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Cadel Skywalker: may the Force be with you (?)

So my youngest is of the unwavering opinion that Cadel Evans is actually Luke Skywalker’s twin …

Hmmmm??  While I remain faithful to the Schlecklet camp, it is worth pondering … ?   😉

“Stopped they must be; on this all depends.  Only a fully-trained Jedi Knight, with the Force as his ally, will conquer Vader (and the Alpe-d’Huez).”  ~Yoda

look-alike or not?

#330daysofbiking Day 104: #chaingate

Anguish and agony in the Pyrenees today, and the cycling twitteratti is on fire with #chaingate.  With thousands of other bloggers and cycling news sites weighing in on the controversy, I’ll refrain from entering the debate … except to say that any cyclist who does not respect the maillot jaune should not be allowed to wear it.  And in my mind, this applies to everything from sportsmanship to doping.

Although I do manage to get caught up in the sport and competition of the Tour, I have to admit that I am probably more drawn to watching it for the shear beauty of the cycling.  It’s an incredible sight – the stream of colorful cyclists, the human power, the bicycles, set against a breathtaking backdrop of mountains, fields of sunflowers and lavender, and charming French villages.  The movement of the peloton as it flows around the curves of the road, or parting and rejoining at a roundabout, all in unison.   It is stunning.  It always reminds me of  a flock of birds taking flight from a field, or a school of fish cutting through the water – moving more as “one”, than as “many”.

So today I got caught up in the drama in the mountains, glued to the television for longer than I care to admit,  but did get out for a ride – with much less drama than the one I had watched.  No massive climbs for me – and no slipped chain.  But it was on my mind.

(And tomorrow should be epic! 🙂

today's ride: no mountains, no slipped chain - just another old barn

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#330daysofbiking Day 91: pure bikes, bike-pure

Dillon on the road

No kittens, butterflies, rainbows or flower-y stuff … just pure bikes, and bike-pure.

Dillon, who is lifeguarding at the Y this summer, had the afternoon off – so we headed out on the bikes together for a road ride.  In the heat. Bleh. {-P  In the 90’s (‘F), but thankfully not too humid.

Dillon is a great cyclist – fast and light, loves climbing hills (and is definitely built for it), enjoys a little brotherly competition now and then.  He’s competed locally a few times and done pretty well, especially considering that school has taken top priority for him over the past few years.  But I’m glad he has “the passion”, and suspect this is just the beginning of a lifelong love of bicycles and cycling for him.

We have all been glued to the Tour over the past few days; quite an exciting (and grueling/brutal) first few stages.  Lots of drama, plenty of peloton twitchy-ness at the outset – which has unfortunately led to numerous crashes and riders finishing the Tour before they’ve barely begun (due to injury).  Very sad to see Christian Vandevelde and Frank Schleck out of the race. Thankfully, no big new doping scandals in the headlines, or disqualifications. Yet.  Hopefully we will be spared.

In the meantime, even though we each may be fans of different riders, I have to believe we all support clean cycling.  It matters.  Hope you do too.  In honor of the Tour, and the riders who have pledged to “bike-pure”, Dillon wore his bike-pure jersey today.

Here’s hoping the next few weeks will be filled with spectacular sport, rather than spectacular scandal.

Dillon: a bike-pure (and Garmin) fan

in motion

be cool - and bike PURE!

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