Tomorrow is Mont Ventoux. Pretenders need not apply. I’ll be on my sofa in my underwear hollering something fierce come morning. After I do much the same all night. Because it’s Friday and I’m struggling with my midlife crisis. And by “midlife crisis” I mean “thought I’d try law school”. I’m a lot of things. Smart ain’t one of ’em.
But, on the upside, I’ve been working creating the cycling fans of tomorrow today this week.
That photo isn’t staged. That’s really what it looks like in my living room in the morning. They don’t much understand what they’re cheering for, thought. My three year old said “That looks like you, daddy!” No, honey. That doesn’t look anything like daddy. Daddy is twice the size of those sticks and covered with a protective layer of fur. You’re daddy is more like a caveman.
Whatever. Tomorrow. It is going to be very, very good indeed. Just ask Pou Pou.
“We will have three or four potential winners that day – one at the foot of the climb, another one halfway up, yet another one with three kilometres to go and the final winner in the finish! That would be absolutely extraordinary!
“Everything is possible that day. If there are three or four overall favourites within one minute of each other – or even more – nothing will be decided until the very last metres of the climb.”
Ask Julich too. Is it too early to start drinking?
Here are a few offering re: doping, VAM, Vo2 and a bunch of other shit I’ve just started digging in to from the fine folks over at sportsscientists.com.
Alberto Contador soars into yellow in Verbier: Report and analysis
The anatomy of a climb: Contador on the Verbier – its place in Tour climbing “history”
Alberto Contador – can he have a VO2max of 99.5 ml/kg/min?
I like what they’re doing on that site. When I’ve got about four hours to kill, I’ll really wade in deep. As it stands, I’ve only scraped the surface with a half hour of commitment. Am I afraid of commitment? Maybe. Maybe not. Ask pineapple. He knows about me folding like a lawn chair when the going gets tough.
And so it goes…
Glad we’re making progress: tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com
I hate me some Dobbs: tpmtv.talkingpointsmemo.com
I can’t wait for this one: iwatchstuff.com/…where the wild things are
Yeah, well, um, yeah: youtube.com
Bikes and trains study tour: youtube.com