Tuesday, September 2, 2008

WAR - IV - Vive le Tour!

Nothing says ‘teamwork’ like lighting your buddy’s cig while riding in the Alps.

Congratulations to Carlos Sastre, this year’s winner of the Maillot Jaune – the Yellow Jersey. He either out-rode or out-doped the rest of the field up Alpe d’Huez to take an insurmountable lead. The Tour is cycling’s premiere event, but has been plagued with scandal for the past, well 80 years or so. No matter, drugs or no drugs these guys are amazing athletes and ride a blistering 2,200 miles in 23 days. Depending on whom you believe, Floyd Landis rode it with either a belly full of Jack Daniels or a Testosterone patch on his junk. Either way is manly in my book.

So, this week’s Wednesday urban Assault Ride (WAR) will feature a Texan’s salute to the tour. We will ride down Austin’s Champs Elysees and I promise we will see the Eiffel Tower. A few stops are planned at some of Austin’s finer ‘European’ watering holes. Bring your bike and all the EPO you can eat. The post-ride drug test location will be the rear wheel of Crowder’s new bike.

Meeting Points:

The Breakaway Group – 6:30pm – Mat’s House – 808 Ethel (Est. 18-20mi total)

The Peleton – 7:10pm – Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop. http://www.mellowjohnnys.com/ (Est. 8-10mi total)

Mellow Johnny is a Texan version of the French ‘Maillot Jaune’

They have good Espresso if you get there early!

Return time will be about 9:30pm

Required: Bike (most any kind will do), helmet, bike light (rear at least), beer money

Recommended: Lock, bell

Special Equipment: None

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