Friday, June 28, 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013
In this installment of, stirring the pot to keep our kids on drugs.. I would like to talk about the amount of time it takes for race promoters/organizers/officials to generate results (and yes the payout) after a race.
Let's take, for example, the untidy events that occurred following the Cherry-Roubaix road race this year. And last year. And the year before that. (Let's be clear that the Cherry-Roubaix people aren't the only ones, just the most recent). Despite the fact that each rider had a satellite antenna affixed to his/her helmet, the results took over 2 hours to compile. How is this possible with an uphill finish and most of the fields had less than 25 riders? The riders could have sorted it out in 10min. To make matters worse, by the time the announcers were allowed to do the podium showings, most of the crowd had left, along with some of the riders that should have been standing on the steps.
Let's be honest here...bike racing is an infinitely time consuming sport. We spend HOURS upon HOURS training and racing, so the last thing we want to do is sit around after a race, in the middle of nowhere. Sure, I understand that you need to wait for the last rider in the field to finish and there is the mandatory protest period for people to figure out if they were 35 or 36th. But I, for one, would like to get home at a reasonable hour. This is especially true when you are driving from 4+ hours away.
Maybe there is something I'm missing? Yes, I've put on a race, but it was 10 years ago and we hand scored the finishes. Maybe something has changed that I don't know about, but it seems like it would be easier with the digital cameras and timing chips. I would encourage the promoters and officials to give their side to this story.
The American was tapped to return to the Tour de France this week by BMC, a relief for the all-rounder who missed out on racing the Tour in 2012 after starting the previous two editions.
A strong start to the 2013 season, including his first European-level win with a stage and podium at the Tour of Qatar, helped him regain his spot on BMC’s Tour Nine.
VeloNews caught up with Bookwalter at his European base in Girona on Tuesday by telephone to talk BMC’s strategy, the tricky Corsican roads, and what makes the Tour so bloody hard. Here are excerpts from the interview:
VeloNews.com: First off, congratulations on being selected for BMC’s Tour Nine. When did you find out?
Brent Bookwalter: Not too long before you did. I got the call a few hours before the press release went out. I was very excited. It’s always an honor to go to the Tour. And looking back at last season, and where I’ve come from this season, I made up some serious spots. In January, I was maybe 14 or 15 on the Tour long list. I had to work hard to prove to the team that I deserved it and that I am capable of being there. It all just worked out in the nick of time. I was up an altitude camp with Cadel and [Steve] Morabito. We went there [in Switzerland] straight after the Dauphiné. I didn’t know if I was going to the Tour, but Cadel gave me an opportunity to go. Regardless of if I was going to the Tour or not, it’s always good to have a training camp to stay focused on the game. I am really happy I went. It paid some dividends.
VN: There are some big names not going to the Tour, including Thor Hushovd, that must make you feel pretty good …
BB: There is so much that goes into the selection process for the Tour. I have respect for the management’s decisions, and for the guys who are on the list, and for the ones who didn’t make it. After missing the Tour last year, I know how that is.
VN: You said it was difficult to miss the Tour last year, how did that affect you?
BB: I have a new appreciation and respect for the Tour, for getting selected, for having the opportunity to go, to represent our team and our sport. It’s also important for “my team,” by which I mean my family, my wife, my coach, my friends, all those people who are always behind me and supporting me, no matter what. This is the most tangible race for them. Not being there last year left me with an empty feeling. I’ve realized what an honor it was and is to be in the Tour.
VN: You rode two Tours, including helping Evans win the 20
11 Tour, how big of a surprise or disappointment was it last year when you were not selected?
BB: The first Tour, I really didn’t have a grasp of what it meant to be in the Tour. I got on the Tour team in the last minute. And then it just seemed like it would be a logical progression to be on the Tour team every year after that. After seeing the race from the outside last year, I realize what an honor it is to go back and to represent all those ‘shareholders’ that I talked about.
