• but i’m a minstrel…

    by  • March 31, 2008 • too random • 12 Comments

    hey, it’s Monday … so, we’ll see how much time there is for make-believe

    ~ in the meantime, want to drop a couple things out:

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    Muchas Gracias ~

    Again, need to thank Julie at Wilddingo.com for the sweet convert to my own server and all the coding and graphic work she laid down to set up the site. She didn’t want me yakking on about her madskilz, but that’s just too bad. Wilddingo.com … check it out if you want someone to take your site to the next level.

    happyasalittlegirl.jpgAnd, want to put out a huge thanks to my woman, Sabine. If you’ll take a moment, i’d love to direct your attention to all them kickass pictures floating through the flickr gadgetry on the sidebar and header. Sabine and i have two passions, the bike and creating stuff. Well, we’ve done the combination on this site with her painting pretty pictures and me dancing goofy on the keyboards. We just fit together like that.

    What we’re trying to do is keep the ball moving forward in this online experiment with community and communication. Sabine has also kicked the blogroll and RSS feed tracking devices into the 11t … and that rawks. But with the flickr gadgets she’s got going on ~ she’s drawing in a large pool of AMAZINGLY talented photographers and inviting them to share with us their creations.

    it makes me do the happy-dance, to be honest.

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    JennieReed … World Champ

    coolmeter_inthe11t.jpgok, after she charmed the pants off us last year at our AmericanVelodromeChallenge … we in the NorCal are uniformally chanting “hellyeah” for JennieReed’s Keirin world title.

    Congratulations, Ms.Reed. We LOVE watching you race!

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    hanfordkiddies.jpgI can’t wait for time to sing full-throated about this weekend of bike racing in the NorCal. I know there were the soCal SanDimasWorldChampionships going on below the belt. And up in the peninsula there was the Pilarcitos Rhonde …

    but, if there was a more beautific, down-homey, fruit-filled slice of americana bike racing going on anywheres better than Orosi and Hanford this weekend … i’d be skeptical.

    Maybe it was spring finally dropping down on our shoulders and whistling just how wonderful the summer to come will be. Maybe it was just a few smiling spirits of friends passed, winking at us as they did the mystic pedal-by of praise and appreciation for the life blooming around. Maybe it was just one of those lucky combinations of warmth and challenge, friends and friendly rivals.

    i don’t know what it was folks, but it was heaven.

    it’s muchas gracias time.



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    12 Responses to but i’m a minstrel…

    1. March 31, 2008 at

      Yeah, such a shame the rest of the USA team didn’t show up to race…
      The medal table is perfect reading this morning
      Golds: GBR 9 – 1 USA

    2. March 31, 2008 at

      The British track program is absolutely on par with none, just brilliant! Well done Jennie too, awesome gal. Sabine pics are beautiful and so is she!
      Love the new website too (now i found it!)

    3. March 31, 2008 at

      The Central Valley series this year was the best ever, great weather and fun small town racing.

      Definitely some good times.

    4. BethWellie
      March 31, 2008 at

      Yea for the blog roll thing that I can subscribe to. Its like you guys have done all my internet wandering for me!

      we’ll throw more pics in the NorCal pool soon.

    5. Michael Hernandez
      March 31, 2008 at

      whole roll is up too


    6. Michael Hernandez
      March 31, 2008 at

      now we just need to get a kitty in the header


    7. Anonymous
      March 31, 2008 at

      Rhonde blurbs: It was windy and got more so over the course of both days. Impressive sighting on day one was Phipps killing it off the front after a few laps. He was motoring. He never really looked like he fell apart or pedaled squares. Inspiring to see a dude that size ride away in the wind in a crit. Damn. Impressive sighting on day two was the two BMC guys off the front. I’m still pretty new to racing, but I was surprised the two of ’em got away from that field. Then they were smooth like butter in the wind — just killing it up the climb. They never really fell much below 40 seconds after they established the gap. Seemed like Fred R. was on the front for a lot of laps towards the end. He rode a bunch of guys right in to the pavement. Seems like a lot of the former euro-pros are not winning as easily here. I noticed that one of the rockers lost the top spot at San Dimas. All in all some fun racing to watch.

    8. Robin
      March 31, 2008 at

      Jennie was amazing. 10 years and she finally wins one. She’s probably having world’s greatest hangover right now.

      Anwyay, She and other Momentum cyclists (Duvendeck, Smith and Ng) will be here July 20-21 once again before they leave for China for the Olympics!

    9. Dr. X
      March 31, 2008 at

      You still rock MH – we spent the whole day in Hanford: raced the first 2 sportie things and spectated all the way thru the Prosey action. Man, you never gave up! Inspiring. Plus, I saw you give one of the kids about to do her kiddie lap race your t-shirt and later you were handing out Williams Wheels hats to other kids. Your brief stint on stage w/the mic was the only redeeming commentary of the day. Yes, it’s called a man crush. See you in Martinez?

    10. Ippoc Amic
      March 31, 2008 at

      hurry hurry, we need to see your kitties in the header…yay…

    11. April 1, 2008 at

      it all looks fabulous…great job!

    12. April 2, 2008 at

      Dayamn, this site looks so mofessional. Remember when I tried to do something kinda sorta like this? Total flop. Glad someone has some ability.

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