Monday, February 20, 2006

Too sexy

What's this? Must know more....


At 7:27 PM, February 20, 2006, Anonymous Jed said...


At 10:28 PM, February 20, 2006, Blogger nicknameless said...

oh my!! Wow do tell, do tell

PS...VB where are you love? Did you race this weekend? I looked for results but none are up yet.

Did you watch the Tour de CA?

At 11:45 PM, February 20, 2006, Blogger X Bunny said...

she'll be home tomorrow

i think your shoes made it in one piece

At 7:31 AM, February 21, 2006, Blogger Olaf Vanderhoot said...


VB podium-ed at the Die-Nuba crit. It was pretty inspiring.

The course was short, fast, safe, and intense. There was some crazy-mutant woman there who dictated most of the action. In the sprint, Sabine did a little underestimating of a strong Alta Alpina (NV) rider that I should have told her more about.

The mutant took the final corner at mach speed, with Sabine and the Alta Alpina girls the only ones to match her (bit of rough pavement ... and cornering in the final moments of a hard crit are always difficult).

Sabine came out of the mutant's draft immediately after the corner and started her sprint. This sprint was long, long, long and all headwind. It was a super-cool finishing straight for spectators to watch. You had enough time to see how the sprint developed and morphed. You could see how each rider handled the little blurp of a drainage ditch 40 meters from the line (not many in the p1/2 race were riding it well). A sweet sprinting clinic, if you knew what to watch for.

Mutant won it by about 2 bike lengths, pulling away from Sabine in the final moments. Seeing these two sprinting against each other through that final windy, hard fought 200 meters ... gave me wood.

It was touch and go between the Mutant and Sabine for a good 130 meters. Each powering their sprint and both in the wind - expressions of concentration and gritty smiles. Just at the drainage ditch, the Alta Alpina rider shot out of Sabine's draft and put in a good few pedal strokes of acceleration. It was perfectly timed.

Mutant 1, Alta smarty 2, lovely-brave Sabine 3 (overcoming nasty memories of that critty-crash from the past).


At 8:56 AM, February 21, 2006, Blogger Velo Bella said...

Oh...I love your version of racey through those rose colored glasses.

But I was 4 wheel in the turn and nowhere near mutant's draft..otherwise I never would have stepped out of that jetstream.

2nd wheel pulled out of sprint, 3rd wheel faded. By then Ironhorse was up the road and I was left alone to completely underestimate Alpina's resolve to finally nail that corner.


but damn that was fun

At 9:05 AM, February 21, 2006, Blogger Olaf Vanderhoot said...

i like your version better ... except the part where you weren't 2nd wheel.

you win if you are.

At 9:14 AM, February 21, 2006, Blogger X Bunny said...

you were fun to watch zipping around all those corners

At 9:36 AM, February 21, 2006, Blogger Miss Mary said...

congrats, and glad you finally raced one this weekend, even though I didn't get to see it.

At 9:48 AM, February 21, 2006, Blogger nicknameless said...

wow! I am so bummed I didn't see it too! Congrats Sabine!!

Thanks OV for writing it up so beautifully that I got all welly n misty!

Hopefully I can come watch and cheer for you sometime soon.


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