Hangin’ at Road Nationals

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Man, this hanging out thing is getting old. It has sort of been a roller coaster ride for the last month. Right now, I think I’m in a big dip of the cycle. It is not like I am in huge pain or am in a really bad situation, it is just that being sedentary isn’t much in my personality. I’m not moving as well as I was last week, so I’m trying to stay off my feet, which is pretty easy just sitting at a hotel, in air conditioning, in a King bed, with World Cup soccer as entertainment. But, I’d rather be doing just able anything outside instead.

We’re up in Madison Wisconsin, for the US Elite National Championships. Trudi is working the race for the BMC Development Team. There are 4 Americans on the team, doing the races. They are riding the time trial and road race.

I went to dinner with the BMC guys last night. They are all super nice and fun. They all have a pretty complicated schedule, being on a development team that is based in Europe. A couple of the riders are doing Bend after this and two others are flying to Italy to do a stage race there.

Changing the subject, I saw an article that said that Adam Hansen, Lotto, is riding his 9th straight Grand Tour. So, that is the Giro, Tour, and Spain for 3 years straight. That is some crazy schedule. And it isn’t like he is just finishing the races. He’s doing a ton of work, plus winning stages every once in a while. Shit, touch guy. He also makes cycling shoes. Light ones. They cost 2000 euros or something stupid like that, but they weigh less than 100 grams. Don’t worry, you don’t have to stress about getting them because it looks like they are sold out this year.

And, since we’re on the 9 subject, how about Sven Tuft, Orica/Greenedge, winning his 9th National TT Championship last weekend? That is a lot. Plus he won the road race too. I remember the first time he came onto my radar screen. It was Redland’s Classic, maybe early 2000’s. He started behind me in the prologue time trial. It was a 5 km hillclimb, 30 seconds intervals. I was maybe 2 km up the climb, thinking I was going good, when he comes blowing by me on a time trial bike, in time trial position. I was stunned. I didn’t know the guy and he seemed too big to be going that fast uphill. I picked up my pace and went by him the last 500 meters, but he still throttled me pretty good, by close to 30 seconds. He was in the top ten, maybe top 5. After that, I realized that he was the real deal, which he is.

Okay, US vs. Belgium this afternoon. I’m making a few phone calls, but nothing much else on the agenda for the day. Sometimes, I would kill for a relaxing day like this, but right now, I’m pretty much hating it.

The BMC guys getting ready to ride over to the road course this morning.  I was jealous.

The BMC guys getting ready to ride over to the road course this morning. I was jealous.

It isn't often where I bring bikes into the hotel, since I have a big van.  We're in a handicap room, which is nearly true.

It isn’t often where I bring bikes into the hotel, since I have a big van. We’re in a handicap room, which is nearly true.

Adam Hansen's custom cycling shoes.

Adam Hansen’s custom cycling shoes.

Bromont is a good hanger.  He is nearly camouflaged here in the doggie quilt cover.  It's really hard to pick out Bromont from all the other puppies.

Bromont is a good hanger. He is nearly camouflaged here in the doggie quilt cover. It’s really hard to pick out Bromont from all the other puppies.

6 thoughts on “Hangin’ at Road Nationals

  1. Brent W

    Steve, I’ve had 2 cycling injuries in the last 9 months. Off for 2 months the first time, and month this time. These have been by far the longest times off the bike in 27 years. Like you, I go stir crazy after about a week, if that long. However, it always seems that I feel really crummy for a while, then out of the blue, I just feel better, almost over night. I really look forward to that moment.

    Hang in there!

     
  2. Rod

    How do those shoes stay on one’s feet? Doesn’t look like there are any laces, buckles, whatever.

    Just slip them and go win stages?

    Looks like the artwork came off the side of a building in a Los Angeles barrio.

     
  3. Francisco Mancebo

    Interview Och, I am particularly interested to hear about his time as a broker

    Don’t get all stir crazy, you’ll never heal properly. Just crank up Breaking Bad or the reimaged Battlestar Gallactica, by the time you power watch them all you’ll probably be able to get back on the bike …and you’ll wonder why you don’t have a Cylon detector installed on the van

     
  4. Philip Beliveau

    I hope you are getting some physical therapy. Made a huge difference after breaking my hip like you last july 7th. One year anniversary of my fracture coming up. I had a ti rod down the femur though. Hang in there!

     
  5. Dolomite

    Got to say Svein Tuft is my favorite pro cyclist. Really exciting guy to watch, and very eccentric. Good on him for the Canadian champs.

     
  6. Rob Bell

    The Simmons Racing shoes are quite similar. He has made sub-100g shoes, and they even cost less ($1500 US for custom). You can choose the closure mechanism (laces, velco, ratchet, etc), the color of carbon color of leather, the height of the cuff, the angle in which your toes point up, how much leather you want on the shoe, He lives in Florida now, but used to live in Kansas City before a tornado took out his house and shop.

    He also does carbon fiber repair for less than anyone else I’ve seen. He’s fixed frames for friends of mine, and fixed by carbon wheels after a crash.

    http://simmons-racing.com/cycling-2/

     

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