July 11, 2014
The season of the bicycle is here – it started last weekend as a mater of fact. The Tour de France is underway! Regardless of all the past – this time of year is a great time to see the sport I love on the main stage. Will you be watching? Here are a few web sites if you want to check in on all the action: Cycling News, Velo News, Le Tour.
Not 100% up to speed on the Tour but ready to learn more? I came across an article written about this years Tour with tons of history and teaching many aspects of bicycle racing – you might enjoy, read it here.
Let me know when you want to go for a ride!
June 13, 2014
Do you have an active runner or cyclist for a husband, dad or brother and need a good gift for Fathers Day? How about an ID they can have with them while out on the bike or on a run? The standard in the industry is the company Road ID – I have multiple models from them, great product. A new one on the market, called ICEdot take a new approach – it is a sensor that can tell if you have crashed or fallen. It might take me a bit to get comfortable with this idea but one you might keep your eye on and see what type of market share they achieve.
October 23, 2013
How would Tour de France creator Henri Desgrange feel about the 2014 Tour de France route that was just released?
There will be 5 mountain top finishes this year and only one time trial. But also a day of cobbles that has a few very nervous!!
July 30, 2013
In 2003 Julie and I took a trip to Europe, and planned it around a few days of the Tour de France! She was a true sport during the Tour days and I only mildly complained on the many historical tours we went on. To her credit, her tours always ended at a pub – she is the greatest!
July 25, 2013
This past Sunday was the last day of racing in the 2013 Tour de France – the 100th Tour! And since 1975, the Tour has made this finishing day on the beautiful Champs-Elysees road in Paris. So below I show you homes for sale in Paris – but not just France.
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July 23, 2013
With the Tour de France having just wrapped up, it makes me think about all the controversy that surrounded cycling these last few years. The Tour has been around for over a hundred years and came about after the editor of L’ Auto, Henri Desgrange, suggested a multi-day, stage race to his paper. Now, it’s one of the toughest competitions in cycling – so tough that many claim that it cannot be won without some kind of performance enhancing drugs. I’m not sure that’s true. Though if everyone is using something and a rider chose not to dope, it’s logical that he would be at a disadvantage competitively. It’s fascinating to me sometimes the extremes folks will go to win.
I was reading about the history of the Tour on Wikipedia and it seems that some believe that doping has been part of cycling since the early years. “It existed, it has always existed”, said the French reporter and author, Pierre Chany, who followed 49 Tours before his death in 1996. There are photos back from the 1930s showing riders holding ether laden cloths to their faces to help keep them going. The American specialist in doping, Max M. Novich, wrote: “Trainers of the old school who supplied treatments which had cocaine as their base declared with assurance that a rider tired by a six-day race would get his second breath after absorbing these mixtures.”
Cycling is a great sport with fantastic athletes, and I believe all cyclists need to get behind a dope-free environment. Otherwise, the people who compete following the rules are less likely to win than those breaking them. That’s certainly not a level playing field and not the reputation I want for the sport. My hope is that twenty years from now, I can look back and be proud of how far cycling has come.
Let’s hear your thoughts – is the sport of cycling getting cleaner, less dopers?