Archive for January, 2009
I never thought a BikeAlike would not involve a non-Pro bike racer. I also never thought it would work it’s way down to inanimate objects. I’m sure the guys at TT1 could attest to this better than I, but there’s a strong resemblance between a bike computer and a diabetes blood monitor.
Both share a similar size and shape, both have similar digital displays. Take away the testing strip on the glucose monitor and it’s tough to tell the difference without looking closer.
Tour Down Under ends
No TT or mountain climbs
Cali’ is better
Ah, January. The dead of winter. The holidays are a distant memory and Spring feels like it can’t get here soon enough. Time for trainer rides, clearing the driveway of snow and sub-zero temperatures. It used to be the only thing that kept me going until spring was looking forward to the Tour of California.
Well, that’s been somewhat usurped by the Tour Down Under, only recently granted ProTour status. The thing is – I have trouble caring for this one. I mean, it’s great to have some top-level pros going head to head out on the open road, but this race just doesn’t have the juice most of the other ProTour races have.
I should be thankful that Lance is competing in this race, because otherwise Versus would never air any coverage of it. Of course I’ve watched it all so far, but because of the time difference (I think Australia is 2 days ahead somehow) I know the result by lunchtime. If I really cared about the race, I would do my best to stay oblivious until I watched the recording.
This has all the feeling of a relationship that once had promise but never gets going. I’m not trying to belittle you TDU, but you just don’t do it for me. It’s not you – it’s me. I need more climbing in a stage race. A time trial would be nice. Yes, you had a criterium to get things going – but a ProTour criterium that doesn’t count toward the GC? Please; you’re embarrassing yourself. I’m going to take some “me” time and make a booty call to the ToC in a few weeks (she knows what I like).
And yet, I still watch. I still look up the race results. Why? It all comes full circle now. Because it’s January and I’m getting ancy. I want to feel like this bleak weather is gonna break and the season for pavé will soon be here. I guess watching a summertime race helps me forget the winter for a little while. I’m not one of those die hards that rides outside all winter. It’s supposed to make it to 37°F on Friday – ooh! maybe I can chip away the layer of ice that’s been on my driveway for two weeks. I’m sure I can count that as cross-training.
Yesterday’s tempo ride got me thinking about maintenance this time of year. More accurately, the lack of it.
Should I lube my chain?
On the trainer I don’t care
Coach Troy drowns it out
Here in the US of A, cycling is a niche sport – along the lines of skiing, tennis, soccer, etc. Regardless of it’s lack of mainstream popularity, these sports will always have devoted followers no matter what.
That being what it is, it’s always great to get a little mainstream sport love for cycling. Case in point at ESPN.com: Jim Caple’s Must-See’s for the 2009 sporting calendar. In the article he lists the Giro D’Italia as the must-see event for May. I have a feeling that since Lance is including it on his racing calendar for the first time, it just might get more press than it normally would. That’s a good thing; the Giro is a beautiful race. I’ve only been following it for the last 4 years or so and it always lives up to it’s billing.
The Tour will always be the #1 event; it’s impossible to ignore, but I will always have a special place in my cycling heart for the Corsa Rosa. I know the Pez loves it above all else. I’m sure there are others also outside of Italy who feel the same way.
This time of year, I’m looking forward to the Tour of California – a great race in it’s own right. However, in all actuality it is one of many precursors to the Grand Tour season. The Giro starts it off in May, but it is truly a grand départ for the high season of racing.
That’s all well and good, but it was a light bulb moment for me. I’ve always been drawn to look alikes and in the spirit of Page 2 and Bikes vs. The World (we miss you Cosmo), I’m starting a new category: BikeAlike.
Of course, BikeAlike was inspired by Ed Grimley and Fabian Cancellara – but Bjarne and Joe were the first appearance on this blog. To honor this momentous contribution to posterity, I present the latest in this continuum:
Danny Pate and Michael J Fox
Danny Pate is one of my favorite riders. An understated character, underrated climber and excellent time trialist. It’s great to seem him flourish under Jonathan Vaughters’ wing. He might not be a threat to win the Tour, but he is always a rider to be accounted for. His performance on stage 15 of last year’s Tour was evidence of that.
As for Michael J Fox, who doesn’t know this guy? Family Ties was popular, the Back to the Future movies were huge hits; he could do no wrong in the 80s. Always a likable public persona, he is now better known for his work and advocacy toward finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease.
So who do you think has a look alike out there? Post ’em in the comments. If you can find a truly awesome pairing, there just might be an underwhelming prize headed your way.