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  • F1 tires for your bike August 15, 2020chuckp4243

    P Zero Race TLR tubeless. Have just over 350 miles on them. Posted my review in Tech.

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  • Criterium du Dauphine and Il Lombardia 2020 August 10, 2020Teocalli4228

    Photo – Double Header Steam Engines

    Well, unless I have my calendar all screwed up we have Criterium du Dauphine kicking off this week and il Lombardia at the weekend.  So you need to be on your toes with picks this week and get your Criterium du Dauphine picks in sharpish and watch for Il Lomardia picks opening afterwards.

    Sorry for the skimpy update but things are a bit hectic here this week with one thing and another.

    Details for Criterium du Dauphine can be found here.

    Details for Il Lombardia can be found here.

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  • Milan San Remo 2020 August 3, 2020Teocalli4198

    Lead Photo – Cycling News

    The rearranged 2020 season continues with the 111th Milan San Remo this coming weekend.  The route is over 299 kilometres and although there are some changes to the last 40 Km of the route from previous seasons the Cipressa-Poggio is retained in the final run in.  One thing seems certain, it’s going to be hot again.

    Last year’s top 5 were:

    1. Julian Alaphilippe
    2. Oliver Naesen
    3. Michal Kwiatkowski
    4. Peter Sagan
    5. Matej Mohoric

    Route details can be found here.

    Rider Start List can be found here.

    Submit your entries as usual via the OTRL Page.

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  • Maglia Rosa by Wiscot July 22, 2020Teocalli4162

    Lead Photo by Steel Vintage Bikes

    Details, details

    Introduced in 1931 and first worn by Francesco Camusso, the Giro d’Italia’s general classification leader has worn the maglia rosa – the pink jersey – as an indicator of their status. It was made of wool – a characteristic that persisted for the next fifty years until synthetic fabrics came into widespread use and sublimated printing meant all kinds of subtle, or not so subtle, designs and sponsor names could be added. This development also gave teams the opportunity to turn as much attire and equipment pink-as possible: bikes, helmets, gloves, shorts, shoes, sunglasses, bar tape, in fact if it could be made pink it probably was. Nairo Quintana took things to the extreme in 2014 with basically an all pink ensemble and bike. While well-intentioned, it was overkill to the point of being garish and rather diluted the splendid appearance of the garment itself.

    Photo – Cycling News

    It was not always this way. Really through the 80s, the race leader wore their usual team gear and the maglia rosa. This meant all the attention was focused on the actual garment, not on the accessories. Made by Castelli for many years and sponsored by La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper (printed on pink paper, hence the jersey color), it was crisp and clean. The wool fabric didn’t take kindly to sponsor decals being attached and if they were, they were often sewn on in big panels. (Today, they are screen-printed backstage immediately after the stage is over.)


    Castelli understood this and in a brilliantly subtle piece of marketing (the jersey featured the Castelli logo of a scorpion on the shoulders) they stitched a little label under the front hem upside down. Why upside down you ask? Well, this was when jerseys were cut longer than they are today and inevitably, the front hem would flip up leaving the little label in full view and visible the right way up. Therefore pictures of the race leader on the podium would often be showing a Castelli label to the assembled multitudes.

    In an age of marginal gains being applied to all aspects of a rider’s wellbeing and performance, sponsors such as Castelli were way ahead of the game.

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  • She is complete July 20, 2020Teocalli4160

    She is complete…………

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  • My new Back Yard July 11, 2020Teocalli4151

    Some photos from a ride in my new back yard.

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  • OTRL rises out of Lockdown July 11, 2020Teocalli4146

    Photo by Sportgraph

    Folks, the OTRL will arise from lockdown starting with the Strade Bianche on Aug 1st for both Men and Femmes.  The revised OTRL schedule is as below.  I hope you are all still around – be nice if we have any lurkers if they would join in.

    On the other hand what is it with Russians who are continually trying to hack the site!  Ho Hum.

    Back to Pro Cycling for 2020 – revised OTRL schedule below.

