Jul 25, 2017

Going for the record: 40 year's old in one leg and 40 in the other

July: Practicing in Saint-Armand, Quebec




Legendary master frame builder, champion cyclist, and wild mushroom lover, Giuseppe Marinoni is busy preparing for August 19.  He will go for his second hour record victory at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, Ontario. I'm rather proud of him, I'm belong to the huge fan base as a proud original owner of my 1987 Marinoni which I continue to covet and ride today. When he was 75 he set the world hour record in the 75-79-year-old category for riding 35.728 km in one hour. The challenge? In the 80-84-year-old group, he'll have to beat the current record of 38.657km currently held by Walter Fowler of the UK. In May he flew to Lombardy to begin his training. He won't turn 80 until September, but he is eligible to compete because his birthday falls during the race year.

And, he'll ride the same 1978 classic steel bike (above) he rode for his 2012 hour record and the same bike he made for legend Canadian Olympian, Jocelyn Lovell.









"For me, Lovell was a great fiend and a great champion. I'm going to ride it in his memory."

"Last year I rode 12,000 km. But the feat is not that. The feat is that in addition, I work."

"I still do frames, but it's for my pleasure, my great pleasure. I am retired. I do not work, I have fun... 60 hours a week."

"When I'm on my bike, I'm ageless. I don't feel I'm 80. I push myself to my limits just like I did when I was 20."

One of my favorite quotes comes from his wife, Simone:

"He won't slow down. When younger riders say they can't believe he's nearly 80, he says he's only 40 years old in one leg and 40 in the other."



Forza Maestro Pepe!


Jul 23, 2017

On to Paris

Fabio Aru, Dan Martin, Simon Yates, Mikel Landa
Kristof Ramon is one of my favorite cycling photographers. 
A creative artist that finds that perfect time photograph. At the peak of the action or not he captures the decisive moment cleverly. 











7 Escarabajos:
Jarlinson Pantano, Segio Henao, Darwin Atapuma, Rigoberto Uran, Carlos Betancur, Nairo Quintana

















Jul 22, 2017

Fanworship







"It wasn't great for me because I was waiting for three hours in the hot seat. It was really stressful watching strong riders like Tony Martin and Michal Kwiatkowski ride. Kwiat is my friend, beating him by one second maybe due to bad luck but I couldn't enjoy it."
- Maciej Bodnar, winner stage 20










"I'm out of gas. I am tired, I've given everything. It's the Tour de France and some days you feel good and others you don't. This stage was just one of those days when it just didn't go well. I knew I couldn't let me head go down in the money-time. I'm delighted to have given it everything and there's a little bit of success in having saved a podium place."
- Romain Bardet, finishing just over 2 minutes behind Bodnar clings onto third spot.


















Alberto Contador finished stage 20 TT in sixth spot only 21 seconds slower than the winner Maciej Bodnar.

"I can only say 'thank you' to the public, because  even though I didn't achieve what I was hoping for and what I worked so hard for, I could feel the love at every stage and it was amazing. For me it is like a tribute and it is a privilege to be part of this. I am immensely thankful."
- Alberto Contador





Jul 21, 2017

Friday File: The Big Boss







Long time coming on the longest stage (225km) Eddy Boasson Hagen took the shorter right hand, with Nikias Arndt on the 3km to go roundabout and scored the victory. The first win in six long years... a Boss ride!










The Green Avenger...

























I'm enjoying my Sella Italia Flite, enjoy this look at the Italian classic saddle maker...














I remembered this the best theme music for Le Tour...






Jul 20, 2017

King(s) of PANACHE




"4 stage wins, 2 jerseys! Unreal..."
- Simon Geschke



"I can't believe it, it's a dream. I paced myself up the climb + closed the gap to the leader + won. 
It's unbelievable."
- Warren Barguil, looks destined to win the KoMs classification.



"In France he'll forever be remembered. #legend"
- Laurens ten dam



"Is this really happening or am I just dreaming? What a legend."
- Roy Curvers




















Colombia Independence Day 










I really wanted Atapuma to win. I don't know if this is a record but he has now come second in stages at each of the three Grand Tours. He is a great climber and his helluva second won him the most combative rider of the queen stage.




4 second bonus for Bardet.




"Nothing is done, there is still the time trial, but I like the time trials at the end of the Tour. I feel motivated."
- Romain Bardet









Rigo Uran drops to third place, 29 seconds and the real test is the 22.5 ams time trial in Marseille on Saturday. 

"And Uran is not a bad time triallist."
- Serge Pauwels, Dimension Data

"With this distance, anything can happen in a time trial."
- Steven De Jongh, DS Trek-Segafredo










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