It's pretty obvious; everybody says it's China. But here's the graph to show it:
The Tour is the most exciting sports event of the year for me. I follow each day's stage with keen interest. It's a wonderful event to be a fan of, because it's such a long-lasting high. In contrast to the Super Bowl (which I do watch and love), the TdF gives you the gratification of competition for three straight weeks.
But, the day after - today - the "What now?" feeling starts to appear.
I've said before (look for the comment from "Jay") that I think the problem with the governing body of Cycling (the UCI) is it's leader - Pat McGovern. It's clear that he sees the UCI as a body that needs to be accountable to nobody except itself.A governing body only governs to the extent those who are governed are willing to accept the governance.
My phone is an iBrick - unusable for anything but a call to emergency services.
Every year, I say to myself "Yeah, it'll be nice to watch the Tour de France," saying so casually because I know I like it.
I don't just like it. I LOVE it.
Tix (for amazing seats!) obtained by the ever-fantastic Roger (red jacket), accompanied by my wife (pink sweater) and kudos to Chuck (left), who got to go because he scored our first revenue dollar. (Go Chuck!)
Jason Varitek hit an exciting long ball to center, but his sac-fly brought Manny home.
Oh; Sox beat the Rays. Of course. :-) Making them first in the AL East (as they should be).
I'm not sure; maybe you have to be a cyclist, and know the pain that occurs after a long climb, and how fatigue has set into your legs, and how every pedalstroke is simultaneously a pain-generator, a motivator, and chinese water torture all in one.
Maybe only cyclists can appreciate the moment when somebody in a huge climb just pulls away from the rest of the pack, and conquers the pain with sheer strength.
But maybe you don't have to be a cyclist. If you can watch this video and not simply be amazed, then maybe you need to get your butt on a bike. ;-)
No major insights here; just tidbits from David Weinberger's speech: