Thursday, February 17, 2005

Armstrong in the Tour

Lance Armstrong recently announced his intention to race in this year's Tour de France. Whatever you think of him, you've got to admit his chances of winning seem good. He will be without Floyd Landis' help though who has signed with Phonak. (And who couldn't use the help of a mennonite? :)

6 Comments:

Blogger Eric said...

It's hard not to want Lance to win.

I like the disclaimer "Although Floyd would not be considered a "Swiss Mennonite" in the usual sense of the term, his story is believed to be of interest to a wide Mennonite audience."

2/17/2005 09:57:00 PM  
Blogger finou said...

Lance is going to put himself out of business at this rate! He needs someone to at least challenge him this time or else the public will get bored....

2/18/2005 10:22:00 AM  
Blogger Vincent said...

So, what's motivating him? He's been there, he's done that, and everyone knows he's in some sense the best Tour de France rider ever. But even for a man in his top physical shape, the Tour has to be an exhausting physical experience.

2/21/2005 11:35:00 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

According to one of Lance's books, the leader suffers, but because he's winning the pain is less. (Whatever that means!) I'm not sure what motivates any of the riders, why put yourself under that much stress?

My Dad and I are planning to go on BAK for the second year in a row. Although you bike ~70 miles per day, it's done at a relaxed pace with rest stops every 10 miles or so. Really the best part about it is all of the good food that's availible throughout the day. It's making me drool just thinking about it! :)

2/22/2005 03:36:00 PM  
Blogger Mwal said...

Excellent! I've never even come close to biking 70 miles in a day.

But I guess the miles that I do bike have been gradually adding up. When I was biking Sunday night, I was suddenly unable to use the middle chainring, even though the inner and outer ones were fine. I guess technically I could use it, but there was a lot of slipping and a horrible noise. I couldn't figure out what it was.

Anyway, in the light of day, it turned out that the middle chainring is broken! I.e., there is a radial crack. Topologically, speaking, it is no longer a ring. And I guess it's deformed enough that the chain doesn't like to sit on it.

So I guess it's probably time to replace the drivetrain. Or the bike.

2/22/2005 05:09:00 PM  
Blogger Mwal said...

Correction - I wrote:

Topologically, speaking, it is no longer a ring.Now that I think about it, it never was a ring. It was a torus with 5 holes. Now it is a torus with 4 holes.

2/22/2005 05:14:00 PM  

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