Tomorrow I’m going toe to toe with the best riders in the UK, and a fair few aces from overseas. Yes, it’s time for Britain’s only one-day UCI race, the Tesco Rutland – Melton International CiCLE Classic. And this baby deserves to be called a classic. It covers 168 kilometers of narrow, rolling country lanes AND it has 11 sectors of nasty, unpaved farm road. (Rutland. Rut-Land. Land of ruts. Get it?) When I say rolling that’s no joke either. Even though there’s no climb longer than a few minutes there’s also no piece of flat road anywhere. The total elevation gain is close to 6,000 feet! That’s a lot. I hope I roll as well as Chris “The Czech Wrecker” Stastny, who blasted to a podium finish in the RR at Sea Otter yesterday. Sick!
This is a cool race, to be sure. So cool, in fact, that it gets television coverage in the UK. Yup, GB is WAY ahead of the states when it comes to covering cycling. So, if you have a few minutes to spare and you want to see the carnage from the 2010 race you can FIND IT HERE. BONUS: You get to hear commentary by Anthony McCrossan, the voice of British Cycling and one hell of a nice guy. (sidenote: he’s totally friends with the guys from Davis Wheelworks! How cool is that!) British Cycling does a phenomenal job of covering the racing.* Hopefully when they start popping out the 2011 stuff you’ll see me all over it. Until then, if you ever wanted a a better picture of what I’m doing over here there’s no better resource than the high quality videos on the BC Vimeo site.
But the title of this post is “Video Roundup”, and a roundup with one video would be pretty, stinkin’ lame. So, for your viewing pleasure, allow me to present a few choice clips of videos related (at least tangentially) to cycling.
First up, “The Bike Song” by Mark Ronson and The Business Intl. This is a pretty sick beat in its own right, but it also features lyrics about bikes, demoniacally possessed bikes, and souped up 80s spaceship bikes. BA. It also features these lyrics, which I’m pretty sure were written specifically for professional cyclists and aspirants: “My mother tells me I should stop, go and get a real job, but that can’t be the way that I roll.” Credit to my bosom buddy Devin Flaherty for sending this my way. JSparls was horrified that I’d never seen it.
Next up is… well, I don’t really know what to call it. I think I found it one day while searching for video of my old teammate Fabrice Dubost, the French Assassin. The only words I can understand are “the”, “bike” and “bicycle”, but I still love it. And I’m def gonna bust those moves out in the club. Unh!
Last, but certainly not least: “Performance” Yup, that’s the name of the game. For the longest time I thought the guy in this video was WCCC NorCal superstar (and total dreamboat) Stephen Dey. Alas, it is not. So, judging from the jersey I can safely say this guy is Australian, and it looks like Aussie hip-hop hasn’t quite hit global Kanye standards. Oh well, still sweet.
That’s about all I know. 16 hours until I get nasty on the rutted roads of East Midlands. Send the good vibes my way.
*Hands down the best cycling footage is at bartape.net. These documentary style vids are really well produced and give a unique inside look at pro cycling. Check ‘em out. You’ll be happy you did.