Apart from family, what could be more important than wine and bikes? Of course, there might be the odd rant about other topics on here too...

Friday, April 29, 2005

Cunego coming into form

Once the Romandie course went vertical, Damiano set out the stall for the defense of his Giro title. What happened to Savoldelli...?

Kissena Velodrome re-opening

May 1st is Bike New York day for more reasons than two. Not only will we have the Five Boro Bike Ride and the Time's Up demonstration, but the Grand Re-opening of Kissena Velodrome is scheduled for the same day too.

Feels like cheating

I don't know why I have no problem wearing a wrist computer when diving yet Padi's introduction of the eDRP to the market bothers me. At some stage, tables will go away, and if the batteries ever go on you before, during or after a dive, just remember to keep exhaling while you panic...

Lance meet Sophia

Given the media questions and speculation about Lance that seem to precede the upcoming Tours (and, indeed it was the same prior to the most recent couple of Tours), I'm reminded of something that Italian actress Sophia Loren once said " Sex appeal is fifty percent what you've got and fifty percent what people think you've got." So, is he bluffing, out-of-shape, behind schedule, spending too much time with Sheryl? Or did he just feel like helping Danielson? I guess we'll know in another few months what's behind that other fifty percent.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Petacchi on a roll

Two days in Romandie, two sprints, two wins for Petacchi. Italian sprinting will obviously survive the departure of the Lion King - assuming he stays retired, of course...

Unlikely that Petacchi can match his 9 Giro stages from last year (mainly due to profile of the course rather than ability), but he's certainly gearing up to take as many as possible.

Time up for Time's Up?

The City of New York is suing Time's Up and four of its volunteers over monthly Critical Mass bike rides. Seems like a ludicrous amount of energy and city funding going into anti-bike initiatives.


Saw Closer and Sideways this past weekend. The wine was better with Sideways ;-) We had a '94 Vigna Cerbaia which was part of a wedding gift - very enjoyable but a little flat and short.

The movie was neither of these things. I did enjoy the disdain shown for Californian Chardonnay and Merlot too!

2005 - the changing of the guard

I wonder whether history will see 2005 as a year of significant transition in the cycling world. Not the ProTour, but the retirements of Cipollini, Armstrong, who knows who else - Zabel? Maybe it's just the proximity of the announcements that makes it seem more significant.

Monday, April 25, 2005

Bush joke (Bush is a joke, but I liked this one)

One day, President Bush visited an elementary school. All the kids were so excited to get to meet the President. He began to talk to them and asked them to define the word ''tragedy.''

"Well," one girl replied, "If my mommy ran over my dog, Rover, that would be a tragedy!"

The President smiled at the little girl and said, "No, sweetie. That would be an accident! Can anyone give it a try?"

A little boy sitting across the room raised his hand and said, "I know! I know! If our bus driver ran off of a cliff and killed everyone!"

The President shook his head and said, "No son. That would be a great loss! Doesn't anyone know of a good example of a tragedy?"

A small girl raised her hand and said, "Well, Mr. President, if you and Laura were in Air Force One and it was hit by a missile and blown to smithereens, most people would think that that was a tragedy!"

"Very good," he said. "And what was your reason for that answer?"

"Well," she said, "It would not be a great loss and sure wouldn't be an accident!"

Double standards

Glasgow Rangers intend intend to issue a lifetime ban to the supporter who threw a paper cup at Stilian Petrov during the Old Firm derby. Meanwhile in Milan, the Ultras that brought a premature end to the Milan derby in the Champion's League don't get to see their team play for four games before it's business as usual - which hopefully means live football in front of an audience and not the hurling of lighted flares at the opposition goalkeeper/coins or lighters at the ref, etc

New pontiff

Seems Pope Bigot CCLXV wasted no time in setting out his stall, criticizing the Spanish parliament for allowing gay couples to marry and adopt children. Suffer little children unto him...

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Daniel still beats out Per Se

Went to Daniel last night and everything about it beats Per Se. The food, the service, the atmosphere, the decor, the price... Let the hype around Per Se continue so that Daniel remains so approachable!

Friday, April 22, 2005


Off to Pennsylvania for the weekend to pick up the tandem for next week's Bike New York (5 Borough Bike Ride) which I'll be doing with Mrs VinoVelo. Vino in the camelbak's methinks...

Hamilton's ban

Enough people have an opinion on whether he's guilty or not, and only he really knows. Where I'm confused is in why his ban begins on April 18 and yet he must forfeit any results earned on or after the date of his positive test at on September 11, 2004 at the Vuelta. If his results must be forfeited, shouldn't his ban be retroactively dated to then too?