Boston College Cycling

White Lightning, with a splash of color by dpnation
11/09/2009, 10:47 PM
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We’ve updated our look for the 2009-2010 season:

This change looks to improve upon kit wear in inclement weather. We will always look back on White Lightning fondly, though.


PSA: Women’s B by dpnation

Dear Women’s B category,

What the F? The past race weekend has proven that the ladies of the peloton need a referesher in everyday cycling manners and rules.

1. What’s up with the crashing for no apparent reason? What explicable reason do you have to turn your head to your teammate in a tightly packed group heading into a turn, lose your line, and take out a bunch of people around you? Silly errors create serious injury. Also, I’ve never heard such a potty-mouth from one Harvard cyclist. That was kinda awesome.

Look at Levi Leipheimer – he got all embarrassed about his crash in the ToC when he wasn’t paying attention and rubbed wheels with Lance, and karma got him back by breaking his butt. Unfortunately for the rest of us, we don’t have a fleet of spare bikes to choose from. Bones may heal, but carbon frames break forever. Think about it.

2. Why do people feel compelled to fly right off the starting line, and the ones in the back haven’t even had the chance to clip in? Let the group assemble, the girls jockeying for position in the staging area is already bad enough. I’m not saying to throw in the towel for a couple laps, but just give it a few seconds to get organized.

3. Common courtesy: remember when Lance Armstrong snagged his handlebar on a spectator’s bag in the 2003 Tour de France, and arch rival Jan Ulrich waited for him to catch back up? If When there is a crash, don’t take off. The people who escape the crash unscathed and those who had to slow down behind the crash are still racing. I know we’re chicks, but this is a gentleman’s agreement that any respectable cyclist adheres to.

4. Breakaways: is it just not in our DNA to allow a break to go for a lap or two? There are never breaks in womens races.. Anytime someone tries, it just speeds up the main field. What’s the deal?

General (not just applying to the Killer B’s):

– If you borrow someone’s equipment (bike, clothing, tools, etc.), you better return them in the condition that you received them. If you crash someone else’s bike, you should be begging for forgiveness and offering to pay for any repairs or replacements. Own up, people.

– Don’t expect to run a race on time if you don’t open up registration or the bathrooms until 20 min prior to the first event. However, cycling races never seem to run on time, so also be prepared for that.

– What’s up with the start/finish and the direction of a race that very morning?

– Guys, we really don’t need to hear about your stories about going #2.

– Collegiate cycling is centered around crits, not so much ITT’s or road races or circuits. If you suck at crits, you’re just gonna have to get over it (and stop making excuses – see Chris’ posting on that). C’est la vie.

– If you don’t bring your own trainer or rollers to a race, be aware that you may have to warm up on your own. First dibs go to the owners of said devices.

– What’s up with the weird facial hair this year? Is a full spandex outfit not attention grabbing enough?

QOTD: “Don’t those stupid girls know that only LA and DP can tweet from the peloton without crashing? Amateurs.” -Queen B


Republic of Rock by dpnation

After Chris’ post on Tyler Hamilton’s US Road Champ jersey, that got me thinking about the countless jerseys sported by Rock Racing over the last year. This team has more wardrobe changes than Britney Spears on tour.

The standard Rock Racing kit is this, aka ‘Venom’. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Tour of Britain: ‘London Rocks’ in green, black, and blue. In addition to Tyler Hamilton’s U.S. champion jersey, which also comes in white.

Tour of Missouri: the ‘Lethal’ kit

Tour of California 2008: ‘Crucifixion’ (allegedly in protest of the commissaries’ decision to bar three Rock Racing riders (all ex-dopers) from starting)

[The now defunct] Tour of Georgia: Body Armor in Peach

Harlem Rocks (I attended this race, pics can be found here)

Austin Rocks

Manhattan Beach Rocks

U.S. National Championships, (not to be confused with Hamilton’s U.S. champion jersey)

Tour of Utah: Road Rash in Venom

Tour of Qinghai Lake: here

Four more kits yet to be seen. They’re all called “O.G.” Venom, road rash, black, and white

Total: 17 different jerseys (not counting Hamilton’s championship jerseys)

Tour of California: Rocks Not Dead, and Tyler Hamilton’s subtle US Road Champ jersey. Another view.

