04 October 2010

Mighty Thor

The nice thing about the living in Germany is, that one can see a lot of bicycle races on television, i.e. Eurosport. Combined with a very easy to use hard disc recorder provided courtesy of German Telekom it is easy to record all programs that include the word "cycling" and watch them later in the evening or during the weekend. I watched a lot of stages of the Tour de France. the Vuelta and the World Championship in Melbourne.
Perhaps I even spend more time before the tube than riding my bike.

I liked the course of the world championship with two hilly sections. All the races were exciting, however the women race on Saturday had the most exciting finish.

As a somewhat supporter of the Cervelo test team, I am delighted that a rider of the team managed to get a last, big victory before the team is defunct at the end of the season. This is a great guy and it is amazing that despite his stature and weight he is such a comparatively good climber and uphill sprinter. Of course the video here explains the source of his power in detail (please note the nice connection to the rainbow jersey of the world championship).



By the way, there is a dedicated page on cycling fans that shows which live resources including video live coverage is available for the bigger cycling events.

1 comment:

David L. said...

As David Brooks noted in a memorable NY Times op-ed piece earlier this year,

"The United States, a nation of 300 million, won nine gold medals this year in the Winter Olympics. Norway, a nation of 4.7 million, also won nine. This was no anomaly."

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/02/opinion/02brooks.html

It is at times like this that I tend to remember my mother's mother's Norwegian heritage, not usually front of mind. Plus I like all those comments about how the "big guy" manages to get himself over the hills with the little fellas.

Video at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2DRuqcyki0