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- Stephen Ettinger (Bozeman, Mont./BMC Mountainbike Racing) and Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo./LUNA Pro Team) avenged Saturdayandrsquo;s disappointing cross-country outcomes with respective menandrsquo;s and womenandrsquo;s short track national championships on the final day of competition at the 2014 USA Cycling Cross-Country Mountain Bike National Championships, July 20, at Bear Creek Resort in Macungie, Pa.
- Beware of some very uneven pavement on Centaur, WHC and Ossenfort. It looks like they have shaved down irregularities and are preparing to resurface around driveway entrances as well as where roads intersect. The places where roads intersect are 1-2 inch up-bumps that at a minimum rattle the rims, though taken at speed they could be rim-wreckers. Taken at an angle (like the intersection of WHC and Ossenfort or WHC and Reiger) you could also have a wheel come out from under you.
I hope the repairing phase goes quickly as these are among my favorite roads.
- Leadbelt rocked today!! Mark Grunke laid out a heck of a well groomed coarse and ordered up excellent weather, and that equaled a big turn out of racers and some really deep fields in the classes.
NIMES, France (VN) — The band didn’t miss a beat.
The brass pitches rattled off the back of the team buses and into the beers of those on the street corner. The air was light and clean after the rain, and the town of Nimes was in merriment. A race, a winner, drinks, soft light.
Twenty feet away, the Norwegians were yelling and chanting at the Katusha bus for Alexander Kristoff. Their man had won his second stage at the Tour. They overlaid their cheers with the band on the corner in spikes of a misshapen sound.
Just beyond all that, the halo of reporters muffled Jack Bauer’s New Zealand accent as he explained what it was like to almost win a Tour de France stage. What it was like to be caught just meters short of the finish in Nimes.
Almost. After riding a two-man breakaway with IAM Cycling’s Martin Elmiger through the wind and the rain and the slick roundabouts that made chasing them down hard.
“It’s one big black cloud. I had a bit of a moment there on the finish line. And the final meters of a stage like that after such a big effort over the day, over so many ups and downs,” he said. “And last K, I knew I believed … And I thought I’d won the stage, yeah … When I realized that I didn’t, my world came crashing down for a minute. But that’s bike racing.”
There are about 170 riders riding thousands of kilometers over 21 stages in July. Thousands of bottles, hours of radio-relayed numbers and commands from directors. It’s full-gas all day. There is one winner. For a rider like Bauer, there are limited chances to be perfect on the grandest of stages; a helix of factors twisted together on Sunday to give him this very shot.
It didn’t end with his arms up, it ended with him in tears, as it often does in bike racing, a cruel sport with harsh margins and ample what-ifs. The deer of the breakaway were slashed in the haunches again by the wolves of the peloton.
“It’s a childhood dream to win a stage at the Tour. And for a person like myself, I’m normally a domestique. It was my first chance to actually be up the road,” he said. “I really gave it absolutely everything. As you could see from my meltdown at the finish line I was pretty disappointed to come away empty-handed.”
This is a sport of narrow margins now more than ever; tissue-thin planes separate winners from losers. It’s harder to win every day now, every year now. Just ask the man who finished second.
“Times are changing. Every year there’s two or three teams less. Don’t understand me wrong, but there’s no shit cyclists anymore,” IAM’s Heinrich Haussler said at the bus. “The riders are going to be more versatile these days. It’s not like five or six years ago where a climber was just a climber. Or a sprinter was just a sprinter. I mean you look at some of the other stages, 30, 40 guys making it to the finish and it’s, you know, there’s still three or four sprinters there. You’ve got to be able to do everything these days. It’s just really hard.”
The Tour is the sport’s overall apex, and there are so many men with so many chances to take a stage win. Win here and it’s something that goes next to a rider’s name for all time, in France and beyond. Those opportunities are fought for before the TV cameras click on. So Sunday into Nimes, Bauer knew exactly what he had on the line. After 200 kilometers away, he dug deep. Deep in those last 400 meters, his last-ditch moment. It was enough. It had to be enough.
“I really made sure that I knew in my head that this is a once in a lifetime chance, and not to muck it up, you know? Lay it all on the line. And I did that. It didn’t really work out, but that happens so much in sport,” he said. “There can be only one winner. It’s a little bit harder in cycling when you have, say, 200 people in the peloton. But I’m not going to say that’s going to be my only opportunity, but it’s definitely one of few.”
Bauer’s director Charley Wegelius appeared hollowed out but by the near miss. A former racer himself, Wegelius knew what was on the line, too. Asked why bike racing was so cruel, he was to the point. It seemed he had no choice.
“It’s terrible. Heartbreaking,” Wegelius said. “I don’t know. Yeah. I don’t know. They could have just put the finish line 20 meters earlier and it would have been fine.”
As the team buses undocked, the band on the corner played on. It always plays on. Different men dance their turns with it every July. And no matter whose turn it may be, the music always remains.
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NIMES, France (VN) — Tejay van Garderen “is in the flow,” a magical, elusive place where things start to click in a bike race. When the luck starts falling your way, when the legs feel light in the pedals, and the confidence grows by the kilometer.
That’s the assessment of BMC Racing sporting manager Allan Peiper as van Garderen pedals into the final decisive week of the Tour.
“He’s confident in himself, he’s balanced, he’s focused … he’s in the flow,” Peiper told VeloNews after Sunday’s wild ride into Nimes. “You can’t order that. It comes by different circumstances.
