Sunday, March 22, 2009

La Primavera

So I've been far more active on Twitter lately, so here goes with a quick post-MSR update. I went down to Italy with the dogs for a bit of pre-race errands on Thursday and Friday. Even though MSR is probably my favorite race (along with P-R), I decided that I'd far rather watch it live on tv than make the trip to San Remo. Plus, with the dogs, even though they don't mind catching a big race now and then, it's far easier!

So I headed to Venice and spent Friday morning at the team warehouse doing some catchup with Gianfranco. After that, we busted tail for Milan. I had some frames that I needed Ivan to sign... some lucky chaps will be the recipients of these!

Then, I spent some time with my friends from Mavic, as well as the mechanics. As usual, Arco and the team got the bikes perfect before the race. Arco is so fast - he bends spokes! Don't believe me, check it out... thanks to the fast iPhone camera!

I spent some time with the big favorite for this weekend, Bennati. This was his first San Remo where he wasn't injured or working for a team leader, and he was quite excited. He is in great form right now and was certain that he'd make it with the lead group into San Remo - and he was right. Unfortunately, luck wasn't on his side. I think it was the final turn that found him out of position and unable to respond to Haussler's attack - sixth. Anyway, he also had a new paintjob for the race... check it out.

So now it's off to Belgium and the rest of the classics!


  1. Ohh Send one of those frames my way.. Looking forward to staying in same hotel with our Hottitude Team.

  2. Oh my send one of those frames my way... I so need your job, maybe you can give me some tips when i come to Belgium.. Looking forward to staying with the Hottitude Team of the year... Oh and Benna, i'm coming for a photo :-)
    Great writing again

  3. One of those frames is for me - right?

    Also, I request a pair of the Liquigas coveralls.

    Keep up the good work.

  4. I glad to find another Classics man. Have you seen the P-R coffee table book? Beautiful pictures and I learned a little more history. Hellofa finish yesterday wasn't it? That Cavendish kid really has the afterburners. Oh, and the black bike is pretty, an important element. It makes them faster.

  5. good stuff, rory! am i in line for one of those frames somewhere right behind the_smackdown? :) great pic of the "bent spokes"

  6. Good looking baikes there Rory. Bennati's frame is sweet!!!