VN: What are the marching orders for you from the team? Purely a support role for Cadel and Tejay?
BB: Without a doubt, I am there to support Cadel and also Tejay. We’re going there for a good overall for Cadel. For me, it’s a question of doing whatever I am asked of from the team on the day. I don’t fit into the pure climber’s role or the flat-lander specialist guy. I am more of a broad skillset-type rider, and that can be a good thing and a bad thing at the Tour. Personally for me, I take it day by day, and not get too far ahead of myself. Each day is a challenge enough. You try to get through each day as best you can, then hit the reset button.
VN: After having ridden two Tours, do you have new respect for the riders who can actually manage to challenge for the yellow jersey?
BB: The stars have to align in so many ways to win the Tour. And some of those stars need to line up weeks and months before the Tour even starts. There are a number of guys who have a realistic chance of winning the Tour, and Cadel is one of them. We have a good team. We have six guys who were there in 2011. To be back with the same group of guys, to know how it unfolded, and that we won, we can take strength from that.
VN: You’ve spent plenty of time around Evans over the past few years, what’s his mood and confidence coming into this Tour?
BB: It’s hard for me to even provide commentary on that, because over the past few years, my field of vision has changed and broadened in a big way. I see Cadel in a completely different light. He’s a Tour winner. Not many people can say that. To think back in 2011, at that point, we knew he was capable of winning the Tour, but he hadn’t done it yet. I wasn’t really aware of the meticulous preparation, of the things that have to go right, avoiding the things that can go wrong. As far as I can see, he’s in a good place. He’s motivated, excited, content and happy. He’s on good form and healthy. The roads will tell the story.
VN: Do you think some fans, media or the peloton might be overlooking Evans?
BB: We just try to focus on what we’re doing, to keep chipping away. We have our plan and strategy. Whether the journalists or public hype a certain guy, we don’t get too worried about that. [Chris] Froome is the favorite on paper. Sky is bringing a strong team and they are going to have more responsibility than other teams. We are going to ride our race and adapt as best we can. It’s 21 grueling days. Just about anything can happen at any moment.
VN: That sounds cliché, but what is it that makes the Tour so demanding compared to other races?
BB: It does sound like a cliché, but the Tour is so much harder and bigger than any race during the whole year. I wish there was some way to show what goes on in every kilometer during each stage. There is never a dull moment. From your legs, to your heart, to your mind, the Tour tests everyone in the race to the maximum. You cannot put it into words.
VN: What is it about the Tour that makes it that way?
BB: That’s a good question, because at the end of the day, we’re still lining up and racing our bikes, we’re on open roads, just like every other race of the year. The stakes are higher. All the eyes of the world are on the Tour. For the team and for the sponsor, it’s the most important race of the year. Historically, it’s the most important. Everyone shows up with their A-game. There’s a lot to gain, and a lot to lose. No one backs down, not even for an instant. Everyone is on edge. Everyone’s fighting for every millimeter. To do that for three weeks straight, there’s no other race like it in the world.
VN: What do you do after the Tour to unwind?
BB: I just relax. I try not to fight anyone for anything for a while! It’s just taking off a huge load. First, I gotta get to Paris. After that, we’ll see. I’d like to go back to do some of the North American races, then coming back to Europe to finish off the season.
VN: And where does Tejay fit in? From the outside, it seems like BMC is riding fully for Cadel, but is the team also thinking of promoting Tejay as well?
BB: What you’re hearing is the same thing we’re hearing. For Tejay, his ride last year was a result of him being there to help Cadel, and rising to the occasion. It’s a similar situation this year. It’s a privilege to have two guys. Sky has Froome and [Richie] Porte. The Tour is 21 days and anything can happen, so having two guys for GC is a big advantage. I haven’t seen Tejay since California, but there, we were rooming together, and he’s super-motivated for the Tour. What you see is what you get with Tejay. He’s excited to get another [Tour] under his belt, and take the opportunities when they come. With Cadel, we have a proven winner of the race.
