Sunday, September 26, 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010

Dude Girl

Dude Girl Announces Their Spring 2011 Cycling Collection

September 23rd, 2010

Dude Girl , makers of spirited technical apparel for athletic women, announce their Spring 2011 Cycling Collection. Dude Girl ’s Cycling Collection, including the Poppy, GiddyUp and Hot Rod kits, offer a spunky western vibe blended with modern designs and performance fabrics. All styles are made in the USA. The entire Dude Girl collection will be unveiled at the Interbike Trade Show, September 22-24, 2010 in Las Vegas and is available at retail February 2011.


Inspired by fields of bright red French poppies, and their work with cyclist and designer Poppy Gall, Dude Girl ’s Poppy kit is a feminine yet lively look for the female cyclist. The kit includes the Poppy Short Sleeve Jersey, Poppy Sleeveless Jersey, Poppy Tank and Poppy Cycling Short.

The Poppy Jersey, $109, and Poppy Sleeveless Jersey, $99, feature soft, lightweight, moisture-wicking fabrics with strategically placed mesh venting, zippered easy-to-reach rear pocket, and elastic-free cuffs and hemline for extra comfort and flattering fit. The body-hugging Poppy Tank, $79, features a built-in bra top and rear zip pocket. This is the top for those sunny days when you want to catch rays, stay cool and be supported.

The Poppy Cycling Shorts, $109, with 10″ inseam, offer a flattering 8-panel construction featuring a slightly higher waist with gentle front dip and wide fabric waistband for extra comfort. An elastic-free wide cuff leg adds comfort and a touch of color ties in with our Poppy jerseys and tank. Dude Girl ’s chamois use a female-friendly 4-way stretch pad made with a micro fine Trevira Bioactive polyester filament yarn with antimicrobial properties (silver ions incorporated into the yarn). These shorts offer excellent moisture transport and optimal breathability for your next long ride.


The GiddyUp Jersey was originally designed as a trip souvenir when Dude Girl ’s founder Kim McElhinney led groups through the Tour de France circuit six years ago. When the stylish jersey was met with voracious demand, she took it as a sign. Today, the GiddyUp Jersey, $88, remains a signature piece and showcases a spunky graphic that appeals to the female cyclist looking to GiddyUp and get going.

Sleekly designed to match our jersey, the GiddyUp Shorts, $88, honor our western theme with an abstract boot stitch side panel. GiddyUp shorts are made with a high quality Italian-milled fabric in an 8-panel construction, and an 8.5″ inseam with leg gripper elastic. A women’s specific chamois and elastic-free waist ensure comfort.


To super-charge your ride, we’ve created the Hot Rod Cycling Kit to wear for those high-energy days.

The Hot Rod Cycling Jersey, $89, features lusciously soft Italian milled fabric that feels like cotton yet wicks moisture. A full-length zipper keeps the cycling engine from overheating. The jersey comes in two vibrant colors, Seaglass/Orange and Eggshell/Coral with a fiery design.

Pair the jersey with the Hot Rod Cycling Short, $89. This racer cut short has a 9.75 mid-rise front and high-rise back for a gap-free jersey/short connection. The short has a self-waistband and a non-binding elastic-free fit through the mid-section. The Hot Rod Short is made with an 8-panel construction, 8.5″ leg inseam, and custom “GiddyUp Dude Girl ” leg gripper elastic. All of Dude Girl ’s chamois are made with a 4-way stretch pad with an antimicrobial treatment.

Dude Girl started in 2002, when its owner, Kim McElhinney, left a corporate career to lead bike tours in Europe. After her souvenir jerseys and tee shirts became popular, she became inspired to launch an apparel line geared toward active women. McElhinney named the company after a book written about her cowgirl grandmother. Today, Dude Girl designs, manufactures and sells active apparel with a spunky western spirit made with the latest technical fabrics and functional designs. All products are manufactured in the USA. The products are available nationwide at over 200 specialty and outdoor retailers including REI, Title Nine, Terry Bicycles, Lance Armstrong’s Mellow Johnny’s in Austin, TX, and Hudson Trail Outfitters.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Dine Tonight (Taio Cruz' dynamite parody)

I like to eat, Sometimes I eat with feet feet feet feet
I don't care if I'm not neat neat neat neat, because I eat with my feet feet feet feet feet

It goes on and on and on
It goes on and on and on yeah

I throw my sand which in the air sometimes saying ayo I ordered mayo
I wanna celebrate and eat it up,
saying AYO I ordered mayo
cause we're gonna rock this club with tomatoes too, we're going to dine tonight
and I told you once, now I told you twice
We wil dine tonight

I hope you liked it

Sunday, September 12, 2010

First Day of Football = popcorn, soda, and best of all, no cycling

Now, You are probably confused by the title. It basically says, that I don't like to cycle. You are wrong, I love to cycle, but not on football day. I will now list everything that happened to me today, in a boring post, that you should not read. READ IT. Sorry, an emotional out-burst, on with the listing.

