Look, I know it’s been said before, but I’m going to say it again, and probably again next year. Phillipe Gilbert? Fucking Baller. Don’t even front son. He has been throwing it down old skool style out there this year. Riding hard, and winning races from March – September. And while I enjoyed Cadel winning le Tour this year, I’m going to have to out and nominate Gilbert as Baller of the Year (BOTY). As a matter of fact, I’m thinking Drunkcyclist should make this a yearly event. Maybe we can start the nomination process in say, oh, August of next year. That way, a big ass chunk of the road/mountain season is over and done with, and we already know who has been out there swinging it hard.
Also, a couple of weeks ago, I drove cross country with a friend of mine who got a new job in Cali at Specialized, and she needed someone to drive with her. I volunteered. While we kind of made the trip rather fast, in 6 days or so, we had some chances to stop in various places and ride our bikes on the way out. Riding in the desert is hot yo. We rode in the Petrified National Forest, and didn’t get started until like 11, and fuck and me. Hot. I don’t care about this “dry heat” bullshit, hot is hot. That being said, un-believable scenery out there. I was surprised that I liked riding in the desert so much, and liked the back drop. Here is a word to the wise though. If it’s August, DO NOT ride in Little Rock, AR. It was hot, AND unbelievably humid there. And the roads, well, the ones we experienced, not so good. We didn’t explore that much though, as I’m sure there are good places to ride around there. If I’m ever going to ride down there again though, it won’t be until like, oh, February.
I wished I had more time on the road, I would have looked your Arizona hooligans up. Next time fo sho. I am happy to report that we did stop at The Big Texan, home of the 72 ounce steak challenge, and no, I did not take up the mantle of that challenge. That is just way too much beef hombres. Also, one other thing. Don’t plan on finding a local bike shop open in the bible belt on a Sunday. I needed a new set of tires, and few odds and ends, and we had to drive to Little Rock from Knoxville, TN to find a damn shop that was open. They were though, and if you’re ever in Little Rock (again, don’t know why you would be), and need something of a cycling nature, go and see the guys at Racer’s Ready bike shop in North Little Rock. Good folks in there.
Anyway, see below, some pics from the trip.