Here's your Monday Musette:
1. Photos of the The Shack's new Treks have been released. Your thoughts? Personally, I find them too busy. And what's with overabundance of customized, team-specific wheel decals? On the other hand, Sky's Pinarello's are much more pleasing to my eye.
2. Olympic track racing just got boring with the announcement that the IOC is removing the individual pursuit, the points race, and the Madison from the games beginning in 2012. While I support the IOC's goal to create more gender equity on the track (the 2008 Olympics had 7 events for the men and only 3 for the women), there has to be a better way of achieving it.
3. You might have missed it in all the Wiggins hullabaloo, but Matt Wilson signed a deal with Garmin-Transitions that will put him right back where he belongs next season--racing in Europe. As far as I'm concerned, Wilson for Wiggo is a good trade for Garmin. Wilson is a consumate professional--positive, helpful, and experienced. He's ridden all the big races from the classics to the Tour, and will provide a wealth of knowledge and talent to Vaughter's squad--particularly in the cobbled classics and the Tour's flatter stages where he made a name for himself by the side of Baden Cooke. Am I biased? Perhaps a bit, but this time next year I bet Wilson will have made more of an impact at Garmin than Wiggins will have made at Sky.
4. Cycling made the New York Times today, as talks are heating-up between the Giro organizers and Washington D.C. While it's a logistical nightmare, it's certainly not inconceivable. US-readers: if it happens, would you make the trip to see it?
5. Competitive Cyclist deserves the credit for finding this one. If you've never seen it before--watch it now.
6. And speaking of things you need to see, add this to the list:
7. And finally, if you were waiting until the last minute to order some Pavé clothing, now's the time. The next 10 people to order a jersey and bibs will get a free cap.
Enjoy your Monday and share your comments below!