Yet there is quite a lot going on in the world. It might be because happenings in the world make it hard to think of only cycling, but more likely the Vuelta is ticking along and the Tour of Britain has yet to start. News of rider transfers and new sponsors trickle in and our daily lives go on as intended.
I may have found a new fork for my Cannondale bike, and so it seems my cycling career might not be over yet. I admit I had visions of becoming a cycle to the market and yoga class kind of bike rider, which I still might end up as, you never know, almost losing a second bike in two years sort of took the wind out of my sails.
A lull is nice and I have taken the opportunity to finish a humorous travel book on Italy and do some home repairs as well as tick off items on the long neglected to do list. After chasing and writing about races for months straight, I began to dream cycling and needed a lull.
These things catch my interest of late:
• I am a lover of maps, and here is a cool new one. Of particular interest since I am trying to reconsider where to live and am looking for a place that is 66℉ year round: One Map, A World of Temperatures Microclimates and macro-, blended together in a gorgeous app. Further explore the Quicksilver weather map.
|I no like red.|
|Philip Deignan in August 2013. Photo © by Karen Rakestraw at Pedal Dancer®|
|Sylvain Chavanel, I'll follow him anywhere. Photo © by Karen Rakestraw at Pedal Dancer®|
|Fernando Alonso. Photo from SkySports|
|Who is IAM Cycling. Photo from IAM Cycling|
• I have two friends (one virtual) who recently completed the incredibly difficult Haute Route across the Alps. Greg Brown (USA) took on the route with a group of friends and succeeded, so too did Gerry Patterson (Canadian living in France) who writes a blog I follow regularly titled The Vicious Cycle. If you ever dream of riding the Haute Route yourself (7 timed stages from Geneva to Nice), Gerry created an incredibly informative detailed step by step approach chronicling his journey to completing the ride. And it is all on ONE page, read the do it yourself guide: Haute Route 2013.
Another Horner interview in "Spanglish" http://t.co/YIJfIPRLNxApres Velo. They have this snazzy cotton number which makes me wish I was heading to Toscana 2013 (otherwise knows as Worlds in Italy) right now.
— Race Radio (@TheRaceRadio) September 5, 2013
farm near Pau where I have luckily stayed 4 times in previous years. The Vuelta revisits the climb to Peyregudes this Sunday. I liked that climb a lot and wrote about it before when the climb was first included in the 2012 Tour de France - and I WAS THERE!! Stage 17 on Peyregudes
|Campervans on road to Peyregudes in 2012. Photo © by Karen Rakestraw at Pedal Dancer®|
|The view of the world from the Hungry Cyclist Lodge in Burgundy, France. Photo from Hungry Cyclist website|
|Travels and stories from Suze, Cycling blog. Photo by Suze|
|Photo from Mud and Cowbells blog|
• And lastly - NASA has an Instagram account.