VN: So it’s the same scenario as last year for Van Garderen? To help Evans, but make a move if it’s opportune?
BB: It’s the same situation as last year. He didn’t go into the Tour to race to drop Cadel and finish higher than him. There are so many variables in the Tour. One day you’re up, the next day you can be down. We are going to protect Tejay for the critical moments, and that’s when he can help Cadel.
VN: What’s your big picture view on the GC?
BB: It’s a different Tour than last year. With the heavy distances of time trials, with [Bradley] Wiggins being so good, it was set up to be more controlled and scripted. This year, there are more mountain days. A super-hard first week. The team time trial. A brutal final week. Anything can happen. I am just looking forward to getting to Corsica, to getting the show on the road. I want to get through the first few days and settle into the rhythm of racing the Tour.
VN: You’ve raced before on Corsica at Critérium International, we hear the roads are quite narrow, how are they?
BB: A lot of the roads are very narrow. At Critérium, the peloton is pretty small compared to the Tour, and the roads are small for that race. A lot of the roads are rough, there was a lot of dirt and rocks on the roads. There are quite a few exposed cliffs. There is not a lot of infrastructure. It’s not the roads we typically see at the Tour, but you’re seeing more and more lately, they’re putting us on some pretty rough roads in all the races.
VN: They say it’s the hardest opening weekend in more than 20 years, what are your expectations?
BB: It’s definitely going to be hard. From my perspective, I’ve only done two Tours, but it’s by far the hardest opening weekend of the Tours I’ve done. From a GC perspective, it’s a risky start. There are more places to miss out or lose time. The terrain will make it even more so. It’s the riders who always make the race. Even on flatter, more open roads, crazy carnage can happen at any time. It’s business as usual, trying to get through the first week in one piece, even more so because of the twisty, small Corsican roads.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Having been around multiple facets of multiple activity's in multiple places in my life..I have been wondering a thing or two about a thing or two.. Before i speak..I am in no mood today to stir the Iron Kettle of turd stew..but In the opinions of the ever fun loving loyal readers of this boring ass disgusting place....would you say..do you think.. the state of Michigan in a whole, that being race choices, venues, disciplines caliber of riders, (IE skill level personalty's, and yes..over all humans) field depth and general quality of this somewhat isolated peninsula is as good, or better, or worse.. than say seven years ago? Don't over think it.. but opinions, gripes, two cents and just quickies are valued in order to keep sometime keen eye readers on top of there game....
Love Me Forever..
Monday, June 24, 2013
Time..even livin it..you can never have enough of it...and since where on that subject..a few things come to mind that have alittle to do with time..The RoadKing is really really good at racing against time..last years cross Upstart Beebe is pretty dam good too..The Germans time here seems to be long..The two man team of the Williams bros did a nice brotherhood Team Time trial..to put some time into a pile of 1/2's at the Capitol..while others couldnt close the time but it did allow Cross who lost time with the Willy bros early on but still managed to put mere spits of seconds of time on 5th place....out there.. Danny healed up in a short time, BIGRAY raced a bunch of times this weekend..and Simonster can change multiple flats in no time..all of it makes T think he just might miss this time....
that being said...you cant waste it squandering.. hanging around this dead end joint..
yesterday is gone and tomorrow might not come...so get out of here and enjoy it for what it is..
enjoy your Monday...
Friday, June 21, 2013
1.KIDA the future...
2.Cross, Nice form
3.Gottwald impressive prep
4.Korienek nice guys are good too
5.Hess Master of disaster
7.York and now a win
9.Burke, can he?
