Dec 10, 2010

This week in cycling.

You probably don't have the time to scour the depths of the Internet to find out what's been happening in the world of cycling. Well, luckily, apparently I do. I also know that you probably aren't interested in reading about some obscure cyclist, of whom no one has ever heard before, joining some obscure team, of which (you guessed it) no one has ever heard before. So, I'll try to keep this relevant and somewhat entertaining because I sure as hell don't want to be confused with some sort of a serious news-reporting outlet, as that would surely suck all the fun out of this blog. So here are some of the more interesting things that happened in cycling this week - as always, according to me.

1. Where's the beef? You guessed it, this little nugget is still keeps churning out news. Just as Alberto prepares to defend his good name, it seems all but certain that Andy will be going into the 2011 tour wearing #1. As a lawyer, I can tell you, it's very hard to win a case when you've eaten all the evidence. You think maybe now cyclists will leave a bit of their meals in plastic bags just in case manure from a Clenbuterol-injected cow was used to farm the zucchini? I dunno, but that will make one stinky team bus.

2. Team Radio Shack is leaving the cycling business. Yup, you heard it here first. Apparently, Johan Bruyneel is taking the team in a slightly different direction this off-season. And of course, as with his cycling endeavors, this little venture is already paying off with some podium positions.

3. In addition to probably having his name entered in the record books as the winner of the 2011 Tour de France, Andy Schleck has the honor of being called Luxembourg's male athlete of the year. This title comes as a bittersweet reward, as Andy beat out both his brothers, his father, uncles and three or four second-cousins, in addition to 15 others who qualified - they were male and in Luxembourg at the time.

4. Have you ever tried to assemble a piece of Ikea furniture? I'm convinced that to do it successfully on the first go, one needs to be an engineer with Picasso's view of the world. Only then do those instructions begin making any sense. So apparently, this year Ikea is giving each of it's employees bikes. I think that's a wonderful idea that promotes health, exercise and an active lifestyle. But the problem with the Ikea bike is the same as with the Ikea furniture - the assembly is hard to get right the first time.
Can you tell what's wrong with that picture?

The full video was first posted here, but later removed as you can tell from the comments. Thank you to a fellow blogger for getting the screengrab.

5.  Lastly, I'd like to extend an official congratulations to Andrew on finishing his first Ironman in Australia on Sunday. I know how hard he trained and I was happy to see him succeed. The other part of the story, which some of you might not know, is that Andrew borrowed my Time bike case to transport his rig to WA. Now, to all of you, this is (rightly-so) insignificant, but to me, it's a huge deal. This means that my bike case has now traveled to parts of the world where I am yet to set foot - is it reasonable to be jealous of an inanimate object?

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