Tossing and Tortured 'Till Dawn

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Monday, February 19, 2007

Californication:

Are you watching the Tour of California? If not, check it out on OLN cum Versus, 10pm EST every day this week. Different schedule on the weekend. Yesterday was the prologue, a short, punchy time trial down the Embarcadero and up Telegraph Hill in San Francisco. Last year's winner Levi Leipheimer took the thing by a single second. Watching it, the thing that struck me most was the crowds lining the streets: they were huge. I've heard some estimates that 300,000 people were watching this thing. People wondered what would happen to American interest in professional cycling in the post-Lance Armstrong era. One of the things we need to REALLY be fans, though, is races on our own soil, a history and tradition of cycling to call our own.

Without century-old races like Liege-Bastogne-Liege and massive traditions like the Tour de France, we have to start from scratch. The organizers of the Tour of California have done just that, and if you already like bike racing, you should show your support. If you don't like it yet, give it a try. I promise, it's more exciting than your Desperate Housewives.

Anyway, yesterday as I watched Levi Leipheimer suffering up Telegraph, the thing that stood out to me was the SOUND of the crowd. The cheering drowned out the announcers, and you could clearly hear the crowd chanting "LE - VI! LE - VI! LE - VI!" That's awesome.

When I tell people who I meet every day that I'm into road bike racing, some of them know what it is by saying, "oh, you mean like Lance Armstrong?" Yeah, kinda. But many also have to ask me a couple of times if I mean motorcycles, and others are completely confused.

Check it out. A bunch of guys in multicolored spandex can be pretty cool. At least, I hope so.

2 Comments:

  • At 7:52 PM , Blogger stokediam said...

    You'll know cycling has made it as a U.S. sport when you don't have to pay $75/mo. to get the TV channel that carries bike racing.

     
  • At 10:11 PM , Blogger allons-y said...

    word.

    we dont get versus here on our free basic cable which sorta sucks.

    adam hansen (zakeen over at WW) is tearing heads in his first pro race w/ t-mob....6th in the prologue, in the big break today, keep an eye out for him, hes a nice guy from the email convo's ive had with him.

     

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