This is my beautiful new Motobecane Le Champion racer! You can see more pictures here. I've been putting this bike together for over a week and have only ridden a few times. Tonight I put the finishing touches on, a pair of everyday wheels and a new seatbag to keep tubes, a multitool and a co2 inflator in.
I'm pretty proud of myself right now. For taking the financial risk and burden of buying a racing bike, for learning how to work on wheels, brakes, & derailleurs on my own, and most of all for getting this far into a fitness activity, which has really become an obsession. My next goals are to ride a century and to ride my first race in September and October, respectively.
Special thanks to my lovely wife for being so understanding during my feverish embrace of this excellent activity.
Lance Armstrong has won his seventh consecutive Tour de France. From the beginning it seemed almost like a foregone conclusion that he would. Even in the mountains after his Disco Train had rolled him to the front leaving the pack behind, top contenders like Ivan Basso and Jan Ullrich couldn’t get any attacks to stick. Lance Armstrong is one of the strongest and most unrelenting cyclists to ever ride the Tour. His record is a testament to his skill and tenacity. I’m grateful for all he has done to popularize the sport in this country but must admit that I’m happy to see him bowing out now. He’s reached the top of his game and his competitors feel like they can’t even touch him. It’s time, in short, for new blood.
I can’t wait to watch the other contender’s duke it out next year. I’ll be pulling hard for my main man Ivan Basso. He’ll have some tough competition but I think 2006 is his year.
Here’s a brief list of the things that did surprise me at this year’s tour:
After chasing down countless attacks by Basso, Vino, and the Tmob boys Lance Armstrong looks to be the winner of the Tour de France for the 7th time. The race passed over the final major climb in the pyranees today and barring any major mechanical failures, a bad wreck, or an injury Armstrong will be the champion again. He's an amazing rider and has proven his greatness again this year. He hasn't even won a stage yet and still no one could even touch him. Bravo Lance!
If he continues to ride like this the tour will assuredly be his. But that's the real question, can he continue to outpace all of these other riders, including the young guns like Basso and Valverde? We'll see tomorrow as the riders take on Le Galibier, the sacred monster, the highest peak of this year's race.
It’s that time of the year again. The 2005 Tour de France begins on Saturday and Lance Armstrong will fight for a record breaking 7th Tour victory. Will he do it? That remains to be seen. Will it be exciting to watch? Absolutely! This year’s Tour de France may be more exciting than any other. Here’s why...