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Friday, September 9, 2011

Australian Teams for the Road World Championships 2011 - Your Picks?


Barbie's sure to make the list!  (photo: brassyn)

Tourdecouch asked Natasha Mitchell* - Level 1 Road and Track Coach in Victoria, Australia to look at the Australian team long lists for the Road World Championship and tell us her picks (and some of the reasoning and her tips). 

(*9 spots for mens RR, 6 for womens RR, 5 for u23s. 2 each for Time Trial)

Mens Elite Road (9 spots) 
Goss
Haussler
Sutton
Matthews
Gerrans
O'Grady
Hansen
Howard
Renshaw (she ummed and aahed re: Renshaw)

Womens Elite Road (6 spots) 
Gillow
Cromwell
Hosking
Hoskins
Ryan
Corset 

u23 Mens Road (5 spots)
Durbridge
Lang
Palmer
Dennis
She couldn't call the last one, but said it would be between McCarthy, Aitken, Lewis

Mens Time Trial
Porte
Bobridge

Womens Time Trial
Gillow
Heather

u23 Time Trial
Durbridge
Howson

Natasha's other thoughts:
I think Chloe Hosking is the only Oz woman with a chance for the win in the RR, but she's not as strong as say a Vos or  Pooley on the uphill finishes. She's been riding really strongly the last week but I can't see her beating Vos. 

Howard and Hansen may get a run due to their having decent legs from Vuelta Howard will be support though I imagine.

Last pick for the Mens RR may be Porte or Renshaw but course suits neither really. If Porte's already doing TT, maybe Rensaw is a smarter pick and he's an excellent team rider. In terms of the win,
any of my first 5 picks. ACT should be happy with 7 riders in that long list!

Who do you think will make the teams?

*Melbourne's Natasha Mitchell is a Level 1 Road and Track Coach and Level 1 AustCycle Teacher. Natasha has been coaching for 5 years and was recently Assistant Coach for the Victoria Junior Road Team and is a member of the the Victorian Development and Coaching Commission. Follow her on twitter.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

That's so couch - tennis, a David Lynch film and cycling

Who's not bangable in pro cycling

You've probably heard about this website by now. 

What The Hottitude? If male pro cycling was reported and talked about as much as women's cycling, then this website would be up there with this awful feature published by Bicycling Magazine. (the fact there's only five,shows you just how across the world of women's cycling Bicycling Magazine is)

Not to be outdone, Tourdecouch has thought about who you wouldn't want to have sex with in men's pro cycling (and women's pro cycling if they ever get around to announcing).

There's only one winner. The social media manager for greenedge. (yes, I'm not using any caps in their name).

Imagine it. 'In moments, I'm going to announce when I'm about to come.' 


You'd be having breakfast or out to dinner:  'Later today/tonight, you know I'm going to be announcing when I'm going to announce I'm going to come.”

Or how about when announcements are made about an announcement and then it doesnt happen. - premature edge-actulation. Or, it happens a week later? Or this - 'no, that orgasm that you thought was happening, didn't actually happen. Yeah, I was faking'

Apparently though, Nygaard's off to greenedge to sort this unbangableness out and he may have already as Gossy's announcement was an announcement without a pre announcement.

Know the name of any good gynaecologists?

From unbangable to fairly bangable, it's on to the tennis world now and Rafael Nadal (although there is a cycling connection).

Rafael Nadal was asked “so, you know the name of any good gynaecologists?'

Nadal's response:


(but it kinda looks like someone might have been under the table who also thought he was very bangable).

More tennis

There's no action at the US Open right now, so Tourdecouch brings you another tennis match.

15-0


15-15


Cycling fans everywhere will learn just how bad cancer is from the people who brought us cancer awareness, Capital Sports Entertainment. And they might pump out a few press releases about some bike racing by some guys from Luxembourg and Switzerland. Bruyneel will win another Tour.


30 – 15
Shit no, there will be nothing American about my expensive toy cycling set. Except for a couple of sponsors and some riders....

Then, everyone remembered these guys were still on the court. Oh Hai. Is anyone keeping score anymore? I find this more confusing and pretentious than Mulholland Drive. What the Laydioshack (@mmmaiko copyright) is going on.
Becca serves. Ace. We don't want anything to do with your toxic CSE marketingese. Fabianese will do us just fine. That shit sells itself.

And another ace to win the game.

UCI then for some reason also weighed in with a press release of their own, but nobody cares.

And just so we don't forget who's Boss Hogg, Johan serves up this and that's where we are now in the game. Johan wanted to wait until a bit later in the month so riders looking for jobs would have even less of a chance to get one. A great guy. 


Sugar Daddies

Expressing concern about this worrying trend of sugar daddies propping up and dropping cycling (which I don't get, aren't sponsors just another form of Sugar Daddy too?), Jane Aubrey from Cycling News asked greenedge's Papa Molasses about all the Leopardshennaningins.While he may currently lack a major sponsor, just like Becca was, if you look at this interview along with Becca's latest there seem to be some key differences. 


Becca wanted to have Sky's second year in Leopard Trek's first and doesn't really understand cycling, Ryan knows greenedge won't light the world on fire in it's first and has been involved with cycling for 20 years. greenedge's bus is a bit bigger than Leopard Trek's, and greenedge isn't named after a German Tank, nor is Leopard Trek..hang on...

How are some of the LT team reacting?

Andy has made up some excuse about needing the next ten months off for dentistry work. If Cav hadn't used this one before (remember, he had work done in the off season and he wasn't seen until July the next year?), we'd buy it but something else is up. His pony ate his homework? No, that's not it either. 


It's like this brilliant post pointed out, Johan's coming for him, and he's more scared than that time he broke away on a stage in the Tour this year and he couldn't see Frank for a few hours. Andy's envisaging something like this – being tied to his TT bike and white lunch bags containing cans of beetroot juice thrown at him. So Andy's in hiding. 

But Johan assures us he will be gentle with Andy. Johan's concerned he still has the Boss Hogg nickname and wants to start rebranding himself. He also said that Trek will design Andy the bike he asked them to last year  (but Nygaard said no). 

Tom Stamsnijder reacted by making this snazzy sales pitch video to sell off the team bus:



And Andy, Frank and Fabs get one more drive in before their cars are taken away.

Leopard Trek – a look back at its rich and true racing history



Remember how it all started:



Key memories in that video:
-Kim Andersen says he wanted to create a team around Andy, Frank and the Tour - at 1min 08secs
 - the heart warming hand holding and running up the hill  - at 1.21
-Andy asks "where will my pink streamers go?" - at 1.48

But there are still unanswered questions:

Will we see more of this next year? 
Did anyone actually buy this ?
How can Chris Horner expected to be not American?