La vida Vuelta

LUG-grabOye, vatos, primos y cuates, Charles Pelkey is cranking up the Live Update Guy machinery once again for the final grand tour of 2014, the Vuelta a España, and some loudmouth Irish-American will be hanging around the shop, making inappropriate comments, getting in the way, and generally lowering property values. Stop on by and say ¿Que pasa?

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15 Responses to “La vida Vuelta”

  1. Stan Thomas Says:

    Shame young Horner can’t make it.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yup, it seems the lad will need to find something else to do to pass the time for the next three weeks. He seems to be taking it well, though I wonder how sanguine he is when the press isn’t hanging around.

  2. Larry T. Says:

    Geez, Vuelta time already? Can’t help but wonder what the REAL story is with Horner. Too sick to race, but he can take a 6 hour training ride? I’m thinking either the Lampre team are idiots, letting their lone Vuelta hope ride his a__ off while gobbling antibiotics instead of taking a break to get 100% healthy, or they think we’re idiots and will believe this baloney is the truth. A very fishy smell is wafting out of my laptop as I read about this fiasco.

  3. Debby, south of Longtucky Says:

    Yeah, you have to wonder about the Horner deal. He didn’t even get invited to the press conference, so you have to wonder if the Vuelta staff knew something was fishy.

    But anyways, I’ll be heading over to LUGville this afternoon when things get started. Maybe I’ll even post a comment or two if I can think of anything to say. Don’t be expecting any limericks or haiku from me though – I’m not that creative! 🙂

  4. Pat O'Brien Says:

    As far as Horner goes, I guess we have to wait to see if out of competition testing, if any, or biological passport analysis confirms your suspicions. If not, then I will assume he is clean. And will enjoy reading about the race. What other choice do I have?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Trust but verify, eh? Now where have I heard that before. …

    • psobrien Says:

      Oh Patrick, why do you treat me this way? Well, that guy was of partly Irish heritage.

      Just kidding, but to me that is all that is left to do. I know that you have had a longer and deeper look at the problem then I have. I think of riders as employees whose rights have been trampled for years. I would rather have them treated fairly and take a chance that some cheating occurs.

  5. khal spencer Says:

    Just caught the last hour of the US Pro (three cheers for Tejay!). Only reason I caught that was I am pretty tired from 51 miles and a mile of climbing around BombTowne this morning, including hitting 52 mph on the descent of Camp May Road. Just call me Il Fatto. Gravity loves a fat guy.

    I really appreciate what CP and O’G are doing , but I’d rather ride my bike than passively observe other people riding theirs. At my age, one has to take advantage of beautiful days like this–one never knows how many more one will enjoy!

    • Larry T. Says:

      Was it just me or was the Toasted Sandwich TV show like watching paint dry? I consider myself a bike racing fan, but scratched my head as to who the hell they thought would sit through this on a Sunday afternoon. Heckel and Jeckel’s commentary is bad enough (was the damn race the Jens Voight retirement tour or what?) but pretty much ZERO as to highlights of the previous stages action combined with guys racing on massive, multi-lane boulevards in Denver had me a) muting the volume, then b) dozing off. Was the actual Toasted Sandwich race really that boring, or was it just a really lame TV show?

      • khal spencer Says:

        Hi, Larry. Yesterday’s last hour is all I saw of the race and I agree with you–paint drying might be more exciting.

        I think I would have been more engaged had Jens had a little more time on the peloton, i.e., if he had a reasonable chance of staying away, but his being reeled in was a foregone conclusion unless a homeless guy with a shopping cart full of treasure rolled in front of the field (that happened once in Honolulu during a criterium!). At any rate, I decided to take care of the laundry and was not present for the catch.

      • tj Says:

        It was about a billion degrees outside where I live so I was looking for a reason to be indolent and lie on the sofa, and like you Larry, I really am a fan of the sport. First thing I thought was the technical snafus that kept the race off the air for the first 20 minutes or so of the broadcast would surely lose the eyeballs of the less dedicated. Second thing was that all the wide highway racing sure as heck doesn’t make me want to take my bike to Colorado, unlike the classics, tour, giro etc. Third thing was the announcers ( Null and his sidekick,Void) basically turned it into a “Tour de Jens” . Jeebus, I like the guy, but he ain’t the whole story for the week. 4th, switching networks mid race ( coincidentally while I was attending to the laundry Kahl) was weird at best and terminal for the casual fan. Fifth, Null and Void just plain annoy the hell out of me as race announcers. When Void says ” in the sport of professional cycling” 99% of the time the comment that precedes or follows applies to all cycling, amateur crits, fondos, group rides etc. He uses it either as filler or as a secret cue for a drinking game to ensure all viewers are fully toasted before the feed zone.
        Yet I stayed tuned in for the whole damn thing.

  6. weaksides (@weaksides) Says:

    Indeed Khal! I rolled out for my second century in 2 sundays today. I still have some ground to make up though. 4 down, 8 to go.

  7. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    K, W, I’m insanely jealous of the two of yis. With four part-time jobs, some property management and a relocation all going on simultaneously, I’m on the bike mostly never these days. I hope to get out tomorrow but the to-do list is already starting to look like the Beijing phone book.

    • psobrien Says:

      Not to rub salt in the wound, but we went riding yesterday too.

      But, being a slum lord has its demands. I wish I could send you some fresh roma grape tomatoes and cubanelle sweet peppers from our stock tanks. That would cheer your ass up! I would love to see what Larry T. would do with them. That meal would be memorable, I think.

    • khal spencer Says:

      What’s the new address, O’G?

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