Let’s get ready to rumble. …

Rig for heavy weather, me hearties —the Vuelta a España starts Saturday, followed on Monday by the USA Pro Challenge, which in just one voyage has had more names than a Limey brigand in an Irish witness-protection program staffed entirely by informers.

I’ll be assisting Charles Pelkey with the former as he performs his magical Live Update Guy act for Red Kite Prayer, so if you’ve nothing better to do around 11 a.m. Bibleburg time tomorrow, drop on by and heckle us. We’ll be on duty throughout the entire three weeks. You’re welcome.

This year’s Vuelta sounds like a real bear. Our old colleague Andrew Hood says it’s even nastier than last year’s edition, which caused cycling scribes worldwide to cramp up, fall off their barstools and abandon the race in tears just watching the goddamned thing. There are only four Americans in the 2012 Vuelta, so nobody on this side of the pond will be paying the race any mind, which means more bandwidth for the rest of us.

Where are the Yanks? Why, in Colorado, of course. Matthew Beaudin at VeloNews and Liquigas-Cannondale pro Timmy Duggan both think this year’s edition could go right down to the final time trial in Denver. This would be a good deal more interesting than last year’s race, which started with a lame-o Chamber of Commerce prologue in Bibleburg and pretty much ended with the Vail time trial … on stage 3.

I like a time trial for a finale, especially if it’s going to decide the race, so let’s hope for a nail-biter, if only to distract ourselves from the Never-Ending Story that is the Big Tex investigation. I won’t even link to that endless game of One-Handed Spit-In-the-Carpet At $300 Per Hour, having had my fill of the cop shop in my brief tour of duty as a police reporter back in the late Seventies.

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4 Responses to “Let’s get ready to rumble. …”

  1. Derek Says:

    It is nice to have a race on our side of the pond though huh?

  2. Larry T. Says:

    We had the California vacation, now the Colorado vacation…who really cares about winning these things? The guys with something left to prove for the year are in Spain, not Colorado. I don’t count the race in Utah as, well it’s in UTAH…so I wouldn’t call that a vacation. I’ll be looking instead for a pirate feed of La Vuelta and hope the stages are not the boring slogs into the wind on deserted freeways as they so often are. 2012’s route looks to be more interesting. Have fun with LUG, I’m sure you’ll have plenty of time for hijinx or admiring the beautiful Colorado scenery. We’ll be in “LA@5000ft” on the weekend but to us chrono’s are pretty boring to watch in-person, so I doubt we’ll waste the dead-dinosaurs to go see it.

  3. High Plains Drifters Says:

    If the smoke doesn’t clear, the Not the Official Tour of Colorado is going to be a lung- buster. Does Oakley make shades with little wiper blades for the soot?

    And, by the way, I’m talking about forest fire smoke, and not the legal variety applied as a screen

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