Friday, February 20, 2015

The Hubbard - 20 February 2015

The Hubbard is Tourdecouch's lighter look at the world of pro cycling, with a bit of news curation on the side

Cancellara not finished yet

After winning Tour of Oman's second stage and currently leading the GC, Fabian Cancellara shows us there's life in the old dog yet. Panic over. We have a bit more time to see Fabian do things he does best:

 - towing team mates

- looking majestic

- looking majestic

Valentine's Day

Fabian also reminded us on Valentine's Day what love is all about

He wasn't the only one wishing us a happy hallmark day.

These guys showed us it's not easy being green:

And Taylor Phinney - in a Martin Sheen alone in a Saigon hotel room way - reminded us the day can be difficult:

Tortur(ing) artist.

Something not in The Rules but should be? Cyclists should not rap. Here's cyclo cross World Cup title winner Kevin Pauwels finding some spare time to rhyme.  (link via @dwuori)   (in link, click on image of Kevin in car to play video)

Draw something

To another tortured artist. You may remember Peter Sagan from consistent podium place finishes and of course podium mishaps. Peter has asked his fans  to draw how they see him.

Here's an animated entry.

The effects of pro cycling:

Of course, the endurance nature of pro cycling can have other effects on riders.

- malnutrition

- bad teeth and mouth breathing

This post explains that if endurance athletes ignore their teeth they will erode from sugary drinks, gels and mouth breathing. Wait, what, endurance sports cause mouth breathing? 

- delusions of grandeur

An easy place to look for an example is Chris Horner. He said in this interview with Cycling News:

"I own (the) Redlands (Classic)....I'm one of the best in the world. Why would I retire?."

There's lots of choice quotes in that one, but I also like;

"I could put together a team right now with near-40 and over-40 guys that would be the best in the world, probably ranked second or third best team in the world. But directors don't want us."

Sean Yates is another good example.

Non delusions of grandeur

Cycling brand Ground Effect certainly have none. In this video, they celebrate being around for 20 years and light heartedly look at their failures. (via @cyclingiq)

Lance Mails it In

Lance Armstrong avoided appearing in court for that time he let his girlfriend take the wrap for crashing his car into other cars. He paid his $238.50 in fines and court costs by mail.

The Hubbard wonders how he will get his other fine through the post:

Separated at birth

Nah, not Kristof, more like this guy

Other gratuitous cute photos

OK, there's already been cute photos, so here's another one:

But this one of Jasper Stuyven, posted for Throwback Tuesday by Trek Factory Racing is even better.

Wiggo Update

The word on the online publishing street is Wiggins will win Paris Roubaix and Rio gold, or die trying. Meanwhile, his development team - WIGGINS - has launched its kit:

British as f*k. Yeah, you have probably already seen this but did you know how it is made? Produced by Rapha, it is created from merino wool, dyed with the essence of beetroot and blueberries found growing only on the cliff in the Karate Kid III movie.

John Degenkolb and the Four Seasons

Koen de Kort posted this tweet today about John Degenkolb:
Perhaps because he can do anything:

This does not at all make The Hubbard think of this, nope:

And on that note, I'll leave you with:

Tweets of the week:

Cycling fan and Velo Voices contributor, Midge Tremayne, tweeted this while watching the Track Worlds Scratch Race. She noticed Irish rider Martyn Irvine had not made the breakaway five to contest the final medal winning sprint:

1 comment:

  1. another winner... from the cliff in karate kid iii.. lol!
    I love the video of mistakes that clothing company did.. really does amazing thigs for their brand... I want to buy there product just from that video!