  • I woke up. It seems like a pretty logical thing to do on most days, except for Saturdays. (I honestly slept over 24 hours once)
  • I ate breakfast. I am a huge breakfast eater, so it's normal for me to eat breakfast. A LOT. And some how, I'm still short.
  • I went to Church. I am a Christian, so like every Sunday, I went to Church. BTW (by the way, for those who don't know that means. I just figured it out yesterday) I changed before I went to Church.
  • I ate Lunch. I ate a delicious lunch of beef and corn off the cob. I like to cut my corn off the cob, before I eat it.
  • I played Ping-pong. For those of you who don't know, I played ping-pong, semi-professionally. I won a tournament, and got payed for winning it. Today, I was playing against my dad in a friendly ( or not so friendly) match.
  • I, of course, watched some FOOTBALL. Here are some pics to prove it. Technically, I'm proving anything, since these are just some pics of my favorite players.
First, the football. You can't play unless you have a football.

Donald Driver, my favorite receiver.

Brett Favre is back, but a tough early schedule could complicate the Vikings' plans.

Brett Favre, my favorite QB.

Adrian Peterson, my favorite Running Back.

I hope you enjoyed my Pics. Because if you didn't I would be really upset. Just joking. I had an emotional out-burst again.... that happens a lot. BYE. You better comment or else I'm gonna kill you. Bye, I love you.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

My Awsome, or not so Awesome Aero-dynamic Position

As you can tell by my aero dynamic position, it needs some work. This may be why I'm not very fast. Enjoy, unless you like me, if you like me feel bad for me.

So, I have been working on my dynamic position really hard. When I say hard, I mean 2 minutes a week. When I say 2 minutes a week, I mean 1 minute. With all of that said, I work on my "beast" position, for 1 minute a week. I'm good, aren't I.

I need a new bike. REALLY BAD. So, I have saved up some, not all, of my money, to buy a Gary Fisher Superfly.
as you can see here.

I also need to get a new pair of shoes. I wear a wimpy size 9, but my shoes are a size 8. You can view my new shoes. Which one do you think is mine.

The Shimano M086 Mountain biking shoes

SIDI Ergo 2 carbon: SIDI Men's Cycling
Pearl Izumi X-Alp Drift Cycling shoes .
Diadora Team Racer Cycling Shoes

You are probably wondering which one is my pair. I will tell you. This is my shoe.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

An Open letter to The Bike AD people

Things I don't get
  • The sign. What in the world does this sign mean.
  • "Even the Ads are an endurance event." I think they mean,"Even our ad is an endurance event. It's impossible to stay a wake reading our sign."
  • The bike being held in to the sign. Why is the bike hooked in to the sign? It would be so easy to mug that guy, even with the camera crew standing right there. Plus, it looks a little (or a lot) nerdy.
  • No one in Spitting Distance. As you can see, the other corner of the street, has over 100 people packed very tight together. And in this block, probably due to the camera crew, there is no one in sight. Why wouldn't there be people? After all, they're trying to make it look realistic.
  • The water bottle. Yes, I have to say, this Ad is so bad, that even the water bottle has its issues. First, the water, or Gatorade, hasn't been used. You cant tell me someone riding his bike for 8 days, hasn't had any drink. Plus, the drink, is on the ground. It's not excess-able, without having to stop pedaling.
Things I understand
  • The biker. I will have to say, Bike Ad People, that your cyclist, might actually be a cyclist. I don't see any jersey tan lines, but it's such a small picture. I also think his legs are a little to skinny to be a bicycler. But Hey! I'm a little to small.
  • The bike. Bike Ad People, thank you for at least making this man (who may or may not be a bicycler) ride a real bike. Unlike most things in this Ad, I must say, the bike is genuine.
  • The Helmet and the glove. I think the helmet might be in disguise as a glove. And possibly vice-versa. With that, I am not sure it's a real glove, or helmet. Normally, I wouldn't think anything about it, but with this ad, I have to look at everything, as if it were in disguise.
PS: My exercise machines are on the way. They should be here by Monday, but you never know with manufacturers. I should post within the next 5 days . Please Comment.

