Tag Archives: Highroad

Did Bernhard Eisel run in the final sprint?

Okay, this from PezCyclingNews.com‘s PeloPics… Is it an optical illusion or does it appear that the Columbia rider, Bernhard Eisel, is RUNNING in the sprint?  Check out the picture here. Either that or his legs are spinning so fast that you can’t see them!  Anyone know exactly what was going on here?

It was a nasty crash.  I’d be glad to be on this side of the mess on my bike or running beside it. Hope the riders suffering injuries from it will be up and going soon. A couple of big name riders left wounded.

George is back in black

I saw this video earlier on the Columbia-Highroad team Web site.  George pointed to it from Twitter again today and reminded me of it.  Of course, Low Cadence is cheering for Big George as he heads onto the cobbles.

There are some other cool videos at the team’s Web site.  I love the one of Cavendish riding around with mud guards on his Scott.  The team did a really good job with these profile pieces.  It would be even better if they could keep producing stuff as the season progresses.

I took a ride with Craig’s bike

After work Friday, I headed out on what I thought would be an easy spin around Cleveland Park.  Saturday was to be a long day in the saddle as I was to ride 5 hours in a fund raiser ride.  That isn’t too bad, except this five hours would going around in a one mile circuit.

While easily spinning along I came to a stop sign to turn right.  I thought I saw the shadow of a rider coming up behind me.  I made the turn and then the following turn onto Woodland Way to begin the climb.  That is when the rider came up beside me.

I glanced over and heard him say, “Nice bike.”  That, of course, made me look at his own bike.  It was a Giant and looked like a TCR Advanced frame.  However, there were numerous other markings on it that I didn’t decipher at the time.  “Yes, these Giants are very nice.  I love mine,” I replied.

We continued on talking about riding and racing.  Around one turn I asked him if the bike was an SL model.  Clay responded that indeed it was.  We went back to talking about various training methods and our plans for the year.

He asked me if I had raced any this year and I told him that I had only been able to do the River Falls race because of my broken pinkie.  He then asked me about the accident.  I told him the story and finished up by telling him that I rode up to the top of the mountain after the wreck with Craig Lewis.

He looked over at me and said, “This is his bike.”  I took a little closer of a look and realized those markings I couldn’t make out on the front fork were Team Highroad stickers.  Sure enough I looked closer and saw other sponsor logos.

Turns out Clay Jones is a member of the Hincapie Triathlon team and had taken a look at some of the Giant bikes that the local Hincapie Barkley team were releasing because of the bike sponsor change.  None of them worked well (the SL bikes have the integrated seat post).  There was another bike there that fit him perfectly.  It was Craig’s.

Craig was willing to sell and Clay got a pretty good deal on a very sweet bike.  There really wasn’t that much of a difference in the look of the two bikes.  The SL had the integrated seat post.  Our components were different and the SL was about a pound lighter.

Clay said that the bike pretty much had fallen in his lap and maybe he had spent a little more money than he had originally planned (that is not to say he didn’t get a VERY good deal), but it was worth it.  I told him that not only did he get a great bike, but he got a really cool story to go along with it.

By the way, Clay wore me out.  And so, that is how I ended up riding with Craig Lewis’ bike.  Hey, Craig, when you get ready to get rid of that Scott… give me a call!

Two lessons in a cycle shop

Got me some gift certificates to Sunshine Cycle Shop for my birthday! Beat it for the store as soon as I could break for lunch to see what goodness I could find to help celebrate. I had already gotten one cool and unexpected gift from the shop – more on that later here at LowCadence.com.

While there I was talking with shop owner, Mike McMillan. It was the first time I had been in the shop since getting my big bandage off, so I was showing Mike my stitches. “Oh, but it isn’t the broken finger that is so bad,” I exclaimed. “It is this road rash on my leg!”

I think I might have turned red soon after I said it because sitting near by was pro rider for Highroad-Columbia, Craig Lewis. He was there getting some shoes fitted with the Shimano vacuum-baking-thingie. I suddenly felt very foolish making much of my wounds.

If you know anything about Craig’s history you know he has had more than his share of road rash, broken bones, and more. It is a miracle he is on the bike today! Consider this from a 2008 article on Velonews.com:

Considered one of the top young U.S. prospects, Lewis nearly died when he plowed headfirst into an SUV that had turned onto the course during an 18-mile individual time trial at the 2004 Tour de Georgia.

The impact left Lewis with two punctured lungs and 47 broken bones, and threw his cycling career into jeopardy. Incredibly, Lewis was back on his bike eight weeks later and won the U23 national championship in 2006.

Enough said.

I ended up with a pair of long fingered gloves to replace my ripped ones and a wife-beater underlayer for when the warm weather comes around. The cool thing is I still have some funds to spend! I think I’ll save it for something bigger.

What I didn’t get (though I was VERY tempted) was the Reynolds Assault carbon fiber wheel set. I had the opportunity to get in on the POA Cycling Team purchase at a greatly reduced discount. Unfortunately, it would mean a snap decision and the draining of any discretionary cash. My heart screamed “Yes!” while my head sternly said “NO.” I followed my head — at 41 it is about time I did that.

I learned two lessons today. One about finances and the other about true grit. The first I came to myself and the second I was taught by Craig Lewis without him saying a word.