to one of these by reminding folks that Basso's english is not great and you never know exactly what he was trying to say. Especially as he went on to express his admiration for both Oscar and Floyd and their talent and determination as competitors.
Careful Ivan, Americans are never going to fall in love with you and accept you as the new Lance if you talk smack about Floyd.
Floyd Landis and Dave Zabriskie are going to be riding together again!
On December 17 the former US Postal teammates and best friends will be participating in a charity ride for the families of the United States Fire Service engine #27 who lost their lives battling the Esperanza forestry fires in October.
So great to hear that Floyd is out on the road again.
I read somewhere yesterday that Floyd is up to doing three and four hour training rides now and including climbing in his training.
He's gearing up for the 2007 season, let's just pray that he's cleared to ride and that he can find a team.
Tyler's back. Good for him. Can't wait to see what he does in 2007.
Astana arrives at the party with no ProTour licence - how embarrassing. Erik Zabel recently picked Vino to win the 2007 Tour Day France given his impressive preformance in last this year's Vuelta. But, without a licence, that may be a problem.
I hear that Floyd may not get to have his hearing until March now. It's so unfair to drag it out like this. But I think that if the powers that be think that they're going to wear him down, that eventually he'll just give up, they've badly underestimated the man. God, I would just love to see him come back and defend his title at the Tour in '07.
Urlich's mysterious trip to the States to "have business meetings" is causing quite a stir on the ole message boards. I've seen people make links between this trip by Uri and the fact that Disco is conducting their winter training camp in Austin at the same time. Anything to it? Doubt it.