What with all the TT talk on GamJams lately, it's a good time to resurrect my favorite TT race report ever, published right here on GamJams exactly one year ago today. You all saw how Jens Voigt lost his saddle on the Champs-Elysses during the last circuit over the weekend, and rode the last couple miles standing up? Well, what about losing it 3 minutes into a 40K TT?
Back to today's news:
- Peter Teeuwen Memorial TT #2 results are up on BikeReg.com. Mike Githens (Immediate Mortgage / Artemis Elite) posted the fastest time of the day in the 1/2 event, clocking in at 46:51. The fastest woman was TriPower's Laura Cook, who crossed the line at 53:26 to win the Women's 1/2/3 event.
- Pablo has 271 photos from the race as well. Look at the aero position of every single racer alongside their finishing times - it's the poor man's equivalent of wind tunnel testing.
- Speaking of wind tunnel, Pete Cannell broke the Lowe's Motor Speedway TT Series course record last night, with a time of 18:40.97, about 10 seconds faster than the previous record, held by Thad Dulin of Jittery Joe's Professional Cycling. What does that have to do with the wind tunnel? It's where Pete gets a lot of his fast. More on that in the TT Series #4, coming out soon.
- Jared Nieters has upgraded to Cat 1. Watch out, NRC.
- I haven't linked to the Unholy Rouleur in quite a while, which is reprehensible. Here's a link to an entry containing a suitcase of sausage and an olive branch extended to an unlikely new Forcat du la Route.
- TK has been busy busy busy. Next stop Junior Nationals?
And finally, the real tragedy about doping in cycling has finally been revealed. We all know it can cost you your career, your credibility, your health; it also puts at risk the careers of the dozens of people on your team, from racers to mechanics to soigners and managers; and it's tantamount to stealing from those you compete against. All of that we know, and all of it is tragic.
But worse still is this nugget buried within VeloNews yesterday:
Since the Riccò controversy, the team’s title sponsor has withdrawn from the sport but the squad will continue to operate under the joint sponsorship of the Scott-USA bicycle company and Mexican meatpacker, American Beef, based in Chihuahua. The company supplies patties to Burger King, one of its primary customers, and to Wal-Mart and Costco under various brand names.
Let your teammates dope, and you too could end up racing in a jersey emblazoned with a name as embarrassing as "Scott USA - Chihuahua Meat Packing". If that doesn't encourage a whole new wave of whistle blowing, all hope is indeed lost.