10.Hoffner all around
11. Sven quietly
15.Wiz cant figure that guy out
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Bookwalter, 29, won the opening stage of the Tour of Qatar by edging two other breakaway riders at the finish line just as the peloton caught them. At the U.S. Championships earlier this spring, Bookwalter was runner-up in both the time trial and the road race. He was outsprinted by veteran Freddie Rodriguez in the latter, an outcome Bookwalter has re-lived a few times. The weekend was notable for another reason: the first-ever joint men's and women's national championships meant Bookwalter and wife Jamie (Colavita Racing) competed in the same place on alternate days.
Raised in Grand Rapids, Mich., Bookwalter was a multiple collegiate road and mountain biking champion and honors biology graduate at Lees-McRae (N.C.) College. Bookwalter took second place in the opening time trial prologue of the 2010 Giro d'Italia and has twice finished the Tour de France, riding for 2011 winner Cadel Evans. He was also part of Tejay van Garderen's first pro stage race victory last month at the Tour of California.
Bookwalter recently spoke to ESPN.com by telephone from Europe. The following are excerpts from the conversation:
Ford: What did your two podiums at the U.S. Championships mean for you going forward?
For me, it was a little bit of a transition. The past few years, I've felt like there was a possibility for me to win either title, I had the potential, but still felt like I needed a lot of circumstances and needed to get a little bit lucky. And of course that's still the case, as we saw from last weekend. The biggest thing I took away from it was confidence that I'm right there and capable of winning one of those titles. Hopefully I can make it happen before the end of my career. It was disappointing to come away with two seconds, especially in the road race, being the only rider there from our team. So many things had to come together, and I had to ride in a real particular way to get a shot at the win. And then to have it and miss it by such a small margin was frustrating. I've been kind of replaying it a lot, trying to make peace with it and move on.
Are you getting better at making that mental shift from being a domestique to going after your own chances in races now and then?
That's a huge challenge. Ninety to 95 percent of the race days I do out of the year with this team, I have a very explicit and demanding role, which is using every ounce of energy to help for a common team goal and help other leaders. I'm happy and honored to be in that position on this team with such a talented roster. But at the same time, I'm a competitor, and I still do have a drive to win. It takes a different mental training and approach to be able to switch into those moments and see them and seize them and actually be prepared to capitalize on them. I've been trying to work on that, and I feel like making good on those moments is more realistic the older I get and the more depth I get. A couple of years back, I kind of felt like I was always racing a little over my head, and with such a stacked team you think, 'If I ever do get an opportunity, what are the chances of me actually having what it takes to convert on this?' But now, I'm starting to get the experience, and everything's coming together so I can be a little closer.
How much has it helped your overall mindset to be strong and grounded in the time trial, even though you can't always go for broke there either?
Even that's been a learning experience in terms of what's realistic. I'm finding more and more that to do a good time trial at this level, I really need a course that's suited for me. There aren't many time trialists out there who can be good and obtain a result on every course at any distance -- there are very few of those guys, and unfortunately, I'm not one of them. I do think it's an asset and a strength of mine. I need the right course, the right distance and the green light from the team and the right circumstances in the race for the team to be able to go for it. It's something I still take pride in and train on and am still trying to improve at. It's nice to have a little facet of the sport where I have a little more control. I like the one-on-one effort of it and just racing myself.
As the husband of an elite racer, do you think the men's peloton has a role to play in helping boost women's cycling?
Without a doubt, they do. That's a question we have the responsibility of asking ourselves. In a sense, we're sort of all on the same team. Bike racing isn't a big enough world that we're able to draw a line. We all need to try to be as unified as we can. A victory for them is also a victory for us, because we're out there doing the same thing and it's a small niche. For now, I'm just trying to be as much of an advocate for women's cycling as I can. Jamie getting into racing at a little bit higher level has definitely given me a new appreciation for that. Getting to know some of her teammates and listening to her stories from the road and working with the women's national team a little bit, I feel more connected to it and more behind it than ever. I think guys are becoming more sympathetic to their plight and more behind the movement for greater and more powerful women's cycling. I'd like to see the governing body of our sport give them a little more attention and try to find solutions. If you're going to have a men's event and all the infrastructure is there, and you have these world-class women athletes available, why not include them and give it more substantial impact on the sport or the community we're in? It makes it a more evolved and more well-rounded event.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Apparently people don't like the truth, but I do like it; I like it because it upsets a lot of people. If you show them enough times that their arguments are bullshit, then maybe just once, one of them will say, 'Oh! Wait a minute - I was wrong.' I live for that happening. Rare, I assure you.
