I love the Tour and I can’t wait for it to start tomorow. I’ve followed it twice, and seen individual stages in 3 other years. I know that some people have grown a little callused, or chosen to not pay attention anymore (and “ I can’t blame them, it has been a bit of a circus). Regardless of all that I’m going to be tuning in daily (probably more than one showing) to Versus to watch the in-depth coverage.
I think people tend to take Versus coverage for granted, but I remember back to the Olympics when NBC covered the Road Race. OMG “ now that was painful. Human interest stories, cameras following only the Americans, and I think the whole race got 20 minutes TV time as it switched back to Men™s Floor Exercise gymnastics. Suck.
Check the Versus site - make sure they know that the interest is still there and support their sponsors. If you really want to help keep the tour on TV - go buy a SAAB or something.
This German postcard from 1898, depicts Emil Nauke. The post card claims that Emil is “the heaviest biker on Earth.”
Despite his rotund size, little feet, and belly that nearly touches the bars, Emil is dressed in dapper attire, and is proudly seated atop his bicycle for this photo. This funny oddity of cycling history, makes me think of Chris Farley in Tommy Boy. On the other hand, Emil is clearly a bike hugger, and this photo makes me want to shout, “Get on with your bad self Emil!”
It’s great to see all the commuters out on the Burke these days, but it’s even greater to see folks riding in their regular clothes, copenhagen style. This cyclist manages to pull it off with an unusual amount of panache for the great pacific northwest, goodonya says I.
You may have passed or been passed by this Bike Battleship on the path, the road, or anywhere else. Possibly seen the long, tall, lanky gent riding it and wondered maybe WTF it was or even why it was …
It’s the Dread Nought – a bike battleship built for transportation and to take on any motorized vehicle that crosses it. With a horn that’ll clear a 520 traffic jam (and I suspect a system to throw darts or other medieval-inspired weaponry), Val gets where he’s going on this bad boy. And nothing is stopping him.