“Janeen describes her style on a bike, especially going up a climb, as a “rock with wheels”. Heavy, dense, she puts her head down and grinds her way up the incline as inexorably as the tectonic forces that built that hill in the first place. I would describe myself as a “dandelion puff with muscles”.”—
David from Austin, describing me in such an awesome way that I must share it. I must say that he’s a bit hard on himself, though. We had the advantage of knowing what that climb entails, where to pace ourselves and quite frankly, how long it lasts. I used that to MY SUPREME SOUL CRUSHING ADVANTAGE! haha.
Anyway, the quote comes from a piece DandyLion wrote (hey, he sets ‘em up, I knock ‘em down) about a ride Dkcholo and I recently took him on. A standard training ride for us Noo Yawkers - GWB to Piermont via River Road. It was a lovely fall day, and a great day for riding. Go read his writeup of his Texanite impressions of it.
It’s easy to forgot how great these routes are when you do them so often. Nice to see an outsiders perspective.
Shaw’s path from triathlete to contender for London started at age 35 when she made the decision to quit her job of 12 years as a technical advisor to the CEO of Microsoft and take up racing her bike full time this season - a decision that came after eight years of racing Ironman triathlons to the point that the sport no longer was enticing.
She found her new inspiration while watching an old recording of the time trial world championships, and decided it was time to focus on something different. But if she thought she would just spend a year off from work, racing her bike in preparation for a return to triathlon in 2012, Shaw was seduced by the prospect of mastering new skills and negotiating different circles and went all in.
It can be daunting to launch into a national and international racing calendar as a relatively new road racer, but Shaw used the burgeoning racing scene in Seattle, where she raced with the elite men, and support from her boyfriend and fellow racer Lang Reynolds and her coach to quickly find success in the US.
Shaw funded her own domestic season, hitting Redlands, Sea Otter, where she placed second in the time trial to Armstrong, and the Tour of the Gila, where she took second to compatriot Clara Hughes in the time trial, all the while picking up new skills and getting a feel for the road racing scene.
According to regional publication Knack.be, Belgian cyclist Grace Verbeke, 2010 Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) winner, was seriously injured this morning while out training in Flanders. Reports say a small breakdown lorry hit her on a crossroads in Gistel. Initially with life-threatening injuries, she was stabilised around noon in the hospital in Oostende.
Her team Topsport Vlaanderen - Ridley reports on Facebook that Verbeke lost consciousness for a moment, fractured an eye socket, has cuts to her face and thigh and heavily bruised her pelvis and femur. (Found via @TourDeJose)
Het Nieuwsblad says that, contrary to earlier reports, Verbeke’s injuries were never life-threatening.
Oh noes. :( I read that she broke her jaw and pelvis in another report. Ugh.
this video has a great ‘rapha’ vibe to it, but with insight from pro cyclists that actually race, and not casual weekend riders that just happen to be out while being filmed.
Filming was done out of Wenatchee, in Washington. One of the guys that actually started the Audi team here is an Aussie, and one of my co-workers is on their team - we constantly joke that I’m faster than he is and not on a team, but he’s the one in full head-to-toe kit! Gotta admit, the Audi kit looks great.