Mike Cushionbury

By Mike Cushionbury

I’m finally back to the country where I belong. I made it out of Mexico without a problem, but halfway home the dually blew its exhaust manifold so the mansion came to rest on interstate five south. Luckily, So-Be’s Matt Bottomly passed by on his trek back home to Lake Tahoe. I convinced him to hook it up to his rent-a-wreck and pull me home. So, with the chariot grounded at least until the Big Bear NORBA National on May 20-21, I’m getting some help with the World Cup from Volvo-Cannondale’s team manager Charlie Livermore starting on April 29-30 in Houffalize, Belgium. I?ll be posting the blow-by-blow on the National circuit–so keep in touch.

Last Sunday morning was beautiful. I rolled out of bed at 7 am, grabbed a steaming cup of Peet’s Blend and switched on the TV. Outdoor Life Network was providing two full hours of same-day coverage of Paris-Roubaix from France. The 98th running of this legendary road race, run partly over cobblestones, was one of the best ever. The U.S. Postal Service team and Mapei-Quick Step were the main animators and American riders Franki Andreu, Marty Jemison (both in important breaks) and George Hincapie (who ended up 6th overall) put on a good show. It was especially heartwarming to see 34-year-old Belgian Johan Musseeuw win because his 1998 crash in the same event almost ended his career, and his life. And speaking of TV coverage, NORBA just inked a deal with the Outdoor Life Network to broadcast the entire NORBA schedule this year. Right on!

I got a chance to chat with Volvo-Cannondale’s Cadel Evans today and see how the current World Cup champion is doing after breaking his collarbone at the Napa World Cup a little over two weeks ago, thus ending his World Cup championship chase. His crash went like this, “It was very simple, I was just warming up for the street race, whilst passing some riders and jumping the log obstacles, I was not concentrating as much as I should have been and my rear wheel hit the top of the obstacle tossing me over the bars. Believe me, the pavement there is pretty unforgiving.”
The injury is called a “non-union,” a re-break of the simple fracture that resulted from a road race crash in the Tour Down Under (Australia) in January. Cadel said his collarbone is slightly displaced.
Cadel said, although it was disappointing to see his bike sitting in the pits at Napa with the number one plate zip-tied to it, the interval will allow him to focus more on his main goal for the season–the Olympics and he expects to be ready for the World Championships in June.
“Obviously the World Cup is completely off for me, but that is the way it goes. It will be an interesting test of my character if nothing else!”
At this point in time, Cadel said he will return to World Cup racing at round five in Sarantino, Italy on May13-14. But he added, it will depend on how the healing goes.
“I just have to be patient.”

Just got a call from Rocky Mountain Bicycles (they?re Canadian, eh) and even though they said it would never, ever happen, Rocky has confirmed that they are making a cyclo-cross bike for the winter (I know its early but bear with me). Called the Rail, the frame will be made from Easton UltraLite aluminum, and the Target price is just under $1500. Also, next year is Rocky Mountains 20th Anniversary. They will be releasing a Special Edition Blizzard hardtail made from 853 steel and coated with a special, fancy paint scheme.

The Today Show on NBC was out at Mazatlan taping bits of GT’s Alison Dunlap racing and hanging for an upcoming show spotlighting her as a potential Olympic medallist. Look for the show to air sometime in May. The cool bike-camera work at the Mazatlan race was supposedly done by Dunlap–buuuut, it was really GT’s media man Steve Blick riding his custom GT single-speed with Dunlap’s front wheel and tire attached to his bike to complete the facade.


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