The 2012 Kit

The 2012 Kit

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Rock You Like a Hurricane

The last stage. As Irene sweeps over the East Coast, TT1 will be storming Colorado for the last time, fighting for another stage victory.

Yesterday happened. It was a hard race from the gun and by the end, only 50 made it over the final lump in the road with 15km to go to fight for the stage. TT1 had 2 in that final group: Javier and Vladimir, but we came up a bit short. I was in a small group of 12 or so just behind. Here's a video clip that recaps a bit of the stage. I'm starring in it!
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Friday, August 26, 2011

Queen Stage UPCC

My day:
I followed a lot of moves early on, pushing for the breakaway, but it wasn't going anywhere.
A horrific crashed on a cattle guard across the road sent teammate Daniele Callegarin home. He is recovering well in the Denver Hospital and his girlfriend is coming to keep him company. The team is down to 7 without Daniele and were lamenting his absence as today's stage would be one of the few that are better for a rider like Daniele: a handy guy in a bunch sprint.
The crowds on Cottonwood and Independence were extraordinary. On TV, I watched roads crowded with spectators divide as Tour riders screamed to the top of climbs. Racing here felt just like that. Even in a group further back, fans were equally emphatic. It is super motivating for the riders, and a great sign for the sport to see these die hard fans appearing in the USA!

The TT yesterday was lined almost the entire length with people. Vail's crowds around town and within the first K of the start tent were particularly exciting. I usually embrace the warmth that the crowds bring to us. In the start house, I toss my sipping-bottle to supporters as close as 10 seconds to the start. A small wave. 5 seconds to go I start breathing and the gun goes! You can do your job and have fun with it at the same time. It ain't all serious! I did nearly drop myself on the last turn out of town. I was doing a hell of a clip through town but we couldn't practice the course at much speed and I must've lost around 15 seconds nearly combing to a complete stop ion a big gear on a small incline. I was bogged down, but there was no need to really panic: I'm no contender for the win and I was also confident in my ability to finish within the time limit. Still, my TT abilities which remain one of my weaknesses are improving and each race is an opportunity to improve.

These final days these final 3 stages are the Team's real days to shine. We are going for the break and for stage wins. Success will come. Follow along on! Live video coverage.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Breathing through straws

8,000 ft. Only 1,000 ft to go before we arrive at start elevation(stage1)! Having done Tour of Utah, we're not ill-prepared, though racing groom 9,000-12,000 ft is a whole different animal than proud 5-6,000.

No service prevented that quick post yesterday AM.

I spent about 35-40 minutes in an attempt to bridge solo to a breakaway yesterday as the first attack I went with was stifled quickly. It had ~1min or so when I attacked and was within 15-20sec, but the would not wait seeing I was a threat to the KOM Jersey. Today is another day, though, and I'm not one to wait around, as you know. It's the queen stage of 210km today. Wish us luck! The GC will most likely be decided today, but a stage win or breakaway success is not out of the question.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

The last supper

We had our last dinner before the USA PRO CYCLING CHALLENGE begins with tomorrow's 8.3km downhill time trial. Tonight, we're all doing what we do best before the excitement begins: surfing on our computers listening to music, catching up with family on the phone and, in the Efimkins' case, talking to his twin brother!

Tomorrow marks a day to present the teams to the onlookers and produce a basic General Classification construct. The winner tomorrow might not win the race overall, but a short individual prologue stage does a lot for setting a tone and taking out the jitters from a possibly nervous field. Personally, I feel very relaxed going into the race, but I know that it will be among the most challenging I will have ever done.

I'm going to get into the habit of including my daily breakfast on this thing for you. Today I had a couple of bowls of chopped fruit (peach, strawberries, cantaloupe) on Kashi Crunch! granola. I had a piece of bread smattered with Nutella, once I found that stash of gold. Coffee included.

Until tomorrow. Don't forget that I make updates during the day on Twitter under the @Will_Dragon. Log in, register for free and stay in touch that way as well to see photos I upload during the day. It's free and it takes 2 minutes.
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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Callegarin put the Italian into the pasta last night while I cooked on the grill at D.S. Michael Carter's house. Today we zipped over to the Crown Plaza race hotel in time for a short nap, massages, dinner and team presentation ceremony. Tomorrow, the race will start tomorrow.

