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Koppenberg

  • joined May 09, 2008
  • last login Jan 10, 2013
  • posts 33
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Basque Culture in the Northwest exhibit in Bend, OR.

Hi all, I've been away from PdC for a long time, but when I saw this lecture pop up, I thought some of you in the NW might be interested. Amerikanuak! Basques in the High Desert: h...

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Stage 15: The Dude's view

Lot's o' polemica today, so I figured a little levity would help. With that in mind, I've cast Andy and Alberto in the Coen Brother's masterpiece of dialog. The actors switch roles, as fits the...

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Rider Nickname Thesaurus

During today's Giro stage, there was some conversation about the use of nicknames for certain riders. I like nicknames, but not everyone does, so I appreciate the need to prioritize clear...

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Anyone join me for a drinking with Koppenberg Sunday?

In the past I've celebrated Ronde Sunday by getting up at 4am (PST) swearing at cycling.tv until my feed started, and then cracking the first Belgian beer of the morning. 

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Tio Manolo may tell his secrets according to Samuel Abt

The money quote from Saiz is: “The day is coming soon when it will be time to settle accounts and name names.” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/27/sports/cycling/27iht-BIKE.html?ref=global On the...

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10 Years of Paris-Roubaix Results Analyzed

Thinking about the Post-PR thread and the what we learned on the cobbles thread, I worked up some historical stats from Paris-Roubaix for us to mull over. I grabbed the finishing places for...

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R.I.P. Jobie Dajka

Sadly, the former kierin WC has passed on.

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What should Koppenberg drink?

To go along w/ the beer poll above, y'all can help me choose my Flanders beers for tomorrow morning. I'm heading to Belmont Station tonight to lay in a cache, and your votes will determine (in...

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Transfers / Rumors [Ongoing Open Thread]

As Lombardia/Veulta/Worlds approach and the action switches from the road to the contract negotiations, this is when rumors start to fly.Two really good places to keep track of who is riding where...

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Translating Dutch/Flemish cycling news

I've been way too busy to hang out on the PC lately, which is unfortunate. But because I'm a librarian and really geek out on sharing new information tools, I had to post this:

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Maximum Mags

Not to steal Scott's thunder, who posted the link to Mags' Pez diary on the stage 18 live thread, but if you haven't read it, do so. http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/?pg=fullstory&id=5156Anyway, call...

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O'Grady one-ups PC wristbands

I got a good chuckle out of the PC's "I support the Chinese Wristband Industry" marketing bracelets.But Stuart O'Grady and CSC came up with a better one.h...

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Advance Copies of Saul Raisin's Biography available from Dave Shield's website!!!

A lot of folks don't want to read the latest cycling books published. For good reason! If the Landis book or the latest Walsh book leave you cold, there is great news for fans of cycling...

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Stage 6 could shake up the leader board

Tomorrow is a new day. A day where the sun will rise over a 21km climb and a stage where the escape could make it all the way and the favorites are going to have to burn some matches to keep their...

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Skype group chat Sunday?

I haven't done one of these before, but I believe it is possible to set up a group Skype conversation. Is there interest in setting one up for the Ronde on Sunday?More below the fold...

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Ronde Poll

Shamelessly stolen from Chris' diary:So where do we think the winning break will be launched from? Will the quality of the field keep things together until the Bosberg, or will some attacking fool...

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Tirreno Adriatico Monday 3/19

Watch and listen live!video: mms://event-1-de.eurosport.com/reflector:48574#cfAudio:http://www.eurosport.com/cycling/mcplayervideo_vid36544.shtml

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New Translation Tool

Ok, so it isn't really a new tool, but I noticed today that Google language tools has little buttons you can drag to your bookmark toolbar that will automatically translate a page for you.So if you...

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Unibet spokesman: We've been invited to MSR

Velonews is citing AFP that Unibet will be at the start of Milan - San Remo. An official release is expected this afternoonmore on the flip

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Cycling.tv VS. Channel Question

I know we can help support the Podium Cafe by subscribing to the premium channel through the link on the home page, but can we also support the PC by subscribing the the VS. channel? With Tirreno...

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Team Palmares site?

Question here, can anyone turn me onto a good online database of team palmares? There are a lot of places to look for rider palmares. I like http://trap-friis.dk/indexev.html the best. c...

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Cobbles Baby 5: Liquigas

Liquigas is the first cobbles team profiled not hailing from Northern Europe. Can these fancy-lads from sunny Italy, led by pretty boys like Danilo Di Luca and Fillipo Pozzato compete in the mud...

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Cobbles Baby 4: Unsolicited Rabobank Preview

Rabobank hasn't won a spring classic since Freire stole Zabel's lunch at the finish of the 2004 Milan San Remo. So why should they be the next preview, ahead of Liquigas' 2 wins and Gerolsteiner's...

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Page to Pallmans-Colstrop?

There has been a lot of talk about Jonathan Page getting offers after his World's Cross performance.The first rumor with details says he's negotiating w/ Pallmans-Collstrop, if a deal is struck we...

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Lefevere subject to doping allegations

The Belgian press have joined in the feeding frenzy. New reports claim that Lef was a speed freak, and had a doping system.

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No Koppenberg in Flanders this year...

I'm not just saying that I won't be traveling to Flanders in the Spring. The fabled climb, restored in 2002 will once again be removed from Flanders parcours. I am inconsolable.h...

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Rumors of a happier kind (Transfer Rumors)

This year's transfer rumors are becoming almost as insane as last year's. Last year we had Sony-Ericksson w/ riders under contract but no sponsor or pro-tour license. This year, Astana at least has...

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Fax from Fuentes mentions Basso & Ullrich

Eurosport & IvanBasso.net are reporting that a German newspaper has published a fax purportedly from Fuentes listing riders from the Giro. (There is a link to the original article on the...

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Naming Names

I'm curious about what you all think about naming names in discussion of doping controversies in sport.I'm in full agreement w/ folks who are outraged at the UCI for violating their protocols and...

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Contador injured in mystery accident

Alberto Contador was found unconscious in the middle of the road near the tour bus after yesterday's stage of the Tour of Burgos.He was taken to a private medical facility and is now awake and...

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