Sunday, July 21, 2013

PEDs in TdF Cycling Pool

There have been allegations of doping in the Tour de France Pool since the race began in 2006. Early Tour Pool Contestants consumed alcohol while selecting their picks and used ether, among other substances, as a means of dulling the pain of endurance required while making selections of three riders for each stage.  Pool contestants began using substances as a means of increasing performance rather than dulling the senses. It should be made clear that Trev W and George C will never be accused of using PEDs in this cycling pool.  Thanks James for organizing and running the pool this year.

TDF Pool Stage 21 Results: Kittel By A Haircut

Marcel Kittel was the first to arrive at the dubstep party on the Champs-Elysses this evening, followed closely by Andre Griepel and Mark Cavendish. I had promised my daughter fireworks at the end of the race and instead she was just staring at the awkward face of Chris Froome reading his speech and wondering what he was supposed to look at while the Arc de Triomphe was lit up like a junior high video dance party. "Where are the fireworks, daddy?"

In any case, it was a great tour to watch and I'm looking forward to much more sleep in the coming weeks.



As to the pool, our winner is Malaika Ulmi, winning with the closest of margins at 5 points. Second John Plexman, third myself and fourth goes to Matthew Joss. I will be double-checking the spreadsheet to make sure everything is right. Thanks again to Kyle and to Blaine Penny for providing some prizes.

We'll be in touch to get the prizes distributed. I'm not a water bottle user (at least not when running) so if someone else has use for that, let me know.

Thanks everyone - it was a pleasure. Also, if there's interest to do other grand tour pools I'd definitely be willing to continue hosting like this. The Vuelta is coming up - could be more interesting with less in the way of sure things. Let me know.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

TDF Pool Stage 20 Results: Quintana Gets His Day

The media sure loves an underdog. The way Phil and Paul were talking, Nairo Quintana lived in a shoe box in middle of the road and pedalled 10 miles uphill each way to school in the snow at 26,000 ft. above sea level. Now that he's in the Tour his family is huddled around the village TV in their ponchos, chewing their coca leaves and celebrating their tiny child beating the world before heading back to the fields with the 18 children in tow.

In truth, everyone knows he's only racing because his MMA career fell flat and he owes child support to his first two wives.



Big swings in the pool today. New outright leader Malaika Ulmi will hope to hang on tomorrow, but having the absent Bouhanni as one of her picks might leave room for John Pexman the Flexman to bring it home. We'll see.