It’s over!

Go home, Fatso, you’re drunk.

Following in the tricksy footsteps of sneaky newsmakers everywhere, we hereby present your Friday Bad News Dump:

Live Update Guy will not be calling this year’s Tour de France.

LUG-in-Chief Charles Pelkey and I have mulled it over a time or two — should we stay or should we go? — and the simple truth of it is we’re both busy and tired and three weeks of following Le Tour would leave us only more so on both fronts.

There’s a chance we might pop up guerrilla-style to do an epic mountain stage, but I wouldn’t bet the ranch on it.

It’s been fun, and p’raps some day it will be fun again. Maybe when the robots take over.

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22 Responses to “It’s over!”

  1. Says:

    Sorry to see you guys go. Enjoy your break from the coverage.

  2. pat O'Brien Says:

    Doing the LUG coverage of Le Tour must be really hard grunt work. Plus, I just don’t have the time to consume it. I spend too much time in front of a screen as it is.

  3. JD Dallager Says:

    Here’s to all the LUG Nuts……and especially to Sir Charles and PO’G! It was a great ride! Many Thanks!!

  4. Dale Says:

    All good things must end. I am sorry that I won’t be able to converse with the LUGnuts, but as an old retired guy, I was amazed that you guys kept at it for so long.

    My old employer called me a couple of weeks ago to ask if I would be interested in contracting with them in 2018. I said 50%ish maybe, but now I have second thoughts.

    Charles must be working in the secret underground lab to turn Wyoming blue – God speed.

  5. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    It was a good time, for sure. And the LUG Nuts really helped Charles get through that rough patch after the cancer/pink slip combo. I’m certain he will remain forever grateful, and that’s no bullshit.

    Maybe if we’d had some more resources we could have kept on keepin’ on, but them there sumbitches is hard to come by, even for capitalists. For a couple old commies like us it was double-tough.

    And there’s so much video available now that our model was starting to feel antiquated, though I expect there are a few folks who still appreciate the text-based update, especially among the cube farmers. Too, the clubby nature of our little bunch made it a good deal different from the other live updates out there.

    Ah, well. I’ll confess that while I’ll miss the Nuts, it will be pleasant to have those three weeks in July back.

    • Dale Says:

      I usually did a split screen, with LUG on one side and a live European feed on the other. I’ll still be listening for Sean Kelly’s turty-tree this year.

  6. Pat O'Brien Says:

    I’d like to see a robot do this. Good news morning.

  7. Libby Says:

    Thank you for the great new ‘toon of Il Fattini in his voluptuous, Bacchanalian glory!

    Last week you prevued the big announcement. I’ll miss the update. You and Charles will be able to actually get some sleep this July.

    This year the entire stage will be televised every day. That wouldn’t work for you guys. (However, there will be several uncharacteristically short stages, too.)

    Thanks again for LUGging all those GTs and PRs.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      You’re welcome, Libby. I felt a new ‘toon was called for, and since I happen to be the fella that draws ’em, well, I didn’t have to issue any orders or threats or paychecks or nothin’. Just got ‘er done.

      Now I have another damn’ Bicycle Retailer deadline to rassle. Seems like those suckers come by as often as cabs at the airport. Catching them proves problematic.

  8. Steve O Says:

    Fun while it lasted? Kinda like Homo sapiens reign as top banana in the animal kingdom. Or like Earth’s tenure as a hospitable planet.

    Wonder what they’ll race on Mars in 2049, after we’ve started over?

  9. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Le Beeg Shew in France gets more and more like the NFL Superbowl each year – more hype, less actual sporting entertainment. Coming up with snarky comments during what’s becoming more and more a snore-fest must have been tough, so you deserve a break. Maybe ride your own damn bikes instead of watching others ride theirs?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      That’s the idea, Larry. My cycling has suffered this past couple of weeks as I wrangle other chores, and going straight into Le Shew Bigge would’ve been too much. How the hell did it get to be Tour time already? Where did the year go?

      How’s Italy been this year? We need a rundown on the food and cycling from over there. I’m not even interested in my own cooking lately. It’s just been too bloody hot, until this weekend brought a slight cooling trend.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Between the heat and the lingering affect from the flu on our taste and smell, we just haven’t been hungry. I will try a ride tomorrow morning. That should help. It will only be the second ride in two weeks.

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          We’ve been eating a lot of cold grub — salads, fruit and cheese with crackers, sometimes with shrimp, or smoked salmon (that Whole Amazon smoked salmon is pretty a’ight, a’ight). Quesadillas. Guacamole and chips. Simple stuff that doesn’t require me to crouch over the range, sweating into a pan.

          That flu really did for you guys, didn’t it? Glad to hear you’re on the mend. As weight-loss programs go I can’t recommend it.

        • Pat O'Brien Says:

          Yep, it has been two weeks today since I first started feeling bad and feverish. We will get the flu shot next year. It’s hard to be sick when you are hardly ever sick. I couldn’t remember the last time. Boo. Speaking of Boo, how is our little man doing today?

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          El Boo-oh chillin' like a villain

          El Boo-oh, as they call him south of the border, has had quite enough of the heat, thanks very much. This weekend has cooled considerably, but he’s not surrendering his spot by the air-conditioning vent in the kitchen floor.

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        It’s been hot here too. I’ve frozen a six-pack of 1.5 liter water bottles in the hotel freezer each night so we have some cool water to drink on the road. But it’s NOT too hot to enjoy a plate of homemade egg noodles with a cream sauce and a few black truffles shaved over the top for lunch.
        We enjoy a few popsicles along the way along with a cool glass of prosecco before arriving to a nightly feast of risotto with robiola cheese followed by a stewed beef cheek – all washed down with wines made from the vineyard we admire from the ristorante terrace. We’re off to the Asti hills for more of the same before we head towards the Ligurian Coast later this week.

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          Damn. Makes my green-chile chicken enchiladas and Mexican rice look like weak tea. Plus I only managed an hour of trails on a drop-bar bike.

          But I was out there all alone. Never saw another person on a bike. Weird, for a Sunday. Was there some massive sporting event on TV or something? Maybe everybody’s in jail and I didn’t get the memo to surrender.

          • larryatcycleitalia Says:

            How ’bout a rosemary risotto served “wrapped” in pancetta? Italy’s Piedmont features what many consider the finest antipasti and first plates of any region in Italy. Our HQ is here and we’ll get to enjoy a few days in the Asti hills before crossing the Appennines to finish in Liguria. Fresh fish anyone? Maybe along with a crisp white wine too rare to export? It’s tough here, but someone’s gotta suffer through it while you guys deal with the Greasy Orange Turd!!!

  10. Steve O Says:

    In today’s “long tail” entertainment delivery model, you’d think there would be some way to make the LUG-fest happen. ‘Specially cuz you guys know your shit, which cannot be said of 99% of the folks who make their living talking at others.

    I seem to recall Joe Lindsey doing the same thing over at, and doing a fine job, but it only lasted a year or so. So even with the big Rodale bucks backing it, it wasn’t meant to be.

    Sometimes longevity is over-rated. Nothing wrong with kicking ass for a while and then quitting while your ahead.

  11. Joe Says:

    Bummer. Enjoyed the running dialogue from the regulars. But I surely do not blame you – it was truly a time suck for you guys.

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