UCI CX Worlds

Louisville, KY

DATE: 2 February 2013   TIME: 4:02 PM   SUBJECT: "Ski Bum with a Bike Racing Problem"

"I'm not winning the Tour de France. But the guys winning the Tour de France aren't getting a lot of powder days."

—Jamey Driscoll, Raleigh-Clement (formerly Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com)

UCI CX Worlds

Louisville, KY

DATE: 2 February 2013   TIME: 3:53 PM   SUBJECT: New Realities

"Ten years ago, I could get off my road bike at Tour of Missouri and do really well at Cross Vegas on that Wednesday. You can't do that any more. It's just harder now."

—Tim Johnson, Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com

UCI CX Worlds

Louisville, KY

DATE: 3 February 2013   TIME: 9:22 PM   SUBJECT: Cross vs. Road vs. Track vs. MTB

"The courses are always different, the conditions are always different, the atmosphere, the fans; I'm just drawn to cross."

—Kaitie Antonneau, Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com

26 September 2013

Bontrager Pro Cycling

DATE: 12 May 2013   TIME: 7:45 PM   SUBJECT: Job Titles

It took me like four years to find out how to pronounce "soigneur."1

"I was so embarrassed. People would ask what I did and I would avoid using the word so they wouldn’t know that I didn’t know how it was pronounced. I would just explain all of my duties in detail. One day someone responded, 'Oh you’re a soigneur.' That’s how I learned it’s wasn’t pronounced Soy-ig-nar."

  1. SWAN-yur []

Olympic Aspirations

Bogotá, Colombia

DATE: 25 January 2013   TIME: 2:45 PM   SUBJECT: BMX

Known internationally as a source for road cycling talent since Alfonso Florez won the Tour de l’Avenir in 1980, Colombia is now well known in other cycling disciplines as well. 5-time world champion Mariana Pajón Londoño won the gold medal in BMX at the London Olympics in 2012, making her only the second Colombian ever to take a top podium spot at the Olympics.

13 September 2013

Medellín, Colombia

DATE: 30 January 2013   TIME: 9:52 AM   SUBJECT: Detergent of Choice

An endless string of major international players have entered Colombia’s clothing detergent market, only to find limited success. This is because in Colombia, one brand of clothing detergent—which oddly enough is only available in bar form—reigns supreme. El Rey (The King), has been a staple in Colombian households for generations. The company has never had an advertising budget, and yet it’s continues to outsell all others. Not only is it a favorite for clothing, but it’s also used for washing pots and pans, and some even use it as shampoo.

Many cyclists use it for their kit, knowing well that while growing up, their mothers always trusted their delicate apparel to El Rey.

Cycling Clubs

Urrao, Colombia

DATE: 27 January 2013   TIME: 8:23 AM   SUBJECT: Historical Precedent

“The area most associated with ‘La Violencia’ in Antioqua is the southwest, specifically Urrao. Its experience has been the benchmark by which regional violence between 1946 and 1953 has historically been measured.”

Blood and Fire: La Violencia in Antioquia, Colombia, 1946-1953, Mary Roldán. Duke University Press Book.

USA Pro Challenge

Aspen/Snowmass, CO

DATE: 19 August 2013   TIME: 1:04 AM   SUBJECT: Trans-Atlantic Communications

From: alexander howes
To: daniel

Yo Gangsta Cat,

You in Colorado right Meow? If so spread my love to all those deserving. Please.

Keep living righteous and fast,
alex

USA Pro Challenge

DATE: 20 August 2013   TIME: 10:22 AM

MFS: "Where are you from?"

DISCO HEAD: "Reno!"

MFS: "OF COURSE YOU ARE."

USA Pro Challenge

Snowmass, CO

DATE: 19 August 2013   TIME: 5:03 PM   SUBJECT: Twinsies

MFS: "Hey, can we get a picture?"

LACHLAN: "Sure." (He's about to leave with his family.)

MFS: "Thanks. We're MFS by the way, we document your team. We're tight with Alex."

LACHLAN: "Oh yeah, I've seen something about it. Cool."

USA Pro Challenge

Breckenridge, CO

DATE: 20 August 2013   TIME: 12:01 PM   SUBJECT: Hoosier Pass

Hoosier Pass, elevation 11,542 ft (3,518 m), is a high mountain pass in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado in the United States located on the Continental Divide at the northern end of the Mosquito Range. The road over the pass has a smooth approach on the south side but has several switchbacks on the north side with a grade of 8%."

Tour of California

Outside Palm Springs, CA

DATE: 13 May 2013   TIME: 1:03 PM   SUBJECT: Palm Springs, Saudi Arabia

I remember telling everybody we were going to the top of a hill and then down into Palm Springs. I told everybody it was going to be hotter than hell, I said, "Be ready to have your faces melted off." I said after the top we go down and and down and down, and as we go down it gets hotter and hotter and hotter. I was prepared. But it was so hot, even hotter than I thought it was going to be. You'd dump water on your head and you were dry in less than four minutes.