Vuelta Mexico: Same standard ‘Rocks Not Dead‘ kits for the team (another look), and Tyler gets a revised champion jersey (upgrade!)


And of course, most of these jerseys (and bibs) are up for sale on the Rock Racing website (at designer jeans prices, naturally).

– Dana
(thanks to UniWatch for some of the links)

National Sportsmanship Day by chrisrak
03/03/2009, 8:49 PM
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By Chris


Watching ESPN it was brought to my attention that today is National Sportsmanship Day. Since obviously they said nothing of sportsmanship in cycling I figured I would pick up their slack and write a little about our sports great sportsmanship and where it is lacking. Personally I believe that cycling and cyclist exhibit some of the best sportsmanship of any athlete. Cyclists all understand the pain the body goes through in a race and are willing to reach across teams to help out. Cyclists give opponents water bottles when it is needed, when passing a rider who is teetering on the edge of hitting the wall or has hit the wall every cyclist offers that fellow rider a wheel, or in very rare cases offer them a ride. Even in the heat of intense competition cyclists show sportsmanship whether it is the hand shake right before you battle it out in the final sprint, or sitting up and not pushing the pace after a competitor has crashed, or congratulating that person who just kicked your butt in the race. There are many things that people in this great sport do to show true sportsmanship and that is something in which we should take much pride.


Now there are some things that the sport could do to improve sportsmanship with in the sport. I am going to leave out the whole eradicating doping because I feel the sport is making great strides in this and actually has the best anti-doping measures of any sport. I mean entire teams have been established around clean racing, I mean one team even has it in its name. What I would like to address is the rare occasion when we do not leave everything on the road. Once the race is over it is over, I abhor the people who will blame their competitors for their loss. Yes being a wheel sucker is not the best strategy but if someone sucks your wheel on the final lap and then blows you away in the sprint do not get into a war of words just know that you got to give them a little shake and bake to make sure that does not happen. Whether you agree with the way people have beaten you or not, they beat you out on the road and leave it at that. Show some class and shake his or her hand and learn from what happened. If you do worse than you would have liked do not throw excuses out just shut up and ride. The person who quietly and gracefully accepts defeat with the desire to never let that happen again gets much more respect and fear from their competitors.


So do this great sport right and show the sportsmanship that is typical of the sport in general and of the ECCC in particular.

Latest in LiveStrong by dpnation
03/03/2009, 5:14 PM
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Like shopping? Hate cancer? Read on!

Giro has just rolled out the LIVESTRONG helmets for consumer purchase. Check them out here. Lance wears the Ionos, which is on the far right.

The gear that Lance is training in is available at a number of Nike retailers and on the Lance Armstrong Foundation shop.

What about the shades? Yup, they’re available at Oakley — those pictured above are Oakley Radars. Lance’s latest model, as first seen in the Tour Down Under, are the Oakley Jawbone. Other styles can be found here:

Of course, there’s the LIVESTRONG Madone that Lance has been riding (and sometimes not riding). There’s chatter that a version of this bike will be available for retail (we’re guessing Trek will concede the custom paint job and use decals), but most likely none of us will be able to afford such a rig, so that’s where our speculation will end.

Speaking of Lance, it was just announced that he’s now on Facebook.

– Dana

Snow Day in the Bean by dpnation
03/02/2009, 1:13 PM
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Here’s to hoping that the weather in Dirty Jersey will be an upgrade from Boston’s 10-15 inches today.

– Dana

Pro Cycling on Twitter by dpnation

We all know Lance is Twittering, but who else?

Pro Cycling on Twitter: 48 People Who Aren’t Lance Armstrong

Some of the world’s top cycling professionals have taken to Tweeting on a regular basis. For the first time, cycling fans are getting the real skinny about the behind-the-scenes happenings of professional cyclists as they travel the world.

It’s not just the pedaling pros who are Twittering. Team managers, mechanics, coaches…they’re all getting into the act.  We’re getting real-time updates from team cars as the races progress. And race organizers themselves are Tweeting information for fans attending the races on a regular basis: where to park, where to watch from, after race events, and much more.

Article lists a few big names like Levi Leipheimer, Ivan Basso, Christian Vande Velde, George Hincapie, Dave Zabriski, Mick Rogers.. the list goes on.

And here’s another article with about 400 cycling related Twitter-ers.

Of course, we’re on Twitter too: