Big stone(s)

Mat Hayman got the flowers in Roubaix. A fine ride indeed, but he can't have these. They're mine. And I didn't have to bounce over no cobbles to get 'em, either.

Mat Hayman got the flowers in Roubaix. A fine ride indeed, but he can’t have these. They’re mine. And I didn’t have to bounce over no cobbles to get ’em, either.

Mat Hayman (Orica-GreenEdge) took the flowers at Paris-Roubaix, and well done indeed.

Dude was in the break, riding his 15th Hell of the North, and just barely got ‘er done in front of four-time winner Tom Boonen (Etixx-QuickStep) and Ian Stannard (Sky).

Charles Pelkey and I called the race at Live Update Guy, and I’ll congratulate myself for mentioning Hayman as a man to watch.

OK, so I also have to take the rap for saying I thought he was doing too much work to win. But still.

Meanwhile, poor ol’ Fabian Cancellara (Trek) intercoursed the penguin on the Roubaix velodrome, dumping it while riding with a Swiss flag. That had to sting.


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18 Responses to “Big stone(s)”

  1. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    The wife called it when they went onto the velodrome, as most all of those Aussies have plenty of track experience unlike Boonen (who probably lost because of this) and Cancellara. The LUG’ing was fun though once the race starts heating up, I’m more interested in watching than typing snarky comments into my laptop. Now you can go back to sleep?

  2. Libby Says:

    I guess it was after Fabian fell, he walked back up to the grandstand in his socks, shoes in hand. Fans were trying to pull his shoes out of his hands. It was at a really steep spot on the boards. If he wasn’t being embraced at the time he would have fallen backwards. It was crazy.
    I joined LUG at 95km to go. Thanks for the great coverage. I hit the Tip Jar on Tuesday.

  3. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    Glad y’all joined the party. ¡Que pobrecito Fabian! He had himself a helluva day.

    LUGging is fun, but some days I think it would be nice just to sit back and watch. I don’t know where Charles finds the energy. He must’ve been racing around all day Saturday during Wyoming’s Donk caucuses, then gets up at dark-thirty to crank up the commentary.

    • Libby Says:

      Yes, Fabian falling hard even after the race! It was interesting to see Hayman, 38, almost stupefied after the finish. Not believing it. Great day of racing. Thanks for calling it, Patrick and Charles!

  4. Sharon Says:

    And also Sagan’s mad bike skillz…

  5. Pat O'Brien Says:

    I had to leave early to do some moving shopping. Boo.

  6. Pat O'Brien Says:

    By the way, that fellow riding along the shoulder on page 48/49 of the April Adventure Cyclist magazine looks very familiar. So does the blue Soma Saga he is on.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I’ve seen that bozo before. He always watches me shave. Must be some sort of prevert.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        I remembered your previous post about the ACA photo shoot you did.

        By the way, I just did a demo for Sandy and I with surround sound, on our Onkyo reciever, just set to front right, front left, and center channels. I turned off the subwoofer and rear surround channels. We could not tell much difference watching “Return of The Jedi.” But, turning off the center channel, just stereo left and right front, made a big difference. The center channel does a lot of work. So, 3 channels it is. Makes setting up TV at new digs much easier. No wires to run to rear surrounds, and gets that heavy ass sub off my TV stand.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Good work there, Pat. We have a cobbled-together surround-sound deal — Yamaha receiver, Sony everything else, Toshiba TV, with a Mac Mini and Apple TV hooked in just to make things interesting — and I’m not certain we get much out of the satellite speakers either.

        Although now and then, as with the Blu-Ray edition of “The Force Awakens,” we pick up just enough “What the hell?” from the edge to make me think twice about unplugging them.

        But we have a brick floor topped by a big-ass carpet we can hide wires under, too. So we got that going for us, which is nice.

      • psobrien Says:

        Our rig is an Onkyo receiver with Polk speakers on all channels for a 5.1 setup. New living room is carpet, so running real channel speaker wires was going to be a hassle. Here we have them running under the carpet. That is the reason for the experiment today.

  7. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Someone on the LUG thing asked about any changes in the moto situation after a rider was killed? Based on this, I’d say ZERO.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      If that motorcycle driver had braked one second later, he would have crashed right into the bunch of riders on the ground or the crowd. Those narrow sections of cobbles should be covered by video camera drones.

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        Dunno ’bout that after seeing some of these R/C helicopter gizmos crash into stuff. Imagine if one of those flying immersion-blenders dropped into the peloton. I’m not so sure technology is the answer here – common sense would be a better choice. The rider at the end of the clip asks pretty much the perfect question, no?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      You gents have Facebutt? Seen this? Obviously you don’t get a live feed from a GoPro — not yet, anyway — but it sure is fun to watch after the dudes are showered off and drinking a Chimay.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        This technology is evolving so fast that I expect video drones, linked to satellites, to be covering races soon, maybe this summer. So much cheaper than helos, and safer than motos. GoPro is sure neat, I own one, but that fisheye wide angle view is getting old. By the way, our new Tacoma pickup has a standard GoPro mount on the windshield next to the rear view mirror mount! Maybe I am too old to own this thing, or they are thinking about video in case of a crash like in Russia.

      • psobrien Says:

        PS: That Go Pro video was great! Looked like one was mounted under the seat of a bike. And I thought I saw some helmet mounted stuff from a rider and that moto camera man.

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