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crankster

Trad climber
Jun 26, 2014 - 09:05pm PT
I'm not sure. Just a bit bummed out by it all. I watched Wiggins blow up Mt. Diablo recently on the ToC.
As a Lance defender I said the words "he's the most tested athlete in sports" 1000x. Wrong.

Let's just say I'm cautiously optimistic. They're all clean until caught, I suppose.

Of course they're great athletes. But how many TDF's would Lance have won without it? We watch and marvel that they seem superhuman. Wish it was just on talent alone. Again, I don't know, maybe the last 2 years have been clean.
Kalimon

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
Jun 26, 2014 - 09:13pm PT
Thanks, I really appreciate your insight.

I think one has to let it all go, use our self delusion and simply enjoy the spectacle, as you said.
Blakey

Trad climber
Sierra Vista
Jun 27, 2014 - 03:20am PT
Back to the tour and it 'starting' in Yorkshire.

Yorkshire is a fantastic cycling venue with a rich cycling history.

In 1936 the One Year Endurance Record of 45383 miles was held by a Yorkshireman, Walter Greaves. Completed over 359 days as his bike was delivered late. All the more remarkable because Walter had but one arm!

Also check out this lady.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beryl_Burton

Steve
steelmnkey

climber
Vision man...ya gotta have vision...
Jun 27, 2014 - 06:15am PT
crankster are you saying Froome is not clean?

I'm going to claim Froome is suspect. After all the "clean" talk about renewal in the sport, Froome goes out and nearly matches Lance's best doped performance up Ventoux? If you smell smoke, chances are, there's some sort of fire somewhere.

As long as there's money in <anything>, there will be people cheating to try to get more of it. Same as it ever was.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jul 4, 2014 - 06:39pm PT
hey there say, ... interesting share, from the non-bike-aspect of the race going through yorkshire, :)

my friend that lives in halifax, up in the moores... just called, 3-4 hours agao, and had this to share:

her lead-up first, was this:
have you heard about the tour de france?
and, remember, how are roads were suddenly getting fixed?

as it was--just before this, they had a 'sudden' fixing-up of roads that had needed repairs, but never seemed to done, way out in the 'rurals' etc...
well, she now understands of course why, she shared, along with this:

they needed the roads in repair, she said she found out, as:
all the cars from the 'watchers' would have be creating a huge mess, stuck out on the roads...

and now... a few spots along the road, for folks that own property close enough (one small local pub, for example) are now 'selling spots' for folks to sit...

however, for those that will park on these much better conditioned roads, they are informed that there will still be a HIKE up to view anything...

and the BURDEN part for the folks out on the moor, where she and her neighbors live is this:

they have been informed by LETTER that they may NOT drive out, with the use any roads--which are ALL CLOSED--under penalty of?? some kind of fine... until after sunday...

and that there is NO emergency ambulances, either, available, as, they went on stike... though they will have air-ambulance, available, she said...

THEY ARE ALLOWED though to walk down the long private drives, to get use any transport, set up, to take folks into town? (or just to see the best place to watch all this??) ...

feels so odd, she said, to be 'trapped, so to speak' on your property...


just thought it might be interesting to share this... not meaning anything bad about it all, as she was not... but it was all feeling
strange for them... kind of like the 'whole world' coming and going,
with the eyes on the race, and they as if 'hunkered down'
on their own, as the excitement builds just under their feet...


oh my...
least, they got their roads, around them there, fixed, ;))

:)

LIFE out on the moors, who'd ever think, so much commotion, :))
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Jul 5, 2014 - 08:59am PT
I'm not a doctor, but it looks like Cavendish broke his collarbone.

It was his fault, too.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 5, 2014 - 09:14am PT
Yes, that was all Cav.

Where was Simon Gerrans supposed to go?

I hope they are both OK but will be surprised if Cav starts tomorrow.

I jumped up when Cancellara came out of nowhere, that was great(almost)!

....and Navardauskas, I didn't know he could sprint like that!

I too will miss Pat Nay's savvy input.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Jul 5, 2014 - 10:33am PT
Cav takes a lot of chances and it caught up with him. BC pretty much ends a sprinters tour.

Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Jul 5, 2014 - 11:22am PT
No broken Cav collarbone, but there was clearly pain involved. Cav pushed Gerrans. Gerrans pushed back. The pushing is not good for the sport, but Cav is the pusher-world-champion. Cav got what he deserved...
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 5, 2014 - 03:11pm PT
Afterward, via a team press release, Cav said he was “gutted” about the crash.

“It was my fault,” he added. “I’ll personally apologize to Simon Gerrans as soon as I get the chance. In reality, I tried to find a gap that wasn’t really there.

“I wanted to win today, I felt really strong and was in a great position to contest the sprint thanks to the unbelievable efforts of my team. Sorry to all the fans that came out to support — it was truly incredible.”

Read more at http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/07/news/hopes-hometown-win-yellow-jersey-come-crashing_334513#lLp2yi5rkvv8iU3y.99
lars johansen

Trad climber
West Marin, CA
Jul 5, 2014 - 04:20pm PT
Nice to see the always entertaining Peter Sagan #2. Look for him to win some sprints on this tour. Also one for the old guys, Jens Voigt in polka dots.

lars
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jul 5, 2014 - 05:03pm PT
What cocktails are on the menu this year?
MMCC

climber
New Zealand
Jul 5, 2014 - 05:29pm PT
Great push from Cancellara at the end too. epic.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jul 5, 2014 - 06:37pm PT
hey there say, brandon- ... here is a little share, that i shared on the other le tour de france, thread...


part of the at-home aspect from my friend and her neighbors, :)
the way life goes on, behind the scenes of so many busy functions, that
come ones way... :)
will see if she had anything interesting to report, too, afterwards...
:)


Jul 4, 2014 - 06:39pm PT
hey there say, ... interesting share, from the non-bike-aspect of the race going through yorkshire, :)

my friend that lives in halifax, up in the moores... just called, 3-4 hours agao, and had this to share:

her lead-up first, was this:
have you heard about the tour de france?
and, remember, how are roads were suddenly getting fixed?

as it was--just before this, they had a 'sudden' fixing-up of roads that had needed repairs, but never seemed to done, way out in the 'rurals' etc...
well, she now understands of course why, she shared, along with this:

they needed the roads in repair, she said she found out, as:
all the cars from the 'watchers' would have be creating a huge mess, stuck out on the roads...

and now... a few spots along the road, for folks that own property close enough (one small local pub, for example) are now 'selling spots' for folks to sit...

however, for those that will park on these much better conditioned roads, they are informed that there will still be a HIKE up to view anything...

and the BURDEN part for the folks out on the moor, where she and her neighbors live is this:

they have been informed by LETTER that they may NOT drive out, with the use any roads--which are ALL CLOSED--under penalty of?? some kind of fine... until after sunday...

and that there is NO emergency ambulances, either, available, as, they went on stike... though they will have air-ambulance, available, she said...

THEY ARE ALLOWED though to walk down the long private drives, to get use any transport, set up, to take folks into town? (or just to see the best place to watch all this??) ...

feels so odd, she said, to be 'trapped, so to speak' on your property...


just thought it might be interesting to share this... not meaning anything bad about it all, as she was not... but it was all feeling
strange for them... kind of like the 'whole world' coming and going,
with the eyes on the race, and they as if 'hunkered down'
on their own, as the excitement builds just under their feet...


oh my...
least, they got their roads, around them there, fixed, ;))

:)

LIFE out on the moors, who'd ever think, so much commotion, :))
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Jul 5, 2014 - 08:02pm PT
Glad to hear Cav is ok. He's cocky but damn he's good.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Jul 5, 2014 - 08:04pm PT

12,000 ft of climbing
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Jul 6, 2014 - 02:37am PT
Cav's out.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Jul 6, 2014 - 02:13pm PT
Wow, big time racing for the second stage. Final climb has over 20% grades.

Edit - I guess there is a 33%, I feel a little nauseated just thinking about it
SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, or In What Time Zone Am I?
Jul 6, 2014 - 02:18pm PT
Cav's out.
Dang. That crash was purdy gnarly.
Today was interesting...I choke on 10-12% grades for short distances. Amazing the grades they can handle.

Susan
wilbeer

Mountain climber
Terence Wilson greeneck alleghenys,ny,
Jul 6, 2014 - 07:06pm PT
York to Sheffield, What a cool brittish hilly stage.
Very Cool.
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