We are so excited to see how many DeFeet products we can see in action in this years Tour of Flanders. These races, with nasty crosswinds and wet dirty cobbles, are the testing grounds for our products. See how many DeFeet socks, DuraGloves, SlipStreems, and Accessories are being tested in Cycling Hell. Team HTC-Highroad and QuickStep are sending their best racers. These Riders demand the best products! Also take a close look you will see guys that are not sponsored by DeFeet but know our quality.
San Luis Obispo, CA - 28th March 2010 - HTC-Columbia's Bernhard Eisel blasted to victory in the Ghent-Wevelgem Classic on Sunday, outpowering five riders in a small group sprint. Eisel took off with the other breakaways before the usually decisive Kemmelberg climb. The Austrian then outsprinted them at the finish in Wevelgem for HTC-Columbia's second straight victory in one of Belgium's biggest Classics and top ProTour events.
"Bernie won it by two bike lengths," said HTC-Columbia sports director Tristan Hoffman. "The other guys tried everything they could to get rid of Bernie because they knew he would be the fastest if it came down to a sprint, but it just wasn't possible. HTC-Columbia had been on the front all day. Bernie and Marcel [Sieberg] and Matt [Goss] were all working away and keeping everything under control. There were some new climbs before the Kemmel, which we'd checked out and ridden over on the Friday before the race, and that was where it all split apart. There were groups everywhere but Bernie stayed calm, got into the right break and then played it perfectly at the finish."
For HTC-Columbia men's team, Eisel's win is the fourteenth victory of the 2010 season. Eisel will now go on to race in two more top northern Classics, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.
For more information on Team HTC-Columbia, please visit www.highroadsports.com
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Some may say that Cooper guy is a wild one. Some could be right and probably are. When something is about to go wrong, I hear eternal screams and they tell me what I "should do" but for some reason I usually turn a deaf ear to the screaming.
Boats and I don't get along very well. How many times have I been told by my voices to make sure the ball hitch is secure to the trailer hitch? Not enough, after crossing a railroad track, my boat slid under my Suburban early summer 2008. That same year, I left the plug out of the the boat as I set sail. I also left the back straps connected that hold the boat to the trailer and backed my boat into the water. Each time I heard these the voices of reason, but chose to ignore them.
All these lessons have now been burned, I use that term loosely, into my memory. However if I would have heeded the warnings, we would have had many more days on the lake with the sun on our backs and wind in our faces. The only good thing, is now when I tell my children to check the boat hitch, I can tell them my story and its not a fable, nor fiction, its an autobiography!
"Fire, Fire, Fire! " (I can hear Beavis and Butthead now)
This past weekend I took the our family to our mountain condo for its maiden sleep over. We worked all afternoon cleaning and prepping our new get-a-way. I had accumulated lots of old cardboard that I thought could be used to start a fire. Well, I heard those voices, they said "hmm I should have the chimney cleaned" and "too much heat could cause a chimney fire". But as I stated earlier I tend to be a bit hard headed. So as I lit some cardboard and started a modest fire, I heard a new voice, this one was "is that a jet engine or is that a train" no that is the noise your chimney makes when it catches fire! I thought no way! I ran out side and looked up. Low and behold I had me a chimney fire!
911: Whats your emergency? Me: My chimney is on fire. 911: Get everyone out of the house, what is your address? Me: Err "Hope what our address!?" (You see Hope is always prepared, so she shouted our new address.) 911: What county? Me: Watauga? Avery? (We straddle the county line and 911 needed to transfer me to the correct county.) My cell phone drops the call and then my cell even went into shock! It started to reboot!!!!
Keep in mind all 4 of the smoke detectors were blaring and beeping. My 8 year old daughter was crying, my 11 year old son was telling me what I should and should not do. Hope, was doing most everything right. Me? I was border line useless!
Trying to give the 911 operator all the correct info was hard with all the commotion and noise. When the call was dropped and as my Blackberry started to go into spinning hour glass shock, all I could think about was a sunshine yellow rotary dial phone from Ma Bell. One with a curly cord with a few tangles in it for good measure. The cord would be just long enough to allow me to sneak into a closet to have a private conversation. Our phone number would be hand written under the clear plastic center cap. Man those things were good to hang up on people!
My daughter ran back inside to get her dollies, yes, this is another thing on the "not to do list". By now all the voices are now screaming at me! So I reassembled my children at the front doorway.
I ran down stairs, Hope had the fire extinguisher ready. I handed her the cell phone and said call 911 back, my call was dropped. For some reason, I called 911 first, but I should have put the fire out first. In a panic things just don't go that smooth.
I dowsed the fire and then shot a blast up the chimney. Fire was out in a flash. But the danger was far from over.
The smoke was hanging in the air and you could smell the heat. I went back up to the second floor. The exposed chimney was now glowing orange-red, it looked like the fork crown on my handmade bike I recalled building so many years ago. That glowing metal is like 1000 degrees and we could see embers starting to twinkle. This red hot pipe was touching our roof and many wooded joints, it could spark a fire any second.
Within less than 5 minutes of my 911 call, the brave men of the BEECH MTN VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT started coming in one by one. They had to pull a few pieces of paneling off to check and make sure there were no hot spots. Things were starting to calm down now. Panic was slowly turning into relief, and relief into embarrassment. As I was shaking my head with disbelief, I looked down at one of the guys and he was wearing a pair of DeFeet custom socks. "Hey nice socks" I said, the young man said he won them in a race.
I said "well thanks for wearing our products" then one by one, each and every fireman there had DeFeet custom socks on. I was thanking them for saving my condo and they were saying how much they loved DeFeet socks. It was like a dream, well nightmare with a happy ending.
The moral of this story, we all should listen to those voices. The ones that our loved ones etched into our brains. Our mothers, fathers, in-laws, and mentors cared enough to warn us and lead us. Its when we don't listen to the Voice of Reason when we get in trouble. I raise my charred coffee cup of hope to you Alan, Joe, June, Diane, and Lynn Moretz. Yes the stove is hot, so don't touch it. OUCH! that was hot.
Always know your address. Land lines are a good thing. Use the voices. Be the voice.
Man-o-Man. Brad and I hit the Handmade Bike Show (NAHBS) in Richmond Va. I was blown away by the number of show goers. The place was packed like a can of sardines. It had great feel, for the beautiful handcrafted steel. These bikes were just incredible. There is a special vibe, one that takes you back to cycling roots. One where the soul of a frame is in the hands of a artist and each one is a new birth of Independence.
The bike is such a fantastic form, and these frame builders bring that back to life. Is it art, is it geometry, is it science, is it sport, is it transportation, is it in you? If so, you should take a trip to Austin TX next February and see for yourself.
Bamboo bikes were a big hit. They look great, less filling, and have a great green story. Greg Calfee is teaching 3rd world countries how to build these bike for transportation and industrial machines. If I were to buy a new bike, I think this is where I would spend my dough. Hemp and Bamboo...wow! Several companies are now doing the bamboo thing, and there are lots of options. As long as your not craving a 15lb bike you can have your bamboo fix and ride it too.
Get there however you can, this show is well worth a trip. Kids are welcome, and so are spouses. There is a ton to discover at the Handmade Bike Show. It is such a breath of fresh air, no pun intended.
When the DeFeet crew travel, we try and take Pablo Picasso's quote to heart "lick the earth as you go." its such a wonderful way to see the world. We stumbled into the Penny Lane pub. The owner Terry was a hoot. He was from Liverpool and was a club manager when John, Paul, Ringo and George were earning their stripes. Terry is a treasure of knowledge and has some real corny jokes. Check it out if your in Richmond Va.