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The Tour of Sufferlandria

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No, the title isn’t a misspelling, which I am known for.  It is actually a name for a nine-day mythical “tour” that you take part in using your trainer or a stationary bicycle.  I was told of this by some friends that are working with the Davis Phinney Foundation and the proceeds for the event go to Davis’ organization.

Davis’ son, Taylor is the official starter for the event and if you donate money to participate, you will be eligible for prizes which include a BMC road bike and other things.

I’ve known Davis, Connie and Taylor for a long time, most of my life. Super good people.  If you are going to be trainer bound this next week some, then go ahead and participate some in their event.   It is up to you to decide if you want to give and how much.

Here’s a link to the participants page.  And the link below to donate.

HERE’S HOW THIS WORKS: 1. GIVE NOW: To be eligible for any ToS prizes, you must make a donation of at least $10 USD to the Davis Phinney Foundation HERE (or click the Give Now button) and make a donation. If you don’t donate, you can still do the ToS, but you won’t be eligible for prizes. If you don’t do the ToS, you can still donate to be entered to win! 2. The more generous you are, the better your odds of winning — for every $10 you donate, you get 1 chance at winning. So if you donate $10, you get one chance. If you donate $50, you get 5 chances. $100 gets you 10 chances and so on. Get your friends to donate (click the “Fundraise Here” button to set up your donation collection page) to your cause and you’ll really boost the number of chances you have in the ToS prize draw! You can continue to donate all the way up until the very end of the ToS. 3. Based on all donations made up to the end of the ToS, we will calculate the number of chances each rider has earned. The Sufferfest minions will draw from all chances and then announce said winners on a date TBD. One prize per person, no exchanges. See disclaimer below. About the Davis Phinney Foundation: We are committed to supporting programs and research that deliver inspiration, information and tools that will enable people living with Parkinson’s to take more control in managing their disease. The Davis Phinney Foundation was founded in 2004 by Olympic medal-winner and cycling great, Davis Phinney, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2000 at the age of 40. Today, Davis is both a role model in the cycling community and an inspiration to the estimated 1.5 million Americans and estimated 10 million worldwide who are currently living with the disease. Our mission to help people living with Parkinson’s to live well today makes us unique in the Parkinson’s community. The Davis Phinney Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to putting every dollar to work to fulfill our mission. We operate without an endowment and rely on direct support from individuals, foundations and corporations. – See more at: DavisPhinneyFoundation.org – See more at: http://dpf.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1144987#sthash.Y2NCdOA0.dpuf

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Retroactive Drug Testing

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I’ve written a ton about cheating in cycling with drugs.  Now people are cheating with motors.  I wonder what these people missed growing up learning about sport and accomplishments? Anyway, yesterday I saw that the UCI has been retroactively testing previous urine samples have handed out sanctions to the riders they caught.

One guy they caught was Slovenian Jure Kocjan.  He caught my eye because he has been racing here in the US recently.  Jure was racing for Team Type 1 when he gave the sample that was positive for EPO.  He did a one year stint in Europe and then was back here racing for Smartstop.  He is currently signed with the Lupus Racing Team, a Continental US squad.

I was looking around the internet and I can’t remember where I was, but one forum poster said he wished that the UCI would pay more attention to the top end of the field and quit wasting resources on these small fish.  That bugged me.

This small fish won a stage of the Tour of Utah in 2014.  And he was 2nd in Philly.  So he isn’t such a small fish here.  And I don’t like Euro cheaters beating up on our domestic pros.   It’s one reason I hold a bigger grudge against Levi than I do Tyler Hamilton or Hincapie.  For the most part, they stayed in Europe to do their fantasy racing.  Levi didn’t even care if he beat up on MTB racers here.  It was all fair game.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  Retroactive testing is a super way to discourage guys starting doping.  Or quit maybe.  Having that hanging over your head years after you did it would be pretty uncomfortable I’d think.

