When AGV released the Pista GP, it was pretty spectacular as it’s the only motorcycle helmet that I know that was designed with Finite Element Analysis. This is a technique to optimize and approximate missing data from known quantities. It’s pretty cutting age and processor intensive, but it does give good results. The Pista GP was made of 100% carbon fiber, while the Corsa used a blend of carbon fiber, fiberglass, and aramid.
What do you get when someone decides to “rat-rod” a Willys Jeep from 1945? Rat rods are custom cars that imitate and exaggerate early hot rods. I have to say that despite its low ground clearance, this particular rat looks like it could go toe to toe with dune buggies.
It’s another year and another Tour de France. After some massive crashes, for no apparent reason, in Stage 6, a lot of favorites were out. The course itself wasn’t that hard, but nervous jitters were enough to send most of the peloton sprawling all over the roads.
This was the first mountain stage and it was actually one of the first stages where we’d see who would emerge as the real leader of the tour. Currently, Voeckler isn’t looking so bad, but the Schleck brothers and Contador are still the favorites. Frank Schleck looks somewhat better than Andy Schleck, as it was he who made the move to get the time on Contador and Evans. He managed to gain about 30″, which was very good. Sanchez won the stage with a last minute acceleration, which left Vanendert getting second.
Not looking good for Alberto Contador. He’ll most likely be guilty of blood doping and be banned for a few years. So, it looks like there was a reason why he was so hard to beat. This probably means that Andy Schleck won the TdF this year. Am I disappointed? Probably just a bit. But I kind of like that his arrogance is no longer an issue. Contador has always been an extremely arrogant racer. This can be a good thing, but doping = cheating.
Jerome Pineau and a few others managed to get on a breakaway. Pineau is the leader of the KOM comp and wears the polka-dot jersey, so he’s going to want to get all of the points in this stage’s climbs.
The lead is about 5 minutes right now. BBox is trying to pace the climb in the peloton so that they can get the group back. The breakaway includes the German champion Knees and a total of 5 riders.