Last Week Of School!!!

So I am finishing up my last week of school and it is safe to say that I am super pumped to head over to Europe. It is going to be so much fun and just another adventure that I get to add to the book.

Connor Brown

Connor Brown

My school has been awesome with the support and flexibility, so I cannot thank them enough.

Anyways, I hope you guys are keeping yourselves updated with the pro peloton. This is always one of my favorite times of the year, because its the start of the Grand Tours.

So far it has been an absolute crash fest of a nightmare at the Giro, which is known for its drama and this looks to be one of the craziest ones yet. I mean, Dan Martin and half of the Garmin team were blown out on the stage one team time trial, which is crazy. It just goes to show that cycling, even when it looks safe, requires your 100% concentration or you will pay the price.

It is definitely a sad sight to see Dan go out like that, he has had a bit of a rough go at it this season. Hopefully he can bounce back soon.IMG_113539149403354

Not only has Garmin had troubles, but so have Giant Shimano, having to pull out Marcel Kittel, who was on a one way path for the sprinters jersey and a few more stage wins, due to a cold.

It is safe to say that all of those that made the trip to the Amgen are very pleased with themselves at this moment.

However, it looks like this race might have already been won, by Bradley Wiggins. Who absolutely destroyed the time trial, winning by over 40 seconds on the next man down.

It has definitely been interesting to see what has been happening not just with the racing, but lots of new tech gear has been presented at these races.

Specialized have a new Tarmac, Bell has a new helmet, but the big shocker was Sram electronic. With Shimano running the gambit on the electronic shifting, Sram definitely needed to put their version on the market if they wanted any chance of competing. Well, a little friendly competition is good for the soul and good for our pocket books too. I’m thinking we should see some prices come down a tad since there are now two players competing for the business.

Connor Brown

I’m Just Laying Around Contemplating Next Years Tour Winner

After a very long weekend it’s nice to have a day off. Today I am just laying down and just relaxing! Seriously, I trashed myself this weekend, so this day will be all about maximum recovery efficiency.

While I was lying down, I happened to notice that Chris Froome had just won Romandie, which is pretty awesome to me. Froome has now won the tour of Oman and the Criterium International this year already. So you can imagine why VeloNews is calling him the man to beat at the tour. [Below is one of my favorite Froome videos.]

In my opinion, Sky had a really tough call this year for team captain for the tour. They were in a toss-up between giving Bradley Wiggins a chance to defend his title or to let Froome give it a go. With Wiggins heading over to the Giro this year I think the team captain for the Tour is obviously going to be Froome, but why Froome over Wiggins? Chris-Froome

 If you had watched the Tour last year I think you could tell that Wiggins wasn’t the best climber there. In fact, Froome showed he was the better climber almost very single time they hot the mountains. Yet Wiggins was a better TT’r than Froome, but then again Froome would always be right on the heels of Wiggins in the TT.

So really if you think about it last year there was a ton of explosive climbers that were absent for the tour. For example: Ryder Hesjadel, Joaquim Rodriguez, Alberto Contador, and Andy Schleck were all MIA. Think about it, if these riders would have shown up for the Tour we might be looking at a different winner. No doubt though that Wiggins was made for the 2012 tour. But the question is whether the Tour will ever suit him again?

There is no doubt in my mind that Chris Froome is the better rounded GC rider than Wiggins. For example; at last year’s Tour what Wiggins would put on Froome in the time trial, Froome could put three times the time in the mountains back on Wiggins if he was let loose. So I think Sky knows what they are doing. Which is to send Wiggins over to the Giro, a Giro that will better suit him because of the long individual time trials, and then they send Froome to the Tour with its long mountainous stages. Anyway, that’s what I am stewing on today.

As for the rest of this week I will be trying to recover in time to go give the Tall Grass Road Race a go, which will be the only race I will be racing this weekend.