LUGgers, start your keyboards

The Phantom of the Opera? Naw, just some bald-headed Irish-American unemployable trying to stave off honest work as usual.

The Phantom of the Opera? Naw, just some bald-headed Irish-American unemployable trying to stave off honest work as usual.

The Tour de France starts tomorrow with a 13.8km individual time trial in Utrecht, Netherlands, and Live Update Guy will be there.

Well, not “there” so much as here (Duke City, New Mexico, where Your Humble Narrator whiles away the hours), although there will be some “there” there (mostly Laramie, Wyoming, where Charles Pelkey hangs out his shingle). And there’s MOTS in France, Mons at the Vatican, Larry in Italy, Mbugua in Kenya, Dave in Afghanistan. …

In these days of live streaming video and up-to-the-nanosecond social media it seems odd that a text-based live update like ours still attracts an audience. Still, some folks seem to like it, and we enjoy doing it, so there you have it.

It’s kind of like hanging around a neighborhood sports bar where the innkeeper is always happy to change the channel from golf to cycling, and he never cuts you off and/or throws you out.

So pop on by and say howdy when Le Shew Bigge kicks off tomorrow. It’s a time trial, for god’s sake. We’ll need all the Non-Race-Related Blah-Blah-Blah™ we can drum up.

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9 Responses to “LUGgers, start your keyboards”

  1. Larry T. Says:

    Have fun with Le Beeg Shew!! Dunno if I’ll have any chances to add any snarky comments as we’re running a couple of Legendary Climbs of the Giro tours starting in a few days. If you won a t-shirt during the Giro luggery, make sure Pelkey has your name and address and SIZE as I will pull them out of our stock here in Italy, then bring ’em home to send to you via USPS once I’m back in the ‘states in August. Vive LeTour!! Forza Nibali!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      You see Nibbles may already be a man down before a pedal is turned in anger? Seems Lars Boom has fallen afoul of MPCC rules on cortisol.

      Since UCI won’t permit a substitution it looks like MPCC will be down a team here directly.

      • Larry T. Says:

        MPCC? Seems like an oxymoron since teams just bail on it whenever they must actually follow the rules rather than just run their mouths and point to the sticker on their team vehicles.
        Nibali’s starting out well, with an advantage on his rivals from Stage 1. Who (and when) will be the first of the “Fab Four” to fall out of contention?
        Might be able to LUG some today as we’re in transition from Grandi Alpi to Legendary Climbs of the Giro. Meanwhile the same heat wave broiling LeTour is roasting us here in Italy.

    • khal spencer Says:

      Larry, I finally got around to putting that Centaur derailleur on the Cannonball yesterday, as the shifting on the old stuff had deteriorated to the point where it was embarrassing. The derailleur works really well with the 12-30 cassette, clearing the giant 30t cog nicely. Unfortunately in my current state of physical disrepair, the 30t cog comes in quite handy on the Col de Pajarito Mountain.

      Thank you!

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Your legs look like you just rode the TdF. The riding in Duke City must agree with you!
    See you in the AM. Have fun with your clients, Larry.
    Up, Nairo, up!

  3. Steve O Says:

    Is that a Peabody on the shelf over your right shoulder? Should be!

  4. psobrien Says:

    Sorry I missed LUG coverage today. Got a ride in before it got too hot. Then some shopping and cooking to do. Now it’s time to watch the next episode of Poldark with an appropriate barley pop such as Newcastle’s Brown Ale.

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