Oscar Freire - “I Jam Econo”

Reason #473 why Oscar Freire is my hero:

Because nothing says PRO quite like…
Oscar Freire

…a mini-pump duct-taped to the top tube of your Colnago Extreme Power:
Oscar Freire's mini-pump
Photographer: Phil O’Connor | Procycling, April 2007, pg. 42

Bobke Strut: Hey Oscar, why not a mini-pump bracket?
Oscar Freire: Well…I think Ernesto Colnago would crap his pants if one of those brackets appeared on my ride.
BS: And duct tape is ok?
OF: Hell yeah.
BS: What about jersey pockets?
OF: But that would mess up the exquisite lines of my kit. Plus, don’t you know that guys like me don’t have functioning pockets? They’re sewn shut, just there for show. If I need something to eat, I just stop at somebody’s house. Everyone in Torrelavega knows Oscar Freire. If I need a tube, I flag down a fellow cyclist and he gives me his. If he doesn’t have a spare tube, then I just take one out of his wheel. Then he gets on the cell and calls to get picked up.
BS: Then why bother with the mini-pump? Wouldn’t said rider have a pump you could scam, too?
OF: I need it to whack smart-ass journalists upside the head. No more questions from you…

I’m not sure what’s going on in Spain these days. Igor Astarloa and Alejandro Valverde definitely have unique theories regarding training techniques, but Oscar Freire’s got them beat hands-down when it comes to his no-tech, just-give-me-my-brother-on-a-scooter workout regimen. If Oscar Freire is healthy and he can get in a solid two two-week block of motorpacing, there’s not a one-day race in the world (barring a TT up Mt. Ventoux) that Freire isn’t capable of winning. The man is a total freak of nature. And just a plain freak.

The World According to Oscar
On using an SRM: “Are you trying to turn me into one of those crazy riders or what?”
Paris-Roubaix: “Roubaix is a nice race to watch on TV, but not to ride…We were doing 60kph as we rode into the [Arenberg] forest and never in my life would I have thought we were going to turn down that road.”
Rainy training rides: “Stay at home and ride the rollers”
Training volume: “I go well with relatively little training…if I did as much as Erik Zabel I wouldn’t win anything”

Just read that Procycling interview (April 2007 issue) and drop your jaw in awe…

Comments (12) to “Oscar Freire - “I Jam Econo””

  1. This article hit me like a brick. Pre article I respected Oscar, now he is my hero. His impact on Spanish cycling has been huge. If he doesn’t start the 99 Worlds in Verona I think Astarloa, Sam Sanchez and Juan Antonio Flecha are riding for Relax doing TV flyers. He opened the door.

  2. Mike Jones is giving Oscar Freire a run for his pro money… http://www.jeremypowers.missingsaddle.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/02/photo_020907_001.jpg

  3. […] I think Tom Boonen likes his new bike. I mean, it could have been Mike Sinyard called him and was all like, “yo, Tom, bro - quit harshin’ on my rides”. But after Boonen’s emphatic victory celebration today at the Dwars door Vlaanderen, in which he pointed repeatedly at the top tube and grinned like an E-popping club rat on a velour couch, I think he really did like the bike. Cycling.TV’s commentators suggested he was indicating something wrong with his front wheel, but why would anyone celebrate that? Anyway, it remains something of a Pyhrric victory for Specialized (who makes no high-end road models in anything but carbon) and offers no custom bicycle program. I caught a good glimpse of the Tom’s bike post-race, and it at least looks like a Specialized. Regardless of who put the thing together, the situation turns conventional industry sentiment on its head - the best rider in recent memory ditching carbon for aluminum, on the cobbles, because he was too uncomfortable. And keep in mind, this is from a company who makes a “comfort racing” bike. Now maybe you’ll believe me when I say not to believe everything you read. Outside of Flanders, Aqua-Sapone maintained its high profile this season, while Francisco Ventoso took another group sprint in Spain. Cyclingnews churned out a kind of boggling couplet of articles, while Pez went more into wind tunnels than I’d ever want to go. I wasn’t the only one to notice Bjarne’s non-denial of EPO use yesterday, but there’s a good case to be made for letting the old bald guy slide. Velonews debuted the 2007 Tour of Germany, but without mentioning that no one ever associated with any doping ever could race it. And because none of that other crap is very entertaining, here’s something completely different. […]

  4. Dave-

    Mike Jones is always on the vanguard of what’s PRO. That duct tape job is a thing of beauty. Too funny.

  5. Looks to me like Frere used medical, rather than duct, tape–and what in the world could be more PRO than that?

  6. You crack me up Bob. I’m so glad you exist. And thanks for the minutemen reference.

  7. Justin-

    I’m glad somebody noticed the Minutemen reference…

    Thanks for reading.

  8. Im glad we need. He said in possession of fact, either directly orindirectly игры бродилки торрент including so.

  9. […] three Worlds and three Sanremos speak for themselves. And how does Oscarito roll? With a minipump attached with duct tape, making his own adjustments to his infuriating cut-to-fit seatpost, and wearing a stock helmet with […]

  10. I see something really interesting about your web site so I saved to bookmarks .

  11. I hesitated to jot down extreme regarding to pace home-made jewelry in advance of merely there seems to be as a number of ways to achieve as it is possible to help you make a chicken breast, and i also know one is a bit more correct or precise instead of another. a considerable amount of rate hinges on specifics for instance,akin to locale and then applicable gains. in addition, i was thinking I leastwise reveal to you how I tackled the idea no one actually was consistently sale my jewelry at artwork explains along with retailers and art galleries,
    nike air jordan guide http://www.ampi.com/nikeairmax.asp?p=4486

  12. I must thank you for the efforts you’ve put in penning this
    blog. I really hope to view the same high-grade content by you later on as well.
    In truth, your creative writing abilities has motivated
    me to get my own, personal site now ;)

Post a Comment
(Never published)