    Date Event Country M / F Category
    01-Aug-20 Strade Bianche ITA ME 1.UWT
    01-Aug-20 Strade Bianche ITA WE 1.WWT
    08-Aug-20 Milano-Sanremo ITA ME 1.UWT
    15-Aug-20 Il Lombardia ITA ME 1.UWT
    12 Aug-16 Aug 2020 Critérium du Dauphiné FRA ME 2.UWT
    25-Aug-20 Bretagne Classic – Ouest-France FRA ME 1.UWT
    26-Aug-20 GP de Plouay – Lorient Agglomération Trophée WNT FRA WE 1.WWT
    29-Aug-20 La Course by Le Tour de France FRA WE 1.WWT
    07 Sep-14 Sep 2020 Tirreno-Adriatico ITA ME 2.UWT
    11 Sep-19 Sep 2020 Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile ITA WE 2.WWT
    29 Aug-20 Sep 2020 Tour de France FRA ME 2.UWT
    30-Sep-20 La Flèche Wallonne Féminine BEL WE 1.WWT
    30-Sep-20 La Flèche Wallonne BEL ME 1.UWT
    04-Oct-20 Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes BEL WE 1.WWT
    04-Oct-20 Liège-Bastogne-Liège BEL ME 1.UWT
    10-Oct-20 Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition NED WE 1.WWT
    10-Oct-20 Amstel Gold Race NED ME 1.UWT
    11-Oct-20 Gent-Wevelgem In Flanders Fields BEL WE 1.WWT
    11-Oct-20 Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields BEL ME 1.UWT
    18-Oct-20 Ronde van Vlaanderen – Tour des Flandres BEL ME 1.UWT
    18-Oct-20 Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres BEL WE 1.WWT
    20-Oct-20 AG Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne BEL WE 1.WWT
    21-Oct-20 AG Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne BEL ME 1.UWT
    03 Oct-25 Oct 2020 Giro d’Italia ITA ME 2.UWT
    25-Oct-20 Paris-Roubaix Femmes FRA WE 1.WWT
    25-Oct-20 Paris-Roubaix FRA ME 1.UWT
    20 Oct-08 Nov 2020 La Vuelta ciclista a España ESP ME 2.UWT
    06 Nov-08 Nov 2020 Ceratizit Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta ESP WE 2.WWT


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  • Into the Cave June 29, 2020Teocalli4129

    Sorry I’ve been a bit absent on updates in the last few weeks, been a bit busy sorting multiple house moves.  Currently 50% through the overall project and taking a bit of a rest before the next part and then still one more to go!

    Anyway, we are now in our new (to us) house.  The nice thing is that the previous owner is a Chiropractor and is, amongst other sports, a cyclist and had installed a nice Pain Cave alongside the house.  I now have it partly kitted out and due to 3 days of gales this week, I had my first session in said Cave today.

    I think the SO is happy that my choice of music is banished from inside the house!

    Good to get the rowing machine back out of storage too.

    I will need to do some fixing before Winter as the door is a terrible fit so need to get a proper door frame and maybe a new door too to keep out the weather and cold but I can see that many hours will be spent in there.

    Just need to decide on how much of a workshop it also becomes as we are also blessed with a nice large garage.  As the garage is likely to prove dryer than a large shed in the winter it’s more likely that the garage will be the main workshop.

    The key thing though is – what are the essentials for a well kitted out Pain Cave?  I might need support here for what is regarded as essential in fully fitting this out!

    I may need to build a boathouse though…………

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  • Years in miles today June 25, 2020chuckp4127

    Birthday ride with a handful of mates had the ride your years in miles thing more than covered today. Belgian-esque geezer ride. Love my La Passione CC kit. Great stuff for hot and humid weather.

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  • First ride as a local June 14, 2020Teocalli4114

    First ride on the IoW as a local.  Not a bad view just short of the end of the ride.  Living just above sea level also means no whopping great hill at the end of every ride.  I can live with that!

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