PS I have el cellular back so call me, baby.
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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Colorado Prep

Having left my phone at the Texas Roadhouse after dinner tonight, I can't post all the gooey photos of today's ride for you. Well, I'll get to that. We saw Buffalo Bill's Grave at the top of Lookout Mtn, a climb we do on the last stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

I'm rooming with Alexander Efimkin, twin of Vladimir Efimkin (the newest addition to TT1). The two rode together on AG2R last year and are back racing together on TT1. A profile of a few new faces is due to you, including Danielle Callegarin, one of TT1's Italian riders that joined us in Scott Stewart's absence for this upcoming tour in Colorado. Scott has come down with something still to be determined and left the Tour of Utah early to go home to Michigan. I was sad to see my only American compatriot leave, but I've got to work on my italian sometime...

Wish me luck locating my cellular device.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Utah Finito

We crawled into the pain cave Utah provided and emerged unscathed, and hopefully stronger than we were before. The last day was incredibly difficult from the moment the nearby bank CEO who shot the starting gun, shot the gun. Within 15 minutes I thought I had given everything I had! And then I kept going. I surprised myself with the number of moves I could follow in the beginning of the race, but I knew that those efforts would take their toll. The team did a good job rotating and marking moves. To everyone's astonishment (not only the awe of Team Type 1 - Sanofi), no breaks went before the first climb! But, that left our lungs a-burnin' and our legs swollen in pain when the climb came. The KOM jersey no longer belonged to us, but up to the chance of the race up the road. And so we had fought for it early and risked our chips.

I fell off the back for the first 10 minutes and needed to recover, finding my own rhythm. As I climbed, I found a tempo I could hold, riding through groups of riders (debatably, it wasn't the most classy thing to do as I rode from a group that got in the broomwagon up to friend Jamey Driscoll and Kelly Benefit Strategies rider Jason Donald who rode with me at a decent clip for the last 40 miles). We actually, the 3 of us, rode so well together that we caught those that had gotten dropped from the front group on the final climb up to Snowbird. An aggravation comes over me when the word "Groupetto" rings: I can't settle just to ride and let the race go unless I have completely shut down. Not only is it defeating, but it almost serves no purpose. Why even finish? If I've got gas in the tank that I can find, I'll use it up before the end, that's it. So, I was mighty happy to ride through about 5 groups of riders by the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon, happily finding a familiar riding partner in James and another for a more animated, enjoyable day skimming Utah's mountainous topography. There is an air about the Groupetto that can be fun in its laxity when your legs have lost all hope of energy, but I did that in 2009 on this very stage. This year, I wouldn't have it. It would've been too frustrating for me. I suppose I knew already that I had been riding a strong tour and that if my efforts were expended differently, I might have been fighting in the final group that rode 15 minutes ahead of us. There was that, and plus, why not get a little training in before the USA Pro Cycling Challenge next week in Colorado? The fun I had riding up on this day ended up being well beyond that of my favorite training loop. Check out what The Man in Camo had for me as I rode through a shute of awesome spectators at 4km to go!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Morning of The Queen Stage (5)

Yesterday, the field split up early and we had Javier and Rubens representing. It was a hot day and attrition took it's toll. With 5 laps to go of a 12km circuit (starting at 12 laps), the attacks from the peleton started. Unfortunately, going into 2 to go I found myself in poor positioning to make the selection, which was very frustrating. However, the race up front by the team was ridden nearly perfectly as we rounded 2nd and 3rd on the podium. Team Type 1 has photos of the race on facebook.

This morning is the hardest stage. 160km but a kills profile. We need Rubens in the break early to take KOM points and to secure his lead. I will do my best to be there with him. We are riding low profile wheels-the lightest setup for today's stage. Now, in the team bus, we're transferring to the race. Here are some shots. The one of me was from the hotel room after breakfast - a few relaxing moments: the calm before the storm.
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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Stage 4 Utah

After a crazy day, I was a little disappointed in myself, but Ii know I am riding strong so....TOMORROW, ATTACK!!!!

Javier 2nd today, Rubens 3rd! Details to come!
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The Raw-ness of the Ride

In order to bring some readers closer to the sport and my experience as a growing rider, I want to try a few things. I want comments on this, also. I will include a few race-related shots if I can once in a while that show the behind-the-scenes activities of racers (in this case, me and a lucky, occasionally willing roommate). I'll include a shot of me shaving my legs this morning before race departure. Maybe I can get breakfast tomorrow for you. Today I had a cut up peach and banana with granola, walnuts and chopped almonds. 2 cups of coffee (yippee) and maybe a snack here and there of a few other things, but that was the meat of it. Before the race, I'll eat a delicious bacon, egg, cheese, chopped tomato combination sandwiched between a cinnamon raisin bagel buttered and jellied with some fig jam I spotted on the Liquigas-Cannondale table, courtesy of Ted King (found on Twitter @iamtedking). Food is our fuel and nutrition has been a growing interest in endurance sports over the last few years. Maybe a week or so of including my pre-race or training diets would help give perspective for others and help me realize some improvements I can make myself! Alora.

