We are nowhere near as cool or sexy as these long-maned Swedish man-whores, but we’re not opposed to letting a Glam Metal staple like Europe explain the Windy 500 v4.0:
“We’re leaving together,
But still it’s farewell
And maybe we’ll come back,
To earth, who can tell?”
I don’t even know if they speaks the English so good, so I doubt they knew what they were singing about. Or maybe they were actually trying to make the second worst song ever…
Side Note: In my former life as a local roadie, I actually set up for Europe (or was it Holland?) at Marty Zivko’s in Hartford.
Anyway, back to bike riding. The 4th Annual Ride of Stupidity is nearly here and we have a dozen or so slightly shorter haired dudes ready to Ride Angry.
This year’s ride will be one veteran short, and therefore for the first time ever, the coveted Grey Jersey (“Gris Jaune”) will be up for grabs. Our esteemed colleague, Jeremy Johnson, suffered a nasty fall and is on the Injured Reserve for this go-round:
All the best my man!
Look for the full ride report mid-August, and mark your calendars for next year’s adventure.
About a week ago, I got a call at my desk from CNN. My first thought was: who is this and what are they trying to sell me?? Turns out they were doing an article about cycling and business and someone tipped them off to my Midwest Cycling Networking group.
Here’s the article:
I was more than willing to share the gospel of cycling as well as how it has positively impacted me personally as well as my business’ bottom line. It’s definitely a “good news” story – I’m in better shape at almost 45 than I was at 25, and I’ve met so many awesome friends over the past 6 years that I lost count a long time ago. For me, bikes and business have been a true blessing. I’ve grown my fitness, my business, but most importantly – my base of friends. Not business-name-tag-wearing acquaintances, but TRUE friends. Guys who would bail me out of jail at 2:00am on a Saturday, no questions asked.
So after the article was posted for a day or two I went back and re-read it. By the way, one of the other guys they referenced was John Schnatter, founder of Papa John’s. Maybe you’ve heard of his business?
Anyway, I read the article and then I read a handful of the comments. WOW. Apparently bunch of spiteful, arrogant assholes read the CNN Money Blog. Here are a couple of sample comments:
Goodbye 2013. Good riddance.
Yes, I had some fun on the bike. Put on almost exactly the same number of miles as 2012, even though I took almost 3 full months off (I put less than 1,000 miles in after August). Aside from the great riding though, this was a pretty uneventful year. 2014 looks to be the exact opposite. Lots of change, lots of excitement and lots of riding.
Although my 10 days of ToAD were an improvement over 2012, it finished with a pathetic limp to the finish line on the last day. If I said I was running on fumes at that point, I’d just be giving fumes a bad rap. I was smoked. While my overall fitness had improved from the prior year, my specificity really had not. I didn’t really dial my riding back very much in the off-season, and by ToAD I had lost any and all strength gains made in the gym over the winter.
This year I did the opposite – less riding in the off-season, more time in the gym. Lots of CrossFit-type of stuff. Fixing aches and pains and weaknesses and strength imbalances. I feel much better, and I hope it pays off.
Time will tell. Now if the snow would ever go away…