The mountains loom…

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Looks like the mountains, they are a coming in le Tour this weekend. Well, today actually. This is not full on kick everyone in the nut kind of mountains today, but it could, or should, maybe break things up, and spread some panic amongst the riders who can’t hang. I don’t know for sure what is or is not going to happen, but I’m going to be watching. Especially since this morning in DC (District of Columbia, not Drunk Cyclist), it’s raining out there. Which means, I don’t swing a leg over the bike if it’s already raining. I know, I’m a fucking wuss, and you know what? I’m OK with that. Spent many years grinding it out in the rain, and I ain’t that guy anymore. My standing rule is, if it’s not raining when I leave, I’ll go, and if I get caught in the rain, so be it. I’m not starting off in the rain. Fuck that.

Back to the race talk. Couple of cat 2 climbs on the horizon for these jokers, and the finish mostly uphill. Slight flat at the end. As always, has a good write up on the stage profile, and what might shake loose today.

Predictions anyone? I suspect, Contador is ready to let loose a flurry of uphill attacks to show everyone that yes, he is THE MAN when it comes to riding uphill. Although, Schleck is no slouch, and he’ll go along for the ride. I suspect a large group will be somewhat together at the finish today, with no big time gained or lost, well, except for maybe Cadel Evans, because, one never knows about that guy. I will say this for him, I’ve become more of a fan of his this year. He’s been aggressive. He’s been fighting it out, and showing the World Champ stripes out there in a good way. He’s, well, different this year I think. Different better, not different worse. I saw someone commented this week also about how Menchov could be the darkhorse rider of the Tour. I agree. He’s sitting back there, waiting. Don’t know for sure what kind of fitness he has, but he is the quiet assassin on the bike. Doesn’t say much, doesn’t act all crazy, but he can throw it down, and has won a few Grand Tours out there. In other words, watch out for that guy. I would bet, a lot of DS’s aren’t even thinking about him.

On a totally different note. I will be in the AZ on Monday and Tuesday next week. Heading to Phoenix, which I hear, is the world’s #1 place to get kidnapped. I guess I will have to be careful. Heading out there for work. Got to get some time in the wind tunnel at Eloy to learn a little bit about free fall dynamics and how it affects a Soldier who may jump out of a plane at over 20,000 feet loaded for combat. Any recommendations for local watering holes I might visit whilst there? I’m only on the ground in the PHX for about 24 hours or less, then back on the plane, and back to the East Coast. Suggestions are most welcome.

Anyway, I don’t think anyone has posted this one yet, so forgive me if someone has. A quick look around the website made it look like it hasn’t been posted. Possibly the best commercial from this year’s Tour.
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About giantcu92

Engineer living in the NOVA, and working for "The Man". Cycling and political junky. All things 2 wheeled are good. 4 wheels? Eh, OK, but 2 wheels better. Washinton, DC, USA

10 Replies to “The mountains loom…”

  1. The two biggest stars on the road today ! Your lookin at 1st and 2nd in Paris . Best commercial ever . I’m so sick of the uniballer , so this I find rather refreshing . Cycling rules with these two great spokesman .

  2. My wife still thinks that the Schleck brothers are creepy, but less so after seeing the commercial.

  3. Boulders on Broadway, Giant. That’s the watering hole. Dirty Bikers home away from home.

  4. I’m with giant, I won’t roll out if it’s raining, but if I get caught, well, keep riding, stay warm.

  5. Boulders on Broadway is a great choice. Also, and I’ll probably catch hell for this, 4 Peaks is good too. Either way, Tempe is the place to be. What night are you in town? I’ll do my best to have a drink with you and maybe some other folks want in?

  6. Boulders is the place to park your bike inside and belly up to the bar for a couple dozen micro brews. 4 peaks is also delicious. But like gnome said, Boulders is pretty much my living room. I don’t have a TV so i watch the Tour there every night

  7. Thanks for the suggestions gents. Will be in the PHX on Monday night only. Don’t know what my schedule is quite yet, not hitting town until like 7pm or so.