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This Saturday, a hundred and ninety-eight cyclists are expected to start the ninety-ninth edition of the Tour de France. The three-week race will cover twenty-one hundred and seventy-three miles from the initial start in Liege, Beligum, to the final finish along the Champs-Élysées, in Paris.
To celebrate this year’s Grand Départ, The New Yorker Photo Booth blog has compiled a selection of vintage Tour de France photos and facts for your cycling enjoyment. Click-through for more: http://nyr.kr/N7KVlC
Best 3 weeks of the year.
This is great ambiance.
2009 Tour de France
I got doored today by a woman getting out of a cab. I was about 1 block away from my apartment, and my concentration was wandering to the tasks for the rest of my day (Hadoop World, etc.) Letting up for 1 second means danger. NYC is a terrible place to ride a bike. I was riding along at about 10 mph and passing cars on the right hand side. Boom! Woman opens door right into me. My left shoulder takes the brunt of the impact. My new iPhone ejects onto the street, but miraculously only the tiniest scratch results. I pick up my phone and try to regain my composure. I could only utter, “It’s your responsibility.” Naturally, the woman tries to blame me! She says there was nothing she could have done. She claims since there was a red light (there wasn’t) that my smashing into the door SHE OPENED was my fault. I sarcastically say, “Thank you very much,” and ride home.
Now I have a large contusion on my left shoulder muscle, and my right elbow hurts when I extend it.
Levi Leipheimer & Carlos Perez: Creating a Community of Cyclists
Elite cycling champion and time trialist Levi Leipheimer sits down with Carlos Perez, event director for Levi’s King Ridge GranFondo, to talk about how they work together to create events that build a sense of community, connection, and healthy competition among bicyclists. Carlos, who’s also founder of Bike Monkey magazine, worked with Levi to launch the first granfondo in the U.S., based on one of Levi’s hardest training rides in Sonoma County, California. What does Carlos see as the single most important factor in creating a successful cycling event? A network of committed, enthusiastic volunteers is essential, says Carlos, as is placing quality over quantity when considering every aspect of an event. For more exclusive tips from Levi, Chris Carmichael, and other leading innovators in cycling, running, training, and health, go to the Nissan Innovation for Endurance community on Facebook.