Saturday, August 1, 2009

get inspired

Last week, the big boys climbed the Ventoux, which inspired me to dig through my old photos (.jpgs) from my 2004 trip to France. Here's a picture I took after the classic climb and before an even more pulse-quickening descent.

Few other sports allow us to play on the same field as the pros. Sure, you can hop the fence and run around the old Durham Bulls stadium and pretend you're Susan Sarandon. But getting to climb the Ventoux and Alpe d'Huez is something I feel very lucky to have done and must recommend if ever you have the chance. And if you never make it out to France, at least try to head out to somewhere like Boone and climb someplace like Beech Mountain. And while you're at it, why not pay a friend to put a sign with your name on the front of their car and follow you. I reckon the German tourists should automatically show up and cheer.


bullcitybiker said...

Sounds like a bunch of folks from Durham were at le Tour in '04. Our favorite stage was the finish in Villard-de-Lans. We were 300 meters from the finish with a bunch of very cool Brits when the front group of Armstrong, Klodi, Ullrich and Basso caught the caravan and forced them to the side of the road.

I wish I would have had my bike with me as you did.

co2cycle said...

watching racing is fun, but not as fun as riding. we only caught the d'huez time trial and the finish in paris, both of which were cool. spent 4 other days riding, eating crepes, and searching for campsites.

miniweesh said...

If my memory serves, you also spent some time searching for Austin in a French emergency room.