Sunday, June 29, 2008

Weekend Wrap Ups

I for one can not wait for the Tour to start on Saturday! I watched the VS preview tonight and seeing C on there and his love of being the underdog was awesome. I can't put into written words how totally proud of him and the team I am. I swear someday Will might get really tired of all my good lucks and well wishes but until then I so plan to continue cheering him and the guys on! They're doing what could've been impossible 10 years ago and look at them now... Leading the way and showing the world what clean racing looks like! And they're having some damn good fun doing it. :-) So proud and so happy for them!

Some reads worth the time...
VelocityNation: Mike Friedman
TimesOnline: Countdown to the Tour de France: Jonathan Vaughters and his drugs-free team written by Paul Kimmage, author of Rough Ride.
WinnipegFreePress: Squeaky-clean riders
DenverPost: Vaughters: The anti-cyclist
Bicycling: The Few, The Proud (corrections for them... C turned 32 in May and Will just recently turned 27) Hard ride to redemption for one man and his sport
TheScotsman: Rehabilitated Millar ready for Le Tour, but Olympics can wait
EuroPeloton: Tour de France Countdown: 7 Days
VeloSwiss: Mad Cow Zen (love the last paragraph)
SportingJournals: The Tour de France: A Beginner's Guide (GG another one for you - Ha!)
PodiumInSight: The story behind the photo
DanSchmatz: yum yum (update pics on little Samuel)

Cure for sleep and cause for hangover...

What another busy weekend (sort of)! Started with being pretty tired Friday but deciding to go meet up with girls. We used to meet up for poker and cards and now a couple years later and a few kids for some of them, time together is pretty limited. No cards Friday but a lot of fun. I drank an entire large bottle of cheap wine myself and then topped it off with some homemade Sangria one of the girls made. Not the wisest thing I've done but so enjoyed. I wasn't driving so why not, right? After so many sleep issues the past couple months I have found my cure but paid for it a wee bit on Saturday. With focusing on weight loss and getting into shape, alcohol has been cut way back. I wasn't totally screwed come Saturday but I am most certainly not in my 20's anymore. HA!

The games were fun Friday night. No cards but we played some 80's trivia, a catch phrase game and good 'ol Yahtzee. I so scored with 3 (not kidding - I got 3!) Yahtzee's and only wish I could do that sober... tee hee hee. It wasn't a typical night out but it was so fun catching up with the girls and just doing some good laughing and relaxing. Good times!

Saturday was a pretty slow day for me. I wasn't totally hanging but I did pay for the enjoyment. Finally took a shower and got to getting some stuff done around the house at like 4 in the afternoon. I spent most of the day watching old cycling goodies and some soccer replay tid bits. Then Saturday night I found the Military Channel on cable and wow, not a good thing. For whatever reason I love that stuff. Neighbor Mike and I drive Miss Heather nuts with our enjoyment of the history channel and discovery. We're geeks with that stuff and like it!

Today was a bit different. Got another good nights sleep which was so good. I had planned to get some work done and then head out for a good 2-3 hour ride. I got up early to try and crank out some much needed work. Then got frustrated trying to run some huge queries and figured I could probably hammer out the work better at the office where I'd at least be focused. Went in and got a little too focused and didn't head out until after 5. Always odd being there on a weekend. You know others are in the building and every so often you "hear something" and it can be a little unnerving. You need security to get in but with 5 other floors of strangers it's just weird. I got a lot done but realized this week will probably be filled with 12-14 hour days to help keep my tour watching times open. With C and Will riding, I hope to catch every stage. IF I miss the live stuff in the morning, I'm sure I'll catch the prime time coverage but I enjoy the live, uncut stuff so much better.

I missed the bike ride today but did get in two really good work outs this weekend. Working out and doing the weights while watching the Seals in action last night helped but I so missed a perfect morning for a ride. It was 70, sunny, light breeze. Next time, it's riding and then focusing on work!

Tonight I met dumbass for dinner and have to say he just isn't going to change. He actually thought I would be okay if he stayed here at the house with me a couple nights a week to help him with gas prices as his job is only 15 minutes from here. Ummm... NO. Are you kidding me? It took me how long to move on and get into a good place in life again and took 2 restraining orders and lock changes to feel safe. Are you seriously kidding me with thinking you could stay here and that I'd give him a key? I mean really. I get shit for just allowing him to keep in touch. I might be soft when it comes to caring for others and giving 2nd, 3rd, and 4th chances but seriously. Apparently he's the only one who fails to see what he did to me. Heck this past week I had a seriously nasty bruise on my wrist and it hurt a bit to have 2 different people ask if everything was okay and if I was keeping him out of my life. That kind of reminder of how ugly things got really sucked. Moments I guess only reassure the choices I've made the last year were the right ones.

But on to tonight... A beautiful night with a good wind and cooler temps. Getting laundry done and lots of reading up on things. All the windows are open and other than the fireworks getting to poor P, an awesome ending to the weekend. Caught some of the swimming trials tonight and just got more geared up for the Olympics coming. Phelps scored another world record and there were some American records broken too. Love watching the athletes and can't wait to see them in Beijing!

On to a new post with some linkage on cycling.
I'd skip it but I do it more for me to refer to later so I hope you enjoy! :-)

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Another Long Day

Yesterday was 12 hours, today 11. Thank God tomorrow is Friday! I'm looking forward to the weekend already. :-) My knee that decided to swell a bit over the weekend is finally feeling good again. Now I have a hideous bruise on my left wrist that hurts like hell. The sad thing is that I have no clue what I did. The swelling and bruising is similar to the accident back in December but that was caused by the side window. As much as it hurts and as pretty as the bruise is, I would hope I'd remember hitting it but nope. Woke up yesterday and went to put my watch on and almost couldn't. Lack of sleep is starting to become painful and causing harm to the memory...

