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C’est Histoire

After three weeks of getting used to a routine, come tomorrow morning my “usual” reason for turning on my television will no longer exist.  The 2011 Tour de France is now an illustrious chapter in history.

The Final Podium in The 2011 Tour de France

Wikipedia works at lightening speeds, summing up the basic details of “the most epic race ever” quite succinctly:  Australian Cadel Evans won the race, having gained the lead in a time-trial on the penultimate day. He became the first Australian to win the race, and at 34, the oldest post-war winner. Andy Schleck of Luxembourg was second for the third successive year, and his brother Frank Schleck third. Mark Cavendish was the first British winner of the points classification, and Samuel Sánchez of Spain won the mountains category. (Wikipedia)

The overall final standings are right here on

I’m happy to be able to say that from July 2 to 24, I “spun my legs” for the same number of days as the Tour riders, a symbolic move on my part in the spirit of the great sport of cycling.  While I did not cycle this weekend, they had two rest days on which I remained in the saddle.  As such our total days match, even if my own mileage comes up about 1750 miles short.

I raise a virtual glass of champagne to toast an amazing and most memorable Tour.  With this, it’s back to morning news tomorrow morning, or better yet, no TV at all.  I think I’ll go with the latter and get out on the bike!

Congrats to the 2011 TDF winner, Australian Cadel Evans!


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My “Tour”

Fourteen stages completed in France.  For me, fifteen rides around the Bay Area accomplished.  I must say, Le Tour has been quite a terrific source of motivation to get me cycling on a daily basis once again.  Today marks my 15th consecutive day out on the road, sometimes in a group but largely on my own.

After 335.6 miles over the past 15 days, for a modest daily average of 22.37 miles, my latest “mini tour” hasn’t been so much about the actual distance covered in one day, but more about my average speed and overall workout.  Most of all, I’ve readily welcomed the renewed self-discipline of being back in the saddle everyday.

Unfortunately I’m approaching the imminent need for a new crank set.  Alas, it’s doubtful my current streak will reach the 50 consecutive days I hammered out in 2008.  Oh well… there’s always my next “tour.”

Last year's Tour rides into Paris

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Posted by on July 16, 2011 in Cycling, Daily Activities


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But Weight, The Climbs

Spaniard Samuel Sanchez wins on Bastille Day

I imagine the French might be a bit “agace” that on this Bastille Day, a Spaniard won stage 12 of the Tour de France.  Fortunately for the French, their man Thomas Voeckler holds onto the yellow jersey, which should no doubt help keep today’s celebrations going.

It’s been said Le Tour really begins today, considering the first mountain stage of this year’s journey.  Now we see the climbers really go to work.  After all, there’s certainly a big difference between sprinting and climbing, while each rider has his own strong suit.

Today’s stage winner Samuel Sanchez weighs 140 pounds, as does defending TDF champion Alberto Contador, definitely a climbing advantage over other riders who weigh 165, 170 or more.

Meanwhile, congrats yet again to Mark Cavendish on his third stage win of the year yesterday.  The leading sprinter lagged a bit behind today on those climbs, even though he’s down to 150 pounds apparently.

Let’s just say the climbs carry a lot of weight in the Tour, so to speak. At my weight I guess I’d have to drive up the mountain!


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Pictures Tell The Story

Sometimes you just need to let the pictures do the talking!

Sorry to see you go Chris…


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C’est Le Tour

A true photo finish in stage four.

Following yesterday’s dramatic photo finish in stage four of the Tour de France, came “crash day” in today’s stage five, an aptly reported day of carnage, ten times over to be exact.  Two more riders are now out altogether, while defending champion Alberto Contador picked himself up, literally threw aside his damaged bike for an immediate replacement, and continued on his way, slightly bloodied and kit-ripped.  Too bad for him he couldn’t catch today’s winner, Mark Cavendish, who emerged victorious in another suspenseful stage finish.

All things considered, for better and for worse, as it’s been said and will be said again:  “C’est le tour.”

Grab new bike, wipe blood (or not), and get going!


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American Victory

How perfectly fitting for an American cyclist to win not just any stage of the Tour de France, but stage three,  which happened to fall on the fourth of July.  Way to go Tyler Farrar.  Keep it going!

American Farrar’s July 4 Stage Three Win


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Je L’aime!

Energy.  Endurance.  Truly Amazing Speeds.  My favorite sporting event of the year is well underway and going strong, with the first three stages now complete.

Every July, transfixed in front of my television, I see more French countryside than most vacationers probably ever do, that is when my eyes happen to drift from the peloton.

The 2011 Tour de France is here!  Suffice to say, my free time is taken for the next three weeks.  Je l’aime!


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