On a Monday … begging for typin’ time … we discuss the haps ~
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CalGiantStrawberries have gone back-to-back with National Men’s Road Champions. Last year it was Maximus the Jenk(ins) winning a U-23 title against an uber-stacked field of young bull, farmfresh and laboratory approved.
This year it’s James “sliderule” Mattis winning the ELITE Natz jersey with AndyJM slamming down 2nd, with Steve the Rean nailing the coffin shut with a 5th.
… wait a minute, does that mean KatCuriMattis can’t keep making James do the dishes since she’s the one who had the Stars’nBars in the household?
Damn good showing for NorCal, especially considering that Evan Huffman took himself a 17-18 Title as well. But, there was definitely some weirdness to this Natz weekend. Apparently a 3 minute rule was put into effect for the road races … meaning, if anyone got 3 minutes behind the LEAD enclosure, they were yanked from the race.
So … in the u-23 race, a group of 20 or so got a 3 minute gap on a field of 50+ … and all 50 were pulled.
Or, better said by a cat who was there to see the mousin’ around:
“The promoter’s road closure permit only allowed for 3 minutes at a time, then they had to start letting traffic thru again whether or not there were still riders coming thru the intersections. Have to let the SUVs through to get the kids to the soccer game and buy triple lattes Starbucks.
What was funny is that going into the 6th and final lap, the main field (70+ riders) kept the gap to Mattis, AJM and Thurlow at exactly 2:50, then once we crossed the line everyone sat up and went into grupetto mode. By the end of the 6th lap the gap was over 6 minutes. We were told in prerace instructions that the only place the field would get pulled was at the finish line.”
There you go.
SoCal + USAC = clusterf*ck
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Not opium this time … instead, have some coke.
or, HappyMeals, Frappaccinos, RedPepsi, PizzaHut, …
they deserve it, if they want it.
just like us.
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As one corpo-fuck was quoted as saying, “Olympic sponsors are staring at a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to engage and snare the Chinese consumer.”
yeeesss, ensnare them. Get them!
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Ok, I’m pretty ‘snared’ by NicoleCooke.
i know i shouldn’t be this shallow (in public) … but daYUM ~ this photo makes me squirmy in the nethah-regions if you catch my drift.
But, of course, the story for me of this year’s Olympic Women’s road race is the abysmal number of athletes competing. 66 starters? that is criminal.
I can only gasp at the budgetary requirements of the Olympic Games (see corpo-influence above). However, i’m not really sure i understand limiting the number of women cyclists competing. As the real Armstrong said,
“I understand that perhaps the depth isn’t there for every country, but cycling is a team sport, so each country should have equal representation, whether it’s four, three or just two riders,” she said. “We should all be equal.”
Armstrong also believes that each member of the winning team should receive a gold medal, not just the rider who crosses the finish line first. Since riders work together to help a teammate win, everyone should receive a medal.
“Just like any other team sport, if you win, everyone deserves a medal,” Armstrong said. “The Olympics is looking for individual effort if they’re only going to award one medal. [Road] cycling isn’t just an individual effort. It’s a team sport.” VN
~ ok, that’s another one making me squirmy…
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The Drumm won Carrera this weekend.
I haven’t gotten any reports on this one yet … but it looks like BamBerger was the meat stuck ‘tween two slices o’ PROMAN’wich.
I love the expressions in GLau’s pic …
Shelley is happy like the clam to see her Teammie win the prize. Drumm looks like she earned it the hard way, and BLAMberger has that shrug of … “hey, whatyagonnado against two?”
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