Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Steel WÜl Cameo Trivia... Blanco Bandit

Question: What Steel WÜl rider is rocking the silky Lone Ranger kit?

Answer: Dano (who was asked to play Jan Ullrich in the Jan Ullrich story)

Sunday, October 27, 2013

It's all about the engine...that's my excuse anyway

When I saw Watson's photo of Joaquim Purito Rodriguez busting out the final move of the world road race, it reminded me of the photo of Boyer at the Coors Classic in San Francisco (almost 3 decades ago). Looking at these photos together, it is a great reminder that Boyer's time trial up Fillmore Street would still be very competitive today even with all the modern "advances".  

It is very easy to get caught up in the trap of , "these are lighter, more aero, more compliant, stiffer, electric, faster, better breaking, ect.." I'm pretty sure that Joaquim would have won that race even if he did not have the latest brakes from Shimano or a triple delux padded chamois. What you don't hear folks chatting about is how limber their hamstrings are or what they put in their system that morning. Hinault could care less about a riders V02 numbers or areo stats, all he cared about was how they held up in the freezing rain, muddy gutter, and scorching heat (sometimes, all in the same race). 

Next time someone coughs up a lame excuse like they were in the wrong gear or needed their other wheels, throw them for a loop and tell them you would have hung in but your IT band was just a little too tight and you're running low on potassium. 

The magic bullet can't be purchased, only chased. Judging by the looks on their faces, Boyer and Joaquim have the bullet in sight regardless as to what machine their engines are pedaling. 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Gran Torino Boogie...

The only thing that came close to matching the horse power of this Gran Torino was cousin Pete (the Reno Rocket)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Peter DePolo pedals to Bronze at SuperKid 2013

Nephew WÜleur: Peter DePolo
Maybe he will hang his medal next to his black-belt...

looking strong in transition...

In true Steel WÜl fashion Peter won the bike leg, after all he has participated in 6 Cobble Classics!

Finishing strong for a spot on the podium

Monday, October 14, 2013

KOM Porter Wesson: and then there was one...

Enjoy this short  from Black Dog Productions showcasing Porter's beat-down he issued on Fremont Peak. We pulled out all of our 'old guy' tricks on the steep stuff and he would not budge. I started off by asking him if he has ever been up Fremont Peak before (his pace was a little juicy). Once he chipped the group like a cheap piece of china, I had to change my strategy and work my mind control angle and pointed out the fact that we had a nice gap and that this is a good section to "recover" (for me). That didn't seem to work either as he literally pedaled right out of my view.