Friday, March 30, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
i am expecting guests--bicycle racers from nebraska, i believe--and as they have never visited the orphanage before, i thought i'd post this clip, to better prepare them for their weekend.
and to my friends and orphans, it will serve a pleasant reminder of days gone by.
we'll save a room for YOU!!!
Monday, March 26, 2007
Saturday, March 24, 2007
the traditional podium shot, clearly showing the mostly reverend in the center, the hallowed location of the stage winner. the RIDERS knew. but the fix was in.
but i'll get you, my pretty!
Friday, March 23, 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
the mostly reverend, cutting through a sloppy corner, ahead of longtime cyclist scott campbell, of oskaloosa, also during the march 10 gravel and slop race. it only looks like i'm moving slow.
the team, and lane anderson in particular, has put together another great program of races this season. and i'm really happy to be riding for this bunch of folks, again. the team is sponsoring races--road and off-road--from march through, what, october, november? and LOTS of them. it features almost everything bike races should have: 1] lots of them; 2] nearby; 3] tough courses, no pussy-footing shit; 4] low-key production; 5] really top-notch competition; 6] free beer [not all of them, but enough of them]; 7] all season long [none of this "i'm taking a month off" shit]; 8] scenic venues. what are they lacking? big cash prizes. but you know what? after racing, and not racing, during times when the races held are these stupid 20 to 40 minute four-corner crits that cost $20-40 for the privilege, or road races are 20 miles long, these 60 mile grinders in mud and snow [what will next week hold? who cares! everyone who has done them agree they are killer fucking races, and just what are needed] and the up-coming 80 mile march road race the 31st, followed by a hilly criterium at the state fairgrounds which WILL become as notorious as snake alley [if they let us hold it long enough] is just what is needed to repair central iowa's reputation as a hot bed of REAL bicycle racing. it used to be, you know. every weekend, it seemed, there was a road race and a criterium somewhere in iowa. and all9yards is working to bring that back.
the wise bike racer will do as many of these races as possible.
so will the really good ones, too.
i hope to see many of you there.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
paul jensen, all9yards staff photographer, snapped this artsy-fartsy photo of expensive racing machines, just moments before the lemans-style start. hard to recognize the glitzy masi from the stylish lemond from the all-terrain ralph, isn't it?
the peloton, shown here during the second lap, begins to close in on the mostly reverend and his gopher state break companion. series leader lane anderson, in his pink leader's kit, sits fourth wheel. eventually, anderson and another team masi rider bridged up to the mostly reverend, who graciously moved aside. the mostly reverend, a seasoned racer, knows who butters HIS daily bread!
don't forget: the series finale is next week, saturday, march 24, at 1100 a.m. for all details, check out cyclingupdate.com, including exciting news about the first tandem road race of the year, or something.
Friday, March 16, 2007
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Sunday, March 11, 2007
dialogue with depth?
oh, man, keep digging.
the best movie of all time?
who needs "it's a beautiful life"!
enjoy one of the sharpest cuts ever. this version cuts away fat and meat, leaving only bone.
and then ride your bike.
Saturday, March 10, 2007
yes, the 2007 road season was kicked off in fine fashion today, with the inaugural running of the "chad vandelune gravel road series," held on county roads north and west and east of mitchellville, iowa. two laps of a gruelling 30 mile course were ridden. the charming aspect of this route is that fully half of the course is run over good, old iowa country gravel roads. hills, potholes, washboards, snowmelt-filled bottoms, and angry dogs awaited a field of nearly 50 riders from the upper midwest. mike, a racer from the twin cities, noted "i've never ridden anything like this before. this was the hardest road race i've ever done. i'm definitely coming back next week, and i'm not coming alone." officiated by the legendary former nebraska district rep dirty dick thompson, the race came off without a hitch. light winds [a high was sitting over central iowa] allowed racers to be challenged by the series of hills--unending hills, by all accounts. this was not a race for the weak or feeble. it should be noted that pig was not there. after a neutral roll-out from the spacious staging area, the pack headed off in a fairly friendly mood, which lasted some seven or eight miles, until the long, concrete hills through and beyond valeria. after several hills in four miles, the course turned south--literally and figuratively. the gravel was nigh. at times the gravel was good, at other times it was bad, and at other times, it down-right sucked--your tires in to about two or three inches of sloppy muck. it was really quite hard to maintain any momentum, to say the least. climbing was best done in a 39-19, 21, 23. heartrate was 170+ much of the time. notes: the first angry dog, a large, menacing great pyrenees, was sporting a dark, muddy, shoe-shaped spot on the top of its head on the second lap. we counted at least eight angry farm dogs, and only one set of owners who tried to control their pet. anarchy prevails in the canine world. most riders chose 23c or 25c road tires. there were maybe three or four cyclocross bikes. 28c tires were roundly declared "too wide." the course improved by the second lap. more riders would be welcomed next week. this is good shit. even though the route will be the same next week, the race will be completely different, because it will be even dryer, which should make it much faster. our time was 3 hours 43 minutes. sweet!
Friday, March 09, 2007
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
March 1, 2007
It happened on a Chester Township street in October 2003.
This week, a seven-member jury in the civil trial is hearing
Dlugi's lawyer, Thomas Jardim, said the doctor's injury
Ellis was knocked to the ground in the collision and bruised,
"It may seem an odd thing," Jardim told the Daily Record of Parsippany
Wednesday's defense testimony featured
The witness, John Desch, concluded that the girl was trying
Jardim sought to discredit the testimony by noting that
Closing arguments are scheduled for Monday.
The doctor, who's now 54, sought damages for pain and suffering.
But a jury rejected his claim that the girl,
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
In a message dated 3/6/2007 8:34:51 AM Central Standard Time,
Those of us who are “proudly” (???) represented by the Honorable Geri Huser (Altoona, Boundurant, EDSM, Pleasant Hill et al) need to make her aware of the silliness of this bill. She is a member of the subcommittee that now has the bill. On the upside, thankfully, the Iowa Legislature does not meet year around. Once the members’ per diem runs out in the spring, they scurry out of the state capitol back to their jobs at the local Kum n Go, where they can do less damage.
my thoughts? perhaps the solution would be legislation
that way cyclists can veer toward THEM!
Monday, March 05, 2007
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Saturday, March 03, 2007
of course her comment is disgusting, but check out the reaction from the crowd.
this election cycle is headed down the sewer and taking us all with it. i shudder to think what the mood of the country will be if and when we emerge on the other side of november, 2008.