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LAS CABRAS DE RUBIERA! May 29, 2008

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It’s been a slow news month on the Rubiera front. We know he’s been training in the gym, as it’s been wet in Asturias. But we’ve certainly missed him at the Giro.

However, like all good magazines, we have something fun and quirky in reserve.

Just along from Loli and Jose’s bar in Baldornon, Asturias, there’s a field belonging to the family. And in the field, you’ll find the Rubiera goats. Las cabras.

Of course, we went to look and admire, and the girls spent twenty minutes or so feeding the greedy but gorgeous goats.

Amazingly, Chechu hung around, he took a couple of calls, and we talked goats!

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EL BLOG DE PAKITO May 29, 2008

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Alberto Contador’s good friend Paco is a lucky man. He gets to go to Alberto’s races, then shares his experiences at his fantastic blog, EL BLOG DE PAKITO.

Paco has been at the Giro for several days with Alberto’s brother Francisco and their friend Patricio. They were at Plan de Corones on Monday and saw Alberto’s amazing time trial performance.

 

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UNITY REQUIRED IN CYCLING May 17, 2008

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This week, Scottish football (soccer) fans went on the rampage after Glasgow Rangers lost the UEFA Cup final. It was a shock to us. The days of fans facing up to the polis were supposed to be over. We were proud that we weren’t like yon thugs south of the Border.

The reasons for the violence and destruction in Manchester last Wednesday have been much debated in the media here. Everyone has given their opinion – of course – including the leader of Glasgow Council, Steven Purcell.

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CHECHU BIKES May 5, 2008

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More Asturias holiday snaps!

Chechu loaned my husband a mountain bike during our visit to Asturias last month. Tom spent glorious mornings riding up and down (and up and down) the mountainous and narrow roads around Cudillero.

Of course, when we returned the bike, he had to give it a good clean.

Chechu told us that he only owns three bikes, two road and one mountain (although he also said that this was his second best mountain bike!).

At Chechu’s house, we tinkered with his great bike sculpture, featured Discovery’s 2006 film, Mining for Chechu.

Nicky, Edinburgh

THE END May 2, 2008

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Wow!!!  That is the best word I can think of to describe my time at the Tour  de Georgia.  Each day was completely different.  Supporting Chechu and spending a little time around him was of course the highlight.  But meeting so many people and making new friends was “Priceless”.  I have been to a lot of sporting events from pee wee to professional, but I have never been at an event like a cycling stage race.  Maybe because cycling fans in the US are a misunderstood minority we tend to bond quickly or maybe it is universal, but I felt more like I was in a large group of friends instead of a large group of strangers.  I visited other team buses, but always ended up at the Astana bus along with many others. 

Even though Astana is not an American Team, judging from the number of fans around the team bus, they are an American Favorite.

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PARTING IS SUCH SWEET SORROW May 1, 2008

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I’ve never liked saying Goodbye, not ever.

Maybe it’s an Attachment Disorder left over from childhood but when I care about someone or love someone, I don’t want them to be away from me.

When Sunday arrived and I knew it was “that” time, I had to really fight back the tears. As I said before, I’m glad Rebecca was there because she helped me hold it together.

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ATLANTA HIT BY ANOTHER TORNADO May 1, 2008

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I wasn’t looking forward to today.

Stage 7 meant the end of the race and the end of my journey and it meant saying Goodbye to new friends. I was a little emotional at times and Rebecca had to bring me back to a level place. I’m so glad she was there. She wouldn’t let me focus on the negative of the day, only the positive things I’ve experienced the entire week. What a gift she has given me.

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GOING BALD May 1, 2008

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I would like to thank Rebecca’s husband Larry for giving me the title. Isn’t it cute?

I’m not sure where to begin with Brasstown. It was an amazing day filled with story after story. We knew we had to get there early, or, at least, get to the shuttles early. The problem was, where do we get the shuttles?

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