Here are some things to keep you busy during the Tourâ€™s second rest day:
1. Two weeks ago, I directed you to check-out the Flanders episode of CervÃ©lo TestTeamâ€™s documentary, Beyond the Peloton. The Roubaix episodeâ€™s up now too. Some great stuff! How many days until April?
2. And speaking of Roubaix, Red Kite Prayer posted a storyâ€”with photosâ€”on Tom Boonenâ€™s early Specialized prototype bike. Itâ€™s an interesting look behind the scenes of one of Roubaixâ€™s most successful bikes over the past few years. Remember the days when aluminum was cutting-edge? My how time flies!
3. I’ve also ordered a copy of the new DVD, A Ride with George Hincapie. Look for a review to follow. I paid for it with my own lunch money, so I’ll be able to say whatever I want about it. But if this trailer’s any indication, it will be pretty good.
4. The Tourâ€™s in the Alps now. Several years ago, one of Competitive Cyclistâ€™s â€œWhatâ€™s Newâ€ columnists treated himself to a little Alpine pain-fest. He recounts the experience in the â€œWhatâ€™s Newâ€ archives. Click here to start at the beginning, then just click â€œNext Articleâ€ to continue through the rest. A fascinating read.
5. In closing, two notes about PavÃ© itself:
First, Iâ€™m sure some of you have noticed a lack of photography over the past several weeks. Iâ€™ve come to realize that including photoâ€™s on the siteâ€”even when giving credit to the photographer or the site from which they cameâ€”is illegal. Not wanting to put PavÃ© at risk, Iâ€™ve decided to forgo photo usage, unless Iâ€™m able to obtain the consent of the photographer.
To that end, Iâ€™ve started contacting several photographers with the hopes of developing some relationships that might help us enhance the site.
To that end though, if you or someone you know happens to be a photographerâ€”professional or amateurâ€”who might like to contribute, please donâ€™t hesitate to contact me.
And second, Iâ€™m not sure how terrific a milestone it is, but last week PavÃ© made its 100th post. Thank you to everyone for your patronage, your comments, and all the support youâ€™ve provided over the last several months. I’m proud that this has grown from a lunchtime experiment to a site frequented by so many. That said weâ€™ve got several things up our sleeve in the weeks to come; I hope youâ€™ll continue to enjoy what PavÃ© provides.
Thanks and enjoy the beginning of your week!