Feb 26, 2008
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Feb 24, 2008
The ASO cited the doping scandals of last year’s Tour de France as justification.
There can be no comparison between the Astana team of 2007 and the new Astana. The entire organizational structure has been rebuilt under the direction of the team’s new General Manager, Johan Bruyneel, who has thoroughly cleaned house. What’s more, Astana has adopted the rigorous doping controls developed by anti-doping expert Dr. Rasmus Damsgaard, and Astana now spends more money on anti-doping controls than any other team in the pro peloton.
“That the happenings of last year…prompted the Tour organizers to leave Astana out of the season’s most important race sounds understandable,” notes Bruyneel. “However, Astana Cycling Team 2008 has nothing to do with the team of last year. We have done everything to change the dynamics of the team. New management, new riders, new philosophy. Only the name of the sponsor remained.”
The ASO has turned a blind eye to Johan’s efforts. By barring the entire team from competing in ASO events, outstanding athletes like Levi Leipheimer, who was not a member of last year’s Astana team and who has never been implicated in any doping affair, are forced to sit on the sidelines while their life’s work passes them by.
“When I saw the Tour de France on TV when I was young,” laments Leipheimer, “I knew that someday I wanted to do that race. I sacrificed my life to participate. After finishing on the podium last year I want to do even better. Now I’m a victim of an illogical decision and have been excluded from the race.”
Help put Levi’s dreams back on track by signing the petition to Let Levi Ride. Petitions will be sent directly to Christian Prudhomme, Director of the ASO, as well as to VS, the official US media partner of the Tour de France.
Go To: http://letleviride.com/
Feb 23, 2008
UPDATE: I GET A SURPRISING NUMBER OF HITS ON THIS, BUT SAD TO SAY, IT'S SOLD. Good luck in you search and check out the Park stands - they are very nice.
Feb 21, 2008
Click on the first photo to go to the Surly website and find our more about what makes this bike so different.
It turns out that apparently, Blogger does not let you rotate a photo, so go ahead and grab your monitor and turn it over on it's side to look at the second the second "head on" photo. Be sure to return it to the original position when you are done.
Feb 18, 2008
Feb 17, 2008
This is not my bike, but it's similar to mine. Because I am short, mine is a 16 inch frame, which exagerates the size of the wheels even more. It just looks so... wrong. There are all kinds on interesting design modifications that had to be made to the frame to accomodate the wheels and I am pretty impressed that Surly put that much effort into a bike. I'll post some more about the design mods once I get some picture of my actual bike so illustrate the modifications further.
This afternoon I ran to the Hub for a bottle cage. The wind was pretty gruesome and you just had put your head down and pedal, but is was so much more fun to be out and on a bike than stuck in the basement on a trainer.
Busy week coming up but looking forward to being in MPLS for the next week or so.
Feb 15, 2008
Feb 14, 2008
Today took me to Fairbanks, AK for several meetings. We had an early flight out of Anchorage on AK Air and got into Fairbanks in time for breakfast. It's only an hour flight to Fairbanks but by road it is about 7 hours. The Denny's in Fairbanks probably can lay claim t0 the most photographed restaurant sign in the world.
Got back to Los Anchorage by about 4:00, had a quick dinner at the F Street and packed. One early conference call tomorrow and I am off to Minneapolis for a bit. It's been two weeks up here and I am ready to return to normal life for awhile.
Feb 13, 2008
men·ace /ˈmɛnɪs/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[men-is] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation noun, verb, -aced, -ac·ing.
1. something that threatens to cause evil, harm, injury, etc.; a threat: Air pollution is a menace to health.
Feb 10, 2008
Molly and I slept in and then hung out in our old stomping grounds today. It was cold - about -10 when we woke up but we braved that and headed to airport park for a photo of Anchorage from a far. Water is steaming a bit, but you can see the ConocoPhillips builing (gold, tall on the left) the Atwood building (silver, tall, next to Conoco) and the steam from the MLP power plant outbound on the Glen Hwy.
The second shot is from the new location of my favorite discount outdoor clothing store (Great Outdoor Clothing Co. or something like that). It's on Northern Lights and Spenard, down from the REI store. I scored a cheap balaclava and some heavy weight long johns for winter biking - all for about $30. Sweet.
Feb 9, 2008
Feb 8, 2008
Feb 6, 2008
I will be up here for another week and a half. I get any better pics I will post them, but now, that's what I've got.
Feb 1, 2008
VINTAGE RUSSIAN REAR DERAILEUR COPY OF CAMPAGNOLO NEW !VERY "EXOTIC" ITEMmodel : XBZ made in CCCP !!BRAND NEW NVER USED COMES FROM 80'SHAVE SOME SHOPWEARWEIGHT : 167 GRAMS