Beginnings Of My July Distraction. “The Fox Is In The Hen House Now!”

# 158 – Tuesday, July 8th

It all started so innocently, this obsession. I trace its beginnings back to Chicago and the cabal of mountain bikers I rode with. Outside our professional lives, we were all bike crazy, joyfully seeking any and every excuse to pack up the bikes and hit the dirt. That is, until the mid-summer olio of  heat, humidity, poison ivy, and biting insects conspired to put a kink in our enthusiasm. The perfect elixir for our malaise ? The twenty-one days of pain, passion, grit, and hysteria that’s the Tour de France. Le Tour’s daily forays narrated by the inimitable pair of Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwin, sparked unending debates and provided the impetus to . . . just go ride, and let the summer soup of misery be damned. I’m still an avid mountain biker, and over the years, my thirst for everything Le Tour has only compounded, and yes right after I post this missive, I’ll watch stage four, grab my bike, and I’m off to my favorite singletrack.

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These images were taken while watching  NBC Sport’s coverage of the third stage of the 2014 TDF.  Frankie Andreu and James Startt provide the best and most entertaining tour commentary out there. Featured on Bicycling Magazine’s website it’s Tour Talk with Frankie and James.

“The Fox Is In The Hen House Now!”. A classic Phil Liggett euphemism for when a rider exploits a situation for his own benefit.

Thanks for reading.

Charles

 

 

 

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