It's a little quiet in the cycling world right now with National Championships going on, wind up for the Tour, and gossip enjoyment. The kids in the sport are riding the Tour of PA this week. Versus is covering it so it's nice to be able to see who's coming up. Youngin' Alex Howes won the most aggressive Jersey yesterday - kudo's to him! Check it out if you have the 20 minutes or so for the nightly recap.

After getting in my laughs for the night over at PdC, I am heading to bed. Tomorrow should be a lighter day but I have a strange feeling it might end up being another long day at the office. Ugh.

Reads for the Day:
EuroPeloton: The Beauty of the Cyling Fan's Pursuit (one of the many post reasons I love his site!)
BikeSnobNYC: Real Niche Sports: HBO Does Millar
Spinnin'Wheel: Millar on HBO, Garmin Roster, Papa Georgio x2!
NYTimes: (Yet another) Correction: An Olympic Cyclist's Levelheaded Advice
STLtoday: Dreaming of Foot-Hi Pies... and the Tour de France (it says C was at TOM last year but he was busting booty in the Vuelta)

BikeRadar: Tour de France glossary (GG this is for you!)

And the fun writings from Will have begun - Slipstream_Will: Now to get ready...
PodiumInSite: Kevin Lacombe wins Tour of PA stage 2; Steven Van Vooren still in yellow (Make sure to check out Lyne's other entries. She's great with the write ups!!!)

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Midweek Messes

So it's now just after 11 and I have no flippin' clue where my day went today. 12 hours at the office trying to get some serious work done. I even skipped the gym this morning for a meeting and an attempt to stay focused. I got a lot done but when I left tonight, felt I was no further ahead. Craptastic. can't win. Hoping to head to bed really soon to attempt to get some sleep and the not sleeping is quickly catching up.

Some reads:
VN: Fresh Korn - The beginning of the dream
TheServiceCourse: Hey Lance!
SarisCyclingGroup: Training Camp Summary
Ciclismosam: Garmin-Chipotle H30 Tour Team Announced
BikeRadar: British road pro David Millar featured on American sports show

And for those that read Brad Huff's blog on Pizza Legs,
Here is Nick Reistad's "As The Bean Turns" clip of Pizza Leg Syndrome.
How he does the clips with out busting up laughing is beyond me.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Garmin Tour Team Announced

And I am so excited with it! Hearing bits and pieces over the past couple months and seeing injuries come and go, it's always a gamble guessing early. Back in April I had guessed: C, DZ, Maggy, Juilan, Millar, Pate, Will, Lowe, & TD. Since then DZ has fractured his back and Tommy D is well, I'm not sure. (Actually considering something like Lyme or some other something that needs specific testing to check out could actually be affecting him.) I'd say that my guess was not too bad. Ryder and Martijn should do well but no one will take the place of DZ and I'm going to miss seeing him there. I hope he heals up to make the Olympics.

I am super happy for Will making the team. Having followed him since his Fresh Korn entries hit VeloNews last March and having the pleasure of emailing with him since later last year, I truly could not be happier to see his name on the final list. Great stuff. He's one of those that has made solid progress over the years with hard work and works hard for results for the team (let's look at MSR earlier this year again shall we...) and kicks some serious ass! Plus he's a great teammate and friend to the guys so to see all those things he's been working at pay off with a trip to the Tour for him - Awesome! Serious kudo's to him. Happy Happy!

I'm already really excited for the Tour. I dropped C an email yesterday wishing good lucks and happy birthdays. Leah's bday is tomorrow and little Uma's in on Thursday. Hard to believe it's been almost a full year already. I can only imagine how touching those thoughts are for C and Leah. It's been a pretty amazing run and hopefully great things are going to continue right on into the Tour.

Great stuff and now I hope that Will and C both write on the team site and for VeloNews during the Tour. I've always loved C's diaries so hopefully they'll be brought back over the next several weeks for some great perspective and some good laughs. Good Luck to the whole team!!!

Garmin-Chipotle, presented by H30 for Tour de France
Magnus Bäckstedt (S)
Julian Dean (NZ)
Will Frischkorn (USA)
Ryder Hesjedal (Can)
Trent Lowe (Aus)
Martijn Maaskant (Nl)
David Millar (GB)
Danny Pate (USA)
Christian Vande Velde (USA)

WillFrischkorn: The boss, and the TOUR!
PodiumCafe_SuiJuris: Garmin-Chipotle (nee Slipstream) TdF Startlist
VN: Garmin-Chipotle names Tour squad
CW: Slipstream name Tour de France team

SportsBusinessJournal: Cycling keeps pace
CW: Dan Martin: The one that got away?

Monday, June 23, 2008

Busy Weekend

What a jammed pack weekend. Started with a 22 hour run on Thursday and just kept going. Got up to WI after a 3 1/2 hour drive and crashed as soon as I got in the house at 2:30 am. Got up when my mom left for work about 6.

Read and updated some stuff I had to take care of and then headed over to my cousin's to watch the Tour de Suisse. Fun stuff there sharing the race. Then caught up on some cycling reads and before I knew it my brother was back from getting my niece. Went and spent some time visiting them. Then we decided on where to meet for dinner later and I took a small nap while watching Euro2008. Such fun to be able to just chill for awhile. Red and B got caught in the rain on his bike after dinner and then B came and spent the night by us. I was dead tired but her and I still sat up and played games from Sorry to Yahtzee to Uno. Gotta love chilling out back home.

