Its Le Tour de France time again! Probably my most favourite time of the year. I usually stay up and watch most of the stages (they are live on SBS from 10pm-2am) which results in me being a zombie for the month of July.
Every 3 or 4 stages I will skip a night of viewing and catch up sleep. I also record them on the PVR to rewatch later on (if I fall asleep on the couch). Waking up to ride to work can be tough after a few late nights.
The big news so far is that Australias Orica-Greenedge team won their first ever TDF stage! Its a first for an Australian Cycling Team! Go the Aussies! AND to back that up, they team-time-trialled into the YELLOW JERSEY the very next day!
Australia has become one of the power players in the cycling world and its great to see the hard work paying off. I know I was cheering at the TV at 1am in celebration. Lets hope they can hang onto the jersey for a few more days - they are unlikely to keep it in the mountain stages. After that the GC heavy hitters will take over and light things up abit.
A pleasant side effect of the Tour is that every ride I do feels like a tour stage - I'm sprinting on the flats, dancing on the pedals up the mountains and decending like a pro (well....I pretend to). Nothing like some exciting races to perk up the motivation on a winters morning ride.
Happy Tour Time and safe riding!
Beautiful photos borrowed from www.cyclingtips.com.au
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