Time Trial Recap:
I was going about that hard and I finished 92nd... How's that for a summary?? A flat time trial on an F1 race course. It was hot and dry. My start time was 2 minutes before 6pm. One of the latest TT's I've ever done! Another day under the belt.

Our interest lies in keeping Rubens' KOM jersey and in winning a stage. We have 2 more to go. There are no KOM points awarded today (Stage 4), so the stage win will be a focus. You can follow on I believe.

Please participate in the poll above. I've kept it active until I return to the East Coast after the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Utah Prologue

Today was the prologue. It was a mere 2km, but as short as it was, it hurt more than a tooth filling without novacaine. Anyhow, I was 88th of 118 riders. The result is unimpressive, but not to worry, if I got down on a prologue result at every stage race I've ever done, I'd be a really unhappy little dude. Above is a view from the team bus of where the prologue took place. I'm glad I don't have anyone with a gun to my head telling me to ski jump off of that thing. Yikes.

Tomorrow we will race 180km and climb like 10,000ft and hopefully do it better than all the other cycling dorks out there. Kill them all.

A domani.
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Sunday, August 7, 2011

I left Aunt Melanie in Santa Fe this morning for Salt Lake City. There, I encountered a few surprises. First, as I was waiting for the shuttle and trying to meet up with my new teammate Vladimir Efimkin, brother of A. Efimkin, both former AG2R riders, he took the very shuttle I had called while I was looking for him and sped off. Nothing short of an extra round hour at the airport, I met up with Fabio to take the next ride to the Sheraton.

The next surprise was meeting up with old friends at the restaurant for a mid-summer luncheon, but what was really the cap of it all, was all this new kit that awaited me in an unassuming white trashbag, presented by seigneur Ronny Goicochea. See attached photos.
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I left Aunt Melanie in Santa Fe this morning for Salt Lake City. There, I encountered a few surprises. First, as I was waiting for the shuttle and trying to meet up with my new teammate Vladimir Efimkin, brother of A. Efimkin, both former AG2R riders, he took the very shuttle I had called while I was looking for him and sped off. Nothing short of an extra round hour at the airport, I met up with Fabio to take the next ride to the Sheraton.

The next surprise was meeting up with old friends at the restaurant for a mid-summer luncheon, but what was really the cap of it all, was all this new kit that awaited me in an unassuming white trashbag, presented by seigneur Ronny Goicochea. See attached photos.

Your opinions? No more simple blue and we get a red helmet.

You saw it here first. Please cast your vote on the poll above, thanks.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

My Ridin' Ain't On The Rodeo Circuit Out Here

Blogger hasn't been doing me well over the last month! I've been riding locally in Burlington since the Tour of Qinghai Lake in China (last post was on the way there). It might be time for my own URL, no? Should I get a poll on that? Let me see what I can do, here. Meanwhile, read on.

I'm in Santa Fe for the second time in just over 7 months. My aunt Melanie Dugan lives here in a great adobe style single-level house outside of the city. As much as I love to see Melanie, part of the draw to visit her before racing Tour of Utah and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge (in Colorado) was the elevation. I thought I could kill 2 birds with one stone by spending a week out here before racing two of the hardest stage races in the US in a dry climate at significant elevation. Santa Fe sits at 7,000 ft and Melanie is up the hill from there, so I'd say this is perfect! There's a beautiful 25k road not far away that goes up to the Santa Fe Ski Basin, reaching 10,350 ft that I first explored on Christmas Day this past winter. I had an unfortunate experience laying it out on black ice on that brisk morning, but the summers are gorgeous up there - it gets nice and cool as you work your way up.

Tour of Utah starts August 9th and finishes on the 14th. The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is soon after from the 22-28th. After that, I get to go back to New England for a respite before another CCA (Chinese Cultural Adventure) at Tour of China in mid-September.