Saturday was a packed day. I had to run a bunch of errands in the morning and attempted to help my Aunt and Uncle out with grad party set up stuff. Caught up with my other cousin and his wife who were home. Went back to my moms and watched a little more soccer. Then off to the grad party and catching up with family. Mike is huge into computers and is going into the Marine Reserves this fall. He was having a LAN party with his friends and I have to say it was quite the site to see like 20 computers all hooked up in their basement playing games. The Wii was hilarious as Mike had it hooked up to a projector on the wall and guitar hero projected to life size on the was worth every laugh had! From there my mom and I headed down to Grafton for the race.

That was a lot of fun. The bars along the course were enjoyable too. I met Chad Hartley who my mom is now a huge fan of. The race was enjoyable and had several turns to go watch and some small climbs to add some excitement to the race. After that it was back to my moms and to bed!

Sunday was busy too. Got up early again and went to check up on some cycling. Then got back and headed out with Red to take B back to WI Dell's to meet back with her mom. About 6 hours later we got back and changed our plans of going out during and after the race. Red decided to head into work and I headed off to see the race in Sheboygan. Another enjoyable evening. The course was flat and pretty short so the riders flew around every couple minutes. After the race I went and talked to Chad and got a picture with him. Then it was time to head back to my moms. Jay was having seizures and the weekend might've been too much for him.

After that we grabbed a bite to eat and I headed out for home. I drank a bit too much coffee to make sure I stayed wide awake though and once I got home I was wired. I think it was about 5 or so this morning when I finally crashed. I know it was light out. I slept for a few hours and then got back up to take care of some work stuff and to bail out my email. It amazes me that I was only gone 4 days yet had over a hundred emails. Good stuff and nothing urgent but wow. Now tonight it's an attempt to get back to work and schedules. Augh....

Misc Cycling Updates

Having a super busy weekend made it hard to keep up with everything going on. On a daily basis things are pretty easy to go read. After almost 4 days my email both at home and work were ready to explode. Quick congratulations to George and Mel Hincapie on little Enzo. Mel had the baby on Friday and all read's that they're both doing well!
Catching up finally and putting things here that were enjoyable and worthy reads...

Local Weekend Racing:
I was back home and went to watch the Giro di Grafton on Saturday and crit in Sheboygan on Sunday. Both were a lot of fun. Both Chad Hartley of Jittery Joe's and Garrett Peltonen from Bissell were there. Garrett finished 2nd Saturday night and Chad finished 3rd in both. I've been unable to find results so I'm not sure where Garrett finished on Sunday but know he won a couple money laps. See my entries at Podium Cafe for quick write ups and pics. I'd post more of the pics, especially from Sunday with the better camera but it took some time to link them.
PdC_Nikki: Giro di Grafton
PdC_Nikki: Sheboygan

World Record
Frazz-comic: Taylor Phinney (way to cute not to check out!)
Versus: Mike Friedman Profiled
TheMorningCall: Lea gets a leg up earning Olympic berth
TheVancouverSun: Canadian rider using Tour de France as Olympic warm-up Edwards, Ball to line up in Six Day events
MikeFriedman: Time Will Tell

Route du Sud:
Slipstream_Danielson: Ready for Route du Sud
Slisptream: Route du Sud stage 1: Martin 5th on stage, 4th in GC with fat time gap
Slipstream: Route du Sud stage 2 ITT: Martin, Lowe top ten; Martin 2nd overall
Slipstream_Martin: All I had to do was ride hard...
CW: Dan Martin moves up to second in Route du Sud
Slipstream: Prince of the Pyrenees Dan Martin climbs to top of Route du Sud GC!!
Slipstream_JV: The difference between good and great
Slipstream_Martin: All for one
CW: Martin moves ahead in Route du Sud
CW: Martin: How I took Route du Sud lead
CN: Daniel Martin: Recycling the family name
Slipstream: As a first for Team Garmin-Chipotle H30, Dan Martin wins 2008 Route du Sud!
CW: Martin: "A lot easier than I expected"
WillFrischkorn: 2 weekends, 2 wins
CN: 32nd Route du Sud Results
PodiumCafe_Gavia: First Wins! A Pair of Profiles

Tour de Suisse - Stage 9, Final

What another great stage! Tony wins it again. I so hope that never gets to be not exciting for me. I really enjoyed the Tour de Suisse this year. The scenery and racing done was great stuff leading up to the tour. I'm almost happy though to have a little break from it all before it starts in a couple weeks. This past weekend was a great reminder that a break can be good. I had limited access to the net so following was selectively chosen and to fill in the voids I was super busy with family stuff and some fun live races. Not much can beat that!

Live Chatter: CN - VN - PdC

Stage 9 - June 22: Altdorf - Berne, 168km
1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC 4.01.07 (41.905 km/h)
13 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team CSC 0.08
21 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team CSC
33 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC
34 Alexandre Moos (Swi) BMC Racing Team
52 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC
57 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC
70 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0.33
71 Steve Bovay (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0.45
80 Jeffry Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team 0.56
99 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team 1.36
123 Darren Lill (RSA) BMC Racing Team 4.40
DNF Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC
General classification
1 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 35.43.46
2 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 0.49
3 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 1.55
6 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team CSC 2.57
16 Alexandre Moos (Swi) BMC Racing Team 7.21
30 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC 18.18
50 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC 34.08
66 Steve Bovay (Swi) BMC Racing Team 41.30
73 Jeffry Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team 45.46
79 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC 48.35
81 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 49.20
82 Darren Lill (RSA) BMC Racing Team 50.10
87 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team CSC 52.30
97 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team 59.12
104 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC 1.01.26

