(Not) the Tour de France

Tom Waits for no one.

But somebody’s still thinking about it:

“Professional cycling reacted with a mix of cautious optimism and scepticism after the French sports minister, Roxana Mărăcineau, confirmed that together with the Tour de France organisers ASO, her officials were exploring ways of running a scaled-down Tour with restrictions on spectator access this summer even though the country is currently in lockdown to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.”

Uh huh. I don’t see Live Update Guy cranking up the rusty machinery for this one. But I’ve been wrong before. …

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17 Responses to “(Not) the Tour de France”

  1. JD Dallager Says:

    Whoa there, Bubba! That’s a lean, mean machine…..and I ain’t talkin’ ’bout the Soma (which is too!)!! That be You, My Man!!!!
    Nice water bottle……Hope you also have a fan to keep you cool.
    PS: You do, unfortunately, look like you’re Chris Froome’ing the wattmeter…..sorry, couldn’t resist! 🙂
    Happy B’day…..take care of Herself, HtE, and Miss Mia, and YOURSELF, mi amigo!!

  2. khal spencer Says:

    Hey, lets get some style points here. Where’s the Mad Dog jersey?

  3. Shawn in the Gorge Says:

    LUG? Is he still an elected official of the great State of Cheney.., uh I mean Wyoming? If so I bet he’s working his tail off insuring the needs of the State to fight the Dick-19 (damn I did it again !), covid-19 virus.

    Kudos on the Trainer workout. I’m going to go out and do circles on my bike inside the garage. A rough application of pi indicates that I need to go around a hundred times to equal a mile. I wonder if I’ll ever be able to turn to the right again. Track cycling here I come !

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I believe Comrade Pelkey is now a free man. The session is behind him, and he sez to me he sez that he is “hunkered down at home and taking clients on by phone only.”

      Lord, I do hate a trainer. But it was raining with a side of wind, and I ain’t as spry as I was before Feb. 21, a date which will live in infamy. So indoors it was.

      What’s the bank on that “track?”

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Thanks for sending the rain and wind to us. It is downright nasty outside right now. One hundred degrees? Bring it on. Now! I don’t own enough clothes to keep my old ass during this bullshit. If you complain about the rain in AZ, they deport your ass to Portland, OR.

        • Herb from Michigan Says:

          According to your post you can’t keep your old ass POB. Well who has it, do they even want it and will it show up on eBay? “For sale One Old Ass formerly owned by renowned cyclist. Carefully used but with slight crack down center. Still flexible enough to modify to various bike seats.” I’ll check local Craig’s List and see if something turns up for you Pat. Ain’t right you got no ass.

      • Shawn in the Gorge Says:

        Well because the original builder decided to try the minimalist rebar design on the garage floor allowing for noticeable north/south cracking, it varies from plus 2 degrees to minus 3 on the slick southeast corner. No problems though, I blew up the guest air mattress and mounted it there for those upper lane sprints. I figured out real quick though, that if I mount an eye bolt in the garage ceiling at the center and string a rope from it that riding in a circle is a lot easier. I added another 2 kph to make maximum straight line speed…. Just don’t let go though.

        Glad to hear that the LUG man is doing well.

  4. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Love the new masthead! The Turk at rest. Beauty.

  5. SAO' Says:

    How do you scale down the Tour? Weird concept. Maybe don’t publish the route? Or do the whole thing solo, no teams, via Strava?

    We have a hard enough time staying 6’ apart at the self-check-out line. Just doesn’t seem enforceable.

  6. SAO' Says:

    The more I think about it … run the Tour kinda like the Iditarod, kinda like a Nordic biathlon, with an e-sport twist. No teams, 100% solo, you got two weeks to complete one week’s worth of racing, however you want to break it up, all on a Strava-like platform.

    You make up for the list crowds with all sorts of prop betting. First dude to complete the 3 highest peaks, fastest decent, instead of sprint finishes you’d have fastest speed thru certain checkpoints, and a special wager called the Cipollini, longest break in the red light district.

  7. Larry T. atCycleItalia Says:

    https://cyclingtips.com/2020/03/tour-de-quarantine-stage-5-another-duel-along-the-river/
    La Grand Boucle it’s not, but these are trying times.

  8. Pat O’Brien Says:

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