Last night I took some time to watch a recording of stage 9 of the 2003 Tour De France. You may not remember much else about it, but I bet you remember Lance Armstrong getting in some mountain bike action as he cuts across a field to avoid a fallen rider. Pretty incredible stuff.
Two other things popped out at me while I watched. One: the number of riders in the peloton who have since been discredited for doping. Two: there was a moment near the end of the Versus coverage where a podium girl, dressed in the traditional yellow dress, is standing holding some jersey’s for the Lance Armstrong to sign. I do believe she was the future Melanie Hincapie.
While I was watching, I found that there is about a month’s worth of posts over at GreenvilleOnline.com that I had not moved over to LowCadence.com. A little history on that for you. I started blogging quite awhile back. At first it wasn’t about cycling. I blogged about politics and life in general. The blog was StackOfStuff.net.
However, I found myself getting drawn to cycling. When a local cyclist started blogging for The Greenville News, I followed his posts. It wasn’t long before his entries faded away. I mentioned to an editor friend that I would be interested in taking over the spot. Before long, I was posting my entries up to their site – and some to StackOfStuff.net as well.
The newspaper then redesigned their site and it became much harder to find my blog. They also would not share with me the statistics of how many people were reading it. I started to figure that I could do better by myself. Only, StackOfStuff.net didn’t really strike me as the name of a cycling blog.
I searched through all sorts of possibilities. Of course, most of them were taken. Finally, I settled on LowCadence.com. It was memorable and described my riding style.
I then began to move the archived posts from the various blogs into LowCadence.com so I could have a complete library of my past submissions. Unfortunately, when GreenvilleOnline.com moved to the new site format, I lost access to those posts. That is why I am currently trying to capture the current ones before they disappear as well.
Here are two posts that I put up last night. It is kind of fun to go back and see what was happening nearly one year ago.
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008
I’m not condoning that. I’m all for a doping free Tour. I just think the “Take Back the Tour” slogan on Versus is a little naive. Then again, I’m feeling kind of grumpy today. I guess I’m just seeing the dark side in everything.
Two steps forward. One step back.
Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008
Not much to say after that. I just was watching Bob’s wheel in front of me. A couple of times I could sense I was losing it, but seeing him right there gave me motivation to keep going.
Thanks for reading. When I think back to how long I have been doing this, I am amazed. It is the fact that I know people are expecting something that often motivates me to my keyboard to keep the history moving forward.