Ryder Hesjedal, Giro d’Italia Champ

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Today Ryder Hesjedal went into the annals of Canadian history. Congrats, Ryder!

Congrats to his Garmin-Barracuda Team, especially Petre Stetina and Christian Vandevelde. Kudos, All!

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Our First Ever Canuck Cycling Grand Tour Champion Today?

Canadian Ryder Hesjedal grinding it out ahead of Joachim Rodriguez of Spain in yesterday’s 20th stage of the Giro d’Italia

This morning, Canadian Ryder Hesjedal is poised to become the first Canadian ever to win a major Grand Tour cycling event, the Giro d’Italia. Tune in to Sportsnet (Channel 99 on Rogers Cable in Toronto) to watch the event. Coverage begins at 9:30 AM here and the last five riders are scheduled to begin their rides at 10:32. Our guy Hesjedal, just 31 seconds behind leaderJoaquin Rodriguez of Spain,  will  start at 10:38 and Rodriguez will start at 10:40 AM. It’ll all be over, except for the pink jersey ceremony, the kisses and the champagne squirtfest at about 11:10 today. Coverage is from 9:30 to 11:30. Each rider is expected to complete his time trial in about 30 minutes.

Hesjedal, only half a minute slower than Joaquin Rodriguez after over 91 hours of cycling, is much better in the individual time trial events. Barring an unexpected incredible time trial performance from Rodriguez of Spain or Thomas De Gendt of Belgium, mechanical problems or a fall, Hesjedal is expected to win. De Gendt is a good time trialler like Hesjedal, but De Gendt is not expected to be able to make up a large differential of 1 minute 47 seconds between his time and Hejedal’s. The other two men in the top five, Michele Scarponi and Ivan Basso of Italy, are not expected to be fast enough to get to the top of the podium.

Today’s final stage is a time trial in Milan, Italy. Today, 157 riders will begin the route at 2 minute intervals, with the last 5 riders being the 5 leaders. The time they take to ride this 21st and last stage will be added to their total time for the previous 20 stages, and the GC (General Classification) winner will be the one with the fastest total time.

Fries With Your Pension Cut?

One more depressing theft from the once-respected legal contracts of workers:

Canadian Pacific, once a Canadian icon, wants to cut its workers’ pensions by 40 (yes, FORTY) per cent! And our Harper puppet government wants to make it happen!
For those who simply switch channels: wait until they come for yours…

Fries Or Politics With That?

When an author nails a subtle concept and then distills it into a few sparkling lines, adding humour as a bonus, the moment is magic.

While reading Steven Galloway’s The Cellist of Sarajevo I enjoyed the passage below from pages 82 and 83. Galloway’s book describes life in Sarajevo during the troubles suffered after the fall of the Tito regime in the former Yugoslavia. Sarajevo is in a bowl surrounded by mountains from which snipers and artillery randomly attack its besieged citizens who only walk through the streets if they must – to collect water or perform brave, charitable works in a city whose services and institutions have  broken down. Continue reading “Fries Or Politics With That?”

Solar Eclipse at Wasaga Beach – May 20

A solar eclipse from a beautiful spot

Serendipity, indeed! We were up at Wasaga visiting my son. Can’t think of a better place to have shot this eclipse.

Some photos taken with my old Konica-Minolta Maxxum 5d and a Sigma 70-300 lens:

Partial Solar Eclipse in the GTA Today

Do NOT look at this event with the naked eye or sunglasses! Look only through #14 welders’ glass or project the image through binoculars onto a piece of white board and look at the board! 

Should begin at about 8:20 PM Eastern Daylight Time, cover about 23% of the sun at its max. at ~8:35 PM and will not be finished when the sun sets in our area around 8:42 PM. I used info for Buffalo, N.Y. on Sky and Telescope’s website. You can check there for info on your own area. Only the western U.S. and Asia/Pacific areas will see the “Ring of Fire.”