Saturday, September 17, 2016
Racing in Belgium is like racing on an obstacle course fit for a circus. It has jumps, cones, tight turns, pot holes, and specators…what more can you ask for? So, it makes sense that cycling is a big sport in Belgium…I mean, racing is just plain entertaining! You never know what the promoters have in store for the riders! It has been quite a while since I raced in Belgium. After Canada we flew back to Paris on a chartered flight for the race. It was quite interesting boarding a flight where you knew just about everyone on board. One thing you could count with a chartered flight for cyclists, was that you were almost guaranteed not to have an overweight person next to you… From Paris, Dennis and I took the train to Holland to stay for a couple of days before racing in Belgium on the weekend. We stopped in Paris and enjoyed the chaos that is the morning commute over a nice quiche before catching our final train to Holland. We even managed to catch a car crash and a car-bike collision…I can’t imagine riding there!
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Sometimes it’s the journey not the destination right? I hope so. At GP Montreal all the effort was there, but the result was lacking. Sometimes that’s how it goes, like it or not. It wasn’t without an honest college try that we ended up only placing Wilco in 50th, it could have gone many other ways and I could be writing about the successful execution of a grand plan, but alas the outcome was much more lack luster.
Saturday, September 10, 2016
When I first found out that I wasn’t going to be racing in the Vuelta, I was a bit disappointed. My mind had been set on my grand tour debut at the Vuelta for most of the year, but this thought quickly dissipated when I realized that my new race program would consist of the Canadian races, GP Quebec and GP Montreal. These are the only world tour level races in North America and it would mark the first time that I had raced on Canadian soil in quite some time.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
The ‘game’ of cycling, as funny as it sounds, is about as accurate of a description of professional cycling as I have ever heard. If you are not smiling along the journey that this sport takes you on…then you better have a heart of steel and a body of unbreakable bones to survive. Unlike many other sports where the chance of winning or losing a given match or race is 50/50, the reality of cycling is that you lose 99.9% of the time, and it is how you deal with the defeat that defines your career.
Friday, May 20, 2016
So we are 5 stages deep into the Tour of California and I am smoked! There have been a lot of hard stages...today (stage 5) has been one of the hardest thus far I think. We rode 135 miles (212 km) from sea level up to Lake Tahoe...climbing over 14,000 feet! Anyhow, I will look to get a full post up after this week finishes up, but in the mean time here is a nice interview from Cyclingnews. http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/alexey-vermeulen-the-quiet-american/ Thanks for reading!
Monday, May 2, 2016
Ardennes week is a busy time. It may seem stretched out to the eye of a spectator, but to a racer who competes in all three classics. It is a long and difficult seven days.
Sunday, April 24, 2016
After watching Amstel Gold on TV, I was motivated and downright excited to toe the line at Fleche Wallonne. This would be my first big one-day race at the World Tour level and I was interested to see how it would compare to the hard week in Catalunya four weeks earlier where I had made my World Tour debut. My legs were starting to feel good after a solid three-week training block and It was time to put them to work!