I applaud the UCI for this tactic.  And I hope the list of guys they catch keeps growing and growing.   I don’t care if it a Mongolian racing in Thailand.  We, as a sport, deserve to be able to believe in the results.  And this hasn’t been the case in decades.  Whatever we can do to get back to that basic level, I’m all for.

I was on a longish ride a couple days ago in California.  Robin Carpenter, the Hincapie rider from behind, is the guy that finished 2nd to Jure at stage in the Tour of Utah.  Think he is happy now, knowing he should have won that stage.  Totally different experience.

I was on a longish ride a couple days ago in California. Robin Carpenter, the Holowesko rider from behind, is the guy that finished 2nd to Jure at the stage in the Tour of Utah. Think Robin is happy now, knowing he should have won that stage? Totally different life experience for him.  That’s what these guys are doing, stealing other’s life experiences.  Shame on them.  I think Jure owes Robin an apology.

 

 

 

Daytime Riding Lights

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The first time I saw anyone ride with lights on during the day was when I flew out to California to ride the Donut Ride with Seth Davidson.  He was using them on his bike.  Then I started noticing lots of SoCal guys using them.

No one in Kansas, that I ride with, uses them.  My initial impression was that they seemed sort of geeky.  But, maybe that has changed.  I think as they become more mainstream that it won’t seem so extreme.  And it really isn’t extreme, it is just another thing.

My bike is already bothersome with these other things.  Charging a Garmin on a daily basis is a drag.  The power meter is just there, until it isn’t.  I guess the lights are just on your bike all the time and you just have to turn them on and off, so it really isn’t that much of a hassle.  But, they must take a ton of power, so you must have to recharge them periodically.

It is amazing how bright the daytime lights can be. Even the small ones are incredibly bright.  At dusk them seem almost too bright.  But I guess they need to be too bright at night to be seen at all during the day.

I saw the results from a couple different studies that show that the lights reduce chances of collisions with cars somewhere between 19-35%.  That seems pretty significant, but you have to realize the odds of getting hit by a car is super low, so you’re just reducing a super low chance that much more.

Lots of guys out here are using them.  I did a ride on Saturday and 2 out of 5 guys had them on.  I’m not that concerned about being seen just yet.  I think to be comfortable riding on busy roads, you need to assume that everyone coming from behind sees you.  And I don’t worry about the guys in front of me.  That is my responsibility.

Anyway, maybe soon, our whole group ride will have these things on, you never know.  I think as they become more common, they become a little less effective, but that is one of the reasons construction workers keep switching from orange to yellow to reflective vests.  Whatever keeps you safer is probably better.

Bontrager has a new line of lights this year. I'd have to draw a line on using them to race. They are too bright and would make racing less safe. When I'm racing a nightime criterium and someone has a light on, it bugs me to death.

Bontrager has a new line of lights this year. I’d have to draw a line on using them to race. They are too bright and would make racing less safe. When I’m racing a nightime criterium and someone has a light on, it bugs me to death.

 

Get Paid to take EPO

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Nope, no one is just randomly offering you a contract to race bikes professionally.  Some researchers in the Netherlands are doing a project to try to confirm what the effects of EPO are on cyclists.  So they came up with this brilliant idea of paying some well trained riders to take EPO and then ride up Mount Ventoux.  You can make close to a grand for this.  I’m too old for the study.

I’m not sure these guys are brain surgeons.  They are saying that there hasn’t been any literature proving EPO is performance enhancing in cyclists.  Their quote –

“Comprehensive literature search showed that there has been no adequate research into the effects of EPO for cyclists,” said a statement on the research group’s website.

“Our conclusion is therefore that it is not proven that EPO has a performance-enhancing effect in professional cyclists. This study should provide clarity in the matter.”

So, if you want to maybe feel the difference a little EPO might make, you should consider applying.  Just click the link above, but you’re going to have to read Dutch.  I used the word maybe because you could end up in the placebo group and then you have to struggle up the climb normally aspirated, which probably would be tough.

