Tour Lag, positive cycling in the paper
It's now blurring into week three of le Tour. Simon Gerrans has just won a stage in the Alps, Cadel's lost the yellow in what we can only hope was his bad day on the tour where he didn't look strong and the race is far from having a clear leader, with 6 riders within 50 seconds of Frank Schleck's tenous grip on the yellow jersey (everyone has a bad day on the tour). Tonight's a rest night for the Tour, phew ... some sleep at last. The next two stages in the Alps will sort that out though.
A good article on bikes as transport in today's Age some exerpts from Chris Saliba's article, called
A bike often gets you there quicker
A recent report says that 52% of typical car trips in Australian cities are under five kilometres long. That's about a 20-minute ride. Broken down into energy costs, such a trip will set you back about 200 calories.
I soon learned how much fun it was whooshing along and enjoying the fresh air. I was hooked and couldn't have cared less what people thought. I now have a large basket attached to the back of my bike and can easily do all my shopping as well as commute. As far as I can see, bikes are a great positive. They save you money on petrol, burn up body fat, help the environment — and they're fun. On top of that they're very reliable and, in some situations, faster than cars.
Our DISC session last night ended with a few of us utterly trashed. Need. New. Legs.