It was like Middle East hot, like Saudi Arabia, it was surreal. It was seriously mind-blowing otherworldly hot.

Tour of California

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA

DATE: 19 May 2013   TIME: 8:00 AM   SUBJECT: Mental Doodling

I don’t really think about much before these things, races. You know when you're in school and not paying attention, and you’re just kinda doing stuff, doodling, looking at people or whatever, it's like that. Sometimes I talk to people. I say, "What are you doing out here?" And they say, We came to watch the race. And that's pretty much it.

Tour of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

DATE: 10 August 2012   TIME: 4:25 PM   SUBJECT: SPF Inadequacy

MFS asked Freddie Rodriguez what SPF he was using before Stage 4 of the 2012 Tour of Utah; this is how he responded:

I'm using SPF 50. I wish it was 100. Maybe if I slobber it on twice, does that count as 100?1

  1. Photo: Matt Cooke, after Stage Four. []

Tour of Utah

Ogden, UT

DATE: 6 August 2012   TIME: 2:02 PM   SUBJECT: Hotels

"Traveling during the race from town to town and hotel to hotel is really not that bad, I think it definitely adds color to your life being able to see different parts of the world. For example Ogden, I've been here a couple times before for the race but I've never seen it like we did today; it was cool to really see the town itself, and now to have some down time here. If you start looking at hotels as a chore and all that, your job gets pretty brutal. You have to look at it from the bright side, be positive.1

I was in that mindset a month and a half ago at the Tour de France and then I crashed out, and all of a sudden you have a completely different perspective where you want to be checking in and out of different hotels every day.—Tom Danielson

  1. FTR #40: APPRECIATE THE GRIND []

Tour de France

Champs Élysées

DATE: 21 July 2013   TIME: 7:56 PM   SUBJECT: Kittel Family Tees

Evan Murphy, Regarding Comportment

Philadelphia, PA - New York City, NY

DATE: 2 June 2013   TIME: 9:22 PM   SUBJECT: Comportment

Evan Murphy is in Emiliano Granado's car. They are driving home after the finish of the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic.

I have to be nice to everybody because I'm at a really critical point in my "career",1—it's not just the DS who determines who rides for a team, it's the guys on the team too. That's why I'm on Foundation, Neil liked me, Dan liked me and I did well at Milan2. If the guys on Bissell don't like somebody that somebody is not going to get on the team, even if that somebody won a stage of the Tour de France. I'm not sucking up to anybody, it's not that, but I can't just be like, "Ah man I fuckin' hate that guy" or, "That guy is so sketch" or ride up to somebody and tell them, "Yo your teammate was really jackin it back there." You have to be careful.3

 

  1. In concert with the word "career" Evan Air Quotes vigorously. []
  2. The Red Hook Crit in Milan []
  3. FTR #39: MIND YOUR COMPANY []

24 July 2013

El Retiro, Colombia

Ignacio Velez, former General Manager and current Business Advisor of Nairo's amateur team (formerly Colombia Es Pasion and now Team 4-72), had this to say about Nairo Quintana's recent successes in the Tour de France:

I have no words to describe our feelings. This is a huge step for Colombian cycling, but not the last. We are, together, building a new generation of escarabajos1 who have grown up with the strictest ethic standards, and who are helping with each of their pedal strokes to build a better image of Colombia, which in the end benefits a country that has suffered a lot. Nairo, thank you for your professionalism, thank you for your humbleness, thank you for being Colombian!

  1. Escarabajo is the Spanish word commonly used to refer to Colombian cyclists, climbers in particular. Though the word literally translates to "beetle," it was first used to describe the climber Ramon Hoyos when he won his first Vuelta a Colombia in 1953. His steady climbing style was described as that of a beetle by the local press, and the name stuck. Though Hoyos was the original escarabajo, the term today has come to encompass all Colombian cyclists, who are commonly climbers by virtue of their upbringing and the topography that surrounds them. []

Tour of California

California, United States

DATE: 15 May 2013   TIME: 7:15 PM   SUBJECT: Blending In

"When my family watches the Tour of California they'll know what a big opportunity it is for me to race in a Pro race, and they won't expect results. They're mostly just looking for me in the big bunch. They are accustomed to recognizing me when they stand on the side of the road in Belgium, but not yet to spotting me in the peloton. They've realized next year will be like that. It will be harder to get close to me. They won't be able to touch me and share in my happiness. I will be far away."—Jasper Stuyven1

  1. Photograph from Amstel Gold []
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