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June 08, 2007

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Paul

Oooops. November 5 for me.

We had another stellar ride this week, although a bit unusual compared to the steep climbs we normally do mid-week. This one was a top-the-tank ride for Greg & Mark as they zero in on the Round the Bear century tomorrow. We rode out an incredibly beautiful valley at the base of the Santa Monica mountains. Tom Sellick (sp) & Sophia Loren have ranches along the way. We rode out to the old Tom Lang(old cowboy movies?) ranch. Returning with a tail wind, flat ground, cool & clear, AND with 6 of us (rare!) it was a 26-32MPH blast. I apologized to a newbie (to us) young lady before we started, we'll gather ahead. Greg & I were trading for several miles, so we didn't know what was going on behind. Almost at the end of the valley, I went to the end...and found Jenn hanging tenaciously to the end of the bullet train. Turns out she's a mountain bike racer (along with her friend). Welcome, Jenn!!

catherine

Paul, fun ride, eh?

Sra, what a woman, Wenches with wrenches sounds like great fun!

Amy

26-32 mph?! I don't think I can go that fast downhill! I'm still so new to riding that I'm kind of like an old lady driver. If my bike had brake lights, they would CONSTANTLY be on. It would be great to go out for long rides by myself to get more comfortable, but I'm with you Sara...if I was to flat or fall, I would be doomed. So much easier to put on the running shoes and go for a run. This week, I joined our local bike association, and will start doing long rides every Sunday, so maybe that will help.

susie b

Thanks Paul! I actually had all ready today's plea & even though you've acquiesced, I spin it here for, uh, posterity. Take it, Temptations : "Ain't Too Proud to Beg"

"I KNOOOOOW you wanna dis me,
But I REFUSE to let it go!
If I have to BEG, plead for your sympathy,
I don't mind 'cause it means so much to me!

AIN'T TOO PROUD TO BEG, sweet darlin!
Don't ignore me now, Oh no!
Ain't too proud to plead, Paulie, Paulie
Don't ignore me now, Oh no!"


Thank-yew! Thank-yew! And your ride sounded great!

Camille

Cool, Amy! And Sara, I'm with you, I'd love to feel safer alone with my bike no matter where I was. Funny thing is that I started a blog last night, just for the heck of it, and I mentioned that exact thing, that I'm a mechanophobe, so far, regarding my bike. I HAVE figured out how to put my chain back on though. One small step.

So I did start a blog but I can't promise I'll be able to figure out how to do the next entry, whenever I do. Seriously, I was going to try to this morning, and couldn't see what to do! ***DUH*** Starting it was fairly easy though. I thank Yvette for encouraging me to do it. So far I'm mostly just doing the literary equivalent of picking my nose in public. If anyone wants to go chime in at me, please do. The title of it is I'm A Ramblin' Gal. Find it at imaramblingal.blogspot.com . (p.s., I think there are about 75,000 blogs in the world with that same title... I feel SO original)

Just one more place for us to pop around on the internet and see what others are saying in our spare moments, whether we're waiting for a fax or a load of laundry to dry...

Sara Best

Yay Camille, I read your first entry - very nice. But you're as bad as Mr. Bikes, Brew and Banter, you need to enable your comments section to allow anonymous comments so that we don't all have to go and get Google accounts in order to leave comments on your blog!

Camille

Okay, thanks Sara. I'll see if I can figure out how to do that... eek... :D

But getting a Google account is really easy and it's free, I just did it last night. Still, I see what I can do, and thanks.

Julie

Sara, I thought the same thing this morning. And the Quickstep thing, too, turns out they weren't actually involved! Except the one guy, who says they didn't find anything anyway.

I would love to take a class like that! I was away when a LBS here offered a class in the spring.

And Barry - I think it was Stapleton the other day that implied the lack of team doctors (due to doping overreactions) caused Barry's illness to progress so far, how horrible!

Not as vigorous as Paul's, but I had a solid ride yesterday in fantastic weather, those are the days I live for!

Go Camille! I left a comment at your place!

theresa

Camille, that is great!! I finally started a blogger account because I wanted to post on TBV. So there's nothing to read. But, Camille, you have a lot to say!!

Okay, sorry guys, I'm a sap when it cames to Bill Hue! I thought is was thoughtful!

And I KNOW how to to put my chain back on since it's taking me 2 years to learn how to shift gears properly!
Sara, and Julie, great posts today! Julie, that's what gripes me about the talk about stage 17. Floyd did nothing he hadn't done before in training; even tho it was very exciting to watch! He knew the peleton didn't want to chase.

And, Sara, Canadians aren't the only ones worried about Michael Barry!! He belongs to us now, too!! I wondered what was going on, when he pulled of the Giro, and had spiked a temperture. But his attitude is great! I just want him WELL!!

theresa

Camille, that is great!! I finally started a blogger account because I wanted to post on TBV. So there's nothing to read. But, Camille, you have a lot to say!!

Okay, sorry guys, I'm a sap when it cames to Bill Hue! I thought is was thoughtful!

And I KNOW how to to put my chain back on since it's taking me 2 years to learn how to shift gears properly!
Sara, and Julie, great posts today! Julie, that's what gripes me about the talk about stage 17. Floyd did nothing he hadn't done before in training; even tho it was very exciting to watch! He knew the peleton didn't want to chase.

And, Sara, Canadians aren't the only ones worried about Michael Barry!! He belongs to us now, too!! I wondered what was going on, when he pulled of the Giro, and had spiked a temperture. But his attitude is great! I just want him WELL!!

theresa

Okay, sorry, I posted twice; didn't mean too!!!!

theresa

Oh, and Paul, I'm with Amy! You guys would drop me like a hot potato, taking off like that! I'm proud of that gal for holding on to the back, and not getting dropped!!

theresa

Camille, I can't FIND YOU!! Someone help me!! Give me a link just to click on please!!
Camille, do was Julie and Sara do, and let me click on your name, to take me to your blog!! I copied and pasted, and couldn't find you!

