There is a nice fluff article on Taylor Phinney and family over on Sports Illustrated. If you don't know who he is or who his parents are, go read it.
Taylor is 17 and one of the top five pursuit cyclists in the world and will be representing the US in Beijing this summer in the Olympics. He rides for the Slipstream Chipotle team and with any luck, will be doing one day races in Europe flying the plaid colors and possibly a tacky mustache within a few years. He and his team are good reasons to get back into watching pro cycling, if recent continuous scandals have turned you off.
A short excerpt from the SI article: "We saw Greg LeMond when he was on his way," says Roger Young, a legendary coach and the director of the Carson facility. "We saw Lance [Armstrong] when he was on his way. You knew those guys were going to do something great. Taylor is going to do something great."
So, uh, no pressure kid. Just go out there and do something great, K?
As an aside, I briefly met his mom, Connie Carpenter Phinney at a ski race last year, I think all I came up with was an eloquent, " duh, huh huh erm, hi, huh huh huh".
When I was in San Francisco last week, I took a lunch to walk over to North Beach to visit Thomas Cara Ltd, purveyors of extremely fine italian espresso machines. My La Pavoni (steam driven productivity engine), was bought refurbished from this shop. Outside the shop
Christopher Cara, son of the original owner, runs the shop now. He was very generous with his time and patiently explained how to change the seals in my machine. He also remembered talking to me on the phone 3 years ago and the circumstances in which I got my Pavoni, (ah! YOU are the famous cat sitter).
Custom mosaic on the threshold, thats 517 pacific near columbus
He also told me undoubtedly well worn tales of the history of the shop and the provenance of the two big machines in the center of the store.
Big machines, argentinian copper and the original chrome giant pavoni that was brought back from italy circa WW2
I already was drooling over some of the newer "professional" models.
New machines lined up for sale
Christopher buys old machines and refurbishes them for resale. The wall in back are almost all Pavonis in various states of repair...
Repairs, refurbished and salvaged machines
Anyhow, if you have a hankering for an expensive but very worth it espresso machine, the shop is a great place to visit. 517 Pacific near Columbus in San Francisco, semi regular hours wed-friday, call before you visit (415) 781-0383.
Last week I met up with JimG, Cylcofiend, ride leader Carlos and a Greg and Jeff at the foot of the GG bridge in San Francisco for a long day of many terrained riding. It was good. It started with a road loop around Mill Valley and then headed up over Mt Tam on Railroad Grade. We came down the back side of Mt Tam and over into Muir Beach, out across the headlands, Miwok trail to tennessee Valley and then back to sausalito for some donuts and then back on across the bridge to SF. What a great ride. I put in 58 miles on the fixie friday. It were good! The cue sheet is here for the locals, we bailed out at the tennessee valley trail head to go get some eats as we were pooped and Greg had a broken saddle rail.
We were a photo happy bunch, my arm photo-ing JimE and Carlos who are both taking photos as we ride out across the bridge
Stunning views of the bay and the city from Mt Tam. Cyclofiend snaps happy on the right of the image
Me up there on top of mount tam, west point inn picnic area
Me and JimG on Miwok trail
Post ride noshings donuts and egg sammiches, Carlos, JimG, Greg, Me
It was a good ride. I had met JimG once or twice circa 2000 via the bob list and had emailed cyclofiend a bunch and knew of Carlos, but it was a nice extended visit with some Bobs I knew virtually for a while.
It was a fun bike diversity ride, I was on the friday fixie folder, Jimg on his Fuji cross bike, Carlos on his rigid Habenero mtb bike, Cyclofiend on his A Homer Hilsen, Jeff on his Soma(?) and Greg on a rigid Cannondale Mtb.
I have suffered mightily on many an epic singlespeed race on the trails in Marin, but I think this was probably one of the more fun days I have had. The friday held up well, I got up almost everything on it. Downhills on a fixie with 20" wheels offroad was a bit hairy, but I am still here! Great stuff.