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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Stepping off the (blogging) turbo

I recently had a few exciting - and in my opinion only, good - ideas recently about where I want to take my blog, changing the look etc,and what I want it to be.  But with some other stuff going on in life now and it unlikely to change soon it will be and is too much of a chore - I'm simply not enjoying blogging anymore. So,see ya later.

I might appear now and again at La Gazzetta Della Bici or at a posterous or tumblr site along with other writing if I ever feel in the mood. As I own a tourdecouch domain name I may rethink this in a few weeks,months,later in the year or for much longer but it's all too much for me right now. (or if I feel moved enough, post back on this one). 

I just want to write.  At the wrong time in my life,I can't handle all the other stuff that goes with this, and I don't want something that gives me enjoyment to make me feel bad about myself. 

Add to this some other things that I don't have the energy or time to not make me despondent - such as what appears to be the norm in some cycling circles/cycling media (all mediums).  It's foolish of me to think this "world" would be any different to others, but it appears there is no break from it all, wherever you turn.  No,it's not just the doping talk. It's self righteousness, arrogance,and laziness expressed as and taken as gospel. It's too hard not to also get caught up in it all and contribute to it. And it's becoming awfully hard to parody; there is simply too much material to keep up with. 

I thank all of you who regularly read the blog,told me you did,and gave me excellent regular feedback-constructive,positive or otherwise. I can see from the last few months worth of stats more people read my blog than I realised.  You who gave feedback though made me see it wasn't as awful as I thought. I also am astounded anyone (people I respect) referred me from their own sites. I thank you all too. An extra highlight this year was an ex elite tracky telling me my 'on the boards' piece gave her goosebumps. She should know,right?

I could be tempted to see this as a cop out or a failure.  But in coming to this decision, a quote from a mate and blogger will always make me think otherwise.  "I don’t believe in the art of suffering, because I don’t believe we cyclists suffer. We can always step off our bikes." 

See you when I get the passion back. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

That's So Couch - bad cow puns, underwhelming performances and press conferences

Team Leopard Trek (TLT) press conference:

Journalist Question (JQ) - other than the drinks, why are we here? 
TLT - we're pleased to be unveiling the smallest sponsor recognition ever

Enovos spokesperson "it is everything we thought and were told it was going to be. You can barely see it....where is it even on the shorts?  Wow, lucky Team Leopard Trek haven't even podiumed yet or other teams' sponsors would be dead jealous."

TLT - '...and we've still got loads of room left on the rest of the kit" (team spokesperson shakes his head in a "how do we do it" type way). 

JQ -So, the team's thoughts on Contador?

TLT - Not this question again. I refer to my previous answers - you know by tattling on your friends, you're really just tattling on yourself. By tattling on your friends, you're just telling them that you're a tattletale. Now is that the tale you want to tell?

JQ - But what about results - a couple of media outlets have been writing some pretty good pieces asking - where you guys been e.g. Cycling Central, Boulder Report, Cycling News.

TLT: Alone, we can only move buckets. But if we work together, we can drain rivers.

JQ - what? 

TLT - OK - Well, I can reveal the guys have had a team meeting  Frank had a couple of ideas about maybe he or some of the others could probably win something before April and July, but..you know..then Andy said HE or Fabian probably could - it's hard on Frank, he's been battling with some demons, you know, as to his role on the team - Marcia-Andy-Fabian-Marcia - that sort of thing. 

JQ: So, what's next for Leopard? A great performance at Paris-Nice?

TLT - Maybe. But we'll be holding a press conference on how Andy brushes his hair  and revealing the zany results after Fabu gets hit by a football 

The tape recorder of self righteousness -Kimmage is back

Kimmage humbly asked Zomegnan -who just finished explaining how many tests the Giro conducted last year (which in oz is about $700 per urine test,$1000ish for blood too) why the hell does he allow people like Basso and Vino back in this event and why is Zomegnan sitting there in front of images of these guys and pretending like the sport's moved on.  I had filing to do so couldn't hang around for the answer but I just bet Zomegnan bleated something back that was cancerous to the sport. 

Here's some questions we probably won't be hearing from the investigative journalist:

To ASOPROVAC - I'll make it easier for you, how can u claim the pack is drug free when there's so little testing? 0.25% of the bloody cow population? I mean, for f*k's sake, this is people's food we're talking about, not some bloody bike race.

I just can't believe you when you say you didn't dope just because you never failed a doping control -answer 

Pendleton is not hungry (AKA, first round in Tourdecouch's Australian London 2012 track trash talk)

Recent reports suggest Pendleton's lost her appetite.  Any wonder

Tweet of the week (and matching picture) via @brassyn 

"A disappointed Andre cares not for a donkey in the face." 

Love song and dedication to Alberto - pistolero vaca   (AKA Cow Tse Tung)

Check out the lyrics, how was the song not written for this man.