It’s time again for our annual pre-NAHBS interview series where we learn what some of the builders have been up to since last year’s show and, perhaps, a sneak peek at what they’ll be bringing to Denver in February.First up is the ever popular and always entertaining Gaulzetti Cicli founder Craig Gaulzetti, hailing from Nahant, Massachusetts. Never heard of him? Perhaps it’s best to prime yourself with last year’s interview and our show coverage from 2012. Otherwise, let’s get rolling…Bikerumor: What materials do you build with? Which is your favorite and why? Gaulzetti: We build bikes out of bamboo, aluminum and wood. That lets us maintain a presence in every NAHBS “alternative material” subset. Remember when the Melvins did that easy listening album or when Flipper performed Beethoven’s Seventh at Pukkelpop? It’s kinda like that. We’ve taken big steps this year to branch our into other areas of “alternative”.OK – so I don’t really build bikes out of wood or bamboo- but I also consider the song “Typical American” by the hip-hop group the Goats one of the best alternative songs of the 1990s. Anyway, we do race bikes out of aluminum and race bikes out of steel. Aluminum is my favorite and is an ideal material for 90% of my clients. I honestly think it is less about the material and more about the design and where the wheels end up than the material. My steel bike, the Cazzo allows me to use physically smaller pipes which makes for a bit more clearance than I could achieve with my aluminum tubes….so for a Paris-Roubaix style race bike, I like to use Colombus ÜberOversize PegoRichie steel. Bikerumor: What have you been working on since NAHBS last year? Gaulzetti: The Corsa has a new drop-out we’re finally bringing in to production which I am very excited about. We’re making them in-house and they are not only making the build process easier but also making the bikes lighter and stffer. We are planning on introducing a narrow bike at NAHBS if everything goes according to plan. Fingers crossed, Gaulzetti Cicli will have a bicycle in our booth that is faster in the tunnel than any production road bike and rides like a Corsa. Bikerumor: Any killer custom bike builds?Gaulzetti: I’m proud of all my bikes. I won’t put my name on a bike I am not proud of and would not be ecstatic to race on. Honestly, I won’t ever build something I don’t like. At the end of the day, this project isn’t about you- it’s about me. That philosophy keeps me grounded and doing what I know I am good at and what I know I can do. At the end of the day, if I am true to my own convictions and experiences my clients end up being happy and I end up being able to sleep at night.Bikerumor: Did you see anything at NAHBS last year that’s inspired you?Gaulzetti: I hate precious bikes, I don’t understand why anyone would want to use a bicycle as a form of transportation- but I love bike people. The folks who exhibit at NAHBS are the people who inspire me because they’re making stuff and that is great. I love people who ride bikes for any reason. I support advocacy efforts and I want more people on bikes but it just ain’t me. Listen- I’m building a sporting good for a sport I like- I’m not building transportation, or an art piece or a space shuttle- maybe I would if that kind of stuff spoke to me but it doesn’t. Basically, this is a long way of saying I am inspired by products of real emotional, physical and experiential investment. Don Ferris’ jigs inspire me- Renold Yip’s townie bikes inspire me even though I would never, ever want one or build one- Richard Sachs’ team cross bikes inspire me because of the effort and experience they represent….But dude- if you ever catch me running a machine shop making f’ing jigs or building an integrated rack or caravaning around the country running a cyclo-cross team- shoot me in the face.Bikerumor: What are you bringing to the show this year that’ll have every other builder standing slack jawed in awe?Gaulzetti: I hope my bikes don’t leave anyone slack jawed. They’re a competent evolutionary design take on a modern race bike. Nothing should surprise anyone. If I put a Corsa in time machine and showed it to Ernie Colnago in 1979- I’d hope he wouldn’t be slack jawed by anything important about it. It’s a race bike.Bikerumor: Scenario – A customer commissions you and one other builder to create the ultimate bicycle using the same parameters, same base material and same budget in an Iron Chef style competition. Who would you want to build against that would push you and elevate your game?Gaulzetti: Honestly, it’d be FES or Andy Walser or BT. The fact of the matter is that the vast majority of race bikes today are a commodity first and a sporting good second. Despite this, the big guys are all making better race bikes now than ever before. Still, the pockets of the bicycle industry that try to stay isolated from market demands and devote their efforts towards making the best race equipment they can, are the guys that push me. Funny, but whether it’s a former East German sport technology institute like FES, or a mad genius Swiss time trial guru like Herrn Walser or a government funded Australian track equipment program like BT- those are the guys that make me elevate my game.Thanks for reading!CraigMore photographic gems from Craig:
Allspeeds has been awarded a contract to supply Webtool emergency disconnection tools for well intervention and workover in the Shah Deniz 2 field in the Caspian Sea. Webtool enables rapid cutting of umbilical multiple fluid transfer jumpers, electrical lines and tension wire, in the event of an emergency disconnect subsea, the company explained.Shah Deniz Stage 2 is one of the largest gas developments in the world, located 70 kilometers south-east of Baku.The field development includes drilling of 26 gas production wells and laying 500 kilometers of subsea pipelines, which will connect ten subsea manifolds and the production wells.
