Archive for May, 2009

Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas) climbed to a solo victory in stage 17 of the 2009 Giro d’Italia on Wednesday, a short, tough ride from Chieti to Blockhaus.

Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes) fought like a wildcat to take time from his rivals, but race leader Denis Menchov (Rabobank) stuck to him like a decal, and Stefano Garzelli (Acqua e Sapone) had the audacity to sucker-punch the Killer at the line for second place on the day.

The stage was only 83 kilometers long, but it was far from an easy spin. It began with a descent for the first few kilometers and then stayed relatively flat for the next 28km or so. A couple of small, unrated climbs and a short descent followed before the road began its gradual rise to the day’s only climb, a tough haul that began to steepen at the 65km mark. The 18-kilometer climb to the finish averaged 7 percent, but the steep parts reached grades of 13.







The story of the West Feliciana Classic
Stage Race told in pictures!

John Cobb and Mark Miller spend a day in the wind tunnel at Texas A&M last week.
Angie Fontenot and Jared Quoyeser were the beneficiaries adding watts and improving their aero position.
The picture above and following quote are uploaded from: john cobb research
“I’ve been working for over a year on how to know when to recommend to a rider that the “hands high” position might work.
I’ve tested many riders of different shapes to develop a good working knowledge base, I still will say for certain, that if there is any doubt, keep the lower hand height because when high hands don’t work, they really, really don’t work.
When high hands work however, they are faster by a bunch”. -John Cobb
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I hope to post some more pictures and information of this event soon.

Carlos Sastre (Cervélo) strode boldly out of anonymity on Monday, using the wicked ascent of the Monte Petrano to overhaul a fading pair of breakaway riders — Astana’s Yaroslav Popovych and Lampre’s Damiano Cunego — and then soldiering on alone to win stage 16 of the Giro d’Italia.

“I tried, but Sastre was stronger,” said Ivan Basso (Liquigas), who nearly took second on the stage only to see race leader Denis Menchov (Rabobank) and Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes) rocket past him in the final kilometer.

“Di Luca and Menchov caught me in the end and then they sprinted for the time bonuses, that’s normal. I will try again day after tomorrow.”

Overall
1. Denis Menchov (Rus), Rabobank
2. Danilo Di Luca (I), LPR, at 0:39
3. Carlos Sastre (Sp), Cervelo, at 2:19
4. Franco Pellizotti (I), Liquigas, at 3:08
5. Ivan Basso (I), Liquigas, at 3:19
6. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana, at 3:21

In 1866 J.B. Brooks moved from the small town of Hinckley to Birmingham with £20 in his pocket. He established himself as a dealer in General Leather Goods under the name of J.B. Brooks & Co. The firm was only making steady progress until something happened in 1878. Mr Brooks had been in the habit of riding a horse to and from his business, but this horse died. Mr Brooks felt he could not afford to buy another horse, so a friend lent him a bicycle to make the journey.

This introduced J.B. Brooks to cycling, but he found it so uncomfortable that he vowed he would make something more comfortable for the rider to sit on. On 28th October 1882, John Boultbee Brooks filed his first patent on “Saddles for Bicycles and Tricycles”.

The rest, as they say, is history.

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I don’t know if it is just me, but it seems Carbon is getting some competition on the road! As of late some gorgeous Titanium bikes rolled out Precision Bikes and boy, do they look good. Please keep in mind, P.B. webmaster is just a bit partial to these awesome, build for life, titanium bikes!!!
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It was two-for-one again in Sunday’s 15th stage, as the Giro d’Italia unfolded with two races within one that was almost as hot and blistering as the searing temperature on the tarmac.

Leonardo Bertagnolli (Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni) won the battle for the kisses from the podium girls, the sole survivor of a 16-man breakaway that went clear early in a tremendously hot, hilly 161km from Forli to Faenza.

Then there was the GC tussle, with 2006 Giro champ Ivan Basso(Liquigas) uncorking a series of scorching attacks with two climbs to go to put maglia rosa Denis Menchov (Rabobank) and the other podium contenders on notice.

Despite opening a promising 1:15 advantage to Menchov and Co. with 32km to go, the fireworks fizzled after he and fellow aggressor Stefano Garzelli (Acqua e Sapone) were snuffed out by the chasing favorites on the flat run into the finish.

After the dust settled, there were no major shakeups in the overall standings ─ with the lone exception of two-time winner Gilberto Simoni, who sunk to 26th overall at 20:21 back ─ but Basso’s attacks provided an enticing preview of what’s expected in Monday’s showdown on Monte Petrano.
(Jason tested by the ‘master of pain’ Will Jones)
Just to show, Jason is a man of his word!
Besides buying the right material, he’s committed to further his progress.
Last Friday he performed a lactate test,
administered by Will Jones of 4Th Dimension.
Soon Jason Meaux will be a force to be reckoned with!
He had an awesome test result, (topping out @300Watts!).
While there is always room for improvement,
Jason seems to be on the right course of kicking some a$ on the road soon!
For more info on the lactate test, contact Will Jones
@ www.4thdimensionfitness.net

As a newbie cyclist, much of my progress has depended on the state of my equipment. In effort to find the right bike for me, I shopped on eBay and printed the 25 best deals I thought would suit me.
I then walked into Precision Bikes and asked for this guy named Mark that everyone kept talking about. I handed him my folder of the 25 bikes and asked him to pick the best one to buy and in return, I would purchase all other accessories through him.

He looked at me like I was from Mars, and not knowing his rightful disdain for eBay, I pressed and said what’s it gonna be? He politely thumbed through the pages at lightening speed, and found an older Specialized Roubaix he thought would fit me perfectly.
So I bought it the next night.

After riding that bike for almost 4 months, I think Mark has had to replace damn near every component, fixed countless bent rims, and scratched his head at some of the problems I’ve been able to cause.
Since I started riding at 294lbs, and slimmed down to a svelte 248lbs, we have finally done all we can with the Roubaix, so you are now looking at my new bike…..
(notice the Campy Super Record 11?).

After countless hours of talking about what I wanted in a true road bike, and listening to the pros and cons of every single part selection on the bike, Mark has helped me create the perfect custom titanium Lynskey!
I can’t thank Mark, Nick, Tim, and Ruud enough for the fantastic encouragement and education on building my bike!
I also can’t imagine any other bike store giving me the attention and service I have received from Precision Bikes.
Yeah, Mellow Johnny’s may be the preference for some,
but I say give me Precision Bikes or nothing at all.

Thank You Precision Bikes!

Jason Meaux
There will be a ride on
Sunday Morning
leaving from RED’S
>>>@6:30 AM!!!<<<
Weather:
Temperatures in the upper 60′s
Winds 2 mph WSW(240°)
Probability of Precipitation: 40% @ 6:00 AM
Ramping up to 70% @ 10:00 AM