Friday, August 24, 2012

Judgement Day....sad day, but didnt we see this coming

Lance Armstrong's "giving up the fight" is an admission of  "I ef'd up. Busted. Guilty as charged" 

He has been given many opportunities to come clean. But all we heard was " I was never tested positive for performance enhancing drugs"  (Yup, it was never " I have never taken drugs", it was "I've never tested positive" which is not exactly true). He had his legal team trying to call in all favors owed him and get his war wagons in a circle. Reportedly, Livestrong funds and influence have been used to defend his fight.

His ego (which is larger than the state of Texas) and his arrogance will be his legacy, which means he probably will run for Governor of Texas.. and be elected! 

He will always be known as a fraud, a cheat. True, he has given so much to the sport, but so much of the good he has done had been undone

So, when they strip his title, he's the way it would look:

1999: 1. Alex Zulle 
          2. Fernando Escartin 
          3. Laurent Dufaux
2000: 1. Jan Ullrich 
          2. Joseba Beloki 
          3. Christophe Moreau
2001: 1. Jan Ullrich 
          2. Joseba Beloki
          3. Andrei Kivilev
2002:  1. Joseba Beloki 
           2. Raimondas Rumsas
           3. Santiago Botero
2003: 1. Jan Ullrich 
          2. Alexandre Vinokourov
          3. Tyler Hamilton
2004: 1. Andreas Klöden 
          2. Ivan Basso
          3. Jan Ullrich
2005: 1. Ivan Basso 
          2. Jan Ullrich (Francisco Mancebo, by default )
          3. Alexandre Vinokourov

Impressive, right. Look at the names.....all with the exception of Moreau and Kivilev have tested positive, confessed, or implicated in Operaction Peurto

Now, let them pursue Johan Bruyneel who ultimately was the master mind and biggest part of the problem.

Ban him for life.

Close case.

Move on and work on making the sport clean.

Sunday, August 19, 2012 I come

Made the plung today. Not a high end bike by no means, but I think it's going to be a sweet ride. 2012.. I got a smoking deal from Paradise Garage. Matt... your customer service skills rock!

Cant wait!

Limited Brands Peloton- How we've grown!





Over 3700 pictures loaded, finallly found one of me! Sporting my pink jersey and white shorts.

Never to proud to wear pink. Thanks to Limited Brands for all they do.

Originally I had signed up to do the one day 100 mile ride, but by Friday I was running on adrenaline and changed my plans and rode both days for 180 miles. I'm so glad I did!

It truly was an amazing weekend. The weather was almost perfect, except for a few sprinkles. No heat!

This ride is my small effort to assist in the battle against cancer. I'm dedicating this effort to family, friends, children of friends, and colleagues who have faced the challenge or who are now facing the challenge that a cancer diagnosis brings. Their courage is my inspiration

We have all been touched by cancer. We have all lost family, friends, and colleagues. We all know someone who has been affected by cancer.

Large or small, every donation makes a difference. 100% of every donation will fund essential research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. Think of this as a donation directly to The James.

As the Midwest's first and Ohio's only freestanding cancer hospital and research institute, The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute is one of only 40 centers in the United States designated by the National Cancer Institute as a Comprehensive Cancer Center. The James is a national leader in creating and testing new therapies based on scientific research, many of which are offered nowhere else in the world.

With your support, you will help improve lives through innovations in research with the ultimate goal of winning the war against cancer. This truly is a unique opportunity to be a part of something special.

Please help me in my fundraising goal. Donations are accepted thru Oct 12. Every donation makes a difference

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Cervo Rosso kit review

My first kit review. I treated myself for my birthday with a Cervo Rosso kit, becoming a member of their Test Team.

I have to admit, I have lusted for Rapha and Assos for a long time, but could not see paying those prices. Rapha Pro Team jersey/bibs goes for about 460, low end Assos about the same.

I got a code for a 15% discount, so I went for it. In the 25 years I have been riding and racing, I never took this type of plunge on a kit, so what the heck.

Online order went smooth. The kit was shipped from Switzerland, and arrived 10 days afterwards.

I was like a kid at Christmas.. had to open. I was super impressed with the quality and the fit. The fit was true to size, I wear medium and it is a perfect fit.


The jersey is made of two different fabrics. The front and the arms are Lycra with a somewhat silky feel. Very lightweight.  The back is polyester with a somewhat open weave. Pockets are nice and deep. no sagging.

The sleeves are long enough and have wide cuffs. Dots of silicon prevent the sleeves from riding up.

Style is what I like, understated.


Same level of perfection as the jersey. Put them on, the feel molded.

Some reviews have claimed the legs were too short, and I did have some concern, but I did not find that to be the case. Leg length is perfect.  As with the jersey sleeves, there are silicon dots to prevent ride up.

I did find the fabric a bit slippery on my saddle, but I have Castelli's (which had been my preference until now) with the same feel.

The chamois is their HG11. I must admit, I have not been on a long ride, but I did find comfortable. Right size, didn't feel underpadded or overpadded.

The quality is incredible. The fit is incredible. The jersey and bibs feel molded just for you.

Add the cut and the style, it's a killer! Italian look, Italian feel.

Yes, a bit pricey, but I do think it is money well spent.