I suppose cycling has always been flush with enthusiasts such as us, The Keepers, and readers such as yourselves. One of the greatest things about the web is that it lets us, the irrationally-impassioned, freely speak our voice should we want to, and freely share our ideas and work with others. This blog, for example, is proof of the very notion that you can pour loads of energy into a labor of love that no one has ever given any indication of wanting to have anything to do with, then post it on the internet, and have people share in the novelty of it. It’s one of the unpredictable side-effects that Al Gore probably didn’t have in mind when he invented the Internet.
Take, for example, the Periodic Table of Professional Cycling, published by Cyclocosm. This is the product of what I have to assume is a chemistry major with idle hands who lacks the initiative to become a Meth dealer. It’s beautiful, actually – a work of art; I could print this and hang it on the shop wall. And, aside from it’s aesthetic qualities, it’s also surprisingly informative: besides showing the common (and sometimes made-up) abbreviation for each race, each element provides information in terms of it’s length, how long it’s been run, it’s name, and it’s difficulty and significance on the professional calendar.
This is the internet at it’s best, if you ask me. Which I realize you didn’t.