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Il faut arrêter le Tour · I’m quot­ing Re­naud Dély and I don’t know who he is, but (if you have some French) check out A l’agonie. Road cy­cling, at one lev­el it’s among the purest sport­s, or should be any­how: one hu­man against moun­tains and clocks and oth­er hu­mans and his or her own oxy­gen metabolis­m; strength and courage writ large. Post-Landis, I’d re­solved not to care any more, but I woke up ear­ly one morn­ing and ac­ci­den­tal­ly caught a stage while look­ing for some­thing else, and start­ed to care about Vi­nokurov and Ras­mussen and Con­ta­dor and so on. Like Re­naud said, shut it down now; ei­ther they turn it off or they’ve proved they just don’t care. Yes, Con­ta­dor too; as of to­day, ev­ery pro­fes­sion­al cy­clist is guilty un­til proved in­no­cen­t. In case you hadn’t no­ticed, the teams had to be car­ry­ing the trans­fu­sion and steroid-augmentation equip­ment along with ’em; you can’t just drop by a vil­lage on the Franco-Spanish bor­der and pick up your next day’s red cell­s. They’ve be­trayed mil­lion­s; to hell with ’em.
One Wheel · We went for ear­ly Sun­day din­ner at the ter­race at the Jeri­cho Sail­ing Club and then of course for a walk on the pier. On the pier was free en­ter­tain­men­t; Kris Holm was hav­ing a per­for­mance filmed. He claims to be the world’s best known Moun­tain Uni­cy­clist, a cat­e­go­ry that’s new to me. I got a few pic­tures ...
Morning Entertainment · For those of you on the West Coast who have a few spare ear­ly mo­ments, check out the Tour de France, which I think is pret­ty good TV en­ter­tain­men­t. Th­ese days, with the kid on sum­mer va­ca­tion, the house is qui­et ear­ly, so those morn­ings where I don’t have a phone call or some­thing I’ve been watch­ing the last half-hour of the Tour stages, which fin­ish some­time be­tween 7 and and 8, Pa­cif­ic time. While I use a bike for lots of er­rands around Van­cou­ver, I’m hard­ly a buf­f; but the strength and courage of these men is com­pelling, even if you’re miss­ing the fin­er points. Web cov­er­age here and here. [Up­date: Rafe Col­burn wrote to point me at the Dai­ly Pelo­ton, and he’s right, it’s good.]
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