C’mon Alberto, Win Graciously, Would Ya?

Alberto Contador, 2009 Tour de France winner.
Alberto Contador, 2009 Tour de France winner.

I typically like to write about what’s happening in and around the local area, but I’m disappointed in the aftermath of the Tour this year. This is really the first year I got up each day to watch the Stages (well, after we got home from our trip,) and followed the action. I watched as Gharmin and others blew out Hincapie’s chance to win the stage, when Jens put his face to pavement going over 40 mph, and as Contador took the time trial by seconds and subsequently won the entire Tour. For the first time I felt fully immersed in the action of the Tour de France.

Of course we heard rumblings that not all was love and happiness on Team Astana early on. And I’m not trying to pretend that Lance is any kind of saint either. Despite raising tons of cash for cancer through Livestrong, I have personal friends who’ve worked Livestrong and been around Lance and said “he was a complete butthead to us.” But honestly, anyone who watched the Tour knows that it does, in fact, take a team to win a massive multi-stage race.

So while all the things may be matter of fact, true statements, c’mon Alberto, win with some dignity would you. Don’t take your victory, and then turn on your team mate and say you don’t have any admiration for Lance, and never will. I long ago turned off Lance’s tweets from coming to my phone (way too many updates all day long) but I was glad to see him respond, simply and truthfully.  I know there are poor winners and losers in every sports arena across the world, but this is exactly the kind of attitude so many people have about roadies in general. We don’t need a champion driving it home.


Joining Up With The “Fattys”

I suppose I could just be thankful to find some people to identify with when I say today that I’m planning to join up with Team Fatty for next years Livestrong Challenge. But, for those that aren’t familiar, Elden Nelson runs a site called, and has been keeping the cycling world apprised of his brave wife Susan’s battle with cancer on his blog.

Elden pointed out a few weeks ago that the top fundraising teams for the Livestrong Challenge last year brought in 250,00 – 300,000 dollars last year, and that he had a dream to break both those records. If he could get 1000 members to join his team, and each raise 1000, then Team Fatty would be able to raise a million dollars for cancer research and advocacy. He wants to do it for Livestrong, and he wants to do it for Susan.

So, I’m officiallly breaking my promise to myself to not do Livestrong again (simply because I hate asking people for money,) and am going to sign up for Team Fatty, and begin inviting friends and family to be part movement that Elden has begun. If you’d like to be involved in the Team Fatty effort, you can read more about the official start of the team in the FatCyclist post for today. In addition to helping support the cause, there are prizes to be won, and more that can be done beyond just signing up to ride and raise support. I’m just waiting to hear back on some scheduling information before I select which city I’ll be riding in. No Livestrong in Portland, so Seattle or San Jose seem like the next best two options. If I can’t arrange to ride with Elden’s group (wherever that may be,) perhaps I’ll be able to link up with Keijro in California and avoid the monsoon we both endured in 2007!

More news to come about registration later on!