Saturday, July 28, 2007
that's right sportfans - riderpitts is illustrated above pulling warwick rhode island's own ridercali (the stelvio - drielandergiro.) That's ridercali - hedge fund trader by week - gerona cycling star by weekend. Ranch committed last tuesday to another italian giro at the end of september - grand fondo del prosecco (vadobbiadene). Ridermamma will be the first ranch woman to participate - and given her 2005 top 5 finish in the london triathalon - stands to stomp on the competition - even if she is tending to juniorriderzoe by day - and working the wards of london's hospitals as a cancer specialist at night. Questions remain though: will ridereazy-e regain his power of speech; will riderzinni flail in front of his hometown fans with all the pressure to live up to his austria finish; will riderchichi bring his new ladyfriend acknowledging her status as "ladyfriend"; will ridercrespo find news ways of adding million dollar parts to his million dollar bike; will riderhowe be sporting his gucci st tropez wide body sunglasses in the peleton; will ridercali be wearing the colors of the ranch - or the eggcc (el gordo gerona cycling club), will riderturbo accept his guest speaker invitation to lecture on the merit of ceramic bearings the night before; will juniorrideremilian make his move on juniorriderlizzie or juniorridervalentina - or will he recognize the early days discount of 2 week old juniorriderzoe, and put first dibs there. And finally will riderNOshow, do exactly what we expect of him and ...
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Ranchers gathered at ridercrespo's - london's newest millionaire - urban playhouse - to snack on burritos and watch our favorite tour of our favorite sport - slide into further disrepute. We listened to riderchichi take us through his experience at the etape as we watched vino cover the same climbs with his blood thick as chocolate mousse. We saw chichi's expose his battle wounds from his epic crash on the first descent - chichi by the way finished the race comfortably in the top third with his face looking like he just stepped out of a phone booth with a woolverine - and his ranch bib shorts looking like something u mind find at leather night on the castro. A couple bullet points on the etape and why we think this is an "ok to miss" race. First, out of 9k riders 4k were frog marched to the sweeper van - weeeeeeeak. Clowns everywhere riding bikes which are way to nice for their ability - descending is problematic with wacksters from flatland never having seen a 70 handle on their polar cs200. And lastly - it aint cheap with vouchers that one must purchase from one of a handful of french tour operators costing all in north of 1k euros. The highlight of the night proved not be our flagrant violation of the "no ice cream until paris" rule - nor was it riderpitts's technically sound burritos - but easily the highlight of the night was riderbaby "zoe" all 2 weeks of her cuddling with the team ranch doll as passed down from valentina - to lizzie - to anouk - to zoe. A couple special mentions go out to ridercali for being the 18th american out of 300 to cross the line - and rider eazy-e for pulling the wounded chichi on the final climb - at pace. That guy is a team guy. Oh - and rider noshow for living up to his name.