Tattoo bike body art. Inky inspiration

  My 20 year old son got himself a full sleeve tattoo a few months ago. Tattoos are’t my thing and that makes me pretty old school. Deep into the 50’s, I figure there’s not point now and anyway, I have enough scars for some storytelling. A tattoo would only start sagging on my skin […]

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Too much skin in the game?

Froome & Sky “exposed” in World’s team time trial

What happened to Team Sky in the UCI World Team Time Trial? Although the prohibitive favorite with a stacked squad, they could only manage third in Bergen, Norway. They lost out to winner, Team Sunweb, driven along by Giro d’Italia winner Tom Dumoulin and BMC racing, finishing 22 seconds behind. Our theory? It was the […]

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Get ready for shadows

Is McQuaid coming back to UCI? Is the dark returning?

First the eclipse happened here in the United States. Things got dark in the middle of the day, animals freaked out, the atmosphere was otherworldly, the moon blocked out the sun. Then, came the news that former UCI president Patrick McQuaid, he of the last Dark Age of Cycling, may be returning as honorary president […]

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Welcome, citizen, welcome

Grant American citizenship for Sagan before Worlds.

This the United States of America — we think big. When we read the quote from BMC’s Brent Bookwalter about the long-shot American odds in the Men’s Road Race, we decided that was the wrong attitude. No, we’re smarter than that, bolder, more resourceful and besides, we have a crap-ton of money, in Fort Knox. […]

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Hinault. Let's keep this to four, not five.

Hinault encourages Froome not to join five-time Tour winner club.

Ahh, Monsieur Hinault, always looking after his own personal legacy. We had to laugh as we read the Badger’s suggestion that reigning Tour and Vuelta champion Chris Froome take a whack at the Giro d’Italia before going for his record-tying fifth victory in the France. “He has proved that you can win the Tour and the […]

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Stetina, training in Tahoe

Tahoe’s Sierra Prospect is just around corner. 20% DISCOUNT!!!

Wake up, Tahoe. Almost time to ride. Everyone knows how famous and fabulous the Levi’s GranFondo has become. Great course, amazing scenery, awesome party and gourmet grub. It’s the creme de la fondo. So, now imagine the folks that put that together had a big, new idea: Lake Tahoe, California. Start at NorthStar Resort, outside […]

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El Pistolero Presents ...

Vuelta à Alberto.

While Chris Froome (Sky) won the Vuelta a Espana, his second grand tour victory of the year, Alberto Contador (Trek Segafredo) owned the race. It was his show, his personality and his farewell that dominated the event. Without Contador and his daring attacks and old-school improvisation, this would have been a dull and straightforward Vuelta. […]

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Contador's final curtain call

Contador’s Vuelta windmills.

Alberto Contador continued his personal campaign to return pro cycling back to the days of bold attacks and improvisational aggression. Like Don Quixote, the fictional character in Miguel Cervantes’ famous novel, he tilts not at windmills, but power meters. He took off again, off the front on stage 19 of this otherwise Sky-numbed Vuelta a […]

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Contador will not go quietly

Contador’s Farewell Attacks continue in Vuelta.

Another Vuelta stage, another Alberto Contador attempt to blow the race to molten pieces. Some riders like to ease into retirement but the Spaniard has managed to skillfully combine a farewell tour with a wild man’s homicidal bender. Think of that balancing act: he’s having fun at the same time he’s attacking the peloton and […]

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Froome on the fly

Froome flattens rivals in TT.

The 40.2 kilometer time trial was absolutely flat. That’s to say, flat as Vincenzo Nibali’s hopes of holding his one minute time gap to race leader Chris Froome. Instead, he lost another minute. Flat as Alberto Contador’s hopes of reaching that last step on the podium in the last race of his storied career. He […]

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Two six clips, east swap

Review: Knog Mini Blinder lights. Disco ready.

Mini light show meets personal disco lights meets candy colored jelly beans. That’s the cool personality behind the Knog Mini Blinder Niner lights. You can buy the front and back separately for $29.95 a pop or the twin pack for $54.95. It’s nine LED lights packed in a small, compact unit with a minimalist design […]

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Vuelta looks like Tour

Nibali and Contador try and fail.

Alberto Contador attacked from far out and Nibali attacked closer to the finish but the result was the same. They both lost time. The Spaniard, who simply hates being pack fodder even if it’s in the group of the race leader, launched his attack with 26 kilometers to go. An aggressive Miguel Lopez (Astana) went […]

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Nibali takes ten

Nibali nabs 10 seconds back from Froome. Whoo-hoo!!!!

Ten seconds. Is that worth a quick glass of champagne for Vincenzo Nibali and his Bahrain-Merida boys after stage 14 of the Vuelta a Espana? This ten seconds can be symbolic and powerful or pretty much worthless, depending on your water bottle half empty or half full orientation. Does that ten seconds show that Nibali, […]

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Trentin scores

Trentin sprints into Vuelta Vacuum.

This is not to slight Matteo Trentin is any way, well, not really. He has three stage wins in this Sprinter-adverse Vuelta a Espana. Chapeau, a win is a win, enjoy the cold cava. The third win came today on a rare sprinters stage into Tomares where his Quick-Step teammates did everything right and set […]

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