Who ya got?

Ronde de Vlaanderen is this weekend. One of the biggest races of the year along with Paris-Roubaix and the World Championships. I don’t think there is any better racing in cycling than one day racing, and the harder the better. Winners of these races are way better cyclist than any TDF winner. So this time of year makes for the best racing. This years race is looking to be one of the best in years. The racing so far this season has been very exciting, and, yes, both Boonen and Cancellara are both healthy, but I think the race is pretty wide open. Throw in the fact that the weather looks good and you have the recipe for some great racing. So I thought I would give my lists of who to watch for the weekend. Obviously Fabien Cancellara and Tom Boonen, no explanation needed. Also, Peter Sagan, my personal favorite. Sep Vanmarke has been looking really strong so far this year, and second last year at P-R shows he knows how to compete in the cobbled classics. Jurgen Roelandts’ showing last year and no Greipel gives him free reign of the team. Omega-Pharma also has Nik Terpstra and Zdenek Stybar. Stybar is another one of my personal favorites. His cross background translates perfectly to cobbled classics. Stijn Devolder has two Rondes alrady and showed some good form trying to pull Fabien back last week. Greg Van Avermaet  is on good form and will have the beastly Taylor Phinney working for him because he like his chances at P-R. Katusha will probably have Paolini and Kristoff in the mix as some outsiders. Sky has also shown more interest in the classics but I would be surprised at more than a podium. My last off the wall pick is……. Tyler Farrar. He has shown some decent form this year. With some luck he could stay in for a small group sprint. So what do you think? Have anybody else? Not like my list?

Also, if you are in the Kansas area, get to Manhattan on Sunday for the Wildcat Grand Prix. It is going to be an awesome crit around the K-State campus. I look forward to seeing everybody racing in the great weather. 

Fitness and Teammates

There are two things that bother me most about missing so much time on the bike besides not racing. First, is trying to maintain my fitness. This is such a critical time in the year for the rest of the season. I was just getting ready to start building towards a big summer. My “A” race for the season is supposed to be Tulsa Tough. It is now just two months away. I am still holding out hope for doing well there, but it won’t be easy. My season had started off really well. I have won four races already this year and took the overall in the local spring crit series for the 3/4; Thanks in most part to the previous mentioned wins, but also do to having an awesome team supporting me. This brings me to the second thing I will miss: helping my teammates. Having started the season off so well, I have most of the points needed for my Cat 2 upgrade. Knowing this I was looking forward to spending the rest of the spring helping teammates get some good results. It will be very difficult sitting on the sidelines not helping the team, but this does give me a great opportunity to volunteer at the races I would have been racing in. I really enjoy helping out at the races, but rarely get to because I am always focused on my racing. 

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Unsuccessfully trying to give my teammate the win. Photo: Lindsey Myers

Broken and Bored

So I have suffered the most common injury in cycling after road rash. . . the broken collarbone. To make it even better I have no epic story to tell to go along with it, just my own stupidity to blame. So, as I find myself unable to train just as warm weather is starting to take over here in Kansas, I need something to occupy my time. I decided it was a good time to start a cycling blog. As I no longer work in a bike shop, I no longer have endless people who actually want to listen to my endless rambling about cycling. Now back to sitting around the house in pain and counting down the days until I can get back on the bike.