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April Newsletter

New Season - and it's a new look for the newsletter. Let us know what you think of the new layout and style either via email or twitter

Season Three has started...

We've returned after a winter hiatus to podcasting. Season Three is up and running. Derek has gotten some better recording software so keep and eye out for some more special episodes. 📢
Topics discussed so far are Milan San Remo, Julian Alaphillipe, and how one of the two of us thinks that Wout Van Aert is the new Sep Vanmarcke
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Ionsaitheoirí - Attackers

This section is a combination of #ICYMI, 5 Things, and The News. I keep bookmarking tweets and reading stuff slowly these days. So I'm always interested in how technology and the the sport of cycling is evolving. 

Since we started off this section last time round with a link to DC Rainmaker, we'll keep it up. And it's a nice segway while I'm waiting on my Wahoo Kick R to arrive. What are the challenges to face Cycling as an E-Sport - Ray has a decent article here on the matter. I think the major thing he misses out on, is the fact you need to be a decent athlete to begin with to compete.It's not a matter of learned skill, it's a matter of talent.

It's Holy Week in Flanders, and then it's onto Ardennes Week * It feels like Christmas, Easter and my birthday wrapped up in a Cobbled Package. To get you in the mood here are some decent links for you. 
  1. Lionel Birnie's How to Explore the Region 
  2. CyclingTips Guide to Break up your marriage - or spend two weeks in Europe and see all the Cobbled Races.
  3. The only place to watch part of the Ronde on a Sunday - CRVV (Centrum Ronde Van Vlaanderen)
  4. Visit Fixed Gear Coffee (Technically it's over near the Cauberg, in Valkenberg, but still worth a visit)
  5. Also give Anita's Place in Oudenaarde a look in for a coffee or two, it's a favourite for one of my Irish Aussie mates. 
* - also more commonly known as Drugs Week for the amount of winners that have been popped 

I wasn't sure about giving this bit air time, but it's worth remembering at the year end, but anyways, Lefevere deems Remco Evenepoel "too fat". He really is a dinosaur that just keeps giving. Along with his comments earlier in the season about Keisse's misbehaviour, his more recent comments about ASO having teams by "the balls", he really just needs to be put out to pasture now.

I wanted to do a featured GIF but I couldn't find this video as a GIF, so click the image below to see the best bit of bike handling I've seen in a while * 



* Last year my mate rode into a field in Flanders at 70kph while missing a ditch/dyke/drain while we were dropping off one of the big bergs. How he held that up was something a pro couldn't have done.

Grupetto

A roundup of the stuff I've bookmarked this last while you might find interesting, or not as the case maybe. 😁

Pascal Ackermann stars in his own version of how to win friends and influence people 

Sir Gary Verity cited health reasons for leaving Welcome to Yorkshire, he didn't elaborate was it his health or the health of his workers -  Have a read of this to understand and then read this one as well

Jonathan Vaughters has a book coming out this year, and this is worth a read with hindsight glasses on - Crossing the Line

Ireland is a small small country (Total Pop is around 4.8 Million) how we've produced some of the best Rugby Players over the last 15 years on a world stage is something that amazes me. Inside a Powerhouse of Rugby

Need Something to listen to for Flanders Weekend ? Try this, then this, then this - Eurobeats at their best or worst, it depends. Hup Jongen !

The New Bit...




So I asked on twitter for suggestions for the newsletter and I got this. Thanks Mark. I think. So here goes nothing. 

2019 - Alaphillipe will win 2 Stages at the Tdf and Lombardy to round out the season. 

2020 - I think this is contract year for him so he'll get a couple of wins early season, but will announce that he's off to the French Total Team before the TdF. Levefre is nothing but a predictable tight arse, he will moan about him going and drop him from the TdF team. Fleche Wallone will be renamed Alaphillipe Alone. As he wins it again.

2021 - Win's Liege with support from Jungles amd his new team mates Total. Also picks up a third TdF jersey, French housewives start to forget about Richard Virenque. Festina offer to sponsor Alaphillipe and get a small logo on the jersey for the TdF. 

2022 - With Bernal and Sosa after morphing into Quintana MK II and plateauing Alaphillipe goes all in to win the TdF. He lays waste to all around him on the double Alp D'Huez stage to take yellow and hold it to Paris. 

Right that's enough from me..

Regards
Derek
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