Month: June 2011

Two TdF riders are plant strong

It looks like the Tour de France is about to become the Tour de Vegetable this year, as two cyclists – David Zabriske and Alberto Contador – are swearing off animal products. Zabriske has adopted a nearly vegan diet (vegan + fish twice a week), and Contador has dropped meat from his diet in the wake of testing positive for clenbuteral last year.

My initial response to this news is mixed. Contador is, after all, a lot like George Bush Jr. Every time he opens his mouth, I think how much better it would be for him to just keep it shut. Good for him for not consuming red meat anymore, but this really does nothing to make his tainted steak story more convincing.

Zabriske, on the other hand, has made the change purely because it makes him feel better. But is he performing well? The proof is in the pudding: He has won more time trials this year than he has in the rest of his career. Of course, Scott Jurek, Rich Roll, Brendan Brazier, and others have already shown that it is possible to be a successful, vegan endurance athlete. If Zabriske continues to do well, I hope there is some good coverage of what he’s eating (or not eating) and acknowledgement of what science has already proven: you don’t need a hunk of meat or glass of milk to perform well as an athlete.

Le Velo

Robin Moore, a.k.a. the artist formerly known as MC SpandeX, has a new music video mocking the current Euro fashion trend in road cycling. Priceless.

In case you missed Robin’s other videos you can see them here and here.

Summer trip to Camp Muir

Nick and I took a quick trip up to Camp Muir today. And when I say quick, I mean quick. We set a new PR: 3 hours and 14 minutes from car to Camp. The conditions for glissading on the descent were suspect, but we sure gave it our best try.

The highlight of the trip was running into Rodger Taylor and the rest of the Climb for Clean Air climbers on a training trip. It never ceases to amaze me what a fabulous community of people and life-long that event created for me eleven years ago.

We also saw the remnants of an enormous rock fall that took place the day before. If you look closely at the picture you can see the brown patch on the snow in the middle. Here’s a video of the devestation:

Sorting and editing

I know you are probably a bit impatient to see all the vacation goodness – motorcycles, English countryside, Roman walls… To you, I have only one thing to say:

You just have to wait a little bit longer!