My name is Elin - A pro cycling lover's reflections

There's a mountain between us (at least it feels that way)

Category: Cycling

I will continue with yet another thing about the Dutch professional team, Vacansoleil. They wish for a wildcard to the Giro d'Italia. The team manager Daan Luijkx said, according to, that his squad has a 65% chance at a Wild Card.
"We have Matteo Carrara and Clement Lhotellerie for GC. With Bobbie Traksel, Borut Bozic, and now Baden Cooke we can also contend in the sprints. We now have a team that has a chance to get in a Grand Tour."
It's true that they have good riders, who could do pretty well and perhaps win a stage. It will be a real competition to get that wildcard, no matter what team, so all I can do is to wish them luck and hopefully we will see them racing in the Italian stage race. I am not totally sure that they will bring Sergey Lagutin though if they received a wildcard. I think they want him to do well in the one day races, including the spring classics, so that's what they will beg him to do, or what do you think? Lagutin is a rider that always do fairly well, he is not a quiter and he always fight to finish well, but the Giro d'Italia? No, I'm not totally convinced.

See you tomorrow. Love.

Ps. Cofidis, La Francaise Des Jeux and Bouygues Telecom have all said no to participate in the 100th Giro d'Italia next year, but did anyone think they would be welcome anyway?

I'm headstrong

Category: Cycling

Australian cyclist Baden Cooke has signed with Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team. He should have competed for Rock Racing but it seems something chaotic is happening within the team. I mean Baden Cooke, Ivan Dominguez and William Walker have all appeared on the team's original roster for 2009 but suddenly they have been removed and signed with other teams. A while ago Rock Racing was questioned if they would really continue next year but the team says they would.

Anyway, I hope Baden Cooke will fit in the squad, and hopefully he is nice to all the other cyclists. I hope that he will do well and that he can be an inspiration for the riders, including Sergey Lagutin. After all Cooke is one of few riders in the squad that has ridden the Tour de France.

Now I need to run, I will see if I have time to continue this after the walk. Love

That sounds so cute and sweet

Category: Cycling

You know what? Chris Hoy has really been awarded knighthood on the 2009 New Year Honours List by the Queen of the United Kingdom. It's just incredible and God, I'm really, really happy for him. If some of you have never heard about somebody named Chris Hoy then I can tell you that is a cyclist who won three gold medals at the Olympic Games in Beijing earlier this year, he therefore became Scotland's most successful Olympian. He was also the first Briton in 100 years to take a hat-trick of gold medals in a single Olympic Games, and the most successful Olympic male cyclist of all time. So he certainly deserves the title.

"It's incredible and I'm absolutely delighted," said Hoy. "I still can't quite believe it to be honest. To be given a Knighthood is an enormous honour and it means so much to me and also to my family. I was stunned when I first found out and the news is still sinking in. I'm not sure if I will ever get used to people calling me Sir Chris!

"2008 has been a phenomenal year for British sport and cycling in particular, and it's good to see so many people in the sport being recognised for all their hard work and achievements," he added. "This is an amazing way to start the New Year and a tremendous boost for everyone."

Also his mother Carol has been honoured with a MBE (member) in the New Year honours list, for her contribution to healthcare.

But it's true, there are many more cyclists and people connected to cycling who will get a title in the Order of the British Empire and those are, except for (Sir) Chris Hoy (KBE).

Olympians: Bradley Wiggins (CBE), Victoria Pendleton (MBE), Rebecca Romero (MBE), Jason Kenny (MBE), Jamie Staff (MBE), Ed Clancy (MBE), Paul Manning (MBE), Nicole Cooke (MBE) and Geraint Thomas (MBE).
Paralympians: Darren Kenny (OBE), Sarah Storey (OBE), Aileen McGlynn (OBE), Jody Cundy (MBE), Barney Storey (MBE), David Stone (MBE), Anthony Kappes (MBE), Mark Bristow (MBE) and Simon Richardson (MBE).
Performance Director: David Brailsford (CBE)

I had to look at English Wikipedia to find out what all those letters were about so here is a small guide.

  • Knight Grand Cross (GBE) or Dame Grand Cross (GBE)
  • Knight Commander (KBE) or Dame Commander (DBE)
  • Commander (CBE)
  • Officer (OBE)
  • Member (MBE)