Today is my last ride in Santa Fe. Tomorrow I'll leave for Salt Lake City to regroup with Team Type 1 before the show begins. Tour of Utah was actually my first race with Team Type 1 in 2009. I had a great time and suffered a whole lot.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Tour of Qinghai Lake

Yes! I'm leaving today. I'm on my flight to Beijing right now. See all the people boarding? This is China, people. I'm not headed to Shanghai, Hong Kong, Thailand or any other great cities. Sure, I fly to Beijing, but I'm going to the boondocks. I'm going out where people defile the streets with excrement and families work in fields, sunrise to sunset, to feed their children. Foot massages mean "more-than-that" massages. I went to this high-elevation competition two weeks less than 1 year ago. I suffered, coming from Vermont and racing at 7-13,000ft, sure I did, but that's how you make a man out of a child! Hairs on the chest, please. Teammate Martijn exclaimed before Stage 5 of Tour de Beauce at my healthy patch of chest hair "Woah, Dugan, you have hairy chest, man!" Indeed, I do, and don't you forget it, Marty, I ain't a sissy that shaves! I embrace my gifts. It's the simple things that bring us joy in life. Is your life monotonous? Do something fun like grow your chest hair. Try as hard as you can to grow it out. Push. Squeeze, Grunt, Lift, Flex. It's all scientifically proven.
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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Beauce Stage 2 Victory

This is Mr. FAB. we are roommates everywhere we go together. After a killer lead-out by non other than #1 himself, I helped the boys get in decent position for the sprint. We went 1st, 5th and 6th. Martijn Verschoor was el campione. FAB ran 4th and Alexei Schmidt had a 6th place finish. It was a great final 3 km for TT1, and our first stage win of the year.

Today, a mountain top finish await us on Mont Megantic (only the Canadians would really get pumped on a name for a large mountain that combines "mega" and "gigantic," thinking, "yes, this is really the best name for this, here, mountain. It truly elicits the awe and grandeur that you feel when you stand before this magnificent earthly growth."

Off to the start. My job is to make ben king go as fast as he can up the mountain so he doesn't lose too much time. That way, he will crush the TT and get in the top 5 on GC. Sonic Boom.
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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Beauce Stage 1

We started off going really fast and then 22 riders got away and though Team Type 1 and United Health Care each only had 1 rider to represent, we couldn't bring it back. Then we went really slow. And so, the race happened. I heard the break finished with about 20 min on the field. Wild stuff, we're talking, here.

Luckily, Ben King for Team Type 1 can time trial better than the Big Willy Style album sounds (I know, hard to believe), so having him place 6th for the day gives us confidence in a GC result from him. He rode like a machine for me in Korea, and I'm pumped to help him get on the podium overall.
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Monday, June 13, 2011

Tour de Beauce

There are two reasons to go to Canada: to go to a bike race or go buckwild. If you don't know what going buckwild is like, all you have to do is drive to Canada without the intention of going to a bike race, and you will most likely find yourself doing just that.

Last weekend there was the F1 race in Montreal. I guess that's a third reason to go to Canada, but I'm pretty sure you'd go buckwild if you were there, so it still doesn't fall into it's own priority category.

Beauce June 14-19, 2011

The season seems to be moving along quickly. It's hard to believe I did my first race in January this year. Previously, I started March 1st or at the end of February.

Tour de Beauce begins tomorrow. I drove up the "Jetta" after getting it all fixed up for top performance with new brakes, struts and all-season tires. I jammed up to Canada this afternoon with lots of loud techno and didn't see a single officer. Which was good, because they might have seen how good my new tires look and decided to pull me over.

After some great training at Tim and Lyne's new Topsfield location, I hope I'm good and prepared for the 6 day event in Quebec. I raced here last year as a support rider with Team Type 1 and had a solid race, despite touching down 3 separate times.

This is my first time with the team since Tour of California last month, and it's great to see some familiar faces. I'm rooming with Fabio, my usual mate when we race together. I'll get a candid photo of him at 6am when he least expects it to post tomorrow. Stay tuned and wish us luck. I hear if TT1 gets enough UCI points we can go Protour...

Sunday, June 12, 2011

My off-weeks

I walked up and down my street a whole lot. Here are two drag queens that couldn't resist me while Marshalling at the Burlington Marathon. I spent some quality time and money setting up my new studio apartment here on the Marketplace to make it comfortable for #1. The brick walkway is entertaining enough for people-watching, anyway, and this cat seems to enjoy doing the same. A regular on the marketplace, himself, this Tabby sits atop the handlebars of his bike and passes the day lazily, free of worry.

I travel to Quebec tomorrow for my 2nd Tour de Beauce. I'll be making the drive up and racing from the 14-19th. So, today will be my final weekend in Burlington for about a week. I'm looking forward to a fun group ride or two between today and tomorrow AM. I'll be online throughout Tour de Beauce. Follow along! This is my first team race since my tumble on Stage 3 of Tour of California. Hope you all are well and have room to make this a routine stop online during your morning coffee sipping. Cheers.
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Monday, May 30, 2011


He's in the break and I want you all to know that while I'm resting my helmet head, I'm cheering for the new england star who deserves nothing less than stars and bars everywhere.
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Friday, May 27, 2011


I've had a little time away from the hype of California and the accident that gave me and many others a bit of a scare. I'm doing well and recovering mind and body in no better place than Burlington, VT among some close friends from my days in Uni. I took an apartment up here for the duration of the summer months and will use this place as my training locus for the next set of upcoming races.

I will not be attending the USPRO National Road Championships this weekend but instead, use this time to refocus on the next half of the season's goals. Tour de Beauce in Quebec will be from June 14-19, and immediately following that I will be one of the lucky riders from TT1 going back to China for Tour of Qinghai Lake July 1-10.

Here are some classic Burlington VT photos. Today doesn't look as nice as these shots do, but sometimes it just has to rain, and I'm going to embrace the hell out of it!
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

California Stage 4 DNS

I didn't start this morning. The call was made by a collaboration of team doctors and directors, and it was the smartest decision. I was ready to hop on and fight for the team another day, but the difficulty with a bump to the head is that nobody really knows the extent of the injury. There is no visible symptom one can use to diagnose accurately. I need some time to recover, yes, but I feel ok. wrote something on me. Here's the link, if it will work:

I have to say that though this article does capture the necessity of my withdrawal from the race, almost everybody was interviewed except me! It would've been nice to have gotten a few words on that page. I hope next time it will be considered. But, since you are reading this because you are interested in not just the what, but the details of the why and how, I invite you to continue reading!

After some posts on facebook, I caught a glimpse of the video of my crash a few hours ago. I don't have much road rash. My right cheek (not the one I shave) has an awesome bruise and I have a scrape here and there, but my head and back did take the brunt of the impact as the video shows. Luck was with me: nobody hit me once I was down. What's more, our team is also outfitted with Doctors knowledgeable enough to limit me sensibly and for that I am thankful. I was really ready to start this morning.

I'm currently catching a flight back to Burlington, VT, my most recent home. It's as difficult to hang around a race in which you cannot participate as it is to stop competing. As I've mentioned before, every rider in that peleton wants to race for at least one of several reasons involving themselves or their teammates.

The team could have used my help today and would do better with me there as the race goes on, but accidents do happen. It is hard not to be disappointed. The circumstances of yesterday's crash prevent me from continuing, and I want to help these guys win. I really do. My role was generally to act as a supporting rider for Alexander Efimkin, recent winner of the Tour of Turkey 2 weeks ago, while I was finishing in South Korea. Still, we have decent chances at road race stage wins with all of the riders. Time trial specialists Laszlo Bodrogi and Rubens Bertagliati both have a great shot on Stage 6. Watch these guys. They are very experienced and they speak 5 different languages, each. It's a great group to be with.

My next race will be the USPRO National Road Race Championships in Greenville, SC on May 30th. Tour de Beauce will follow that from June 14-19 in Quebec, Canada.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Crash Stage 3

I went down as some of you may know. There was a short article on VeloNews:

Not to worry. I plan to start stage 4 tomorrow at 11:45.
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Monday, May 16, 2011

Stage 2 shortened

We're transferring this morning for a 12:30 start somewhere lower with better weather. The race will be a hells-fast 100km instead of a fast 215km. We just killed breakfast and smashed some coffees. We stayed in ski condos last night. The team split in two, so four to a condo. Felt like I was a downhiller again on a ski weekend, only I had no skis to tune at 5am. Javi and I are roommates still and I'm working on my espanol espanol, if you know what I mean. Gotta practice my lisp. Entiendas? Before bed my sugar was 85mg/do, morning 88, now on the way from breakfast I am 107.
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Snowy stage 1

Photos from the car
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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Post Stage 1

The blogger app on my phone is a bit touch and go right now, so I appreciate your patience. I am having trouble updating photos and especially videos. We are currently in the team bus driving to the hotel in Northstar, CA, just on the north side of Lake T. I refuse to type the word to which T belongs anymore. I feel like a NY yuppie just saying it. SO, It's slightly less than a blizzard out there, and though the peleton got kitted and lined up on the start line, the consensus was made that it was far too dangerous to ride even a third of the stage today. The roads are icy and the visibility is low. It sure would make for an epic training day, and reminds me of the riding I would do while I was at UVM. I've ridden through worse, but racing in it is a different story. If I can edit this and add photos, I will do so, ASAP.

