Tours

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Tomorrow is going to be a tough day at the Tour de France.  Right now, in Eastern Kansas, the Tour of Lawrence is this weekend.  It is a 3 day event, with the street sprints happening last night, then two criteriums over the weekend.

Sunday the race is in downtown Lawrence, on Mass. Street, which is a great place to race bikes. It is also the State Criterium Championships.

I’m not going to race today.  At least, as of now, I’m not going to.  I have been sickly since Nationals, two weeks ago, in Louisville.  A lot of guys got the same thing and I can’t see to shake it.  These guys say it is a virus, a couple got their throats swabbed for strep, but whatever, it is a weird illness.

I feel okay during the day.  Just okay.  I have a slight headache all the time, plus my throat is semi-sore and stuff is dripping down my throat.   It seems to have set in.

I rode over to Lawrence yesterday to watch the street sprints.  It is only 30 miles and I rode easy, hoping it would help me feel better.  I have 120 miles for the week, which is the shortest week I’m done this year.  All slow.

I changed the front brakes and did an oil change on the diesel van yesterday too.  The brake rotors on that thing are huge, and heavy.  I guess it is a 1 ton van, so they have to be beefy.  I am changing the oil every 10,000 miles now.  I kept checking it since the last change and it stayed super clear for the first 7-8K miles.  That is so weird for a diesel vehicle.  I can’t explain it.  Even after 10K, the oil didn’t come out that dark.  I would have guessed it would have been pretty done.  Guess it really likes Mobil 1 synthetic oil.

A couple friends are riding gravel over from Lawrence now.  As soon as the Tour is over, I’m going to get dressed and go meet them and ride them back some.  Maybe I’ll feel better, but from walking around this morning, it doesn’t seem likely.

I really feel satisfied after changing brakes.  It is rewarding getting rid of those old rusty, pitted rotors and having new ones.

I really feel satisfied after changing brakes. It is rewarding getting rid of those old rusty, pitted rotors and having new ones.

The van takes 15 quarts of oil.  Man.

The van takes 15 quarts of oil. Man.

Benn Stover won the Pro 1/2 street sprints last night.  He is really quick.

Benn Stover won the Pro 1/2 street sprints last night. He is really quick.

I went to the Mexicana Festival in Topeka a couple nights ago.  It is fun.

I went to the Mexicana Festival in Topeka a couple nights ago. It is fun.

The local area houses are all decorated for it.

The local area houses are all decorated for it.

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Tours

    1. Here we go again

      What Old and Slower said… Blackstone labs. I was changing my oil way too frequently. At 7,500 miles there was still a ton of life left in the oil so I went to 10k before oil changes.

       
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  1. Sean YD

    It is fantastic to hear that the Tour of Lawrence is an ongoing success.

    Having been involved in some of the preliminary planning, I suggested the idea of the Friday night street sprints to get people into town early and help the city gain another night of visitor hotel stays.

    Oftentimes, the success of a bicycle race is more than just putting out a big prize list.

     
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  2. Jesse

    I hope the tour of Lawrence continues. I’ve wondered why tour of Lawrence and KC have gotten smaller and are unable to bring in larger teams from all of the Midwest, while races like Tulsa tough and the gateway cup have consistently grown. The Tour of Lawrence never maxes out riders in any category, while Tulsa is full with a waiting list 3 weeks before the race. Tour of Lawrence (Sunday’s) downtown course is a great course.

    I wonder why Tour of Lawrence is unable to draw in top racers or teams – Is there just not enough prize money? Or is it just that no one wants to drive to Kansas?

     
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