Archive for August, 2011
“The what Tour?” The question sounds less like a question and a bit more like an accusation. We’re sitting in Gianni’s home on Maui and I’ve just answered a query as to what I’m doing with a computer on my lap when the weather is too nice to justify such a thing.Even a man as familiar with cycling as Gianni can...
Rule #22 is perhaps the most complicated Rule amongst the (currently) 85. Part of the complexity springs from the fact that we are all very attached to this small cotton cap. Off the bike, it was once a badge used to recognize one of our own; now it has been taken over by the hipster crowd which subsequently ruined it for those of us who wore th...
If we liked breathing stale, recycled air, we’d all take up a sport like wrestling or indoor fly-fishing. But we love the feel of a gale on our faces. We cherish the smell of cow manure filling our nostrils with its almost tangible grittiness. We hold scared the privilege to breathe in diesel fuel while doing hill repeats up l’Alpe d...
The last Dutchman to win the KoM in le Tour was Gert-Jan Theunisse.  He was also the last Dutchman to win atop Alpe d’Huez.  The year was 1989 and I was too busy riding crotch-rockets, water skiing,  and coiffing the plumage of my mullet to notice much else besides an American and fellow Minnesotan had just won the closest tour in history...