Nearly there now. …


On the road again. ...

On the road again. …

It’s July, and you know what that means — Le Homme Gros is getting set to start the Tour de France with Live Update Guy.

All the usual suspects will be on hand as Le Shew Bigge gets under way starting Saturday in the Netherlands — Charles Pelkey, The Man On the Scene (MOTS), the Old Guy Who Gets Fat In Winter (new kit coming soon), and the LUG Nuts Mystery Theatre & Monty Python Spam Spam Spam Eggs Spam Sausage & Spam Appreciation Society, clogging Teh Innertubes with content-free gobbets of Non-Race-Related Blah-Blah-Blah® and the occasional myopic glimpse of what might be going on in the actual race (now where the hell’s my start list and what the hell stage is this, anyway? Is that a roundabout or a maelstrom? Jesus Christ!)

We’re not exactly Phil & Paul, but then they’re not exactly us, either (for starters, they don’t work for tips).

But we do, and we’ll be your servers at Live Update Guy starting Saturday. Would you like to see a menu or do you plan to drink your dinner like everyone else in the joint?

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12 Responses to “Nearly there now. …”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    Here we go again. Around and around France we go, where the needles are stashed, nobody knows….

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      You got to have faith, Bro.
      Didn’t ride the “Busa” killer bike while in IL. I still have some sense left. It’s for sale if you want to buy it. Should be able to ride it back to NM from IL in about 3 milliseconds, if you don’t notice any traffic signs or lights.
      After this latest “oblication”, I will certainly be drinking my dinner on LUG, thank you very much. I would appreciate if you kept my glass of stout full, Patrick. The more stout, the louder the tinkle in the tip jar.
      Niner now equipped with a new set of TRP Spyke disc brakes. I will break them in Friday.

      • khal spencer Says:

        Thanks, Pat, but no thanks on the Busa. Riding the K1100RS in today’s traffic sometimes puts The Fear into me. I suppose the advantage to the Busa would be to put it into Warp Drive and find myself in another galaxy rather than the streets of New Mexico.

  2. debby511 Says:

    Should be a great show, with Skeleton, Nibbles and Super Spaniard facing off. And Quintana too (need a nickname for him).

    I just hope there aren’t so many crashes and injuries this year.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yeah, I wanna see all the big dogs barking. Last year was interesting, with so many contenders sidelined early, but it’s more fun to watch a real battle royal. As long as you’re watching from the office chair instead of a saddle, of course.

  3. Steve O Says:

    A bunch of grown ups riding kids’ toys in their underwear. That makes as much sense as … well, maybe, nine guys in pajamas waiting to catch a ball that they already had in the first place, only their teammate threw it at this guy with a big wooden stick. Or, how about, eleven guys chasing a guy running with a ball, only, when they catch him, they let him back up so he can run away again. Yeah, none of those will fly. How about … five guys trying to put a ball in a basket, only there’s a hole in the basket, so just as soon as someone gets it in, it falls right through and the other team tries the same stunt on the opposite end. Sorry, all out of ideas here.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      How about a bunch of guys, followed by another bunch of guys carrying bags of sticks, hitting little white balls all over a park. And every time they find the ball they hit, instead of picking it up … they hit it again!

  4. Jon Paulos Says:

    Making my annual attempt to get fired for lack of performance in July. Who’s going to win the overall? Some guy! Who’s going to win the mountain classification? Some skinny guy! Who’s going to win the Sprinter’s jersey? Some beefy guy! Who’s going to win the Best Young Rider classification? Some young guy! There you go, you’ve got it all, no need to tune in. Unless you want the rest of the story. After reading that story on VeloNews about Quintana’s PSA work, I’m rooting for him.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:


    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Andy Hood over at that bicycle magazine, Whatchamacalliit, thinks Quintana could win the whole enchilada. Not so hotsy-totsy at time trialing or descending, but he goes uphill like a surface-to-air missile.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        I think Hood is right. Only one ITT, 13.8 km prologue, and one short TTT of 28 km in the race this year. So, the course seems made for a climber, especially an explosive one. Plus Quintana has a great poker face. If he can just stay out of the crashes, he might do it.

  5. Ricardo Says:

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