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Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Hollywood Spin

It’s always good to see Patrick “McDreamy” Dempsey on two wheels. Being a cyclist is part of his brand. He aligned with Specialized and Amgen a few years ago for the “Breakaway from Cancer” initiative and annual "Dempsey Challenge" to benefit the cancer center he founded in honor of his mother, who is a survivor.  (BTW, the 2012 Dempsey Challenge will be held October 13-14 in Lewiston-Auburn, ME.

Dempsey’s proved to be the consummate celebrity endorser for the Specialized brand, a cause close to his heart, and the sport in general. For one thing he is believable. He looks like a true cyclist riding along Pacific Coast Highway on a Tarmac complimented by S-Works shoes and Specialized kit.  Cool! And very HOT!

On the other hand we have Gwyneth Paltrow tangled in a scripting nightmare during the filming of “Thanks for Sharing” in New York’s Central Park. One look at the photos below leaves cycling purists gagging on their Gu Gel. If you’re going cleat-less in shoes meant for cleats, with yoga tights and a t-shirt, don’t put someone on a Serotta with aero bars and flat pedals. Put her in sneakers, call Trek and get a hybrid for the scene. And isn’t it ironic to see such a bad fit on a brand that makes custom bikes? Generally, when a brand is used in a script, it is either a paid product placement or the production company requests permission from said brand to use it and allows control over how it's represented in a scene. Maybe Serotta should have given them some tips? Cut! 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Should Cyclists Run in the Offseason? |

Winter is just around the corner for most of us in the US. We're all trying to figure out the best way to stay in shape and keep our aerobic engine in good form when it's too cold or snowy to ride. 

Here's an informative article about cyclists and running.

Should Cyclists Run in the Offseason? |

New blog post re: social fitness and Strava coming soon!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Use Your Head

Topics related to cycling are covered almost daily in New York media as Mayor Bloomberg’s administration and the Department of Transportation continue to push their urban cycling agenda which includes a bike share program in 2012. This particular article contends that share bike participants will not be required to use a helmet. The article also says the DOT supports helmet use. However, in the case of bike share required use may dissuade participation for a myriad of reasons: "inconvenience," “costly” and “implies cycling is dangerous.”  And if helmets were provided with the bikes, it would be a "hygiene" issue. OK, that's understandable.  But the other reasons. No. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Peloton & The Podium: That’s Bike Racing

Johnny Hoogerland crowned King of the Mountains despite  flying into
 barbed wire fence  earlier in the day. 
Anticipation for the 2011 Tour de France led many of us make predictions, hold assumptions and build fantasy teams based on conventional wisdom. As the Tour moves into its second week, how’s that working out for ya?

Lesson #1: That’s Bike Racing  

Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Cervelo) blurted out “That’s Bike Racing” after Stage 7 (Friday, July 8) when he crashed with about 25 miles left to the finish. He wasn’t hurt but it did cost him a potential stage win on a day he was regarded as one of the favorites. Granted, That’s Bike Racing is totally clichéd. But it’s become an easy out clause that encompasses all that can and will go wrong in the sport. Sadly it sums up what we’ve seen so far in this year’s Tour de France. Let’s just say the 98th edition will become another cliché: Tour de Crash.   

Road Rage: I'm Surprised We Don't See More of This

We deal with irate drivers all the time so this doesn't surprise me. A few months ago in Mountain Lakes, NJ a crazy lady pulled up next to me and yelled for the span of about a mile. I ignored her for the most part, but at one point had to respond with "please shut up and keep going." I think we all have at least one road rage story.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Peloton & The Podium: Cavendish Shines on a Day Marked by Crashes; Stage 5 recap with Stage 6 UPDATE

Mark Cavendish aka “Manx Missile” (HTC-Highroad) landed a big stage 5 win in a dramatic sprint he engineered in  a span of :10 over the final 50 meters. Phillipe Gilbert (Omega-Pharma Lotto) and Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) followed Cavendish over the line in that order. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Peloton & The Podium: Big Win for Cadel Evans; Thor Stays in Yellow

Cadel Evans (BMC) claimed victory in stage 4 of the Tour de France, edging out Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) in a thrilling photo finish. This is the second career Tour de France stage win for Evans who also grabbed the King of the Mountains jersey today. George Hincapie (BMC) once again proved to be the consummate leader, working tirelessly to help shepherd Evans to the finish line including an epic pull into the final steep climb. 

Alexander Vinokourov (Astana) followed Contador to claim 3rd place in the stage.  Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) executed a 6th place finish to retain the yellow jersey and hold as the leader in the GC.  Evans follows Hushovd in the GC and Frank Schleck moves up to 3rd place