Bjarne Riis – manager of Team Saxo Bank – may be changing riders faster than some can keep track, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t know how to run a team as a business. His remaining star rider (not to be confused with is new star rider) Fabian Cancellara still has one year left on his contract. Due to this contract, and a couple of comments made by Fabian during the initial round of speculations about the Schleck’s new Luxembourg team, it was mostly assumed that Fabian would remain with Riis for the remainder of his contract.
Note: I first wrote and posted this article to my blog at VeloReviews.com on June 15, 2010. Since then, I’ve imported it back here to JustAnotherCyclist.com to provide more context to posts that will be appearing here.
I generally don’t spend a lot of time dwelling on my diabetes [here on JustAnotherCyclist.com]. It is not that I’m ashamed of my type 1 diabetes, or trying to hide it, but more that I mostly consider it just a part of my life. Thinking of it in that context I’m just not really compelled to post about it on web sites that I frequent, or write about it in my blog. However, every once in awhile something comes along that can potentially make my diabetes noteworthy. In this case, it is a change in the way I manage my diabetes that promises to make my cycling a whole lot better, safer and enjoyable. Well, two things actually.
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Today I had the opportunity to ride with Al and Kristen from Integrate Performance Fitness.
Al Painter is Mr. Integrate Performance Fitness. When he is not spending time making folks enjoy his special brand of fitness building pain, he is also spreading his fitness wisdom at the VeloReviews podcast and cycling social media website. In fact, the VeloReviews podcast is where I first heard of Integrate and Al Painter.
Nearly every bicycle tail light sold seems to come with hardware to mount it to the seat post, and observation would show that is in fact the most common location for people to put them. However, if you put a cargo rack on the back of your bike, this location can become impractical for a number of reasons. The rack itself may block visibility of the light from the rear of your bike. And if not, any cargo you may actually want to carry on the rack surely will.
Pro racer and bike messenger. When asked what jobs are available for folks that like to ride their bikes, those are the two common responses. Sure, working in a bike shop or as a mechanic gets you a pay check while your near the bikes, but some folks just want to be in the saddle.
Luckily, there are other options too.
But on the other hand – who can pass on a good rumor.
And what better way to feed a rumor than with a plausible failure scenario. That is exactly what Frank and Andy Schleck are facing with their new Luxembourg team. There are no guarantees that a new team will receive a UCI pro license and actually be able to race in major event. Hell, even if you do get a pro license these days there are no gaurantees that you’ll be able to race – as Bruyneel learned when Team Radio Shack was denied entry into the forthcoming Veulta a Espana.
So the possibility that the new Schleck team won’t get a pro license is very real. So what will the second place finisher in this year’s Tour de France do if that happens? Apparently he and his brother will invoke their fall-back contracts and ride for Team Radio Shack, potentially filling the shoes of the now retired (again) Lance Armstrong.
Well, that’s the rumor at least.