TeamCSC: Cancellara Did it Again!
Astana_CMehl: Iglisnkiy Shines in Pink
BMC: Capping off a successful Tour de Suisse for BMC, Darren Lill finds his way into another long breakaway
BikeRadar: Suisse final: Roman Kreuziger hangs on

GrahamWatsonPhotos: Stage 9
AstanaPhotos: Stage 9
TeamCSC: Tour de Suisse Gallery

Tour de Suisse - Stages 7 & 8

Exciting racing over the weekend. Friday morning I watched the race with my cousin and we had some fun with it. Getting her up to speed with who's who become quite the job. Fabian won Friday's stage and I have to say I enjoy seeing him get that gap and win just about every time! :-)

Saturday was a much busier day for me back home so I checked in and followed a little bit but didn't watch it until I got back here late last night. Always enjoy seeing Jens! power along. I have to wonder if Frank couldn't have won the overall with out that crash on Wednesday. Even with the crash he continued on for some great racing.

Live Chatter: CN - DP - VN - PdC

Stage 7 - June 20: Gruyères - Lyss, 171km
1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC 3.47.09 (45.063 km/h)
6 Danilo Wyss (Swi)
BMC Racing Team 0.02
20 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team CSC
36 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC
37 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC
46 Alexandre Moos (Swi) BMC Racing Team
Andy Schleck (Lux) Team CSC
Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC
84 Jeffry Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team
Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC
102 Steve Bovay (Swi) BMC Racing Team 2.26
120 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team 6.07
133 Darren Lill (RSA) BMC Racing Team

TeamCSC: Fabian Cancellara Won Seventh Stage
Astana_CMehl: Iglinskiy Slips into KOM Jersey, Cancellara Takes Stage Win
BMC: Danilo Wyss takes 6th place in sprint to Lyss
BikeRadar: Suisse 7: Fabian Cancellara solos to victory (so love the photo)
GrahamWatsonPhotos: Stage 7
AstanaPhotos: Stage 7

Live Chatter: CN - VN - DP - PdC

Stage 8 - June 21: Altdorf - Col du Klausen (ITT), 25km
1 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas (24,848 km/h)
5 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC 1.26.20
6 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC 1.34.96
9 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team CSC 2.19.53
33 Alexandre Moos (Swi) BMC Racing Team 5.43.94
34 Jeffry Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team 5.49.57
45 Darren Lill (RSA) BMC Racing Team 6.51.63
50 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team 7.19.58
56 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC 7.33.29
72 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 8.34.88
80 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC 9.10.17
88 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC 9.39.12
98 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team CSC 10.19.78
119 Steve Bovay (Swi) BMC Racing Team 12.00.97

TeamCSC: Strong Time Trial by Team CSC Saxo Bank
Astana_CMehl: Kloden Moves to 2nd Overall Behind Kreuziger in Yellow
BMC: Race up the Klausenpass lives up to billing, turns GC on head
GrahamWatsonPhotos: Stage 8
AstanaPhotos: Stage 8

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Tour de Suisse - Stage 6

Today's stage was exciting and Kim Kirchen from High Road got the victory. There were some good attacks from CSC, including Frank which was great after yesterday's death avoided tumble. Jens! was in another break away. Such good stuff.

I am doing an injustice to this post tonight but I am so supposed to be packed and on the road already. Just a few hours behind schedule! Augh!!! I should be able to find some time to update a bit better but it might be tight. Packed weekend back home up in Cheeseland. Must go finish packing and get headed out. The 3+ hour trip is great at night with less traffic but even for me who doesn't sleep much, it makes for a long night... Chat with ya more tomorrow!!!

Live Chatter: CN - VN - DP - PdC

Stage 6 - June 19: Ambri - Verbier, 188km

Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team High Road 5.29.23 (34.264 km/h)
Andy Schleck (Lux) Team CSC 0.20
15 Alexandre Moos (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0.51
27 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC 2.21
28 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC
47 Darren Lill (RSA) BMC Racing Team 4.35
70 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team CSC 9.29
72 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 9.52
75 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC
83 Steve Bovay (Swi) BMC Racing Team
90 Jeffry Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team
107 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC 14.35
109 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team
138 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC
General classification after stage 6
Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team High Road 26.54.31
7 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team CSC 1.04
15 Alexandre Moos (Swi) BMC Racing Team 2.04
21 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC 4.36
44 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC 17.10
62 Steve Bovay (Swi) BMC Racing Team 26.55
63 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC 27.01
80 Darren Lill (RSA) BMC Racing Team 33.08
88 Jeffry Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team 39.35
90 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC 40.22
92 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 40.47
97 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team CSC 42.37
102 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team 44.46
123 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC 52.14

TeamCSC: Lots of Attacks from Team CSC Saxo Bank
Astana_CMehl: Andreas Climbs to 2nd on Stage, 6th on GC

GrahamWatsonPhotos: Stage 6
AstanaPhotos: Stage 6

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Yeah for Slipstream!!!

It was made official today - Slipstream Chipotle presented by H30 is now going to be Garmin Chipotle presented by H30! Very Very Very Good News! The past week has been exciting when it comes to team sponsors. First was Team CSC adding Saxo Bank. Then Team High Road adding Columbia. Today Slipstream adding Garmin. Great stuff for the three teams I love following! The Podium Cafe link below also includes some chatter with the press conference today, along with some giggles.

Getting a title sponsor is not easy work and it's exciting to see great teams getting confirmations before le Tour. The new kits will be released with the Tour's opening events and I've been assured we are not losing argyle and that the kits look sharp. Good stuff! I'm looking forward to seeing what High Road's new ones will be like and of course can't wait for the new Slippie outfit. I'm hopeful they keep the burrito in the back pocket as that always makes me smile when I see it!

