In between seasons

Sorry if I don't post much, snowboarding is done for the season and mountain biking should start pretty soon. In the meantime, a nice picture helps to make it through the wait.


Shit hits the fan

If you ask me, most pro road cyclists have been using steroids, epo, blood transfusions and what not for the last... many years. Lance always chose his words carefully when asked if he ever doped: "I have never failed a dope control test" which you can read as "Yes I dope but I have never got caught so what are you going to do?". His personal attack on another rider who spoke in court against Lance dope advisor, Dr. Ferrari was also seen as a sign he had something to hide. Roberto Heras didn't have such luck, Tyler Hamilton neither, Jan Ullrich officially got his blood matched from a dope shop in Spain, Ivan Basso is about to, Floyd Landis is trying hard to convince us he didn't but he's not fooling many people, Valverde responds to dope accusation in a very Lance Armstrong style: "I am tranquil, I know that I don't have any problem, because if I did, I wouldn't have been able to race in 2006." which again, can be read as "I haven't been caught", Bettini doesn't want to give his DNA, saying he would quit the sport before he does, cyclists with asthma can go through 200km per day for 3 weeks and we could go on...

I see two ways of bringing some credibility to the sport: have the team sponsored by pharmaceutical companies and allow doping, it wouldn't change much other than we would stop suspect every racer of being cheats. Or they could get serious about the fight against doping. Real tests, lifetime bans, very high money penalties to riders, teams and sponsors, DNA and constantly updated medical profiles of riders... Another solution is to make the sport a bit more human. Let's face it, who would attempt to complete the Tour de France on water and regular food?

I guess I don't have a real solution, I'm just tired of the dishonnesty of the whole pro cycling community. We know what's going on so stop acting like it doesn't exist, you are all bad actors anyway. It's like a reality show on television, we all know it's not actually real, they have scriptors, they are actors (maybe first timers and bad ones but they still are) and they can only fool the most naive viewers.


Get ready

It looks like spring is finally going to happen this year. Make sure your bike is ready, that you too are ready to whip yourself back into shape, remember to do a warm up, stretch a bit, have plenty of fluids and go!


Wet & Wild

I made it home just fine... wet but fine.

Winter offset

In Decemeber, there was no sign of a winter coming. Now, mid-April, it's still snowing. Last week-end at Tremblant was a success, we had over a foot of fresh powder on friday and spring-like conditions on saturday, incredible for that late in the season. After that, I told myself snowboard season was over. Not that we can't ride anymore but I just switched to my biking mode. Today though, it looks like I may pedal back home in snow covered streets tonight, it's really falling right now... Weird winter, and some people still think the planet is in good shape.


More snow?

Well, our trip to Tremblant is less than 48 hours away and although we were expecting this:

It seems it will be more like this:

As you can see, both weather conditions have their own advantages. Snow is already falling in Montreal and is expected to go on until well after the weekend at Tremblant.


Impreza 2008

I'm not sure what I think about it yet, the new car is lighter and stiffer but looks fatter and slightly more boring, even in WRX trim, pictured here. It's also available as a hatch, no more wagon. Still, a Subaru is the fastest and safest way to get to the mountains, even in serious blizzards. I had the joy to experience driving a Subaru on snowy highways this year and often, there was the right lane and the Subaru lane.

But we will have to wait for the steroids boosted STI for an aggressive looking Impreza it seems. Or hope Mitsubishi will sell the upcoming Lancer Evolution X (pictured below) in Canada to be the ultimate small road rocket (just look what an older and much uglier version can do). For now, I'll stick to my porky but loved Outback.

And yes, I'm a car guy now!


Last snowboard weekend

Is your snowboard season over? Did you had enough snow? Enough riding time? My season is about to end but not before we end it like it should, just like it started: with the boyz, lots of alcohol and decadence!

Once again this year, the season's last chapter will take place during the Spin at Mont Tremblant. Only this time, we will be sleeping only a few steps away (or crawls) from the slopes. Thanks to Lucidik for making it happen and thanks to whoever thought lending us a condo right beside Mont Tremblant's gondolas for this coming weekend was a good idea!