Chris Fontecchio

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Christopher Fontecchio, hack cat 4 roadie; enviro lawyer; Seattle, WA. I have been blogging about cycling for 8 years and watching the sport closely since the mid-80s, when I bought my first Bianchi and started hanging around office park crits.

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Cobbles Wrap: Top Team Breakdowns!

Trying to build off of my "halfway home" assessment of the teams, below are some thoughts about who accomplished what of their stated goals for Cobbles Season, limited to the teams you're probably...

Brabantse Pijl Preview: A Fun Change of Pace

asd What's New? This is a fairly well-settled course each year, starting in Leuven, a city of no great importance (unless you like beer), and ending atop the Schavei in Overijse, just southeast...

FSA Directeur Sportif: Who Won the Cobbles?

We all know who won the races, but now let's look at the *real* story... who unexpectedly surged up the FSA DS points list.

Terpstra Steals the Thunder in Roubaix

Omega Pharma-Quick Step's Niki Terpstra soloed away from a hesitant and exhausted final group with 6km remaining in the race to win this year's Paris-Roubaix all alone. Terpstra was late to join...


Compiegne - Roubaix 257 km Thw Queen of the Classics, the most savage of the monuments. A race for big guys and specialists and also the favorite race of the year for a great many. Riders are...

Paris-Roubaix Friday Pick-em Grab Bag

Is there anything more played out now than pictures of riders warming up on the course of one of the major classics? It seems like not long ago when only the local medium could be counted on to...

Paris-Roubaix Preview: One Man Against Them All

The Cobbles Season effectively comes to an end Sunday, which is my way of saying that Brabantse Pijl doesn't have enough cobbles for my tastes. Does anything? Well yes. This race does. P...

Scheldeprijs Preview: Throwing Sprinters a Bone

The Scheldeprijs is a flattish 200km mid-week classic run up near Antwerp, and passing pretty close to Tom Boonen's hometown of Mol. It's a nice way of spreading the sport's love all around the...

Notes From the Cobbles Desk

Rider of the Day: Such a category will always, in any race, have numerous nominees, particularly in a seven-hour slog like de Ronde. You could nominate that Stig Broeckx dude for powering the...

Cancellara Repeats Flanders Glory; Belgians Beaten

Fabian Cancellara of Trek outlasted a trio of Belgians in the final meters to win his second consecutive and third overall Ronde van Vlaanderen. The Swiss star sealed the deal by the narrowest of...

Ronde Van Vlaanderen LIVE! Part Twee

Brugge - Oudenaarde 259.8 km If you need me to tell you anything more about this race you haven't been paying enough attention. Just sit back and enjoy.If you can turn in to watch the start on...

Blackburn Design: Busting Out

I was a Blackburn Design customer a decade ago. They were really good at making somewhat expensive, high-quality floor pumps, and for once in my life I had disposable income and a dwindling...

Flanders Today: Riders Everywhere (and a poll!)

In my time of watching the Tour of Flanders, it's gone from a race where the media treated it like any other big race to an event. I'm not sure it feels any different in Belguim, where newspaper...

Ronde Van Vlaanderen: Cycling's Mooiste!

I know I go through lots of histrionics around the Tour of Flanders -- Ronde Van Vlaanderen -- every year, and sometimes it's tongue in cheek. In terms of pure competition, the race has been in a...

Notes From the Oudenaarde Desk

It's Flanders Week! I said IT'S FLANDERS WEEK!!! I haven't been paying tons of attention to Driedaagse De Panne (Three Dogs of De Panne) but I can tell you we've had the usual reduced sprints with...

Cobbles Check-In: Halfway Home

Halfway through the classics... First, let me pay some props to John Degenkolb, winner of yesterday's Gent-Wevelgem. The race itself was nothing special, not warranting a recap. So I didn't do one....

Gent-Wevelgem: Another Patrick Verhoest Gallery!

Our Man Patrick was at the Kemmelberg summit yesterday, with the predictable results: awesome pictures of our heroes in full sufferment! What more could you want? First off, there was a women's...

E3 Prijs in Pictures: A Patrick Verhoest Gallery!

Friday was a lovely day to be in East Flanders... Steely-eyed Thomas at the start. Maybe he knew he was up to something on this day? That's a clown sticker, bro. Only god... ah screw it....

E3 Prijs: Sagan Makes the Race

Peter Sagan made the winning break, and finished it off to take his first win in Harelbeke

E3 Prijs Harelbeke: Mega-Battle Brewing

Sometimes the evolution of the Classics feels like an old Godzilla movie, where the unstoppable beast attacks a defenseless Tokyo, for reasons having to do with nuclear weapons. [Do NOT get me...

Cobbles Season Preview: The List!

From A to Z... or at least D-, a grading of classics contenders.

DdV: Terpstra Flies Away; Farrar Powers to Podium

Omega Pharma-Quick Step's Niki Terpstra took advantage of a slight lull after the climb of the Paterberg to steal away alone and win Dwars door Vlaanderen for a second time in his career....

Dwars Door Vlaanderen: Opening Statements

Time to kick off the Ronde Warmup season. I know I've kicked that off at least two other times already, using the concept rather loosely. But now, finally, is a race that everyone agrees is a Ronde...

Cobbles Preview: Welcome to Flanders!

Surely they've all left Italy by now. Hotels in Kortrijk are overflowing with mechanics, wheelbags, and groupies. There is too much beer, too many cigarettes, too little sleep. It's Cobbles Season....

Cobbles Season Warmup: Beer Pairings!

At any given moment there's a bike race going on somewhere in Belgium. Well, maybe not outside the daylight hours, unless you count track (which I emphatically do not). But even if you do, you're...

Handzame Classic: Hungry Yet?

As we slowly ramp up the Cobbles Season, dancing around the obstacle presented by Milano-Sanremo, we might get hungry. After all, this is a long season, and the last thing anyone wants to do is run...

The 2014 Waterproof Pants Explosion! Pt2: CHROME

Up next; CHROME Industries, the Folsom Pant

The 2014 Waterproof Pants Explosion: Makers&Riders

Makers & Riders start the discussion of fashionable trousers you can (really) ride in

Nokere Koerse: Raise the Curtain!

The let's-really-start-the-cobbles-season-without-the-actual-contenders annual kicks off Wednesday/tomorrow in Ronse, East Flanders, a/k/a the Center of the Cycling Universe until further notice....

Welcome to March-April Madness... and Brackets!

What? You thought this was about basketball? Puhleeze. Not to be That Guy, but my alma mater blew its clear shot at a tournament berth by losing to a team nobody knew existed. And since I didn't go...

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