Soccer BY DENNYS IORERE They were more desperate. And they got the result they were longing for – a 2-1 win. And it could not have been on a better time than in the presence of Minister for Forests Douglas Tomuriesa, who is also the major sponsor of the franchise club, Eastern Stars FC. With the KPHL National Soccer League 2019 southern conference heading into the third round last Saturday, there were couple of interesting games on card. First up and opening the day at the PNG Football Stadium in Port Moresby was the match between Eastern Stars and Star Mountains. And it was the Milne Bay franchise club that broke the deadlock in the opening minutes after classic header from Tau Winnie to catch the Tabubil goalkeeper off guard, the shot hitting the back of the net for a 1-0. It was Poesi Pakot, who initially drove down the sideline before putting a clinical cross that saw Winnie reaching out for a classic header to hit the target. With the one goal advantage, the Eastern Stars lifted another gear as the Malagian brothers Vanya and Nigel, Gregory Togubai continued to probe for more goals, in some instances, winning penalties against their opponents but failing to find the target. With Pakot and Winnie having already made an impact in the early minutes were also instrumental but their opponents were also on par but more casual and use short passes more effectively until it paid off before the break. The injection of Danny Ori for the Star Mountains late in the opening half boosted their attack, and at times, pushing their opponents to tighten their backline defense but could not hold long before Star Mountains hit back to level. This time, Pettyshen Elizah, drew a couple of his opponents before slicing a pass into the goal area that found Jarus Kondi, to hit the target to put them on level points (1-1). The boys from Tabubil were not intimidated and kept on pressing, probing and attacking with Ori and Kondi putting more pressure on their opponents and, at times, having the advantage but taking wrong options that caused them dearly. And when Star Mountains were hoping for a draw at full time, the unpredictable happened and there will be cursing themselves for giving away the game from one simple mistake – a mistake that should not have occurred had Nathan Romas cleared the ball with more urgency rather than playing around within the penalty area. It resulted in him delivering a pass to his opponent Bernard Brian who fired a right foot to shake the back of the net and give his side a 2-1 victory. Brian, from Rossel Island, Milne Bay, was snatched from Greenliners, one of the Milne Bay teams that travelled to Port Moresby to participate in the Eastern Papua Cup carnival last season. Despite the goal, Eastern Stars were not quite settled and Andrew Lepani had to take the field and his presence made much difference settling the game until full time. In the other games, Gulf Komara 1 beat FC Bougainville 0, Port Moresby United 3 beat Central United 1 and Hekari United FC 5 beat Southern Strikers 0. In the NSL highlands conference, Aporro Mai FC 5 beat Enga Laima FC 0, Blue Kumuls 1 drew Simbu 1 and Kagua-Erave FC 3 beat Mt Hagen 0.
Argentine football star Lionel Messi has already earned more than $ 1 billion in his career, making the Barcelona striker one of the few athletes in the billionaire club, according to Forbes magazine. Forbes reports that Messi earned one billion US dollars (840 million euros) during his career, which ranks the six-time Ballon d’Or winner in sixth place among athletes.The members of the “Billionaires Club” were previously the famous golfer Tiger Woods, boxer Floids Meivezers, as well as Messi’s biggest competitor Christian Ronaldo. Forbes reports that Messi earned the most among footballers last season – 126 million dollars (106 million euros), as well as 34 million dollars (28.6 million euros) from advertising contracts.In the 2020/21 season, Messi will receive $ 92 million (€ 77.4 million) in the Barcelona team.Ronald, who earned $ 117 million (€ 98.5 million) from Turin’s Juventus last season, came in second place among the most lucrative footballers, while Paris-Saint-Germain (PSG) star Neimar was in third place at $ 96 million ($ 80.7 million). million).Although last season was profoundly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, the top ten earned a total of $ 570 million (approximately € 480 million) among footballers. This is 11% more than the previous season.The famous Michael Jordan is also in the Billionaire Club, but he signed his most lucrative contracts after the end of his basketball career. The former basketball player has an extremely lucrative contract with clothing manufacturer Nike, as well as the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) team Charlotte’s Hornets.It has already been reported that Messi wanted to leave the Barcelona team before the upcoming season, but in the end failed to get the 700 million euro ransom not taken into account. Therefore, the footballer in Barcelona decided to stay for another season.