Opening up the mailbag

It has been awhile since I blogged. I have various excuses. Most notable excuse was the Amgen Tour of California. Once we returned from that it was time to spew forth that issue. We finished the other day and it is 140 plus pages devoted to just the race. So to ease myself back into blogging I thought I would go back and answer questions that I get to the various posts.

Anonymous: That’s 100 kph an hour, right?

Neil: As a rule I never drive Euro cars! If I see any kilometers on the gauges, including the speed, I refuse that vehicle. This all goes back to a rather nasty encounter I had a Spanish police officer. On the advise of council I cannot say if I was going 100 miles per hour in the V6 Highlander.

Cycle Momma: Nice. I am wearing those 2XU compression tights right now! I don’t have any bulges though. 😉
Neil: We are going to need photos to verify that claim.
Anonymous: Judging by that extra foot in the picture, Tim is obviously very excited by the presence of the person behind him…

Neil: Tim Johnson is excited all the time. Whether it’s the start of a stage or 2:00 a.m. in a New England bar, Johnson is excited and loves to talk.

Ping Pong: Tell Tuckerman Ping Pong says hello.

Neil: I will.

Anonymous: I can’t wait to see the rest of the [Rock Racing] women’s team.

Neil: Here you go!

Pip: I figure you are the best person to ask. I have become a member of losing my bike to the garage height bar ( Any ideas for my bike search?
Neil: There are so many bikes to choose from out there. Find something that fits you and don’t settle for second best. Check out our Bike Buyers Guide to compare bikes and stuff. Plus there is a rather attractive photo of me on the home page.

XXX: This blog sucks ass!

Neil: I know. Try this blog instead.


  1. Tall & Manley says:

    I’ll be putting my 2XU compression gear to work this weekend. First weekend of back-to-back racing for this Norcal guy.

  2. bikesgonewild says:

    …oh great…you wait ’til after st paddy’s day to finally post…

    …& now yer folks are probably pissed at me & wondering where their holiday greeting was…

    …dammit, man…pass on my best…

  3. bikesgonewild says:

    …no response…hmmm, i may have to retain an attorney, just so that i can remain ‘inappropriate’ on a damn cycling blogsite…

  4. Smartest Guy In Cycling says:

    Since we can’t leave comments on the ROAD blog, here’s my reply to Dave “The Tool” Towle’s preview of the Tour de Georgia:

    The problem with saying it’s “too much too fast” with Rock Racing is that this team that has everything going for it – with HUGE fan support – probably won’t be around very long if Medalist keeps pulling its shenanigans and keeping it out of the big races.

    There’s no denying that Rock has more fan interest than any other team – even more than Slipstream, Astana and High Road. So by keeping them out of the race, the pinheads behind the scenes are stunting the growth of the sport and its fan base.

    After Rock wins Redlands (Tyler Hamilton), Gila (Santiago Botero), Philly (Fred Rodriguez), Joe Martin (Victor Hugo Pena), Cascade (Oscar Sevilla), Nature Valley (Hamilton) and ‘Toona (Sevilla), is Medalist really going to turn its head and cough and keep Rock out of the Tour of Missouri?

    Me thinks not.

  5. bikesgonewild says:

    …medalist sport’s accepted ‘rocks’ initial cash cow & put it to good use in the ToC & the boys got to ride…
    …micheal ball probably didn’t wanna pony up more big bucks for the ToG so medalist puts ’em on the back burner…
    …despite occasional overbearing statements & maybe ‘newguy’ foibles from senor ball, rock is as legitimate as any other american racing team…
    …i was hesitant at first but now i’d like to see ’em kick some ass…

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