Friday mornings are our weekly Coffee Ride. The turnout today was abysmal. Eventually we had a group of 8, compared to the usual 20+. Sure, there has been a sudden drop in temperature as the first real winter days hits us. Sure, the road racing season is practically over, and for many people it is over. But our Coffee Rides are a great way to spin out tired legs, catch up with the gossip, and at the coffee stop, get to know the people we ride with every day, without their helmets on. To all those that slept in this morning: Tough; you missed a great morning to be out on a bike!
The ASO made a big announcement yesterday (Thursday): it has bought a 49% stake in Unipublic, the company which owns the Vuelta a España. This is an interesting twist to the ongoing battle between the ASO and the UCI. UCI boss, Pat McQuaid, has long believed the ASO are trying to put themselves in a position where they can create a rival international federation. This certainly takes them another step closer. In a statement, Unipublic claimed the reason for the partnership was to take advantage of the ASO's vast experience in organising and marketing similar events. Well, they got that right; the Vuelta needs a big push to get rid of the also-ran status amongst the 3 grand tours.
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