“‘Being in the flow’ is a different place … after four crashes and losing a bit of time, GC-wise, he might have taken a mental blow, but he’s come through that even stronger. He got some inner strength out of it, and he’s moved on.”
Indeed, after a rough-and-tumble start to the Tour, van Garderen’s confidence is on the rise. After surviving two harrowing weeks of racing and battling through a minor bout of bronchitis, the BMC captain enters the final mountain stages with his podium dreams fully intact.
Van Garderen is fifth overall, 5;49 behind an untouchable Vincenzo Nibali (Astana). But he’s only 59 seconds from third-place Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale), and 1:12 from second-place Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).
Peiper said BMC is refusing to fall into the trap of assuming that a podium place is assured. Facing three tough climbing stages over the Pyrénées, the team realizes anything can happen before arriving to the long time trial in Bergerac, which should play into van Garderen’s favor.
“It’s a war of attrition, and the last three days in the Pyrénées, we’ll see who is worthy of the podium,” Peiper said. “We’re not thinking about the time trial yet. We’ve got three hard stages ahead of us in the Pyrénées, and the most important thing is to take it day by day, and taking nothing for granted.”
BMC rallied around van Garderen in the final hour of racing in Sunday’s windy, potentially explosive stage across the Rhone Valley to carry his fifth-place GC position into the final rest day Monday.
“It was looking like today was going to be a sprinters’ day, but the wind and the rain made it a day when you had to be mentally switched on,” van Garderen said. “I am glad the rest day is tomorrow. I just want to mentally recover — do a little face time with the family. Today was no mental recovery. So it is all about taking advantage of tomorrow.”
Watching van Garderen’s performance with growing satisfaction is Peiper, who took over the team’s sport director staff last year following the departure of longtime director John Lelangue.
So far through this Tour, Peiper has been hanging in the background, letting his lead sport director staff of Yvon Ledanois, Max Sciandri, and Valerio Piva handle the day-to-day strategy, decision-making, and race-day tactical calls.
But Peiper was instrumental in making the decision to fully back van Garderen’s candidacy to lead BMC for the Tour, and redirect 2011 Tour winner Cadel Evans toward a push for the Giro.
So far, that decision is paying dividends. Van Garderen has stepped up as team captain, and is posting strong performances that only fuel the team’s confidence going into the final week.
“There is no question about him leading the team. It’s been a natural progression over the last couple of years; winning California and Colorado last year, he was fifth in the Tour a few years ago, he’s done all the pieces, it’s getting the jigsaw together,” Peiper said. “Maybe the jigsaw isn’t right this year with some of the crashes, but there will be a time when we get the pieces 100 percent right.”
As Peiper mentioned, the team is trying to stay focused on the day-to-day rigors of racing, and not look too far ahead. But it’s clear that if van Garderen can stay where he is on GC, he has a very good chance of finishing on the final podium.
Van Garderen estimated he could take at least one minute on French climbers Bardet and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), fourth at 43 seconds ahead of van Garderen. It’s not unreasonable to think that van Garderen could also catapult ahead of Valverde to finish second overall.
“He’s in a good place, the team’s excited. We’ve brought him to the place that he needed to be, and the sport directors have done well with their directions. Now we can race the rest of the Tour,” Peiper said. “At the moment it’s all moving in the right direction.”
A turning point came in the Vosges. Van Garderen had crashed four times; once in the UK, twice in the stage across the cobblestones, and a fourth, yet more brutal impact on the road to Nancy in stage 7.
The next day, van Garderen stayed with the final surges from Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Nibali at Gérardmer. Two days later, at Belles Filles, he battled to sixth in the stage, just 22 seconds behind Nibali. That’s when van Garderen proved to himself and the team he could stay with the best.
“One big surprise was after his fourth crash [in Nancy],” said Peiper. “From what I know of Tejay, maybe he was a bit nervous about where he was, but after the first mountain stage, he proved he was there, and since then, I’ve seen him grow. His confidence and mental state and stature … I’ve known Tejay quite a while, and I’ve never seen him like this. And the boys pick it up as well, and that’s a good sign for the coming big days.”
The building blocks have been in place for a long time, and now that van Garderen is “in the flow,” Peiper and the rest of the team believe that anything is possible.
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Mongoose Sabrosa - singlespeed EBB or geared, disc only frame fits 29x2.1 in back - new - (small) - Saso rigid alum fork - FSA Zero Stack headset ano green - $100 (or trade for 29er 100mm fork)
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GT Transeo Disc only frame - new - small - fits 29x2.0 tires. - $40
The last pic is not my bike, but what I had envisioned.
Bontrager Satellite handlebars - excellent shape - $10
Crank Brother Iodine C Headset - excellent shape - $20
20.56mm stack height allows you to run a fork with a short steerer
Tektro 31.8 cross top levers $10
Easton EA30 26.0 1-1/8 clamp 120mm stem - new - $5
Amber gold Integrated headset - new - Campy style - $10
Titec Miller 1" threadless road stem - new - 90mm? - $5
Shimano BR550 cantilever brake - new with cartridge pads and hanger - $20
Avid FR-5 v-brake/mech disc levers - used - $20
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Suntour XC Comp front thumbshifter - new old stock - $10
105 cranks - $10
Cyclone front derailleur - new old stock - $5
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