Interesting quote..very often quite right..others times maybe not..but it is one of my favorites..I know by now jaws are clenched and sphincters are tightening..Here we go again "Its Tuesday and this crusty old worn out bastard just stuck his dirty ass spoon in the cauldron of goodness" bringing out douche bags and haters alike to spread there filth into such a clean pure scene..Maybe your right..but you also cant have good without bad...To be frank I don't live my sole existence for Rock and Roll just like T doesn't live his for TMS. But like T id like think what i do is a form of art..Not in the great masters way but an expression all the same..something to look at, view, read, daydream entertain maybe expanding a normal way of thinking and even offer help compose there own art ..with or without insult..And like so many there are critics and lovers, yes and even the token douche bags..maybe they are the same people that would see a great master piece..no matter what there opinion is.. spit a big ol mouth chewing tobacco on it, kick it over and stomp on it..there is one..maybe two in every crowd..that's the way society is..sometimes its not always about the painting more of an expression...and people just don't get it..
I wouldn't be surprised one bit if the haters got there wish.."TMS will be gone by Labor day"..
Lucky 7 even seems to be a stretch ..
but until then lets just listen to:
"Shut It Down"
Monday, June 17, 2013
Man after what has got to seem like the longest weekend to quickest June I have ever felt....how couldn't you? Either you rolled a happy hundo spent the weekend in T-town..or just chilled with yo pop..there shouldn't be one tad of angst.. Without going to the full details cuz i know there is better out there..I Cant help but lovin seein the SIMONSTER roll big..in what was the closest Lumberjack to date..nice rides by the old man of the sea, Khoon, Shelter Dan, LAKO..and the no surprise ride of the ageless BlackAce....guys like this make the romance of 100 milers look like hot laps.
In what was almost a stones throw the Bumped up Cherry Roubaix got it on..If you didn't make this one you missed what was probably the best editions to date.. stacked fields across the board and good solid racing without a bit of strava talk went down..I cant tell how the Bunny rocked ass, or how much T loves seeing the future get brighter every weekend and vets of the scene like Getwild roll in solo..and how about Cross's form for 13...thinking about it just tickles me ignorant...scary..if this is all a sign of whats coming this summer..you better be comin locked and loaded...or have a good supply of body bags
PEACE FOOLS and get on with your Monday things..
Friday, June 14, 2013
1.Coffee at 5 a.m.
3.Singletrack before 7 a.m.
4.the Silence off a smooth drive train
5.A good playlist
6.The fast line
8.The Bell lap
9.The site of the finish line out of the last corner
10 Cool Down
12.Oberon on the Patio
13.The scent of rubbing alcohol
15.Crisp Hotel sheets
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
This is the part of racing where there are no USA Cycling rules, but there are certain things you do and don’t do. Specifically, I want to touch on team tactics when there is a break up the road. When I was coming through the ranks we would make fun of the Cat 3 riders that would have a guy 50 yards off the front with his teammates shoulder-to-shoulder across the road ‘blocking.’ This and other such nonsense seems to have moved to the Cat 1-2 field.
In last weekend’s Tour de Mount Pleasant (ed note: Truly exceptional event from start to finish. Way to bounce back from last year!), a break of 11 riders was established around the halfway point. All of the major teams were represented (3 Bissell, 2 Panther, 2 WAS Labs, 1 BMC, 1 Einstein, 1 Wolverine, 1 Priority), with the exception of Leadout. Korienek put all of his riders on the front with a couple of independent riders mixed in.
