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Alberto Contador look great in pink

albertocontador st 14

Just thought I’d share the results after the 14th Stage of the Giro d’Italia.  This cycling race, along with the Tour de France, the Vuelta de Espana, and the Tour of Californa are the big four of stage races, lasting for multiple stages and 2-3 weeks. The pink jersey worn by the overall race leader is analogous to the more famous maille jaune, or yellow jersey we hear so much about in the Tour.

The Giro is a more dangerous race–the Italians have some seriously fucked up ideas about what’s safe to race on. This, for example:

Mt Crostis descent

In what universe is this road, which leads to the summit of Mt. Crostis, safe to race on? The route varies from year to year, and this leg, which you can’t even watch as a spectator, gets onto the program periodically. Last time, saner heads, aka cyclists who’d like to survive the race, objected strenuously enough that the route was changed once the stage was under way. The riders found out via ear bug, or by seeing the signs at the fork of the road. Alberto Contador was one of the major voices against riding this leg, and was called horrible names by commentators who apparently can’t tell the difference between a cycling race and gladiatorial games.

Contador hasn’t won a single stage so far in the Giro, but he doesn’t have to. Stages are often won by specialists: sprinters, climbers, time trialists, and sometimes by rookies with something to prove and who can see past the wiles of the GC (General classification) stars. He just has to finish high enough, often enough, to keep the overall lead.  He doesn’t have to be the best at everything, or anything–he just has to be awfully damned good at everything. Contador is.

Added bonus (but not a time bonus) for looking good in  (or out of) spandex.

sauna

Contador won the Giro in 2011 but didn’t keep the title, nor any of his palmares from that year. I’m going to wish him all success this year, with clean racing.

Because Contador looks fine in pink.

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The Marital Unit is a distance cyclist who got me interested in the sport. And, as so often happens when I get interested in something, I wrote a book about it. Luca Biondi looks good in pink too.

SpokesAvailable from Rocky Ridge Books, Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Apple, and All Romance eBooks,

On the eve of launch

SpokesRemember that book I’ve been talking about? With the cyclist and the journalist, and the serious road racing in Europe? Guess what–it’s live!

Okay, getting the sneak peek print copies out for GayRomLit kept me away from  the blog, and then I partied hard enough in Atlanta that when I came home to  format the ebook, I introduced a couple of, erm, challenges in the formatting. They’re gone now, but so are my opportunities to tantalize you with snippets.

Spokes goes live all over (she hopes: one can’t make promises for etailing giants) tomorrow. In anticipation of Barnes and Noble and Kobo taking a while, I tried sneaking up on them. They laughed and got Spokes live days sooner than any other of Rocky Ridge’s titles. (Check here and here.)  All Romance eBooks will go live in the wee hours of the morning. And Amazon? Well, I expect to see a link by morning. Timing is one of the challenges I wasn’t expecting with publishing this book.

If you’re feeling lucky, stop by Stumbling Over Chaos, and if patience isn’t your strong suit, you can have your choice of format from your choice of retailer. More links to come!

Friday morning edit! Spokes is up at Amazon! The paperback went glitchy but look for it again this afternoon.

Second edit–All Romance eBooks is up!  Get Mobi, Epub, or PDF.

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Pro cyclist Luca Biondi lives for the race. For the star of Team Antano-Clark, victory lies within his grasp—if he can outdistance 200 other hopefuls, avoid suspicion from race officials, and keep his lieutenant more friend than foe. Luca also has secrets, and eyes for amateur cyclist and journalist Christopher Nye.

Christopher understands Luca’s need to keep their relationship under wraps, but chafes at hiding in the shadows of his lover’s career. He’s ready to cheer Luca’s victories, but he knows too well how triumph can turn to tears. While Christopher’s heart sees Luca the man, his inner journalist—and his editor—sees the cycling world’s biggest scoop.

From the jagged curves of the Colorado Rockies to the viciously steep Belgian hills, Luca can ride out any bumps—except rumors about his loyalty.

A few words in the wrong ear could crash everything. With miles between them, hints of scandal, and Luca’s fierce need to guard his reputation, a journalist might have to let go of the biggest story of his career or risk forcing his lover to abandon the race. Christopher and Luca face a path more treacherous than any road to the summit in the Italian Alps.

Spokes–the sneak peek!

SpokesI’m coming up for air! Spokes is done! I should have print books in my hand later this week.

Did I mention my hand is going to be in Atlanta, for Gay Rom Lit?

No, I didn’t, because my entire life has been aimed at getting this book ready by this time, aside from a few moments for the EDJ and a lot of moments for high school mathematics (Youngerson needs help.)

But yes, Gay Rom Lit, here I come, and the attendees will have the first look at my cycling novel.  Everyone will get to see soon, I promise: the MOBI, EPUB, and PDF versions will be available after Atlanta, and since I”m not editing and alll, I also solemnly promise that I will tell people about it!

Spokes

Pro cyclist Luca Biondi lives for the race. For the star of Team Antano-Clark, victory lies within his grasp—if he can outdistance 200 other hopefuls, avoid suspicion from race officials, and keep his lieutenant more friend than foe. Luca also has secrets, and eyes for amateur cyclist and journalist Christopher Nye.

Christopher understands Luca’s need to keep their relationship under wraps, but chafes at hiding in the shadows of his lover’s career. He’s ready to cheer Luca’s victories, but he knows too well how triumph can turn to tears. While Christopher’s heart sees Luca the man, his inner journalist—and his editor—sees the cycling world’s biggest scoop.

From the jagged curves of the Colorado Rockies to the viciously steep Belgian hills, Luca can ride out any bumps—except rumors.

A few words in the wrong ear could crash everything. With miles between them, hints of scandal, and Luca’s fierce need to guard his reputation, a journalist might have to let go of the biggest story of his career or risk forcing his lover to abandon the race. Christopher and Luca face a path more treacherous than any road to the summit in the Italian Alps.

Links coming soon!