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10 Takeaways from Le Tour

The 102nd Tour de France is in the books after one of the  most competitive editions of the race in recent memory. Chris Froome of Team Sky was declared the overall winner when he passed through the finish line beginning the first of ten circuits Sunday in Paris. Race organizers [...]

By | July 26th, 2015|0 Comments

Redemption!

After yesterday, I did not think it would be possible for Tony Martin to wear the yellow jersey. After one of the more memorable stages in memory, Tony who unlike Thibault Pinot who had a complete meltdown after both punctured with 20km to go in Stage four, kept his cool [...]

By | July 7th, 2015|0 Comments

To have worn yellow and lost is better than not wearing yellow at all

A little word play describing the first three stages of the tour this year. Maybe it would better describe the heartache that Tony Martin is going through right now. I will revisit Tony in a bit. What a first three days, huh? With tomorrow's cobble stage, the first week is [...]

By | July 6th, 2015|0 Comments

A deal is a deal

There is no way to adequately describe  in a blog format the entire meaning of this title. As with most of my stories, I will circle back to the title after a bit of explanation. In 1991, I made Sonoma County my permanent home after a brief stay in the [...]

By | June 1st, 2015|0 Comments

Peter Stetina seriously injured

Peter Stetina courtesy of his twitter page @peterstetina As reported by Velonews yesterday, Santa Rosa resident Peter Stetina who races for Santa Rosa based BMC Racing Team, was seriously injured in a crash in the final straight of the first stage of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco in [...]

By | April 7th, 2015|0 Comments

Super Sweetwater Grasshopper: a photo essay

Today the third of the five legged Grasshopper Adventure Series was pedaled from Sweetwater Springs road to the finish on top of Coleman Valley Road. In between, 60 miles and 9,000 feet of verticle climb over both paved or gravel road greeted the 250 participants. Riding a Grasshopper is an [...]

By | March 21st, 2015|0 Comments

How I learned to ride faster

I may be getting older, but give me any flat Strava segment a quarter mile to half mile long, I bet I can put my name near the top of the leader-board. There is a reason for that. I had a lot of training and motivation that requires a little [...]

By | March 16th, 2015|0 Comments

It is never raining again

  Giampaolo looking ready to ride! Stefano taking pictures as always. Yes Stefano, they don't have trees like this in Italy! Sweetwater through the Oaks and grasses. Stefano and Silvano on Harrison Grade The title "It is never raining again" [...]

By | March 9th, 2015|0 Comments

Tour of California route announced

The Amgen Tour of California announced their 10th anniversary route today which by omission did not include Sonoma County for the May 10-17th race. California has so much to offer in its varied landscape, so when Lodi, Ontario and San Jose are featured cities in this years tour I can [...]

By | February 19th, 2015|0 Comments

Spoke rage and helmets

In the past two weeks there has been a lot of dialog over the cyclists mowed down by a teenage lunatic in Ukiah and the proposed helmet law being floated by State Senator Carol Liu. First, let me address the kid who turned his Honda into a battering ram.  I [...]

By | February 17th, 2015|1 Comment