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...
Some gobshite rolled a dolly - ladened with construction supplies - out from between two vans right into my path as I was riding to work this morning, and I rode right into it. Luckily, I was on my Strida and was able to land on my feet without having to throw the bike to get a leg over it. Luckily, I didn't have time to consider swerving since there was a line of cars right beside me. Luckily, it only cost $10 to fix. Luckily, I walked away.
I was thinking during my morning commute about the 2005 season. To my mind, it started much stronger than it finished - I feel like the TdF has taken the wind out of the past few seasons. Anyway, I was trying to think about the best riders of 2005, and since rankings and the concept of 'best' don't make that much sense, I started thinking about 10 riders that I think made 2005 another great year in professional cycling:
10 outstanding riders in 2005
10 Notable mentions:
5 Muted seasons - those that didn't live up to the hype (including due to injury):
5 things that were not so good about the 2005 season
5 things worth remembering
The Giro route this year looks set to delight the mountain goats - so much so that Petacchi is already considering skipping it and focusing on the Tour. Several mountain finishes and the re-introduction of the TTT ensures another exciting trip around the boot this spring.