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TWITTER January 7, 2009

Posted by wetalkhablamos in internet.
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Please help me. I don’t understand the appeal of Twitter.

Yes, it’s a fantastic technology, and I appreciate its accessibilty and spontaneity.

Most Twitter-er-ers, however, don’t have the wit or skill to be interesting in this truncated format. Much of the content is underwhelming as we’re served up trivia we just don’t need.

And we forced to research each comment (by clicking the links) in order to understand what we’re reading. Why can’t you just tell us?

It seems to me that there are such big things going on just now, Twitter is trivialising our lives and wasting all our time.

Or is it? Let me know.

Nicky

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LA OTRA CARA DEL CICLISMO November 18, 2008

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Bruno Lopez Vizcon escribe,

Estamos acostumbrados a ver las grandes gestas del ciclismo. Cuando nos mencionan el deporte, inmediatamente acudimos a Indurain, al gran Merckx, a las últimas victorias de Contador, quizás a los escándalos de dopaje. Pero, a diferencia de otros deportes, el ciclismo es mucho más. El ciclismo tiene otra cara, una filosofía de vida.

Cuando yo pienso en ciclismo, es cierto que veo a Contador, Indurain y Merckx, pero voy mucho más allá. Si pienso en el ciclismo profesional, veo a Armstrong postrado en una cama de hospital. El olor de los medicamentos y la quimio le hace sentir náuseas. Se mira en el espejo, está mirando a la cara de la muerte. Los doctores le miran, le analizan, como si fuera algo sin vida. Los familiares, preocupados, no le dicen nada. “Tienes un 30% de posibilidades de vivir” le su médico. Pero se juega la vida a una mano, y gana. Póker de Ases.

Veo a Damiano Cunego, tras una terrible caída, maillot y culotte rasgados y ensangrentados. Su equipo le espera. Su cerebro le dice “abandona” y su corazón le dice “sigue”. Se monta en la bici. El dolor es insoportable. Pero sigue. El calor de su equipo le hace imposible abandonar. Pienso en Tyler Hamilton, con la clavícula rota, pedaleando, sufriendo, masticando el dolor. El orgullo le hace ganar, mientras el hueso roto se va limando con cada movimiento.

Cuando practico el ciclismo veo muchas cosas más. El peor día, el día en que todo sale mal, el día que el jefe te grita, que tu equipo pierde, que tu novia te deja o que algo te oprime y te asfixia. Ese día, coges la bici. Con el pedaleo rítmico, la tranquilidad de las montañas, el sudor por la cara, el viento acariciándote, el corazón golpeando tu pecho, todo se aclara. En un estado de paz, encuentras todas las soluciones.

Un día, subiendo un pequeño puerto, me acerqué a un padre y su niña. Ambos en bici. La niña, que no tendría más de diez años, pedaleaba concienzudamente colina arriba. El padre, haciendo equilibrios en la bici para no caerse, la animaba detrás. La niña, envalentonada, se ponía de pie.

Cuando se encara una montaña, es sin duda el momento más excitante de montar en bici. Es el equivalente a los obstáculos que se presentan en la vida. A un lado, tú y tu bici. Al otro, las interminables curvas y la imponente montaña. Hay momentos en que piensas “se acabó, no puedo más, me doy la vuelta y bajo. En diez minutos en la ducha” pero luego piensas en lo que has sufrido para llegar allí, y en que si abandonas eres un cobarde. Treinta minutos después ves el cartel de final de puerto, y una sensación de felicidad y orgullo se transmite desde tu cerebro a todo el cuerpo. Has ganado a la montaña. Así es la vida.

Por todo esto, y mucho más que se me olvida, el ciclismo es un deporte noble y bello. Por esto, no entiendo cuando se pone el dopaje en primera línea. El ciclismo no es sólo lo que vemos por la tele, lo que sale en las portadas de los periódicos. El ciclismo son valores, estilo de vida. El ciclismo es mucho más.

And now in English.

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CYCLING RADIO USA November 4, 2008

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We had a great email last week from Kim West. Never heard of him? Well, get online and you can hear him. He’s the voice behind the Kim West Radio Cycling Show on Des Moine’s Sports Station, 1460 KXNO. We asked Kim to tell us more.

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“It’s been on the air just since April (27 episodes), and we cover all aspects of cycling, although frankly, my heart belongs to racing.

I’ve just started to assemble, for an upcoming regular once-a-month feature, a guest list of “legends of cycling.”  It’s my intention to interview (live and on-air, if possible) as many folks who, in some way or another, have had a profound impact on the sport we all love so much.

Here in the States, we are attempting to arrange riders from the early days of mountain bike racing, Greg lemond and other riders from the 70s, 80s and earlier and later of road fame, race promoters and team directors and so forth.

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LA VUELTA TAMBIÉN October 3, 2008

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Photograph © Team Astana

I noticed this photo of folks from the Kazakh embassy waving their flags at the Vuelta finish-line. I saw these flags too, after the race, from the other side of the Plaza de Cibeles. It was the only obvious Astana support there. What a shame.

There are also finish-line photos of fans waving blue, blow-up batons. This is a fix for the cameras. We were 200m away, not that far, and there was nothing for aficionados to take away from the race. No programme, no merchandise, no memorabilia, no giveaways. Just a few moments of cycle racing.

And maybe that should be enough, but I don’t think it is. Not at an elite, professional sporting event in 2008.

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ASTURIAS PATRIA QUERIDA October 2, 2008

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The anthem of Asturias

This is not the definitive version, but it is the most adorable.

Rebecca

OPEN LETTER TO ASTANA September 25, 2008

Posted by wetalkhablamos in cycling fans, team astana.
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Peace and love to all of our friends in the Astana organization. Thank you for all your labor to bring the public closer to the team. I really mean that.

BUT WHAT COULD YOU BE THINKING?!

Have you forgotten the Triple Crown winner? How is it possible that you could give presidence to a one-year cameo appearance by a celebrity!

Lance Armstrong is no longer “in career,” as we say the opera. Yes, he’s back, he’s irresistible. His cancer initiative is a wonderful idea.

But to knock Contador off the front page of the website, and potentially chase him off the team! Not to mention putting Levi and Klodi, Chechu, Benjamin, and the boys all on the back burner…

Please explain.

This blog is a published document. The purpose is for OPEN conversation in an environment supportive of Chechu Rubiera and Alberto Contador. That includes a supportive attitude to their team, Astana.

Criticism, yes. Praise, yes. Love, yes. Tough love, sometimes, yes.

Fans and bona fide team representatives are invited to join this open and above-board conversation.

We love the boys and their team. So tell us, team, tell us all. What are you doing?

Rebecca, a fan

LA VUELTA! JUST A MEMORY… AND SO SOON September 25, 2008

Posted by wetalkhablamos in team astana, vuelta a espana.
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I really want to love Team Astana so much. For Chechu’s sake.

But they’re making it very hard today.

Just days ago, a new flash page opened the team’s website, celebrating the success of Alberto Contador and the team at the Vuelta on Sunday. It was a bit naff but it was fun.

Just three days later, and with conspicuous haste, it’s gone.

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CHECHU SUPPORTS AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL July 15, 2008

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Santi: You know what’s the game in China?
Santi: Human rights is not a game.
Chechu: Censorship, death penalty, illegal arrests, repression.
Samuel: China must respect human rights. This will be the best legacy of the Olympic Games.
Santi: Human rights is not a game.
Chechu: And you, what’s your game?

(Thanks to Bruno for translating … again!)

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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