Things were fine until a Bissell rider repeatedly got into the rotation to ‘block’ for his teammates in the break. Maybe the racing is different in Holland and clearly they don’t teach that sort of thing at private schools in Boston, but that’s not how you race. I was sitting farther back when a Lathrup rider went ballistic, called him out, a made some pretty dangerous moves. He later said he was wrong and just frustrated at the time.
Two wrongs certainly don’t make a right, but the bottom line is that getting into the rotation during a chase or sending 15 guys to race putting 5 in a break and the blocking by linning the other 9 across the front of the group pretty low class...Yet is becoming par norm around Michigan psuedo pro teams all the way down.
Dont agree this is wrong? Look at the picture above from the 2013 Strade Bianche four riders are up the road from BMC, Katusha, IAM and Androni Giocattoli, Cannondale and Radioshack are chasing but the first rider IAM with a teammate in the break is 21st in line! Still dont agree see rule #43
So there's your lesson for today..comments are encouraged but lets have a real discussion anonymous flaming doesn't serve or help us to improve or understand our sport or the Michigan racing scene.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
When its a "no call no show"..who do they call? I dont fucking know but today they called your favorite fuckin HATER..only i really ain't in the mood to be here.and the hatin aint flowin today to be frank..In all do respect Im part of TMS and even I am sick of TMS..but since im here I cant help but say something to waste your precious time..
I stop by from time to time and briefly read the worthless post laid out for you..the comments fuckin kill me some worth while.. some ain't worth the powder to blow em to hell..one comment recently stood sorely out in my burned out mind..
"That's part of the problem. Kinda like a drug dealer giving your kid drugs. He didn't make them doit but sure was a part in the activity. TMS is toxic and does no good for the sport of racing"
I don't know about the drugs and your kids part that's even alittle extreme for even a huge hatin asshole like myself..i do get it..but more so the.. "TMS is toxic and does no good for the sport of racing" ...I think it would be more accurate in comparison if stated."If punk Rock was toxic and no good for music all you rotters would still be listening to the "Bay City Rollers while warming up for the State Time Trial at Hines drive"..
I aint goin soft on you bastards..but until better comes along even good comes from the worst..
face it TMS is all just a screamin fuckin bloody mess.
Monday, June 10, 2013
the LAKO chalks another one up.. all the while the WIZ continues to breathe easy..at Addision Oaks..With out the boredom of T's poor grammar and disturbing worthless images..we will leave the miscellaneous details out so everyone can get social reconnect with friends on this slow movin Monday morning..
Friday, June 07, 2013
2. Why are the Black sheep's bad?
3.Why is it a Little Black Book?
4.Why are Black clothes worn during grieving periods?
5.Why was it a Black Plague?
6.Why does the White ball knock the Black ball in the pocket?
7.Why are Apple products mainly Black?
8.Why do 33% of Black men end up in prison?
9.Why is the Black forest Black?
10.Why was Jesus viewed as white when he was born and lived in the Middle eastern part of the world, which is predominately Black skinned?
11.Why are Black stockings Trashy?
12.Why is crossing the path of a Black Cat bad?
13.Why are only 41% of Black males graduating from High school?
14.Why is there less than 1/8 of 1 % of Black professional USAC racers?
15."Black"= bad Black = bad..
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
just my two meaningless cents..
Monday, June 03, 2013
It ain't official but in T's book it has arrived..
It still may be a few away.. but in the solid scope of things...its here..OK..in brief..WB was a break even..Hanson hills was chilly..and some reports were negative..Hell it aint even Tuesday and Lemmy was here and gone already..But that don't mean nothing to SIMONSTER..the Roadking, Priority Health. and Einstein nope..they all rode like pure Bad ass's and i am sure even the Bunny is happy..bout time..
Thats right...zero fucks are givin today no hatin.. negative BS is gonna crumb T's day up.....roll on with yourself and cast that glow..