The Tour de France is still a couple weeks away and I am already stoked to tune in. I thought I was glued to the Giro this year but the Tour will be even better. We get to watch it live and on TV - everyday!!! Can not wait! I'm even working on moving my work schedule around so I can catch the morning viewing and then head into work. If I can manage that, life will be pretty sweet. Work is picking up again so it could mean some long hours but late nights are nothing new. And if I'm still not sleeping by then, it'll really make no difference how late it gets. :-)

I've been guessing who will make up Slipstream's tour team since probably early April. I'm excited about the team and what they're doing and it will be great to see them at the big event. I have a pretty good idea on the roster and I'm hoping for some favorites. :-) Just another week for the official list and I'm hoping a change or two pops up to make it my dream team! Waiting to find out I'm sure will drive me goofy. The one sad missing link will be DZ for sure but I am hoping his back is feeling better everyday and that he is treasuring the time with little Waylon.

Slipstream/Garmin: Slipstream Sports Signs Garmin as Title Sponsor
PodiumCafe: Bye Bye to the Argyle Armada
ESPN_BonnieFord: U.S. teams' anti-doping stance helps land new sponsorship deals
VN: Garmin is the new title sponsor of the Slipstream-Chipotle team
EuroPeloton: Sponsor News: Slipstream Partners with Garmin
CW: Millar excited about Garmin sponsorship deal
DenverPost: Boulder cycling team nets sponsor
CN: Garmin-Chipotle: Cycling's new deal

Other Good Reads:
ObserverReporter: Friedman still in pursuit of Olympic spot
NYTimes: An Olympic Cyclist's Levelheaded Advice (Mr. VandeVelde offers advice)
NYTimes: Fit Comes First
VN: Will Frischkorn's Fresh Korn: Fluidity
And he teased us yesterday... WillFrischkorn: New Toys and his blog today linking to his VN diary.

Tour de Suisse - Stage 5

What a stage today! Work is pretty busy this week so I'm listening way more than watching which is okay for the most part. Then today I clicked over to see Frank and Fothen up in the lead and minutes later I watch as Frank goes over the guard rail! I am usually pretty good about not swearing but on our live thready today the F bomb came out of my fingers faster than I could even say it watching. OMG. I was very relieved to see him back up from the ravine below and getting back on a bike and then finishing the stage. So far, nothing is broken, and other than some major bruising going on, the man seems to be okay.

Frank has had some issues with bike handling in the past and he's not known as a great descender but wow. Would not have expected to see that. I'm pretty sure he probably would've won the stage but I am ever so happy to see him okay and finishing. Scary, very scary stuff.

Make sure to check out tomorrow's stage if you can. It should be another good one. (Hopefully no scary fall this time.)

Live Chatter: CN - DP - PdC

Stage 5 - June 18: Domat-Ems - Caslano, 190km

Markus Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner 4.47.31 (39.587 km/h)
8 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team CSC 0.57
12 Alexandre Moos (Swi) BMC Racing Team
38 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC 1.54
Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC 2.52
61 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC 10.08
Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC
77 Steve Bovay (Swi) BMC Racing Team 11.08
83 Jeffry Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team
84 Darren Lill (RSA) BMC Racing Team
87 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC 13.30
88 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team CSC
94 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team
108 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team
DNF Jose Garcia (USA) BMC Racing Team
Antonio Cruz (USA) BMC Racing Team
General classification after stage 5
Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 21.25.12
2 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team High Road 0.06
8 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team CSC 0.40
14 Alexandre Moos (Swi) BMC Racing Team 1.09
19 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC 2.11
49 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC 14.45
56 Steve Bovay (Swi) BMC Racing Team 16.59
57 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC 17.05
84 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC 25.43
91 Darren Lill (RSA) BMC Racing Team 28.29
95 Jeffry Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team 29.39
96 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team 30.07
98 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 30.51
110 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team CSC 33.04
123 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC 37.35

Frank Schleck Got Away Without Injuries
Astana_CMehl: Ivanov Scores 2nd Place in Wild Day of Racing!
RecovoxNews: Voigt benefiting from Giro Miles

GrahamWatsonPhotos: Stage 5
AstanaPhotos: Stage 5

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Tour de Suisse Catch Up

Severe sleep issues and a pick up of work are taking a little toll this week. I've been listening to the Tour de Suisse everyday but not really following it all that close. Which that is a shame as it has guys I love following like Fabian, Stuey, Frank & Andy, Jens! and the list goes on with others even not on CSC. :-) Robbie McEwen has won the last two stages and I can't say there was a lot of action to be glued to. Pretty much seem to be playing out as typical bunch sprint stages with the action being the last 10 minutes of the race. I have been noticing BMC getting into breakaways though and I noticed several in the bunch sprint today when I flipped over to watch the last couple k's. Great stuff for them. I'm not a serious follower of the team but I love seeing Americans and teams from here doing well over there so I will continue to happily cheer for them! Stage 2 had me glued to it and I loved it but these last two with work needing to be done I just can't find the time. I'm hoping I can keep better tabs on tomorrows stage. :-)

Live Chatter from PdC: Stage 1 - Stage 2 - Stage 3 - Stage 4

Stage 4 Results
General classification after stage 4
Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 16.36.44
2 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team High Road 0.06
3 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre 0.12
4 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC 0.16
9 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team CSC 0.40
15 Alexandre Moos (Swi) BMC Racing Team 1.09
45 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC 5.36
49 Steve Bovay (Swi) BMC Racing Team 6.48
69 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC 13.10
Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC 16.08
88 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team 17.34
92 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 18.18
97 Darren Lill (RSA) BMC Racing Team
104 Jeffry Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team 19.28
108 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team CSC 20.31
Jonathan Garcia (USA) BMC Racing Team 22.57
120 Antonio Cruz (USA) BMC Racing Team 23.24
142 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC 28.24

BMC: Jonathan Garcia launches the day's main break, while Alex Moos and Danilo Wyss finish top 10
BMC: Jeff Louder spends day on pointy end of race in 100+km 3-man breakaway
GrahamWatsonPhotos: Stage 4

Other goodies:
Mission Tour de France in full flight (anyone else think C needs a hair cut? ha ha!)
And this just isn't right but leave it to Boulder...

