Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Totally Toured Out

If you feel like July flew by thanks to nice weather, tons of events, and maybe a vacation or getaway mixed in, then maybe you're like me and realizing that you didn't pay as much attention to this year's Tour de France and the much-hyped Lance Armstrong return as you should have or wanted to. That's definitely my excuse for the month--wanting to blog about it or follow more blogs about it than I actually did (Robbie Ventura's tales from the tour was about the only site my eyes saw) and eventually deciding it was useless to try to catch up because it was nearly over.

But enough about me and my excuses for watching America's Next Top Model reruns or Michael Jackson's funeral or Pieces of the Beijing Games on Universal Sports before tuning into the cycling, which frankly I'd have to watch on my computer anyway because my cable company opted not to carry Versus which works every month of the year but July. If you want a run-down of the 21 stages, hear about all the action tonight at an event that captures all the action from the Tour from two famous faces that lived through all 23 days. Robbie Ventura, a former professional cyclist who most famously rode on the U.S. Postal Service at the same time as Lance, and Bob Roll, another professional cyclist whose claim-to-fame came while cycling with 7-Eleven and Greg LeMond's Z team and later trained with Lance as he recovered from cancer, are speaking from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Trek store of Highland Park, recounting this year's Tour de France. Both former cyclists commentated live from the Tour with Versus and witnessed their fair share of spills, chills and excitement. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session and promises to be entertaining for all those with even an inkling of interest in the Tour. Besides who doesn't want to hear how Alberto Contador was able to win again, how Lance could finish in the top three but lose his second-place standing that he held through a few stages, and Levi Leipheimer went from fourth to pulling out thanks to a broken wrist (boo).

But be sure to RSVP to contact@mytrekstore.com before heading up because you could find yourself stuck outside on the pavement while Ventura and Roll entertain the limited attendance field. Photo of Christian VandeVelde grabbed from Robbie Ventura's twitpics. Posted by Kate

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