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  • Double Header Week – Heads Up April 22, 2019Teocalli3069

    Photo – Karenn Edwards

    A busy week for picks with La Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday and Liege Bastigne Liege on Sunday.  Stay alert to get your picks in.  New folk welcome – it’s never too late to join as there are spot prizes still to come for the Grand Tours.

    More writeup to follow but Picks for La Flèche Wallonne are open Monday and Tuesday.

    Liege Bastogne Liege picks open on Wednesday after Fleche Wallonne.

    This years Liege Bastogne Liege Men is over a route of 256 Km.  No prizes for it running from Liege via Bastogne and then back to Liege,

    Liege Bastogne Liege – Men 2019

     

    with the Femmes at 138 Km starting in Bastogne and finishing in Liege.

    Liege Bastogne Liege – Femmes 2019

     

    Details of the Mens route and riders can be found here and for the Femmes here.

    For the men last years top 5 were:

    1. Jungels
    2. Woods
    3. Bardet
    4. Alaphilippe
    5. Pozzovivo

    and for the Femmes:

    1. van der Breggen
    2. Spratt
    3. van Vleuten
    4. Moolman-Pasio
    5. van Dijk

     

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  • Happy Easter Everyone! April 21, 2019Teocalli3048

    From today’s run down to the coast – just Didling along past some old haunts………

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  • Anyone for Polo? April 11, 2019Teocalli3004

    Sunny but somewhat chilly ride past Cowdray Park Polo Club.

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  • Just call me Mr. T April 4, 2019chuckp2900
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    Pardon the battle scars on my crank arm from a totally weird, low speed chain drop to the outside that completely wrapped the chain around it. But my very bling-y gold KMC chain.

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  • Don’t you just love these warm spring days??? April 2, 2019Quasar2875

    This was today’s ride. -2°C, strong and gusting winds from the North and snow. The first road race of the year is in four weeks…

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  • I fought the wind and the wind won April 1, 2019chuckp2873

    This is what happens when you try to pose your bike on a windy day (had to be ~20mph) and a gust of wind hits.

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  • All aboard for The Cobbles – Flemish Week March 24, 2019Teocalli2720

    Photo – Yorkshire Cobbles by Teocalli

    This week we enter the Belgium Classics sequence.  It’s a busy week so you need to be on the ball with your picks or risk the fate of Delagdo.  No time to snooze.

    The current forecast for next week in Belgium is dry with gentle breezes so we are unlikely to see riders being blown into ditches this year.

    Coming up this week we have –

    1. Driedaagse Brugge – de Panne (Women) – Thurs 28th
      1. 2018 Results were as below.  The 150km race begins in Bruges and finishes in De Panne.  d’Hoore is unlikely to be defending following a broken collarbone following a crash at Dentse 8, developing rider list can be found here.
        1. d’Hoore
        2. Hosking
        3. Majerus
        4. Weibes
        5. Brennauer
    2. E3 Harelbeke (Men) – Fri (29th)
      1. 2018 Results were as below.  Now officially the E3 Binckbank Classic, it starts the Flemish Week of the Spring Classics with 15 hills over a 204 Km route, further details of the route and rider list here.
        1. Terpstra
        2. Gilbert
        3. van Avermaet
        4. Naesen
        5. Benoot
    3. Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields (Women) – Sun 31st
      1. 2018 Results were as below.  The 8th edition of Gent Wevelgem for Femmes will be run over a 150 Km route incorporating 6 climbs, further details of the route can be found here and riders list TBA.
        1. Bastianelli
        2. d’Hoore
        3. Klein
        4. Sierra
        5. Pieters
    4. Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields (Men) – Sun 31st
      1. 2018 results were as below.
      2. The 81st edition of Gent Wevelgem will be run over a 251 Km route, further details of the route and riders list here.  Will the sprinters get their chance this week?  With fair weather in the forecast it does seem likely.
        1. Sagan
        2. Viviani
        3. Demure
        4. Laporte
        5. Debusschere

    So picks will open on Monday for Driedaags Brugge and E3 Harelbeke, Thursday for Gent Wevelgem (Women) and Friday for Gent Wevelgem (Men).  Plenty of opportunity for Delgados there then!

    As usual please submit picks on the OTR League Page.  Note I have to do manual updates to the Picks Table so don’t worry if your picks don’t show for a while.  I try to keep on top of it – but I just might be out for a few hours riding some days!  Retirement can be tough.

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  • Steel is real March 23, 2019chuckp2684

    Decided that to be truly retro-mod, the Hollands needed a proper -17 degree stem. Happened to have one (3T) that was the first stem I put on my Felt, but was too long given the reach the way modern compact bend bars and brake hoods work together. I used nail polish remover to remove all the logos. The length is close enough for government work (pretty much the same reach as on my Felt). The hoods are a little lower than my position on my Felt because of the way the bars drop from the tops to the drops on my ITM Pro 260 Italia bar. It’s probably pretty close to my racing position in the early/mid 90s. But still ride-able (especially since it will probably be just once a week). I think it looks “just right” and like the way everything has come together on it.

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  • Milan San Remo / Trofeo Alfredo Binda March 17, 2019Teocalli2562

    Photo by Teocalli

    We are back to a double header this weekend with Milan San Remo on Saturday for the Men and Trofeo Alfredo Binda on Sunday for the Women.

    Last year Milan San Remo sam Nibali break away with 6.5 Km to go and hold off the sprint trains leaving a final result of –

    1. Nibali
    2. Ewan
    3. Demare
    4. Kristoff
    5. Roelandts

    Will a breakaway take it again, will the sprinters survive over the Cipressa and Poggio and get their fill this year, will Sagan open his 2019 Classics account?  Details of teams and riders here.

    For the Women 2018 saw Niewiadoma break away for a solo win with the pack sprinting for the places.  Final results were –

    1. Niewiadoma
    2. Blaak
    3. Vos
    4. Spraat
    5. Amialiusik

    Details of teams and riders link will be provided when I can find one!

    At the moment this is the best start list I can find………

    As usual please use the form on the OTR League page to submit entries.  The form should be working this week after last week’s problems.  At least my SP does not have any updates scheduled (that I know about)!

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  • Granfodo Strade Bianche Selection March 14, 2019Teocalli2508

     

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