On another note, one of my posts that was rejected because of the videos attached to it included the research that which Dr. Frias had asked TT1 to participate. 5 riders including me have attached glucose sensors to our bodies. They insert subcutaneously into interstitial tissue. Some have them on their stomachs and I have mine on my lower back, right next to that tattoo of a butterfly and two chinese characters symbolizing regret and immaturity that I got on my 18th birthday. I wrestled with the sensor all day yesterday and had to install 2 new ones to get comfortable. The sensor transmits Wirelessly to a monitor about the size of a flip-phone. I will carry it in my pocket and keep it within 5 feet of my body at all times through the week. The research will focus on the differences in blood sugar levels between riders with and without diabetes throughout the week of racing at a world class level. As a non-diabetic my levels are relatively stable, thanks to a healthy pancreaspancreas, but I still see variability occasionally. The research also has an added element and will record data riders' performance using SRM powermeters (the participants got them installed yesterday, wohoo), and it will be used to see if there is a correlation between blood glucose levels at all levels and performance measured in wattage output. Later, Dr. Frias hopes to send the participants to San Diego for a physiological screening including VOmax testing and a common ramp test which shows, among other things,at what power levels an individual transitions into different levels of exertion (endurance, lactic threshold, etc...)

I will keep info and my own educated findings on how my sugar fluctuates coming in. Don't hesitate to ask any questions, please!

Morning Stage 1

It looks like hell frozen over on S. Lake Tahoe. We doubt the race will start with snow accumulation of a few inches and a high of 35F today. They might postpone the race a few hours, but the outlook isn't great. Take to the slopes, boys! Where's James Driscoll when I need him? Photo coming after breakfast.
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Saturday, May 14, 2011


I also did a small interview with

This was my first week with this sort of attention. It's been exciting being able to stay in touch with the rest of the world from the race, which starts tomorrow. Breakfast now!

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Friday, May 13, 2011

I was on TV yesterday afternoon

Follow this link!
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PreCali Day 3

Yesterday TT1 had a busy day. First, a training ride with 2 beautiful climbs, then interviews with KARA Channel 3 Sacramento News (me, Aldo and Javi), followed by a transfer to Lake Tahoe's race hotel. One video I took was on a climb (sorry if it needs to be rotated). I had to cut it short because I couldn't attack them hard enough riding with only 1 hand. Wink.

More special news to come this afternoon. Please stay tuned.
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

PreTOC Day 2

After a 4 hr training ride on narrow, twisty roads with picturesque climbs and descents, we headed to one of the locals' favorite stops for dinner. It was a delicious Bistro restaurant, but the catch was that it was attached to a Mercedes dealership. So, as we were waiting for our appetizers, we perused the inventory, an entertaining distraction- the Italians didn't understand where the diesel models were...

The bathrooms there had 2 televisions above the two urinals. And, in addition, one situated behind the mirror above the sink. In the pictures shown, you will notice that it is not a reflection of a monitor on the wall, but one sitting right within the mirror. My only questions were: who urinates for more than 1 minute, maximum? And, how long will you be washing your hands. There were no televisions in the stalls, sadly. Hogwash!

The chef actually worked for Team BMC in the past and brought us elegant platters of salmon, steak and chicken. Asparagus, roasted potatoes with peppers and a variety of salads. Don't forget there was plenty of vino and bread with olio to go around. We ate like champions until dessert came. Then we ate like kings. Homemade donut holes after mango sorbet, then chocolate souffle came and so did creme brulees and all sorts of dips and sauces with homemade whipped cream. Delish! I wouldn't want you to be jealous of me with all of this biking business but, damn, that meal was one to remember!
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Pre-California Training in Loomis, CA

A lot happened on Day 1. We got to our spectacular new digs where we will be for 3 more days. There are chickens with hairy legs (must be non-cyclists, rec riders or at least recumbent enthusiasts), lots of team equipment, comfortable beds, bmws with team logos in the parking lot, etc... Rubens, our swiss time trial national champion celebrated his 18th birthday yesterday by buying the team frozen yogurt for a mid-ride snack. Then, the restaurant for dinner presented him with a martini glass full of chocolate mousse, a secret many time-trialists will load with before a big race. I have to keep it short. Today we're heading out for roughly 4hrs, then lunch around 3 with some long awaited massages after the long trip here.
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