So after a long, arduous "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles"
like day of travel, we arrived at the Tour de France press building to get our credentials and take a quick look some Ag2R, Leopard and SaxoBank team bikes before another arduous drive to the town of Nantes. Here I sit at 2:00 a.m. following an epic dinner at La Cigale, an older local eatery that was opened in 1895, trying to make some sense of all I've seen while trying to stay awake. Meanwhile a bunch of locals are celebrating Hakim's 18th birthday in the apartment next door with a succession of fireworks and small bombs.
You know you're in France where they obviously Love The Velo!
Here are the Brother Schleck bikes with their new Project One paint schemes which are supposed to be made available to the public starting, no wait, it already is July 1, so I guess the new paint program has already started - at least in Europe.
Look for a whole lot more Tour tech to come in the days ahead. Until then, here's just a snippet of the latest I have to offer....
2012 Mavic Cosmic Carbone SLE
Based on Mavic’s popular Cosmic Carbone SL, the new CC SLE Wheel-Tire System brings Exalith to the most affordable level yet. Ultra hard, long wearing, and attractive in anthracite grey, Mavic’s advanced Exalith aluminum brake track coating offers outstanding braking and durable, appealing aesthetics. Combined with high performance Yksion tires, the Cosmic Carbone SLE wheel-tire system offers a great combination of aerodynamics, stiffness, light weight, killer graphics, and outstanding value. $1699.90
· 52mm deep 12K carbon rims bonded to Exalith aluminum clincher tire bed and brake track
· Straight pull, bladed stainless steel spokes (16 radial front, 20 2x drive/radial ND rear)
· GripLink front clincher tire
· PowerLink rear clincher tire
· 120 TPI casings, front/rear specific tread compounds, nylon breaker for puncture resistance on both tires
· 1755 grams per pair (780 front, 975 rear) wheels only; complete system with tires and tubes = 2395 per pair (1100 f and 1295 r).
For more info, check out Mavic Wheels.
LET'S NOT FORGET ABOUT SELLE ITALIA...
When we were having a discussion about Selle Italia's SLR Monolink
saddle I asked if there was any chance that they planned to introduce a saddle with a popular cut-away design to accompany their "friction free" standard version. After a little hemming and hawing, someone went to another room and came back to show me this pre-production version - very cool! Look for a full factory story follow-up here soon.
JEFF SPENCER REVEALS THE ‘CHAMPIONS BLUEPRINT’ FROM BEHIND THE SCENES OF 2011 TOUR
The “Ultimate Life Clinic” Teaches Anyone The Secrets To Becoming A Champion And Consistently Win In Life, Business, And Sports…Former Olympic cyclist and personal development guru to over 40 Olympic, National and World Champions, 9-time Tour de France vet Dr. Jeff Spencer, is back with Team RadioShack for his 9th Tour de France as team Doc and this time he’s doing more than physically fine tuning champions along rode to Paris.
Having been privileged to work with dozens of World Champions in his career and having been credited for much of their success, Dr. Spencer knows it’s the mental game that separates champions from the rest of the pack. Over the years, he’s amassed a veritable ‘Blueprint’ of the secret strategies and tactics that Champions use to consistently win and applied them to winning the game of life.
Dr. Spencer’s speaks around the globe and shares his personal experience as a former Olympic Cyclist and ‘Champion Maker’ by leading, coaching and training tens of thousands of entrepreneurs, business leaders, chiropractors and lay people every year.
He has clearly demonstrated that anyone who wants to ‘win’ the game of life can implement the exact strategies learned from the Champions Blueprint and find themselves on top of their personal podium.
Back for his 9th Tour de France as Team Doctor for The RadioShack squad, Dr. Spencer is doing something never done before…He’s blogging ‘live’ from the front line of the Tour and will be providing daily video, audio and written updates as seen through the eyes of one of the few to know the Tour “from the inside”.
Dr. Spencer will be spinning his take on the strategies, mindset, and human insights into the psyche of these world-class athletes and will share with viewers exactly how they can use the same strategies and Champions Blueprint to consistently win in Life, Business, and Sports.
Viewers won’t simply hear about the latest standings, crashes and lead changes. They’ll get an unprecedented look into the inner game of the ‘the ultimate life clinic’ and through the eyes of Dr. Spence, will discover that the mental game that takes these Champions over 2,100 miles over the course of 23 days and into the famed streets of Paris is the same ‘game’ they can win to get on top of their
Viewers can follow Dr. Jeff, Team RadioShack and the inside game of the Tour at www.championsbluprint.com/blog and listen in on a special ‘Pre-Tour’ interview posted on the site.
The tour begins July 1st and concludes in Paris on the Champs-Elysees on July 24th.
For more info, check out: http://championsblueprint.com/blog