When the first Belgian Country Jersey was released, I had only recently discovered the brand. Once I finally pulled the trigger on one of Rapha’s jerseys, the Flandrian tricolore was no longer an option. Tragically (yes tragically), each time I encountered the colors, whether on the net or in person, I would cringe due to the unbearable longing I’d suffer.
It’s a rough translation, but Laatste Ronde apparently is Flemish voor “LET’S GET IT ON!!” Also, voor de typophiles, it’s Futura set in Wes Anderson. There are so many levels of winning I’m afraid I’ll never uncover them all.
The finaal countdown. 4 more ronden to perfect your lines voor de LAATSTE RONDE. 4 more ronden to watch your competitors and learn their weaknesses/strengths. Also, 4 more ronden to get a mechanical or fux everything completely.
RAPHA HITS ME IN THE VISCERALS - Wants are typically born from an visceral emotion. A want is not typically needed. In order to close the all important gap betwixt want and need, one must add well-founded points of necessity. Let’s take a look at the recently released Rapha Pro Team Jacket, and see if I can convince myself it’s a worthy addition to my winter kit arsenal.
Yes, this is a gratuitous, “me too” posting of Jeremy Powers’ fantastic series—Behind The Barriers. But it should be noted that it’s not just a gratuitous repimp in a desperate grab for hits. I’m also going to discuss my feelings.
If you haven’t seen J-Pow’s cyclocross flavored video series yet, then recognize and realize you live a sad insular life. ‘Cuz it’s like a hit from a sunshine filled crack pipe—quick and addictive, but w/out the whole front teeth loss thing.
Screencap of the aftermath of the Stage 6 crash that saw Ryder Hesjedal’s GC hopes dashed and Tom Danielson’s (and Ryder’s) Tour ended. Also captured the photog snapping that image of TD on the roadside.
While it very well may be on his mind, Stephen Roche (and cycling’s governing body) clearly has decided micromanaging riders is infinitely more important than dealing with what the non-cycling public and press think about cycling.
Intrinsic. Essential. Virtually perfect. I’ve been riding the Rapha Winter Jersey for the past two winters. I looked forward to donning it this season, and lamented its return to the closet as the laatste vestiges of winter gave way to the warmth of spring.
WHAT I’M RIDING: PORTLAND DESIGN WORKS MAGIC FLUTE™
Question: What do you (hopefully) carry with you on every ride, almost never use, but when needed it’s the single-most important thing in existence, and if you’re truly lucky you’re allowed use it several days in a row? Yeah, that’s right, it’s a pump. And yes, this is a review of a pump—the Portland Design Works magic flute™, to be exact.
I’ve finally blown through my cache of tires. Until this point, I had generally been running on tires I had been given from reps back when I was managing a LBS. Technically I did purchase new rubber for the Gunnar, but the Trek was equipped with tires I received back in 2004! So without an infinite supply of race rubber, I’m now faced with the search for a long-lasting, highly puncture-resistant set of tires. Otherwise known as training tires.