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Oconee 06-16-2019 05:12 PM

Tour
 
I am a huge fan of the Tour de France.
In July it helps get me to August and Clemson football.
I see Froome is out, and that is so sad.
Still, hope the excitement will be there.
Make no mistake, these are some of the best athletes on Earth.

Oconee 06-16-2019 06:15 PM

Re: Tour
 
Tour de France

These guys are beyond the pale.

Back when, I was a runner who went under some state records in NC, SC, and GA as a geezer at distance races. I was a sitting duck at short races, but all knew me.
One night in the mountains watching the girls perform, Earl Owens and Bob Schlau ganged up to convince me to take up the bike to improve my running. Both those guys are legend and nothing like me. If they lined up with a broke leg, could not compete with them.

I bought a carbon fiber bike (rare and expensive back then).
My Bride was all in. As she is 5', got one "top of the line" with the front wheel smaller.
K was electric on a bike. I was crap.

Many of my friends were getting into the bike. All came to our home as from there were many seldom traveled roads. It was great fun.
To compete at any event, one must train as to the event.
My friend Earl was doing hundred mile rides or on bad days sitting inside on a trainer that holds you bike.

K and I wore out a few of those indoor trainers, and we bought the best.
K loved the bike and I hated it.
Putting myself in the hands of every driver of every car who passed was more than I could do. I rode in constant fear. I have seen more wrecks than you, more badly injured, and more dead folks than you.

K worked with engineers, and her company of yuppies joined in to ride 200 miles to the Beach for some charity. Some like K were very good bikers. I was not, but she signed me up. Biking is about a team as wind resistance is everything. It is maybe the purest team game in all of sports. Sitting on that that tiny seat for hours is torture for us common folks.
As a two person team we killed her friends. It was not even close.
The deal is mind set. The deal is to forge ahead ~~
K is tiny and cute, but unlike her fellow workers, was used to going on forever in pain.

The Tour de France is about going with your strenght and cutting back on other days.
There is not one race, but many.

I can think of nothing else in athletics that approaches 'Tour de France'.
Most fail to grasp this is a team sport.


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