Monday Musette – Trek, Track, Wilson, Winter, and…Hipsters?

Here’s your Monday Musette:

1. Photos of the The Shack’s new Treks have been released.  Your thoughts?  Personally, I find them too busy.  And what’s with overabundance of customized, team-specific wheel decals?  On the other hand, Sky’s Pinarello’s are much more pleasing to my eye. 

2.  Olympic track racing just got boring with the announcement that the IOC is removing the individual pursuit, the points race, and the Madison from the games beginning in 2012.  While I support the IOC’s goal to create more gender equity on the track (the 2008 Olympics had 7 events for the men and only 3 for the women), there has to be a better way of achieving it. 

3.  You might have missed it in all the Wiggins hullabaloo, but Matt Wilson signed a deal with Garmin-Transitions that will put him right back where he belongs next season–racing in Europe.  As far as I’m concerned, Wilson for Wiggo is a good trade for Garmin.  Wilson is a consumate professional–positive, helpful, and experienced.  He’s ridden all the big races from the classics to the Tour, and will provide a wealth of knowledge and talent to Vaughter’s squad–particularly in the cobbled classics and the Tour’s flatter stages where he made a name for himself by the side of Baden Cooke.  Am I biased?  Perhaps a bit, but this time next year I bet Wilson will have made more of an impact at Garmin than Wiggins will have made at Sky.

4.  Cycling made the New York Times today, as talks are heating-up between the Giro organizers and Washington D.C.  While it’s a logistical nightmare, it’s certainly not inconceivable.  US-readers: if it happens, would you make the trip to see it?

5.  Competitive Cyclist deserves the credit for finding this one.  If you’ve never seen it before–watch it now.

6.  And speaking of things you need to see, add this to the list:

7.  And finally, if you were waiting until the last minute to order some Pavé clothing, now’s the time.  The next 10 people to order a jersey and bibs will get a free cap. 

Enjoy your Monday and share your comments below!

About Whit

My experiences might easily fit many cycling fans' definitions of “living the dream.” Since getting hooked on the sport watching Lance Armstrong win the 1993 U.S. Pro Championship, I've raced as an amateur on Belgian cobbles, traveled Europe to help build a European pro team, and piloted that team from Malaysia to Mont Ventoux. As a former assistant director sportif with Mercury-Viatel, I've also seen the less dreamy side of the sport – the side rife with broken contracts, infighting, and positive dope tests. These days, I live with my lovely wife in Pennsylvania and share my experiences and views on the sport at Bicycling Magazine, the Embrocation Cycling Journal, and at my own site, Pavé.
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