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Old March 26th, 2013, 10:37 AM
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that's awesome! check out his chain... he's working hard.

De Ronde for little kids:






If you were to organize such an event in the United States, for this age group, on this parcours, in this weather, you would probably get sued by multiple parents for millions and you would end up in jail for good measure for child abuse.
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Old March 26th, 2013, 10:49 AM
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Love this shot:


I'm so bummed the Quick Steps aren't riding Eddy Merckx machines any longer:


A Belgian team should ride a Belgian bike.
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Old March 26th, 2013, 11:06 AM
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I just noticed something.

Shimano:



Campagnolo:



Campagnolo gives you wings:

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Old March 26th, 2013, 11:11 AM
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I just noticed something.

Shimano:



Campagnolo:



Campagnolo gives you wings:


Awesome! Inspiration for me to go do some climbing tonight.
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Old March 26th, 2013, 11:13 AM
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When technology becomes emotion.
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Old March 26th, 2013, 02:06 PM
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When technology becomes emotion.

Hopefully I don't look like the Shimano kid tonight. LOL
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Old March 26th, 2013, 08:58 PM
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Yeah, that must be the reason I was dragging ass following everyone up the hill at PV that day...my Shimano drivetrain.

I need to install my Simplex/Mavic/Stronglight drivetrain.

I believe the French motto is more like "When technology becomes erratic"...
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Old March 26th, 2013, 10:54 PM
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Greg, I would love to see the French motto in action soon. I think we should do PV soon.

So, seeing that kid in red w/ wings really must have done something to me because on my ride tonight I couldn't stop seeing that picture in my head. LOL

Anyways, it was a fun ride where technology became emotion then quickly almost became death on some of the steep climbs.

This is Ridge Drive in Glendale.





Top of Camino San Raphael in Glendale overlooking the 2 Fwy.

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Old March 27th, 2013, 11:22 AM
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Nice.
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Old March 27th, 2013, 02:58 PM
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Old March 27th, 2013, 03:32 PM
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De Ronde beer:


You know a beer is pretty awesome when it has the parcours on it.

And the Oude Kwaremont:


And you know this beer is tasty, because it has pave on the label.
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Old March 27th, 2013, 03:45 PM
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This looks pretty good:


She can't cook them fast enough for the huge crowds.

I'm digging this one:


It looks like the real deal. The albino bread is nearly see-through and everything's served in some shitty carboard box that the raw patties and wieners were shipped in. That's awesome.

Some Jupiler with mayo frites:


Quote:
Frites, otherwise known as “fries” or incorrectly known as “French fries”

The frite experience has its true roots in Belgium and the term “French” in French fry was introduced when American soldiers arrived in Belgium during World War I, and tasted Belgian fries. They supposedly called them “French”, as it was the official language of the Belgian Army at that time.
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Old March 27th, 2013, 03:47 PM
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Love this shot:

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Old March 27th, 2013, 03:57 PM
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Ronde van Vlaanderen. Location: Kapelmuur, Geraardsbergen.





That Colnago sweater is hilarious.









Great photos.
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Old March 27th, 2013, 04:32 PM
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Those kids are bad ass!
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Old March 28th, 2013, 11:54 AM
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Those kids are indeed bad ass. It takes guts to ride those cobbled climbs. That's for anyone. For little kids, who don't yet have the strength, it takes even more guts. Those kids are also a reminder of why doping has to end. Look at this kid:


Look at his face.

There are those who say that doping can't be controlled completely and therefore sports should be a free-for-all with any and all drugs allowed.

Do you want this boy to be taking dope, undergoing illicit blood transfusions in some hotel, and God knows what else when he grows up? I don't.
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Old March 28th, 2013, 12:18 PM
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Old March 28th, 2013, 12:35 PM
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Old March 28th, 2013, 12:55 PM
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Frites, otherwise known as “fries” or incorrectly known as “French fries”

The frite experience has its true roots in Belgium and the term “French” in French fry was introduced when American soldiers arrived in Belgium during World War I, and tasted Belgian fries. They supposedly called them “French”, as it was the official language of the Belgian Army at that time.

It occurred to me last night that the frite is a lot like Poirot. Everyone is always referring to him as French, and he always comes back with the "No, Monsieur, I am Belgian. BELGIAN."

Poirot cracks me up:

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Old March 28th, 2013, 03:48 PM
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Great picture. Cobbles, Campagnolo, Eddy Merckx, crazy fans... pure. Wish the weather was a little more menacing though.
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Old March 28th, 2013, 04:25 PM
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Mr. Cellphone in the top left is hilarious. Some epic bike race is passing him by and he's on the phone. I'm sure it's a really important call too.
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Old March 28th, 2013, 05:32 PM
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Old March 29th, 2013, 10:15 AM
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Wish the weather was a little more menacing though.

De Ronde in de kou en de regen:


The pros make it look easy. Regular riders make a wet Koppenberg look like riding on marbles:

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Old March 29th, 2013, 04:43 PM
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Sidewalk style then:


Sidewalk style now:


I love it when these guys ride the sidewalks to gain position. This race is all about position.
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Old March 30th, 2013, 11:20 AM
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Flanders Facts from Wiki:


The first race (1913) was won by Paul Deman, a 25-year-old who went on to win Bordeaux–Paris in 1914. His career almost ended with the First World War. He joined Belgium's espionage underground war effort and smuggled documents, via bicycle into the neutral Netherlands. After many trips he was arrested by the Germans, jailed in Leuven and was held for execution. The Armistice saved him. He started racing again and won Paris–Roubaix in 1920 and Paris–Tours in 1923.


The Ronde is the only classic to have been held on German-occupied territory during the Second World War, in agreement with the German command. The Germans, says the writer Gabe Konrad, "not only allowed and enjoyed the race but helped police the route as well." That led to accusations of collaboration. De Standaard and Het Algemeen Nieuws-Sportwereld were sequestered by the state when peace returned and several general journalists, although largely not sports reporters, were punished for collaboration. Van Wijnendaele was forbidden to work as a journalist for the rest of his life, a ban lifted when he produced a letter of support from General Bernard Montgomery, confirming that van Wijnendaele had hidden downed British pilots in his house.


In post-war Belgium only the intercity roads were smooth. The Ronde had never set out to use poor roads – cobblestoned roads were all that were available if the race were to be long enough in a geographically small area. Belgium began picking itself up from devastation from the early 1950s and provinces began asphalting roads. But for a while bad roads existed and the race used them because increasing car traffic made them convenient. But alarms started when the first classic hills were surfaced. Van Wijnendaele could no longer draw a circle round Flanders and call that the course. He had to buy maps of tracks and local footpaths. His staff talked in bars to men who knew the roads. "It was either that or risk the race ending in a mass sprint, and that's the last thing they wanted," said the historian Tom van Laere. Most back roads happened to be in the low hills between Ronse and Geraardsbergen. The mileage of cobbles decreased but the number of cobbled hills rose.


The short, sharp hills are a defining feature of the Ronde. The race has offered prizes to the first on many of them for more than half a century. There were 500 francs offered in 1940 for the first rider up the Kwaremont, Edelare and Kruisberg. A combined prize for performances on all the hills came in 1950, when Maurits Blomme won bedroom furniture as the best climber. The prize at the top of the Kruisberg in 1953 was a washing machine. The first up the Wall of Geraardsbergen won 18,000 francs. In 1950 Fiorenzo Magni won 30,000 francs in primes during a long breakaway, enough to buy a house.


The town of Oudenaarde, closest to the race's cobbled climbs and the finish city in 2012, has a museum – the Centrum Ronde van Vlaanderen – dedicated to the race. The curator is Freddy Maertens.


Five men share the record for victories, with three each: Italian Fiorenzo Magni and four Belgians: Achiel Buysse, won three times in the 1940s, Eric Leman, won at the beginning of the 1970s, Johan Museeuw won the race in 1993, 1995 and 1998, Tom Boonen won in 2005, 2006 and 2012.
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