I'm not sure who's more relieved that Le Tour is finally out of the Alps - me, or Thor Hushovd*. Now I can concentrate again on whatever it is that requires my concentration, including keeping an eye on the cycling blogs to see who's taking a flyer of note.
- But first, shouldn't there be a specific term for "cycling blogs"? One that connotes the competitive cycling angle we pay particular attention to? Peloblog, maybe? I just stared blankly at the screen for 3 minutes trying to think of another, and failed. It was like one of my bridge attempts, but it hurt less and lasted longer. Any other suggestions?
- Pete has a great entry on what racing actually is, and why we ought to go hard more often, instead of conserving energy for the sprint: "We all ride against the same cats every week; they are our gym buddies. Don't you want your gym buddies to see that you can bench press 5 more lbs than you could last season?" Lots more at Pete Rides Bikes.
- As if on cue, Kazane Racing picks up the theme of negative racing in general, with the Bryan Park race as the specific backdrop.
- Plain Jane's team has really gelled this season, so read her Definition of Teamwork with the understanding that she knows what she's talking about.
- In Arlington, or able to get there by 5pm tonight? Why not hit a cyclist-specific happy hour to watch Tour highlights from Stage 18? Blacknell has the deets.
- The folks behind the Bike Rack Cycling Team have taken the lead on an important, and sadly topical, initiative - Cyclist and Pedestrian Accident Awareness. Do check it out - bookmark it, add it to your RSS feed or your iGoogle page or whatever. Community-based initiatives like this one only work if there's a community listening and participating.
- And on the lighter side today, Idiot Cyvant squawks about squeaks.
*This is the closest I will ever ever come to feeling at all like Thor Hushovd.