BMC and Bissell are two domestic teams that are really impressing me. Bissell had Zirbel and Jacque Maynes up there in the TOC and BMC had constant solo breakaways with Jackson Stewart and Scott Nydam. BMC's hard work is paying off. They've received invites to the Tour of Romandie and Criterium International in the last week. Good for them. MT Cross says....AMERICA....F ya!!!!
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Early season racing can always be a little sketchy in the pack. The Valley of the Sun road race couldn't have started off better for Jittery Joe's newest recruit Ben Kneller. He won the individual time trial by 5 seconds and held the leaders jersey. On a side note Sam Johnson was second in the TT. He was a Whitman College product and now rides for Hagens Berman Elite Team. Kneller hung on to a virtual tie after the road race. Going into the crit things were looking up. He had Neil Shirley, Cody (don't know last name), and Matt Shriver all as teammates. With 5 laps to go Ben was taken out, and ended up breaking his collar bone.
Posted by Shaun Radley at 2:00 PM
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Three weeks and counting to the first Missoula training race. The bike season has really snuck up on me this year. I guess that's why there called training races. It will be fun to see the racer community again. I wonder who will be gunning for that early season form. This year there is a nice stretch of Mssla Training Races, Frozen Flatlands, Roubaix, and Walla Walla. It's a great string of early season racing. My riding is starting late, but I'm hoping to have a role in each of those final three races. I'd love for the team to grab a victory in one of the three. For my entire racing career (2 seasons :)) I have yet to have a Montana Spring Season. I've raced in the collegiate races for University of Montana. This year I look forward to being a part of the scene. I am still figuring out my strengths and weaknesses as a rider. I look forward to riding with Josh, Bob, and Joe and learning from them. Right now I'd identify myself as a classics type rider. I like short climbs, and longer races. I still have lots to learn, and hope to have a season full of lessons.
I went riding yesterday for the second time. It was fun, but I've forgotten the feel of riding with traffic. It's been a bit unnerving these first couple rides.
I'm excited for the MT road season. I think FVV is putting together a nice squad. It will be fun to have 2 Missoula teams with high motivation. I haven't been around for the last time that's happened. I hoping some the FVV dudes upgrade soon (Digby, Kyle, Jeff, Brendan, Matt, Elliot....I'm talking to you guys :)) We need more folks in the cat 1,2,3 races.
See you out there.
Posted by Shaun Radley at 9:47 AM
Monday, February 25, 2008
While this blog was not created to follow my personal life....I've been doing some fun things recently that I'd like to share. MT cyclo cross will continue to follow Montana road, mountain, and cross as well as regional racing and professional racing.
That said I had great President's Day Weekend up at my folks cabin. We had two excellent days of back country skiing. Above is a selection of photos from those two days of skiing.
Posted by Shaun Radley at 1:42 PM
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Lots to talk about. First off I can't believe Cavendish got relegated yesterday?!?!?! That stuff is always so weird to me. Every interview I saw had riders saying they would have done the same thing. The fastest man did not win yesterday. Cavendish said Fred R. had words with him at the finish. Fred thought Cavendish caused the crash.....Cipo confirmed those thoughts.
Today was a wild day. Props to Rock Racing for being aggressive, it was good to seem them out and about. The breakaway was filled with strongmen. Rory Sutherland is a beast, and so is Jason McCartney. I really think that Hincapie just out maneuvered everyone in the sprint. I liked Zirbel's move. He was the best TT guy in the group, and I don't think he has a very good sprint. Maybe if he waited a little longer the move would have stuck. I guess he got nervous that the peleton was coming. I also have to comment on Millar again. I love the way he is racing right now. The last two days he's tried solo efforts to over take Levi. He is obviously on good form. Slipstream throughout the whole race was awesome. Levi won the race because he was the strongest, smartest, and had a solid team. The race was made by Slipstream. They animated every day and made it super fun to watch. Steven Cozza was awesome in yesterday's breakaway.
In conclusion, I thought this year's Tour of California was awesome. I'm so glad they finally had full TV coverage. Congrats to Levi. He deserved the victory. Watch out for Slipstream. Shout out to Pipo.....Canada never had the victory in him.
Posted by Shaun Radley at 8:13 PM