I swear, I go a couple days without posting and I get a bunch of emails asking if I've fallen into some huge chasm or something. Jeesh...
If you haven't already seen this, go check it out. It's an interview that I did with Tim Parr and Sky Yaeger, of SWOBO, on my other blog. It's actually a really good read- if you allow yourself to get past my yammering. (I've heard somewhere that the interviewer is supposed to talk less than than interviewees... but I never studied Journalism in college.)
The Spokesmen have done episodes 19 and 20 without me... and they sound even more intelligent. I find that disturbing.
Lots of other cool stuff has been happening, but frankly my brain is just a tad too fried to remember it all. Things have remained super busy at Masi Global Domination Headquarters. Lots of cool stuff is percolating away. Really cool stuff. Stuff you're gonna like/ love/ want/ need/ desire... promise. It's a very exciting time to be a product dork. At least to me. It's also very frustrating and maddening and enough to make you wanna scream from time to time, but it's worth it. I mean, you can't make an omelet without braking a few eggs (and you can't make butter with a toothpick). All the labor that goes into creating a new and better bike is worth it when that first sample shows up.
I've had this frame and fork for months now and still haven't built it up... even though I have one of these for it... I know- I should be shot. I'm thinking that I will build it up with a full-on race kit with the coolest parts I can gather and turn it into my cross racing bike. I mean, the CXR is a runaway hit, but I'm nowhere near fast enough (or good enough) at cross to really compete on the thing, so I might as well rock the way cool steel and at least look good at the back of the field. Oh yeah, as a reminder- this is the frame and fork we are using on the new Speciale CX that is coming out late this summer/ early fall. A sweet bike with rack and fender mounts as well for commuting or even light touring. And, yes, that's a lugged, flat crown fork with really cool lugged dropouts too... and a further yes, the color is a metallic burgundy. As a first year product for us, supply will be limited as we start off, so visit your retailer now and beg them to get an order in for you- otherwise, you might not get one when you want it. I'm just sayin'...
Le Tour starts in just a couple days, in London. That means I gotta get my act together so I can start doing my daily updates on the race. I'm hoping to do at least as well as I did with the Giro and post more often than not. Updates may come late in the evening, but I will do my best to get updates posted each day. I'll also post tomorrow with my pre-race predictions, prognostications and general know-it-all comments. Prediction one- Christoph Moreau is NOT going to win the Tour. Sorry folks... it ain't gonna happen. He may once again be the highest placed French rider in the final GC, but he ain't winning. You can quote me on that.
(PS- Thanks for sticking around during these quiet periods; I do truly appreciate it.)