Thursday, March 22, 2012
Well gross me out, it's time for the Friday Roundup. Apparently that's a Blister Roundup right there. Surely I'm not the only one here who wants to pop the hell out of that thing? No, didn't think so?
Hey, while we're speaking of gross things, here's Great Britain's kit for the Olympics. And you thought Michelle was the worst thing inflicted upon the world by the McCartney family.
On to slightly less horrific things, St Kilda Cycling Club have finally unveiled their comprehensive list of who is in what grade. I simply cannot comprehend how monumentally boring this must have been, and significant kudos must go to the accountant-types who finally put it together. It's an interesting initiative on their part, and I'll be interested to see how it pans out. Also, I'm kinda stoked to discover that, despite not having ridden my bike for longer than 30 minutes for the past three months, I'm still a confirmed A grader. Take that, FJ!
It seems that the good people at Onitsuka Tigers, as well as making some vegan versions of their shoes, were in town when BikeFest was on, and they made this sweet video. I'm in it. That makes it worth watching.
And while we're on the topic of people coming to town, superstars from the track teams of various countries are starting to roll in. Last week the Japanese and Belgian teams rolled up to Sandown to make the crits even more difficult than usual, and today Cycling Victoria posted this on YouTube. Which was kinda rad, because I didn't know they knew how to use YouTube!
I reckon, if you have a bit of spare time, and are in the neighbourhood, it'd be worth popping into DISC over the next couple of weeks. You never know who you might see. Actually, that's always the case. One time, a few years back, returning to school from a bike-based excursion, a student and I dropped in, and were pretty impressed to see Perko training there. Of course, a few weeks later, when Perko flipped the bird on an international stage, I heard all about it.
Amy Bradley is one of our favourites here at The New Timer, due mostly to her heroic efforts in the 2011 Cyclocross Season. She has a blog, and has finally updated it. Check it out here.
And while I'm linking to rad individuals who also ride bikes, here's Lisa Dempster. I think I've linked to her before, but I don't care, I'm going to again. You're not the boss of me. Lisa's not a pro athlete or anything, never rode her bike more than a daily commute, but last year decided she was going to ride her bike across the Nullabor. As you do. I highly recommend also following her on twitter, as her interests are many, varied and always thought-provoking.
One of my favourite Melbourne bands, True Radical Miracle, are launching a record next Friday night! See that picture on the front cover of the record? That used to be my bedroom. I'm totally going to pay my respects by breaking my self-imposed hermitage and leaving the house. Leith would probably kill me if I didn't.
Well, that'll probably do for this week, folks. I hope you've been enjoying The New Timer as we settle into our familiar routine. We'll be like that cosy blanket you wrap yourself in as the weather turns to shit. We promise.