Sep 25, 2017

Sanne Cant: Flandrien tough





What's up with the weather in the East? Here in Ontario records reached as high as 33C and Environment Canada issuing a heat warning to venture outdoors with caution. Yesterday in Waterloo, Wisconsin for the cyclocross World Cup temperatures soared to 32C... setting the stage for a sweltering day of hot, dry and dusty conditions that couldn't stop World Champion Sanne Cant from earning her first victory of the UCI cyclocross World Cup season. Last week in Iowa City she was third but this time she turned on her Flandrien charm.

















Photo: Red Dots Cycling






Sep 24, 2017

Three-Pete Sagan


"Kristoff is racing at home, and I'm sorry for that, but I'm happy to win again."




Peter Sagan made cycling history by winning a third straight world road race title in Bergen. A seven hour marathon or wearing down process remarked by Pete Kennaugh of Great Briton. There was little action until the final lap with the final climb of Salmon Hill. I just returned from my early morning ride to avoid the unusually hot temps (+30s C) here in the Ottawa Valley. I settled in to watch the last two hours or so. Julian Alaphilippe and Gianni Moscon reached the top of the climb and looked good and then the lead moto image was cut. The final finish cameras picked up the action and the pair was caught as Kristoff took off with 300m to go. I've heard the commentators mentioning Sagan but he is the master of lying low until he pounces. He was the only one strong enough to chase down Kristoff and perform the coupe de grace. What a classy win for Peter Sagan right into the history books.











"You always want more. I have to say a really special thanks to Owain Doull and Jon Dibben. I had a bike change at a really, really bad moment and they bought me back incredibly well. Luckily it all came together in that final 600m. I got into a decent position but those two sprinters out front... it was hard to catch them."
- Ben Swift, 5th place.



"You are a hard man to beat."
- Alexander Kristoff



Canadian finishers:

35. Guillaume Boivin 1:20
81. Hugo Houle  3:13
120. Antoine Duchesne  10:21





Legend



















Peter Sagan is true class dedicating his win to the late Michele Scarponi.






Sep 23, 2017

Giuseppe Marinoni: The Legend sets the world hour record, Bergen Women's Road Race

photo: Paolo Marinoni







I went out early this morning (to beat the heat) for my ride on my 1987 Marinoni. After my 2 hour ride I pleasantly discovered that Giuseppe Marinoni, on his 2nd attempt at the Mattamy Velodrome in Milton, had broke the hour record: 39.004 km, 156 laps beating the mark of 38.657 km established by Frenchman Paul Martinez. He used the same bike he made in 1978 for the late and great Jocelyn Lovell. Congratulations to the great man!


"He was more disciplined in his preparation. I have decreased his road trips and increased his speed training, because at 80, it's not so much endurance the problem, but rather speed. He was assiduous about computrainer, and his wife, Simone, supervised him. She acted a bit as an assistant coach. Today he followed the race plan and was more focused on the track. As expected, he got ahead early, and then he fought to keep it. Now it's settled until he's 85."
- Eric Van den Eynde, coach.























Meanwhile in Bergen...








The Dutch team rode a clever race as Chantal Blaak becomes worthy winner and new world champion. Leah Kirchmann rode outstanding and top Canadian in 12th. 
















Recon...



Sagan...




Bauke Mollema, Koen de Kort








Sep 22, 2017

Friday File: Enjoying the World's, Bespoked, Flandriens, Red Dots Cycling: Friday Flash Sale, Team Canada

Enjoying the World's in rainy Bergen.










Lot's on Friday File:

It's the first day of Autumn, my favorite season to ride. Cool, beautiful days of changing colors. It won't start that way here, this weekend will be unusually hot in the Ottawa Valley (+30s). I'll enjoy it.

Fantastic ride for Canada's up and coming junior, Simone Boilard. She is, so far, Canada's best performance of the Bergen road world championships placing 8th in the Junior Women's Road Race. Italian Elena Pironne rode the perfect race to win and now have two world champion jerseys. 













The French have won! Benoit Cosnefroy outlasted German Lennard Kamna for the exciting finish of the U23 Men's Race.





















The beautiful special edition Fizik Aria R3 made
for National Champion Oliver Naesen. Sunday he'll ride in support for Greg Van Avermaet and Philippe Gilbert. I see him as my dark horse to win IF the situation presents itself. 










Boom!
via Red Dots Cycling





Red Dots Cycling Flash Sale is on: For your Autumn rides; the all wool Urbane Rider cycling cap and the distinct Rosa cap. And New Lower Price on our team Red Dots Cycling Cap! 

Check out our unique caps here.
























The man to beat







Colombian time:
Jarlinson Pantano instructs Nairo Quintana and Rigoberto Uran










Canada will field a strong team. I predict we'll podium in the women's road race. Here's our team: 
Lex Albrecht, Sara Bergen, Karol-Ann Canuel, Leah Kirchmann, Kristi Lay, Alison Jackson.

Men's: Hugo Houle, Antoine Duchesne and Guillaume Boivin.





Sep 20, 2017

King Dutch






Tom Dumoulin is crowned world time trial champion on the super exciting TT course. Little I knew how exciting a TT could be, thrown in super tough Mount Floyen and sprinkled with overly enthusiastic fans... it was one to remember. The choice for all 63 riders beforehand was to stick with their TT bikes up Mount Floyen or change to a conventional one at the bottom before the climb. King Tom decided not to change and rode past the red carpet change area.



"I was doubting for a long time actually. But I took the decision not to risk it. It was the right one, I think."
- Tom Dumoulin



Now, will uphill TT's be the next big thing? I'm hoping so.






Red Carpet treatment...
Let's hope the UCI gets this straightened out.












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