I've teased this whole Madone and Kristin Armstrong thing for far too long now, so here it goes. Let's start with Kristin...she's a local hero and I don't know her at all. I'm sure you have a brain, and given that you can probably deduce that I'm not too popular with the female Idahoan road cyclist crowd. Having said, one of the things that comes with running a website like this is I get emails from women. Women who say Kristin Armstrong is a bitch.
I believe it; I don't even have to meet her. Some athletes are awesome people, but being at that level means you have to be very selfish sometimes. Adam Craig, great guy. Steve Pete, rad human. Minnaar, Tomac, Overend....all bitchen people despite being super fast. Wait...why am I just talking about dudes? Julie Furtado is an amazing person as well. I'm lucky to have even had the opportunity to be in the same room with that woman. Hey Mark Weir...you think I forgot about you, buddy? Nope, you're in the club as well. Personal hero, even if you do ride for Cannondale now.
But being an athlete isn't about saving the world, it's about personal accomplishment. "You gotta look out for #1 if you wanna be #1," said people like Gee Atherton.
So people hate Kristin because she comes out of retirement and wins. Then they write to me, but I don't hold the same opinion. If I could just decide I wanted to go race, and did, and I won a gold fucking metal and people thought I was a dick...well that's on them. Scoreboard, bitch. Some people hate on her, but I feel like it's sour grapes.
Moving on, let's talk about this fuckin new Trek Madone. It's preposterous. They pay racers to ride this thing, so it will win races. Felt wins races. My beef is that it goes against trend, but not at all in a good way. How the fuck do you not offer a disc brake version of either the Emonda nor the Madone? It's like you're trying to write a rulebook on conservatism. That's the future, you fuckin assholes? And then an airfoil design? I wrote this elsewhere, but I thought we realized airfoil designs rode like hard dick long ago. Even with the IsoSpeed de-coupler, it has to still ride like a limp-ish dick. What I'm saying is: this bike is the equivalent of being on top of a gorgeous dick for 4 hours. I'll take a knuckle in the ass now and then, but I want no part of that.
I have to go to bed, but just FYI that is a totally proportionate Putin-head on an old image of Cavendish up top. Go here for fun.