It’s the second edition of #FairlyGroupFriday with the #GreenArgyle Tour team, and we have to say you guys are absolutely killing it with the question submission. Special shout-out to Calie Ruston (@thecrushton) for the King of the Mountain question. That was gold.
New to the series? We launched the Fan Q&A during the Giro d’Italia. You can catch up on those here. Every week we put out a call for questions on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You ask. Cannondale-Drapac answers. Super easy. Super fun.
Without further ado….
1. What do you show on your Garmin during a Tour stage?
Taylor Phinney: Two files only. Distance and cadence.
Alberto Bettiol: Map with distance and distance still to race.
Nate Brown: I keep it simple. Speed, power and distance.
Simon Clarke: GPX map
Paddy Bevin: Three-second power. Distance. Average power. Cadence. Heart Rate. Time. Speed.
Dylan van Baarle: On my first screen: Time, distance, speed, watts. I also look at the altitude map a lot.
Andrew Talansky: I have a lot of screens set up. A lot of times during a long stage, I have a screen that just shows speed so I can zone out and let kilometers pass by and then flip over to a screen with a bit more info as we get closer to the final.
Pierre Rolland: I look at almost everything: speed, watts, cadence, calories, distance, temperature, altitude difference, altitude, etc.
2. Nate and Taylor were Kings of the Mountain. What are you king of?
Bettiol: Fun photos. Ask the Grubers. They’ll tell you.
Brown: I would like to think I’m king of my own house, but who am I kidding? My girlfriend Annie and our new little puppy rule the roost.
Clarke: The Mountain! I was King of the Mountain in the 2012 Vuelta.
Bevin: This week? Being first to the breakfast table.
Van Baarle: King of the Party
3. Where’s your dream vacation?
Bettiol: For sure once in my life, I will go to Bora Bora. I haven’t been. I will go there on my honeymoon, I’m pretty sure.
Brown: Bora Bora
Clarke: Maldives. I went there on my honeymoon last year. I would go back at the drop of a hat.
Van Baarle: Australia. A friend from home has an uncle in Australia, and we plan to go there this winter. That’s one place I’ve never been yet, and I really would like to see.
Talansky: I live the dream, man. I live in Napa. I have a house in Truckee. Those two and Hawaii do it for me.
Rolland: Anywhere with sunshine.
Uran: Maldives. I went there last year.
4. What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen roadside?
Bettiol: Phil Gaimon giving us cookies
Brown: Boobs. And a kangaroo – in Spain! A man keeps two just outside of Girona.
Clarke: Probably the wildlife in Australia – seeing kangaroos or echidnas. I see one or two every summer just crawling on the side of the road. I think seeing wildlife in the wild is pretty cool.
Bevin: A man riding a tandem bicycle with no partner
Van Baarle: The incident with the jacket at Flanders. It was pretty weird. We’re riding for the podium and then all of sudden, the jacket is there and they’re gone.
Uran: People in the middle of the road with no clothes. The craziest is always on the climbs, and I miss the craziest because I’m always really focused.
5. What’s your post-race meal of choice?
Phinney: Honestly a really nice well-cooked, and by well-cooked, I mean al dente, Italian pasta. I’m so hungry at the end of the race, I can eat anything. Fresh rice and eggs are pretty good. Maybe a Japanese omelet. Actually, no. Chicken fried rice. But really fresh. Or a Japanese omelet with rice. Yeah, that would be wicked.
Bettiol: My nutritionist recommends rice with something, but in California we ate burritos, and I like that.
Brown: Pasta. Sean’s pasta. We don’t eat it a ton during races, but when he makes it, it’s amazing.
Clarke: White rice with a can of tuna and some balsamic glaze.
Van Baarle: When the race is over in Paris, I’ll eat a nice hamburger with sweet potato fries. During the race, it’s not that I like rice but I don’t mind to eat it.
Talansky: Sean makes a lot of good stuff, so this one is hard. I love when there’s bruschetta to start. I like a good tartare whether it’s tuna or beef. I’m going to request spaghetti and meatballs at some point, so maybe that.
Rolland: I really like this omelet Sean makes with eggs and rice and cheese and ham. He mixes everything and puts it one cake. It’s really good, really odd but really good.
Uran: Omelets – with only ham.
(That Sean they keep referencing is our team chef Sean Fowler.)
6. What’s your best day on the bike of all-time?
Phinney: Riding through Joshua Tree while shirtless
Bettiol: In Poland last year when I did fifth place on a stage with a lot of rain and cold all day. Finally I realized that I could make an important result in the months later. It helped me a lot to train better and better because I felt like I was close to something big.
Brown: Last year at the Giro when I got fourth on a stage. Getting top five in a Grand Tour, I had never gotten top ten. It was a big moment for me.
Clarke: My stage win at the Vuelta in 2012, beating Tony Martin to the hilltop. That’s the one in terms of preference. In terms of enjoyment and experience, definitely wearing the pink jersey at the Giro.
Bevin: I feel like it’s going to happen at the Tour.
Van Baarle: One of the nicest days for me was when I was fourth in Flanders. It’s special to train so hard the whole winter long and get a good result.
Talansky: One day is hard to pick. Recently I would say Mount Baldy in California. I had a lot of fun that day before I ended up winning. The majority of my enjoyable days on bike aren’t at a race. They come when I’m on an epic and ridiculous ride with a bunch of friends. I recently did a 136 mile ride from San Francisco to Carmel with Chefs Cycle. I would say that was my most enjoyable experience on the bike in the last couple of months.
Rolland: When I won Alpe d’Huez in 2011. It’s the most important climb in cycling. When I won this climb, it was like I won the world.
Uran: Every day on the bike is the best day.
(Note: Nate gave this answer pre-polka dots. We have a feeling his ride on stage three may jump to the top of the list.)
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