Thursday, June 09, 2011

Thursday Anticipation

There is only one thing we want to talk about this week, namely this:

Cousin Adam and Red River Mike are co-directing this one. The details have now been posted, so surf on over to the official race website to see all the radness they have in store for us. The raddest of the rad is that it will be supremely beginner-friendly, with 1, 2, and 3 lap options. How sweet will it be to participate alongside the kids? Little M and the J-Train are working on putting together a team. Hopefully they will have some competition. Did we also mention that kids race for free?

If you are having trouble coming up with a team, please let us know. We might be able to help out.

For those who want a little practice before the big event, there is an ITT on Saturday. Many like to refer to ITTs the race of truth. But that's not quite right, since, as Colonel Jessup so eloquently explains, facing the truth is really a team discipline. Truthful or not, I am hoping to be there. It would be nice to have others from the FGBC and RRR along to share the humiliation.

To anticipate how things are likely to go for the Dark Side next Wednesday, we thought it might be appropriate to pay homage to some of the worst TTT performances of all time. The gold standard is the 7-Eleven disaster from the 1986 TdF. It all starts to go south at around the 3:18 mark.

A close second is the TTT ditch ride by Bouygues Telecom in the 2009 TdF:

And perhaps most painfully, there is Dave Zabriskie in the 2005 TdF channeling his inner Alex Stieda to remind us what not to do in a TTT while wearing the yellow jersey.

For a more hopeful account of how things might go, watch this one:

Thank-you John Tesh.

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