It's been a busy week. A very busy week here at Embro HQ. We spent most of our time stuffing Volume 7 into packages and sending them throughout the world. Here's a shout out to our customers in such far-flung places as Tasmania, Aukland, Oslo, Tokyo and Milano. Not far-flung if you live there, but certainly feels that way when we're slapping shipping labels on our little magazine to send it off everywhere. Did you get yours yet? Here are your links:
Speaking of sending Volume 7 far and wide, here is our stockist of the week: PAPERCUT in Stockholm, Sweden. A book and media shop of a different ilk whose stock runs a wide swath of content types, but all with a unique design viewpoint and undeniable product knowledge feeding the whole venture.
Just because you can do a thing, doesn't mean you should do a thing.
Last weekend we spent some time in upstate New York at the Tour of the Battenkill. We were glad to see the UCI race back in action this year. There's something strangely satisfying about seeing elite amateur racers completely blown after 40k while confused locals look on.
We have a friend named Evan. We know him, we like him, he races around New England and works for Bikereg.com and that's all well and good. The video below, however, shows some hidden talents and a knack for tomfoolery of which we were hitherto unaware. Go The Evan!
And we have to to take a minute here to acknowledge the young Americans. Taylor Phinney is doing some cool stuff and borrowed a pink shirt at some race in Italy; and, more spectacularly, Alex Howes, longtime Garmin development rider, finally got the call up to the big show this year, and he quickly got about the business of showing he belongs there. 6th place in Brabantse Pijl followed by spending 215k in the breakaway at the Amstel Gold Race,only getting caught 8k from the line, and then holding on to finish in the front group, at the ripe old age of 24. People who have been paying attention to Howes for the last few years won't be surprised. We say good for you, man. North Americans need someone new to cheer for in one day races.
In the category of slightly less young, but grossly overlooked Americans, is Evelyn Stevens. Remember this next time someone tells you you ride like a girl.
You must have heard about this. It isn't too late. Go there and see what happens. You might leave with a story to tell.
Do you ever remember feeling like this? Some of us do, some of us don't. Still, it's nice to see Gilbert approaching his old self. Keep a weather eye out for a white whale, and the Belgian tricolor winning Liège Bastogne Liège on Sunday.
C'est tout. Enjoy your weekend. On wheels.