It’s been a slow week at the ‘office’ (my living room) and I’ve been doing a little blog reading on the sly. This, as you may know, can be a dangerous business because once you find something interesting, they inevitably have a blogroll of other good blogs to check out – it gets exponentially time consuming very quickly! Since I probably won’t be blogging about my riding exploits for a few days I thought I’d share someone else’s with you for a change.
I’m not sure this guy will appreciate me slapping up his URL on the blog, but I want him to know that I mean well. Here’s the story:
Jean-François had a plan to ride every single stage of this year’s Tour, alone and unassisted. He started a site months ago. trained a lot (you can see his log on the site), began a blog of his preparations, and took donations for a charity he believes in.
Last Saturday he began his adventure by riding Stage One. He finished (more or less), then wrote a blog article saying he was packing it in! I’m not sure why I feel so affected by this. It may be because I can relate to mid-life crises, or simply because I hate to see dreams unravel. In any event, he hasn’t updated since Saturday and people are adding encouraging comments on his blog. Maybe he’s still in France, pondering his next move? If you feel inclined, send him some mojo!
(Update: save that mojo; he’s back in the UK now. Still, the site is worth a look.)
From Jean-François’ blog I found this one. It is a clean, stylish and easy-to-read blog, apparently about a guy in his 40’s who has taken up competitive cycling for the first time in his life (sound familiar?). He’s got some fun videos, good product reviews and news about pro cycling, added into the mix.
From Giro it was a short click to my next stop in the blogosphere. This one is run by an illustrator who obviously is also a cycling nut. This year he made an illustration for each stage of the Tour. He has a little online shop as well. Here’s an example – Stage 8: