Monday, October 3, 2011

Contador to Ride Sausalito Tuesday!

--Last week Yvette (@yvette21) Tweeted me saying Contador was going to be in Sausalito on Tuesday. And sure enough...

"Hello,California.I'm coming to visit next week.Come join me for a ride Tuesday in Sausalito.Stay tuned for details"
Sep 30 via Twitter for BlackBerry®FavoriteRetweetReply

So, I setup his Tweets to go to my phone and have been waiting in vain ever since. So far he hasn't said anything else.

--The saying goes "Once you go road, you never..." Well, Stybar is one of those that may never go back. After a full road season he's wondering if he'll be able to hang on the dirt. Luckily for him, his QuickStep contract doesn't expire for another year so he has some time to make up his mind. I'm wondering what the differences in how big his contract was. I assume he's making less on the road but maybe not? Road has a lot more funding than cross, that's for sure.

--In other contract news, Craig Lewis has found a spot. He says he'll get to race in Europe so looks like it'll be one of the super anglo teams. My initial guess was BMC but then I remembered they have Phinney. I don't think they'd overlap too much, though.

--And Jani Brajkovic is headed to Astana for two years. Smart move by this guy. No sense waiting around on whatever may or may not materialize out of LeopardTrekShackNissanMercedes.

--Here's a really interesting interview with the race director. Apparently there was a bit of drama with the High Priest of Euroland David Millar and his visa.

--Speaking of Beijing, looks like the agreement with the UCI over race radios (which got the teams to agree to ride the Tour of Beijing) will last through 2013! Way to go teams!

--Specialized and Lululemon have come to the rescue of the HTC women's team. (No word on whether or not Ina's wage expectations have been met.)

--Levi's Gran Fondo was this Saturday and bay area photog Ken Conley was there to shoot it. I missed it last year and lacked any motivation to try to survive King's Ridge this year. No regrets.

--Lastly, Champion System has decided to form a pan Asian team. I'm always happy to see money coming to the sport, and always remiss to hear about riders having to wear Champion System kits...

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