The mark of Z … denek?

My idea of a really good time at the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships would not involve having Zdenek Stybar, tanned, rested and ready, lining up next to me.

If I’m racing, that is. If I’m watching, I’m all for it.

“I’m in good condition,” Stybar said via a press release from his Omega Pharma-Quick Step team. “I came from important training sessions in Mallorca and I’m ready to compete. I’m really looking forward to the race.”

The two-time champ is a road toad these days, but Stybar has turned up at a couple ’crosses this year, and between him and the youngster Lars van der Haar (Rabobank) they do keep the old guys huffin’ and puffin’.

My man Dan Seaton has a preview of this weekend’s big doin’s in Hoogerheide over to the VeloPlace. Expect “heavy” conditions, which is Belgian for “lovely day.” I wouldn’t bet the ranch against Sven Nys in the men’s race, and I’m rooting for homegirl Katie Compton in the women’s. Fuck a bunch of journalistic objectivity anyway.

If you have Universal Sports as part of your cable package, you can catch the races live online — juniors, women, under-23s and men. Otherwise you’ll have to fly the Jolly Roger like me, arrr.

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13 Responses to “The mark of Z … denek?”

  1. Larry T. Says:

    Reasonable times for the Men’s and Women’s events so I might cook up a batch of waffles Saturday and Sunday mornings and use one of those pirate feeds to watch. I’d rather listen to the Sporza coverage, which sounds like a cat coughing up hairballs, than the Universal Sports’ guys anyway. I too would like to see Katie Compton finally win the big prize. It’s GOTTA be better than the feetsball stuff, no?

    • David R Says:

      Speaking of “it’s gotta be better than the feetsball stuff”, I had a glass of wine – oh, ok, more than one – with some friends up the street tonight and of course the talk turned to the upcoming Stupid Bowl. Now, I’ve never watched more than 10 minutes of any football game of any variety in my life – either live or on TeeVee – and I steer clear of things in group situations when the conversation turns that direction: “Oh, more cheese to cut up and wine to pour? I can help”, and I’m outta the line of fire. But tonight, with all glasses full and no food to serve, I got nailed with the: “Well David, whodoyapick?” I mumbled something along the lines of “well, I don’t watch football really – I don’t have any idea, and I…. oh, gosh, I’m outta wine – get anything for anyone?” When I came back, the fellers were absolutely gob-smacked that, even though I didn’t know about football, I didn’t have an opinion. Is this such a big thing that everyone HAS to pay attention, even if you don’t give a rat’s ass? I was perplexed and dismayed, so I had another glass of Zin and went home.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Yeh, I get that blank look a lot when I tell people I don’t follow the feetsball. My sis used to watch games with the old man while I was outdoors getting in trouble. I’d still rather be outdoors. Anymore I don’t even care about watching the commercials.

      • Larry T. Says:

        I find it like voting – folks consider it a horse race and want to be in the group that picked the winner, even if they don’t know a football from a hand-grenade. Reminds me of back in high-school where some friends played the gambling cards, where you picked X number of games and their winners. One of the guys handed a card to his girlfriend, whose football IQ was about equal to her chest measurement, and let her pick the teams. That was the only winning card for the week!

    • khal spencer Says:

      Stupor Bowl weekend is great. For about four hours, the roads are empty for those of us who want to get in a quiet, long ride. Was great in Hawaii, since January/February meant cooler tropical weather and even Kalanianaole and Kamehameha Highways were quiet enough to take a nap in the middle of the road.

      • Patrick O'Brien Says:

        Stupor bowl? That’s funny. I am in the same boat as you guys. Don’t really care about it, and the fact that it is subsidized by tax dollars makes me want to run for office, almost.

        I don’t know enough about CX to comment. But, I hope Katie wins, and you guys enjoy what you can pirate.

        I think as much about cable TV as the NFL. But they do offer reasonable high speed internet access here which I take advantage of. Any of you using Apple TV?

      • Derek Lenahan Says:

        You guys realize that there actually is a Stupor Bowl in MN every year right? They get very upset if you confuse it for some silly game that changes location every year. Check it out.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Sporza and Vier are the shit. After a season of watching World Cups, Superprestiges and Soudal Classics I feel like I’m ’bout half fluent in Phlegmish.

      If you have trouble with any of the pirate feeds an outfit called Hola apparently allows you to pose as a Euro VPN and watch the UCI feed (or any other geo-restricted offering) without hassle. I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s been recommended to me a time or two.

      Meanwhile, Dan Seaton has been out on the course snapping pix. Should be a toughie with the anticipated weather. Probably have to go to the DNA sample to determine the winner.

  2. Derek Lenahan Says:

    GO KATIE.

  3. weaksides Says:

    While I’ve been a football fan in the past, I can happily say “I got better”.

    Yeah Khal, we’re thinking Sunday is a good day to log a century. A riding friend from the other side of NC has given our little group of retardos the goal of a century a month this year. The first one in January was a bitch, so hopefully the next 11 will be cakewalks.

  4. John Dallager Says:

    Go Katie!!

  5. veloben Says:

    There’s a soccer game Sunday?

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