Camille

Theresa, big surprise, I don't know how to do that yet (making my name here a link), but I'll email it to you. In the meantime just don't copy this but clear the box at the top of the screen and type in imaramblingal.blogspot.com . (no apostrophes, of course) But I'll email it to you as a link. Sorry for my techno-ignorance folks.

theresa

Camille, thanks for the email. I tried what you suggested and got nowhere....techno-ignorance goes with me, too!

Julie

Camille, first open your blog and then highlight and copy the URL (the thing in the box at the top of the screen). Then come here, and when you go to post a comment, paste the URL in the URL box. Check "Remember personal info" and it will be there every time you post.

Theresa, no apologies necessary, lots of people loved Bill's piece, just not all of us! Diff'rent strokes, it's what keeps the world interesting!

catherine

Silly gurls.....
http://www.imaramblingal.blogspot.com

You have to click enter after the link to make it hightlight.

Camille

Okay, let's see if I put a link with my name here...

Theresa

Oh catherine, you are so smart!! And Camille linked herself!! Cool, posts! I think this is a good outlet for you!

Theresa

Oh, and also, It's crazy that it took so long for Michael to get diagnosed!! They should have done a chest x-ray a long time ago! But, I can see Stapleton's point; when 2 team doctors have to be fired; you just can't replace them at the drop of a hat!

catherine

TBV has a link today to the Cycling News letters (to the editor type thing) that has a couple of interesting comments :
http://www.cyclingnews.com/letters.php?id=letters/2007/06-08letters

janann

If everyone hasn't already read Julie's post, its a must read!

OK you guys -- how can I possibly keep up with all these blogs??? Love them, though. You are all such excellent writers!

I also had a great bike ride and excellent weather yesterday. I'm even getting better at pulling myself up the big hills to get back home :) Hoping to try the new trailer with the kiddo actually IN it this week if the weather cooperates. It pulls wonderfully when empty and is very easy to handle (no one asked me why I was pulling an empty trailer around either). I'll let you know how I fare Theresa!

OH, and I just feel AWFUL for Michael Barry! I was REALLY hoping that he'd get his Tour chance this year.

Happy weekend all!

janann

Thanks for the link, Cat. Those were interesting.

theresa

Janann, I know what you mean about the blogs!! I started just following the Tour on Active.com in 2005 and started reading Marty. And now, I've got all these people who have great things to say!

Got up this morning EARLY, to go ride for Breast Cancer of the Ozarks. I think it's the 5th year; and we had 300 cyclists. The poor people who live out that way, have to put up with a lot of cyclists anyway; that's where I rode last weekend. And now there's 2 charity rides out that way on the same roads, and it's also a favorite ride for the cyclists training for the MS150. I think tomorrow I'll ride west or north! There was a guy pulling a child trailer; I think he was Grandpa. And he did the same route I did; and made almost the same time!

CMehl

I was just thinking about Stage 17 last year and went to see what my race report for Paceline looked like---I was so excited when I wrote it and thought some of you might enjoy re-living a great day in cycling. It kind of makes me cry to read it, but it makes me really happy too, happy to be part of that piece of cycling history, which I'm still hopeful will turn out in FL's favor. From the Paceline:

"An early break included Discovery Channel’s Pavel Padrnos which quickly developed a gap before the first climb. And then one rider in the main field, one rider who had absolutely nothing to lose by taking a risk, broke away from the peloton and started the long bridge to the leading group - and that rider was Phonak’s Floyd Landis! Appearing to suffer a classic bonk on yesterday’s stage and losing the Maillot Jaune on the final climb, Landis came out with guns a-blazin’ today and eventually made it across to the leaders.

Climb after climb the “Motivated Mennonite” continued to put time into the peloton, eventually gaining back all of his loss and descending the Col de la Columbiere in virtual yellow with only Patrik Sinkewitz (T-Mobile) able to follow but unwilling to work with Kloden behind. Landis was seen talking to his team car often, eating and drinking throughout the stage and dousing himself with bottles of water to keep his core temperature down on a very hot day in the Alps. Looking like a man possessed, Landis often adopted a Time Trial position and powered on with visions of the yellow jersey dancing in his head.

Meanwhile, back in the peloton, the team of the current yellow jersey Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d’Epargne-Illes Balears) didn’t seem able to do the bulk of the work and eventually Team CSC came forward to bring down the gap with T-Mobile sitting just behind them. The battle was on as they all drove for the HC Joux-Plane climb and the final descent into Morzine.

Hitting the bottom of the col, Landis quickly dispatched Sinkewitz while the peloton behind stirred like a bees in a hive as they realized Landis could possibly hold on for the win. With over six minutes on the peloton on the lower parts of the climb, the group quickly blew apart on these famous slopes. Carlos Sastre (Team CSC) was finally able to move away from the group and go after Landis as most of the GC contenders struggled alone up the climb. With the yellow jersey dangling like a carrot in front of him, Sastre rode a smart pace up the mountain.

At the top of the Joux-Plane Landis had five minutes over Sastre and held that gap all the way down as he utilized his superb mountain bike skills to fly down the descent. Crossing the line with a rage-filled one-armed punch, Landis finally got an elusive stage win in the Tour de France and made a big statement to all: HE’S BAACCKK! Sure to go down in Tour history, Landis executed the ride of his life and looks to Saturday’s Time Trial to seal the deal. Paris is looking ever closer now, in more ways than one."

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