Thursday, 30 June 2011

Vive Le Tour! Part 2

Eddy Merckx adopted seems remarkably conservative by modern standards, with relatively low saddle height and little saddle to bar drop. By bending his arms to 90degree angle, the Belgian was able to get low enough. Photo 1974

The Molteni team's orange color is built by Ugo De Rosa who took over frame building duties from Ernesto Colnago after Merkcx's hour record was set in 1972.

"Made from drillium" Nuovo Record Groupset. Photo 1974
Reynolds 531 tubing was butted to be thicker at the ends to cope with the heat of brazing. Cable guides and gear lever mounts were strapped to the main tubes.

Although a quarter century has passed, the weight of Merckx's bike is still respectable, giving away around 2kg to a modern bike on the UCI's limit of 6.8kg. (Due to the light alloy tubular rims and intricately drilled Nuovo Record components).


On each stage of the tour, riders are handed mussettes by signeurs who await the peloton in designated feed zones.

Note the Extran citrus drink. Photo 1994

The contents are quite similar to almost 20years ago. The Motorola team gave each rider a choice of Nutri-grain bars, water, a banana, and some bread rolls. The Extran citrus drink is actually a sporting version of the product used in hospitals to revive dehyrated or malnourished patients.

Cliff anyone? Photo 2008

In 2008, the Garmin team recieves a greater variety of energy foods that are designed to be more easily digest than a bread roll or muesli bar. Cliff provides energy bar and shots, and Cliff's Kid Z (Sutton's to die for). The rest of the bag is filled with water bottles, a can of coke, and the mysterious foil packets (rice cakes?).

The team bottles have a black lid and white lid. Usually, the black has an electrolyte mix in it and the white is just plain water.  

Source: Ride Edisi Aussie 

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Vive Le Tour!

"ain't your usual waterstation" Riders stop for a quick pint of beer on the stoop of a bar in Dalstein, 1921
Photo: scanned from krankwerkz personal mags collection (L'equippearchives)
Its time for le grand tour again, the 98th edition, also marked the 100th anniversary of Col du Galibier climb, and will be the highest altitude (2645m) in the race history.

(The tour sandwiched by the other le grandes , Giro and Vuelta, took place after Spring Classics  races, namely cobblestone heaven, Hell of the North, Liege-Bastone-Liege (La doyenne), Flandrian, etc)

This year tour highlights, will be the climb of le Galibier twice, re-visit to the 21 hairpins of  Le Alp dHuez, 10 flat stages and 2 time trials.

The Peloton rides The Col du Galibier reaching the vicious L'Alpe d'Huez
photo: kranwerkz.9f 25 July 2008 
by Jasper Juinen
With vicious mountain stages in line, the race is most likely between the Schleck Bros and Contador himself (hopefully no 'halal meat' from backhome this time..).

The two Luxembourgish will have to dance more on their bike to vanish last year nightmares, where Frank had a bad day in the cobble on the way to Arenberg (Stage 3), and Andy on the other hand, at stage 15, dropped his chain and stuck between his crank and bottom bracket (SRAM drivetrain?).

All in all, in that 2010 tour climax, Andy still got the Col du Tourmalet crown and the maillot jaune back to Contador's control after 2 years absent.

Fernand Moulet makes his way over the Col Du Tourmalet during 1927 edition. Despite encouragement from some spectators, he would abandon the race before the end of the 326km 12th stage from Bayonne to Luchon.
Photo: scanned from krankwerkz personal mags collection (L'equippearchives)

"filling up at a well in 1922" No support car, event the tube  had to be circled around the body.
Photo: scanned from krankwerkz personal mags collection (L'equippearchives) 

Vive Le Tour will be aired live on our favourite sport channel : Eurosport from 2nd to 24th July.

Friday, 24 June 2011

The Haluan Kiri Trailbuilders

2010: 1st phase: At the Nusa Rhu trailhead clearing almost 15 fallen pokok balaks
At the Zinc of Puncak Perdana exit to Setia Alam during test ride after completing the cangkuls during 2010 season

When we started building the 'hanky panky' at Greenhill, we never thought it will drag our life to almost 7 month now with hundred of hours of free labors. The worst part, its still long way to go..