Monday, September 6, 2010

The Great Peanut Tour

The Great Peanu
t Tour
For a while now, I have known I was going to compete (or so i thought) in the Great Peanut Tours. It was yesterday when I realized, I would not be competing.

Why I am not competing
  • I'm not in shape. Yes, it's true. The short cyclist is not in shape. I haven't trained for a race in a long time. As you read, two posts ago, I just purchased some new workout machines. Maybe I will compete in other races net year.
  • I need to ride my bike more, before racing in a race. I only ride about 30 miles a week, at slow pace, I think I need to amp up my pace a little bit.
  • I don't want to fail. I look at results of cycling races, and I always feel bad for the person who is in last place. And I definitely, don't want that to be me. (If I raced, it probably would've been me )
  • I don't even have the right bike. Sure, I have bikes, but not the right type of bikes for the Grand Peanut.
See you later

Sunday, September 5, 2010

An Open letter to the Fat Cyclist (Elden Nelson)

A thing to say: I wanted to express my feelings, (not in a weird way) to Elden Nelson (A.K.A-Fatty). You might have heard of him through his blog. Can view here.
Elden is a nice guy, who I first meet (didn't really meet, more like saw) on a video on you-tube. I was inspired to write this blog because of him. Mostly I would just like to say thanks to Fatty.

The Good things about him
Elden has very many good characteristics. One being his sense of humor. He is one of the most funniest guys I've meet. He turns a boring note, into a comical comic (if that made sense). He is a great father. He takes care of his four kids with ease. OR NOT. The one thing that really got me, was that on the day Susan died (his wife), he posted about her death on the same day. If you read my last sentence, you would be quick to agree that Elden is a great husband.

The better things about him
  • He loves to BIKE. If you've ever read his blog, he posts a lot about his races. I mean he probably races in over 10 races a year.
  • He's a good biker(unlike me). In all of his races that I've seen, he has probably gotten in the top ten for his division every time.
  • His fatty gear. He has fatty socks, fatty shoes, fatty bike, fatty jersey, and a fatty water-bottle.
The Normal (oh so boring)
Through all of his glory, he is just a normal 44 year old father, who has wonderful kids. He lives a normal life (or semi-normal). And he wears normal shoes, except for the fatty part. He has job, he rides his bike, he has kids, he owns a blog, and he dislikes his age; all the signs of being a typical, normal,non-exciting, man. And if I haven't bored you enough, he likes to take photos without his shirt on (a real man look).(The picture below, is Fatty with his shirt off, hugely sun-burned)
All in all, Fatty is a good guy.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Workout Machines

I have recently purchased some new workout machines for working out. I need to get in shape for upcoming races, so I think the machines I bought were worth the money. Take a look.

This is the NordiTrack c/static bike.

NordicTrack C2 SI

I plan to ride my stationary bike more than the treadmill, because I like riding bikes. This product costs around $300.

This is the new T/si Nordic Track Treadmill

NordicTrack X7i   Incline Trainer

As you can see, this treadmill is insanely cool. It inclines up to 40% , and declines up to 6%. This product is worth 3k. I got it for under 2k.

Training Plan
You are probably wondering my "training plan", for my new machines. Honestly, I don't have a plan. I will just ride, walk, my heart out. (If that's possible). I will post more about my machines, and give you an update about my training.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Stephen Hawkins:God has no rule in Creation

I find this very sad, because I'm a Christian. Pray for Hawkins

LONDON (Sept. 2) -- Entering the ongoing debate between faith and science, renowned British scientist Stephen Hawking claims that modern physics has now proved that God played no role in the creation of the universe.

In a new book -- "The Grand Design," co-written with American physicist Leonard Mlodinow -- the theoretical physicist sets out to demolish Sir Isaac Newton's claim that an "intelligent and powerful Being" must have shaped the universe, which he believed could not have emerged from chaos. Hawking and Mlodinow rule out the possibility of divine intervention, saying that new theories have made the idea of a supernatural creator redundant.

"Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing," the pair write, in an extract published in today's London Times. "Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist. It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the Universe going."
God Has No Role in Universe, Says Stephen Hawking
Evan Agostini, AP
British physicist Stephen Hawking, shown here at the World Science Festival in New York City this summer, says he's changed his mind about the role of God in the universe's creation.

"The Grand Design," which goes on sale next week, is a significant shift away from Hawking's previous comments on the divine. In his 1988 best-seller, "A Brief History of Time," he suggested that it was possible to believe in the concept of God as creator and also hold a scientific view of the universe. "If we do discover a complete theory ... of why it is that we and the universe exist ... it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason -- for then we would know the mind of God," he wrote.

And in a 2007 interview, he appeared to portray himself as an agnostic. "I believe the universe is governed by the laws of science," he told the BBC. "The laws may have been decreed by God, but God does not intervene to break the laws."

Hawking now argues that Newton's assertion that the laws of nature cannot alone explain the existence of life and the universe started to fall apart in 1992, when astronomers discovered the first extrasolar planets (planets beyond our own solar system) orbiting other sunlike stars.

"That makes the coincidences of our planetary conditions -- the single Sun, the lucky combination of Earth-Sun distance and solar mass, far less remarkable, and far less compelling evidence that the Earth was carefully designed just to please us human beings," he writes. Hawking believes that other universes, as well as other solar systems, are also likely to exist. But if God's purpose was to create mankind, he wonders, why would He make these redundant and out-of-reach worlds?

Richard Dawkins, an evolutionary biologist and high-profile atheist, welcomed the book, telling the Times that Hawking had developed a theory of Darwinism for the entirety of nature, not simply the creatures that live within it. "That's exactly what he's saying," Dawkins told the paper. "I know nothing of the details of the physics, but I had always assumed the same thing."

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However, religious commentators have criticized Hawking's theorizing, saying he can never hope to explain what is essentially unexplainable.

"If all the physical laws had been explained and proved -- which is a million miles from the case -- our understanding of the actions of God would not be one whit greater: his existence and his actions are of a different order," writes Quentin de la Bedoyere, science editor of the U.K.'s Catholic Herald newspaper. "Most particularly it would not touch the question of how something existing comes out from nothing. That is a question which science cannot answer, and will never answer, because nothingness is not within its domain. ... Neither [Hawking], nor you, nor I will ever explain creation, except through faith."

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

My Short Story

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There once lived a strong powerful man named Henry Wolich, who was known for torturing slaves. As he was walking home form his office through the deserted streets of Will Town, Virginia,his heart raged with pain, and he stopped breathing. Running to find medical attention, he stumbled upon Phillimese Turner, a runaway slave, and motioned him to help. Philimese who was CPR accredited, followed all the steps he had learned from his firmer owner, and performed CPR successfully. As Phillimese helped Henry up, two underground police what was happening, and they simultaneously assumed that Turner was trying to choke him. The police ran towards Phillimese, and arrested him : due to alleged allegations of attempted murder, and running from his owner. Being stunned from what just happened, Henry could not testify Phillimese' case, because they were already gone. A week later Phillimese was put into court. It just so happens that the judges name was, Henry Wolich. Henry ran down from the chair, and gave Phillimese a big hug. The crowd was appalled, why would a pro-slavert fanatic, hug a slave. It was then when Henry told how Phillimese saved his life. Then pounding his mallet, Henry said with a loud voice, "I declare him innocent, and free to go."

PS: CPR didn't exist back then

Friday, August 27, 2010

My Sisters Graduation (late)

My sister driving home from her last day of School.

Brooke looks very happy on Graduation Day
The moment she walks down the aisle to get her diploma

Happy Graduation Brooke!
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I know it's like August, but here are some pictures of my sister Brooke, graduating from High School.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

My Poem

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Hello. Today I wrote a 24 stanza poem, and I am here to share it with you. My poem is about how much I like biking.. Enjoy. Tell me what you think.

The Ode of Biking

Biking, Biking... Biking is a treat,
It requires a bike two arms and two feet,
Riding my bike up and down the street,
I realize my height, and how I'm 5 feet (tall).

Being passed by the smallest of girls,
and being passed by ladies wearing pearls,
being passed everywhere,
My shocking smallness giving people a scare.

I get home from my long thrilling ride,
only to jump in the ocean at high tide,
I get out of the water, and clean myself up,
only to see my swimsuits floating on top (of the water).

They look at me, and I look at them,
only to see private parts staring right at them,
running inside as fast as can be,
the whole beach is laughing, and teasing me.

I go inside and shut the blinds,
so all of the people don't know where to find,
that shockingly small, but...handsome fellow
hiding in my house named "Old Yellow"

I finally realized as that day passed,
short, tall, or average I'm not very fast,
but I am very thankful for what God gave me,
the nice green eyes, and as brown (hair) as can be.