Monday, June 16, 2008

Woo hoo for Taylor!

Huge congratulations out to Taylor Phinney today on his record breaking pursuit! This pretty amazing youngin' set a new junior world record this afternoon of 3:16.589! He's only 17 and turns 18 next Friday. Make sure you keep an eye on him and cheer loudly for him in Beijing!

I was so hoping that both Mike Friedman (Meatball) and Brad Huff smoked the track and both been partners in Beijing. Bobby Lea clocked an automatic entry yesterday and both Mike and Brad met the time standards to qualify today but I don't think we get to find out which one fills the 2nd spot until 7/1. Grrrr.... I hate waiting! I love Meatball and after his Gold in Beijing in the Scratch race in December I so would love to see him back there in August. I also love Brad so to have them both going would've been super sweet! But now it's out of their hands and we have to wait to see which one is going. I tried to check out partners in the last few races but it was taking longer than I wanted. I think Meatball has been riding with Colby Pearce and Brad with Lea. I have no idea how easily partners for the Madison can switch up. I believe they've all been teamed up at various points and they're all super talented amazing guys so I'm not sure it really matters. Still curious though.

USA Cycling: Phinney clocks world record, Lea, Blatchford look ahead to Beijing
ROAD: Taylor Phinney breaks world record
VN: Phinney posts world pursuit mark
NBC Olympics: Phinney: America's next great cycling hope, and a legacy
Zippydsnail: LOTS of Scarey Fast Lap Splits at the OTT's

Brad Huff: day 1 Olympic Trials
Versus: Mike Friedman Profiled

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Who needs power?

Yeah, well like I selfishly do, okay. And considering where I work, I should hush up but it was frustrating today. Power popped off shortly after noon and I think it came back on sometime after 7 tonight. On one call I made it was reported that over 1200 homes in the area were out. It also estimated time back on about 4-4:30. They've gotten really good with the estimates but this one was off a few hours. The kicker was it going out after the serious storms had gone through earlier this morning and it was sunny.

Hoping it was short term, I got my shower in and then went with Miss Heather and the kiddies to the park. We opted to walk down to a different one versus the one right behind the houses. The other one has a huge pond and water fountain which is easy to enjoy. The walk there seemed a bit longer than we remembered and I laughed as biking over there never took more than a minute or two. :-) Little Jake and Miss Autumn had some fun and then the clouds came rolling back in so we headed back. Miss Autumn decided she wanted to walk with me instead of sitting in the stroller. Then a few blocks away I was carrying her. Luckily I love her to death and didn't mind a bit. :-)

I played a couple games with her when we got back to the house. Had a beer with Miss Heather after the kiddies went down for a nap. Then headed home to let my girls out again. I had kept the house closed up as it was still cooler than outside. Then they call to tell me Mr. Mike is emptying the sum pump in the basement as we're getting more rain. Lovely. So downstairs I go and start bucketing water out and carrying it up and dumping it down the drive way. Did that for about a 1/2 hour. Mike said he took out about 25 gallons and then made fun of me as I opted to use a garbage can to carry more out at a time. Hey, it worked.

When power came back on I got the laundry started again and read up on cycling. I did catch up on several magazines this afternoon that I hadn't gotten to but my day's to do list barely got touched. Cleaning, bills paid, laundry, etc all delayed. The good thing is I got a bike ride in yesterday. Today would've been great between storms but didn't want to be too far from the house with water level issues going on.

Yesterday's 2016 orientation was pretty enjoyable. I was excited before but after the meeting I am even more so. Good stuff going on with the planning and developing of the final bid proposal for Chicago. Very excited and hope to get some volunteering in over the next few months as training and such. Filled out the forms for the background check to be started and watched some pretty good video's they put together. This year being an Olympic year makes it even easier to want to get involved. Not sure it will ever change as I get older - I LOVE the Olympics! Great athletes representing their countries and going for gold. The stories are inspiring and it's worth every minute of time spent following and cheering them all on!!!

Having some serious sleep issues again (awake until after 4 am Friday night, having to be up by 7:30, then out by midnight last night only to be awake again before 3) has been taking a small toll. Even tonight I know I should head to bed (like now) but I have a few more things to wrap up and I'm honestly not tired in the least. This stinks as then I lay there for hours trying to fall asleep. And if I was tired and headed to bed at like 11 like a more normal time, I'd be awake by 4 for sure. Can't seem to win right now and have yet to figure out what's triggering this round. I only average maybe 5 hours on good spells which isn't bad but that's a high average. 4-5 is much more like it and then it all hits me and I crash hard but not well. Oh well though, not much can be done right now.

I hope everyone had a really nice weekend and a Very Happy Father's Day to all the dad's out there! I miss mine terribly and I look forward to my stop next weekend with the girls to see him and catch up for a little bit. Funny how he is still one of the best listeners I know and yet he's no longer with us. Miss ya dad. :-)

Dauphine Libere - Stage 7 Final and others

I got to watch both the final of the Dauphine and Stage 2 of the Tour de Suisse this morning. Have to say I enjoyed Friday and Saturday of the Dauphine but today was missing something. There wasn't a huge area to make up time but I think I like it when the leaders at least try to do something versus accepting the standings. The top 10 overall places were at risk with the break away but the top three seemed to ride in. I'm sure that's not how they felt riding it but...