I’m pretty sure what they are going to “discover”.  I’m thinking these guys just what to go to France and ride the famous climb and have figured out a way to get someone else to pay for it.

SInce it is an official study, you probably won't have time to stop at the shrine to Tommy Simpson.

SInce it is an official study, you probably won’t have time to stop at the shrine to Tommy Simpson.

New Puppy

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It has been a few months now since Bromont passed away.  Enough time to say goodbye.  Trudi was ready to get another dog and had been searching around.  Yesterday she drove to Chicago to visit her mom and on the way, stopped at a farm and picked up a new puppy.

He is an English Setter.  8 weeks old.  Kind of the same coloring as Bromont.  I think his name is going to be Tucker, but that’s not written in stone.

Here are a few photos.  I’m sure you’ll see a ton more in the future.

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Late

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I’m not much into riding early in the morning.  For one, I have a hard time waking up.  Two, I usually ride when the weather is going to be the best and early morning isn’t it accept in the summer.

Anyway, I’m late already and have barely been up 20 minutes.  I’m going to meet the Swamis ride, but am really just going to have a cup of coffee with Ned.   I’ve already got a ton of miles this past week and am feeling a little bit done.

Okay, since my mind is a blob and I don’t really have anything to write about just now, here is another puppy picture.

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Swamis Saturday Ride

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I normally try to hook up and do local rides whenever I am travelling.  I think it is a great way to see old friends and feel the “cycling vibe” of the area.  It is kind of strange, but each and every group ride has a personality of its own.

The Swamis ride ,which meets up in Encinitas California, North County, is one of those rides that has been going on forever.  Like nearly as long as I’ve been racing I think.  For a long time, at least.  I think about any professional cyclist that has trained near San Diego has ridden this group ride.

Yesterday I went to the ride to meet up with my old team mate Ned Overend.  I thought we could get in some easy miles and then catch up afterwards.  I wasn’t expecting nearly a full on race.

I’m not sure if it was because of the weather being unseasonably nice or what, but there was a ton of horsepower out there.  It seemed like every pro in the area, plus every ex-pro showed up. So many guys had either stars and stripes or World stripes on their sleeves it was ridiculous.

I didn’t see Ned at the start, but we met up soon after we started.  Pretty soon we were cruising up the PCH at 30 + mph.   And it didn’t really slow down for a long time.  Not until after the church sprint in Escondido.  I really wasn’t expecting that intensity.  I had done nearly 500 miles in the previous week and was a little pooped.

About 1/2 way through, the group splits into a long ride or short ride.  Ned had some time constraints, plus he just doesn’t ride that far, so we went back to the coast and up to Encinitas.   The majority of guys went for the long route around Lake Wolford.   Ned and I were only in a small group of 6-8, but we were still going super fast back to Solana Beach.

This ride isn’t as hard as the Rocket Ride in Seattle, but it was pretty hard.  At least it was for me being tired and not have done any intensity in over a month.

It was truly amazing how many huge groups of riders I saw riding around North County yesterday.  At least 10 with over 50 riders, a couple of more than 100 I’d guess.  Man, there are a lot of people that ride bikes here.

I’m flying back to the cold Midwest today.  Missing the whole Superbowl, I guess.  Trudi has been dog sitting her sister’s lab in Chicago, plus the new puppy Tucker, so she has been pretty busy.

The Swamis Ride mets at Nytro Bike Shop in Encinitas at 8:10 on Saturday mornings.

The Swamis Ride mets at Nytro Bike Shop in Encinitas at 8:10 on Saturday mornings.

This is Thurlow Rogers, in the blue and Ned, red, riding up the climb in Elfin Forest.

This is Thurlow Rogers, in the blue and Ned, red, riding up the climb in Elfin Forest.

Just one of the huge groups heading down the coast.

Just one of the huge groups heading down the coast.

A really nice day, tons of surfers.

A really nice day, tons of surfers.

Ned at the Panikin after the ride.

Ned at the Panikin after the ride.