PS: This story is fake
PPS: I'm 5 foot 2, and I am 13 years old (average size)


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Disney Vacation

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*Epcot was really fun. My favorite part was tasting coke from around the world.

*My favorite ride was probably Test Track. I rode it 3 times, but the second time I rode it, it broke down.

Epcot is probably one of my favorite places to visit at Disney World.

PS:I did not ride my bike while in Disney
PPS:I rode in a car
PPPS: I like writing PPPS

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Joy Ride

Hello people, I just wanted to tell you I went on a joy ride. Now you are probably wondering,"why the heck would you go for a joy ride, joy rides are stupid". Yes I know, joy rides are a little girly,(Im a boy) but it was fun riding and looking at beautiful scenery riding at a speed of 4mph hour. Who am I kidding? It was boring. It took me, and my group, 5 hours to ride 20 miles. Oh yeah, I was riding (at my 4 mph pace) and not paying attention and I went BAM. Right into a tree. There are a couple things I need to tell you. Trees are hard and mean. They dont move. And they blend in perfectly with their surroundings. After putting some band-aids on my eye, and riding the remaining 5 miles, I was quickly rushed to the Hospital. Well, if you call 5 hours of waiting quickly, then it was quick. It would only require 2 stitches, which for my normal accidents that's pretty good.

As you can see, I have stopped the Tour de Vanny thing. Frankly I was bored. So I will just blog about random things that happen to me. Please tell people about my blog, because I have no comments and no viewers. Thanks for listening (or reading.. its a blog so you probably read it). Bye.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Team Vanny (le tour) # 3

Hi. Sorry I couldn't post in like a month, I've been really busy. But I'm back. Ok it's time to get back in the tour mood.

"Push Harder," I said to Steven, who was 6th out of 56 people in the first time check, "You can do it." After Fabian Cancellera set out a time of 10:13, I new Steven couldn't do it. But he did cross the line in fairly good condition. It took him a little over 11 minutes to complete the 8.9 Kilometer prologue. After the race Steven said to me, "I'm already exhausted". This is not a good start for Steven.

"Come on man, you can do it", as Greg pushes closer to that first intermediate check. BAM. He did it, he had the best time so far. Now he needed to maintain his 5 second lead over Cancellera for 4 kilometers. " NO!" He didn't make. Cancellera had 10:13, and Greg had 10:14. NO YELLOW JERSEY BY ONLT 1 SECOND! But he still gave a good performance, and he says that he feels fine.

Here he comes, our team leader Richard Johnson, up to the starting gate. The clock hit zero, Richard was of to the races. He hit the check point in 70th out of 89 riders, not to good for our team captain. Richard said,"I will get the yellow jersey if it's the last thing I do. I just hope attempting to get the jersey isn't the last thing I do."

OUCH. Everyone said aloud, as they witnessed Hickory Smith crash on a slippery road. He was raining on and off in Rotterdam, so the rain mad the roads very slippery. " I'm alright, I'm alright," Hickory said as he crossed the finish line at a team low 13:37. I don't really care about prologue times very much, but that crash must have shaken Hickory up a little, because I never see him perform so badly.

Here comes our team sprinter, Bob Curret. Bob laid down a time of 11:08 to start out his TDF. Being only 55 seconds back of Cancellera, Bob was very happy. He said,"As long as I can can keep up with the leader, I will be in good shape. Out of the 135 riders that crossed through that point, Bob was in 16th place.

RAINED OUT. How could it be. Sorry but I will finish my other 4 riders tomorrow, apparently the prologue got rained out. Bye.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Team Vanny (le tour) #2

Rider #2. In Hollywood, California we saw a young talent named Greg Rico. Greg is a 18 year old with not much history. Greg is a good friend of mine, and we've been cycling partners for around 5 years. I always joked how he could be a professional cyclist if he really tried. Now he has the chance.

Rider #3. Richard Johnson, a veteran cyclist from Sacramento, new that I was starting a new team, and told me he had raced for Gerlosteiner back in the day. In professional cycling, Richard has won 3 stages, and 1 stage race. His best finish is 119th in the Tour de France. He will make a great addition for our team, as long as he doesn't get hurt. At age 36, I named Richard our team leader.

Rider #4. TO VIRGINIA I GO. In Richmond, Virginia I meet a great man called Hickory Smith. Hickory is 25, and currently races for a semi-pros team. In his semi-pros career, he has won 9 stages, and 3 races. Although he has cycled for many years, he has never taken place in the TDF. He is 2 months two old to take place in the -25 rider classification.

