I've been meaning to do a post for a while, but there never seemed to be enough material. So, I decided to just do a post with a whole bunch of short random thoughts, ideas, images and left overs. I hope you enjoy.
Are You Serial?
By now everyone knows that Contador announced he is, in fact, riding La Vuelta Ciclista a España this year. He said so in the video above. Dude, he's still wearing a bandage on his knee! What type of form do you think he's gonna be in? For the spectacle of it all, I hope he brings it, but somehow I doubt it. Or...
What if this whole thing is a hyper-complex elaborate plan (concocted by Pan Tinkov, no doubt) to sandbag and creep up, undetected, on the opposition. Unlikely? Do you know this Tinkov guy?
My wife often reminds me that it's not always about me. I still think it is. After watching Zdenek Stybar's crash this week in the Eneco Tour I couldn't help but remember my own over-the-bars crash from a few years back. I too landed on my face. I too lost a few teeth. I was very happy to hear he didn't have any fractures. I did and it sucked. I met my wife shortly after the accident. It's fair to say that our first date was a disaster. I looked like I'd just gotten my ass kicked in a jail riot and with my mouth wired shut I couldn't really use my charm to dissuade that notion. I couldn't blame her for never wanting to see me again. But she did, and here we are. I hope something this nice happens to Stybar during his convalescence.
220 miles? Good luck with that!
I really mean 'good luck.' I'm not saying it sarcastically.
Rapha founder and friend of the podcast*, Simon Mottram, is organizing a 220-mile ride from Manchester to London to raise money for Ambitious about Autism, a charity for children and young people with autism.. They are gonna try to do that in one day. I did a century once (actually, twice), and 100 miles were tough enough. Jesus Hernandez, I don't even want to know what 220 would feel like. Anyway, Simon is doing it for an awesome cause. If i lived in England and wasn't such a lazy sack of lightweight shit, I might think about maybe signing up and then not showing up. Whether or not you ride, you can always donate. To do so, and for more information click here.
* by "fiend of the podcast", I mean I met him once, and he granted me an interview
Another Worthy Cause
As fans and cycling observers we are hardly ever asked to put our money where our mouths are. Think about it. Well, the ladies at Team Specialized-lululemon are asking people to do just that. The team’s contracts with Specialized and lululemon come to an end this December and the team's management (Velocio Sports) has turned to fans and supporters of women’s cycling to help fund the team next year. They are calling it Project X and if you want to get involved check out their Indiegogo page. As soon as I'm done writing this here post, I'm heading over and adding my name to list of donors.
I wish women's cycling (cycling in general, really) didn't have to resort to this. I do not know the specifics of their sponsorship contracts, but I think lululemon got plenty of exposure out of the sponsorship. I can tell you I pushed my wife to buy a gym outfit when we visited a lululemon store at the beginning of the summer. I asked her to do it specifically because of their support of cycling. Whichever way, I think this is a great opportunity to show potential sponsors how much cycling fans care. As I'm typing this they have raised U$67,980, which is pretty cool, but nowhere near what they need. So, once again, I encourage you to visit their page and donate, even if it's just a little.
The Norwegian Didi
If you've been watching the Arctic Race, you've probably seen this awesome dude. I want to meet him and hang out with him. I need a selfie with him I can Instagram. I imagine him to be a friendly gentleman with whom I would have an awesome conversation even tho I speak no Norwegian (or Nynorsk for that matter) and he speaks no English, Spanish or German. I imaging his name is Øyvind and he's a short-distance truck driver.
A Few Leftovers
Lastly, I have a few leftover images from this year's Tour. I don't want to deprive you on them, so here they are: