Le Tour Stage 16 Recap: Take a Bow

Take a Bow

Take a bow, photo @JoshRBurrows

Voeckler tries to steal the show, but in the Pyrenees, Mick Rogers takes a bow.

And a press car was where it shouldn’t be….



Rest Day for Us Too

In the trees Mayne

In the Aspens, mayne, with a nice whip

A rest day for the Tour and one for us to get caught up on photos, videos, and words after a week on the road in Vegas for SXSW, then Scott Week. Here’s a storied, swipey, touchy version of my Genius LT Tuned ride.

dials and stuff

Lots of things to push, click, and switch

And if you’re into that sort of industry intrigue, at the high end, Scott specs SRAM drivetrains with XTR brakes. I pushed and clicked everything hanging off that bar and it all worked splendidly. Even flipped the chip, which switches the geo from short to long.

Also see this vignette on Medium about the Voltage I rode too.

Rode a Freeride Bike

After I’m through the 5 gigs of photos taken, they’ll get shared like this one in the G+ gallery.



Le Tour Stage 15 Recap: 10 Meters Short

Bauer

Jack Bauer the cyclist pulled for like 24 hours, breakaway nearly stayed away, the catch, and then Kristoff wins!

That was 10 meters too short for Bauer and left him shattered.



China-Loading Before High Cascades 100

China Load

Mark V China-loads before a race

Yesterday Mark V raced a 100 miles on his mountain bike. Like his adventure on gravel, his athletic ability is unprocessed and unrefined….organic even. He just shows up at events like this periodically.

The front of the field is no longer in sight, though it’s not like I didn’t already know that I’m not fit enough to hang with them. Long distance isn’t my forte, and I don’t really have that many miles in my legs this year. – from Issue 13, Grand Fondo Leavenworth

Mark V

Raced complete

Expecting a dream sequence in his 100-mile MTB race report for the next issue of our mag, like Jim Morrison met him on the trail, and insisted he continue. Texting from somewhere in the Oregon outback, I received periodic updates

don’t carbo load before races; I china-load.

my triceps hurt so bad….like I sat in a car for a game of “Punch Bug” w Mike Tyson.

and

13hrs;dunno

At Leavenworth, he blamed his horrible cramping on the lack of Chinese food

But whether Leavenworth is more Bavaria or rural Washington, I am clearly not going to get the type of semi-authentic Chinese food I’m craving.

Good thing he found some in Bend and finished with legs intact.

Issue 15 drops next month with articles about the mountain biking I did during Scott Week too.



Le Tour Recap: Been Mountain Biking

Riding mountain bikes for the past few days with Scott Bikes during Scott Week, our Tour coverage will resume tomorrow, ‘till then have a look at this BBC article about racer body types.

One of the race’s most famous climbs, the Alpe D’Huez, a difference of three kilos could make a difference of up to two-and-a-half minutes over the 14km of the ascent.

Also see the AP’s interactive feature on the Tour. 

American Andrew Talansky became the latest top rider to abandon the Tour de France. Defending champion Chris Froome, two-time winner Alberto Contador and sprint specialist Mark Cavendish have already been forced out of the race due to injury after all suffered heavy crashes in a treacherous first half of the Tour.

And we’re tuning in again tomorrow.



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