Rider #5. I stayed in Virginia as I saw a wonderful sprinter named Bob Curret. Bob is known for his sprinting world-wide. He has won many stages from sprinting, and is very good at a 10km time-trial. At 29 he will be a great addition to our team. I have officially named Bob our team sprinter. He is our hope for the green jersey. He has never been on a pro cycling team before, but this will be a great experience for him.

Rider #6. BACK TO CALIFORNIA. Ok. I'm tired. But I am still energetic because I'm back in California. I meet Jesse Rent. Jesse is a 30 year old cyclist, who loves to ride his bike for fun. But now we are going to help make him ride his bike for winning. We gave him the opportunity to join our team if he could ride 40 kph at a 0% incline for 20 minutes. He passed that with flying colors. And now he has earned a place on our team.

Rider #7. I moved North East a little to Billings, Montana home of Levi Leipheimer to find my next rider. After scouter Mike, told me he was the best 20 year old he has ever seen, I had to let him on our team. After winning a continental tour race, he was a shoe in for a spot in our team. His name is Ford White.

Rider #8. We stayed in Montana to see a old veteran named Reno Stricker. Reno is a 39 year old from Belin, Montana and was currently on BMC racing. As a pro cyclist he has won 19 stages, and 4 races. He is a very good mountain cyclist. He is named the official team-mate to Richard Johnson.

Rider #9. Our toughest choice. Who to choose. It ends up we will head to Minnesota to choose our final cyclist. He is Jonathan Gosmore. A 23 year old rider form St. Paul, Minnesota. He is going to be a great contender, even though he has no paid cycling experience.

Our Team:
Steven Himfry ( 22 years old )
Greg Rico ( 18 years old )
Richard Johnson ( 36 years old ) Team Leader
Hickory Smith ( 25 years old )
Bob Curret ( 29 years old ) Team Sprinter
Jesse Rent ( 30 years old )
Ford White ( 20 years old )
Reno Stricker ( 39 years old ) Official Team- mate
Jonathan Gosmore ( 23 years old )


Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Team Vanny (le tour) #1

As you may note in my first post, I used team Radioshack as a professional cycling team. Well, I am going to "pretend"to make a real team, and be in the Tour de France. My team name is obviously team Vanny. I use that name, because my last name is Van Name. Next thing, riders. I need a team of 9 riders to enter the TDF. TO CALIFORNIA I COME. My scouter, Mike, has chosen three talents from Hollywood, Sacramento, and San Fransisco. Our first recruit is Steven Himfry. Himfry is a well known time-trialist, who can also bike mountain stages, and long stages as well. Steven is a 22 year old from Texas. He and his family moved from Texas to San Fransisco at age 9. Within a year after his move, he joined a -12 biking program. In his two years in that division, he won 6 out of 9 races. At age 13 he went to camp with the San Fransisco Discos. He only entered 5 races, but won them all. At age 15 he moved to a semi-pro cycling team in San Fransisco, and stayed there ever since. After winning a national time-trial, he attracted scouts form all over the world. But, he decided to choose us, Team Vanny.

Come back in 3 days for more of the Team Vanny (le tour) searies. Thank you. Bye.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Vanny World

There I was biking in my front yard when I noticed a noise. Beep Beep Beep, it was a truck, a big truck with what looked to be a logo on it. A logo that read Team Radio-shack (biking team). I thought to myself no way, why would team radioshack want to visit me. After all, I just cycle for fun, I'm not a competitive cyclists. As I thought about this matter, Johan Bruynell got out of the Radioshack truck, and walked over to me as to greet me. With him was a trek madone 6 series as a team radioshack version. He looked at me strangely as if I were to ride this bike. Me, a joy-rider, riding a madone 6 series? What? I barely ride my $100 bike, and now I am being ask to ride this $3000 + bike in front of Johan Bruynell. Well anyways, we talked for about 10 minutes and he told me if I could ride 5 miles uphill steep incline in 25 minutes, he would let me be on team radioshack. Of course I said that I will try, but I knew it would not turn out well. As a matter-of-fact I failed miserably. I did that 25 minute climb in around 45 minutes. Johan said I did great, but I knew he was just making me feel better. Than he got in his truck and drove off. Leaving me with a madone 6 series bike.

What if becoming a pro cycler was really like that. What team would you join? How well would perform? Would you be scared? Would you win a madone 6 series?
I don't know you need to answer them. But all I know is that being a joy-rider is perfectly fine with me.