A year of amazing racing. It started well for me when I got invited by Specialized to attend Milan San Remo and watch Matt Goss win, and finished off well with an edge of the sofa World Championship road race. And with that it is time to close out the Elcyclista end of year poll, where we tried to capture the defining moments of the season, and see which one you thought was the best ride of the season. So with a drum roll and a champagne shower, the winner and runners up are:
1. CADEL EVANS with 26.72% of the votes for his ride on Stage 18 of the Tour. He kept his head when Schleck went up the road early on what was being billed as the make-or-break stage. He used his team to keep the gap realistic, and Hincapie and the other teams across the valley to get him to the base of the Galibier still in range. What a ride on the Galibier. He hit the front at the bottom and never looked for any help all the way to the top, riding some of the best climbers in the world of his wheel.
2. JOHNNY HOOGERLAND with 25.95% of the votes for redefining the term “Hard As Nails”. Pulling himself off a barbed wire fence, he rode on to finish the stage, shredded literally, to pick up the KOM jersey.
3. PHILIP GILBERT with 20.61% of the votes for his Ardennes Grand Slam. Apart from the fact the guy was on fire pretty much all season, winning Amstel Gold, Fleche Wallonne and L-B-L in one season has only been done once before.
Just in case you want to relive that amazing stage 18 from this years Tour, posted below. Thanks for all your support and feedback this year, and here is hoping for an equally amazing 2012 season.
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Peter Drobach 5th December 1912.
From the collection of the Library Of Congress
As some0ne who a few years back face planted the back window of a Volvo and ended up between the driver and passenger seat, I can safely say that the 202 stitches I got on my face and head were both earned, and bought. EMS and surgery are expensive in the US. Love this t-shirt from Howies. It almost makes all that road rash worth while. It comes in black and grey. It also made me think does “Pippo” Pozzato, the so much potential but what happened one, actually have any scars? or is he just all ink and hair (see below). I will let you decide.
With a nod back to the past, and the days when we tied a spare tub under our seats with a leather toe strap, Mopha have come up with this modern interpretation of the tool bag. The roll is made from an oiled canvas, with leather stitched edges, and a choice of white, red or black leather straps. Tools not included, that’s up to you. Nice Christmas present.
This is one of my favorite images of Coppi, playing around and keeping warm before a track race. What I always loved about the shot was his hat, and the shear ridiculous size of the bobble. That mixed with that knit jersey he really should look ridiculous, but somehow he doesn’t. Recently I found the work of Annie Larson at All For Everyone (The hat at the top). She has an amazing eye for color and design and makes great one-off pieces. Now of coarse wearing these hats on winter rides back then was a lot easier, in the time before helmets, but with Annie’s hats and this picture in my pocket there is definitely a chance of carrying off a bobble. Maybe even for a bit of spectator fashion? Man I would love to do an Elcyclista hat with Annie.
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The Firefly brand got their act together seriously quickly. Although they are not long out of the gate, 35+ years building shows in the finish on the frames. They have some beautiful builds up on their site. With options in steel and Ti, a choice of components including ENVE, this is serious handmade east coast quality. Can’t wait to see one in the flesh.