Ronde Ohop 12

Mur de Mashel too

Mur De Mashel in 11

Granted David Longdon permission to use the Ronde Ohop photos I took last year on one condition. He had to include this smack talk:

Byron regrets to inform other Ohop racers that he will not be on hand to dominate this year the way he did last year.

and he did! It’s at the bottom of his post

Instead of throwing down that afternoon, I’m attending a wedding. Here’s my post on racing a kermesee in Eatonville near Mt. Rainer from last year.

“I blew” doesn’t indicate enough how explosive the moment was. Imagine Lou Dobbs ranting about illegal immigrants, with a bright-red face that builds up pressure until a whistle goes off on a teapot. It was like that with most of the pack zooming past me as I went backwards.

Summer Spin Around Mercer

After a month of riding hard and a week of racing in Portland, spun the legs out with Steve Gluckman around Mercer Island.

Unicorns and Chainrings

Unicorns and Chainrings

John Baxter joined us and with that head tube badge fit right it. Then we saw a Tri peloton and promptly avoided it.

Tri Peloton

Tri Peloton

Back towards Seattle rode with Big Bic.

Big Bic

Big Bic aka Matt Moore wears vintage jerseys, also is a software developer

Vino’s Jersey of Vino

He’s like a bicycle-riding Bond Villain that saves cycling from its boring, scripted, predictable self with each attack. After Vino’s gold-medal win, remembered when he wore a jersey with his face on it.


That was awesome too! See this post we wrote about him back then. It includes an oddly-soundtracked French video.

Sprinting with Cavs

A view of the sprint from a camera on Robbie McEwen’s bike during Last lap of the 2012 Ninove post Tour criterium 29 July. After Cavs, McEwen took 2nd, Sagan 3rd, and Petacchi 4th.

Go Vino GO!


Vino Wins!

Photo: Graham Watson

Vino’s fists punctuate his win and our point this year about professional bike racing. No race radios messes up strategy, especially with teams that are scripted. Used to a director GPS, live TV, and a spreadsheet with the gaps yelling in their ear, they paused, sat up, didn’t work together and Vino just went. That win is what Vino lives for and letting him go was a huge mistake. NBC’s coverage is being criticized again and confusing with an hour delay. Also there were no time splits being reported. It was a chaotic to watch, follow, and report.

Best race we’ve seen all year! The Vancouver Sun interviewed Ryder Hesjedal after the race. His quotes indicate what it was like out on the road, after Team GB set a blistering pace

It’s not like a video game — you don’t just push a button and say I want to go in the front more

and with large, yelling crowds

This race is so different, guys can get away, camouflaged by how many people there are,” Fraser said. There’s sensory overload.

With their sensors overloaded, confused and not knowing what’s going on, Vino just went.

That’s what he does and now has a gold medal around his neck. The bike he’s on is a Tarmac SL4 – rode one of those a couple weeks ago at the Specialized Global Product Launch. Got going pretty good on the descent and grinded back up the climb.


51.5 like a boss

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