The 96th edition of the Tour de France is on right now and if you’ve never really thought about the race or the insanity that is bike racing but are reading this, then you have no choice.

Think about this:

As I’m writing this post and Dave is drinking beer and eating various types of wurst, Stage Five is in progress. Stage Five doesn’t sound all that impressive, but calling it “Stage riding across Lake Michigan in one day, but on land and in France” just doesn’t roll off the tongue. The length of this stage is 196.5 kms. Go back and reread that number. Seriously. That’s wider than Lake Michigan, which although skinny, is still a GREAT LAKE!

Crazy, right? That’s a lot of biking around. Well, that’s only the 6th longest stage on the Tour. The longest is 224 kms. Seriously.

Oh and not only is that impressive, but they don’t really have breaks. There are two REST DAYS, but other than that, it’s straight on through. Stage Six, which goes tomorrow, is a paltry 181.5kms. Stage Seven is the aforementioned 224kms and yep, that’s Friday. They do this ’til the 26th with TWO DAYS break.

And folks, this isn’t a leisurely ride down the path to pick up the latest US Weekly and some gelato. On the days when the Stages are short, they are only short because it’s a sprint. Full speed ahead. Plus, there are crashes, strategies, crazy fans and the French to deal with.

But also, it’s in France and most of France is covered in F’ING MOUNTAINS.

Seriously.

-Karim-

One Response to “What are you doing today? Riding across Lake Michigan.”
  1. […] Stage Five doesn’t sound all that impressive, but calling it “Stage riding across Lake Michigan in one day, but on land and in France ” just doesn’t roll off the tongue. The length of this stage is 196.5 kms. … Read more: Dave Duncan » What are you doing today? Riding across Lake Michigan. […]

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