Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Makin' It

Rough life these days. The sun is shining, the roads are smooth, and the job is not existent.

What lies beyond...the apartment window. Penny has to (maybe she doesn't have to, but with the work culture it's probably better not to miss it) go to a dinner tonight to say farewell to those in the office who are leaving, including her. I had a similar dinner in January before I left. I'm going to miss living in Bamberg, but the group dynamics have changed. In high school I always looked up to the juniors and seniors as kids to emulate. Once I became a junior and then a senior, I couldn't really care less about those underclassmen, save for a select few I played sports with. All I really wanted to do was pack up and hit the road. I guess that's similar to how I feel now. The guys here are friendly and fun to hang out with, but the bar was set in '04 when I arrived by those present at the time. Eh, new chapter, same book.

Off to ride, enjoy.

I need to get a stand for my bike.

Monday, April 26, 2010


As I wait for my breakfast to settle so I can go ride, I can't believe how many stories there are already about the booing that occurred yesterday as Alexandre Vinokourov won Liège-Bastogne-Liège. In no way am I saying I disagree with those who were booing, but the myriad news sources that spend more time reporting on the fans reaction and less time on the (tactically and maybe chemically) brilliant ride are right there alongside the Peoples of the world. But hey, if The National Enquirer can be nominated for a Pulitzer than who am I to criticize.

Vino out for blood.
"The Eagle" has been in good form lately. We'll all see if it is from his "hard work" during his suspension that he feels was unfair or from something else:

Sure, it is out of context.  He's referring to 'quality meats' from Kazakhstan.
This is a video still taken from a interview of AV. A couple things of interest:

1. At the end testrider makes it clear that there was not an official translator there so nothing can be verified (they have two videos with Contador, neither of which contains the same disclaimer).
2. For a guy who comes across as being very narcissistic (purely judging him on his previous doping offense and his hair), he seems very set on helping AC in this year's TdF. His track record shows he played a good second fiddle to Jan (who sucks).
3. Testrider uses King Missile's Detachable Penis as background music. Actually, they use it on many of their videos.

Enough of that guy. I haven't found any decisive imagery yet, but I have a theory behind Gilbert's inability to win every race he enters this spring. If you look at the earrings he wore in the fall of last year when he went "all unstoppable" as I might have heard kids say, they consisted of a stud and a dangly one. This year, it looked like he was wearing a full up Olympic ring for LBL. Think about it.

Some more big ups to Chris Horner; winner in Basque Country, seventh in Flèche Wallonne, and now eighth in LBL. I don't know, it may be sacrilegious to say this around American cycling fans, but should we transfer Big George's moniker of "one for the classics" to Horner? Debate amongst yourselves.

Next on the table for debate - who is the bigger DB?

Don't hate too much, even pros need to feed their family.
Honestly, I'm a fan of both Farrar and Contador. I know that I'm probably one of the few Americans who likes Contador (considering if you know who he is you probably hating him for being the cyclists who filled the hole when Lance retired. Nature abhors a vacuum.), but this commercial is horrible. Right before this scene, he taps the shoes on his chest twice like Slammin' Sammy used to do after he would hit one of his steroid and cork backed homeruns. And Farrar - umm, ok, he wins.

Off to ride, stay ahead of the rain.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Blowsy, with Hints of Asparagus

Unable to post yesterday due to technical difficulties. But never fear, I remembered my training from Roy in the IT department, "Have you tried turning it off and on again?" Bam, success.

Went on a nice ride yesterday, a decent amount of climbing which I was kind of hoping for (only kind of because my brain and pride thought I was in better shape than my muscles would have you believe). Each ride I do I discover a new secret bike path Germany has to offer. This place is wonderful in that respect, I'm really going to miss it when I'm riding on crappy roads in the Midwest this summer.

Penny and I went to a wine tasting last night. To temper the snobbishness of said event, we decided to partake in the (almost weekly) brewery tour today around Bamberg. While we will be joining the group late, we'll still get the opportunity to sample a handful of mugs of the delectable beverage the Germans brew from hops, barley, yeast, and water.

See you on Monday, barring any more technical (or otherwise) difficulties.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Just a Little Wallonne on that Please

Good win for ole Cadel at Flèche Wallonne. I was kind of hoping Schleck's break-away (Fränk - with the umlaut - and not Andy. Unlike the commentators on Supersport, some South African station, would have you believe, it isn't too difficult to tell them apart since Andy wears the national champion colors of Luxembourg) would have held out, but the field sprint/climb was pretty exciting. For a while I thought that the most hated cyclist in America, Alberto Contador, was going to pull it out, but the rainbow jersey and some perfect timing pulled Evans to the win. Good for him. Also good for Chris Horner nabbing another top-10 spot with a seventh place showing today. I hope LBL is as exciting (and I get a chance to watch it).

I'm off to dinner with the wife. We're hitting up Salino's Pizza (provided they aren't booked, which wouldn't surprise me even though it is a Wednesday evening). I argue it is the best pizza in Bamberg. If you disagree I need your rebuttal post-marked by the 24th of April as well as notarized by a notary public.

Monday, April 19, 2010

More Free Time = Maybe More Posts?

Yo, back in Germany for a couple months. I’ve been riding a decent amount (days that is; not miles since I’m out of shape) as well as playing mad amounts of Super Mario Bros Wii.

The new bike is sweet. It is stiff, light, and fast. Once the issue of my extremely low physical fitness level goes away, I’m sure that I’ll be able to fully enjoy riding the new Bianchi.

Penny and I will be heading back the States around the beginning of June and will spend about a year in northern Kansas. During that year I’ll study for and take the LSAT as well as apply to law schools. Not sure where we’ll end up in 2011, so the list of possible schools is too big to even discuss.

I figure with all the extra time I have each day that was previously consumed with a steady job, I should be able to post more often. We see if my slackerdom doesn’t flow into that endeavor as well.