Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

Buck at Bear Creek

The buck stops here, nyuk nyuk nyuk.

My friend and colleague Charles Pelkey cranked up the old Live Update Machine today for the Ronde Van Vlaanderen, and a couple other refugees from the other outfit joined in toward the end to provide wit and wisdom, kinda, sorta, as Fabian Cancellara crashed out with a broken collarbone and Tom Boonen took the win ahead of Filippo Pozzato and Alessandro Ballan. You shoulda been there.

But if you weren’t, well, you can catch the act next week during Paris-Roubaix.

No cobbles in these parts, but the riding is pretty damn’ fine regardless. The weather is officially insane for early spring — as in 76 degrees yesterday — and I rode south on the Trail of Many Names to its southern terminus in Fountain, then turned around and headed for home, with a quick detour into Bear Creek Regional Park for extra credit and a deer sighting.

It was headwind out, tailwind back, and good for three hours in the saddle, which should reduce my gravitational potential somewhat if I keep it up. I can manage another such outing today, but tomorrow — not so much. The weather wizards predict a 50 percent chance of showers and a high in the mid-40s. Oh, the humanity.

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12 Responses to “Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!”

  1. High Plains Drifters Says:

    Pretty good race. Woulda been better if Cance had been there are the finish.

    Boonen’s always up there at the finish, so it caught me by surprise that it’s been six years since he won here. Let’s hope he keeps his injestable celebrating on the legal side.

  2. Jeff Cozad Says:

    From Bernie Eisel’s FaceBook Status: “Congratulations to Tom Boonen and to Wouter Vandenhoute and his team for organising the best and probably hardest bike race I’ve ever done. We didn’t win, but Team Sky showed a great team effort. Thanks boys!”

    When a strong man like Eisel says that… you know it was flippin’ hard. I was so wishing for Sep Vanmarcke to win this after his super win in the Omloop. But I figured Boonen for his third win given his current form.

    I certainly hope Fabian gets healed up soon. At least it wasn’t a hip or pelvis as was being reported. Now it’s time to kit up and do the Tour de Coffee and then cut the grass before I have to bail it.

  3. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    Gents, a good race, to be sure. Sucks that Mr. Fab hit the deck, but as Jeff notes it could’ve been much worse. It’s a reminder that Cancellara is human, which we all need from time to time.

    And Boonen, damn. Dude said he was “tired” and didn’t expect to win. I’d like to get that tired sometime. When I get tired, I get tired. Sometimes I think about being tired and it’s exhausting.

  4. khal spencer Says:

    Amazingly weird warm weather. I rode up into the Jemez this morning. Spooky warm.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Insanely warm, K. I’ve even been dispensing with the undershirt — short-sleeve jersey, shorts and plenty of sunscreen.

      The Universe has a pimp-slap for me tomorrow, though, when the chance of rain and/or snow is 60 percent and the high is expected to sneak only into the mid-40s. Waah.

      • khal spencer Says:

        The snowpack is just about all gone down here. Jemez is almost snow-free and Santa Fe Baldy looks, well, bald. That was one of the model predictions of regional warming trends, eg., early melt-off of snowpack. Woe is us.

    • md anderson Says:

      Husband and I were discussing potential retirement yesterday. He mentioned moving somewhere with no winter (which I nixed PDQ!) but then acknowledged that at this rate about the time we are too old to handle winter, we wont have one here in New Mexico anymore. Who needs to be a snowbird anyway?!

      • khal spencer Says:

        No winters are bad enough, and when you add in the effect an early snowpack melt trend, continued indefinitely, will have on wildfire and agriculture, its scary.

        We have been discussing retirement in New Mexico, but at that point, we might be trying to take dust showers rather than real showers if this trend continues. Rio Grande will be the Rio Mudflats.

  5. Larry T. Says:

    Nice weekend here in Sicily though we’re now in a clouds and wind situation with the sea kicking up pretty good across the street. Had the Ronde going Sunday on the laptop with World Superbike on the TV…life is sweet! Looking forward to the weekend when we hope to be standing in the trench in the Arenberg forest in awe as the big boyz thunder through on their way to Roubaix. Can already hear the “coulda, shoulda, woulda” rhetoric from the Fabian fanboys but it’ll be a great experience for us anyway — let the strongest, fastest and smartest guy win!

  6. Debby Says:

    LUG is back? I didn’t even think to check yesterday. I see he’s planning to cover Paris-Roubaix next weekend. I’ll be tuning in. For now I’ll have to go read yesterday’s transcript.

    Day One of blissful unemployment for me. I’m loving not being at that place.

  7. khal spencer Says:

    Well, so much for warm. We woke up to this today:

  8. weaksides (@weaksides) Says:

    Still sunny and warm here in NC. I think we’re getting some colder suck Thursday, but I refuse to look that far down the road.

    I would send the Saint Bernard out for O’Grady, but I need the whisk(e)y here. Hopefully he’s just making hay while the sun shines. Understandable in that micro-climate.

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