Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Next time I get food poisoning...

Found this in the CT office last trip. It's a CODA disc brake-mounted
t.p. roll! Believe me when I say 'there have been days!'

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

New Year, New Look

Whew... that's MUCH better. I don't know where my head was when I did the original layout of this blog, but I'm pretty sure it was dark. I do know that I did it pretty quick and on the fly without much thought!

Hopefully, this works out a bit better!

2008 was a good year. I got my first race win. I also got to Korea and Japan for the first time. I got to LOTS of races, didn't do many myself. Logged way too many flight and drive miles.

In 2009, looks like I have a new goal. It seems we have a spot for me to do l'Etape du Tour. I trained for it in 2007 until I got really sick, which killed my form so I scratched. I still remember that 200km ride into the Vosges with the guys from the office (most of whom continued on and completed l'Etape). It's a far cry from racing crits, and my climbing is nonexistent in recent years, so it'll be a good challenge!

Safe New Year to everyone out there, keep riding and reading!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Quick Update and Test

You gotta love these long year-end vacation weekends. I'm spending my extra time well...

1. Feeding the social-networking monster. This post is actually a test of's service. Now each new post is being tweeted (kind of the opposite of what I got into Twitter for from the start). Now to find the perfect set of icons... stay tuned.

2. Cleaning the floors. The little ones have had a field day of late with their muddy paws!

3. Whole house iTunes! 2 Airport Expresses and 'Remote' running from the iPhone and Touch. Wireless radio shows from the States, controlled from my phone! Yes, I'm a geek (still). Right now catching up on the Common Man.

4. Office rework-redoing the shelves to give me my space. I love computer workspaces, and now I feel at 'home' in my office.

5. Bike part inventory. I've gotten a lot of new stuff lately, so it's out with the old, etc. etc. Still low energy from the food poisoning spell, so still off the bike. No worries. It's still early to restart (or is that 'late').

Tomorrow, the Bucs get their shot at the playoffs. Let's see, 9-3 wasn't motivation enough, so I guess 9-6 gives you that desperate feeling to want to beat the hapless Raiders at home?

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas, Buon Natale!

Merry Christmas to all from the Masons and Santa Daisy!

The Mother of all Year-end Updates!

So I've been REALLY lame in putting the posts together, I know. So here's the past month, all at once...

To start off with, I was in Bibione for the team presentation and building of the first round of bikes (this immediately after landing from a trip to the US for some Thanksgiving festivities and birthday parties). If you kept up with the Twitter updates, you'd know that I drove to Italy via Germany and Austria (not the shortest route) with a car full of Moto and Rize mtb's. Driving all through the night and taking in two snowy passes on summer tires, I got to Venice in time to pick up a partner in crime (engineer) for the week's activities with LG. From there, it was off to Passo San Pellegrino for the Liquigas guys to play in the snow. Studded tires (thanks to new team sponsor Schwalbe) made for some happy road racers, thoroughly enjoying the time on the mtb's - lots of press coverage, a few sold bikes, happy riders, mission accomplished!

From there, it was off to Val Pusteria for the first meeting of Cannondale Factory Racing Team. There I finally met new signings Marco Aurelia Fontana and Martin Gujan. Roel showed up late, as he was being honored in Belgium. It was a good couple of days - productive and some fun too. I also got a chance to try out the new skate skis at the Anterselva World Cup ski center. Let's just say I'm a bit out of practice!

Home for a day or two and then back to the US for meetings. Not much I can report on there (other than I picked up a sweet piece of Schwinn schwag in the form of a retro wool jersey). I did a bit of riding and attempted winter weight loss in the gym. This would soon come to pass though. A couple of finds from the CT office... First, a red ano Beijing headset cup that wasn't used by the boys for obvious logo reasons - just a test piece. And a new green bearing shield to be used by Liquigas in 09 - after a couple of tries, they got the iPod green down just about perfect. It should match well!

For some reason, it seems that as soon as I land home, a LONG drive awaits me immediately. This time, it was time to pack up Mrs. Masini and the dogs and drive to Spain! Liquigas' second team camp meant we had some media work to do. Scott, Don and Chris were to meet us in Benicasim for 3 days work, followed by a few days in Barcelona. The trip started out great - a bag full of the Mrs' goodies was stolen from the car! We replaced what we could find at a mall in Barca, then continued the trip. Once there, we got our work done, along with a ride on Scott's 40th birthday. As slow as I went on the climb, it felt good to the ego to make up time on the descent - still looking for the climbing legs. I was able to get Ivan up to speed on Twitter (he was nice enough to mention it on cyclingnews).

After all that excitement, we headed to Barcelona for the weekend. I had been prior to the Olympics there in 1992 but the Mrs. hadn't been. In our typical style, we walked almost the entire city, taking in all the major sites (with good dogs in tow) in a day. Unfortuntately, and I don't know if it was the dinner (I won't mention the American theme restaurant's name, just say we had a hankering for Tex-Mex and Rock & Roll), or the Buc's miserable third loss in a row, but Sunday night came around with a nice case of food poisoning! We decided Spain wasn't for us - we're more of an Italian or even Swiss pack of dogs here. Once I was "stable" and able to stay away from the throne for more than a half hour, we headed home to enjoy Christmas with friends in Basel! Hope you're having a good holiday and are able to spend it with family... Masini

Podium Cafe Shows Liquigas Some Love!

Podium Cafe is quickly becoming a favorite site of mine. The folks over there (OK, mainly the girls over there who are smitten by the green "hotness") are showing the love...

1. Liquigas Voted Hottest ProTour Team of 2008

2. Need I say more? First found here.

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