Now the Tour de Suisse on the other hand - Holy Goodness!!! I loved it! We got to see Jens! go on the attack. Then a small bit later, little Andy Schleck attacked, and then following him, Frank went! It was good racing and exciting to watch! Frank got 4th on the stage!! Make sure to check out the results in the links below!!! Good, good stuff!! (Not sure I can put in anymore !!!'s to express the stage!)

Another good one to read up on is the Delta Tour. Will's been at that one and doing well with Slipstream. Today CJ finished 2nd, winning the overal - the points - and the young rider jerseys! So score for CJ and Slipstream with great riding and great team work! Also today began the Olympic Trials out in CA. Huge good lucks out to Meatball and Huffy!!! It would be awesome to see them both make Beijing together!

Live Chatter: CN - DP - PdC

Stage 7 - June 15: Saint-Jean-de Maurienne - Grenoble, 128km
1 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Crédit Agricole 3.17.20 (38,615 km/h)
10 Lars Bak (Den) Team CSC 2.21
13 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
15 George Hincapie (USA) High Road
21 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto
Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana
35 Michael Rogers (Aus) High Road
38 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC 2.40
44 Nicki Sørensen (Den) Team CSC
45 Craig Lewis (USA) High Road
Michael Barry (Can) High Road
59 Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team CSC 5.41
64 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC
79 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole 9.37
general classification
Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 27.34.39
Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto 0.39
Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana 1.24
11 Michael Rogers (Aus) High Road 5.33
18 Lars Bak (Den) Team CSC 10.31
20 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC 12.20
31 George Hincapie (USA) High Road 18.51
33 Nicki Sørensen (Den) Team CSC 21.05
40 Michael Barry (Can) High Road 25.33
42 Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team CSC 27.32
43 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 29.18
63 Craig Lewis (USA) High Road 44.33
73 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole 1.01.44
83 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC 1.08.14

TeamCSC: Lars Bak Maintained top-20 Spot
Astana: Valverde Finishes the Job
CW: Valverde triumphs in Dauphine Libere
GrahamWatsonPhotos: Stage 7
AstanaPhotos: Stage 7
TeamCSC: Dauphine Photo Gallery

Delta Tour:
Frazz: Frischkorn Forest (I was severly sleep deprived when I read this one but it's still making me laugh)
WillFrischkorn: Zeeland
Slipstream_Maaskant: My home-town advantage
Slipstream: Delta Tour final: Chris Sutton wins overall, points & best young with 2nd place finish!!
Slipstream_CJ: Dominating the Delta

Tour de Suisse:
PodiumCafe: Tour de Suisse - Stage 2 (sort of live chatter)
CN: Stage 2 Report & Results
VN: Anton leads Tour de Suisse
TeamCSC: Great Effort by Team CSC Saxo Bank
Astana_CMehl: Anton Sweeps Up the Middle
BMC: Alex Moos stays close to the leaders in difficult mountain top finish

RorySutherland: Nature Valley Grand Prix

Slipstream: GP Correios final: Farrar 5th in sprint, Martin holds on to 8th overall
Slipstream_DanMartin: Working it to the wet, dodgy end

BradHuff: Time will tell
MikeFriedman: Olympic Trials
BradHuff: Olympic Trials Schedule June 15-16

BikeRadar: Lance Armstrong talks Tour

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Dauphine Libere - Stage 6

What a great stage today! I wasn't able to watch or read anything on it until I got home later tonight but very glad I watched it on demand. Great racing today. Cadel made a serious attack attempt and then Levi went and then he attacked. The moves didn't totally stick but Levi did finish in 3rd with a few seconds on Velverde. I love seeing the leaders make the efforts to put each other in a wee bit of a bother! AND, Chris Anker Sorensen who was in the break away won the stage! Does it get much more exciting?!? I have a feeling CSC (soon to be Saxo) will always have a spot in my heart after the past few years of being glued to them. I am almost always happy to see those guys have a great day. Of course the almost comes into play for when its pinned against a few other favorites... :-) When Chris took off with almost 20K to go at the base of the climb thoughts of Jens! and Little Andy popped up and I was really happy to see him get the win from the effort! Great stuff!!! This was most certainly a stage worth watching and the last 30 minutes worth watching again!

Live Chatter: CN - DP (both Dauphine & Tour de Suisse) - PdC

Stage 6 - June 14: Morzine - La Toussuire, 233km
Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team CSC 6.15.53 (37.192 km/h)
Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana 1.10
Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto 1.17
13 Michael Rogers (Aus) High Road 2.13
23 Lars Bak (Den) Team CSC 7.08
25 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC
28 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 7.19
36 Michael Barry (Can) High Road 11.16
39 George Hincapie (USA) High Road
Nicki Sørensen (Den) Team CSC
59 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole 20.35
81 Craig Lewis (USA) High Road 31.50
92 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC
General classification after stage 6
Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 24.14.58
2 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto 0.39
3 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana 1.24
10 Michael Rogers (Aus) High Road 5.33
18 Lars Bak (Den) Team CSC 10.31
20 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC 12.01
30 George Hincapie (USA) High Road 18.51
33 Nicki Sørensen (Den) Team CSC 20.46
41 Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team CSC 24.12
43 Michael Barry (Can) High Road 25.14
47 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 29.18
67 Craig Lewis (USA) High Road 44.14
??? Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole

??? Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC

TeamCSC: Chris Anker Sorensen Won the Queen Stage
Astana_CMehl: Leipheimer Rides Strong in Attack-Filled Day
CW: Valverde hangs on to lead in Dauphine's toughest stage
BikeRadar: Chris-Anker Sorensen solos in the Alps Alejandro Valverde Soaks Up Cadel Evans Attack To Reinforce Lead

GrahamWatsonPhotos: Stage 6
AstanaPhotos: Stage 6

More Reads:
Slipstream: Delta Tour Stage 1: Maaskant and Sutton top ten on stage and GC

PodiumInSight: Jacques-Maynes and Armstrong win Nature Valley TT and take over leaderboard
VN: Armstrong, Jacques-Maynes tops at Nature Valley Grand Prix
PodiumInSight: Miller and O'Bee win the Minneapolis Downtown Crit; BJM and Armstrong retain yellow

Slipstream: GP Correios stage 3: Lowe 13th, Martin 20th and holding steady in GC
Slipstream_DanMartin: Riding the Portuguese roller coaster

PodiumInSight: Evan Elken wins stage, Tuft retains yellow in Beauce
ROAD: The Neil Shirley Report - Tour de Beauce - Stage 4a & 4b
TeamType1: Team Type 1's Ian MacGregor Fourth At Tour de Beauce
ROAD: The Neil Shirley Report - Tour de Beauce - Stage 5

BMC: BMC bides its time and stays safe in Stage 1 (Tour de Suisse)

MultichannelNews: No Soft-Pedal in Versus Campaign
TheUnion: Father's Day classic (nice write up on Scott Nydam)

Friday, June 13, 2008

Dauphine Libere - Stage 5

So my funk is gone I had on Wednesday and today's stage was pretty good! Work had priorities and ctv again was a struggle to get into so I watched it tonight. Good stuff. Levi lost some time which wasn't fun to watch. He kept looking like he would catch back on for a bit and then that was it. In his interview later he said he just wasn't 100% and sounds like he kept his tempo he needed to not to totally blow. Hopefully we get to see him come back tomorrow. :-) Cadel is impressing me more this year. I'm not sure if it's seeing him go on more of an attacking style or what for sure but I like it.

I can't wait for tomorrow's stage but I'm going to miss most of it until later in the day. I am going to a meeting for the 2016 Olympics in the morning that I want to check out. I know, I know, it's 8 years away but I am pretty excited about it possibly being right here. With that possibility I am really interested in volunteering and even seeing what I can do to get involved at work with it as if it is here, I'm sure we'll be a big sponsor. I always love the Olympics and to be involved would be thrilling. I'm really hoping it happens and that I can totally check out the cycling! I am so going to pray John helps take care of me! Tee hee!

A lot of racing is going on right now. And another starts tomorrow that I get to watch. Plus I'm trying to keep tabs on what Will's doing (Delta Tour). And Mike and Brad have their Olympic Trials on the track this weekend. Tons of great stuff to watch, read, and indulge in! I need to plug Lyne's site too - Podium In Sight. If you're like me and love following domestic races, she is SO the person you want to read from. She's great and keeps us up to speed really well. Make sure to check out all the links I've got to her site. She really is that great and so worth the time to read from! And huge cheers for Team Type 1 in the Race Across America! Make sure to cheer for them if they pass by!!!

VN: U.S. Olympic road hopefuls awaiting selection to Beijing
VN: Michael Barry's Diary - A homecoming at the Dauphine
Bicycling: 30 Defining Tour de France Moments
CW: Analysis: Who's going to win the Dauphine?

Live Chatter: CN - DP - PdC

Stage 5 - June 13: Ville-La-Grand - Morzine, 125km
1 Iouri Trofimov (Rus) Bouygues Telecom 3.07.46 (39.943 km/h)
Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto 0.18
Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana 1.24
Michael Rogers (Aus) High Road
18 Lars Bak (Den) Team CSC 2.13
23 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC
George Hincapie (USA) High Road 3.09
42 Nicki Sørensen (Den) Team CSC 4.06
56 Michael Barry (Can) High Road 6.07
60 Craig Lewis (USA) High Road 6.21
71 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 10.23
72 Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team CSC 11.31
98 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole 15.54
102 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC
General classification after stage 5
Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 17.57.50
2 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence-Lotto 0.37
3 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana 1.29
13 Michael Rogers (Aus) High Road 4.35
14 Lars Bak (Den) Team CSC 4.38
20 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC 6.08
34 George Hincapie (USA) High Road 8.50
42 Nicki Sørensen (Den) Team CSC 10.35
53 Craig Lewis (USA) High Road 13.39
57 Michael Barry (Can) High Road 15.13
72 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 23.14
77 Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team CSC 25.27
98 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC 34.19
101 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole 35.08

TeamCSC: Cuesta on the Attack
Astana_CMehl: Valverde Confirms on Joux-Plane
VN: A conversation wtih Levi Leipheimer: "I just had a bad moment"
CW: Trofimov triumphs in Dauphine, but Valverde still leads
CW: Dauphine Stage 5 Analysis: Winners and Losers
BikeRadar: Dauphine 5: Youry Trofimov takes mountain stage

Stage 5
Astana Photos: Stage 5

More Reads:
Slipstream: Delta Tour prologue: Sutton 5th and Maaskant 6th; Dean last but unharmed
Slipstream_DanMartin: Portugal Premiere
PodiumInSight: Tuft wins TT and takes yellow at Tour de Beauce
Slipstream: GP Correios stage 2: Martin 5th in hard mountain stage, 8th overall
Slipstream_DanMartin: My endless supply of ammunition
TheCaliRadoCyclist: A Thousand Words