Remembering so well the stunning 2003 Tour and not being at all
superstitious, how many of us breathed a sigh of relief this week after Stage 1
passed without major carnage - but then felt dread creeping in with each
successive day of rain, and on each hearing of the C-word - Crash?
And how many times have we heard this week - Enough with
the rain already, and I just can't wait for the mountains?
My non-cycling fan father called this weekend and told me his little local Florida paper
is devoting a third of a page to the Tour each day. Then he said, "So, Armstrong
is down over nine minutes?" I explained to him that things are not
necessarily as they appear - that Armstrong and his Postal team are right where
they want to be, and that those standings would change this week as the sprinters
who have thrilled us so far make way for the equally thrilling mountain goats. "Oh," he said,
In fact, according to some, Postal has ridden a tactically perfect race this week, while
other teams may have missed opportunities in strategy, gear or due to luck.
Citing other teams' "basic bloody errors in a race of this nature," a friend
of mine succinctly but perhaps not so politely said today, "Armstrong
fears nothing and leaves nothing to chance - he has managed to handle international sponsors, run off with a rock
star and still beat his rivals hands down in the first week. Bastard."
Whether you share that view or see it a different way, it is fair to say that there are as many perceptions of what has happened in these first nine days
as there are spectators. If you care to voice your opinion, you will be in good
our message board.
One way or the other, this is Le Tour,
when the world of cycling stops to behold the grand
I would like to let DP readers everywhere know that we have moved over to a
new, larger server! Hallelujah! To our die-hard, longtime readers, we thank you for
your perseverance in sticking with us, and enduring way too much Tour-us interruptus the past two years...indeed,
several readers have
written in to nominate the Daily Peloton for a
Grazed Ham Award. Touché!
To new readers I say, your timing is good. We have a most talented crew who
cycling, and I hope that you will enjoy how we
bring you the day's racing.
To read about the Tour, our Tour de France "hub page"
(linked on the left margin of our site) has every article we produce on the
Tour, as well as a Quick
Reference that include the daily classifications, the team rosters (with
retirements) and all the stage profiles. If you would like to chat with other
racing aficionados, visit our chatroom
during the stage - you will meet wonderful people from many different countries
Over four hundred people are playing our Fantasy Tour this year, and
the competition is hot and heavy! While the Fabulous Fabio, Lord of the Game,
oversees the proceedings, previous Fantasy Game winner
Jan Dijkstra from
Holland is on top of the leader board, while many of the rest of us "mere mortal" players pray for luck while
we watch ourselves slide down the general classification. To follow the Fantasy
Game daily action, check the very top slot on our home page, or browse to the
Fantasy Game main page, linked on
the upper left navigation bar.
And there is a new feature on the Daily Peloton! You may have heard about it a
few months ago - the DP Compendium.
An idea originally hatched by our clever message board denizens last fall,
it is a collection of true stories about our readers' cycling experiences.
In the same spirit that the Daily Peloton sponsors writing contests, we
are hoping that the Compendium will be an expanding resource about the
personal world of cycling - your stories, that will interest people
in cycling, and motivate them to get on two wheels. So read the entries from
the first intrepid souls, and then do what we at the Daily Peloton most dearly
love - write about cycling! Tell your own story!
The link to the Compendium is located toward the top of our left navigation
bar, and you can find out there how to submit your story. The very talented
Chris Fox designed the Compendium for us - it's beautiful, Chris, and we thank
In addition to our Tour Fantasy Game, we have several other activities right
now. First, we are giving away daily prizes in our Wobble-Naught Bike Fit
Giveaway - in exchange for a few minutes of your time answering a short survey,
you have the chance to receive one of three great prizes. You can read more
just click on the Wobble-naught Giveaway ad to your right.
with Lance Lance Armstrong Foundation fundraiser is also ongoing - we
are going for a minimum of $20,000 dollars raised so that one of you who donates can
ride with Lance Armstrong at the Annual Ride for the Roses weekend! And we will
also be giving away cool prizes as fundraising incentives soon, so make your donation now
and stay tuned...
Finally we come to The Tour Baby!, the fascinating, behind the scenes film about
the Tour de France. (As you know, I always end my Janna's Word column with something special
for the gentlemen, and Scott made me promise to put the mention of his film just above
that special something. You got it, Scott.)
The Tour Baby! is Scott Coady's
fundraiser for the Lance Armstrong Foundation, and Scott has an Alpe d'Huez-sized goal - to raise $100,000 for the
LAF. The Tour Baby! was recently released in
expanded form on DVD, which you can read about and order
Well, Scott is in Europe again, on his way to the south of France to document
the spectacle surrounding Lance's go at six consecutive Tours. We are hoping
that you will pick up your copy of The Tour Baby!, and to make it more
fun, Scott wants to include you in his Grand Boucle
festivities - to find out how, read
Tour Baby! Interactive!
That's it for me, but before I go, I want to know - do you have a bunch of extra tubes laying around? Just in case? Ever
wondered why you don't just get rid of the damn things? Well, good on you for
The lovely Niki Gudex, mountain bike racer. Courtesy her
Opening quote by Djamolidin Abdujaparov courtesy The Quotable Cyclist.